Greater Things Conference

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What I’m about to say to some will seem overdone, dramatic, and overly zealous, but I’ll say it anyway. In the deepest part of myself I can hear a loud thunderous voice saying Church, wake up!

It is time for all those who call themselves Christian to be just that. Christian, “Christ Like”. The expression of the love and heart of God! The heart of God is to love people. All people, all ethnicities, all socio-economic backgrounds, everyone, everywhere!

It’s our role to heal the hurting, bind up the wounded, help those in need and share the Gospel. It’s not about anything else. It’s only about love, compassion and justice for everyone.

We are here at this conference and we have heard from some major players in the world of compassion and justice outreaches. The one thing that’s clear is God is trying to get the attention of the church to get back to His heart.

Here are are some quotes from different speakers.

“Compassion is never compassion until we roll up our sleeves and cross the street”. -ChristineCaine

“Compassion is central to Christianity not peripheral, If we are not loving our neighbor we are not loving God, period”- ChristineCaine.

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“God placed the church on a battleship, and we’ve turned it into a cruise ship” – Myles Mcphereson

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“We study love the least when it is the most important thing in Christianity” – Joyce Meyer

“Love is the highest form of spiritual warfare we can do” – Joyce Meyer

“You can actually hide from God in church.” – Joyce Meyer

“We’ve given our Job to the government. The government is not anointed to minister to the poor the church is.” -Joyce Meyer.

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God has called us to Love. No excuses, no resistance, no inhibition. The greatest commandment is to love Him and love others.

Will you let God use you to do greater things?

Integrity is a Leadership Necessity

Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation. (Proverbs 16:12 MSG)

Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. (Proverbs 20:28 MSG)

Integrity defined:

1. Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character and honesty.

2. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.

3. Sound, unimpaired or perfect condition. (not broken)

In our attempts to identify with people by our transparency we can not lose our integrity in any sense.

Integrity breeds trust, which is the basis for relationship, which is the foundation for influence, which is the key component for leadership.

Challenges to integrity

Pride-sometimes we develop a dishonesty to keep from looking bad, or to make ourselves look good.

Pressure-it’s easy to be honest, and whole when there is no pressure, but when the pressure is turned up do we retain our integrity or do we rationalize our behavior?

His wife said, “Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!” He told her, “You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God-why not also the bad days?” Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God. Job’s Three Friends (Job 2:9, 10 MSG)

Prosperity.

Sometimes everything going well or being blessed tempts us to get loose ethically or morally, relaxing our dependance on God and putting ourselves in the drivers seat, or trying not to lose what we have.

Integrity means

Be truthful.

No exaggeration it’s the same as lying.
No shading the truth
No insinuation that leads to deception.

Be honest.

No cheating.
No manipulating a situation to get what you want.
No rationalizing bad behavior based on peer pressure

Be complete

Don’t make others pay relationally because of the emotional void in you. Trust God, He is enough, others never will be.

If your in leadership to fill some void in you it is a huge mistake and will not end well.

Be pure

In your thinking
In your words
In your actions

People will identify with you in your weakness but won’t truly respect you as a leader until you live with integrity. They are glad your not perfect so you can understand them but they want to know you’ve overcome, it gives them hope.

If you haven’t arrived at where they are trying to go then where are you leading them. Leadership implies being in front.

How?

1. Personal spiritual development
Stop reading so many books and study the bible.
Pray daily. No excuses. Seek Gods face.

2. Don’t view success the way the world does.
If you do, then you have to act like the world to get the worlds version of success.

3. Die to yourself.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24 NKJV)

Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good-crucified. (Galatians 5:24 MSG)

And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. (Galatians 5:24 AMP)

4. Put on the mind of Christ

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5 NKJV)

The Power of God Produces Our Potential

I love the concept of undiscovered potential: what you see now is not who I will be.

>I am currently just a clue to the ultimate mystery that is me.

>I am currently a mere preface to the biography of my life.

>I am momentarily a catipillar on my way to becoming a butterfly.

**Don’t let people or circumstances underestimate or undermine who God has created you to be.

>Where people saw an adopted failed Egyptian leader God saw a deliverer named Moses

>where people saw a mere shepherd boy God saw the greatest king in Israel’s history named David

>Where people saw defeated, captive, young men, God saw three bold Hebrews that would stand for their God and influence the nations

>where people saw an amalgam of young misfits from different ages, occupations and environments God saw the great apostles

***what you see now is not what you ultimately get. I’m a work in progress. Don’t count me out now or you will miss the miracle of what God is doing in my life. God has placed potential in us to become more than we are. He’s given us skills and talents, wisdom and insight to achieve what He created us for.

***It’s Gods approval and pleasure we are looking for not mans because men can’t see what God sees.

>Men see a baby in a manger/God sees the savior of the world

>Men saw a brash, impulsive, impetuous coward, God saw one of the greatest and boldest preaching apostles The problem is…

***Mankind has the propensity to place themselves as the key component to producing the potential that is within them. While men have innate gifts and abilities given to them by God they can not in and of themselves become what God originally intended for them to be outside of the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jeremiah God speaks to this young prophet who was underestimating himself and fearful of the response of a rebellious nation God says…

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:4-8 NKJV)

God created us with purpose and with destiney. We all whether saved or not carry the original intent of God in our being. So when we are redeemed he not only claims us and our soul but he redeems all those original intents and purposes of our creation. The gifts, talents, skills, and natural bents. and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. (Psalm 139:14 CEV)

>>>Because we are beautifully and wonderfully made we must be careful not to allow ourselves to presume we are somehow responsible for our own creation.

>>>I submit to you ours is not a problem of low self esteem but rather one of esteeming ourselves more highly than we ought to

***We need to be careful not to let a humanistic attitude or belief get in the church, because it’s next natural and logical step is a secularist attitude or belief.

***We could say that there are a lot of people who have done great things because of the human spirit, the will to live, the talent and skill of mankind. Yes it’s true, but where did it come from, and anytime you use a thing a part from its creator you lose it’s intended use.

***So there will be accomplishment but not fulfillment. There will be achievement but not contentment. What truly produces undiscovered potential is the power of God.

Take for example: The Apostle Peter. The coward Peter had the potential to be Peter the courageous!

What made the difference? The Power of the Holy Spirit!

How?

1. Get over yourself

Know that God wants you, and wants to draw out your potential no matter what.

God has seen you at your worst but knows what your best looks like.
He wants to draw it out.

2. Get over the past and present.

I’m sure Peter thought more than once, why did I say that? Why can’t I keep my mouth shut? But God used some of the qualities that were considered by many to be weaknesses to end up being strengths.

See yourself with the eyes of potential. What looks dead to us looks asleep to God.

3. Get over People

Sometimes you need to tell people “You don’t me, You don’t know the me I’m gonna be.

4. Get the Holy Spirit

The Holy spirit brings clarity where there was confusion

The Holy Spirit brings power where there was weakness

The Holy Spirit brings development of raw purpose and giftings.

The same Peter that denied Jesus had the potential to make his name famous and ultimately did. The difference? THE HOLY SPIRIT!

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NKJV)

I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit-not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength – that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! (Ephesians 3:16-21 MSG)