Motivation

4 Benefits of Knowing Who You Are In Christ

4 February, 2016
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Knowing Who You Are In Christ is a foundation to build your life on.

What you believe, your attitude, how you function, relationships are built on how your see yourself – your identity. Identity does not depend on who you are or what you have done. It is found in who God says you are. When you see yourself as you are in Christ, life is built upon a firm foundation.

You identify with the identity God has given you rather the identity the world has given you.

The world will attempt to label you sick, depressed, abandoned, dysfunctional, stressed, incompetent, anxious and a myriad of other disorders. God’s identity for you is very different.

Creflo Dollar said, “God made us in His image, and when we accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior, we become one with Him. This means that, from a spiritual perspective, we are just like Him!” 

 As a born-again believer, you are just like Jesus – healthy, healed, joyful, capable, restful, peaceful and more.

Being in Christ boosts confidence.

Google “boost confidence” and you’ll come up with a heap of tips, tricks and even a few crazy ideas on how to boost confidence. Without a doubt, the number one way to boost confidence is to know who you in Christ. In Christ, you are just like Jesus. Just as perfect. Just as gracious. Just as wonderful. That has to make you more confident. 

When you are in Christ, all the promises of God are yes.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 

To me, this is the greatest benefit of all. The promises of God (“no matter how many He has made,” means all of them) are “Yes” in Christ. Whatever you need, when you are in Christ, the promise is yours. In Christ the promise is good as done. 

Now you know the benefits, you want to know who you are in Christ, right? I’ve written a course to help you do just that. Check it out over here.

Motivation

In 2016 You Will Need To Be…lieve

28 January, 2016
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We have reached the final word for 2016. Father has told us we need to be brave, strong, open, and proactive. Lastly we need to be…lieve. In 2016 you and I need to believe, be full of faith.

There will be plenty of reasons to worry. Reasons to doubt. Plenty of reasons to give up.

Believe.

Only believe.

If you have read or listened to my free e-book, Be Amazing: You Know You Want To, you will know what I believe. I believe in Jesus. I believe God created us for an incredible life. And I believe in you. I believe you can be the person Christ created you to be.

But do you?

Do you believe you are the person the Bible says you are? Valued? Righteous? Conqueror? Loved?

For the last year and a bit I have been working on a course. A course which will help people uncover who they are in Christ. Because in 20 years of ministry, I have encountered many Christians wrestling with various issues, yet the answer to their struggles is the same – know who you are in Christ, believe who the Bible says you are.

It is titled, Who You Are In Christ e-Course and you’ll love it.

The Bible says you are triumphant.
The Bible says you are forgiven.
The Bible says you are a new creation in Christ.

Yet many followers of Christ don’t live as the person the Bible says they are. Who You Are In Christ e-Course will help people do just that. I know it will change lives because knowing who I am in Christ changed mine.

2 Corinthians 1:20a For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. 

What promise are you believing for? It is yes in Christ. Find out who you are in Christ, and you can access everything else.

I created Who You Are In Christ e-Course because I believe in you. I believe in your potential. I believe you are amazing. 

I want you to believe it about yourself. 

Check out Who You Are In Christ e-Course: 21 Days to Knowing Who You Are In Christ. 

You probably know someone who would benefit from this course as well, so be sure to let your friends know about it too. The church needs to believe who they truly are in Christ.

Motivation

In 2016 You Will Need To Be… Proactive

21 January, 2016
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Proactive

adj. creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened.


Being open to new relationships and new opportunities means someone will have to take the first step. In 2016, you need to be proactive. You need to take the first step. 

If you are waiting for a sign from God before stepping out, don’t. This is your sign. Hear God’s word to you, “Be proactive. Step out of the boat. Be brave.”

Taking the first step will mean asking for and extending forgiveness, requesting help or making an offer. Typically you may like to hang back and wait but if you do you will be left behind. 

Be proactive. Take the first step.

What if Abraham didn’t pack up and leave Haran?

What if Joseph didn’t reach out in forgiveness?

What if Moses ignored the burning bush?

What if David didn’t ask questions of who would fight the giant Goliath?

What if Esther didn’t fast and pray?

What if Bartemaeus didn’t call out, “Son of David, have mercy on me”?

What if Peter ignored the man sitting by Gate Beautiful?

What if Father didn’t take the first step toward you?

Someone always has to take the first step. In 2016, let it be you.

Motivation

In 2016 You Will Need To Be… Open

14 January, 2016
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Open

adj. allowing access, not closed or blocked, exposed.

2016 is a year when you will need to be open. Open to the unexpected.

There will be new and unusual opportunities in 2016. Opportunities that will at first seem absurd. This is why you need to be open. Your initial reaction will be to turn down the opportunity, but know God’s hand is in the unusual and it will bring with it unusually great blessing.  

For some it is a relationship – a romantic relationship, a business relationship, a friendship, an alliance.

For others it is work – unusual creativity, unusual ideas, unusual strategies. A job you have never considered. A job you are not qualified for.

Be open because the lifestyle and blessing that will come through this door will blow your mind.

Once it was unusual for a woman to preach. Maria Woodworth-Etter was born in 1844. At that time women couldn’t even vote in a national election. She heard the voice of Jesus calling her to preach but she didn’t think it was possible. She was an uneducated woman. Yet she remained open and searched the Word and saw women were used of God. After a visitation of angles, Maria answered yes to the call of God.

She said,

“It is high time for women to let their lights shine; to bring out their talents that have been hidden away rusting; and use them for the glory of God, and do with their might what their hands find to do, trusting God for strength, Who has said, ‘I will never leave you.’ Let us not plead weakness; God will use the weak things of the world to confound the wise. We are sons and daughters of the Most High God. Should we not honour our high calling and do all we can to save those who sit in the valley and shadow of death?”

Stay open because your openness has the ability to save countless others.

In a recent blog on (in)courage, Angela Nazworth said, “Being open allows you to pour yourself out while being filled up.”

You can live a closed life. You can allow hurt and betrayal of the past to lock you up in prison. Bitterness and hateful attack can become your language. Refuse it. Instead be open. Be filled up. You have been looking for the key to letting go of hurt for many years. The key is to be open. And as you allow the Spirit to fill you, out of your belly will flow rivers of living water. Rivers of healing. Rivers of forgiveness. Rivers of freedom.

Decide 2016 is your year to be open.

Motivation

In 2016 You Will Need To Be… Strong

7 January, 2016
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The second word God gave me for 2016 was strong. God said you will need to be strong in 2016. (The first word God gave me for 2016 was brave.)

Strong

adj. exerting great force; powerful and difficult to resist or defeat; able to withstand force, pressure or wear; not easily affected by disease or hardship; not easily disturbed, upset or affected; firmly held or established.

2016 is your year to be strong. Not weak. Not crumbling. Not upset or disturbed. Not easily wavering or confused. Strong.

Ephesians 6:10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Hear the word of the Lord:

Stand your ground. You worked hard in 2015 to take ground from the enemy. Having done all to stand, stand. Don’t back down. Don’t compromise – stand. The devil would like to compromise with you. Be strong. Don’t give in. The fight is almost over. Be strong and brave for the Lord is with you. Victory is yours.

Like Jesus when He was tempted in the wilderness, Satan will attempt to bargain with you. He will try to trick you into compromise. He will twist God’s word and even other Christians will be used to get you to give in. Be strong. Know who you are. Know what God has promised you. It is the devil’s final attack before the breakthrough comes. Don’t settle for second best when you are this close. Be strong. Be firmly held. Be established.

If you would like to listen to the entire 5 words for 2016 message I preached on Sunday January 3 at Generation Church (and get a sneak peak at the blog posts for the next few weeks) click here. It is a super message. I know you’ll love it.

Motivation

In 2016 You Will Need To Be… Brave

31 December, 2015
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For the past week I have been seeking God regarding 2016. God has given me five words of what His people need to be this coming year.

First, Father said we would have to be brave.

Brave

adj. ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.


Closely related to brave is courage defined as: not deterred by danger or pain.
Let me tell you about Brad Smith. As an eighteen year old kid, Brad went looking for a Chinese manufacturer to build his motorcycle design with nothing to offer but vision. He and an interpreter visited over 50 motorcycle manufacturing plants and one by one got laughed out of their offices.

 

In the midst of telling his entrepreneurial story to an audience in Canberra (of which I was a part) he said, “Your ability to deal with rejection is proportional to your growth.”
The statement stuck with me. You see, I don’t deal with rejection well. I hate failure.

 

Yet if I am to grow, I have to be brave enough to fail. I have to be brave enough to experience rejection.

 

And keep going.

 

Brad Smith was brave enough to follow his vision despite setback and rejection. And his bravery paid dividends. Today, Brad Smith is the owner of an expanding motorcycle brand, Braaap Motorcycles. He continues to push boundaries. He continues to fail and experience rejection. And his business continues to flourish.

 

The Bible is full of brave characters. From Jonathan and his armour bearer to martyred Stephen, God used those brave enough to lay it all on the line for Him.

 

Then there were other characters who demonstrated bravery in a different way – like Peter when he walked on water to Jesus. He may have been reprimanded for his “little faith,” but he was the only one of the twelve who was brave enough to sink.
In 2016 God is looking for sons and daughters who are brave enough to endure and not be deterred by the pain of failure or rejection. He is looking for those who are brave enough to sink. Brave enough to risk. Brave enough to get out of the boat.
Because when you are brave enough to fail, you are brave enough to grow into the man or woman Jesus created you to be.