CALLED TO GREATNESS

CALLED TO GREATNESS

In Joshua 17:17-18 (NKJV), we read: “And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—saying, ‘You are a great people and have great power; you shall not have only one lot, but the mountain country shall be yours. Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and its farthest extent shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong.'” 

In every believer there is a need to be a part of something greater – greater than the pursuit of earthly possessions and achievements. And not just any type of greatness. It must be lasting greatness. So many of the things that people strive for today only offer temporary fulfillment. Last year’s champion is soon forgotten in the wake of this year’s hero. Many times the excitement of getting what you have always wanted is soon replaced by a desire for something bigger and better.

There is a place for achievements and accomplishments – but in the light of eternity, which ones truly matter? Joshua realized that a great people with great power would only find lasting fulfillment by serving a great God. It’s the difference between success and significance.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 13; Proverbs 7 & 8

OUR OPEN DOOR

OUR OPEN DOOR

In John 10:7-9 (NKJV), Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

Jesus said, “I am the door…” Where do you want to get to in life? Where do you need your marriage to be? Your family? Your health and finances? Your career? Doors represent the entrances we need to pass through in order to get to where we need to be.

There are a lot of “doorways” we can try to use to get to where we want to be. Some athletes who want to make it to the Olympics believe their only door is steroids. Some business owners who want to be successful believe their only door is cheating people. But there is only one door that can lead us to where we need to be in life…and that door is Jesus.

Jesus as our Door is more than a “mystical” statement. It’s practical. In John 1, the Bible tells us that Jesus is the Word of God. In other words, our doorway that leads us to the next season, the next opportunity, the next level in our lives is God’s Word. As we spend time in God’s Word, as we study God’s Word, as we meditate on and pray God’s Word, we allow the Lord to form a doorway for us to walk through – a doorway that will lead us to where we need to be. It’s supernatural.

Don’t make your own way in life. Don’t build your own doors. Don’t settle for forcing your way on others. Take your direction from God’s Word. It will be your open door.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 11 & 12; Proverbs 6

MAKE GOOD ON YOUR INTENTIONS

MAKE GOOD ON YOUR INTENTIONS

In 2 Corinthians 8:11 (NKJV), we read: “But now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.”

To the Christians at Corinth, Paul was saying, “You expressed your desire to give…now do it.” This is an important lesson for every Christian to learn. Our desires and intentions; however noble, mean nothing without action. The blessing isn’t in agreeing with what we see in the Scriptures, but in doing them.

All of us have experienced this before. We tell the Lord of our desire to serve him. We express to our pastor our intention to get involved, or to give, or whatever…but then those intentions grow stale. When the emotion wears off, we tell ourselves, “Some other time.” But the Lord doesn’t forget the promises we make Him…anymore than He forgets the promises He has made us.

Paul encouraged the Corinthians to fulfill their promises, to take action. No matter how small, take that first step toward doing what you told the Lord you would do. It may not be big. It may not be momentous. But if you take it, He will honor your faith. And those who are faithful over little, He makes ruler over much.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 9 & 10; Proverbs 5

OUR CORNERSTONE

OUR CORNERSTONE

In Ephesians 2:19-21 (NKJV), we read: “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” 

An individual rock isn’t good for much. But when it’s joined with other stones, according to a master plan, together they can be used to build a “holy temple” for the Lord. The same is true of us. We’re not much by ourselves, but when we allow the Lord to unite us with other believers, together our lives have tremendous value. Stop trying to do life alone. Value the relationships you have. People may rub you the wrong way, but that’s one of the ways the Lord shapes us into something holy.

The Lord can build something beautiful out of our lives, all we need to do is align ourselves with the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. The cornerstone is the most important. All other stones are placed in relationship with it. Without it, a building would be out of alignment and be in danger of collapsing. Don’t try to make Jesus align Himself with you. You must align yourself to Him.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 7 & 8; Proverbs 4

FALL FORWARD

FALL FORWARD

In Psalm 118:13 (AMP), we read: “You [my adversary] thrust sorely at me that I might fall, but the Lord helped me.”

Everyone falls down but not everyone gets back up. The reason some people achieve, while others remain average, is how they respond to failure. Just because you fail, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. But it does mean you have a decision to make. Will you choose to blame your circumstances and those around you, or will you pray one of the most powerful prayers there is, “God, please change me.” When you change, everything changes!

Reaching forward is about realizing that failure is just an event; it’s not your destiny. Let go of what’s behind. Grab onto what’s ahead. And always remember that God never consults your past to determine your future.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 5 & 6; Proverbs 3

THE PAST IS PAST

THE PAST IS PAST

In Psalm 84:7 (AMP), we read: “They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; each of them appears before God in Zion.”

The past is past. It’s not the present. We are not to look behind; we are to reach forward. God always takes us from strength to greater strength. But forgetting the past is more than just letting go of our mistakes, failures and regrets. It’s also about letting go of our past successes.

Were you the #1 salesman last year?  Forget about it. Did you make the honor roll last semester? Forget about it. Did you win a country club membership? Forget about it. Stop looking at where you have been, and what you have already accomplished. Those strengths are past. There is greater strength for us to reach forward to. Don’t settle for yesterday’s accomplishments. Be thankful for what God has done, but be expectant for the more He still desires to do.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 3 & 4; Proverbs 2

THE POWER TO CHANGE

THE POWER TO CHANGE

Our Word of Life Conference 2014, “Reaching Forward”, resumes tonight at 7pm (HST), with Dr. Creflo Dollar! If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here. Also, in the opening message of our conference, Pastor Art shared about having the power to change.

In Ephesians 1:19-20 (TLB), we read: “I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great [Jesus'] power is to help those who believe in Him. It is that same might power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven.” 

For many people, reaching forward doesn’t seem possible. They’re stuck in the past, trying to answer the question, “Why can’t I change?” They want to change but don’t know how.  People spend so much time and money looking for painless cures that will “zap” all of their negative thoughts and bad habits away.

The good news is that Jesus gives us the power to change. The same power that raised Him from the dead, is the same power His Spirit makes available to us…power to help us change. This is power we cannot earn, and power we don’t have to convince Him to give to us. It’s power He freely gives. All we need to do is ask. This is why Paul the Apostle wrote, “I pray that you will begin to understand…”

Ask Jesus. We’ve asked ourselves. We’ve asked our friends. We’ve asked others. It’s time we ask Jesus. He is the story changer.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Hebrews 1 & 2; Proverbs 1