Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Making The Most of Our God-given Opportunities"


EPHESIANS 5:14-17

“Time is precious. Ask the coach whose team is behind in the final seconds of a game. Ask the air traffic controller in charge of scheduling takeoffs and landings at a major airport. Ask the news reporter who has just received a breaking story from the AP wire. Ask the cancer patient who has recently learned they have only two months left to live.

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. Our days are identical suitcases—all the same size—but some can pack more into them than others. No one has a magical ability to make time, but if our lives have direction, we can make the most of the moments we have been given.” John Maxwell

“Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.” —BAYARD TAYLOR.

There are two great days in a person’s life -- the day we are born and the day we discover why. William Barclay


The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James

Missed opportunities: Noah’s Ark, Sodom & Gomorrah, Promised Land, Rich man with Jesus, ETC.

“The opportunity to do mischief is found a hundred times a day, and that of doing good once a year.”

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”

We have access to more spiritual growth tools than ever before, but it seems the Devil has lulled us into a spiritual slumber and sleep.

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is "look under foot." You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. --John Burroughs

SOME VERSES THAT CHALLENGE US:

Jn. 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night (the night of death - see next verse) cometh, when no man can work.

Ec 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

“Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.” REV. T. JONES.

Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

IPe 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Regarding Time: The scripture says,

Ja 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Proverbs 6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Proverbs 6:9-10 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try to use ordinary situations.” RICHTER.

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

SOME CONSIDERATIONS THAT SHOULD MOTIVATE US: There are four motivations given in Romans 13:11-14 It comes through the realization of:

1. The Brevity of time Romans 13:11 “knowing the time”

Ps 90:10 The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Our English word {opportunity} comes from the Latin and means 'toward the port.' It suggests a ship taking advantage of the wind and tide to arrive safely in the harbor. The brevity of life is a strong argument for making the best use of the opportunities God gives us. --James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 391.

2. The Goodness of God Romans 13:11 “our salvation”

In an item in a recent issue of Fortune magazine, quoting the New York Times: After his butcher shop in Brooklyn was robbed four times in one month, William Levine bought a bulletproof vest in 1980. Other business proprietors asked him where they could get a vest like his. Mr. Levine began taking orders as a sideline. Today the 32-year-old Mr. Levine is out of the butcher business and full-time president of Body Armor, International. He supplies 40 sales representatives across the country, he says, and is selling 500 to 600 vests a month.

3. The Activity of Satan Romans 13:12-13 “the works of darkness”

It’s time to quit glorifying the Devil (talking about all the things he’s doing) and start glorifying the Lord (talk about all that He’s doing) Main thrust of sermon

4. The Vanity of life Romans 13:14 “make not provision for the flesh”

Ps 39:4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it [is; that] I may know how frail I [am].

Ps 78:39 For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Ps 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we [are] dust.

We’ve begun the journey of a new year. The question we should consider is where will this path end at the conclusion of the year? Will we reach God’s destination for our lives during the course of this year? If we are to achieve His ultimate destination, then we must make the most of His opportunities. To me it’s a fearful and disheartening thing to think I could end this year at a different destination than the Holy Spirit intends. Here’s what I know - He wants the very best for us and for lives to have eternal significance!

“It’s tragic that you have to get older to understand what you should have done when you were younger.” Dennis Deese

Even worse, is getting older and knowing what you should have done and you still don’t do it.

“Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”~ Mark Twain

SOME ESSENTIALS THAT HELP US
“Twenty years from now you be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain Executive Speaker, February 2005

What is needed in order to make the most of our God-given opportunities? What have we got to do?

I. WE’VE GOT TO REVIVE OUR SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT 5:14 In entails: A

Mt 25:24-29 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine. His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give [it] unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

A. Call 5:14 “he saith, awake thou”

Mt 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Mr 8:34 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

“Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.” English Proverb

Eph. 5:10 Our lives are to be living testimonies (so becoming of Christlikeness and godliness they are attractive, fascinating, interesting, and alluring before the eyes of the world “we are to be the light of the world Ephesians 5:8") of what is acceptable and pleasing to God.

1. Callous response (blind)
2. Critical response (distracted)
3. Careless response (deceived)
4. Cold response (indifferent)
5. Careful response (changed)

It’s a movement of God (it’s a God thing - no human can do it. It is achieved by:

1. The Word of God 5:14 “he saith”
2. The Spirit of God 5:18 “be filled with the Spirit”
3. The Light of God 5:13 “made manifest by the light”

B. Confession 5:14 “thou that sleepest”

C. Concern 5:16 “redeeming the time”

II. WE’VE GOT TO RESUME OUR SPIRITUAL COURSE 5:15

Eph 5:15 - Circumspectly (199) akribos {ak-ree-boce'}: perfect 1, perfectly 1, 5; exactly, accurately, diligently.

5:15, 16) “See” is blepō (βλεπω), “to discern mentally, observe perceive, consider, contemplate, look to in the sense of taking care, take heed.”

“Circumspectly” is (199) akribos {ak-ree-boce'} akribō (ἀκριβως), “exactly, accurately, carefully.”

“Walk” is (4043) peripateō (περιπατεω),”to order one’s behavior, to conduct one’s self, or occupy.”

"Time" is 2540 (Karios) “time as regarded in its strategic, epoch-making, seasonable, opportune seasons.”

The translation reads, “Be constantly taking heed how accurately you are conducting yourselves.” That is, see to it that your conduct is accurate with respect to the demands of the Word of God. It is like a motorist accurately following on the right side of the center line dividing traffic.

What are the road signs that indicate we’re on the right road?
A. Submission 5:1, 21
B. Sacrifice 5:2

“If we obey God it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the sting comes in. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything, it is a delight, but it costs those who do not love Him a good deal. If we obey God, it will mean that other people’s plans are upset, and they will gibe us with it? You call this Christianity? We can prevent the suffering; but if we are going to obey God, we must not prevent it, we must let the cost be paid.” Chambers, O. (1993, c1935). My utmost for his highest : Selections for the year (January 11).


C. Separation 5:3-4, 7, 11
D. Sincerity 5:8-11
E. Service 5:16
F. Steadfastness 5:17
G. Soul-winning 5:13-14

III. WE’VE GOT TO RENEW OUR SPIRITUAL COMPREHENSION 5:17


When you are eighty, sitting on that porch rocking, and looking back on your life, how will you feel? You won’t have to answer to anybody but yourself. . . not your parents or your spouse or your business associates.

What did you do with this gift of living? It will be an important question to you then. So, you should make it an important question now.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

You renew spiritual comprehension in order that:
A. God’s word is practiced 5:14
B. God’s way is prioritized 5:15
C. God’s will is pursued 5:17

A LIST OF WORDS THAT CONCISELY DEFINE GOD'S WILL:
1. Salvation - I Tim. 2:4
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2. Stewardship - Phil. 3:15-16, I Thess. 5:18
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Philippians 3:15-16 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

3. Spirituality - Eph. 5:15-18
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

4. Sanctification - I Thess. 4:3, Rom. 12:2
1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

5. Submission - I Peter 3:13-17
I Peter 3:15-17 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
a. for Character
b. to God (I Peter 3:17, Matt. 26:39) "Jesus in the Garden"

George Truett F.B.C. Dallas
"the greatest knowledge is to know God's will"
"the greatest achievement is to do God's will"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

“I FEEL SO LONELY THAT I COULD CRY!”

JOHN 16:32-17:1

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard. Wikipedia

"I feel lonely," Presley said, "even in a crowded room."

Albert Einstein once commented, "It is strange to be known so universally, and yet to be so lonely" Nelson, 517

Have you ever said “Leave me alone!”? We all have our moments when being alone is the most desirable pleasure of the moment; however, constant aloneness can lead to deep feelings of loneliness and the Bible has a lot to say about that.

I want to focus on the hurting kind of loneliness - the type Jesus felt in this passage.

Mark 14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

Hurting loneliness: Abandoned loneliness, death loneliness, divorce loneliness, moving away loneliness, high school loneliness, single loneliness, inferiority loneliness, fame loneliness, military loneliness, failure loneliness, the feeling of being unloved loneliness, etc.

John 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

It was alone the Saviour prayed In dark Gethsemane,
Alone He drained the bitter cup And suffered there for me.
Alone! Alone! He bore it all alone.
He gave Himself to save His own,
He suffered, bled, and died alone, alone.
"Alone" by Ben H. Price (1914)

Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring?

Psalms 142:4 I looked on [my] right hand, and beheld, but [there was] no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.


“4 weeks ago my whole life changed! I came back from a business trip and my husband made the announcement that he was not happy and was leaving. We have been married for almost 6 years. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, so I asked for a chance to make whatever the problem was better. He said he was backed into a corner and hanging on the edge of his rope. For a week he stayed, and I walked around on land mines trying to do and say everything right. Finally on July 4th he walked out. He is now living with his parents. He won't talk about this, he just wants a divorce and that is it. he says he’s not happy and our marriage has been more bad times then good times. He calls me just about everyday. Sometimes he is nice and sometimes he is very hurtful. I cry myself to sleep just about every night and wonder what I did that was so wrong. I asked why we couldn't just separate and see what happens, but there is no discussion. He went to a lawyer and filed and that is the end of it. I just have to accept it! I feel so sad all the time. Thankfully, we have no children, but the hurt and rejection I feel is no less...” Anonymous

Seven times previous to Genesis 2:18 the Lord says, “it is good” then there comes a change in His perfect observation and He says,

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Loneliness is not good to God. In fact, He made us to have a relationship with us. God longs for fellowship with us and He knows we too need fellowship.

Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

If you’re experiencing the pain of loneliness, then I want to give you some simple, yet workable, goals for combating your pain:

I. ACTIVATE YOUR FAITH BY BELIEVING GOD’S WORD THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE 16:32 “yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me”

What will this believing faith do?

A. Expect His presence

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Psalms 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.

Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 14:22-23 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

B. Seek His presence

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

C. Practice His presence

John 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

II. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSITION YOUR LONELINESS INTO SOLITUDE 17:1 “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven”

A. Praying

Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Jesus - John 4:31-34 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

B. Meditating before God

Psalms 73:28 But [it is] good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

1 Peter 3:4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

C. Reading God’s word

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.

Psalms 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

III. BE PROACTIVE IN GAINING CONTROL OF YOUR SITUATION BY PURSUING GOD’S BEST 17:1 “the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”

You can’t sit around thinking it’s someone else’s responsibility to rescue you. God expects you to do His best and His will. It’s not about you and it’s about God’s heart and will

A. Determine your God given gift (Is it God’s will for me to be alone) (not lonely)?

1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

1 Corinthians 7:24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

1 Corinthians 7:32-33 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 7:33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife.

B. Start today further developing your social and Christlike skills

Proverbs 18:24 A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

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

Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

1. Read books on building good relationships

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

2. Attend and join a Sunday School class and attend as many church opportunities as possible

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

3. Sow what you want to reap - go to Nursing homes, hospitals, orphanages, widows, jails etc.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you:

Matthew 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

“LIFE CHANGING PASSIONS”

I THESSALONIANS 2:1-12

Paul was a man consumed with a passion for God.

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.


Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The passions that will change us the most are those embraced by Jesus because no one has ever been more successful than He (He is our example). I want us to consider the Christ-like passions that can lead to our greatest God honoring and pleasing success in life. What passion do we need to embrace?

We should embrace the passion of:

I. INTEGRITY 2:3 & 10 “Was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile”

1Pe 2:21-22 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

II. THE ANOINTING 2:2 “Bold in our God” (see I Thess. 1:5)

Ac 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

III. OBEDIENCE TO GOD 2:4 “Pleasing God”

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

Lu 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

IV. PERSONAL SOUL-WINNING 2:9 “We preached the gospel”

Pr 11:30 The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.

V. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 2:12 “Walk worthy of God”

Lu 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.

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

1. Wisdom = mental, 2. stature = physical, 3. favor with God = Spiritual, & 4. favor with man = social. The divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in life.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

VI. MENTORING 2:8 “we willing to have imparted unto you . . . ourselves”

Joh 4:1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

VII. MINISTRY TO OTHERS 2:7 “but we were gentle among you, even as a nurse”

Lu 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

VIII. VISION 2:1 “You know our entrance in unto you that it was not in vain”

Pr 29:18 Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

What contributes to a godly vision?

A. PRAYER (Listening more than talking)

B. GODLY COUNSEL

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

Pr 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

C. DECISION MAKING

D. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Monday, August 23, 2010

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

“HOW TO PRAY FOR THE FALLEN”

Ga 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

How do you pray for those who have presently given up? What specific needs of restoration do they have? What is the primary pathway to complete spiritual recovery?

The use of the word restoration is synonymous with the words “FULL STRENGTH AND FUNCTION.” The problem is the inability to function. Those who have been drained of life and power are like ink pens that have run out of ink. They must be refilled and rejuvenated in order to return to their normal called function and purpose. The one thing we can do for them is to honestly pray for them and to pray very specific for their needs. Pray for their:


I. MENTAL RESTORATION (Focused, Renewed, Refreshed & Revived thinking from God’s perspective)

1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

II. EMOTIONAL RESTORATION (overcoming the broken and wounded heart)

1 Samuel 30:4 Then David and the people that [were] with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

John 11:35 Jesus wept.

1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

III. UNDERSTANDING RESTORATION (Gaining insight as to why it has happen and what I can do about it and what God is doing about it)

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.

IV. HUNGER RESTORATION (A renewed desire for God himself and service to him)

Psalms 42:1-5 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where [is] thy God? When I remember these [things], I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.

V. SPIRITUALITY RESTORATION (The disciplines of the spiritual man and the regained sense of full usefulness to God, the church, and the kingdom)

1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself [rather] unto godliness.

Psalms 28:8 The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed.

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.

VI. JOY RESTORATION (Acceptance that God will and wants to use me again)

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

VII. VISION RESTORATION (The new spiritual direction is God leading me in now)

Proverbs 29:18 Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

1 Samuel 3:11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

Joshua 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed [this] way heretofore.

VIII. PASSION RESTORATION (A sincere desire to find, follow and fulfill God’s personal calling)

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

IX. COMMITMENT RESTORATION (Taking the initial steps of faith in God’s new direction)

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

X. MINISTRY RESTORATION (Actually doing what I’m now supposed to do)

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge (Jeremiah 33:3) , ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not! (J. Hudson Taylor)

Ps 142:4 I looked on [my] right hand, and beheld, but [there was] no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

One final thought: You are not God and you cannot fix all the problems

Monday, May 31, 2010

Finances (Stewardship) Wisdom Thought 10

The Thrust of Luke 16:1-13 Many of this world have the worldly wisdom to know how to get their temporal wealth while at the same time, many, if not most of God’s children, who have spiritual light, are not wise enough to have spiritual wealth. Why? Because they don’t manage the secondary wealth correctly so God can’t entrust them with true wealth. The thrust of Jesus’ message in this passage is - Get your Stewardship in order because if you’re not trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, how can I entrust in you true riches (spiritual wealth).

"If you don't master your money, it will master you and Jesus said you can't serve two masters" Dennis Deese

What can you do today? 1. Start tithing & giving offering 2. By stopping unneeded and wasteful spending 3. By paying off your current debt (paying off bills by applying every extra income you can to your current debt) Pay off your smallest debt first by applying any additional money you receive on that bill. Once you have paid your smallest bill off, then take the amount you were paying on that bill and apply it with the payment on your next lowest debt - you will be putting the two former payments together and now any additional money you receive apply it with the two payments to your current lowest payment. (This method it slow at first - but it has a snowball effect - the opposite of debt and interest) An Example:You are paying Visa $150 per month and MasterCard $150 per month and Discover $200 per month. Once you have paid off Visa you would then be paying MasterCard $300.00 per month (the first two payment combined). Once Master card was paid off you would then be paying Discover $500.00 per month (all three payments combined). 4. Getting rid of your credit cards (except for one) 5. Paying off the one credit card you have each month

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Personal Development - Wisdom Thought #7

Someone has rightly stated, "When you are through growing you are through." As I reflect over the past 52 years of my life and in particular the past 27 that I have been saved, there are many things that have led to my personal growth: First, Study in themes. I studied leadership for five years. In other words, nearly everything I read and listened to was related to leadership during that time. John Maxwell was my primary study mentor during that time frame. Second, take a book of the Bible like Ephesians and read it everyday for 90 days. Then move to a larger book of the Bible (like The Book of John) and break in down into 5 chapter segments. For example, read the first 5 chapters 90 days then move to the next five chapters etc. until you finish the book. Keep Growing - Your Mentor Evangelist Dennis Deese

For futher Development be sure to order your copy of my new book, "Why I Can't Quit" (Why you shouldn't either). It will inspire you to keep moving forward even if it's just a baby step. Next thing you know you will be taking GAINT leaps. Blessings.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NEW BOOK "Why I Can't Quit"


You may now order my new Book. I hope you will get a copy and get a copy for a friend who may be struggling with their faith. This is a book of encouragement to overcome discouragment.

To order and/or learn more click on the title above. It is an easy read hard cover book with 109 pages.