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Wednesday

May 24, 2017

You Got This!

Read

Romans 8:36-37, "As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

Think

David had not yet even had the opportunity to explore his giftedness in battle. He was a teenage shepherd! Yet, upon discovery of this formidable giant terrorizing the entire Israelite army, he did what no one else was willing to do—he said, "I've got this!" Was it because of his extensive combat training? No! It wasn't about his preparation—it was about where God had positioned him to be! As a shepherd, he had fended off vicious predators such as lions and bears. Was he able to face the giant with the latest and greatest tactical equipment? No, but he knew God was with him, and had prepared him in the wilderness for future battle. So regardless of how ridiculous he might have initially appeared before Goliath with simply a leather strap and a stone, he was positioned and commissioned by the Almighty God to win.

Like David, God has been preparing us to conquer various giants throughout our lives. And He never wastes any chance to refine our skillset for what we will later accomplish. Even the dullest, most mundane tasks will benefit us in the future. Only God knows what we'll face—but due to His overwhelming love and grace, we can trust in Him to equip us for what's ahead. He has positioned us exactly where He wants us to move forward in faith to do amazing things. Remember, even the impossible is possible through Christ who gives us strength! Right now, God is saying to us, "You've got this!"

Pray

Father God, thank You for working through all things for my benefit. I trust in You always to equip me with the proper ability to conquer each new giant. Use me to do great things for Your kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Act

Equip yourself for battle with the word of God. Commit Isaiah 41:10 to memory. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

 

Monday

May 1, 2017

Family Corporation

Read

Ephesians 4:1-3, “… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Think

A successful corporation understands its mission and purpose, and strives to fulfill its responsibility. In addition, the entire staff understands their individual roles and expectations. The corporate structure is evident in its bylaws. The chain of command is quite clear in order to maintain the strength and integrity of the business. There’s a founder, a chief executive officer, president, and shareholders.

Successful families maintain a corporate structure. The Founder is God. He has established the mission statement and purpose of its existence—developing full-court followers of Christ. Dads are the CEO’s, moms are the presidents, and the children are shareholders. Each member is equal in form, yet unique in function. When everyone is doing their part, the family corporation operates just as God created it to. Corporations have bylaws to guide them, but we have the Bible—God’s Word to protect and promote our best interests. Who’s running the show in your family business? What is your mission statement?

Pray

Thank God for being your foundational Father. Ask Him to help you maintain your responsibilities within the family. And pray for struggling families everywhere in need of unity and peace.

Act

Call a business meeting and create a mission statement for your family.

 

Wednesday

February 8, 2017

Making a Statement

Read

Ephesians 10-12, “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Think

In Ephesians 3:10-12, Paul communicates two distinct messages. The first is a mission statement for the church. The second serves as a reminder that our relationship with God is not about us and that the freedom and confidence we share in Christ is due to His strength and not our own. Verse 10 states that the church’s mission is “to make known the manifold wisdom of God”.  Question: Who is our audience? In this scenario, Paul is referring to created beings in the spiritual realm. Christ’s work surpasses all barriers, physical and spiritual. So, he’s saying the church witnesses to everything and every being including Satan himself! A unified and faithful church is just one more reminder of his defeat as well as a powerful display of God’s truth and love for all of creation.

We like to make things about us, don’t we? How easily do we forget what our lives would really be like if we were reliant upon our own strength and power!  We even prioritize our own needs, wants, and desires in our relationship with God in prayer. But the key to effective prayer is to put aside our natural selfishness and autonomous attitude and make it all about God. Jesus is the mediator of our salvation and of all other dimensions in our relationship to the Father. Our confidence is based on what He accomplished! And freedom rings as we live in Christ, through Christ, and with Christ for eternity! Want to make a statement? Humbly praise God with an attitude of gratitude for His omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent power!

Pray

Thank You, God, for giving me hope and confidence in Your strength and power. Help me to not trust in myself, but in Jesus. And remind me of the cross every time my thoughts or actions are motivated by my own selfishness.

Act

Select a life verse that serves as a reminder of God’s strength, provision, and power. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a great place to start!

Friday

January 6, 2017

Happy Endings

Read

Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”.
I Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”.

Think

We all love a great story. And with every great story, there’s a situation, a build-up, a climax, and hopefully a happy-ending. Sadly, though, in real life not all stories end happily ever after. For those who don’t know Christ, their ending will result in misery and utter isolation. Because when this life ends forever begins, and forever is a very long time. As believers, our hope is built on a Christ-filled eternity in heaven—a place more glorious and spectacular than we can ever imagine. But as we eagerly await coming face to face with the Savior, we have a mission. It is to populate heaven and depopulate hell. Most often the path to salvation doesn’t occur by the unsaved randomly showing up at church. No, it starts with us as we share our own great story with the lost.

We don’t have to be Bible scholars to share our story. And often, when we attempt to explain why we believe what we believe to the unchurched from a biblical perspective it backfires. Instead, it’s always great to meet people on common ground. It helps to engage in friendly conversation and get to know a little bit about them—and people love to talk about themselves. Then when the timing is right—and God’s timing is always perfect—we share our stories. We talk about who we were before we knew Christ, what led us to Christ, and what Christ is doing in and through our lives. Eternities are on the line, the stakes are high, and we must love others enough to share about who and Whose we are. Remember, we seek, Jesus saves, and lives are forever changed, because God desires for us all to have a happy-ending.

Pray

Pray for at least three people you know in need of life change and ask God to orchestrate just the right moment to share your story with them.

Act

Prepare to share your story. Write it down. Practice telling it in a precise and concise manner. And be ready when such opportunities arise.

Wednesday

October 19, 2016

Gospel Bound

Read

Acts 20:23-24, "I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace".

Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose".

Think

At some point in our lives we have all felt bound or incarcerated by something. Maybe it's worry, fear, addiction, unforgiveness, financial stress, or spiritual bankruptcy. Well, no matter the situation or circumstance we can rest assured in knowing that God works through—not some things or things with conditional clauses—but ALL things for our benefit and to His glory. However, sometimes His plan unfolds in unexpected ways.

The Apostle Paul longed to visit Rome. He yearned to proclaim Jesus’ name in the largest and most influential city in the known world. God, though, prevented him from going until due time. Paul eventually did make it to Rome—but not in the manner he imagined. He went there as a prisoner. As God's ambassador in chains, Paul continued to preach fearlessly under Roman guard for two years and wrote the majority of the New Testament.

As a great reminder of spiritual ambition, we must remember Paul's devotion despite his harrowing and likely miserable circumstances. He could have quit. He could have complained about life being unfair. He could have grown bitter towards God—but he didn't. He remained ‘joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer’. We can all take a page from the apostle's book to push past our own opposition or discomfort and carry out God's sovereign plan and purpose. So the next time we undergo hardship, we must not ask God, "Why me?" And instead ask, "Why not me?"  Remember, what binds us physically might just be what spiritually sets us free.

Pray

Pray for a renewed desire, a new spiritual ambition to see God's will be done no matter the circumstances. And ask God to grant you the necessary patience to wait on His perfect timing.

Act

Throughout the day assess your attitudes, ambitions, and motivations. And consider your willingness to avail yourself to accomplish the work God has prepared for you to do.

 

Friday

October 14, 2016

Reel Partnership

Read

I Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow”.

Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”.

Think

Overseas missions are great and necessary, but for the majority us, it isn’t necessary to fly from one mission field to the next. God places us where He wants us to fish within our sea of humanity. Here are a few staggering statistics happening right here in the United States. If presented with the gospel, 17 million people would probably accept Christ.  Another 43 million would seek to learn more if presented with God’s truth. And 82% of the unchurched are likely to attend if invited. What’s the problem? Too many believers are inwardly focused. They errantly think that church is only for Christians. This consumer mentality not only prevents us from partnering with Christ, it promotes Satan’s agenda!

“Fish it like you find it” is the motto for many fishing guides. Thus, in that instance fishing may be prime, partial, or slim pickings—but nonetheless your guide will tell you to, “keep on casting”. Jesus is our fishing guide. He will produce supernatural results when we look past the improbable and realize that through Him nothing is impossible. Therefore, It’s time for us to get out of the fishbowl, our little holy huddles, and focus on huge hunks of humanity that are flopping, floundering, and dying all around us.  Together with Jesus and the greatest tackle store in the universe—the local church—we will concertedly and passionately unite to deliver those out of breath and on the verge of death into the living water of salvation.

Pray

“Father God, create in me a sense of urgency to unite with Christ—the Ultimate Angler—to reach and rescue the lost. Lead me into opportunities to share Jesus and grant me the boldness to keep on casting. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Act

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Notice Paul did not say ‘I’ and ‘me’ but ‘us’ and ‘we’ to encourage unity within the body of Christ. Partner with another believer to pray for the lost. And ask God for many hearts to be forever changed this weekend at Fellowship Church.

 

Friday

December 12, 2014

The local church

Read

1 Corinthians 14:40, But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. 1 Corinthians 14:40

Think

The local church is the only institution that Jesus ever built. It is His avenue for life change and His method to reach the world. As the church, we do all we can to communicate that message, and we have set our church up in simply for that to happen.

Fellowship Church is first and foremost God founded. Everything we do is under God’s authority and direction. After that, we are pastor led. Our senior pastor, Ed Young, has been called to lead this church and follow God’s vision. Then, we are staff directed. Our staff helps facilitate the direction of our church. We are board accountable. Everything at Fellowship Church is monitored and audited in order to ensure we are doing it properly. Finally, we are member activated. Fellowship Church’s members are the ones who carry forth the call to reach our community and change our world!

Pray

Thank God for Fellowship Church. This church is a church that is reaching thousands of lives each weekend, and that is truly something to thank God for!

Act

Remember this simple truth and post it wherever you can on your social media accounts: The church is amazingly simple, and simply amazing!