October 20, 2017

The Conclusion of the Greatest Spiritual Series Ever! – The Growth Track

THE CONCLUSION!

This series applies to my life as much as it also applies to yours. I believe some of these steps will speak to you if you read the Scriptures and contemplate the main points. I seek growth in my life and witness as I focus more on eternal matters, doors seem to open, or at least I get leads for promising future ventures with a focus on God in relationship as my number one priority.

I pray that my readers become touched by my words and the hours I spend actually constructing words of inspiration as I struggle with my own journey for personal advancement.

I often rush through moments pressing on forward to the next goal in mind. I believe while chasing growth in opportunity this series also reminds me to slow down and appreciate where I am. I am in a good stable situation seeking doors to open. I believe that remains a much better situation than those who do without, those desperate for any way to provide. It is a matter of a paradigm shift to remain grateful for what you possess and have.

Pursue growth as I do, but also do not forget to enjoy the moment and what we have now. Our present moment often leads as a platform to the next endeavor closer to the dream we seek to accomplish. With all things considered, reach out, connect, and grow. After growth with roots planted, discover your passion with a definite focus on God. Pursue the dream and chase forward towards your eternal direction. Then I promise with obedience to God’s calling for your life, success is evident and inevitable. Sometimes it just takes time and a patience to wait on God’s timing.

The GROWTH Track Series – GO and DO! (Step Seven)

GO and DO!

If unfamiliar with my model here, click here to understand the introductory blog entry that explains my novel and original concepts that bring and promote growth through this track into your life by different means through the plan provided below.

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream

VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

Once you connect, grow, and discover your passions in the body of Christ at an individual and/or group level, I really think you will find your vision to pursue your life purpose. Of course, with time that certainly may change, but once found yourself in this capacity, then GO and DO whatever God calls you to! Realize the friends and family in the relationships you formed, reached out to, connected with, and grew into, will in good consciousness support you in your life’s journey when you go and do.

FIRST Relevant Scriptures for these sub-points

1.)    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

2.)    “Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.” 1 Corinthians 14:3 (MSG)

A.) The Great Commission calls us to ALL nations.

Scripture in the New Testament calls us to reach out to every corner so that God’s Name becomes glorified. We are meant to travel in country and out-of-country to every corner where the Gospel has not yet reached indigenous peoples. Your passions in dreams rendered will determine if this is your dream to be had.

B.) God watches over us when we choose and pursue our calling through the Great Commission.

The Scriptures say and show we remain guarded by God’s protectors when we follow the calling portrayed before us in the Great Commission to do and go wherever we are led. Our guardian angels step into action so to speak. I believe if one has never traveled overseas for mission purposes that you should do so to open doors and become more like-minded in Christ. Our minds tend to open when we have seen beyond our front doors. The world suffers, and your life will be changed forever when you see it in person.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NLT)

A.) The Good News perpetually spreads forward each and every time shared.

When we go and do, salvation continues with a pay it forward effect. Each person who receives the Gospel is likely to spread it to the next person. God’s Salvation is just that good and promising that we want to continue sharing it with others onward from the very moment we become saved.

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-points This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious
standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.
That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.” Colossians 1:28-30 (MSG)

A.) God through Christ lives in every single one of us, and through Christ in us, we accomplish God-Size, Purpose-Driven dreams.

It is through Christ in us that we attain the Bigger Dreams through remembering the Bigger Picture. Christ lives in us as part of the Body, and our perfection through His Body in perfection gives us the means and power to achieve Greatness for Kingdom purposes. It is Christ in me that gives us the power to rise above and achieve.

The following are five more verses that I find relevant to discover your passions with a focus on personal growth and your own personal relationship with God. Make note and take to heart God’s Word here.

“Yes, Lord, walking inthe way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8 (NIV)

“Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.” Daniel 12:3 (NLT) 

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a  lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your
Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV)

I believe we are meant to follow the steps of the growth track to go and do whatever God calls us to. I also believe we are most fulfilled when we follow God’s calling for our lives. It takes an extra grit and mile worth of work to achieve dreams. I am learning that as I grow older I must almost work twice as hard to separate myself apart from the rest of the pack. Personal success for me involves growth and progression in the pursuit of my dreams. This growth came to me this year as I turned thirty working each level of Scripture to pursue where I know I need to be.

These three videos creatively illustrate concepts of going and doing your mission through The Great Commission. The videos ask relevant questions and are extremely short. I think you will find them relevant to struggles we face every day as we seek to shine through with Christ-likeness in commonplace environments.

The GROWTH Track Series – Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction (Step Six)

Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction

If unfamiliar with my model here, click here to understand the introductory blog entry that explains my novel and original concepts that bring and promote growth through this track into your life by different means through the plan provided below.

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

Once our dream and vision becomes revealed, God provides us with the choice of free will to pursue our eternal direction. The steps synchronize to work together to the final step where you choose to GO and DO whatever dreams, passions, and eternal directions led you to choose and pursue.

FIRST Relevant Scripture for these sub-points -“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)

I think when we pursue a Kingdom-building eternal purpose, God grants us peace in doing so. He is the author of our universal eternal story. As writer of our journey, peace comes in growth to discover our passion and then pursue the dream thus culminating into our eternal direction.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”

Proverbs 24:16 (NLT)

A.)  When you fall down in pursuit of your eternal direction, God will pick you up.

I believe it is a given in our life as believers that we will fall time and time again. As a choice to live with a higher code of morality in mind, we choose the high road to live through the adversity that pursuit in relationship with God brings. God picks us up time and time again when we can no longer carry ourselves through the fire. I believe I would rather be the one who jumps into the fire in pursuit of my eternal dream rather than the one who simply stands outside the fire watching.

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-pointsJesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NIV)

A.)  When you pursue your eternal direction, God will fulfill the impossible.

We or most often other people believe that things are impossible with societal given limitations; however as the Scripture demonstrates nothing is impossible with God. If Joshua can make the sun stand still with prayers and pleading to the Lord, I know we can accomplish more than sometimes we think we are capable of. We can and will accomplish the impossible if with faith we believe God will work such miracles through us.

FOURTH Relevant Scriptures for these sub-points – And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

A.)  When you pursue your eternal direction, God will give you all you need to do every good work.

When you live in the shadows of God’s Grace, the blessings come down in abundance. God gives us what we need every time even when we believe we can bear it no longer. When we pursue good works, God blesses the choice of an eternal direction. In the stride for good works, we might fall down, but then God remains there to pick us right back up.

FIFTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points

“Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)

A.)  Even when tired, God renews our strength to reach our very best and highest potential. We will not grow weary or faint and will spread our eternal wings towards heavenly songs.

I think this simple truth sums up that God follows through when we approach our upmost truest desires when we reach, choose, and pursue our God-appointed eternal direction. We remain strong because we know that what we pursue becomes the right and moral course of action that fulfills our dreams’ calling.

The following are two more verses that I find relevant to discover your passions with a focus on personal growth and your own personal relationship with God. Make note and take to heart God’s Word here.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Regardless of what you think about Joel Osteen, his message about the power of believing should point you in the right direction when you
realize your eternal direction. When we believe in true faith without doubt, God shows up to answer our long expressed prayers!

 

The GROWTH Track Series – PURSUE THE DREAM! (Step Five)

Pursue the Dream

If unfamiliar with my model here, click here to understand the introductory blog entry that explains my novel and original concepts that bring and promote growth through this track into your life by different means through the plan provided below.

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

FIRST Relevant Scripture for these sub-points -“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)

A.)  Pursue the dream with ALL YOUR MIGHT!

If we stay the course to never give up, God’s Word promises us that our work will be rewarded. We cannot give into complacency which becomes so easy with discouragement faced in daily survival mode. Would a dream be worth fulfilling if easy?……probably not if you think about it. The things we work the hardest for tend to be the things that are most fulfilling. Give it all you got! God will give you the extra inch when exhausted to reach the finish line.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

A.)  Pursue the dream with all your prayers!

Pursue God intentionally with your prayers. He will show up to answer the requests presented before him. Remain on your knees in gratefulness, and the dream will come. If you desire God, you will desire to speak time with Him in prayer. Pretty simple here….He loved you to call your name. So we shall therefore call on his as well.

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-points“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” Matthew 7:7-9 (NKJV)

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking!

 

A.)  If you never ask, you may never receive.

I think sometimes we know the desires of our heart, but we never ask God. This includes myself especially. And then we wonder why such prayers are never answered. We must ask in order to receive God’s Blessings. He delights in hearing from us. So why not talk to him with any requests that may be on our hearts?

FOURTH Relevant Scriptures for these sub-points

“Joseph had a dream….”We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”… Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Genesis 37:5-9 (NIV)

…and the story continues…

“‘Here comes that dreamer!’ they said to each other.” Genesis 37:19 (NIV)

…and the story continues…

“We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us.” Genesis 41:12-13 (NIV)

A.)  BE LIKE JOSEPH!

Joseph is one of my favorite Bible characters! His stories of tribulation to fulfill the dreams of God’s provisions on his life inspire me! I believe he is a true example of patience for dreams to become fulfilled. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers and family and then told to be dead. Potter’s wife then lied so he was thrown into jail among an onslaught of many other escalated and harsh consequences for troubles that were not his own. Eventually he rose to become second on the planet only to Pharaoh in the worst drought the area witnessed in the history of the region. It is Biblical giants like Joseph we must remember to emulate when our dreams seem stagnant. It was twenty years before God granted the original dreams sent to him. Now that seems like forever to me right now especially since I hope God answers a dream prayer request as soon as possible.

In a previous entry, I wrote a strong blog entry about Joseph that touches on more Biblical principles with his life as related to this growth sub point. Check it out!

FIFTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points

he said, “Listen to my words:

“When there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.”

Numbers 12:6 (NIV)

A.)  You are a son or daughter of The Most High God while will reveal your dreams and visions to you.

We really are prophets of the Most High God, and God informs us here in this Scripture that he will deliver our dreams to us through signs revealed in personal and profound ways. While it is hard to wait, sometimes it is all we can do to pursue – wait for God to give us that green light. God sometimes requires us to wait to learn the lessons of today to prepare us for tomorrow.

SIXTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points– “At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered… ‘Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.” 1 Kings 3:5-15 (NIV)

A.)  Ask for the right dreams, and ALL shall be given to you.

Solomon asked for discernment through wisdom, an unselfish spiritual gift and blessing to serve his people. When you ask God for an unselfish dream in order to really serve others, I believe with pure and genuine motives in heart you receive all the more. Your original intention like Solomon also intended to ask for further wisdom or spiritual gifts to make an eternal Kingdom-Building difference. That is the heart of a matter that God yearns for and loves. He rewards us when we seek him pure in heart. What it comes down to is this: when you serve God for the sake of His Name, your dreams and more come forth into reality, fulfilling your innermost joys.

AND THAT IS A POINT WORTH ENDING ON – the pursuit and choice of receiving God’s joy for our lives!

The following are two more verses that I find relevant to discover your passions with a focus on personal growth and your own personal relationship with God. Make note and take to heart God’s Word here.

“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23(NIV)

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ ” Romans 4:18 (NIV)

I would consider Jon Acuff, the author of Quitter, a modern day expert on the logical pursuit of a dream come true achievement. He advocates keeping your day job until that job becomes a dream job. Acuff may in fact be the reason I did not recently quit a commitment I made. Our cubicle day job serves as a platform to reach for our next dream job. You are capable of pursuing a dream with the pursuit of Christ. Acuff works for Dave Ramsey, and I think his book will change your life much like the growth track here on the blog. I would recommend Quitter with my most sincere regards. If you like his advice in the videos below, you will love his book! Dream big, and eventually together we can quit the day job to leap into our dream job!

The GROWTH Track Series – Discover Your Passion and FOCUS on God! (Step Four)

If unfamiliar with my model here, click here to understand the introductory blog entry that explains my novel and original concepts that bring and promote growth through this track into your life by different means through the track plan provided below.

Discover Your Passion

and

FOCUS on God!

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

I think we especially begin to grow in life when we discover our passions and pursue them with unmatched vigor and inspiration to become more. I am not sure how you might feel about the fact, but I refuse to settle into normalcy for a subpar lifestyle to simply pay bills and exist. Through good decisions and a focus on God, I will accelerate to my full potential to discover those passions to fulfill the dreams in my own heart.

FIRST Relevant Scripture for these sub-pointsA desire accomplished is sweet to the soul…” Proverbs 13:19 (NKJV)

A.)  When we accomplish our desires, our souls become satisfied.

This seems like such a simple principle that when our desires reach fulfillment our souls find joy in such. I often feel that I must work twice as hard to reach this stage of development. While I will never use a bad economy as an excuse for new jobs, financial support, and personal advancement, growth for me often becomes blocked with limited opportunities. I think that sounds like a better way of mentioning things. Sometimes all we can do is make the most of where we are. Our passions with a focus on God when accomplished satisfy the soul.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:2 (NIV)

A.)  When you discover the passions of your heart, your soul remains quenched in its thirst to become MORE inwards and outwards.  

I believe we all seek to become more than what normalcy would define for us through unfulfilled passions. We only truly feel quenched as we reach our desired destinations to reach the more our soul seeks. Remember our focus towards, forward, and upwards in the direction for God brings this level of fulfillment and sufficiency. Our thirst no longer continues when passions are discovered and put into practice with our everyday roles.

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-points“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” John 10:9 (NLT)

A.)  Our good pastures only come through the gates of our hearts in salvation.

In our salvation living in the Grace of God, we find those passions in good pastures (in our heartfelt sweet spots). While living in the fast lane, we ride the journey through the gates of life. This is such a simple verse and concept but so profound at the same time. In our salvation with our relationship with God, good things are yet to come.

FOURTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

A.)  Your passions must involve vision because without direction your discovery to your passions will perish.

This is a deep but valuable thought based on this powerful Scripture. The discovery of your passions relies on the ability to develop and sustain your passion through a vision for your life. As you experience growth in relationship with Christ, you will then discover your passions. Let go, and let God. It will then come. Perhaps even through a personal epiphany will God deliver a vision for your life. The pursuit of growth for the discovery of your passion then really starts to show as you focus your life on relationship with Christ.

FIFTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.” Psalm 16:7 (NIV)

A.)  Discovery of your passions comes with your shouts of praise to God.

When your heart longs for God, you will discover passions in your own shouts of praise to him through worship. When you praise God, I believe then in that moment that we will then discover our passions in him. In praise we become one with him.

SIXTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

A.)  With our shouts of praise to God, our delight in God becomes our true joy. The floodgates of Heaven then pour blessings to fulfill the desires of our hearts when you FOCUS on God in the discovery of those passions

When our praise reaches the heavens, God hears our songs of raised voices. While at times it becomes hard to see, feel, and taste within our souls, God hears our praises and our prayers. He hears us, and we must believe in His Goodness to reach beyond and as high as our arms can reach. When our praises feel genuine in the Spirit of the Lord with God’s heart, the desires will come. Keep praising God. Keep focusing on God. Keep your vision on Him to discover your passions, and you will!

The following are three more verses that I find relevant to discover your passions with a focus on personal growth and your own personal relationship with God. Make note and take to heart God’s Word here.

1.)    “But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (MSG)

2.)    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shold go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

3.)    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Now with these messages concerning passions you will encounter three amazing leaders in ministry: Kay Warren, David Platt, and Jon Piper. Each in their own approach shapes lives for Christ on a global scale touching hearts around the world. I enjoy Kay because her communication style remains straightforward. I understand her message right away. If you seek more provoking and heart shaken thoughts about discovering passions and desires, these two messages by both David Platt and Jon Piper will rock your world! You might want to get a TV dinner ready for some of these messages that will change your life in addition to the words of these blog entries. Pray and Enjoy!

 

The GROWTH Track Series – GROW! (Step Three)

If unfamiliar with my model here, click here to understand the introductory blog entry that explains my novel and original concepts that bring growth into your life by different means.

GROW!

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

In my life I particularly struggle when I never feel growth especially in regards to a career. I am one who easily becomes bored when I am not challenged or when I sit and do the same thing over and over again where machines could easily manage such tasks. It becomes especially challenging when we seek to attain growth when where we spend most of our time we never are. I am never content when I sit still in stagnancy staring at the ceiling with my teeth gritted wondering where my growth has gone. This step still perplexes me because some of us push so hard to grow in the right ways, where even the overachievers like me do not make time to sit back and watch the growth as we miss it. Others around us see our growth spurts with a perspective looking from outside inward. Sometimes we miss it when we look at ourselves in the mirror. While I love to write about this step in the growth track more so than any other, it might also be the most difficult for me to write about because I constantly feel stuck sometimes in a place that I do not want to be with a God who listens but does not necessarily hear my requests for new growth opportunities in the workplace. At least that is how I feel at times.

FIRST Relevant Scripture for these sub-points

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)

A.)  The Word of God is the only constant source of growth.

Sometimes it becomes so simple like I described before when we seem so frustrated by the monotony of a routine that all we need to do is return to God’s Word. I especially fall victim to this that I become so consumed that I do not plan on spending time with God because I claim to be so busy with other things. Or sometimes even in immaturity if I am not happy, then I do not want to spend time with God. That almost sounds like a fair weather football fan. If your team is not winning, you do not desire to watch the football game or even go to it. I am sure this approach makes God feel real good.

B.)  Even when growth is not visible in our life goals, it can become visible in the radiance of the Spirit after spending time in God’s Word. “….like a tree planted by streams of water.”

Again I fall into busy where spending devoted time with God in the Word becomes something I overlook. While growth may not be evident in our own lives, it can become evident in our own personal renewal time with God. The radiance of God shines in our lives when we spend time with Him. We transform into a tree planted in streams where the chaos around us no longer affects us personally. In fact we hold up against the rushing waters better than ever expected because our roots sink into the right places where our foundation remains set.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “ But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

 A.)  We experience the most growth when we live in the Grace of God.

I know that I am guilty of trying to move forward in growth often on my accord without giving all to God. When we remain in the Living Grace of God, we receive His Blessings naturally. When living in His Grace, the blessings flow. It becomes exhausting trying to live on our own accord, but when we truly realize His Grace, growth is inevitable! 

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)

A.) When we grow together in relationship, we grow together to become better. 

When we love one another and grow towards each other in relationship together forward, growth reaches exponential potential. We reach for the highest heights when others below hold our feet up for us. Together each person serves as a different part of the body, and each with our own distinct gifts grow when we work together with common passions.

B.)  We grow when we lean into Christ as our Lord and Savior.

I often want to figure things out on my own because that makes things so much easier. When we come to the feet of Christ with every urge, every temptation, every problem, every praise, every tear, and everything in life, we lean into Christ as head of the body, and our growth forms into deep roots from our approach to come to God for everything we need relationally!

FOURTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points

“Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Proverbs 24:3-6 (NKJV)

A.)  Growth is most likely when surrounded by wise counsel.

Age brings forth wisdom, and when you surround yourself with the right people, growth reaches its maximum potential with those you counsel with. When you go to the right places for advice, you will typically receive a good word on how best to proceed with the correct actions in place. Knowing the right men of honor will increase one’s own aptitude to live and become more with future endeavors.

FIFTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 (NIV)

A.)  Growth occurs when we crave God through our salvation.

When you realize that God is so good with an eternal perspective, you yearn for Him like a hungry baby for milk. Growth comes with abundant blessings because what we taste in relationship to Christ is truly good in life. We realize what is important in Christ, and that becomes our focus.

The following are two more verses that I find relevant to personal growth with others and your own personal relationship with God. Make note and take to heart God’s Word here.

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV)

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

I believe that Francis Chan points out a pivotal truth to personal growth alone with God when we study the Word when others do not tell us what God’s Word says but rather we discover it for ourselves. We are alone with God’s Word, and we grow in these times of our personal devotion just with God one on one. Chan self-titles this sermon “THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I COULD EVER TEACH!” If you take his words to heart, Chan will change your heart like The Growth Track can as well. Click. Watch. Pray.

The GROWTH Track Series – Connect! (Step Two)

If unfamiliar with my model here, click here to understand the introductory blog entry that explains my novel and original concepts that bring growth into your life by different means.

Connect!

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

The second step to connect with others builds relationships in confidence as our journey begins to mature and then grow in all areas of our life – career, spiritual, emotional, intelligence, and everyway where the support of one person will further bolster another. We connect, and together forward we strive to achieve dreams with support on both sides with those who believe most in us. Most time we do not even realize what we are truly capable of. We underscore ourselves when we really want the destiny God promises us. Most of us would not be where we are today without the support of someone else in the process.

FIRST Relevant Scripture for these sub-points  The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” Proverbs 27:9 (NLT)

A.) A true connection will always remain heartfelt and genuine with real friendship and communion.

I believe that when we connect with other believers that friendships really flourish when we focus on our eternal purpose through a common true connection. Friendships in the body of Christ should certainly be heartfelt and genuine to the point where counsel feels gentle and encouraging.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:8-10 (NIV)

A.)  We connect best often with those who best connect with our common spiritual gifts.

I believe this truism plays out best in my life with friendships and also dating. I tend to grow closer to those who have common interests to connect with, especially with passions in ministry. For instance, I am one who instantly raises my ears whenever you speak of ministries that involve the fatherless or advocacy for the arts with children.

B.) When differences exist, still attempt to connect through love without complaining to those with different points of passion.

In college I roomed with Scott Burrell who loved smoking cigars which I frankly detested. Something about a Black and Mild calmed his nerves in the middle of exam week, and he continually requested as his roommate that I accompany him on his cigar walks around campus and the on-campus living complexes. He did not just want me to walk with him. He also wanted me to smoke the nasty cheap cigars with him. On a couple of occasions, I did not resist. I smoked a few puffs and walked around with our man time on campus. I did not complain about the smell or the nasty taste in my mouth. I walked and even enjoyed myself a little bit. What calmed Scott did not necessarily calm me during finals, but he enjoyed it and simply wanted company to talk and enjoy the experience all the more. It was a not a huge sacrifice of time but simply illustrates that to spend time with people we sometimes need to do things we would not normally do just to be with them. When you do so, you might realize they start asking to join you on activities they typically would not attend.

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-points

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 (NKJV)

A.) The Simple Truth Stands True: Two truly are better than one!

When we connect with others, we become better together. Our connections in life, specifically within the family unit, will always carry us forward far longer than any worldly possession. The connection with a reliable, consistent, and true friend is an irreplaceable gift that necessitates that you reach out to connect with those who will carry us through when we cannot carry ourselves….turbulent times.

FOURTH Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15 (NLT)

A.)  When in doubt with how to connect, follow the example of Jesus in the Gospels.

Sometimes we all wonder how to connect with other believers for different reasons, possibly in intimidation, fear of rejection, or misunderstanding of another paradigm. I know personally sometimes I try best to avoid speaking to a female because I will never understand the dynamics of virtues of “That’s not what I meant.” However I believe the best way to connect with anyone involves researching and following the example Christ provides for us in the Word of God. We Are a Blessed Generation to rise up (like Derek  Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy) for this age and our fight – MY GENERATION, MY FIGHT!…..

The following music video and song performed by Chris Tomlin further illustrates the powerful words of this blog entry. Together we can and together we will change this nation and world as God’s Chosen and changed generation as brothers and sisters of an Eternal Kingdom and purpose. LIVE FROM BRAZIL AT THE PASSION CONFERENCE – CHOSEN GENERATION! 3/9/10

The GROWTH Track Series – Reach Out! (Step One)

I. Reach Out

As mentioned in the introduction to the series I sincerely believe this new series will change lives in the process of seeking dreams, remaining persistent, and looking forward (never looking back on the past with regrets). God develops us as we process through present resistance and adversity. In the last two years, I am just now realizing and pursuing ambitions to the point where open doors present themselves that I will passionately enjoy through the concept of joy. I lost joy in the fact that I really never liked waking up to a routine with not much eternal influence as I perceived it. I really seek to change lives without the twist of moral fiber within my heart, and I believe that search will soon become fulfilled with a dream fulfilled, something I desire to do in other words. I recently heard a message with some of the concepts, but I chose to extend the idea further with specific steps I perceived in my personal relationship with Christ and journey to eternity. The principles support themselves with foundations through Scripture. The series will break down into the following portions. I really again firmly believe that researching His Word to discover such standards will change your perspective as it has with mine, often trying to remain patient in a world of stagnancy.

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

The first step to reach out helps us realize as believers understand that we are truly better together as teams instead of just individuals.

FIRST Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 (NIV)

A.) If reached through the Body of Christ, reach out and accept.

Take charge to connect with the body. At some point, you must make the decision to step out to receive acceptance and love from newly founded relationships.

B.) If observing one who needs to be reached, reach out!

Not every new believer reaches out so quickly, nervous of rejection. Sometimes as believers we must reach out to them. The relationship dualistically and inversely goes both ways. Someone might say a relationship is a two way street.

SECOND Relevant Scripture for these sub-points – “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26 (NKJV)

A.) Never be afraid to reach out and connect.

I believe as we stand in the Grace of God we never fear to connect or step out in faith often out of our comfort zones. God extends confidence even when not in our element; we find a place of refuge in newly explored opportunities as we reach out to try something new.

THIRD Relevant Scripture for these sub-points –

“Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.”
Jeremiah 1:17-19 (NKJV)

A.) Those who stand against outreach best beware. They will never prevail against the deliverance of God.

This passage sends chills up my spine as God warns those who stand against believers who profess to know him. In life I witnessed many times when individuals turned a grudge or offense into a personal mission to devastate and shatter the will of a devout believer, only perturbed when nothing happens. In many cases with those seeking to instigate a dispute, harm comes onto them with God’s divine protection on His Chosen Ones. Straightforward when we practice outreach to others and for our own sake, God delivers, even when we must rise up in prayer against those who rise against us. We must believe and know that those who stand against us stand no chance because God divinely appointed us as brothers and sisters in communion with a Heavenly family.

The following are two more verses that I find relevant to reaching out to connect with others. Make note and take to heart God’s Word here.

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” John 6:37 (ESV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

I think these are some sermon messages on this day’s chosen topic to reach out, that may potentially touch you. You got to love some Time Square Church with David Wilkerson and TD Jakes classic sermons. The TD Jakes clip is rather long. If viewing it, I would fast forward to the sermon segment.

 

 

 

The GROWTH Track Series – Seven Steps that Will CHANGE Your Life! The GRAND Introduction!

I. Reach Out
II. Connect
III. Grow
IV. Discover Your Passion with a FOCUS on God!
V. Pursue the Dream
VI. Choose and Pursue Your Eternal Direction
VII. GO and DO!

I believe this series came to me through my own personal struggles right now in life. Through my relationship with God, I constantly revisit these steps to move forward and accomplish dreams and passions that currently rest in my heart. Reviewing and finding comfort in these Scriptures pushes me forward. I am hardly rested right now living in a perpetual survival questioning my day to day existence. I seek with all my might directions and doors begging God to open what seems like an endless journey of continuous closed pathways, running through a gambit of options with destination dead end. It becomes constantly discouraging when you give God everything philanthropically only to sit still never feeling the joy the Scriptures promise. Perhaps if you visit these verses and this Growth Track Series, you will feel God once again in new ways with dreams laid before you in fulfillment as passions discover direction in a purpose-driven life.    

The ice will eventually break with my persistence and perseverance; however the process to reach that destination seems to last forever at times waiting to punch the five o’clock time stamp just to move on the do something worth the investment of time.

Persist and press on through journey, and hopefully like myself in good due time, you will find that dream with fulfilled passions worth the pursuit with God given and driven directions with the Spirit.

So let’s start off with the first step tomorrow by reaching out.