How To Succeed Where You’ve Failed Before…by using the Word of God and Faith

By on March 19, 2019

“YOU FAILED! YOU BLEW IT! ONCE AGAIN, YOU FLUBBED IT! YOU’RE A LOSER!” Ouch! Words like that really sting. They echo in our hearts for years and years. And they affect us more than we realize. See, few things affect us like failure. Losing face. Feeling like we’ve made a fool of ourselves. It can make us afraid to try anything new – because we’re afraid we might fail and people would laugh at us. It can also make us give up if we try something and feel like we didn’t do too well.

That’s one reason why a lot of us end up leaving jobs, clubs and churches that we really love. We leave behind friends who really care about us and others who HOPED to get to know us.

Something happened and we feel like we’ve failed…and that people are laughing at us, or looking down at us. So we just skulk away feeling the hot sting of shame and embarrassment and we embark on the search for yet another group to try to get a new start in.

If there’s one thing you’ll learn at The Worship Center, it’s this: NOBODY HERE IS PERFECT AND WE DON’T EXPECT ANYONE ELSE HERE TO BE PERFECT EITHER. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES AND WE ALL ARE HERE TO HELP EACH OTHER MAKE IT.

It’s like this: If I can help you when you’re going through times of problems and hassles, you’ll be able to help me when I’m going through my times of problems and hassles. It’s that simple.

If you’re having troubles in the wee hours in the morning, you can CALL me. And, guess what? Once you’re up and on your feet, and I’m having problems in the wee hours of the morning, I probably will call YOU for an encouraging word!

So, don’t feel bad if you need to talk to me late at night or early in the morning. I don’t mind a bit. Plus, it means there’s ONE more person I can call whenever I need someone to talk to. I mean it.

No, YOU CAN’T “FAIL” YOUR WAY OUT OF THE WORSHIP CENTER, embarrass your way out, or be laughed out. The only way to drop out is to simply decide it’s not for you. But you can never realistically leave because you think you humiliated yourself and people are looking down on you.

That brings me to this week’s message, which I KNOW will encourage and strengthen you. We’re going to be looking at where Peter had failed. His failure put him in a position to let Jesus get on his boat. After he heard the Word, he went back out and succeeded in the very place where he had failed.

Here’s the way it happened: Peter and his crew had been out fishing all night, and had caught nothing. That meant the bills wouldn’t get paid. It meant that payroll wouldn’t get paid. It meant that payroll be met. It meant that things were going to get tight for not only Peter and his family, but also for his employees as well.

Then, Jesus came along and asked Peter if He could use Peter’s boat to teach from. So, since he had nothing else to do, Peter let Jesus come into his boat.

Jesus taught from Peter’s boat. Peter heard God’s Word. And THEN, Jesus told Peter what to do to take care of his problem.

See it? After Peter listened to the Word, he HEARD from Jesus what he needed to do, and he got the faith to do it! “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word.”

You have to try again. YOU WON’T CATCH ANY FISH UNTIL YOU LET DOWN YOUR NET.

A word from God will touch your spirit and change your life…it’ll set you on fire to do what you’ve been saying you CAN’T do! To be what you’ve been saying you can’t be. To SEE what you COULDN’T see. Eventually, you’ll begin to SEE! Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path!

You don’t have to live in defeat or face that problem alone! That’s what it takes to get solutions from God. To LISTEN to the Word. Then faith comes. NEXT you hear from God as to WHAT to do.

We’ll explore the four areas we need faith in so we can make it. We need to have accurate or Biblical faith instead of just believing what other people SAY what the Bible says.

First, you need to have a Biblical faith in God. Believing that God is kind, big, understanding, generous, and powerful and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. He’s the God that gives you a second chance. He’s easy to get along with.

Second, you have to have faith in God’s spiritual laws and principles. It’s having the understanding that it’s not just knowing how they work, but having them quickened by the Holy Spirit. “The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.”

Third, you need to have faith in God’s ability to work through other people. There’s relatively little you can accomplish until you start trusting other people. You have to release your faith into other people into other faithful people.

As you grow in your walk with God and your understanding of spiritual law, you’ll begin to recognize trustworthiness and faithfulness in other people. You’ll see the hand of God in their lives.

And last, you need faith in yourself. Trust God’s dealings in your life. The Bible says your faith starts really working when you acknowledge the GOOD things that are in you (NOT the BAD things) by Christ Jesus. That’s in Philemon 1:6.

It’s the acknowledging or yielding to what God has put into your life through Jesus that activates your faith. That’s how Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Speaking Your Way to an Incredible Life Part 3: Negative In, Positive Out?

By on March 13, 2019

Jesus said, “The mouth speaks out of the fullness of the heart. (Matt. 12:34) “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23) “So, since death and life are in the power of the tongue, we need to learn how to deal with the negative that’s all around us, which tries to fill our hearts and wreck our lives… (Prov. 18:21)

BE PROACTIVE: CHOOSE WHAT YOU PUT IN.

Psalms 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart. The joy in doing the will of God comes from having the Word in your heart. YOU I have put it there.

If you don’t put it in, it won’t be there. Read and carry your Bible on down time during the day and before bed at night. How to know if you’re reading it enough: If you don’t read and you feel bad. If you’re not reading and not bothered, you’re not reading it enough. At 1st, it takes discipline. You get tired, or down and don’t feel like it. Rule: No word – no faith. No faith, no growth. Get the habit of feeding on the Word and it becomes easy.

HEAR the Word. Your choice.

Romans 10:17, so then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Be in the services, record them, take notes, and listen to the podcast so you can hear it over and over again. Faith comes from “hearing and hearing the Word of God.” All leaders in the Body of Christ listen to teaching and preaching recordings. “Force feed” on them, and build your capacity. Have them at home, in the car, or at work. Listen to them!
LOOK IN YOUR MIRROR. Your Countenance.

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Prov. 15:13)

Look positive! Happy! Victorious! Pleasant! Be aware what your face is doing…and saying to other people about what’s going on inside.

All emotional states a “look”. On the face, body, walk, gestures. Look victorious and like an overcomer who is thrilled with the blessing of God. Same with voice. Not just the words, the tonality, energy, of a happy, blessed victorious winner! Some sound like just lost their last friend. Check our phone voice. That’s all they have to go by. “Bracket” our spirit man with the face, body language and voice of a person where everything is working together for our good!

Remember the “inner ear” principle that directs our inner man!

USE YOUR POWER OF CHOICE.

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Make the choice to be positive, victorious, unbothered. “Little people” are always upset that nothing’s going their way.

Negativity equals, problem and lack oriented. “WE CAN’T”

Positivity equals, Solution and Supply oriented. “HERE’S HOW WE CAN”

Most people who seem done and defeated don’t choose that. It’s just a poor self image. Work on self-image through the promises of the Word. “I am what God says I am. I can do what God says I can do. I can be what God says I can be. I can have what God says I can have.”

“He’s already decided that. So, if it is to be it is up to me.” Period.

YOU’RE ALWAYS SURROUNDED BY DOUBT, UNBELIEF AND NEGATIVITY.

2 Corinthians 6:17, Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Fellowshipping with Believers neutralizes a lot of negativity. Hang around “can-do” Believers. “I can-do all things through Christ believers. Drop negative associates who don’t want to believe and change. Even most of your friends who’ll come to church with you are initially negative. Learn to neutralize it. Let them know you will be their friend – but that you are staying positive, doing right and will not go the old way with them.

By you being who and what you are in Christ, and them being with you and other spiritual people, they will adapt and grow. Don’t respond to negative with negative.

FEAR GOD, NOT MAN

Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but who so putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”

The Holy Spirit will deliver you from worrying about what other people think all the time. Especially family and close friends. You told them you’re in church now, you’re going to be different. Because they love you, they’re keeping an eye on you to see how you’re progressing. I have problems worrying about me. I can’t worry about the opinions of people who aren’t making it and who don’t want me to really serve God.

Focus on your own attitudes and your relationships with the Lord.

TAKE THE FLAK.

2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

When they persecute you and mock you, learn to smile and be quiet. Don’t fight back, argue or yell. Smile. They can’t fight a pleasant and quiet spirit who won’t fight. If the same people are hammering and hammering you over and over again, it’s because they think they’re getting to you.

Develop that Holy Spirit thick skin, so they can’t cut you with their tongue. Keep moving on! They’ll quit hassling you when the changes come in your life and stay: They don’t want to tell their unbelieving friends how much God is blessing you. Be strong, tough it out and you will be victorious!

MAKE FRIENDS WHO’VE BEEN SAVED LONGER THAN YOU.

Prov. 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. What you get from a positive friendship is support, counsel and inner strength. It “sharpens your countenance”, it shows on your face.

Find someone of the same gender you can get hold of when you’re going through challenges; one you can draw strength from. Call them as much as you feel the need for or the want. That’s what a friend is about. You don’t HAVE to call, you WANT to call. If your friend gives you room to make mistakes, and you give them room to make mistakes – but you strengthen each other.

VERCOME THE STUMBLING BLOCKS.

Romans 14:13, Let us not therefore judge one another anymore, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

Truly Spirit-filled Believers won’t judge you or condemn you – they may CORRECT you in love, and WARN you, but there is always the positive. Some have family members trying to pull you out of the church. They keep picking away at you, trying to steal your faith, your calling and your Christian friends at church.

They try to make you feel guilty about being here: “We get so lonely with you being at church so much. We MISS you.” But they refuse to come with you! Your family is privileged to have someone who is spiritually minded and who is praying for them!

The greatest experience on earth is for a human being to get saved, to grow and to become what God made you to be. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.

LEARN TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN.

Increase Comes As You Bring Your Supply

By on March 6, 2019

We’re living in a time of increase. In our day, God is bringing phenomenal increase in the earth. This church is to increasing. His body is going to increase. His people are going to experience supernatural increase on an unprecedented level. The question: “Are we as individuals going to be in the flow of that increase?” Are you going to be part of it or will you be standing on the sidelines watching other believers experience supernatural blessing?

Just because God is bringing increase to His people, doesn’t mean every believer will automatically experience it. Those who passively say, “God, it’s up to you. If you want me to be blessed, then bless me,” are probably not going to see God’s highest and best.

Increase is more than just a financial blessing, although that’s an important part, but it’s also an increase of peace, joy, good health and harmonious relationships. How will individuals experience all these wonderful facets of supernatural increase? Only as they align yourselves with God’s plan for increase in the local church.

The local church? Yes. You can only experience the power of God to the degree that you align yourself with His purposes. God never dispenses His power apart from His purpose. And God is going to fulfill His purposes largely through local churches. It’s primarily through churches that the people are going to be reached.

“Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give him that needeth.” (Eph. 4:28)

According to this verse, if you’re laboring and not giving to “him that needeth”, you’re taking from those in need. What’s the greatest need? To hear the Gospel and be saved. Of course, God wants us to have things to enjoy. He wants to give us all things richly to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)
But the primary reason God wants to bring increase to you to enable you to be a blessing to others – especially by financing the spread of the Gospel. This part of the supply you bring to the church. If you’re laboring only to acquire things, you’re robbing others of your supply and robbing yourself of the blessings that God gives to the giver. When you give to bless others, God makes sure to receive a blessing to yourself.