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Put On Those Shoes!

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For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” Ephesians 6:15 NLT

Today, you may be the only Jesus that your family, friends, co-workers, and enemies will see.  Take the Good News with you wherever you go – Light up your world with peace, joy, and freedom!

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 NLT

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Dress for Success – Pt 2

 

 

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“having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” Ephesians 6:16b

Notice how these pieces of armor say “put on”?  It is up to us to put it on.  In the case of the breastplate, we’ve been gifted by God with His Righteousness.  The Great Exchange:  He took our unrighteousness and gave us His righteousness. Our job is to believe it and receive it!

“He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 Holman

That’s who you really are!

Parting words:  Remember, the breastplate protects the heart.  That’s the one thing we are exhorted in Scripture to guard above all else.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT

 

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Dress for Success – pt. 1

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“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth,” Ephesians 6:14a NLT

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,” Ephesians 6:14a NKJV

The belt in Roman times—known as the cingulum or balteus played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a soldier’s armor. 

It held the scabbard that held his sword.  Strips of leather hung off the belt to protect the lower body and held all the other pieces of armor together.

In other words, it is a key part of making all the other pieces of armor effective.

According to the Barna Group:  66% of Americans believe there is NO absolute truth (probably more now and rising daily.)  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to live God’s way not the world’s way. God’s Word is the foundation on which we build our lives in every area, if we want true and lasting success.  

We need to study Scripture and listen to Biblical teaching to dispell the misbeliefs that we’ve gathered from exposure to the world’s philosophy.  It’s everywhere, chipping away at our faith, it’s in public schools, even some Christian schools, the Discovery Channel, the news, everywhere we turn the enemy is trying to deceive us into believing that the Word of God is not literal, not infallible, that it’s just a book of allegories. 

The devil’s game is to trick us into diluting our life by trying to get us to mix “just a little” of the world’s philosophy with God’s truth.

Each day, we get to chose, God’s truth or man’s.

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17 NKJV

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Half Dressed Is Still Mostly Naked

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“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” Ephesians 6:13 NLT

*“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

I know we can have a tendency to get up in the morning and put on part of our armor and think we are good to go for the day.  I know I’ve done it.  However, it says “put on EVERY piece”. That’s where our safety lies.  Fighting partly dressed is still not obedience.

*Suggestion:  For clarity, read a verse in several translations, often that’s where you get your “aha” moment.

What does your daily wardrobe consist of?  Half dressed is not dressed at all.  I would say, you wouldn’t go to the store in your PJs, but I’ve been to Walmart.  So, I will say it this way, you wouldn’t think of going to work, school, or the market with nothing on but a hat and a pair of shoes, why would it be any different for your spiritual outfit?

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Don’t Fight Naked

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“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:11-12 NKJV

Notice that we put on the armor of God.  God left getting dressed for battle to us.  He supplied the armor, we put it on.  We also fight the battle with Him right by our side.  No soldier would ever consider going into battle without their armor or without knowing the enemy and their strategy.  Why is it as believers we think we can run into battle with no preparation, fight “naked” and think we will win?

 

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Encouragement from Paul

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“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

Ephesians is a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom from the Apostle Paul who is thought to be the author, probably during his first imprisonment in Rome.

Ephesians 6 is filled with imagery of spiritual warfare. He opens the conversation by exhorting us to “Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.”

This is so reminiscent of what God said to Joshua in  2 Chronicles 32:7. “Be strong and courageous.”

Our power comes from the One who is all-powerful.  The closer we draw near to Him, the more we’re filled with His power, because He is the power source.  I encourage you to plug into the power source today!

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Jesus Found Himself

 

 

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“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27

Jesus spent most of his first 30 years on this planet searching for himself in Scripture.  He was preparing himself for His mission to save mankind from the sentence of death brought by sin.

The Word of God also tells us who we are, and we’re to follow Christ’s example to search the Scripture daily to find who we are in Him.  When we know who we are, and whose we are, it is our first step toward what we were created to do, our mission.

Every day the enemy comes to attempt to deceive us about who we are in Him, and to steal our joy, our vision, and our destiny through the distractions of this life.  Our fortress is the Word of God.  

Find yourself in it daily.

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You Find What You Look For

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Lately, I’ve been doing word search puzzles  to keep my mind sharp and to keep myself looking out of the box.  However, here’s an interesting thing I’ve noticed, while I do see some words I am not specifically looking for, more often than not, I can get to the end of the puzzle and look for a word I’ve not seen the whole time;,, but when I consciously look for it, it just seems to pop off the page.  It was there the whole time, I just kept looking past it, because it was not a word I was looking for at that moment.

What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?  Well nothing, but today as I was looking for that last word; it instantly popped off the page.  How many times had I looked right past it?  This thought hit not just my head, but my spirit. “You see what you look for.”  This is not only true in a word search puzzle, but in every aspect of our life as well.

When was the last time you asked yourself, “What am I looking for in my relationships, my health, and my wealth?”  Whatever it is, you’ll find what your looking for.  

I have to ask myself, am I looking for what is true, honorable, right, pure and lovely in my relationships, my health, and my wealth?  Or, am I looking for what’s defective, missing, or wrong in those areas?  Whatever I’m looking for, I’m pretty sure that is what I’ll find.  

Sometimes we do have to deal with areas in our life that are not lining up with the Word of God. However, for the most part, if we look for what’s good, that will be what dominates and ultimately wins.

We tend to look for what we think about.  If you want to know what that looks like, just check out what’s popping off the pages of your mind.  This holiday season, let’s determine to step out in faith and look at life and others through the lens Philippians 4:8.

Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”  NLT

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So Excited About My Friend’s New Project!

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It’s official, the book my good friend Sean Hutto is co-authoring, The One Thing That Changed Everything, is being released this morning!

It is such a powerful book and includes Sean Hutto, along with 15 year MLB player Todd Stottlemyre, 2X US Memory Champion Ron White, #1 Real Estate Podcaster & Developer Robert Helms, Passionistas author Erika De La Cruz, PGA Tour Mentor Nick Bradley, Jim Rohn’s 18 year biz partner Kyle Wilson, and many more amazing thought leaders. These unstoppable super achievers share transformative stories about the one thing that changed their lives and set them on the path for success. These stories seek to create positive, everlasting change in your life and move you to action!

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The Power of . . . By Faith . . .

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This morning, I was reading Hebrews 11, the Hall of Faith. Each story began with “By faith” . . . As I was reading, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “By faith . . . in 1989 the Lawson family left California and all that was familiar to them to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wow, God!

That took my breath away and caused me to stop and reflect on the power of that one single choice. That choice in all reality didn’t just have a ripple effect, it was more like a tsunami. Because of that one choice, we’ve had the honor of leading thousands of kids to Christ. All three of our kids are in ministry and have affected tens of thousands of lives. They married godly spouses and gave us nine wonderful godly grandkids.

Our oldest son, Erik, and his wife, Christy, started Element Church that ministers to nearly 4,000 people each week . . . “by faith.” Our daughter Heather and her husband Bob were the original people to help Erik and Christy launch the church from their basement office in Chesterfield . . . “by faith.”
Today, Kip and I, and our daughter Heather, serve on staff there.

Our son David, married Charity, the daughter of the Pastor Willie George of Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That’s the church we moved from California to serve at. David still serves there on staff.

All from one choice. . . “by faith” . . . And what God started by that “by faith” is still continuing to unfold all because of one decision a phone man and a stay-at-home-mom made nearly thirty years ago.

What if we had not left California? We probably would have had a nice life, but in my heart, I know it would have been a shadow of what could have been, a glimmer of what unfolded because we took that step of faith.

What is God challenging you to do today . . . “by faith?” What step of faith is He asking you to take? What wonderful plan will unfold before you when you do? You’ll never know, if you don’t take that first step . . . “by faith.”

I challenge you to read Hebrews 11 and ask God, “What is my . . . by faith?”