In his 2013 national conference message, What God Made is Good–and Must Be Sanctified: C.S. Lewis and St. Paul on the Use of Creation, John Piper expounds on 1 Timothy 4:1-4. Now the S…
These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. 1 Peter 1:7
“Adversity doesn’t build character as much as it reveals it.” Agree? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Agree? I think both statements can be true if you don’t waste your pain. Pain, obstacles, and adversity can be the anvil on which your character is forged. However, if you fail to learn from the pain but instead choose bitterness and anger, then the next adversity you face will reveal the shallowness of your character and your faith. We see the same kind of testing in the life of Job, who lost his children, his livestock, his home, and his health. Yet through all of this, Job never sinned against his God, either in word or in deed. Job’s wife wanted him to curse God and die. But he refused. “You talk like a godless woman,” he told her. “Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” (Job 2:10). Job’s three friends came to his side, but the comfort they offered was, in many ways, in the form of misrepresenting the God Job had so faithfully served. Yet, while Job had a lot of questions for God, he refused to give in and sin against him. The outcome? “After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: ‘I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you said about me, as my servant Job was.’ . . . When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!” (Job 42:7, 10). God can indeed use adversity to build your faith and make you a stronger man. But he can also use those life storms as a proving ground for your faith.
God shapes the world by prayer.The more praying there is in the world,the better the world will be,the mightier the forces against evil.
We have been called to Prayer
“Always keep on praying”
Praying is actually talking to God.we don’t have to always be in a specific place to talk to God.Anywhere &anytime God is waiting to hear from you.
Truths about prayer
The father heart of God longs for us to know him and respond to him
God pursues a loving relationship with him that is real and personal
Lesson-we need to learn who God is and who we are in Christ b’se of who God is.Then God will do the rest
God is always at work around us and we must be alert to see where he is working
Constantly listen watch and pray then join him as he leads.Going about the Fathers business and do what we see our Father doing and say what we hear them saying
We pray and praise the names of God
For every need,there is a specific title or attribute to meet that need.
Job 42:10 Gen 50:20,Psalm100
Intimacy with God is everything
It’s not a nice add on to a good religious life,we must want the nearness of God more than our next breath.who we are in intimate connection with Jesus is our central identity and determines how we stand in faith,hope,strength and much more
Prayer and the Holy Spirit
It does not make sense to pray if we do not pray in the spirit Eph 6:18
Prayer and the Holy Spirit are vitally linked together
We need to pray for the spirit of supplication b’se it is He who awakens us to desire and need to pray
Prayer in the Holy Spirit is the greatest secret for a successful prayer life
What it means to pray in the Holy Ghost
To pray supernaturally according to Gods will demands more than mere human reasoning,it needs the wisdom and power which only the Holy Spirit can supply
Real prayer is spiritual warfare Eph 6:12
The praying christian is God on one hand and the devil on the other.
Using your gift for service,soul winning and praying for His Kingdom.
God’s kingdom comes first before our needs.
Soul winning is the most important service as a command to us
Mk 16:15,Jn 1:40-45
The early church one brought the other.
God seekers last in kingdom not
Factors to enhance effectiveness to soul winning
1.love for the lost
For God so loved…..,,when we love the lost,we will be propelled
2.Remember the agony of hell
Opens the heart
2cor4:16 satan blinds minds so as word is spoken,may make a difference.
Power to win. caring speaks volume
5.Associate with soul winners
Iron sharpens iron. Passion develops when among
6.Depend on the Holy Spirit
7.God rewards soul winners
8 makes you shine and wise
9.Use finances to promote the kingdom
Ex 3/10:24-26 Ex32: the money you don’t use to serve God turns to be under demonic influence.
Failure to serve God with finances
Poor mindsets Roms 12:2
Lack of knowledge Hosea 2:6 Matt 19:29 ,Mk 29:29
Selfishness and greed luke12:15-21 Gal 6:7
Trust in their worldly wealth. any wealth that does not serve God has no future. 1Tim 6:17
Service that is Acceptable to God
Serve with perfect heart Ps 101:2
Serve with gladness Psalm 100:2
Serve faithfully 1Cor4:1-2
Serve sacrificial my Rom’s 12:1 with out I convinience,it’s not sacrifice,serve in righteousness Matt6:23
Holiness is a requirement
Service is continual Dan 6:16-20
Hope is the foundational principle for all change. People change because they have hope, and if people do not have hope, they will not change. You are responsible for the changes that you make in your life.
The good news? You can change your life if you really want to. You can improve it, make it better. And it all starts with changing the way you think. So are you ready? I am going to walk you through a six-step plan for achieving positive change.
Here’s how you give yourself a little hope:
Step 1: When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs.
Change begins with the mind. Beliefs are nothing more than a byproduct of what you have thought about long enough, something that you have bought into—always remember that. What you believe, what you think, is just a collection of continual thoughts that have formed themselves into a conviction. When you break down the process of thinking into a manageable number of steps, you reduce the perceived risk associated with change.
Step 2: When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations.
Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It is the inner feeling that what we undertake, we can accomplish. For the most part, all of us have the ability to look at something and know whether we can do it. So in belief there is power… our eyes are opened, our opportunities become plain, our visions become realities. Our beliefs control everything we do. If we believe we can or we believe we cannot, we are correct.
Step 3: When you change your expectations, you change your attitude.
Your expectations are going to determine your attitudes. Most people get used to average; they get used to second best. Nelson Boswell said, “The first and most important step toward success is the expectation that we can succeed.”
Step 4: When you change your attitude, you change your behavior.
When our attitude begins to change, when we become involved with something, our behavior begins to change. The reason that we have to make personal changes is that we cannot take our people on a trip that we have not made.
Step 5: When you change your behavior, you change your performance.
Most people would rather live with old problems than new solutions. We would rather be comfortable than correct; we would rather stay in a routine than make changes. Even when we know that the changes are going to be better for us, we often don’t make them because we feel uncomfortable or awkward about making that kind of a change. Until we get courage and get used to living with something that is not comfortable, we cannot get any better.
Step 6: When you change your performance, you change your life.
It is easier to turn failure into success than an excuse into a possibility. A person can fail, turn around and understand their failure to make it a success. But I want to tell you, a person who makes excuses for everything will never truly succeed. Don’t you know some people who just have an excuse for everything? Why they could not, should not, did not, would not, have not, will not. I promise you, when you excuse what you are doing and excuse where you are, and you allow the exceptions, you fail to reach your potential. It is impossible to turn excuses into possibilities.
Adapted from an article by John C. Maxwell
“Run in such a way as to get the prize.”(1Co 9:24 NIV)
William Arthur Ward wrote: “Believe while others are doubting. Plan while others are playing. Decide while others are delaying. Prepare while others are daydreaming. Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing. Save while others are wasting. Listen while others are talking. Smile while others are frowning. Persist while others are quitting.” To win in life requires three things: (1) You must start. That may seem obvious, but many of us are stuck in the starting blocks waiting for something to get us going. What has God called and equipped you to do? Step out and do it, and He will empower you! (2) You must give it your all. Divers in the Olympics don’t save all their effort for their final dive. They concentrate on nailing every single one, increasing their chances for a gold medal. Don’t settle for mediocrity at any stage of life. 3) You must never quit. In the 1992 Olympics, Derek Redmond of Britain was competing in the 400 meter race when he suffered a torn hamstring and fell. As the other runners breezed past him, he began to struggle to his feet. His father, whose face was covered with tears, suddenly ran down from the stands to help him up. Slowly, agonizingly, they made their way around the rest of the track and crossed the finish line as the stadium in Seoul burst into thunderous applause. Redmond didn’t win a medal, but he won something more important—the respect of the world. The Bible says, “Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
Within you lies the sun, the moon, the sky and all the wonders of this universe. The intelligence that created these wonders is the same force that created you. All things around you come from the same source. We are all one.
Every being on this Earth, every object on this Earth has a
soul. All souls flow into one, this is the Soul of the Universe.
You see, when you nourish your own mind and your own spirit, you are really feeding the Soul of the Universe. When you improve yourself, you are improving the lives of all those around you. And when you have the courage to advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, you begin to draw upon the power of the universe. As I told you earlier, life gives you what you ask of it. It is always listening. ~ Robin Sharma