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power copySo God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. —Genesis 1:27

You have been created after the image and likeness or character and nature of God. Think about that for a minute…pause…go ahead I’ll wait…think hard…you’ve been created in God’s image and likeness. He is a creative God with inexhaustible potential. Everything we see, hear, taste, feel or enjoy in this world today, resided and existed in Him first before it all came into existence at His decree.

Everything you need to manifest your dreams and complete your life’s-assignment is hidden within you under the alias: “purpose”. But the vastness of those capabilities that Father-God has deposited, entrusted and invested in your life will go unused and wasted unless it’s tapped into. You’ll never know the greatness you have living, resting and quietly sleeping on the inside of you until you dare to rouse and wake it up. Plug-into God in you. Connect to life’s source: Christ in you. Tap into Holy Spirit’s inexhaustible power residing within you.

Do not allow your legacy to be reduced to a future full of regrets and pitiful confession of: “I should’ve…I could’ve…I would’ve…but I did none of…” Seize life by the throat and squeeze tight, don’t let go until it spits out God’s best for you! Place a demand on your God-given potential and pursue that which you’ve had or have the desire within you to pursue. There are no limits to limit you, only those limitations you limit God and yourself with. Dig deep into the buried treasure of Christ in you to: discover, uncover, recover, take-over and “fork-over” or release and serve the Creator’s greatness in you. The world awaits!

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Fully-Loaded

slide-22 copyBut the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will be just like Me and will partner with you and teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.—John 14:26 (paraphrased)

When Jesus Christ was baptized by Holy Spirit, was Holy Spirit different, younger and stronger back then than today? When the apostles and disciples were baptized with Holy Spirit, was Holy Spirit in the prime of His life but today has grown old, weak, senile and impotent? When Holy Spirit baptized you with Himself, were you given a watered-down, bootleg and diluted version?

Did we receive a counterfeit? Were we baptized artificially? Or was Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ, the apostles and disciples the very same Holy Spirit that baptized us? Do we still have the same person of Holy Spirit baptizing today? Did Jesus Christ receive a greater more potent dose? Did the apostles and disciples receive a greater degree? Is Holy Spirit the same today as He was in days of yesterdays?

Maybe it’s blasphemy to think we have the very same Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ received? Maybe we find it sacrilegious to trust the very same Holy Spirit that the apostles of old partnered up with? Maybe we should be satisfied that we have some crumbs and left-overs from God’s abundant spiritual blessings table. Or maybe we really do indeed have the very same Holy Spirit person living on the inside of us that lived in Jesus Christ, the apostles and disciples?

Whether you know it or not, understand it or not—you are fully-loaded in Christ through the Person of Holy Spirit. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead DWELLS IN YOU, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who DWELLS IN YOU.—Romans 8:11 NKJV We were not duped or ripped-off by any stretch of the imagination of God’s absolute very best. We have living in of us the very same Person Who lived in Christ Jesus when God was man.

Peace

calm copyAnd Jesus he woke up and arose right in the middle of a raging storm, and He rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still”. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. -Mark 4:39 (paraphrased)

Peace is not something you try to import or bring into existence during life’s storms when they hit, peace is who you are in Christ.

Peace is an attitude, an inner residential confidence that’s been built brick by brick on the foundation of sacred trust, reinforced by steel beams that have been forged, strengthened and tested in the fires of faithfulness, and held together with the mortar of integrity.

Peace is then exported or released from within our fortified depths of gratitude. For we remember and know that we’ve been here before in other storms and have remained standing despite and after the high winds and torentuous rains of past life’s storm’s.

Yes it’s been scary at times there’s no doubt about it, but peace is the result of God being God: an unchangeable and immovable anchor that holds during every threat, all doubt, any worry, each anxiety or fear. Peace is not a rabbit we all of a sudden pull out of a magic hat when things get hairy, peace is a lifestyle, a mindset, an attitude that’s been fully clothed in the safety, security, Sovereignty and love of Christ.

Opposition Or Opportunity?

world_1 copyAnd we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28

Crisis, tragedy and problems are all huge heavy back-breaking loads for us to carry around wherever we go. Problems keep us bent-over with our eyes glued to the ground and focused on defeat. We don’t ever dare to look up and take a quick peek for fear that we will be completely crushed and finished-off.

But there’s another outlook that we can choose to possess, it’s one that prepares, equips and empowers us for tough times. We can learn to drop that towering mammoth burden off our back, step up to it, climb up on it and stand at the peak to get a better view of what’s ahead so we can plan what to do next.

In life, crisis is inevitable. What is changeable is our perception, or how we see those tragedies that are undesirable, painful and unwanted. We can either see OPPOSITION as OPPOSITION, or we can clearly see it it as OPPORTUNITY. We can  either see a crushing mountain who’s only purpose for existence is to fall on us and keep us down, or a glorious new opportunity to climb to the mountain peak of opposition and reach new and greater heights that await.

Opposition or opportunity, you choose. It will be the lens of your perception that will determine which one you will ultimately see. This is why at any time, in any stage of life, in all places, during all and any adversities; we can all boldly proclaim in Jesus Name that “ALL THINGS WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR OUR GOOD”! What Do You Perceive? Opposition or Opportunity? For what ever it is that you choose to perceive will determine what you will receive.

Focused

fighter3editedMost fighters do not particularly enjoy the taxing hardships of training. Even though it is necessary, they would much rather joyfully pass on it. But the truth is that they cannot neglect the grueling physical torture that they must daily submit their body to. Nobody wants to hurt, sweat, push and push themselves harder and hander until you feel like you’re almost going to die of fatigue. Yet fighters all over the world have chosen to do this and make this very difficult grind a lifestyle.

To me, “Why” and “How” then becomes the question. Why would anyone do this? and How do they do this everyday? I believe the answer to “Why” is “the prize” and the answer to the question of “how?”; is also “the prize”. You see fighters endure the pains of discipline and training by fixing their eyes on the prize. They push through the tough hard times by focusing not on their pain and discomfort, but on the championship belt that will one day be tightly wrapped around their waist.

The real intense grueling exercises, even the boring mundane and tedious training schedules become bearable by thinking thoughts of having their hand raised way up high as champion and pound for pound one of the greatest fighters in the world. Even when quitting because it has become too hard becomes a thought, they subject that temptation to give-up and surrender to the intense focus on the prize that’s ahead, that which is to come and which they will receive.

Christ is the greatest example of relentlessness to me and here’s why. “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! —Hebrews 12:1-3

How do we overcome the temptation to quit, surrender, raise the “white-flag” or to  give-up? How do we keep pushing when we are weary, tired, discouraged, disappointed or when the popular “I’ve had enough” and the not wanting to go on anymore thought invades our mind?  By taking our eyes off of ourselves, off of what’s going on right in front of us. We do this by ignoring the discouragement that urges us to quit and by keeping our eyes fixed and focused on the prize that Christ Jesus has waiting for us just up ahead. Keep your eyes fixed and focused on the prize, and remember to “F.O.C.U.S” is to: Follow One Course Until Successful.

You Are God’s Inspiration

spirit-of-god-breathe-in-meAnd the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and BREATHED into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. —Genesis 2:7

Your point of origin is found in God’s mind. You were intimately thought of, intentionally planned, intricately designed and lovingly created. In short, who you are today is nothing less than the crown of creation that has been breathed out by God’s divine inspiration.

You are the inspiration of God become flesh. In Genesis we read that God breathed out into man’s nostrils and he became alive. In 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God…”; we see the very same phrase of “God-breathed” being used. [strong’s 2315-theopneustos: God-breathed, i.e. inspired by God.]

The take away is simply this, no matter how uninspired you feel when you look in the mirror; you are still God’s INSPIRATION in the form of a human being. You and I are the result of God’s divine and Sovereign inspiration, not the product of an random, mindless, loveless, unguided, purposeless, insignificant, meaningless, accidental process of chance to the incalculable power of 10. The bottom line is simply this now follow me, because you are God’s INSPIRATION, the very thought of youINSPIRED God.

You, yes you are the essence and the epitome of God’s INSPIRATION! Don’t you ever forget this truth for a single moment of your life. You’re a priceless, valuable worthy, loved, significant person full of potential and purpose who is breathing not only as a result of God’s INSPIRATION, but because you were conceived as His INSPIRATION—you are literally the physical manifestation of God’s INSPIRATION.

Inextinguishable

you_are_the_light_of_the_world_shine-737367The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. —John 1:5

 In context this verse is speaking of and describing the “Light of the world”—Jesus Christ, not some literal candle or light bulb. The “Light of the world” came to illuminate our darkened minds so that we can come out of darkness [ignorance] and walk with God once again.

 Every human that is not under grace is gagged, blinded and unable to see the right path because satan has deceived them. Darkness is their light and they grope around like blind men in the darkness trying to find the light switch—but visibility is zero.

 You see because of sin, the light switch has been turned off and like blind people we stumble in the dark; but Christ came into our “blackout” so that we can see real-life once again. The liberating news is that no matter how hard satan and the kingdom of darkness tried to extinguish that Light, [through suffering, persecution, torture, beatings, crucifixion, death and burial] it still burns brighter and brighter than ever before.

 Therefore if Christ is the “inextinguishable Light” and now He has revealed that we also are “the lights of the world” [Matthew 5:14], who or what can ever extinguish us? Can suffering, persecution, lack, troubles, hardships, tribulations, death, sickness, heartaches, danger or hell itself? [Romans 8:31-39] Absolutely not! Nothing can or will ever extinguish us because we are now also inextinguishable! Christ is in you, with you and for you! Christ the Light shines in your darkness and darkness though it has tried and will no doubt continue trying, will never extinguish that Light.

Further more, now YOU are the “Light of the world” partnered with Christ Jesus and because darkness could not defeat Christ; neither will your light ever be put-out. So let’s sing like we use to sing during Sunday school, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine, let it shine, let shine, let it shine!”—SHINE because you are INEXTINGUISHABLE!!!

 

 

Fully Loaded

MfishOST OF US BUY INTO THE LIE…”I can’t do more for God and others because I have so little, but once I get more, then I’ll be able to do more and bigger things.” We ask ourselves, “What good is what I have, when what I have isn’t good enough?”

In God’s Kingdom economy the reverse is true: “Be faithful in the little and you will be made ruler over much.” [Matthew 25: 21-23] Every dream begins in a seed-form, how big it grows depends upon the cultivator of that dream-seed.

It’s not how little of how much you do or do not have that matters, it’s how little or how much you do or do not do with how little or how much you do or do not have that’s important.

The same question was asked a long time ago, “What good is what I have, when what I have isn’t good enough?” Jesus taught us that all we needed was faith as small as a mustard-seed.[Luke 17:6] Jesus used the seemingly “not enough” two fish and five loaves of bread that a young boy surrendered unto Him to feed a multitude of thousands. [John 6:9-11] When God designed and created you, He fashioned you to be “fully-loaded” and “fully equipped” to handle and be everything He intends and desires for you to be and do.

God and you will always be more than enough, so do the do with what you do have to do the do with. You’ll never know if you have enough until you dare to put it in the “more than enough” hands of Jesus and let Him give it away to others through your obedience to “go” and “do”. The truth of the matter is that you always had the “more than enough” in your possession that you thought you lacked all along. It was already in your hands just desperately ready and waiting to be given away. #BeRevolution

You’re In Great Demand

high demand“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: CHRIST IS IN YOU, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.” —Colossians 1:26-27

PEOPLE IN THE STREETS…won’t bump into God by accident, but they may bump into you by accident.

If they do, it was no accident at all, they’ve just bumped into God in the streets by bumping into you: a child of God.

Christ in you means that you are Christ become flesh. No you’re not Christ 2.0, butChrist has wrapped Himself in you, now you are the incarnation of God. Let those who have ears hear what the Spirit of God is saying.

Christ in you is your hope of glory, so that now in Christ you may be the hope of glory to others. You are now God’s hands, His feet, His eyes, His mouth, His ears and His heart. Through you, God can touch and love others. Christ in you is the hope of glory that every human-being alive is desperately searching for—you are in high and great demand.

Bounce Back

ballNO TRUE CHRISTIAN PROFESSES TO BE PERFECT, JUST TO BE FORGIVEN…Thus this thought from a “rubber-ball”.

“Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.” —Micah 7:8

At some point in our lives we all fall-down, mess-up, yada, yada, etc. Falling is a given, getting back up is a choice.

There are 3 kinds of “Christians”, which one are you:

1. Bouncing rubber-ball.
2. Half-inflated rubber-ball..
3. Fully deflated rubber-ball.

The first bounces right back-up when life throws them hard against hard-times. The second barely and with great difficulty bounces back at all. The third lays dead deflated right on the spot where it was thrown.

Jesus knew that in this world we would get thrown against hard-times. Most of it would be of our own making. As a matter of fact He said, “In this world you will have trouble but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

The take-away is: Be like a rubber-ball that bounces back-up quicker and even higher the harder its thrown against the hard ground. God does not demand or expect perfection, just a relentless determination to continue moving forward in the right direction. So if you by chance have fallen hard, don’t stay-down…bounce right back.

When you sin, never run away from God, always run towards Him. It’s okay to fall a million times, as long as you get back-up a million and one. I’m not endorsing a habitual sinful lifestyle, I am endorsing that there is grace and forgiveness for the imperfect person who may mess-up and sin. Bounce back like a rubber-ball, Get Back-Up!