Only Believe 2

Mark 5:35, 36 NKJV

While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 

Foundation: Jesus is inspiring us here not to fear, not to doubt, not to be distracted by anyone or anything but rather to keep our gaze singularly focused on Him, the only real solution to whatever is a problem in our lives.  By Saying ONLY BELIEVE He is saying, in the moment when you come to me desperate for my intervention on your behalf, in your life, your daily life, don’t let anything pull you off course.

Big IDEA:  Do we really want our Answer?

John 5:5-8 AMP

There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk! 

BIG Questions:

1.  What are we believing in?

Faith in faith– as long as you believe in something 

Faith in yourself – I believe I can fly

Faith in fortune – money money money

Faith in the false – man made religions, man made men, believing in the pretend more than the real. 

2.  Do we really want our Solution?

Has our problem, issue, situation, victimization, or even our sickness become who we are instead of what is happening to us?

Are their things that are gained by retaining this identity that we are not ready or willing to give up?  

Attention, our role in the group

Self centeredness – a need to keep the attention on self
Have we lost ourselves in our issue and wouldn’t know who we are without it?

Have we spent so much time being identified by or with this issue that we have lost our true identity and now fear that we would not be known at all.  We feel it would be better to be known for this than not known.

3.  Are we looking to others or to God to give us our Answers?

Do we realize that when we get offended at others its always because we have taken our focus off of our only real answer, GOD, and have placed our attention on Imperfect people?

Have we made it others peoples responsability to take care of our problems?

Are we looking for people to give us an emotional peace while we suffer instead of turning to God for true peace and deliverence from our suffering?

Have we put people in such a place in our lives that there is no way they could ever live up to, or be the solution that we are needing and wanting them to be?

4.  What underlying heart issue could be keeping us from our Answer.

Are there issues piling on issues because of resentment, and disappointment?

How do we see ourselves?  

As a victor that is facing a difficulty, or a victim who would be a victor of it wasn’t for our circumstances?

Do we blame God or are we looking to God as our solution? 

THE QUESTION:

The question that Jesus ask the lame man, was more than a mere question based on a momentary observation, but a question based on Jesus ability to know the heart.  

Through this one question he brought to light every wrong heart motive, every wrong belief, every need in this man.  Not just the need that was apperent but all the issues of his very life.  Not for the purpose of exposure or judgement but for the purpose of healing.  

The gate the man was laying at was called bathesda which means the house of grace, mercy and peace.

Sometimes our solution is less etherial and more practical, and it is always available to us, if we are willing to practcially apply the principles of faith to every area of our lives.

Rarely are the issues in our life a single, one off problem.  Most of the time there are layers and layers of compound issues over time, emotion, life history and experiences.  

BIG SOLUTIONS:

Practical application of faith.

1.  Put our total focus on Jesus.

Peter walking on the water

2.  Decide our issue wont become  our identity.

Seperate our identity from our issue, by remembering our purpose, and the will of God for our lives.  

Romans 8:28  All things work together for good to them who are the called of God and live according to His purpose.

3.  Be honest with ourselves and with God.

It is so easy to do this.  Our world is so prentetious that we find ourselves not truly being honest about our situation.  
To see God as our true solution, we have to admit we need one, and that being honest is always better than attempting to appear perfect.  
It is futile to be dishonest with God.

4.  Realize that we do have someone.

While we can not make people our source or solution, we must realize we do have Spiritual family around us that whether we realize it or not are helping us.

When we keep God in focus we see more clearly His family at work in our lives.  

If we make people our source they will always let us down.  That is our problem not there’s.

5.  Rejoice in the blessings of others.

Make sure to pray for others, and celebrate the victories of others.  This postures our hearts to receive our own needs met, and problems solved.
 
If we look in Jealousy at the victories of others our victories will be few, and far between.

6.  Keep it simple.  

Faith is simple, and singular.  What doesn’t work is double mindedness or spiritual ambiguity.

At the end of this inquery Jesus said Get up and take your bed, and the man did.

Sometimes we want our solutions to be as complicated as our problems.

They rarely are, the problem is we just can’t see them from the fog of the circumstance, and also because we are expecting some complicated formula when God doesn’t need all that fan fare.

THE BIG POINT:  God wants us to be free, totally free, not partially free, of the issues, problems and daily challenges we face.  All we have to do is truly want our freedom and ONLY BElIEVE in HIM!

BOLD: Practical Principles of Worship 2

Romans 12:1 (AMP)…on screen
 
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties, as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, consecrated, and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship..
 
“A Heart of Worship
 
“Powerfully bold worship is an expression of the boldness of a surrendered heart.” 
 
  • A surrendered heart, is the difference between true worship and religious exercise
 
    • As a young man growing up in the church, I had the opportunity to see and experience this in a negative way.  sad to say its so easy to do.  We can easily go through religious exercise with truly worshiping God.  Gather for church, sing the songs, lift our hands, even jump and dance, even flow in the gifts of the spirit or appear to any way with a heart that is not truly surrendered to God.  I did this for years.  Its what we used to call playing church.  Going through the motions.
 
  • We’ve heard people say for years, coaches or teachers, “your acting like your heart is not in it”
 
  • The idea is when you’ve surrendered your heart, is when you have been given to God in a deeper way. 
 
Galatians 2:20 the apostle Paul wrote this…I am crucified with Christ yet not I but Christ lives in me, the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me.
 
The idea is Christ died for me, so I am going to live for him!
 
 >David obviously taught Solomon this precept, because in Proverbs Solomon wrote this…Proverbs 3:5,6
 
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
 
Worship is all about a surrendered heart.  David is the epitome of understanding what worship is all about and understand the hearts role in all this.  God described him as having a heart the beats with His own heartbeat
 
  • The wonderful thing about true worship, it enhances the intimacy we have in a relationship with Jesus
 
The heart:  is the seat of our will, emotions, thinking.   The great thing about God is he does not want to break us but nurtures and graces us so we will willfully submit to his will. 
 
The heart is the place devotion, surrender, and commitment comes from.  Worship is as much about these words as it is anything else.  The activity of worship is that much more meaningful, when our absolute motive of life is to devote, surrender, and commit ourselves to the king and his kingdom.
 
In the bible when we see the word heart, it is a reference to the will, emotion, desire, thoughts, and life of a person.  Physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally.
 
This is why the greatest commandment is to Love the lord your God with all your HEART, SOUL, MIND, and STRENGTH. God is telling us love God with your whole life. Our whole selves.
 
BOLD worship starts in the heart and proceeds through our lives.  The best example I could give you of this is King David.  He was Bold especially in worship.  the expressions of worship flowed from him with ease, because his heart was so given to God.
 
1 Samual 16:7  
 
God doesn’t see they way man sees, man looks on the outward appearance of a man, but God looks on the HEART.
 
>The apostle Paul in the book of acts described King David as a man after Gods own heart.  the message bible says it this way.  That David’s heart, beat with Gods heart beat.
 
>Meaning what was important to God was important to David, what moved Gods heart, moved David’s heart, what broke Gods heart, broke David’s heart. 
 
David BOLDY gave his whole life to Father God for his use and purpose.
 
You can see it…
 
  • as a shepherd on the pasture, guarding, protecting, loving the sheep
 
  • as a bold young man who was moved to fight Goliath, because of his outlandish Gaul in Taking Gods name in vain.  You could see it is his BOLD response of Faith against the giant and in defiance of the fear of his own brothers and the entire Israelite army including King Saul
 
  • in his submission to Saul, even when Saul hated him and tried to kill him.  His heart was to honor God and honor the king.
 
  • As he became King at 38 years of age after waiting for over a decade for the purpose of God to be fulfilled in his life.  His desire was to reestablish zion, the city of God Jerusalem, It was his bold declaration as he worshipped in front of the ark of the covenant as the presence of God was brought back into the Great city of our Great King.
 
  • You can see it in David’s desire to build God a house, no one had ever up to that point on their own thought of God in that way.  Meaning, its not right that we have built homes for ourselves but we have not taken the time to build a house for God.
 
  • You can see it in his rule as king, the tenderness of his heart, the strength of his heart, the worship of his heart
 
  • Even in his failures, you can see it, as he realizes his treachery, he realizes the devilish the way he has handled himself and how he found his heart growing cold, lost his purpose, and begin to act out of selfish desire and ruthless self centeredness.  When he came to himself at the prophetic confrontation of Nathan, he immediately without hesitation became repentant, and his heart broke, and he turned his face to God and ask for mercy, and rededicated his heart, his house, his life to His King.
 
  • In his death, as he had created all the plans for the house of God, had prepared all the money and supplies for the house of God to be built and on his death bed explained to his son Solomon how to be a king, his heart reflected the heart of God.
 
So what does Bold look like?
 
1.  Bold worship is tender heart.  A heart that is soft and pliable before God.
 
2.  Bold worship is surrendered heart.  A heart that is unreservedly given to God
 
3.  Bold worship is Caring heart.  A heart that protects, loves and is compassionate.  breaks for what Gods heart breaks for.
 
4.  Bold worship is a submitted heart.  A heart that says God not my will but your will be done.
 
5.  Bold worship is Changed heart.  Not perfect but not pretentious.  Its authentic, honest and real.
 
6.  Bold worship is a Courageous heart.  A heart that stands in the face of pressure and challenge and says I will worship God anyway, and I will win this battle not for me, but for the sake of the Glory of God.
 
7.  Bold worship is an honoring heart.  A heart given to think, act, love and lead with the heart of God.
 
8.  Bold worship is a loving heart:  A heart that puts God first, others second, and self last.  A heart that loves God and His house.  a heart that says, Jesus died for me, I will live for him.  A heart that says, I will not build my own until I have built Gods.
 
9.  Bold worship is a full heart.  A heart filled with purpose, destiny, joy, and peace.
 
Take away:  I hope that you are taking away from this series the realities of worship.  That it is much broader, deeper and wider than the mere expressions of it. 
 
This week, take time each day, when you get up in the morning, just fifteen minutes, and surrender yourself to God, just say God I was made to worship you, you have saved me, and first and foremost I want my life to be given to you.  before I have had a chance to let the day carry me away in its business, I give myself my family my everything in surrender to you.  Use my life today to reflect your glory. 
 
Just take fifteen minutes and do this, sit in his presence and truly worship him, and let him prepare your heart for what he would have it to be.
 
 

Go with the flow

This is why we do training. We call it flex training, because the key to global reach work is the ability to be flexible.

We arrived in Denver all was well, then we were informed our flight was delayed which would push us to miss our international connection, then finally it was canceled.

We thought the okc team would get there and could start without us then they were delayed as well. So now we are all meeting up in Chicago in the morning and flying out together. We were able to connect with our point people in country and push our plans back, thank God for a flexible team and point team members who can think on their feet.

Being flexible makes the difference. Keeps you calm, helps your attitude stay positive and enables your team to relax into the moment and embrace change.

Romans 8:28 NKJV

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Whenever things change that are beyond our control we trust God that they will all work together for good.  If it’s the enemy trying to stop us God will take what he meant for evil and turn it for our good.  Whether circumstances impede us God will use them for our good.

So we proceed with full confidence that this will turn out for the good of the kingdom and all those involved.

@Globalreach. #wecandosomething

Parenting Requires Prayer

Parenting is such an amazing experience. I will never forget April 16, 1994 at 2 am in the morning. Janae and I set in her hospital room holding our brand new baby girl, realizing what a miracle she was and what God had done for us.

We cried, hugged, and kissed our baby girl. We also did something that seemed the most natural thing to do. We prayed. We thanked God for seeing us through, for giving us a child we weren’t supposed to have for saving her life when she was born dead.

Really more than that in the moment we realized what God made us responsible for and how ill equipped we really were to do everything this precious baby would need from us to become everything God intended for her to be.

We prayed, God help us to lead, help us to care, help us to know. Prepare her future, surround her with the right people, help us to be wise.

It was absolutely apparent that God was trusting us with this child, and we would need Him every moment.

Parenting is fun, exciting, sobering, and
challenging. If we truly realize our role as parents and our responsibility for the outcome of our children then we realize prayer is paramount to successful parenting.

Prayer is simply talking to God. Praising Him, worshipping Him, acknowledging Him and asking Him for help.

What should I pray?

1. His will for their lives
2. His protection/provision for their lives
3. His direction
4. Your relationship with your kids and their relationships with others.
5. Most important submit yourself to His way of doing things in your parenting and that you will have the courage to lead, love, and discipline your children to point them in the direction of His purpose for them.
6. For them to Know God and follow Him.

Parenting requires prayer. You don’t have to do this on your own.

Circle of security

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A strong man is a secure man.

Men, insecurity is by no means a women’s issue. It just looks different on a man it’s still just as real. So many men suffer with insecurity and it is one of the major things holding them back.

>It’s hard to be confident when your bound by fear of failure

>It’s hard to be sure footed when your standing on the slippery slope of peoples approval

>It’s hard to be independent and interdependent when you’re emotional bound by needy, clingy feelings

>It’s hard to be in control of yourself when you are obviously so out of control trying to control others because your threatened by them.

>It’s hard to value yourself as a man when your reactions are that of a boy much of the time

>It’s hard to play on a team or lead a team because your jealousy of others precludes the possibility.

You can try all you want to be strong but until we deal with the monster of insecurity in our lives strength will evade us.

Have you ever felt like you were sabotaging yourself?

Do you want to succeed, but you get in your own way?

Do you often feel intimidated by pressure, certain challenges, or certain people?

Do you have a lot of times where what you are portraying on the outside is different than what you are feeling on the inside?

Insecurity is imbed in us through a cycle. First let’s define what it really is, it’s fear. And second lets admit we are all susceptible to it.

Everything begins with how you think.

***if insecurity is fear that is cyclical in nature and creates major perpetual bondage in our lives how do we break the cycle? We break the cycle by creating a new cycle.

Insecurity controls our lives when we inappropriately relate to four basic spheres in our lives.

1. How we relate to God
2. How we relate to ourselves
3. How we relate to others
4. How we relate to our purpose or destiny.

If we relate to these areas properly in our lives it will create a positive cycle of security, confidence, and self control.

1. Relate to God

***the proper way to relate to God is as your father. And not just any father but the perfect father.

Matthew 7:9 (nkj)

In this manner therefore pray, our father in heaven hallowed be thy name

Roman 8:15. (NKJ)

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear but you received the spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out abba father

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gifts from above and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

***God wants us to view him as a father?

How are you viewing God?
>Great Creator
>Cosmic trickster
>Distant higher power
>Mighty judge
>genie in a bottle

When you truly relate to God as your benevolent father what do you have to fear. This is the first building block of security in your life understanding how to relate to God as father.

**he owns everything
** he’s more powerful then everyone
** he created wisdom
**he has no limitations.

+God your father, is the beginning and the end
+God your father is the first and the last
+God your father shall supply all of your need
+God your father is the all in all
+He is the everlasting father there was no beginning to him and there will be no end.

If this is your father, what do you have to fear?

>What failure is too big?
>What problem is too complicated?
>What person is too intimidating?
>What financial or emotional issue are to overwhelming?

Your father is bigger, better, and stronger than anything.

Who’s your daddy…God is that’s who

2. How to relate to yourself.

James 1:23-25 (NKJ).

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-26 NKJV)

***First start with the real you. No facades or faking here. You can’t build on a faulty foundation.

Be real, then be right. Once you reach a place of authenticity then build on that foundation by viewing yourself through the eyes of potential

See yourself for who you are then for who you can be.

>Let the word call you out then keep you in
>Let the word rebuke you and then reflect Christ in you
>Let the word Strip you bare then clothe you in righteousness
>Let the word kill all the pretense in you and fill you with the reality of who God made you to be.

Know who you are and get comfortable in your skin.
>You can’t reflect the opinions others have of you and be secure
>You can’t reflect pressure that life has placed on you and be confident
>You can’t reflect your past and be victorius
>You can’t reflect your friends, family, or environment and be yourself

You must be who you were created to be a reflection of the Son.

So relating properly with God causes you to relate properly with your self. If God is my father than I am his son. And if I’m a son of God I don’t feel the need to constantly prove myself to others, I don’t fear the disapproval of others.

3. How to relate to others.

Every person God brings into my life or puts me in theirs whether positive or negative serves a purpose to push me towards my destiny.

How do you relate to others? (how do you view them?)

>Are they the competition?
>Are they out to get you?
>Are they in your way?
>Are they holding you back?

The proper way to relate to others is to…

>appreciate the role they play
>appreciate the role you play
>appreciate the way God uses others to bring out in you what you were created for.

1 Corinthian 12:12-18 (NKJ)

For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so it is with Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). For by [means of the personal agency of] one [Holy] Spirit
we were all, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, baptized [and by baptism united together] into one body, and all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit. For the body does not consist of one limb or organ but of many. If the foot should say, Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body? If the ear should say, Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where [would be the sense of] hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where [would be the sense of] smell? But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation. (1 Corinthians 12:12-18 AMP)

You need others and others need you.
They are not the enemy.

Proverbs 18:1 (nkj). He who isolates himself rages against all wise judgement and seeks his own desire.

Relating to God properly causes you to relate to yourself properly which causes you to relate to others properly. Why be insecure with others when you see their role in your life as a benifit not a battlefield

The cycle of security is at work. Offense is being chased out, confidence is rising and cowardice is leaving.

4. How to relate to your destiny or purpose.

How do you relate to your destiny?

>Afraid of failure?
>Afraid of people?
>Afraid of surrender?
>Afraid of sacrifice

Relating properly to your destiny

>Acknowledge that you have one
>It is highly important no matter what it is
>It is not a mystery, it’s in your personality, your gifts and skill set, your relationship with God
>It is where true fulfillment lies as a human being.
>Your destiny and purpose is what God created you for and fits you best and is what He expects your contribution to be.

Relate to God > to self > to others > to purpose.

When I understand God created me for a purpose it cause me to relate to him more intimately as my father. This cycle creates security and confidence in me and chases insecurity out of my life.

>If I know God as my father whom or what shall I fear.
>If I know myself for who I am and can be then I need not fear inadequacy
>If I know the role of others in my life then I need not be jealous or threatened
>If I know my purpose then I need not compare because nothing is greater than what God has created me to be.

When you pray say…

So He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. (Luke 11:2-4 NKJV)

1. Our father:

I’m so thankful that God wants us to view him as our father. He could have required us to view Him formally, religiously, or governmentally. Instead he desires us to interact with him as a father and we as his children.

Not just any father either, but a loving benevolent father who always knows best for us.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15 NKJV)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17 NIV84)

he is our Guide, protector our provider, our discipline, and direction. When we pray we are merely going to our dad to give and receive love.

2. Who art in heaven:

I’m so grateful that our father is not bound by this earthly dimension. He is not limited by time, or by the context of this cursed earth. He lives outside our limits and boundaries but is fully capable of reaching into our world to change it. He has, does, and will continue to do the miraculous and extraordinary in our lives as we pray.

3. Hallowed be thy name:

I’m so blessed by the concept that Gods name is holy, it is not only apart from every other name but also above every other name. As we hallow his name. Honor Him, praise Him, he inhabits that praise. His name is multifaceted and incomparable. His name declares His characteristics. By His name He is revealed to us as savior, healer, deliverer, peace, joy, and love. As we honor His name the atmosphere is charged with His anointing to manifest and personify that name with action that displays its meaning.

4. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven:

It is comforting to know that God has a plan. A plan that is established in heaven. He has put it in our purview as to whether we will follow that plan but if we do His will, will be done. Trusting in God means to realize He knows what’s best for us. He has given us His word to point us to His plan, and as we pray we surrender ourselves to the idea and reality that God knows best and has our best interest at heart leaving us with only one wise choice. To completely give ourselves to His kingdom not this worlds, not ours but His. To submit ourselves to his will, not breaking ours but subordinating it to His. Prayer lines that up, and manifests it in our lives.

5. Give us this day our daily bread.

I love the fact that we need not worry. Those things we have need of daily in our lives, God already knows. He is our daily provider. As we pray we trust he hears and answers our prayer daily. He is attentive to us every day. When we pray it positions us for daily provision and away from daily anxiety.

6. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.

It’s powerful how being forgiven and forgiving go hand in hand. As we pray we are asking God to forgive us where we have missed the mark and we are forgiving those who have missed the mark in their dealings with us. The power in this is a cleansing of guilt and releasing of hurt all at the same time. This kind of prayer leaves no room for offense or grudge and sets everyone free. This is the atmosphere of unconditional love.

7. Lead us not into temptation:

We know that God is not tempted with evil neither can he tempt anyone with evil so this could be better said, lead us away from temptation. What an important opportunity prayer is to give God the opportunity to show us how to avoid the pitfalls. To move us in the opposite direction of a possible temptation. If in prayer we can learn to listen to the Holy Spirit he can save us from so many failures and mistakes.

8. Deliver us from the evil one:

We can pray for deliverance from the attacks of the enemy. Gods angelic hosts protecting us and our families from an onslaught of satanic attack. We can have victory over the evil one. Prayer is important to that end.

9. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.

All praise belongs to God, all glory belongs to our father all power is in his hand and when we acknowledge that it creates the atmosphere of humility that allows God to minister to us and through us.

10. Amen:

So be it, make all this real and fully developed in our lives.

Thank you Jesus for teaching us how to pray.

AFRICA 2011, GREAT VISION>GREAT PARTNERS>GREAT TEAM!

Here are some highlights of the Rwanda side of our trip.  Night of leadership for next generation leaders (college students), concert outreach to kigali high school, Community festival and concert, and Concert outreach at university.  1200 college students worshipped together and heard the word.  Work projects on a school.

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