UNLOCKED – March 27, 2016

Struggle – You TRY to FIX You…But You Cannot FIX You

I am the First and the Last.  I am the living one.  I died, but look — I am alive forever and ever!  And I hold the keys of death and the grave. Revelation 1:17-18

Today — What was UNLOCKed in the Resurrection?  

And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as He was… Romans 6:4-5

UNLOCKED #1 – A Relationship with God

Default when it comes to God — RULES

I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  Romans 7:14a

Oh, what a wretched man I am!  Who can deliver me? Thanks be to God who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord.

UNLOCKED #2 – A New Approach to God

If you belong to Christ Jesus, you have the power of the life-giving Spirit, which frees you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. Romans 8:1-4

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14

  • Sin, you are not my master!

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

√  Keep in Step with God!  

So I say, walk by the Spirit …and you will NOT gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

UNLOCK #3 — Inner Life-Changing Power

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

Fruit is not produced BY you, but IN YOU & through You.

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Relationship

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UNLOCKED – March 20, 2016

I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look — I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.  Revelation 1:17-18

What was UNLOCKED on the cross?

UNLOCK #1 – You Cannot FIX YOU

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. Romans 7:14a

…For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Romans 7:14b

The worse you make it…the more frustrated you get…the longer you struggle.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

UNLOCK #2 – SIN is a Power Over You

Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to [YOU] all people, because [YOU] all sinned. Romans 5:12

SIN is not just an activity — but a Noun that results in verbs.

UNLOCK #3 – CHRIST Gives YOU Power

Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Romans 6:2

Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined Him in His death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

But the gift is not like the trespass (what Adam did). For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to many!

· You Cannot FIX You.

· You are POWERLESS.

· Jesus DIED – You Died.

· UNLOCKED You.

For the message of the cross (death, burial, resurrection) is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

√ Search

√ Rescue

√ Restore

√ Redeem

I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

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Beyond the Numbers – March 13, 2016

Everything that comes into my life is not for my consumption.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give…not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Corinthians 9:6-7

And God will generously provide all you need.  Then you will ALWAYS have everything you need and PLENTY left over to share with others…You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion…

 √ I will intentionally share my resources.   

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.   1 Corinthians 16:2

  • OPTION #1: Start with what the AVG American gives – 3%
  • OPTION #2: Take the 3-month Tithe – 10% of income
  • OPTION #3: Ask you to be Extravagantly Generous

 

Overseas Mission & Local Outreach Organizations

 

ECC Local Outreach

 

NEXT Generation – Kidspointe & Current

 

Membership – Growth Track

 

Guest Hospitality

 

Marketing, Mass Mailers, & Door Hangers

 

√ I will intentionally share my time.

 

√ I will intentionally share Christ.

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Are you living in the ZONE?

Are you zoned in? Or do you find yourself zoned out?

I am referring to the ZONE as God’s “Sweet Spot” of success & victory for your life. The ZONE is the way we can live our life in God where we WIN. So we are free from lack of any kind; we are free from inability…it’s that Blessed Life.

Solomon, the writer of Proverbs and one of the wealthiest men, said “the blessing of the Lord richly provides and no worrying can improve on it” (Prov 10:22).

You have probably heard this phrase before — “I’m Blessed” …but what does that exactly mean? Is it just good karma? Are we talking about somebody who is lucky?

The Bible tells us that those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Like God will bless us and No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Did you know that a person can have “things” in their life, but that does not mean they have God’s blessing & favor. Without it, they will only be “Things.”

What does it mean to be blessed? I love the quote I heard before — To be on the receiving end of the tangible and intangible favor of God. – Ed Young, Jr.  There is both a tangible and intangible blessing of God.

The Intangible blessings are the “spiritual stuff.” We all definitely know we need the spiritual blessings of God. But God also wants His blessing in tangible ways—physically, materially, financially. God loves to bless his people with “THINGS” — yet, for some reason a lot of people have a hard time accepting that truth.

The question that is often left unanswered is – What do we do with the tangible blessings once we receive them from God’s favor?  That’s the TEST we all must pass.  We do what I learned years ago that changed everything for me.

We realize we are in the ZONE when we understand this — “I am Blessed to be a BlessING.” If you want God’s Blessing on your finances, you & I must GET our Life IN THE ZONE. Not living zoned in or zoned out!

How do we do that — the key is “I must trust God as my source!” Your source of income is not your job…your source is God. God can use a job or anything else to get His blessing to you.

The moment in your life WHEN you realize everything you are and everything you have, is given to you by God. It changes everything. If you want to move into the ZONE know …He Owns It All. You and I are just a Manager!

So gone are the days where we try to HOLD ONTO everything that God brings into our lives.  Just because God’s favor brings to you doesn’t mean you are to consume on you.

Open up your hands and be a blessing to others.  If God can get His blessing to you in the first place.  Trust Him.  He can and will continue to bring things your way.

When I turn on a faucet, I don’t really think the faucet is the source of that water. Right? The faucet is the channel that gets the water to me from a source. A person’s job is a channel; it is never the source.

When we live in the ZONE, if one faucet gets turned off, God can turn another one on just as easily. Not only is God the supplier of your financial blessing and the source of it, He is the security.

How do you know when something other than God is your security? Real simple. You worry. Worry is the warning light that you are trusting something other than God for your Source. Don’t live in worry – take the limits off of God.

Decide right now – God, You are my Source. I take the limits off of my life. I am living in the ZONE of God’s blessing.

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Beyond the Numbers – March 6, 2016

“What would you be willing to do for $10 million?
  • 25% would abandon their entire family.
  • 23% would become a prostitute for a week or more.
  • 16% would give up their American citizenship.
  • 10% would withhold testimony letting a murderer go free.
  • 7% would murder a stranger.
  • 3% would put their children up for adoption.

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:5-7

Promise – When you become generous, you will give more, save more, and consume less.

Jesus’ Promise – HAPPIER

LIE – What comes to me is for my consumption.

Today – The Ripple Effect

 

The Crazy Cycle.001

GREED…the assumption that if it comes to me, it is for my consumption.

GREED always leads to Worry…it always leaves you Discontent.

Generous People don’t assume it’s theirs to consume.

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

√ Generosity requires a PLAN.

√ Generosity is a specific PERCENTAGE.

√ Generosity decides WHERE.

The Ripple Effect — Generosity is how you say “YES” to what is important to you.

The Crazy Cycle week 2

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