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“THE HEART OF A GIVER”

Can you give something without expecting a return? Before you answer, take a moment and think about it. The reason I say that is because the real heart of a giver just gives. The joy in it for them is when they make the transfer from themselves to whoever the recipient is, not when they get something in return. I believe this is why the Bible teaches us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If you live to give, you feel blessed, but if you give to receive, you never know when you will be blessed.

I’m not just talking about money and tangible things; I’m also referring to giving our selves in actions and bearing each other’s burdens. The heart of the giver is full when the act of giving happens. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great when someone thanks you for giving or does something in return to show their appreciation, but that’s not why the giver gave.

You may even be upset because you gave to someone or something and you’re waiting to receive a thank you or just some kind of return. Let me encourage you to stop, rethink, and remind yourself that the blessing came when you gave. You didn’t give it to me, but let me say thank you, not for just giving but having the heart to give. That giving spirit resembles the heart of Jesus.

Let this be our prayer:
Create in me, oh God, the heart of a giver like you.

“PRAY BEYOND YOURSELF”

When you pray today, pray beyond yourself. What I mean is, pray outside of your own personal needs. Don’t just communicate with God about where you are, but spend time asking Him to help those that are struggling wherever they are. We are so in need of each other’s help, and united prayers can definitely make a difference. Don’t just go down the list of names, but pray with a burden. Feel the weight of someone is carrying. You never know what God might reveal as you are standing in the gap for a brother or sister.

The early church understood this so well. That’s why you find several scriptures telling us to do so. They knew the power of prayer for themselves and for each other. It moves God when He hears us praying outside of our own needs. Let’s follow in the steps of the Apostles and Jesus. Pray today, but pray beyond yourself.

James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

“WHAT THE ENEMY DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW”

Many are carrying the weight of a past mistake. Holding on to something they can’t seem to get over. If you are one of those that are in that kind of struggle, I would like to encourage you today. There is nothing you can do that God’s Grace cannot cover. He’s not even looking at your past; He’s focused on your future. God will never remind you of your mess-ups. You are wasting your time obsessing about a failure that God doesn’t remember.

You might say, but you don’t know what I’ve done. Let me tell you something that the enemy doesn’t want you to know. No matter what you’ve done; it won’t stop God from what He wants to do.

“JUST WAIT AND SEE”

I believe every word that the Bible says. It only has to say it once for it to be the truth. But if there is ever a time when a line in scripture is repeated, I think the writer is making a point of even greater emphasis and instruction. In reading this morning, I found something that the Psalmist David said that was for me, and maybe you too.

Psalms 27:14
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Twice he says, “WAIT ON THE LORD.” All it took was once but reemphasized it the second time. If anyone understood waiting, it was David. He was anointed to be King but had to wait close to twenty-years before he was able to sit on the throne. He is letting us know; you can be gifted, anointed, strong, and passionate, but God’s plan for your life will still require waiting.

  • You’re not weak because you have to wait.
  • You’re not out of the Will of God because you’re waiting.
  • God isn’t making you wait because He’s upset with you.
  • Be careful what decisions you make while you wait.
  • There is a purpose in your patience.

The promises of God will come to pass, and everything He said is going to be fulfilled, just wait and see.

Wait on the Lord – Wait on the Lord.

“BE INSPIRED”

Don’t let the sound of doubt drowned out your praise.

Let your faith walk and your fear sit.

Surrender your will, not your passion.

Listen to encouragement, and ignore criticism.

Hold on to your dream; let go of your mistakes.

Don’t keep your closet so full that you can’t pray in it.

Keep working on humility, because you will never see it.

Speak to the mountain instead of complaining about it being in your way.

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

The work isn’t over until Jesus returns. So, let these words inspire you to keep going until His work is complete in you.

“WE MUST UNITE”

We need unity. It is not a time to separate and fight, but instead, come together and unite. We can accomplish and do so much more when we are united and not divided. I think you would agree with me, right?

So, how do we unite?

I believe unity can be achieved through these three things.

1. A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.

No one taught and practiced unity any more than Jesus. Let us not forget that He said, “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” In my opinion, anywhere there is a problem with unity, I can assure you, at the root of it is relational. When there is a lack of relationship with Jesus, division will find its way in. The closer we get to Him, the further we will be from dissension.

2. EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW.

I believe this is where leadership comes in. If unity is not observed, it will not be practiced. People can’t follow what they can’t see. If the leaders of a church, business, or organization aren’t promoting and performing the example of leadership, it will never be executed. As a pastor, I have to realize how important my position is in the completion of unity. I am an example that people will follow, and how I treat everyone around me will send a message of division or unity.

3. MARRIED COUPLES, TO LEAD THE WAY.

I firmly believe that the decay in marriages is one of the things that has led us to such disunity within our churches. Marriage is something spiritual and must be entered into by a man and woman that is first committed to God. If a couple isn’t properly aligned with God, they will never be in alignment with one another. The Apostle Paul told us that marriage is a representation of Christ and His Church. How Jesus loves His Church is how a husband should love his wife. The respect and love that the Church shows Jesus is how a wife should treat her husband. I don’t have time to write about why some marriages end in divorce, although, I think I covered it. My point is, it’s been affecting the Church for the last several years. Husbands and wives; you must realize how essential your covenant is between each other. You are a vital part of keeping our churches together. Why do you think the enemy fights marriage so hard? It’s because he knows if he can break-up and marriage, he can create discord in the Church.

Husbands and wives, I’m calling on you for help. Love each other and lead the way to unity. Quit fighting over stupid stuff. Learn when to speak, and when to shut-up. Stop bringing up crap from the past. Get over yourself and stop letting a personal problem become a marital one. Your kids are watching you, and so is your Church. Get it together so we can keep it together. Be friends, be lovers, and most of all, be united.

Pardon me for being so plain and bold, but I believe that unity is imperative. We need it in our world, our Nation, our homes, our churches, our work, and schools. I know we can do it, but we’re beyond that now; WE MUST UNITE!!!

PSALMS 18:1-3

PSALMS 18:1-3
1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

Sometimes, all you need is a reminder from the Word of God; in Him is everything you need. Whatever you lack today, you will find in God, and most of all, you will be saved from your enemies. Now, bring on the day!!!

“YOUR GREATEST STRUGGLE”

You and I can spend time complaining and blaming everyone around us. We can ignore it and act like it doesn’t exist. But at some point, we’re going to have to realize that our biggest problem is ourselves. Within us is where our greatest struggle lies. And let’s be honest; we spend less time on the real problem, or waste more time blaming others. Don’t get me wrong; we all have people in our lives that are hard to deal with, but a change in us could affect how we allow them to make us feel. We must never get to the place where we are content with our shortcomings. It won’t happen overnight, but we should work hard on a daily transformation in areas where we struggle.

I challenge to pick out two or three things that you know you need to work on and spend time this week improving on them. Since there are seven days in a week; here are seven things to help you as you create change in the most needed area; yourself!!!

1. BE HONEST.
2. BE COMMITTED.
3. FIND RESOURCES TO HELP YOU.
4. PRAY FOR GOD’S HELP.
5. SEARCH FOR BIBLE VERSES TO ENCOURAGE YOU.
6. EVALUATE YOURSELF DAILY.
7. FIND SOMEONE YOU TRUST TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO.

“WILL YOU JOIN THE TEAM?”

I don’t think people realize how powerful their words are. The Bible tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue. That means what you say can either promote life or cause hurt. The enormity of communication has expanded incredibly over the centuries. And now, words are heard and seen all over the world every second of the day. The internet has enabled people to communicate in a way like never before. Through social media, we have never been surrounded by words and communication more than today. I only wish people understood what they are causing to happen with their words.

As you scroll through facebook, twitter, and all the other resources we use for communication; isn’t it surprising how much negativity is written? Please, don’t misunderstand me; I am all for free speech. However, I am also for speeches that bring freedom. You’re more than welcome to attack whomever you want to from politics to religion. But I would caution anyone who uses their words like a wrecking ball. Feel free to stir up controversy, then set back and watch people with opposing views fight it out. I’m just curious about what the end goal is?

But what if a few of us would join together as a team, and determined to promote life, healing, and deliverance with our words? I wonder what would happen. What if our team started causing people to look up instead of down. How about we encourage people to pray for one another instead of finding fault. I wonder if we could turn this tide of negativity at all if we used our words to heal instead of hurt. I guess we don’t know because so far, there isn’t many on this team. However, I am recruiting. Who wants to help me be a light to the lost person trying to find their way? Anybody want to join me in saying things that will cause someone sick and recovering to feel hope? Would you like to help me provoke one another to love and good works? I’m ready to see healing over hurting; are you with me?

“HE’S WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU”

There are times that the load we are carrying becomes too heavy. We can try our best, but it’s too much for us to bear. No matter what it is, when it reaches the point of being beyond our strength, it’s out of our hands. You know what I’m going to say next. Yes, take it to God and let Him have what you can’t carry. But you might be asking the question; why would God let this happen to me? If He knew I couldn’t bear it; why did it go this far?

The truth is; God wants you to lean on Him. He wants you to know where your strength ends. The Lord wants to remind you that you have limits, but He doesn’t. He let this happen so you would turn to Him and say, God, I need your help. So, yes, this trial you’re going through is too much for you. On your own, you can’t make it in this storm. He’s not planning on you carrying this burden; He’s just waiting to hear from you.