Friday Focus: What are you saying

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More often than we would like to admit,  our speech differs from our actions.  I know I’m guilty. For example I say, man,  I need to loose weight. This is usually before I bite into a tasty double cheeseburger or worse, dine in a fully stocked all you can eat, place.

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Or how about this one? “I need to get a budget” as I continue to spend recklessly.   Perhaps you could see past my illustrations through to the heart of this post.

“If I allow myself to be careless with my words and actions.  Then,   what determines my relationship with Jesus? is it words or actions?

my words and actions must equally match or my credibility is very fickle:

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”   So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”   He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”…Matthew 16:13-15.

you may think, this is a no-brainier, Jesus gave them a hint “He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”  but it was more. Many  heard of Jesus but his disciples were the ones closest to him. they should have known who he was as Peter later proclaimed.  they traveled with him and shared the joys and pains of the ministry. later they will see him feed the five thousand and heal the sick. In short, it took relationship with Jesus to accurately see who he was.

Fast forward to today. many believe that the Pastor or Preacher is the only ambassador of Christ, yet we are all ambassadors to tell others who Jesus is.  others are looking at your life and your words to find co-relation. is he the Christ in your life?  Who do you say Jesus?  others are watching and listening.

Viernes Enfoque: ¿Qué estás diciendo

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Más a menudo de lo que nos gustaría admitir, nuestro discurso difiere de nuestras acciones. Sé que soy culpable. Por ejemplo, digo, hombre, necesito perder peso. Esto es por lo general antes de morder en una sabrosa cheeseburger doble o peor, cenar en un lugar completamente abastecido todo lo que pueda comer, lugar.
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¿O qué tal este? “Necesito conseguir un presupuesto” mientras continúo gastando imprudentemente. Tal vez usted podría ver más allá de mis ilustraciones a través del corazón de este post.

“Si me permito descuidar mis palabras y acciones, ¿qué es lo que determina mi relación con Jesús ?, ¿son palabras o acciones?”.

Mis palabras y acciones deben igualar o mi credibilidad es muy voluble:

 

Cuando Jesús entró en la región de Cesarea de Filipo, preguntó a sus discípulos, diciendo: “¿Quién dicen los hombres que yo, el Hijo del Hombre?” Entonces ellos dijeron: “Algunos dicen Juan el Bautista, otros Elías y otros Jeremías O uno de los profetas “. Él les dijo:” Pero, ¿quién decís que yo soy? “… Mateo 16: 13-15.

Usted puede pensar, esto es un no-brainier, Jesús les dio una pista “Él preguntó a sus discípulos, diciendo,” ¿Quién dicen los hombres que Yo, el Hijo del Hombre, soy? “Pero era más. Sus discípulos eran los más cercanos a él, debían haber sabido quién era él como Pedro después lo anunció, viajaron con él y compartieron las alegrías y dolores del ministerio, después lo verán alimentar a los cinco mil y curar a los enfermos. En pocas palabras, tomó relación con Jesús para ver con precisión quién era.

 

Avance rápido a hoy. Muchos creen que el Pastor o Predicador es el único embajador de Cristo, sin embargo, todos somos embajadores para decirles a otros quién es Jesús. Otros están mirando su vida y sus palabras para encontrar la co-relación. Es el Cristo en tu vida? ¿A quién dices Jesús? Otros están observando y escuchando

 

 

Friday Focus: Serving against the Ropes.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11 ESV)

Have you ever watched the Rocky series? It depicts the story of a common man who stumbles upon an uncommon opportunity. He was never really a professional fighter, he was a brawler who attempted the sport. However, as the movie continues he lands an exhibition bout against the world champion Apollo Creed. You see, to the world it was just an exhibition (an event solely for entertainment), to Rocky it was a chance to fight for the title and a new life. Rocky was not training for entertainment he was training to win.
If we parallel this to our relationship with Jesus. How would you train? Would you map and plan out your strategy? Or would you go with what seems fun and easy?
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For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11 ESV)

As a minister sometimes you can feel alone in ministry. These feelings are perfectly normal. Think about this : You are a human trying you’re best to be the hands and feet of God, yeah there’s a little pressure there, I’m sure he states in His word that he will help us with our burdens if we give them to Him. It’s ok, to sit down and rest with The Lord. You need that. God wants that.

Think about that friend, God wants to shoulder our burdens. In ministry, at work, or at home. God wants to share the load. I bring this out because you are not alone . He will be with you until the end of the age Realize this in your calling whether you are a pastor or one who serves your pastor The Lord is with you in your service to the body. He will help you by the Holy Spirit if you allow him to lead in your ministry.

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, (Hebrews 12:11, 12 ESV)

Pastor take joy in the fact that The Lord is with you to encourage you when you need to take another call. Rejoice In the knowledge of being taught by the master Shepherd, he puts the extra in extraordinary. When we serve the men and women of God we will be drained and in these times we cam draw on The Lord in worship. Do you worship The Lord with a song? I think you should, it is through our submission to Him that he strengthens us….
Now that we are spiritually settled we cam move to the practical. Three things stop us from continuing in our ministry.

1. Lack of empathy, we become desensitized toward others feelings and hurts. This puts us on the ropes due in part we have lost our compassion, and with passion lost no action will take place.
2. Lack of knowledge. Our training or lack there of could keep us benched for many reasons. We refuse to develop as a leader and as a result, immaturity can set in like an infection to which bitterness, strife, and backbiting may result. Its bad news and not ever to be toyed with. So get to school or ask of some one who is affluent in that particular area. You’ll gain a friend.
3. Lack of motivation, here is where mundane activities coupled with technical knowledge give birth to complacency. Do you remember the state you were in when You asked Jesus to be The Lord and Savior of your life? I know i was a mess. But he came in my life willingly. it hasn’t been easy since I started following after Him. Jesus has renewed who I am and I thankful for it. Do you remember when he held you? Now, take it to others, run friend, run to be the light where your impacting.

and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:13 ESV)

Ministers, armor bearers, when you are against the ropes remember what The Lord whispered to you in the quiet place. Remember to do it all for the glory of God. You are healed to heal others.

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