“I will do it no matter what. No matter how long it takes. No matter what I have to give up. No matter what I have to do. I will see it through.” Intent gets at the heart of our routine. Why do you do what you do every day? Most of us live in response to what happens around us. We rely on what everyone else is doing and then we adapt to that. Your life will be what other people want it to be when you don’t have your own vision and are not intentional. In the vacuum of no plans, someone will fill that void with their own plans. God is not going to make you change. You have to do your part. It takes effort and focus to become what God wants you to be. Colossians 3:2 “And set you minds and keep them set on the things above, not on the things on earth.”
From sermon by Pastor Shawn at Watershed, Dec 31 2017.
Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth and the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible reading.
When Jesus is the head, we, as part of the body, get our marching orders from the head. When one part of the body isn’t cooperating, many parts might be affected. + What is the cost of being a member of this body of Christ? Everything. + The anointing always flows down, not up. + A fruit tree does not strain or toil to produce fruit. It happens because of the life flowing through it and it is a natural by product of that. When our life becomes that of obedience to Christ, we will be fruitful as a by product.
Deuteronomy 8:6-17 You can't be grateful until you stop complaining. The world says if you upgrade, you will be happier. It's a lie. The happiest people are those that make the most of what they have, not those that work to have the most.
How can you be so dead when you've been so well fed? We are living in the land of flowing milk and honey! Thank the Lord for what you see (what we learned at the kiddie table), and for that which we don't see (dining room table). Then we move to the kitchen, and we see all the ingredients that go into what's on the dining room table and kiddie table. And we thank God for all of the work He does, and all the ingredients He has put in.
Pillar 4 Learn to fulfill your purpose You have a specific purpose given to you by God. It is not to make as much money as you can before you die. It is to fulfill your purpose, so you can be fulfilled.
Isaiah 50:4 Your purpose is your fuel! Spiritual nourishment comes from taking in God's Word and acting out His will.
Keys to fulfilling your purpose 1) Hear God's voice A) Learn to be sensitive to His Word 2) Let God touch your tongue, let the Holy Spirit control your mouth 3) Get free from the fear of man A