God's Overflow
"For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks" – Luke 6:45

Aug
24

“If you want to make tomorrow better than today, then you need to learn something today to make tomorrow different” – Dr. Dave Martin

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Jun
25

Pastor Steve Penny is by far one of the most influential pastors that I have ever come across in my life. Every single time I’ve seen him preach at Newport Church, I have not left the same person. I know this sounds very extreme, but it’s the honest truth. No pastor has ever inspired me the way that he has.

I’m currently reading his book, “Where’s the Miracle?”, and he has so many great quotes all throughout the book. I’m going to share some of them with you over the coming days 🙂

“I have never found it hard to believe in God and His awesome ability, but I do struggle at times to believe in my awesome ability in God.”

May
31

You reap what you sow. If you sow junk food into your body, you will reap fat and energy loss. If you sow negativity, you will reap anger, bitterness, and depression.

BUT, if you sow healthy food, you will reap weight loss and energy increase. If you sow truth into your life, you will reap joy.

What will you sow today? The choice is yours.

May
03

“Put Up or Shut Up”…. yep, that’s what God was impressing on my heart…

“It’s time to ante up!”

What exactly does that mean? The dictionary’s definition of the word “ante” is as follows:

“a level (as of achievement or intensity) regarded especially as a goal or standard”

Basically, God was calling me out. He wants to take me to heights that I’ve never known, but in order to do that, I have to raise my game. I must instill inside of myself disciplines that will take me higher levels in my faith and obedience. I need to get over all of the undisciplined parts of my life, and I need to hand them over to Him. He wants to help me disciplined so that He can take me to a new level of faith and obedience.

It all started a couple of weeks ago. As I was praying about what He wants me to write about for church, He kept putting messages in my path about how we shouldn’t settle for average in any part of our lives. The messages talked about how we need to give our absolute best in everything that we do. That means that we can’t let the “average” be the standard that we set for ourselves in this life. We can’t let the mundane settle in as the “norm” in our lives. We need to continually push forward and challenge ourselves to putting in the most effort into all of the things that we do. I understood what He wanted me to do.

That doesn’t mean that I put what He said into practice.

As I continued to meditate on exactly what He was asking me to do (a good stall tactic apparently), I decided to write some things down regarding where in our daily lives we need to step out of average and into above-average. I figured there would be a couple of areas He wanted to show me, but out of nowhere, all these are the areas that came to mind:

– Our bodies and how we need to take care of them
– Discipline in every aspect of our lives
– The language we use in our daily lives.
– Our relationships with others, specifically how men treat women and how women treat men.
– Where our identity lies in our lives
– How we use our time
– Integrity, not only in the workplace, but in our daily lives.
– Investing our time in others (discipleship)
– Complacency
– Stepping into what God has for our lives.
– Dieing to myself as a leader NO MATTER the emotions that come with it

CALLED OUT! God was raising the standard on me! This entire time, I thought I was preparing to do a writing, but God was actually CALLING ME OUT! The emphasis of His message to me was mostly centered on point number two in the list above, “discipline in every aspect of our lives”.

I’m currently reading, “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” by Donald Whitney, and this little gem appeared on page 22… (the items that apply to me are bolded)

Nothing was ever achieved without discipline; and many an athlete and many a man has been ruined because he abandoned discipline and let himself grow slack. Coleridge (who is mentioned in the book about how brilliant of a man he was but had no discipline) is the supreme tragedy of indiscipline. Never did so great a mind produce so little. He left Cambridge University to join the army; but he left the army because, in spite of all his erudition, he could not rub down a horse; he returned to Oxford and left without a degree. He began a paper called “the Watchman” which lived for ten numbers and then died. It has been said of him: ‘He lost himself in visions of work to be done, that always remained to be done. Coleridge had every poetic gift but one — the gift of sustained and concentrated effort.’ In his head and in his mind he had all kinds of books, as he said himself, ‘completed save for transcription.’ ‘I am on the eve,’ he says, ‘of sending to the press two octavo volumes.’ But the books were never composed outside Coleridge’s mind, because he would not face the discipline of siting down to write them out. No one ever reached any eminence, and no one having reached it ever maintained it, without discipline.

Each of those bolded sentences are EXACTLY what I’m doing right now… waisting ideas and vision without actually taking action to make them a reality. How sad is that?! I pray to God to give me great ideas and visions, but when they’re given, I lack the discipline to do anything about them.

NO MORE! It’s time to step up! God’s raising the ante, and I’m planning on going ALL IN!

This is something that’s going to be much larger than me… If you want to follow along with what’s happening during this “awakening”, follow my personal blog.

Apr
06

Check out this POWERFUL  Testimony at Hillsong. It just shows the never-ending grace our God will pour out on us!

Mar
24

In this week’s “songs that are rocking my world”, I give to you “Take Heart” by Hillsong United on their new album, Aftermath. The lyrics are posted under the video.

 

[Verse 1:]
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow

There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

[Chorus:]
So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

[Verse 2:]
In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

[Bridge:]
All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome
All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome
All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome
All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome
All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome
God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

Mar
23

 

The other day, I was reading the account of Jesus’ death and His voyage to the cross. I was reading the story about Jesus and Pontius Pilate. Pilate knew very well that Jesus was innocent, and he did everything he could to have Jesus released, but the crowds were relentless. They refused to acknowledge that Jesus was the King of the Jews, and because of the heresy they believed Jesus was teaching, there was no way that they were going to allow Jesus to live freely. They wanted Him dead. When it came time for a decision to be made by the people as to which prisoner should be released, the decision was either Jesus or Barabbas. The crowd chose Barabbas.

How many times in our own lives do we “choose Barabbas” over Jesus? Barabbas, in this case, represents the sin and behaviors that we know do not bring glory to God in our lives. These are the behaviors that people struggle with every day like anger, resentment, bitterness, sexual addiction, among many others.

If we are to live our lives in the strength and victory that we already have inside of us in the form of Jesus, we need to stand up to the crowds that tell us to choose Barabbas. We need to keep our eyes focused on God and do the things that we know will not only bring Him joy, but that will bring us closer to Him! Our purpose on this earth is not only to plant the seed in people’s lives that will bring about a harvest, but also to live our lives in the way that God designed us to.

So now I’ll ask you…  who do you choose? Barabbas or Jesus?

Mar
16

I came across a great writing from the Hillsong Church’s Blog, “Hillsong Collected”, and man, it really touched my heart.

So many times, when we think about the word “serving” or “servant”, we always feel that the service has to be an extremely grand expression that requires a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in order to show the love of Christ to a community or a group of people. Do we feel that, by breaking our backs, the intention of the service is any more powerful or meaningful to the people we are working with? Is it true that, the harder we work, the more meaningful the project ends up being?
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Mar
15

As I was walking along the beach tonight, there were hundreds of tiny birds that seemed to be up against a very tough task. They were walking in a pack of 80 to 100 birds, and they were running towards the sea. As soon as the waves came ashore, the birds would turn and run away.

The really interesting thing was that, after they made their way to a safe area of the shore, and as the water would recede back to the ocean, the entire pack of birds would run towards the sea again, only to turn around and run back to the shore! They did this over and over and over again!

How many times do we do that with God? We obviously have an objective that He’s calling us to go forward in. The purpose may be very clear to us, but we start to wonder… is the task too big for me to handle? There seems to be a HUGE sea of troubles and trials that may come along with it.

The waves may seem massive, and the current of the water may seem too strong for you to push through, but can I encourage you? No task is too large for you when God is calling you to go through it! He’s telling you that He already knows the troubles you will face. He already knows the waves that will get in your way, and He already knows that the current will push you back and forth.

One thing stays the same… if He’s calling you to do something, He already has the victory planned out for you. He already has a plan to help you push through the waves and the currents that may take you down. His finished work on the cross is proof enough that we will make it through whatever it is that He’s calling us to do!

If God is calling you to face a situation that you’re afraid of, remind yourself that we serve a large God. He wouldn’t be asking you to deal with the issue if He wasn’t planning on helping you through it. He’s already given you the victory! You just have to learn to push past the fear and walk in His power and strength knowing that you WILL have victory over whatever He’s calling you to do!

Feb
28

hmmm… VERY INTERESTING… Luke 1:37 says, in most translations, “for nothing will be impossible for God”, but the NIV 2010 says, “for no word from God will ever fail.” ——-> If God gives you a command that seems impossible, NOTHING is impossible for God because NO word from God will ever fail! I LOVE IT!