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Vision

Wednesday

March 15, 2017

A Big Slice of Great Advice

Read

Exodus 18:20-22, “Teach them His decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times…. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.”

Think

Every now and then, it helps to take a slice of great advice out of some humble pie. Because at times, we can be working very hard, but in the grand scheme of things, we’re barely working—it’s called the tyranny of the urgent. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how God’s man Moses had lost his ‘Mo-Mentum’ having been burdened with the work of many. And that his father-in-law, Jethro, laid down some heavy advice after noticing the inefficiency of Moses’ work, time management, and lack of overall leadership. Moses had lost sight of his calling. God did not call on him to do everything, but to do some things specifically. Jethro wisely pointed him back to his purpose, which was to be ‘the people’s representative before God’.

The advice Moses received with great humility was twofold. First, Jethro redefined Moses’ leadership role, and then he spoke about the art of delegation. Today’s scripture says Moses was to teach God’s decrees and instructions. Suddenly Moses realized he couldn’t do this on a case-by-case basis. He agreed he needed to appoint godly men as officials, and so he did. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for the lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed”. Nowhere is this better illustrated than by Jesus. He didn’t embark on a solitary mission to save the world. No, He chose twelve disciples to follow Him immediately and taught them how to lead and carry out their prescribed mission after Jesus ascended back to the Father. We are called by God to fulfill specific roles for His purpose. Whether leading a Bible study, a corporation, a classroom, or even a family room, great leaders are set apart by putting the right people in the right positions with the right posture under God’s chain of command. Do only what you can do and delegate the rest. What urgent things are you doing that are keeping you from the important?

Pray

Praise God for His calling on your life and ask Him to guide you in deciphering the urgent from the important.

Act

Has someone ever given you some great advice that you didn’t take? Were there repercussions? Think of a time when you received wise counsel and applied it. What was the outcome? Now memorize Proverbs 12:15, “The way of fools seem right to them, but the wise listen to advice”.

 

Friday

March 10, 2017

Leading Past the Likes

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Hebrews 13:7, “Hebrews 13:7 “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

Think

We all like to be liked. We like receiving likes on Social Media. We often seek approval and respond well to praise. But likeability and lead-ability do not always go hand in hand. Great leaders understand that their motives, strategies, abilities, and decisions will be questioned. Hence, when an opportunity arises opposition awaits. When we try to make everyone happy, no one ends up happy including ourselves. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus”. This means it’s more important to take people where they need to go than where they want to go. Had Nehemiah worried about his opposition, he would’ve never completed the wall. If Noah had paid attention to the ridicule and mockery he faced, he wouldn’t have completed the Ark. If Moses had succumbed to the children of Israel’s constant berating, whining, and complaining, he never would have gone atop the mountain to receive the 10 Commandments or deliver two million people out of slavery to the brink of the Promised Land. If Jesus had tried to please and appease everyone during His three years of earthly ministry, He would have never made it to the Cross and we would be facing eternal separation from God! Leaders do what is right despite the fight, outwork the opposition, continue casting vision, and remain focused on God’s plans and purpose.

Above was the information, so here’s the application. When facing criticism, always consider the source, and critique the opposition. Look at their underlying motives and the spirit behind their aversion. We cannot afford to think our critics are always correct and question ourselves to death. Conversely, we cannot assume that every negative voice is wrong and that we are always right. No, we must remain humble and seek wise counsel. In addition, we never forget to look to the book—the Bible, and pray for the wisdom and discernment to make the right choices. Remember, the loudest boos usually have no clue about effective leadership. So, we keep on leading past the likes knowing that following God will take us to the greatest heights.

Pray

Today, pray through the four C’s: Acknowledge the CHARACTER of God, CONFESS your sins, show CONFIDENCE in God’s promises, and stay COMMITTED to being part of the answer.

Act

As a leader for Christ, invite someone to church; knowing if even if they don’t want to go, it’s where they need to be.

 

Tuesday

January 17, 2017

The Hope of His Calling

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Ephesians 1:18, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”.

Think

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to understanding the parallel between physical and spiritual blindness. On his way to persecute Christ followers, a radiant light blinded him and Jesus Himself called out his actions. For three days he experienced physical blindness as God opened the eyes of his greatly hardened heart. And ironically, this man with blood on his hands from killing those who professed their faith in the Son of God became the greatest church planter ever known and wrote two-thirds of the New Testament. With this in mind, we should pay special attention to Paul’s prayers. In Ephesians 1:18, he prays for God to open the eyes of the hearts of those experiencing spiritual blindness. You see true enlightenment is the wisdom and revelation of putting God’s word into action.

When our hearts are led by the guardrails and guidelines of God’s word and the qualities that define His very nature and character, only then can we truly understand the depth of hope we have in Christ. Essentially, the better we know Jesus the better we know ourselves. The “hope of His calling” then transcends feelings and attaches to God’s truth. Biblical hope is the assurance of future fact—the ability to live by faith no matter the situation or circumstances. A heart that yields to God despite personal feelings produces the greatest amount of true hope, faith, and trust. And our spiritual vision abounds in the strength of knowing the here and now will always give way to the eternal. Thus, the eyes of our heart—our faith—perform at maximum capacity when we focus on God’s plans and purpose and not our own.

Pray

Pray for God to alert your heart the next time you allow your personal feelings and objectives to transcend the power and purpose of His plan. And ask Him to enlighten the eyes of your heart to truly recognize the “hope of His calling”.

Act

Do a good deed today. Donate a couple of dollars to feed homeless pets, help someone with their groceries, or buy a complete stranger’s cup of coffee. No matter the deed, simply help another in need.

 

Tuesday

April 5, 2016

The Approachable Throne

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"At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it." Revelation 4:2

Think

While Revelation is unquestionably one of the most intriguing books in the Bible, it’s clear that it is written about one person – Jesus Christ. Through imagery, word pictures, and illustrations, John (the author of Revelation) gives us a clear picture of the King. The position of God in the book is undeniable. He is ruler; He is King.

That reality doesn’t only play out in the pages of Revelation. That is a reality every day and in every way. John was ushered into the very throne room of God in heaven. But the truth is that we have that same opportunity every day. When we have that personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we have an all-access pass to the throne room of God. Are you living with the knowledge that you can approach the King anytime, anywhere?

Pray

Thank God for making a way for you to have access to Him through Jesus. Pray for the perspective and understanding of what access to God means in your life.

Act

Have you ever had a backstage pass at a concert? The experience is completely different when you can get up close to the band. That’s what we have with God through Jesus; an all–access, backstage pass! Make yourself a note that reminds you today that you have ALL ACCESS to the King!

 

Monday

September 28, 2015

The Holy Huddle

Read

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25

Think

Every NFL offense starts their attack, their game plan in the same place – the huddle. It is the place where assignments are given, plays are communicated, and vision is cast for what is about to happen on the field. But football isn’t the only place with a huddle.

As Christ followers, we have a huddle where we gather for the play in life. It’s called the local church. As you gear up for the “game”, God wants you to know exactly what He has in store for you. It’s in the local church where we gather with the other players on our team and get the vision and assignment God has for us. Are you part of that weekly huddle?

Pray

Thank God for giving us a game plan for life and a place where we can gather weekly to get our assignments and vision for what is ahead.

Act

Are you part of the local church and weekly “huddle” God has for you? Commit to showing up to Fellowship church weekly in order to get God’s vision and game plan for your life!

Tuesday

September 8, 2015

Think Right, Feel Right, Act Right

Read

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Think

When you think of change, what’s the first thing you think of? If you’re like most people, you probably think of something temporary or superficial. Maybe you think of a change in hair color or a wardrobe. Maybe you think of buying a new car or moving to a new city or rearranging your furniture.

However, when we think about superficial change, we’re conforming to a pattern we weren’t designed to copy. The world tells us that we can experience significant change if we just rearrange a few aspects of our lives. But the truth is that the change we seek and that God wants for us isn’t found in rearranging anything in our lives. It is only found when we turn everything over to Him and follow His plan and purpose for our lives.

Are you following the world’s pattern? Or are you modeling your life after God’s plans and experiencing the change He has for you?

Pray

Ask God to help you not only see His pattern for your life, but to have the strength to follow that pattern. Pray for the discernment to turn away from the world’s pattern and renew your mind to follow God’s.

Act

“When you think right you feel right. When you feel right you act right.” Begin to think on the things God has set before you, and discover the pattern of true change!

 

Monday

August 17, 2015

Sight Without Vision

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“As [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth... [Jesus] spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. ‘Go,’ He told him, ‘wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (this word means ‘sent’). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.” John 9:1, 6-7

Think

Have you ever read the entire page of a book before realizing that you weren’t actually paying any attention? The fact is, you weren’t seeing incorrectly, you were just seeing incompletely. You saw the words, but the purpose behind them was lost. Hellen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision.”

It is so easy to go through each day without taking notice of the greater story unfolding all around us. God has a purpose for your life, and when you ask for and receive His clarity, you will discover what you were created to do. The man in the story above was blind, but when he followed Jesus’ instructions, he had more than sight – he had clarity.

Pray

Thank God for the purpose and plan He has for your life. Pray that He will give you clarity as you seek out that purpose.

Act

You aren’t perfect, but you’re perfect for what God made you for. Make a mental list of some of your greatest strengths. Pray that God will use these talents and gifts to accomplish His perfect will in your life.

Wednesday

August 5, 2015

Don’t Rely on the Naked Eye

Read

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,” Hebrews 6:19

Think

In our world, it can be so easy to rely only on what we can see. After all, we’re told, if you can’t see it then it must not be real. But the truth is that there are so many aspects of life that we can’t see from our perspective. God, though, has the ultimate perspective.

Think about a situation you are dealing with right now. Are you looking at that situation from your own, limited perspective? If so, you may be missing out on some crucial piece of hope. Instead, look at your situation from God’s perspective, and discover the anchor for your soul that will help you wait out the storm!

Pray

Ask God right now to help you have the right perspective in whatever situation you are facing. Trust that although you may not be able to see His plan perfectly, God’s plan will see you through.

Act

Read the account of Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6:8-17, and how his eyes were opened to a powerful reality that wasn’t visible at first.

Friday

December 12, 2014

The local church

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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!