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God has given us The Bible for a reason. This is the living breathing alive active powerful Word of God that reveals who God is and what God does and what God likes and what God is doing. Not just at the big picture level but to you personally.
Live like everything you read in the Bible is true. Doubt your doubts. You won’t regret it. – Carey Nieuwhof
To grow in courage you have got to get this book inside you – you’ve got to read it and let it inspire you.
Put yourself in their shoes…. When goliath faced the giant, he didn’t know the end of the story, he was just a teenager with courage to believe that if God said He would win he would win. When Moses split the red sea, he didn’t know the end of the story, he was just an old man with a stick got said lift up. When the little boy brought his lunch to Jesus he thought maybe just the disciples might get a snack, he didn’t know the end of the story, that his lunch box fed 20000 people. When Shadrach, Mesach and Abendago said no way will we bow down to a false god, they didnt know the end of the story and that they would walk with Jesus in the fire. They are humans, like you and me. What got them in the book is their faith and courage, they chose to step out and let God step in.
Getting familiar with The Bible feeds your faith and faith is the key that unlocks adventure. You get stirred to believe in a great God who does extraordinary things with ordinary people.
As you step out into new things remind your heart of the times when God has come through for you. Turn up the testimonies and let them stir your heart to have courage to face the new opportunities. God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. He has gone before you, is beside you and is there to give you a push behind you!
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
Now I’m not suggesting you quit your job or your family or anything because you look around and don’t like what you see…. Or that you defriend people in real life… But we can have a measure of say about the people who are closest to us and who have permission to speak into our lives.
I remember being in my early 20s and a couple of friends told me to stop being so spiritual. I was like “seriously!” I don’t think so! I had already had to make that choice when I first became a Christian – I hung out with some kids that came to youth group, but they weren’t living it. Instead they were into surfing and binge drinking. After a few months I felt like I was in the middle of a tug of wall, I’d take 2 steps forwards with God but then they would pull me back. I had a big decision to make. I knew that God was real and I wanted to live to please Him, but I couldn’t do it in that social group.
Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
This year God is calling us to step out of the boat and do awesome things – and we need people who are going to encourage us and call out the gold and potential, not who are going to pull us down or tell us that we cant do that. We are called to live holy lives and we need to surround ourselves with people who stoke the fire.
We need to hang out with people who throw water on the fires of our fears and throw gasoline on the passions of our dreams. Kris Vallotton
Lets surround ourselves with people who are going to stir our hearts towards obedience, towards adventure, towards the purposes of God.
To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory. “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone. But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.
Theater and screen actor Michael Emerson may have uncovered the mystery to success: There is no right way. “This is one of those tricky businesses where there are a lot of intangibles and a lot of different ways of going about it.” His career may not have taken off until his 40s, but he’s making up for lost time with back-to-back TV hits: first as Ben, the memorable leader of the Others on “Lost,” and now as the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch on “Person of Interest.” Emerson says that despite the long road, “I don’t regret a moment of my stage training;” it not only taught him how to create character and deliver lines, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic. In Emerson’s mind, the actor’s main responsibility is to deliver the words. “A lot of my work is analyzing, analyzing, analyzing the script, the text I’ve been given, the lines I have to say and thinking how they best work…how they are most real, but also the most stylized or artful.”
I’m not sure exactly how it works but it’s obvious throughout Scripture the Lord moves in seasons. There doesn’t seem to be a set formula, or predictable timeline, but it becomes evident as I lean into the Spirit of God that there are certain things He highlights at different times. There are things that are always on His heart, but there are seasons where He seems to be emphasizing or pointing at something specifically.Over the past few months I have felt that the Lord is continually bringing up the ones who have stepped away from Him–the prodigals–those who have walked with God before but are now living life away from Him. Of course, these people are always on His heart, but right now He is stirring me to pray and act upon it. Because we have a responsibility and privilege to take care of God’s heart, we must be aware of what He is thinking; and then we can partner with Him to see His desires fulfilled. It is as if I can see a picture of a family dinner where the family sits down to eat but some of the chairs remain empty. The Father is delighted about His sons and daughters who are at the table with Him but there is still a yearning in His heart to see those who are no longer there to come back to their seat. The meal will not be complete without them.
It is not complicated to understand what happened.
I had simply failed to refuel my private world.
I was leading others, just not myself.
I had totally depleted my capacity, because I had neglected to nurture my personal growth.
There’s a crucial link that exists between your ability to parent and your personal growth.
We sometimes refer to that value as “make it personal”. So maybe your challenge this week isn’t to focus on your kids, but to focus on you. What are a few things that you do that help you revive, refocus and refuel your life, so you can be better at loving and leading your kids? How do you lead yourself to grow personally?
Any time my activity takes away from my awareness of Him I need to refocus my attention on what this life is really about. I was born for relationship with my Father. I was born to live from His Presence – His Peace, that makes everything a joy rather than a labor. Any time I’m feeling anxious or troubled it is an indication I have left His Presence and I need to reassess and realign.