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By on June 18, 2019

Jesus knew what He was talking about when He said that the thief only comes to steal, kill or destroy. See, there’s a thief in life who wants to steal, kill and destroy you on every level. It’s sad, but most people in our society have been and are still being unwitting victims of the thief.

He’s plundering our society on all fronts. After commenting on the thief and his deeds, Jesus announced that HE, on the other hand, came to give us more living in our lives. The thief comes to take ALL that’s good away from us and Jesus came to give it back to us and then some.

Abundant life. What’s it about? Abundant life ISN’T about what you get. It isn’t money in the bank, social standing, fancy cars and houses.

There’s nothing wrong with these things, but they don’t equal abundant life. No, abundant life is what about you become as an individual.

Questions not to ask when searching for a church home are, “what programs does this church have?” or “Who’s the pastor?” The right question to ask is, “What will my family and I become at this church?” or “What are the other people who go to that church becoming?” Are they becoming sweeter in their temperaments? Kinder? More like Jesus? Are they growing closer to their Master in their personal devotional lives? Are they getting stronger in their abilities to resist temptation? Are they growing positive and fuller of faith? If so, then that could be a great church to BECOME a person of greater value in.

See, people can BELIEVE some of the right things and churches can TEACH some of the right things but the people aren’t necessarily BECOMING more and more like Jesus. What they become is more and more angry, cynical, hard, unkind, judgmental and hypocritical. That isn’t the kind of place you want to expose yourself and your family to, is it? It isn’t what you will get in a particular church but instead, it’s what you’ll become.

It isn’t what you KNOW that makes you effective, it’s what you BECOME. It isn’t what a person OWNS that makes him or her valuable – it’s what he or she BECOMES that gives them value. The “What are you becoming” issues is the primary one that Jesus dealt with in His ministry. What you are at this moment is a result of primarily where you’ve been. Jesus will accept you right now no matter WHAT you’ve let yourself become. Then, He begins to work in your life to help you become the kind of person that God had in mind when He first created you.

Jesus spent His time on earth stirring peoples’ hearts and spirits with God’s dreams, plans and ideas. He spoke in a way that they were stirred by His words. They said, “No man ever spoke like THIS man!” If you want to receive abundant life in Jesus, learn to let your heart be stirred by His words. Get your Bible out each day and allow His words to inspire you, soothe you and fill your spirit with inspired ideas. Even though the Bible was written thousands of years ago, it can help you achieve your highest dreams. It is chocked full of the basic ideas and principles for living an effective, joy-filled and satisfying life.

As you ask His guidance and feed on His Word, you’ll begin to experience just how His dynamic words can make a real difference in your life right away. Through your time in the Word, you’ll grasp the fundamentals of living successfully, how to be happy, how to discover your mission and purpose in life and how to have a thriving relationship with your Creator.

What you’ll get in your Bible will make a difference in how your life works out. The Bible is a book that’s full of ideas, business ideas, good health ideas, personal relationship ideas, financial freedom ideas, marriage ideas, child raising ideas, and “how to live a fulfilling life” ideas. We all need good ideas. Just like dialing a phone number, one phone call can change your life. It’s like dialing a phone number, you’ve entered the area code then you dial the next six digits. Then you realize that your call still isn’t going through. You need to dial 3 or 4 more numbers. All you need is just ONE more and your call will go through. All you need is just one more idea. Reading your Bible with the Guidance of the Holy Spirit can be the very thing that will give you the last number you need – the last piece of the puzzle. Maybe just ONE more teaching here at the Worship Center will have the idea you need.

When the idea comes, inspiration arrives, faith comes and you dial the last number and you get through! Not every Believer experiences abundant life. Some Believers lead hum drum, ho-hum lives while others live frustrating and upsetting lives. It’s available to all but some don’t ever get in on it. Some are too busy and some say it sounds too hard. Others may say that it takes too much time. Ultimately there are a bunch of different excuses why some are inspired to take advantage of what’s offered and some don’t. Some believers do and some don’t. How come some do and some don’t? I don’t know. But it happened when Jesus preached. His preaching was simple, straightforward and sincere. But, HE GOT A VARIETY OF RESPONSES. Some marveled, some rejoiced, some got angry and some just didn’t know what to think. Some just mocked and made fun of Him while others believed. The one’s who believed and acted on His magnificent words became sons and daughters of God.

Here are some requirements for an abundant life.

Requirement (1) – Have an attitude of gratitude. That’s key to abundant living. Being grateful for what God has already blessed you with shouldn’t be too difficult. Happiness and joy come when we’re grateful. Happiness is the joy of discovering what He’s done and the joy of knowing everything is going to work out just the way it should. When we’re thankful it does this. It opens our eyes to the good things, positive things and opens our spirits to receive more of what God wants to pour into our lives. The thing that blocks God moving and blessing our lives is bitterness, complaining, murmuring and criticism. Being bitter about the past and cynical about the future keeps us from living abundantly and blocks our faith and the Spirit of God.

Requirement (2) – A listening heart. Some people spend their lives in a quest for exotic answers and techniques. Don’t waste your time. A fulfilling walk with God is something very simple and basic. It doesn’t come through techniques but instead, it’s the result of a consistent desire to know Him better and taking the time to DO something about it.

Requirement (3) – Be a student of Jesus Christ and study to show thyself approved unto God. Take good notes and record on your cell phone and use it in your daily life.

Requirement (4) – Discipline. This is the root of being a disciple and a disciplined one. Discipline is the bridge between being a “wannabe” and actually becoming. Remember, God knows what price to put on His valuables. All His good things are on the top shelves. On the bottom shelves are the things that bring shame and disappointment. Being a disciplined follower of Jesus Christ is available to everyone and like they say, it isn’t “If I could, I would.” “If I will, I can!” It’s matter of starting and continuing.

Don’t trick yourself by making promises. Only promise what you’re really willing to carry out. It’s too easy to delude ourselves with our words and promises. We think we’re making changes, but our daily actions are taking us in just the opposite direction of where we want to go! Why go in the opposite directions of your dreams?

The time to become a genuine disciple of Jesus is now. It comes by desire and wise planning. If you need to be more holy maybe start a Holiness Plan. If you need a better prayer life, start a “Prayer Plan.” It doesn’t take much more than a desire to plan. Anyone can do it whoever wants to.

The start of an abundant life is today. It’s exciting. Today is the day to put that new idea into action. Read your Bible. Spend time with God.

Give to the work of God. Start cleaning out space for your study and prayer time today. Start eating well and make that phone call. Tell God your time of waiting is over and your habit of wishing is past. Ask Him to let faith and action take charge! It’s a new day in your new life. What have you got to lose? Only the heartache, frustration, despair, fear, guilt and condemnation of the past and at some point, people will have to learn and work to forgive and positively move forward in their life.

Believe It or Not, Words Actually DO HAVE POWER

By on June 11, 2019

Whoever said that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” obviously was out of his mind – with pain. Who in the world has NEVER been hurt by harsh and mean words before? See the thing is, sticks and stones may bruise and wound you which will eventually disappear but harsh or mean words can linger around for a very long time. As humans, we remember the things that someone has said to us to hurt us along with, when and where we were when they said it to us as if it happened yesterday. That’s how the world holds us down by negative, critical and painful words. It ultimately brings us down to a low self-image.

Our self-image is based on 5 things:

(1) Family: Why? They know us best. We believe our family.
(2) Peers, Friends and Spouse: They know us well.
(3) Teachers, authorities, media and enemies: They seem to know things about us that we ourselves don’t even know.
(4) Devil: Runs us down constantly.
(5) God: He created us.

See, what you repeatedly HEAR the most, you slowly but surely begin to believe and what you SAY the most, you believe and what you BELIEVE will direct how you act and speak.

The Do’s and Don’ts:

(1) Don’t think on the negative words spoken over you.
(2) Don’t speak or repeat negative words spoken over you.
(3) The devil doesn’t need YOUR help to destroy you so don’t help him out.
(4) You’re what the Word of God says you are.
(5) You must think good and speak good about yourself.
(6) Act on what God says about you to give substance and evidence to your faith.

I am blessed and not cursed. I am a blessing and not a problem. I am doing well, not bad. I am getting better and better. I am a giver, not a taker. I am generous, loving and caring. I am prosperous, diligent and living in plenty. I am fruitful, highly favored, well- loved and finally starting to live like it. I don’t care who doesn’t like it because I like it, God likes it and that’s all that matters. So there.

My mouth and God’s Blessing:

Prophesying your own future.

Like it or not, the words of our mouth direct our lives. What comes out of our mouth determines our future. Like the rudder sets direction of a ship, your tongue sets the direction of your life. We are our own prophets. What we say today sets the stage of our tomorrow. You and I are where we are right now as a result of the words we spoke yesterday and the day before that and so on. That’s simply the way God created us. Like God, our words carry power.

Take up the Sword of the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:17. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. To possess salvation or anything from God, we must first have to see that Word as ours and God saying it to us. We lay hold of the Word by faith and confessing it instead of what the world or the devil says. We take up the sword of the Spirit and use it as a weapon against sin, doubt, negativity and poverty. God’s Word is “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” (Psalm 119:105). God’s Word is victory, so believe the Word, pray the Word, meditate on the Word and speak the Word.

Christianity is the Great Confession.

Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” What we heard at church was different than what we heard at school, on TV and at work. They spoke faith, power, victory, a good future which is all just the opposite of what we’re used to hearing. Our confession is our profession and what we “do” for a living. Our faith in the Word of God is our livelihood. Romans 10:10, “With the heart man believeth and with the mouth confession is made…” Whatever we receive from God, we receive by confession. Our confessions determine all that we will ever receive from God whether it’s salvation, healing, peace or prosperity.

Talk to the Mountain.

Mark 11:23, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Jesus didn’t instruct us to talk about the mountain but instead to talk to the mountain. Faith will move mountains only when it’s released with the words of your mouth. Hebrews 3:1, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” It’s our responsibility to speak forth the Word and claim the promises God has spoken to us in His Word. He is responsible for bringing our words to pass. Once we speak faith-filled words, I Corinthians 1:4-5 says Jesus will then enrich them with His anointing.

Right Thinking Brings Right Words.

II Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” To direct our mouth, we have to direct our thoughts. Since the mouth directs the life and thoughts direct the mouth, it’s no wonder the enemy bombards us with sinful thoughts, doubt, fear, criticism, inferiority, poverty and anger. Thoughts and imaginations are “strongholds”. The thought is the initial idea. After the thought comes we have to choose what to do with it. If we dwell in the thought it turns unto an imagination or image. The image created becomes a stronghold and directs our life.

3 Sources of Thoughts.

1 Corinthians 2:14, “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. Input from the 5 senses, the devil and the Holy Spirit. The devil and the 5 senses operates through your spirit.

Romans 8:6-9, the natural mind alone cannot know God, for God speaks to you through your spirit and your spirit speaks to your mind. Whether or not your mind can receive His thoughts depends on whether or not your mind is renewed by the Word of God.

A Constant Power Struggle for Your Mind.

Matthew 13:26-28 But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. While we have the Word of God coming into our hearts, the Word and the enemy put thoughts into our minds against the knowledge of God. Our job is to cast down this wrong thinking. The good news is you don’t have to keep wrestling with bad thoughts, but instead replace them with God’s thoughts. You can reprogram your mind with the Word of God then anything that comes against the Word of God will be cast down.

Proverbs 23:7, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

This spiritual principle can never be broken, it always works, like the law of sowing and reaping. God has a great plan for your life, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end.” Sow good thoughts in order to reap the full harvest of what God intends for us to have according to His Word. “I’ll give you WHAT YOU EXPECT!” Even though God’s plan for you is good, to receive it you need to believe it and speak it. “I don’t have “luck.” I have the Lord. I don’t say “with my luck.”

I say “with my Lord.” His plan for me is good! His thoughts for me are good. I expect peace. I expect the good, I expect the best, I expect God’s blessing in all I put my hand to. I expect His prosperity. I expect a blessed and abundant life because that’s my Lord. That’s the kind of Lord I have. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Watch Your Mouth.

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” We must guard the words we speak. Ephesians 4:29, “Let NO corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” What comes out of your mouths is the result of what we have put in our hearts. Proverbs 18:20, “The heart of what we have put in our hearts. “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”

More Word In, the More Life Flow Out.

Matthew 12:34-35, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. The more Word we put in, the more Word will come out of your mouths and the more life will flow through our bodies. Proverbs 13:3, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” It’s hard to say right things when you feel totally wrong. When extremely emotional it’s easy to say what you’re feeling but then again, a person doesn’t have to speak every fear or worry. We had to learn to allow wisdom to rise above emotions. Losing our temper, venting frustrations through angry words leads to bitter grief and ruined relationships. Keep your mouth in order to keep God’s abundant life.
Double Mindedness and the Mouth.

James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 3:10 “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” We had to learn to keep consistent in our speaking. I’d tithe and claim God’s blessing in our finances but then when a friend ask how’s it going, say, “We’re barely making it! I hope we can hold on!” That’s double minded. James 1:26, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” We hold fast to our original confession of faith right in the face of seeming defeat. We call those things that which be not as though they are. Romans 4:17. Walk by faith and not by sight. (II Cor 5:7).

Changing Your Mind and Changing Your Life.

Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD.” The devil has shown negative thinking and speaking into this world. As a result, our words have limited God’s blessings. In order to break those old habits, we have to change from speaking negatively to speaking positively. We keep the Word of God going into our hearts and our ears and flowing out of our mouths until the Word begins overflowing in our lives. If you’re facing difficulties in life, take inventory of what and how you’re speaking. The way you talk to and about yourself can make all the difference in your happiness!

Conforming To A Defeated World Brings Defeat.. Transforming By The Word Of God Brings Victory

By on June 5, 2019

Romans 12:2, And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. The Word of God is given to us to renew our minds so we can overcome what we need to overcome in life and walk with God in joy, faith, love, hope and power. Having a renewed mind helps you to take a stand to do certain things and not to do certain things.

That means, not everyone is going to be like you. The people who are taking a stand for God are going to stand with you and cheer you on while the people who aren’t standing for God are going to come against you at times. God is no respecter of persons. Romans 2:11, “For there is no respect of persons with God. He gave each and every one of us a brain with way more capacity than any of us will ever use. He gave us more than we need and no one was left out which means that we have the power to do something if anyone else has ever done it.

If someone else has served God and been used by Him, you know you can. Millions upon millions throughout history, under every imaginable circumstance have lived under the blessing, the anointing and goodness of God. Millions across the country and around the world today are enjoying the benefits of daily walking with God. Full salvation, forgiveness, love, peace, hope, prosperity, blessing on their businesses and finances. What do these people have in common? You don’t find anything in common, except they believed they could be saved and asked the Lord to save them.

What does it take? Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” When you’re born, our brains goes into the learning mode. You begin learning sounds, faces, smells and words. We’re just soaking up everything around us. Then as we get older, during our early years, we begin to understand the meanings of words and what things mean. Some parents raise their kids in loving and supportive environments and others don’t. That rubs off on the child. Sometimes we have one supportive parent and the other one is distant or rough on us. That can also rub off on the child.

If we’re raised around lying, deception, criticism, distrust, anger and things like that, it causes us to develop fear, doubt, uncertainty, mistrust and a sense of inferiority. We expect for things to not work out and have negative expectations or what the Bible calls “doubt”.

One fruit of this is the unrealistically high positive expectation. Not being around positive and successful people, we aren’t sure what’s involved in having things work out, so we set our hopes high on a job, or a relationship, another person, money or on possessions and expect them to for us what they can’t do. The vast majority of people are raised with negative thinking and have negative, or unrealistically positive expectations.

People Become Their Own Worst Enemies. 2 Tim. 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. Having a negative mindset, we can be easily offended and sabotage our own lives.

All it takes is for something little to not go their way or a person to say something they don’t like and they ultimately end up quitting jobs, relationships and even church. “I don’t like that person, I think I’ll just quit!” Years later, they’ve gone from one bad job to another, through a couple bad marriages, quit church after church and they feel that they’ve had a hard life and get mad at God. Alone, broke, alienated, mad at life, humanity and God. It’s about renewing your mind to the Word of God and acting on it. Saying What He says. Jeremiah 1:9, “Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. People need to hear what God says.

People are blessed by you saying what God says not because of you, but because you said what people need to hear. When you say what God says, people are blessed. Everyone is saying either what the world says drains people or what God says edifies and saves people. People want to hear anytime someone is overcoming. 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity and these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Whenever we speak, we need to bring in overcoming, blessing and edification. People need to hear hope, faith and love. Mostly, they need to hear love, good things about other people and themselves. The world gives fear, doubt and hatred. People are positive about the past and negative about the present and future. Hope sees the future as going to be better.

Speaking positively about the present and future even when it seems hard. Negative about the past is okay but don’t stay there. If remain in that same spot, you’ll never move forward.

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