Rejoice Or Regret

In Paul’s last letter (near his death), he declares that he had lived up to God’s call. He had triumphed over the troubles and temptations that had come his way. He fought to the finish!

God’s call on your life may not be the same as it is on Paul’s, but if you’re gonna live like a boss, then you need the same grit that Paul had. Because life is harder than it seems like it’s going to be.

Very often the difference between rejoicing and regret is grit. Grit is a key ingredient of a life well-lived.

Does Heaven Have Any Rules?

Scripture: John 14, Acts 2

How do you get in heaven?

Jesus + Nothing = Heaven

  1. Heaven (John 14:3)
  2. Nothing (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  3. Jesus (John 14:6-7)

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

Fearless

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8:23-27 (NIV)

Following Jesus means making bold crossings.

Fear holds us hostage.

Fearless comes from a change in perspective:.

  • Fear filled: Storm > Us
  • Fearless: Jesus > Storm

Become Fearless:

  • Stay in the scriptures.
  • Start small.
  • Stand on God’s Promises.

Reflect:

  • Where are you in the comfort zone and God is calling you to a Bold Crossing?
  • What will you do to train yourself to be fearless?
  • How might Fearless become a Game Changer in your life?

Prayer

Scripture: James 5:13-18

One Thing To Know:
Prayer is keeping company with God.

Two Things To Do:

  • Talk with God everyday, because he enjoys your company.
    Talk with God about everything, because he cares about you.

Three Life Hacks:

  1. Power Down
  2. Invite In
  3. Host The Dove

Boasting

Scripture: James 4:13-17

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • What is unknown; your future.
  • What is known; you are fragile.

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks)

  1. Give credit where it’s due.
  2. Pray through work plans.
  3. Talk like you’re dying vs. Divine

Who is Wise

Scripture: James 3:13-18

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • There are two kinds of wisdom (above and below)
  • The two cannot be mixed (without double-minded disorder)

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks: before you Act)

  1. Stop
  2. Look
  3. Listen

Trials

Scripture: James 1:1-12

What’s The Goal?

  • Try to live free from “pressure” & be secure
  • Try to live free under “pressure” & be mature

Life Principle:

  • In a World of TRY; (to be free from trials)
  • You will be TRIED; (face trials of many kinds)
  • So Mature to TRUST! (Joy in God who reigns & restores)

Life Hacks:

  1. Learn Under Pressure
  2. Laugh Under Pressure
  3. Look Up Under pressure

Honor vs Dishonor

Scripture: Mark 6:4-5, Matthew 10:40-42

Honor is the gift of communicating and demonstrating the value of people in relationships and roles.

The ROI of Honor:

  1. You will extend life.
  2. You will reap what you sow.
  3. You will be open to receive from the giftedness of others.

4 Ways to Trend Honor in your life and leadership:

  • Share words of affirmation.
  • Show your appreciation.
  • Give the credit to others.
  • Pass the ball.

The Principle of Multiplication

Scripture: Luke 9:12-17

1. It has to be blessed before it can multiply.

2. It has to be given away before it can multiply.

What God asked of Robert to get his finances in order:

  • Get out of debt.
  • Don’t manipulate.
  • Give.

Response: What is God asking you to do to be blessed?

Home Run Life – Week 5

Scripture:

  • Romans 12:1-2
  • 2 Corinthians 5

When & Why I’m Convinced, Compelled, and Committed to running the bases backwards.

  1. Convinced of Eternal Life
  2. Compelled by Love of God
  3. Committed as Ambassadors

In discipleship, we run the bases forwards.
In evangelism, we should run the bases backwards:

  • Give (we give ourselves away)
  • Get Better (gain respect for what you do)
  • Add Value
  • Personal Life

Response: In which “stream of influence” is your career/job?

Home Run Life – Week 4

Winning Third Base Pressure (in principle):
My Purpose is into Creator, not my Career! So I live & work for my creator first!

Winning Third Base Pressure (in practice):

  1. God is my provider, I Trust in Him.
    • Psalm 20:6-8
    • I turn to Him first in the morning.
    • I work up to 6 days, not 7.
    • I put time limits on my work week.
  2. God is my provider, I Work for Him.
    • Colossians 3:22-25
    • You cannot do shoddy work and ask God to bless it.
  3. God is my provider, I wait for Favor.

Response: Which of these 3 is taking you ‘out’? Is it time for you to bow to God (and His purpose)?

Home Run Life – Week 3

Scripture: Ephesians 5:1

Getting in Scoring Position (In Principle):
“Figure out what counts on the last day, so that you know what to count every day!”

Getting in Scoring Position (Keep Practicing):

  1. Keep your Word
  2. Keep your Calendar aligned with your Relationships
  3. Keep Short Accounts
    • Let no bitterness take root in your spirit.
    • Forgive what you cannot fix.
    • When you get a raw deal, deal with it right.

Response: Where are you getting thrown out at second?

Home Run Life – Week 2

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

Getting on base for a home run life: (Principle)
In the Vine, is the power to win within. When I drift from the vine, I drift into vice!

Three huge swings or you strike out: (Practice)

1) Live for the Truth (or lose with a lie)

2) Plug into the Vine (it’s not my power)

3) Draw the Line (be done with this “one”)

Response: Take a serious swing at this “one”. (Break the cycle of sin.)

Home Run Life – Week 1

4 Questions that can transform your life:

  1. What makes for a Home Run Life Dream?
    • Success
    • Someone
    • Self Respect
    • Significance
  2. What can we learn from Joseph’s Life Dream? (Genesis 37-50)
    • Win Dependence
    • Win Within
    • Win With Others
    • Win Results
  3. What is the pattern? (Gods Game Plan for Life & Leadership – Romans 12)
    • Home Plate – Connect
    • 1st Base – Character
    • 2nd Base – Community
    • 3rd Base – Competence
  4. How do you run the bases of life? (How will you?)