Monday, December 28, 2009

“THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE”

JOHN 17:1-5

As a man was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. When he answered, he heard his wife warn him urgently, "George, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on 280. Please be careful coming home!" "I'm there right now," said George, "and it's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"

Luke 6:47-48 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

What is your purpose in life? The same as that of the Lord Jesus Christ! Glorifying God! But we all do that in our own God-given unique way.

"This one thing I do, not these many things I dabble with." D.L. Moody

Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith;

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ [from another]? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive [it], why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received [it]?

God has and will make the way and provide what is needed.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:

2 Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

How do you Glorify God in the unique way in which you were created for? It has to be

I. FOUND

A. Salvation

2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

B. Revelation

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.



1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

C. Preparation

Luke 2:46-47 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

II. FOLLOWED

When I think about the following aspect of God’s purpose, I am reminded of the man who’s cap blew off into a busy freeway and he chased after it right into the path of the traffic and was tragical killed. Later a reporter wrote and article about the incident and said, “he was chasing something that didn’t matter.”

I want you to know chasing God’s purpose does matter and it matters eternally.

A. Sanctification - commitment

Psalms 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, [and] prepared unto every good work.

B. Submission - obedience

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

C. Spirituality - discernment

Psalms 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

Psalms 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

III. FULFILLED

A. Priority - assurance

II Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

B. Purity - holiness

Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory [due] unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

C. Perception - prayer

D. Perspective - eternal

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Preached at Higher Ground Baptist Chuch this past Sunday

I had the joy of preaching at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN this past Sunday where Dr. Phil Hoskins serves as pastor. The worship and response was awesome. It was good to see many friends there.



“DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS”

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

I can't do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I'm not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders. The Message Paraphrase

There are some occasions in our life, few I’m glad to say, that are pivotal points along life’s journey where are our entire destiny is determined by the choices we make.

On the other hand, most of our decisions are incidental.

We all have to make many different decisions; however, some of the things we have to do in life are involuntary decisions. They are made automatically. For example,

We blink approximately 10 to 15 times per minute. That Means that in the last hour you’ve blinked about 720 times. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I’ve been spared having to make those additional 720 decisions this past hour and I’m certainly glad I haven’t had to make that decision 17,280 times in the past 24 hours. Now don’t you feel better already?

Let’s consider some:

I. PERSONAL DISCOMFORTS “As I hear, I judge”

Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

It is amazing how many of us hate, with a passion, to make decisions. It may be because we have to make so many of them. Nevertheless, we have make decisions every day.

What contributes to it being so uncomfortable?

A. Procrastination

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” Margaret Thatcher

B. Fear of the unknown

C. Too many options

D. Making the wrong choice (making a mistake)

E. Inability or unwillingness to delegate

F. Resistance to change

G. Lack of knowledge

H. Lack of counsel

Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

I. Presumption - It will go away! I hope!

J. Lack of responsibility

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn

K. An Obsession for making the best choice (there are consequences to all choices) - an obsessive compulsive

II. PRACTICAL WISDOM “I can of my own self do nothing”

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himself: [it is] not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” Unknown to me

The three-fold components for sound decision making:

A. Assurance

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust” 03820 labe: The Hebrew word means confidence (notice with the phrase “with all thine heart”) in the inner man, mind, will, heart, & understanding.

Ps 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Ps 27:13 [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

La 3:25-26 The LORD [is] good unto them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him. [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

1. Presence John 5:30 “As I hear”

2. Faithfulness Proverbs 3:“trust in the Lord”

Ps 54:4 Behold, God [is] mine helper: the Lord [is] with them that uphold my soul.

Ps 116:6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

3. Understanding John 5:30 “Father”

The very use of the term Father rather than God suggests comfort. Even if you don’t make the best decision and your heart is to honor Him, He will take care of you.

Ps 40:17 But I [am] poor and needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

4. His Guidance Proverbs 3:5 “He shall direct thy paths”

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

B. Abasment John 5:30 “I can of my own self do nothing”

Proverbs 3:5 “lean not” 08172 (sha`an) shaw-an' :to lean, lean upon, support oneself. Don’t support yourself on your inadequate understanding, but rather lean upon HIM.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

C. Acknowledgment Proverbs 3:6 “acknowledge him” 03045 (yada`) yaw-dah': To know, to recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess.

We are to change the way we think by pursuing God (not His will per say) in every decision, opportunity, circumstance and in essence in all our ways.

“my judgment is just” Jesus was saying that his selection (judgment) was approved (just) of or acceptable of God because he sought to know the Father and thus hear the Father!

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.

Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

III. POTENTIAL REWARDS “My judgment is just”

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein

A. Sense of Accomplishment

John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

B. Sense of Relief (the dread of the task is alleviated)

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

C. A testimony of good stewardship

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

D. Doors of opportunity open up

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Breath of God

Why is the church so powerless? How can it return to the Power of the Book of Acts? As an itinerant evangelist, my heart is both excited and broken. I have the wonderful opportunity to preach in some of the greatest churches in America. On the other hand, I have seen the aftermath of Ichabod (the glory has departed). What can be done?

How can we pray most effectively about our churches and their worship services? In Acts 2:1-21, the dominant force is the Holy Spirit. When He breathed on them "as a rushing mighty wind", it changed everything. So I want us to learn how to pray specifically for the breath of God. Pray weekly for The:

DIRECTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit’s Guidance and direction in our decisions for our Worship Services, Sunday School and ministries as we prepare: For every leader, preacher and teacher in our church

REVELATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
To illuminate our mind to His Word including teachers and students, preachers and congregation
 
ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Supernatural power for teachers and preachers in delivery of His Word - The Holy Spirit on them.

CONVICTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The working, drawing and compelling of the Holy Spirit in the heart of all who hear His Word on the church campus.
 
ENABLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Empowering of all who hear His Word to be receptive and to boldly respond to God’s Word with immediate obedience.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

THE GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT

When I survey the Bible, the number of encourages is encouraging. Often, if not every time, when one of God's children was discouraged, threatened or challenged, you will find another saint there offering encouragement. I truly believe the need of the hour is to have those who are active in exercising the gift of encouragement.

The church is filled with those who have the GIFT of criticism. It's amazing those who are willing to get in line to throw stones. It would be a great day indeed if the church would line up to offer encouragement to those who need it and trust me there are many who need it. Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see. Let's help each other succeed in their God given assignment!

One last thought, don't be surprised by those who won't like you helping others especially those who have sinned. If a person has truly repented and dealt with their sin, what else can they do? I'm not condoning the practice of sin. But we need to quit being the Judge, jury and executioner. There's only one true judge. I don't think we all are as spiritual as we want others to believe. The only thing that makes us perfect is the cleansing blood of Jesus. Let's pursue holiness and bring others along with us. Have a great day and go encourage someone.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WANTED! POWERFUL PREACHING

The need of the hour is powerful preaching. People are looking into the face of desperation. For many the legitimate assurance of God's love, concern and ability is absolutely imperative if they are to survive their present state. People are looking for reality, hope and help. People need the Lord Jesus. Preachers let's pray for the anointing in the preparation and delivery of His Word. May the hungry soul find sustenance when they come under the presentation of the Word of God when you and I stand to proclaim it.

"Jesus, we ask you for a double portion of Elisha's spirit. Anoint us dear Lord with power in the preaching of your great word. In Jesus Name. Amen!"

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Grace Place


Wow! What a glorious morning. I had the joy of returning to Grace Baptist Church in Tullahoma, TN where brother Tim McGehee serves as senior pastor. I preached both Morning services and it served as a kick off to their Marvelous Monday's in August. What an incredible morning. There were at least four who said they received Christ this morning and many came to the altar. The Spirit was Alive!! Brother Michael led the worship and he and the choir kicked it up a notch. If you live in that area, be sure and attend their Monday night services this month starting tomorrow night. The services start at 6:30 and the speakers include: Michael Mason, Sherrel Nave, Roc Collins and Danny Sinquefield. Here's a link to their web site: The Grace Place as I call it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Where's The Passion?

One of the greatest complimants I have ever been given was a young lady who once said after I had just finished preaching God's Word, "Preacher, I don't believe what you believe but I do believe you believe it."

My observation over the past year or so has been the lack of passion (possibly the Anointing) from those who share God's Word. Maybe it's a spirit of intimidation or the presentation of the "talk" that so many are gravitating toward. I don't see a lack of passion in sports do you? Yet, we are dealing with the eternal destiny of human beings and presenting the eternal Divine Library of truth. God raise us up some passionate PREACHERS today! Men preach it like you believe it!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery Recovery

Thearapy is more painful than the surgery. I guess that's true because you are so drugged up you'd let them cut you any way and where they wanted to. My injury was primarily from not warming up and not stretching before and after working out on Bow Flex. So, keep in mind when you get a little older, warm up before and stretch when you are done. At least after a few days you can get around some. In fact, I mowed the yard yesterday and it's only been 9 days since surgery. Go to our web site to learn much about the life of the evangelsit - namely Evangelist Denins Deese