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I want to minister a sermon I entitled You Will Take The Challenge (Engage).  This Challenge will encourage you build you help you give you joy victory and Power.  You Will Take The Challenge.

James 1:12“Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”MSG

What is a challenge: A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation:  A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question: A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking:  To summon to action, effort, or use

You Will Take The Challenge….

What is Engage: To involve oneself or become occupied; participate:  To assume an obligation; agree. To enter into conflict or battle:.To become meshed or interlocked To obtain or contract for the services of; employ.

You Will Take The Challenge.  I want us to know this challenge you must take it seriously it will be a 3 week challenge and if you start it from the very first day it will change your life and it will also create brand new habits’ in you.

I was in prayer and I just began to think im tired of seeing the body sick and people discouraged and all of a sudden I got this thought and I believe it was from God.  Challenge my people…  It will bring life and encouragement and you will develop a relationship with God it will be for 21 days and hopefully you have got in in your spirit.

A habit is formed in 21 days so to break a habit you must do it as well for 21 days to change your life and create new great awesome challenges.

I want to bring Challenge to Change  that we would engage our Christianity  and to become what a Christian is called to do.

God’s word tells us to challenge the people of God. 2 Tim 4:2 “so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.”MSG

A Challenge to engage in Spiritual warfare and taking the challenge not just saying you are a Christian but really being on and walking like one and doing what one is suppose to do.

I was talking to a woman the other day that said I need Help I hate my daughters in law I am a liar and I say you need to understand that everything we do is a choice.. You must chose to love you must chose to speak the truth.

I will be putting it on facebook.   and you can check in to do it I am going to put it out there you can give small testimonies I will post what I am reading you don’t have to follow but you can give reports.

Prayer Prov 8:17 “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”KJV

If we really Got into prayer and showed up for prayer I want to challenge you to start today I am coing in to engage my prayer coming in to really talk to God

 

The Word Of God Jer 23:18 “Have any of these prophets bothered to meet with me, the true God? bothered to take in what I have to say? listened to and then lived out my Word?”MSG

If we really read the word of God every day today

reading the word of God and you are trusting God but actually reading the word of God for yourself  you

John 14:23-24 “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him — we’ll move right into the neighborhood! 24 Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.”MSG

Rev 3:8-11 “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.  9 “And watch as I take those who call themselves true believers but are nothing of the kind, pretenders whose true membership is in the club of Satan — watch as I strip off their pretensions and they’re forced to acknowledge it’s you that I’ve loved.  10 “Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I’ll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test.  11 “I’m on my way; I’ll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown. “MSG

Worship and really doing it Ps 100:1-4 “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;”NIV

Ps 47:1 “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”KJV

I’m talking about really singing and not caring about the person next to you but understanding that you are in front of God

Don’t worry about no one else but that you are really worshipping God.

What would happen if we came in and really worshipped Jesus

If we really Got into prayer and showed up for prayer

If we really read the word of God every day

God I’m going to start to be a Christian

Listen to me as w do these things we will see a transformation you will began to fight Satan off.  We want to start today You can call it the Challenge

Reading for 15 to 30 minutes a day and when its church bring your bible

Praying for 30 minutes a day and when its church come

Singing to God daily and when in Church really sing to him

Evangelism Matt 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” NIV

Evangelism and when it’s time for church evangelism show up but even in private time everyday sharing your faith or a testimony.

I’m talking about a radical change in our life it will bring the joy and bring your Christianity to fruition and reality The Challenge.

Will You Take The Challenge!

Reading for at least 15 minutes a day if you want to go over Go do it, and when its church bring your bible

Praying for 30 minutes a day and when its church come to prayer

Singing to God daily instead of singing the blues sing songs of praise and when in Church really singing to him.  How do you do this Imagine he is right there and your singing to him.

Evangelism Everyday telling your testimony sharing your faith to at least one person aday listen to the spirit and he will lead you and when Church is having evangelism be there.

Will You Take The Challenge!

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Staying Hungry And Thirsty For God.

And what I mean by this is if you and I don’t stay hungry for God we will die we will get weak we must stay hungry for God.   We never want to come to a place where we lose our hunger for the Lord. I want us to stay hungry.

Matt 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”KJV

This is one of the Beatitudes and each beatitude comes with a condition and a blessing and this one is If you Hunger and thirst after righteousness you will be filled

What does hungry mean here: Experiencing a desire or need for God. Extremely desirous; avid:  Characterized by or expressing hunger or craving to eat and drink and consume God.

The word Thirsty means: Desiring to drink. parched:  Craving something:  Very absorbent feeling an eager desire for needing moisture to be in need of something to fulfill the soul and body

The bible says when you and I hunger and thirst for God we shall be filled

The word filled means: To put into (a container, for example) as much as can be held: To supply or provide to the fullest extent:  To build up the level of  To stop or plug up To add a foreign substance.  To satisfy or; fulfill:  To complete To supply with material,

You and I must stay hungry and thirsty and this comes with a promise if we stay hungry and thirsty  the promise it we will be filled I want to stay filled the opposite is empty, and Dry

The opposite of this verse is if you keep going on not having a hunger or not drinking God you will be unhappy not satisfied not complete dried and stale not having the blessing of God in wanting bored and malnutrition and eventually die.

We need this in our life’s you might say why do we need to be thirsty and hungry for God because it’s when we are not that we lose our joy our blessing 

***When we are no longer thirsty and hungry we fall back into just living a normal Christian life without God and without the fire of God.

****You see I believe that God has  done some great things in the  last past 5 months I have seen people hungry and thirsty and wanting the fire of God in there life’s I have seen people taste God.

****I have seen people excited and with a new passion in there soul.

****I have seen prayer increase in lives and I have seen people get there fight back and realize there’s gotta be more than just coming to church it is a beautiful thing to walk with God.

***I have seen people understand what true worship is and seen how people are using their gifts they are realizing serving God is awesome.

*****I have seen people wanting and desiring to see God move in sign and wonders and to           .                                                believe God for miracles.

******I have seen a great awakening in the people of God were people are sensitive to his voice

*****I have seen both men and women want the fire so bad in there lifes that they have cried out God hear I am save me forgive me and they have realized that the fire of God would burn away all the things that are getting in the way of God.

But there is a danger when you have touched the heart of God.  There is a danger when you have been in the presence of God  There is a danger when you have walked in that fire. And that danger is  you stop fighting for it.. The danger is You stop seeking God for it.

Listen It takes sacrifice and prayer and a heart that is humble and hungry and thirsty to get that! But it also takes even more sacrifice and more heart and more hunger and thirsting to keep it.

It’s one thing to get the fire but the hardest thing is to maintain it…. and some of you know what I am talking about you can feel yourself going back into your same old Christian life as you had before when you were just going through the motions.

And I am here to tell you  You got to get hungry you got to get thirsty for God.  Or it will .       .                                                                       die in you.

This is biblical. Heb 6:4-6“Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, 5 once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us —   6 if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. That’s impossible. Why, they’ve re-crucified Jesus! They’ve repudiated (that word means to refuse to recognize to act like it didn’t happen) him in public!”MSG

You see we must not fall into the temptation of going back to the way we use to live a life of not fighting a life of not desiring and praying and seeking and crying out to God.

We must not go back to a life that doesn’t have the fire of God.

I don’t want to go back to what the world calls normal Christianity that is not normal there is so much more and God wants to show you even more.

Like that song we sing Gotta be more gotta be more Gotta be more…. there is more than this.

Don’t allow yourself to get satisfied with the hum drum life of the world cry out to God.

If you think this is all that there is you need to get thirsty you need to get Hungry for God.  And when you do you will be filled. satisfied complete.

The fire has been started but we must keep it ablaze

The Holy Spirit has been ignited in our life’s but we must keep it lit

Always remember its of a nature for a fire to go out but this one we must not they did it in the Old testament what it shows us we can do it in the New Testament.

Lev 6:13“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”KJV

We must sustain the super natural power of God in our lifes in our church..The hard part is keeping it and excelling it… That means we must uphold it we must bear it up And the reason why it feels like you can’t get more is because of the devil he is starting to take notice.

You see when God takes notice so does the devil, and God wants his people to press on. We must recognize what is happening. The enemy wants us to back down God wants us to step forward. Listen this is not the end there is so  much more that God wants to do we will never reach a point in our life’s where we cap of where we hit a stopping point.  The Devil is a liar

Look what God says about his spirit  John 3:34“For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”NIV

Do you know what it means you can get more of God the spirit of God is never tapped out you can never reach the point where God says I can’t do no more

It means sky is the limit it means God wants to do greater things. It means we must stay thirsty we must stay hungry. It means we need his presence… We need his Wisdom His anointing His knowledge. We must know what Got us here today will not sustain us or keep us for tomorrow.

God is a Fresh God we must seek his freshness.

Lam 3:22-25“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”KJV

They are new every morning freshness God wants to give. The Devil wants us as a church just going through the motions without power and anointing.

We must press in…we are at war we must keep the fire of God… Prayer and obedience and wanting more of God wears our bodies down this is why so many stop and they no longer stay hungry and thirsty. Rest if you have to but get up and praise God worship God desire God… Get into the fight and fight get hungry and thirsty for God

Listen Church this House of God is to be a place of freshness…. It is to be a place of Joy… a place where you get strength… a place where you meet God.. a place where you get revived…a place where you get vision…  a place of equipping  are you getting it? If not why Not fight for it get hungry for it get thirsty for it but don’t you walk out of here without it..

This  issue of staying hungry and staying thirsty has been in the minds of all of God’s people.  And God constantly warns us not to back down why because he knows you and I..

Look what God says. 2 Tim 1:6 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”KJV

Fan the flame make it bigger because if you don’t fan it or stir it .. it can die.

Matt 24:13“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”KJV We must endure to the end its not over….

We must not get tired of doing good or seeking God or get sidetracked Gal 6:9“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”KJV

We can get tired and fatigued…the battle takes a toll on us…  we can sleep when we are dead…Joke! Heb 10:36-39“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”KJV

Message bible says Heb 10:36-39 “But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.  37 It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. 38 But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.  39 But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.”MSG

Church let’s get Hungry…Church let’s get thirsty

As I Close let me give you some words that we overlook but are powerful when you understand them.  and start being them.

Enthusiasm Means:  Having God Within,  to be possessed with God it also means possession by  God formed from en, “in, within,” and theos, “god.”

We know the word Enthusiasm to mean great excitement on fire alive fresh extreme

It’s impossible not to be excited because how can you not if you have God inside of you

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm

Confidence Means:  is a word from the Greek:  “con” meaning with;    “fidence” meaning faith, It means with Faith!

Kenosis means to empty oneself to pour out” or “to humble

When it comes to the kenosis, we often focus too much on what Jesus gave up. The kenosis also deals with what Christ took on. Jesus added to Himself a human nature and humbled Himself. Jesus went from being the glory of glories in Heaven to being a human being who was put to death on the cross.

Let me give you some promises… God is on time and will always come through.

Hab 2:3“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”KJV

Heb 6:1-3 “So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; 2 baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. 3 God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!”MSG 

Stay Hungry Stay Thirsty and we will be so blessed filled

 

When The Storms come…

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Jesus said these words Matt 7:24-25“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”KJV

Jesus tells us that even though we do the will of God doesn’t mean we are not going to go through trails and storms they are going to come into our lives no matter what,

Jesus is promising you and I hey!  IT’S not an IF but A When the storms will come.  But it matters what you do in the storm that will determine if you fall or rise live or die be victorious or a victim.

He says if you  hear my words  and do them obey them walk them you are a wise man because when the storms and rains and winds come and the beat upon you your marriage family home job finances, ministry your whole world that’s what house means you will not fail, fall or die because you have built your house world upon me the rock. 

The word storm means: a strong wind with rain, snow, hail or thunder and lightning a heavy violent outbreak  and outburst  and disturbance of elements coming down it also means being rushed and attacked.

Jesus said listen they will come..and how many know when they come upon us we need to have Jesus in our hearts and our minds  and also in our acts and walks.  Or we will fail. 

Jesus gives this warning to those who don’t listen to what he says what will happen

Matt 7:26-27 “But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on sand. 27 For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash.”TLB

The key word here is When…..the storms and rains will come into our life’s. 

Listen Jesus tells us about the storms and the rains to prepare us but to lets us know that Salvation is real the Devil is real but most of all God is real he will see you through the storms but you need to trust in him.  God will bring you through the storms. 

When storms come don’t wonder why is this happening to me it happens to all of us

1 Peter 4:12-13“Dear friends, don’t be bewildered or surprised when you go through the fiery trials ahead, for this is no strange, unusual thing that is going to happen to you. 13 Instead, be really glad-because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterwards you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory in that coming day when it will be displayed.”TLB 

The most common thing when Christians go through storms or trails is why is this happening to me for. And the question should be why not. We need to stop being so surprised when we go through the storms nowhere does God’s word say that you will not go through the storms

We forget that we even had them when we were not with Jesus and we got it better know because we don’t go through them alone like we use to.

We got Jesus know we can lean on him we didn’t have no one before to lean on.

Do you remember your past when you didn’t have Jesus and you were alone I do 

I remember it was so sad it was ugly it was scary.. I thank God for Jesus 

I dint have Jesus I had to figure everything out myself and it always got me more depressed and hurt and wrong decisions

We forget this you guys we got it better with Jesus and he promises that he doesn’t leave us in the storm he is right there.   Tell your neighbor he is right there in your storm.

God is with you in the storms  Church everyone Goes through trails everyone around this world every Christians does and if they can make it so can you

  • 1 Peter 5:8-9“Be careful-watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. 9 Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too.”TLB

The devil makes you feel like you’re the only one..  In here right know everyone is going through there storm or will go through one or is going to go through on

But he is with you …..look at your neighbor and say he is with you.

There is a lot of things storms do if you are not prepared and you get hit in the storm without Jesus.

Storms cane bring a lot of Destruction 

If you are not prepared before the storm it will bring a lot of destruction to your life marriage and home and finances this is why Jesus says don’t wait for the storm to hit its going to but the key is preparation

Obey Jesus know…walk Jesus know and it will save you from a lot of destruction that is very unnecessary.  The sad thing about storms is not the storm but the hurts and pains and destructions could have been avoided. 

Storms can affect your salvation 

Some people never bounce back and if they do there is a lot of emotional healing that needs to take place and a lot of misunderstandings there 

It could make a person give up on what God has for them and there family it can take your joy out f your life and your family.  Because of the head is sick the whole body will be too.

This is why parents both of you need to be founded upon a rock,  because of you being the head you bring life and direction and guidance to the body and if you the head is not right the whole body will be wrong and sick 

This is why David said Lord renew a right spirit in me…. Because eit affects everyone around you if your salvation is affected and again it could have been avoided if you did what Jesus told you to do. 

This goes for your marriage your home and your finances and children.  What well what do you mean.. 

What does Jesus say about your marriage…..love one another Husband love your wife like Christ loved the church

Wife God says respect your husband and reverence him and submit unto him for God’s glory if this is not done then when again I say when because they will when the rain comes and beats upon your house the house means your everything within your walls of your life. 

Marriage children home finances ministry it won’t fall because you doing what God says and walking it but if you don’t it will fall and the bible says great will be that fall. 

Your finances…put God first or if you don’t the rain will come and you will be devastated

Your children obey what God says and train up your child in his ways or when the rain comes and they will great will be there fall.

Its sounds simply but many find it hard to do because of pride, compromise, or just a lack of concern

Storms can make a person isolate themselves

I have seen people and I know we have too they go through storms and they fall away from people they withdraw that’s the wrong thing to do.. It’s never right or good to withdraw from god’s people Gods house or God himself.. that only brings confusion and darkness into our lives

Then we get deceived we get weird we get bitter we get offended. When we withdraw from God we get close to Satan always remember that. 

Then you got those that say well I love God but I just am not going to church or with his people. Impossible,  How can you love God but not want to be around his house and his people and his love again it’s easy to get deceived and also justify our ways 

But if you really think about it what would God tell you to do…believe me he won’t say stay away from my people and my house and just handle this all alone. 

God always works in harmony not disharmony and in unity not disunity that’s what thekingdomofGodis all about

Storms can make you want to run away from all that God has for you

I have seen many just give up on all that God has for them and think they will live a life better without God or his will for their life’s. 

Listen all that we have is because of God 

If it took God to get us this far it will take God to get us the rest of the way 

If it took God to get our life’s in order it will take God to keep it in order

If it took God to give us a life it will take God to keep our life and all that’s init.

The enemy strategy is to make you think you can run from God and still have a blessed life its only blessed if God is in it  And God only blesses obedience not disobedience. 

Our life’s do not get better running away from God and what he has for us it only get worse and it’s the beginning of our sorrows not the end.  So many men and women of God had to learn this the hard way.

God wants to be with you in the storm that’s what it’s all about This is what Jesus is saying.. Obey my word and walk in it and when the storms come you will be stable and blessed and happy.

Listen Church there is going to be storms and that’s the way life is still.  And I know it makes us wonder how can God let these things happen to us

How can God just stand by and watch us suffer.  Where is God when it really hurts?  Maybe God is actually closer to us than we think Maybe it’s when were in these situations, where everything seems to be falling apart.  That God gets an opportunity to remind us of how much he really loves us.

I just want to say God loves you and he is with you in the storm.. Pass the TEST.

 

 

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Taking Responsibility In The Kingdom Of God

Gal 6:4-5“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. 5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”MSG

I want us to know that we have a major responsibility To God concerning our life’s and ministry and families and destinies.

Most Christians it doesn’t dawn on them that God holds them responsible for having Jesus for having the wisdom and knowledge of God.  God holds us responsible for the life, talent and abilities and callings we have and one day he will ask us to give an account.

The word Responsibility means: Liable to be required to give account, as of one’s actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust. Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority: (No one should have to remind you) Being a source or cause.  Able to make moral or rational decisions on one’s own and therefore answerable for one’s behavior. Able to be trusted or depended upon; reliable. Based on or characterized by good judgment or sound thinking:  Having the means to pay debts or fulfill obligations.  Required to render account; answerable

I want us to know that we have a responsibility before God  So many of God’s people live like they don’t have a responsibility.

Did you know

  • 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • Over 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month.
  • Over 3,500 people leave church a day.

How can this be… Because many Christians feeling no responsibility

We need an awakening of responsibility  in our life’s.  In our text Paul is speaking to the Galatians and tells them you have work to do God saved you for a work and you must take responsibility in that calling work purpose that he has for you.

As a Christian a leader a mother a father a teen ager you have a responsibility to God to do the will of God.   Listen we are living in a generation that feels I can do what I want to do.

Even Christian ministers and leaders and people in ministry feel like I don’t have to take on responsibility at my post.  And the devil has this generation thinking that it doesn’t matter if you’re faithful or loyal and responsible and it does Christian.

Many Christians so many stay home take off and leave there responsibility like souls are not hanging in the balance.   This generation is the smartest generation but the laziest in history because it thinks I can do whatever I want. And it thinks it’s automatically going to happen.

This generation feels don’t follow my walk follows my talk.  Don’t look at what I do but just listen to what I say. Don’t look at my lack of responsibility but look at my words and heart but never realizing your heart or words need to match up with your walk and responsibility. I feel like it’s a plague in our world today…

Even many in ministry can take it so lightly and not even show up for their ministry and have no accountability.  And even those that are not in ministry I’m not doing nothing in here or for God so what.  Oh listen to me there is a major responsibility we have before our God and must keep it and maintain it and conviction needs to be there big time.

JUST WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CHRISTIANS? We are to be AMBASSADORS?   We are to be God’s Ambassadors  PAUL TELLS US IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,” WHAT IS AN AMBASSADOR?

WEBSTER DEFINES AMBASSADOR AS “AN OFFICIAL OF THE HIGHEST RANK SENT TO REPRESENT HIS GOVERNMENT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY.”

AN OFFICIAL OF THE HIGHEST RANK. DID YOU KNOW THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE OFFICIALS OF THE HIGHEST RANK?   God has given you a responsibility He has called you as an Ambassador.  We are to represent his Kingdom.

AS AMBASSADORS WE ARE TO REPRESENT JESUS IN THIS PRESENT WORLD. WE ARE TO GO AND SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH OTHERS. THIS IS THE MESSAGE THAT GOD HAS ENTRUSTED US WITH. WE HAVE EXPRESS AND FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THE WORLD IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF.

WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERY FOREIGNER (OR SINNER) THAT WE COME IN CONTACT WITH.

ARE WE FAILING AS AMBASSADORS TO CHRIST?   ARE WE DOING THE JOB THAT WE HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY GOD ALMIGHTY TO DO?

THERE ARE DIRE CONSEQUENCES FOR POOR PERFORMANCE.  HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER UNDERGONE A PERFORMANCE REVIEW?   YOU NORMALLY GET THOSE ABOUT ONCE A YEAR. WELL, OUR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS AS AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST WILL COME ONLY ONE TIME.

You see It is serious and the Responsibility is serious and we must take it as serious.

Rom 14:12 “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”NIV

1 Cor 3:13-15“his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”NIV

Eccl 12:14 “And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil.”MSG

Rev 20:12-13 “ And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.”NIV

2 Cor 5:10-11“Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. 11 That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care.’MSG

I want us to see that we have responsibility..

As leaders you have responsibility to people you are leading it is not a light thing.

As ministry workers you have a responsibility to those you are helping

As people in the church we have a responsibility To Do the work of God.

I say this because it’s scary times when you see the mindset or the way people live and serve God like they have no responsibility to God to his people to his Kingdom.

Pastors are not the only ones with responsibility all of us do.  How is your responsibility in the Kingdom? Some don’t even have any, Some take it lightly Some never think about t.

Think about it this way what if we had no responsibility at our jobs, we would get fired come in when we want to call the boss and feel like just showing up.

What about our marriages we would ruin it come in when you want and if you feel like it and don’t do anything just come in check in check out watch a movie and say bye.

What about in our bills with our children.

Responsibility is even greater when it comes to God because everything hinges on that.

The kingdom suffers lost because of lack of responsibility. Men and women can’t be counted on because of lack of responsibility. Men and women can’t be used because of lack of responsibility and Satan knows that

Look at the responsibility we have.  1 Peter 4:2-5 “As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do — living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”NIV

1 John 2:17 “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”NIV

Matt 7:21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”NIV

The bible calls us 1 PETER 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”NIV

We must declare the praises of God. WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD.

AS JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST, AND AS PART OF A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, WE ARE THEREFORE OFFICIALS OF THE HIGHEST RANK, REPRESENTING THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN A WORLD WHERE WE ARE FOREIGNERS.   WE ARE SET APART, WE ARE A PECULIAR PEOPLE. WE ARE FOREIGN TO THE WORLD SYSTEM BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED.

And we have been called to represent Jesus to show this world God is alive
Ezek 33:1-9 “The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. 5 Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself.  6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’ 7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.”NIV

OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO BE WATCHMEN TO THE WORLD. THIS IS THE OLD TESTAMENT WORD FOR AMBASSADOR.

GOD IS TELLING US THROUGH EZEKIEL THAT WE ARE TO WARN THE WICKED (THE LOST) OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN, AND THAT CONSEQUENCE IS WHAT? VERSE 8 SAYS O WICKED MAN, THOU SHALT SURELY DIE.   We are to take responsibility.

YOU ALL HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES AT HOME, AT WORK, EVEN AT PLAY. IF YOU ARE ON A BALL TEAM THEN YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP DEFEAT THE OTHER TEAM. AS CHRISTIANS IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE JESUS WITH THE WORLD.

SOMEONE ONCE ASKED DANIEL WEBSTER “WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE GREATEST SINGLE THOUGHT THAT EVER OCCUPIED YOUR MIND?” WITHOUT ANY HESITATION HE ANSWERED, “THE GREATEST SINGLE THOUGHT THAT EVER OCCUPIED MY MIND IS THAT ONE DAY I WILL HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF MYSELF TO ALMIGHTY GOD.”

We want these words spoken over us Responsibility Matt 25:21″His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “NIV   I pray that are lives will be lived with Responsibility towards God.

If you’re in ministry don’t take it lightly show up don’t stay home people are counting on you.

If you are not in ministry Get responsibly and let’s do the will of God together workers are needed.

If you are a leader of a ministry don’t take your position lightly what you do affects the Kingdom

Responsibility we will have to uphold until Christ comes back and even then he will give us new ones when we get to Heaven.

Christ took on responsibility what about Us.  Will you take it up will you renew it will you grab it will you keep it.

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Don’t Run From Your Problems! Because Things Only Get Worse. I say this because what I seen so often are people when things get tuff they run they hide they avoid and this is never the heart of God.

We are not to be a people that we run from our problems. But we face them. We Deal with them. And I don’t if you’re a runner but that’s immaturity and God is a God that wants us to deal with our issues and problems and stand up to them and work them out. They only get worse when we run.

What so many do know a days when they have problems they run, avoid people de-friend people, Ignore people or just go to the world. or leave town or leave Church that is never a good idea . It doesn’t bring maturity

I want to show you what running does to a man or a woman or a teen ager or a family of God.

Ruth 1:1-5“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion — Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.”NKJV

First of all I want us to know that this is one happy great family they are the people of God they were living in the country of Judah in the city of Bethlehem… It’s the place where Jesus was Born..

The bible says they moved from Bethlehem to Moab why because times Got hard there was a famine in the land there were issues arising and bad times going on.

This was one happy family you might say how do you know that.

Well first of all They lived in the country of Judah in Bethlehem, Judah means praise and Bethlehem means house of bread… Listen to me the house of God this church is the house of bread. It never pays leaving the house of bread..

We can see just by this they were happy but let’s look deeper their names say it all when people named there names it meant something.

First of all the dads name was Elimelech which means: God is my King..Wow

Moms name Naomi means Pleasant

The first sons name Mahlon means: Song

The second sons name Chilion means: Satisfaction

Put it all together this family was one where God was King and there was pleasantness and songs and satisfaction because they were in praise in the house of bread….

They were happy until they lift the house of bread and they went to Moab..

Moab means wash-pot it’s what God called it in Psalm 108 or in layman terms it means toilet….

They ran from their problems they ran from issues instead of sticking it out and calling and trusting God they left.

Know you might say how did they have problems in the house of bread the place of praise…. Because they started to drift from God.

They started to serve other God’s God was no longer important And in 2 Chronicles chapter 7 if they turned from God to serve other God’s they would go into a famine and dry times would come.

When problems stare us in the face we can basically respond in 1 of 3 ways:

1. We can face them and work thru them.

2. We can ignore them and pretend they’re not there.

3. We can run from them and try to avoid them.

However, Elimelech, whose name means “my God is King”, and especially his wife Naomi,

would painfully learn, “you should not run from your problems, because things may

only get worse.”

Transition: When times are tough and the days are difficult, rather than run from our

problems we should run to our God, we should believe His promises and we should trust His plan.

The book of Ruth provides it was “when the judges ruled (judged).” It was a time when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” They were serving other Gods so a famine was in the land people were backsliding hunger was going on money was tight

Elimelech (v. 2, “My God is King”) decides the best course of

action is to run from the problem. He gathers up his wife Naomi and his 2 sons and he heads east for the expansive, grain filled plateau of Moab on the other side of the Dead Sea.

A reasonable decision, but not a faith decision. _ It disobeyed God’s directions. Moab was Israel’s enemy and the real

Guard Yourself From a Lack of Wisdom. 1:1-2

  • · Dwell in v. 1 means to live as a stranger, a visitor, to stay temporarily.
  • · Remain in v. 2 tells us Moab became Elimelech’s home!

Going to Moab disobeyed God’s directions. Staying in Moab both disregarded and invited

God’s discipline. Elimelech led his family poorly, and he and his family would suffer severely.

Application: Don’t pick up and run at the first sign of trouble. Ask yourself:

1).What does God’s Word say?

Most people don’t do this… God is never thought about

2). What is God trying to teach me?

  • · If things were bad in Bethlehem, they got even messier in Moab.

If things have gotten bad in you trusting Jesus don’t you think they will get worse walking away from him. The situation for the Elimelech family really did go from bad to worse.

The 2 sons marry. But we should immediately be concerned. · First their names: Mahlon, who marries Ruth (4:10), means “sickly.” Chilion,who marries Orpah, means “spent, death, destruction.”

They married Moabites, women from Israel’s enemy, a people Deuteronomy 23:3 says is not to enter the assembly of the Lord for 10 generations.

10 years of marriage and no children, both boys die and Naomi is left alone

Listen God is King but he always dies when you leave the house of bread and the place of praise and stop calling upon God in times of trouble and go to Moab…. Moab means wash pot or in more understanding terms the toilet bowl.

So in reality this family said it gets to tough here in the house of praise and bread lets go swim in the toilet bowl.

Forget this things aint going like I planned I’m going to the world to the computer turn on some stuff. I’m going to the toilet bowl bar down the street.. I mean I’ll be back I’m just finding myself tacking a break .

Yeah Naomi and Elimelech never thought their kids would die and himself and she never thought yeah you will be back but in ten years from now and by yourself with everyone dead.

We are not to run from your problems work them out face them with God get right stay right but don’t leave the house of bread and the place of praise.

Closing…

Listen we often make a huge mistake if we run from our problems learn from great examples.

David stayed and fought Goliath

Daniel stayed and faced the lions in the lion’s den.

Meshach Shadrach and Abednego went into the fire and Jesus was with them.

None of them ran.

A promise we must uphold. Isa 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”NIV

Don’t run from the fire don’t avoid the fire walk through it with Jesus he promises to be with us in the fire.

Are you running from your problems? Don’t run from them Run to God.. So many run from God instead of running to him. There is a price to be paid from running from hard times.

Mommas said there would be days like this…. It’s a war. If you know people tell them stop running from problems and run To God, Deal with Your problems That’s maturity.

 

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Heb 6:11-12 “And we are anxious that you keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, so that you will get your full reward. 12 Then, knowing what lies ahead for you, you won’t become bored with being a Christian nor become spiritually dull and indifferent, but you will be anxious to follow the example of those who receive all that God has promised them because of their strong faith and patience.”TLB

In fact the word boredom “the word did not even enter the English vocabulary until the Enlightenment of the 18th century, the beginning of the modern era.” Boredom is a combination of weariness, a lack of energy or interest, apathy and unconcern that causes a person to feel like doing nothing.

People that are bored Are not living for a purpose?, “life is best when designed around purpose.” Are you maximizing your potential by developing your gifts and talents? When you live on purpose you design your calendar to reflect your interests and your values.

For anyone that lives a boring life Your Answer is Find your Purpose you were made to be in God and DO IT.

Believe me there is so much work to be done, When you are doing the will of God in the center of His will there is no time for boredom you will live a life of purpose..

The bible says The harvest is plentiful the laborers are few.

Find your Purpose ASK God He will tell YOU

Prov 14:14“The backslider gets bored with himself; the godly man’s life is exciting. “TLB

Yet many people, including many Christians, are utterly bored with life. One survey reports that 54% of all Americans go to work primarily to escape the boredom of life at home. And 70% of American teenagers say they are bored with school. The survey also reported that 25% of teenagers said they got drunk on the weekend because they were so bored.

Boredom is a combination of weariness, a lack of energy or interest, apathy and unconcern that causes a person to feel like doing nothing.

Boredom can also be traced to…A lack of faith in God (“Boredom: the consciousness of a barren, meaningless existence.”

How do we deal with boredom? Well most people seek to do something “fun” or exciting. Until they get bored with that.

OMS. THE DANGER OF BOREDOM “Boredom has made more gamblers than greed, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.” “Boredom is often the motivation for adultery and divorcE abuse of alcohol or drugs, and even suicide.”

You have to learn to give your life to others in service? Are you mentoring someone? When is the last time you spent time in community service? or a ministry.

Boredom is A pre-occupation with self to the neglect of what is around us

Being too much of a spectator and too little of a participant in activities

When a Christian is “bored”…

He is not very active in his service to the Lord.

He is therefore not very useful to anyone.

Listen God has a plan for your life your Job is to find it and live it. You were made for a reason on purpose for a purpose God has the answer ASK HIM and then Do HIS WILL.

 

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What This World Needs Is Hero’s Jesus was a Hero

 Col 2:13-15 “When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive — right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, 14 the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. 15 He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.”MSG

Luke 19:48 “But they could think of nothing, for he was a hero to the people-they hung on every word he said. “TLB

The bible says Isa 42:13 “The Lord emerges like a hero, like a warrior he inspires himself for battle; he shouts, yes, he yells, he shows his enemies his power.”NET

 Hollywood has finally caught up to what most little boys have always known.  Superheroes are awesome!

When you study what a Hero is, It’s what Jesus was and what we are to be too study the word hero and let God make you the light and the Salt of the world.

What is a hero: It is often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by God. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life: 3A person noted for special achievement in a particular field: a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc.  Are you answering the call?

The World your family your friends your husband and wife and children and God is waiting for you.

You Matter God will Help you.