January 30, 2009
The third change which must take place if we are to experience this new beginning is we must have an accountability partner. (Prov. 27:17) says “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”. Hence, if we are going to change we can’t keep it between us and God. We must tell someone on earth who will hold us accountable to the promises we made to God as it pertains to our change. It needs to be someone who is praying for us, or someone close to us. It must also be someone who is not overly impressed with us… such as our spouse or a spiritual mentor whom we have submitted our life to, who holds us accountable for the things we have promised to fulfill. You see saints to keep a promise we made to God between ourselves and him makes it too easy to walk away from when change becomes difficult, because the body of Christ has become a body of quitters. Too often we don’t finish the work we’ve started. Therefore, to have someone touchable or tangible in our spiritual space; someone who can pray for us and encourage us when the way seems hard will catapult us into the new beginning we so desire. Having an accountability partner actually strengthens both of you as you help each other through struggles, pitfalls and temptations. Furthermore, when we make a vow to God, and our accountability partner that we are going to change, and we actually complete it. It brings about growth in us that we didn’t have before. Thus, to complete something in the Kingdom of God is to possess it. And anything we possess we can use to help someone else make a real change in their own lives.
God Bless You
January 29, 2009
The second change which should take place in order to experience this new beginning is we must leave the past in the past: (Phil 3:13-14) says “Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Thus, we have to stop dragging our past into our present because if we don’t it will destroy our future. A new beginning requires us to let go of those things in our past that has hindered us; we need to let go of those things which has held us back and caused us to live our lives in shame and condemnation. Because the truth is that there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit (Rom. 8:1). We have to begin to press toward the mark; the goal, even our destiny which the Lord purposed for us from the foundation of our birth. So you messed up! We all have, but the way to handle that is to fess up and grow up. Don’t allow those demons from your past to continue to have dominion over you; don’t allow those demons to continue to dictate to you how you must live your life; don’t allow those demons of doubt, fear and unbelief from your past keep you from walking in your divine destiny; don’t allow the past failures to keep you down, get back up, dust yourself off, and press toward your new beginning because its waiting for you.
God Bless You
January 28, 2009
The first change we must make in order to catapult us into a new beginning is: we must change our thought process. (Isa. 55:8-9) says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Thus, we must elevate our thought process. We must reach for higher heights in our thinking processes. And the only way to go up and reach the thought process of heaven is to go down on our knees in prayer consistently and persistently. There must be a change of attitude and this attitude change comes by way of shifting to the mind of Christ. And the mind of Christ is a mind that’s filled with the word of God. Thus, we must feed our minds daily with the word of God, because if we are to have a new beginning we have to see ourselves from God’s perspective. In fact, for the believer the only perspective that matters is God’s perspective. That’s why it’s important that we have leaders over us who have the ability to hear from God because when we can’t see God’s perspective for our own lives, they have the ability to help us see from God’s perspective. Saints of God, the thought process is important to God because he understands that whatever captures the mind captures the man, and He desires for us to be captured by His word.
God Bless You
January 27, 2009
A New Beginning sounds so good. But the fact is that if we are really going to have a new beginning, it’s going to require some real change. Child of God, just because the calendar flipped from Dec. 31, 2008 to Jan 1, 2009 does not mean there is a new beginning in our lives. But what it does mean is there is an opportunity for a new beginning. However, without real change, a new beginning is a pipe dream for many of us. To operate in a new beginning mentality means we can’t operate with the same mind set and attitude we had last year. To operate in a new beginning mentality means we can’t do the same thing we did last year, because if you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got. In other words, to do the same thing we’ve been doing, and expecting a different result is insanity. And we have to leave the spirit of insanity behind and begin to live in real change. Thus, the apostle Paul put it perfectly when he said “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new (2 Cor. 5:17).” Thus, if old things are passed away and we have become new in Christ Jesus, we now have a great opportunity for a new beginning because our spiritual location has changed. We have spiritually changed addresses from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light. Thus, we have help from the Holy Spirit to help us make the change we so desire. Therefore, change is paramount to a new beginning. With that said, I want to look at five elements of change over the next week which will springboard us into a new beginning.
God Bless You
January 26, 2009
The Fifth and Final sign we see in the life of Nehemiah’s is he always points the people back to the Lord: In (Neh.4:14) just before he tells the people of God to fight, he says to them “Remember the Lord.” And that’s really what today’s leaders should be doing in the body of Christ. They should consistently keep Jesus at the forefront of the ministry. Because we face a relentless Devil it is imperative that we remember what God has done for us; we must remember how he brought us out; how he saved our soul, and how he made us whole. We must remember the victory he brought us the last time we faced our enemy; we must remember how he brought us out of the last trial because it’s going to help us when we face the next trial. For some of us we must remember how he brought us from the brink of despair; we must remember how he delivered us from drugs and alcohol; we must remember how he delivered us from the crack pipe; we must remember how he delivered us from the grips of an abusive relationship; we must remember how he raised us up off that sick bed when the doctors said there is nothing else we can do; we must remember how he brought us out of financial ruin. We have got to remember the Lord. The Psalmist said “I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; you see he was remembering the Lord. In fact, the best way to dispel fear is to remember the Lord; when you feel a little discouraged remember the Lord; when it seems all hope is gone remember the Lord. The best way to bring forth praise in the midst of a bad situation is to remember the Lord. A mission minded leader will always point us back to the Lord because the mission that God has called us too is often tough and the challenge is great, and remembering the Lord has a way of bringing us back to our senses.
God Bless You.
January 23, 2009
The Fourth sign we see in the life of Nehemiah that is a characteristic of a mission minded leader is he believed in war and taught the people to war (Neh. 4:10-14). Saints of God we have to learn how to fight back. Nehemiah taught the people of God to fight for themselves, their families, as well as others. You see if we are really going to operate in a warlike spirit, we are going to have to get past trying to only get victory in our own lives and in our own homes and begin to try to get the victory in the lives of others. If we are ever going to do something for God which makes an impact on earth, we will eventually have to get the victory in our own lives over the devil, the flesh and the world, and put ourselves in a position to fight for someone else. The Christian life is all about war; it’s all about fighting back, and we have to learn how to fight back. The bible says “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2nd Cor. 10:3-4). Thus, there comes a time when we must begin to demand that the devil give back all he has stolen from us in Jesus name. We must command the devil to give back our sons and daughters; give us back the wealth in our health; give us back our marriages; give us back our peace of mind; give us back our joy. We must begin to put demands on the devil through the blood of Jesus to give back what he has stolen from us. We can only do that as we begin to have a warlike mentality. This is not something that happens over night in our walk with Christ. However, it is a must if we are to have a real impact in our communities.
God Bless You
January 22, 2009
The third sign we see in the life Nehemiah is teamwork: (Neh. 4:6) says “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah knew that if he was going to do anything great for God; if he was going to get anything accomplished in this life that would really make an impact he was going to need some help in getting it done. You see for him this wasn’t only about rebuilding the walls of the city, but it was also about uniting and rebuilding a people, a city and a nation. It was about changing the destinies of people. And we too must understand that if we are going to do something great for God; if we are going to do something no one else in this region has done before; if we are going to do something that most people only sit around and talk about, we are going to need a team. Saints of God, we must understand that Nehemiah wasn’t just trying to have church; he was trying to change a city. And the fact is if we don’t have a mind to work then we will probably never do anything great for God because He needs workers in this vineyard, and He needs people that will agree that we are going in the same direction; “for how can two walk together unless they agree.” It’s something powerful in teamwork “for if one can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight.” There is something powerful about teamwork because Moses had Joshua, David had his Mighty Men of Valor, Jesus had the twelve, Adam had eve, and I got Judy (my wife). This teamwork mentality is definitely a model that God will always use because real ministry is bigger than one man/woman.
God Bless You