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Live Your Eulogy

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Today live differently. Today recognize God wants to do”immeasurably more than all you could ask or imagine by His power that is at work in you…for His glory not yours.” (Eph. 3:20)

Greear has written, “If everything you do is explainable by natural giftings, then at your funeral people will likely give you credit for your accomplishments. But if God is doing things through you that are ‘impossible with men,’ then at your funeral your friends are likely to give God the credit.” Then he concludes, “The Spirit wants to glorify Jesus in your life, not you. Live today with your eulogy in mind, asking God to do through you what only he can get credit for. I want the summation of my life to be the words of Zechariah the prophet, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” says the Lord. (Zech.4:6) So live differently today, not in what you can do but in what God can do through you. Invite him in!

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“Influence”

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Mother Teresa stated, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

Let’s agree with each other that we will love each other, be deep-spirited friends. We won’t push our way to the front; we won’t sweet-talk our way to the top. We will put ourselves aside, and help others get ahead. We will not be obsessed with getting our own advantage and we will forget ourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. This calls for intentional living folks, but is the difference of living a life of influence rather than living the life of a leech.

Workship

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“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”(Psalm 113:3)

On Fridays we pull out of our driveways for our commute and rejoice “TGIF.” May we as Christ-followers when Monday comes state as well “TGIM.”  God in his creative wisdom created us to bring Him glory regardless of when or what we do, so our work should be as worship to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “Whatever we do, whether we eat or drink, do it all to the glory of God.” If the simple actions of eating and drinking can glorify God what about the 100,000 plus hours of work we do in our lifetime? God is a worker, God is creative, and we are made in His image.

After creating Adam God sent him out to the garden to work. He sends us out daily as well, but not just to work, but to “workship” Him. Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” What you do, whatever you do matters to God and matters to others. How impactful is it when manufacturing, the service industry and retail are on strike or do a poor job in their work? It impacts our quality of life. When you workship God you bring Him glory, when you workship God you work good for others.

Investments

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Throughout our life whether we realize it or not we pour into many investments. We invest in our finances, work, house, recreation, hobbies, friendships, marriage, children, and Jesus. I listed marriage, children and Jesus last because they can easily end up there when it comes to our attention, especially for men. Read the truth of Psalm 112:1-2, “Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” How does verse one impact verse two? What is the outcome of the investment in verse one in verse two? As we live, let’s live intentionally and move Jesus, marriage, and children to the forefront of our list. If we do, everything after will be blessed, especially the generation after us, our children.

Canoeing Mountains

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How do you lead when everything ahead of you is nothing like anything behind you? This is the whole focus of the book, “Canoeing Mountains” which speaks of the adventure of Lewis & Clark. These two men were hired by the government to investigate the west and assumed what they discovered on the east side of the country would be the same on the west. Then they hit the Rockies! You see, Lewis & Clark were hired because they were great canoe men and could navigate water but they weren’t mountain men. When they hit the Rockies they had to leave their canoeing skills behind and develop mountaineering skills to navigate the new terrain.

This is life right? Maybe daily, weekly, during life transitions, what you have obtained as skill from past experience isn’t useful for what is ahead. Nobody takes a canoe mountain climbing. To navigate what is ahead of us that is not supported by skills or wisdom gained behind us we need to maintain a practice that bridges the gap between water and mountains. It is the practice of traveling with our guide Jesus. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Whether canoeing or climbing keep Jesus with you, for what is ahead of you.

Fixed on Jesus not Election

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The Presidential debates are watched by many people in our nation both Christ followers and non-Christ followers. With the debate comes anxiousness about our nations future, our individual future, our livelihood, taxes, health insurance, job, safety and freedom, but I want to call each of us to “fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Over the last two weeks I have been praying John 14:27 over my family and I wish to pray it over the people of New Hope. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” With every election comes unrest and speculation of the future but statistically 85% of what we worry about never happens!

Throughout scripture God reminds us that He is ultimately our King, President, CEO, Coach, Owner. In Psalm 24:1 it states, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 47:8, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” I love the picture God gives us of His Kingship in Isaiah 40:22-25,

“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, but He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.”

God is the only one with the All before the Mighty, the Great I AM, the Alpha (beginning) and the Omega (end). He is large and in charge and a sparrow does not fall to the ground without Him knowing. In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus calls us not to worry for our Father in heaven knows what we need. We are called to seek Him first, to walk in righteousness and He will care for our needs. As Christ-followers let’s follow the Christ in the peace we can have for the future, in how we speak about the presidential candidates, how we interact with others over the election. Let’s practice what we have been preaching all October and “love our neighbor as ourselves.” Let us walk forth in the peace of Christ and bring this peace to the neighbors around us.

Although our candidate selection is not ideal let us vote with confidence. For the One who has conquered death and has risen, the One who holds the stars in place and changes the seasons, this One can surely stir and control the nations. Keep living large New Hope and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!

 

Triumph Costs

The amount of loafing practiced by the average Christian in spiritual things would ruin a concert pianist if he allowed himself to do the same thing in the field of music. The idle puttering around that we see in church circles would end the career of a big league pitcher in one week. No scientist could solve his exacting problem if he took as little interest in it as the rank and file of Christians take in the art of being holy. The nation whose soldiers were as soft and undisciplined as the soldiers of the churches would be conquered by the first enemy that attacked it. Triumphs are not won by men in easy chairs. Success is costly. We Travel an Appointed Way, 26. A.W. Tozerplaying-piano-2

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Wisdom Trumps Knowledge

wayofwisdomIt is said, “Wisdom is the right application of knowledge.” If this is true, then wisdom always trumps knowledge. We all know more than we apply. We know we should not spend more than we make yet we do. We lack wisdom. We know pride gets us in trouble, yet we do not hold our tongue. We lack wisdom. We know the reality of procrastination; that it builds stress and doesn’t bring our best work, yet we put off anyway. We lack wisdom. One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 111. Verse 10 states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Our world is full of knowledge, but lacks godly wisdom. True wisdom that trumps all knowledge comes from being with God our true King. Stay before God and wisdom will stay before you.

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