The New Year is always a time of reflection and goal setting. Sadly, far too often our life-goals are passive and don’t last past the end of January. Is there a better way to make adjustments in our lives that will produce lasting results?
The good news is that Jesus has provided us the perfect way to live a life free of resolutions yet overflowing with fulfillment and eternal rewards.
HOW TO LIVE BY DESIGN,
NOT BY DEFAULT
SIMEON YOUNG JR | 1/14/2018
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(John 6:35, NIV) “I AM the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
When the “I AM” is my bread and water I will always have power to help others
(John 14:12, NCV) “I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who believe will do even greater things …”
What kind of church, work place, community, or country would we have if everyone was like me?
I AM SUPERNATURAL
Christ is in me, with me, and doing all things through me
(Proverbs 25:21-22, MSG) If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink. generosity will surprise him with goodness, and God will look after you.
(Romans 12:20-21, MSG) If you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness … get the best of evil by doing good.
I AM RESPONSIBLE
The closer I get to Jesus the more I begin to value other people
I AM SACRIFICIAL
(Romans 12:1-2, MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life— and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
IN AN AMBIGUOUS WORLD
PS MONTE | 1/21/2018
Are We There Yet?
PS MONTE | 1/28/2018
ARE WE THERE YET?
JOHN 14:1-4 NLT - Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in GOD, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.
JOHN 14:5 NLT - "No, we don’t know, LORD" Thomas said. "We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
JESUS REVEALS YOUR DESTINATION
You’ll never know yourself until you first KNOW HIM
You’ll never know your purpose until you understand HIS PURPOSE
You’ll never know the pattern for your life until you discover HIS LIFE
You’ll never know your destination until you receive HIS DIRECTION
JOHN 14:6-7 NLT - Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!"
JOHN 14:8 NLT - Philip said, "LORD, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
JOHN 14:9-11 NLT - Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
YOU CAN’T SEE JESUS WITHOUT SEEING HIS WORK
When you see His work you see HIS HEART
When you see His work you see HIS PURPOSE
When you see His work you see HIS MISSION
JOHN 14:12-14 NLT - "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works"
Your Destination compels you to be compassionate and HEAL THE SICK
Your Destination compels you to be Christ-like and SAVE THE LOST
Your Destination compels you to be Salt & Light and bring FLAVOR and ILLUMINATION to your world
JOHN 14:13-14 NLT - "You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!"
WHEN YOU ALIGN YOURSELF WITH HIS HEART YOU BRING GLORY TO GOD
You see WHO YOU ARE because of WHO JESUS IS
You see WHY YOU’RE HERE because you know WHY JESUS CAME
You see HOW TO LIVE because JESUS LIVES IN YOU
You see WHERE YOU’RE GOING because YOU'RE FOLLOWING JESUS
Make the choice to BE Intentional, and join a team that truly makes a difference
The greatest life I could ever live is a life serving Jesus by serving others