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God’s Plans. God’s Timing.

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

1. RESPOND TO GOD. The champions of the Bible are not unattainable superheroes. They are men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

Run Your Race

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

1. LAY IT DOWN. Every day, minute by minute, we can cast our cares on the Lord. If stuff has happened to discourage you, then enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and watch Him lift your heart and head as you praise Him and lay down every weight.

Thankfulness Is Transforming

A great message about being continually thankful and how that attitude can transform you and the world around you. Key Bible Verses: Luke 17:11-19; Colossians 12:12-17

A Different Way of Thinking

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” Then Gideon said to him, “O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Judges: 12-13a

1. GOD USES RELUCTANT WARRIORS. When God called Gideon to step up and rescue the people of Israel, Gideon responded with excuses: God’s abandoned us; I’m the least important and the youngest; if this is You, God, prove it. He was expressing attitudes that had been formed by years of oppression and disappointment. But God was introducing Gideon to a new way of thinking.

How to Live In Harmony

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

1. RUN FROM STRIFE. “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). God has designed us for unity and harmony, but as you go through life, opportunities for strife will come up (Matthew 18:7). Strife is seductive in the moment, but yielding to it will hinder your effectiveness and progress. As much as it depends on you, pursue peace (Romans 12:18).

How to Conquer Your Goliath

So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. 1 Samuel 17:20

1. STAY FAITHFUL. The story of David and how he conquered Goliath will help you to face off with the giants that are looming before you. Some of the greatest things we achieve never look that great at the start (Zechariah 4:10). David’s victory began with an average chore when his father told him to take bread and cheese to his brothers who were in battle. When we are faithful in the small tasks—like getting up early, leaving our sheep with a keeper, and taking food to our brothers—God will give us responsibility over greater things (Luke 16:10).

An Attitude of Gratitude

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The reason. Because God is worthy of praise, we can daily acknowledge that something wonderful has been done in our lives! We have not one, but 365 days of thanksgiving.

God's Pattern for Prayer

1. Start With Praise. “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are pools of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions.

How to Live the Good Life

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. Luke 6:31

1. Follow the Golden Rule. If you want to be radical, live your life after Luke 6:31. God has designed Christians to exert influence in the earth. The best thing you can do for this world is to walk in love, to treat others how you want to be treated. You don’t have to rely on the strength of your personality—this goes way past disposition and temperament. It’s God’s power working in you that makes it possible to live this radical kind of life.

Overcoming Power

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Get Certain. Our beliefs, when rooted in and built on God’s Word, create supernatural strength and power. When you are attacked in an area of uncertainty, go to the stabilizing Word of God to get your mind renewed. Knowing God’s will through His Word will take you from disorientation to focus, from depletion and defeat to confidence and courage.

God’s Plans. God’s Timing.

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

Respond To God. The champions of the Bible were not unattainable superheroes. They were men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

A Life of Favor

God’s Favor. In the family of God there is no favoritism. Favoritism creates elitism, promotes jealousy, and produces an attitude of entitlement. But God’s favor overturns and eliminates those weird things. When you know you have favor with God, you are able to stand tall and step up to the challenges of life.

For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11

Freedom And Victory In Jesus

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When Jesus enters your life, He changes you. The people who encountered Jesus in the Bible came in broken and sick and left restored and healed. Whatever you’re facing, God’s promises and miraculous work are just as alive today as they were in the Bible (Micah 7:20, Psalm 105:8, Hebrews 13:8).

Confidence In God’s Faithfulness

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

1. GET CONFIDENT. The devil antagonizes people in areas of uncertainty. That’s why we continually go to the Word to reinforce the truth—that God is trustworthy, reliable, and present. Find God’s revealed will regarding every given situation. Correctly interpret the context. Read. Meditate. Speak. Pray.

Nazareth and Capernaum

“A tale of two cities” and two attitudes about Jesus, and what happens when He comes on the scene to bring life and healing.
Key Bible Verses: Philippians 4:10-13; Mark 6:1-6

The Attitude of the Church

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose . . . Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:2-5

Make Jesus central. The chief project of life is cultivating closeness with Jesus.

Love one another. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Every day we have a choice to get bitter and hard or to forgive and walk in love. Decide today to be an agent of love.

Life-Giving Words

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24

Your words have power. In every situation, you can bring peace or you can contribute to the storm. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions: Is it Jesus-glorifying? Is it life-giving? Is it healing? We must learn to be selective with our words because at the end of the day we’ll give an account of what we have said (Matthew 12:35-37).

Daily Victory

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Proverbs 4:20-26

The path toward daily victory lies in how we guard our inner life. A lot of things are vying for our attention and, with all the sensory reinforcement in the world, many have forgotten the hidden person of the heart. But how we tend to the soil of our hearts will show up in our words, our thought life, and our attitudes.

Get Your Attitude Adjusted

Here’s an encouraging exhortation that will help you drop the habit of grumbling and pick up an attitude of gratitude. Key Bible Verses: Philippians 1:6, 2:14; Colossians 3:17

A Tenacious Life

Te•na•cious (verb): holding or grasping firmly; forceful and persistent; holding together firmly; tough or cohesive. Collins English Dictionary

Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

Your commitment makes a difference. The world right now needs people who have backbone, who persevere through challenging circumstances.

The Results of an Attitude of Faith

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:7-8

In the New Testament Gospels we see a contrast of two positions in two different towns. An approach in one town bore grim results. The other town, because of the proper attitude and reaction toward Jesus, had amazing results. And we’re out for results.

Who's in Charge of Your Attitude?

What we think influences what we do. Pastor Jeff points us to God’s Word to learn how we can govern our thought life and step into a new level of effectiveness in our Christian walk. Key Bible Verses: Philippians 4:6-8; Psalm 19:14

Walk Through The Door

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

Fulfilling God’s call on our lives elicits a response from the enemy. The devil doesn’t mind when we are blasé about our existence, but when we step up in obedience, there will be opposition.

Strength From God’s Word

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13

These verses from Paul in the book of Philippians put into context all the trials, afflictions, and challenges we face: Because of what Jesus did for us we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

Get an Attitude of Gratitude

Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Stop finding fault. We live in a culture that has exalted fault finding to virtue status. It’s easy to grumble – “to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly”* – but grumbling or complaining doesn’t improve anything.