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Revival: We Will Pray, or We Will Fail!

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Revival:  We Will Pray, or We Will Fail!


Psalm 85:6 is a prayer for revival.  It asked God, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

I firmly believe that America needs a revival.  You need a revival.  I need a revival; Our Churches are in desperate need of a revival.  Most families are in dire need of a revival. We need revival! We must have revival! Revival is no longer an option.  It is something we must have!

 

Questions Each Christian Must Seriously Ask and Answer
 
  • Do you REALLY want to have a revival? 
 
  • Are you willing to pay the price to obtain a Heaven-sent revival?
 
  •  Are you willing to humble yourself, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from your wicked ways? (II Chronicles 7:14).
 
  •  Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to perform spiritual surgery upon your proud, and independent heart?  
 
  • Are you willing to submit to the painful process of Biblical repentance of allowing the Holy Spirit to Break up your Fallow ground?   

Hosea 10:12:
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. “  Fallow ground is ground which at one time was fruitful, and productive.  But over the years a certain hardness has settled into the soil and now the ground is barren and fruitless. This is the true condition of most of our hearts, my fellow Christian.   If we REALLY want to have revival, we must start his process individually before it can sweep across America Nationally.  We can no longer say that America is sinful until we see the exceeding sinfulness of our own person sin that has contributed to the demise of this GREAT Country (Romans 7:13).
Some Are Questioning, Will God Send a Revival to America?
 
The answer is an emphatic ‘YES’.  God can, and will send revival when you and I are willing to pay the price to obtain one. 

There Are Many Reasons Why God Has Withheld Revival From America

 

1.  The reason we’re not having revival may be that we have not been praying for one.  Or, if we are praying for a revival, are we praying with the faith to believe that God ‘Can’ send the revival we so desperately need?  James 4:2 reminds us that “we have not because we ask not.”

 2.   James has taught us that when we pray.” we must ask in faith, nothing wavering…    (James 1:5-8).  1 John 5:14,And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”  We know that it is God’s will to send revival, so we may ask boldly and confidently, expecting God to grant our desire, (Psalm 37:4). 
 
3.   And yet is still possible to ask, and to even ask in faith, yet not obtain.   James 4:3 makes this very clear, “Ye ask , and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”  This is simply praying with selfish motives.   In revival we need to be concerned about the Glory of God and not so life will be easier for us as believers in America. 
        At this point, I want to ask you, why do you want to have a revival?  What are your real reasons for desiring revival?  What are your motives for seeking revival?
4.     Sin will prevent God from doing that which is obviously His will to do, which in this case, is to send a revival to us.     

God said to Moses, after he had heard the cry of Israel in bondage, Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.”
Yet years later, speaking this time through the Prophet Isaiah,  but about the same people, God had this to say about their prayers:  “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear,”  Isaiah 59:2.    
We must now take time to do what David did in Psalm 139:23-24 and invite the Holy Spirit to search (ransack)  our hearts and for Him to reveal any and all of the wickedness in our hearts.Here we see the position of God with regards to the prayers of his chosen people Israel, both prayers were made by his people, and it was a cry unto the Lord, but we see God being favorably disposed to one, while to the other one he hid his face.For every prayer that is presented, God, who is the Omnipotent one has the ability, the power and the resources to fulfill them (Philippians 4:19, Jeremiah 32:27). 
But such prayers must first of all get his attention. Even the enemy of our soul knows this simple truth, and this is why his attack on the prayer life and the prayers of believers is either to get them out of their prayer closet through discouragement, or simply to set up road blocks in order to intercept and derail their prayers.So our job is to remove those barriers and clear the way for God to listen to, and then move in response to our prayers.  James 5:15 has reminded the believer that  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”   We need to have prevailing prayer which is prayer that gets that which is asked of God.
 
In a revival, the hearts of God’s people are broken in repentance and genuine humility, the Lord’s people come together in love and service, and the Lord’s work of ministry, giving, witnessing, and missionary activity moves forward at lightning speed.

Oh may we all pray this prayer so fervently, and yet so sincerely from the depths of our hearts:

Lord, Send a Revival,
Lord, Send a Revival,
Lord, Send a Revival,
And let it begin in me.

A friend of mine in Alaska and I have recently started a new Facebook Group Page athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1604847593061820/),  which we have called: “We MUST Have Revival in America.”  You may join us by hitting Like on our page.  We will keep you informed on topics concerning revival and updates on what is happening across America.

The News You Never Expected To Hear: Allowing God To Walk You Through The Devastation!

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The News You Never Expected To Hear:  Allowing God

To Walk You Through The Devastation!

Part One of Two

Facing devastation, tragedy, catastrophic situations of any kind, can be extremely difficult. But in the midst of heartache and pain, you can find the hope and courage to go on. With God’s help, the help of caring family members and friends, and the encouragement found in the Bible and other resources, you will receive the necessary strength to overcome.

You may be thinking, I don’t know how I could ever get through this. Or you may be battling powerful feelings of despair, suffering, confusion, fear, worry, and even anger. These are all normal responses to tragedy.

The First News That I NEVER Expected To Hear

The words that my wife and I NEVER expected to hear came during 1991. My wife was doing a breast exam and was shocked to feel a lump during her examination. Needless to say, it was the longest night of our lives.

The next day, Cathy called the doctor, and scheduled her appointment. They got her in and a few days later the results of the testing came in. We were at home together when the telephone rang. It was someone from the doctor’s office.

I was standing close by waiting for Cathy to relay the report that all was well. Then I saw a look of absolute horrific look that paralyzed her face. Then there was a blood-curdling scream that came from my wife as she dropped the phone, and stumbled back six feet, hitting the wall, then sliding to the floor in obvious agony of soul.

The news that she had just been told was, “Mrs. Kilgore, you have Cancer!” Oh my, our lives were about to be changed forever. This was definitely news that we NEVER expected to hear at a relative young age of 37. My wife handled the news, after this initial shock in a way that I can only wish that I would had. She was my life.

Cathy truly honored and glorified the name of Jesus Christ each step of the way following this life-changing news. She never once uttered a word of complaint against God not doubted God’s love and personal care to her. Her faith was unshakable! She became a exceptional example for our children, and myself as to how to allow God to walk a person through the devastation that enters into their life.

Was it difficult? Absolutely. Was it hard on her? Unquestionably! But as difficult as this life storm was for Cathy, as well as your current circumstances, please remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! God is with you always. Hebrews 13:5 says, “…for he hath said , I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Jesus Christ loves you, and He cares about what is going on in your life. He hears your cries; He sees your pain; He understands your fears. Moreover, God is very near to those that are of a broken heart. Psalm 34:18: “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

You Must Focus on God’s Promises Rather than Man’s Explanations

No one really knows why God has allowed this tragedy to enter into your life. Like Job’s friends some might say it is because of some sin that you are being punished for.  I have learned in my nearly 45 years of being a Christian that I cannot live by mere explanations, I must have Promises from God’s Word to comfort and encourage me as I pass through the deep waters of life. Explanations have little value by way of satisfying the soul, yet promises are what will sustain you you’re your darkest moments. Let us take note of some precious, yet very powerful promises from God’s Word.

1.  You must understand that nothing takes God by surprise. He Sees and Understands Your Pain.    Psalm 34:15: “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” If God’s eye is on the sparrow, He’s most certainly watching you, watching your every step, feeling your deep hurt, ready to walk you through the devastation.
Isaiah 43:2-3 reminds us, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned ; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.”

You may be wondering, Who can rescue me from this? Be encouraged! Even in the deepest of waters, God promises to be with the one who trusts in Him. He alone can truly rescue you and keep you from drowning.

Just as Jesus rescued Peter when He invited him to walk on water in the midst of a storm (Matthew 14:22-33). At first, Peter trusted Jesus and joined Him on the water, but as soon as he began to focus on the storm, and give in to the fear of it, he began to sink. Still, when he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 12:30), Jesus stretched out His hand and rescued Peter.

What a great encouragement this should be to you today! Jeremiah 32:27 asks the question that perhaps you are now asking, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” The answer is found in Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:” There is Absolutely NOTHING too hard for our God to do!

He can rescue you too from the deep water of despair! Jesus can still do the seemingly impossible! Matthew 19:26: “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

When you feel as though you are sinking deep in your sea of devastation, please look to the One that Walks on Water!

Eight Lies of My Mother

Eight Lies of My Mother

 

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The story began when I was a child; I was a son of a poor family. We did not even have enough food. When ever meal times came, mother would often give me her portion of rice. While she was removing her rice into my bowl, she would say “Eat this rice, son. I’m not hungry.”     That was Mother’s First Lie.

When I was growing up, my persevering mother gave her spare time to go fishing in a river near our house, she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit of nutritious food for my growth. After fishing, she would cook some fresh fish soup, which raised my appetite. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat the rest of the fish, which was still on the bone of the fish I had eaten. My heart was touched when I saw that. I then used my fork and gave the other fish to her. But she immediately refused and said “Eat this fish, son. I don’t really like fish.”     That was Mother’s Second Lie.

 

Then, when I was in Junior High School…… to fund my studies, mother went to an economic enterprise to bring some used-match boxes that would need to be stuck together. It gave her some money to cover our needs. As the winter came, I woke up from my sleep and looked at my mother who was still awake, supported by a little candlelight and with perseverance she would continue the work of sticking some used-match boxes. I said, “Mother, go to sleep, it’s late, tomorrow morning you still have to go to work. Mother smiled and said “Go to sleep, dear. I’m not tired.”    That was Mother’s Third Lie.

The final term arrived….. ..Mother asked for leave from work in order to accompany me. While the sun was starting to shine strongly, my persevering mother waited for me under the heat for several hours. As the bell rang, which indicated that the final exam had finished, mother immediately welcomed me and poured me a cup of tea that she had brought in a flask. Seeing my mother covered with perspiration, I at once gave her my cup and asked her to drink too. Mother said “Drink, son. I’m not thirsty!”  That was Mother’s Fourth Lie.

After the death of my father due to illness, my poor mother had to play her role as a single parent. She had to fund our needs alone. Our family’s life was more complicated. No days without suffering. Our family’s condition was getting worse, a kind uncle who lived near our house assisted now and then. Our neighbors often advised my mother to marry again. But mother was stubborn and didn’t take their advice; she said “I don’t need love.” That was Mother’s Fifth Lie.

After I had finished my studies and got a job, it was the time for my old mother to retire. But she didn’t want to; she would go to the market place every morning, just to sell some vegetables to fulfill her needs. I, who worked in another city, often sent her some money to help her, in fulfilling her needs, but she would not accept the money. At times, she even sent the money back to me. She said “I have enough money.”   That was Mother’s Sixth Lie.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree, I then continued to do a Master’s Degree. It was funded by a company through a scholarship program. I finally worked in the company. With a good salary, I intended to bring my mother to enjoy her life in Gulf. But my lovely mother didn’t want to bother her son. She said to me, “I’m not use to.”  That was Mother’s Seventh Lie.

In her old age, mother got stomach cancer and had to be hospitalized. I, who lived miles away, across the ocean, went home to visit my dearest mother. She lay in weakness on her bed after having an operation. Mother, who looked so old, was staring at me in deep thought. She tried to spread her smile on her face…but it was a noticeable effort. It was clear that the disease had weakened mother’s body. She looked so frail and weak. I stared at my mother with tears flowing. My heart was hurt,… so hurt, seeing my mother in that condition. But mother with the little strength she had, said “Don’t cry, my dear. I’m not in pain.”   That was Mother’s Eighth and Last Lie.

After saying her eighth lie, my Dearest mother closed her eyes forever .      – Unknown

This story was NOT written by me, just copied, because I think this lady represents thousands of Mothers and Fathers across this world.

We must do our part to help them. JKM, Jim Kilgore Ministries is beginning a feeding ministry in Pakistan as I share this story with you. While JKM fed many people last Saturday, my heart was broken because we did not have enough money to feed those that came to hear the Preaching of the Gospel. I desire to start some in the Philippines and in India at the present time.

We will do this in association with evangelizing, Church-Planting and helping to sustain life as Jesus Christ DID while on earth. Can you and I do any less? If you wish to help feed, please visit our website at: http://www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com and click on the Contribution’s page.

Want more information? Email me at: JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com.

 

I Have A Problem! What Are My Options?

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I Have A Problem!   What Are My Options?

 

I know that right now many of You are hurting!  This week I have counseled many people who had such deep pain in their hearts that it led some even to the point of despair.  I love my friends and have provided Biblical counseling as I sought to provide Biblical hope for each one.

When people are hurting, they often feel as there is no hope or way out of their problem.  First, I love options!   Options removes so much stress from life.   My dear friends,  you must know that God always provides you with options!

There are two great forces at work in your life today.  One force is attempting to pull everything apart through a myriad of problems, while the other is seeking to put your life back together again.   Satan tries to Destroy while Jesus Christ is the Restorer. 

The story is told of a New York hotel maid that had walked into a room one day, expecting to clean it for the next Guest.  Then she discovered that the previous Guests was lying on the floor dead.  He had committed suicide.    Now this is very important to me as just last week I counseled two people, that were definitely suicidal.  

The maid found “the note.”  “I leave to society a bad example.   I leave to my friends the memory of a misspent life.  I leave to my Father and Mother all the sorrow they can possibly bear in their old age.   I leave to my Wife a broken heart and to my Children the name of a drunkard and a suicide. 

     Here was a man whose life had fallen apart.  He thought he had no hope.   It is a shame that apparently no one explained to him how Jesus Christ can put lives back together again! This past week God allowed me to counsel a man from North America that was suicidal, and later in the week counsel a lady that was definitely suicidal that lives in Asia.   By the grace of God, and use of the Word of God,  I was able to provide Biblical hope to each and they, thank God did not follow through with their suicidal threats. 

As a Christian of 44 years, I have come to understand that there will ALWAYS come,  “Good News During Bad Times.”  There is always hope!   What is broken can be fixed;  what there is loss, there is often gain;   Where there is devastation, there is often the birth of a ministry to help others;   Where there is hurt, there will soon come joy. 

In our World, it appears as though EVERYTHING is Falling Apart. 

Just from this week’s news.

·         Malaysia Airliner Disappearance Possibly ‘Done Intentionally’

·       American President spends 1.2 million USD to go shopping and attend two Political Fundraisers in just one day.

·         BATTLE FOR CRIMEA: The Ukraine and Russia Situation.

·         Then there is what You are currently facing in your life.  

If you will read the Book of Ruth you will see that she was living in a World very similar to our World.   Uncertainty,  discouragement; despair, people hurting and living in fear.  Yet as you read through the book you will see how God brought the people through the crisis they were facing.  This book of Ruth teaches us “How we can Cope when our lives are falling apart.”  It literally teaches us how we can put the pieces of our lives back together again. 

I have decided to teach from the Book of Ruth on my Website Blog and on my Weekly Newsletter that we call:  ‘VALUES’   It will teach us HOW we can go from Devastation to Delight;  From Sorrow to Satisfaction, by using the same principles God used in the life of Ruth.

Do You need encouragement during this particular time?  Please feel free to send me a private message telling me your story and I will pray with you and provide any FREE coaching that I can on Skype to assist you.

JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com

God’s Precious Promise of Provision

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God’s Precious Promise of Provision   Philippians 4:19

 

I feel led, after a lot of prayer today, to speak words of encouragement to my Preacher and Missionary Friends. God has PROMISED to supply ALL your needs according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 
 Money for your ministry, at times, may seems like an impossible task. However, after 43 years of being a Christian, I can assure you that while I often Cannot, God ALWAYS Can! Ephesians 3:20;   Matthew 19:26.
 Brethren, our God is trustworthy and dependable, Titus 1:2. He has never promised an easy life for any of us, but He ever remains faithful! He WILL supply in His time and THROUGH the people of HIS choosing.   You will come to realize that when you have nothing left but God, then perhaps for the first time in your life, that God IS enough!  
This is why I seldom ask people to pray about specific financial needs.  I want to be assured that God is the One who has moved in response to the prayer of His servant.  It is an amazing way to live your life knowing that God STILL answers prayers and is doing the seemly impossible today.   He does not need for me to tell everyone about financial needs; God does not need me asking those that I consider to be wealthy to “pray” for my financial need to be met. 

God KNOWS when a sparrow falls to the ground and He KNOWS what things you have need of before you even ask.   Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.   But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore,Ye are of more value than many sparrows.  Matthew 10: 29-31.

  Matthew 6:25-34.   This will remind you of how important You and the ministry God has given to is.  Take particular note of verse 30:  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 Even now, I know some are most discouraged, as you know not Where or When God’s supply shall come. But you MUST not lose heart, for you KNOW it IS coming. God has Promised! You may have a check in the mail for you today! He may lead someone in your town to assist you this Sunday.
You may be thinking, but you are an American and have no need.   Really? Are you kidding me? Are you serious? After I spent over $425 for a Visa to enter Nigeria, and spent SEVERAL hundred dollars to purchase my flight ticket to Nigeria, and after I send $300 to do my part to pay the salaries of three Filipino men to pastor the Churches started as a result of JKM, and I purchase my flight ticket to start 2 Churches in India, which comes up after our Philippine’s journey.  I will have this amount in my account: $ 00.00. I have 22% of my support in at this writing. Yes, I know what “needs” are.   I actually welcome them because then I can see what God wants to do in my life.  I often envied George Mueller who had to pray in his money to feed the children living in the orphanage.   I believe God wants more of us to simply depend upon HIM for our daily needs.  He has NEVER let me down!  He is continually leading His servants to live a life of complete and continual dependence upon Him!  My question to you is simple:  “Are you Cooperating with God’s plan or have you been secretly Complaining and Criticizing His Purpose for your life?”
So I am sharing this message of Hope in God for ALL of Us to simply trust in the One who has called us to such a great undertaking. I am not complaining; I am not worried; I am not stressed; I am not questioning God. Actually, I am rejoicing, I honestly am, for I Know for that the Provision of the Lord is just around the corner. How can I be so certain? Because I have chosen all these years to TRUST my Heavenly Father to Do that which He has PROMISED! Won’t you as well?
 
 As I have often said, The bank vaults in Heaven are NOT affected by the economy in which we live.” Our economy matters not to God as far as His ability to KEEP HIS WORD and faithfully supply ALL of our needs,   Philippians 4:19.

 

You can Pray, Believe, and Receive; or, You can Pray, Doubt, and go Without!

We Can Fail Forward or we can Remain in the City called Regret!

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We Can Fail Forward or we can Remain in the City called Regret!

  I John 1:9

                                                        

 Okay, you sinned!  You have been plagued with a daily visitor.  He has visited your heart and mind every day since you sinned.  He reminds you that you are worthless; that your life is now irrelevant, and absolutely unable to be used of God again.  The visitor’s goes by the name of Guilt. 

The truth is, as you would readily admit, is that you are guilty.  You have committee the sin against God.  There is no covering the sin.  You have acknowledged this sin. You are not proud of it,and even wonder how it could had happened in the first place.

However, what Guilt does not want you to recognize, is that once you went to God seeking His forgiveness, that God has already forgiven the offense.  Our text makes this clear from  I John 1:9.

Unfortunately, many people, including those in the Christian family, will not let you forget what you have done wrong.  There will be articles written; Facebook posts printed; Tweets dispatched to remind the world of what a failure you have become.   Even though they claim for themselves, the forgiveness that God has for all believers, when it comes to another Believer, they seem to slam the door of grace shut!

 So my advice to you, should you find yourself expecting to find grace, from those living in the “Grace is for me and not for you neighborhood” is simple.  If you’re holding out for the universal acceptance and grace from this community, I’m afraid that you will be holding up in your room for a very long time.   While is it wonderful whenever others accept that God has forgiven you, you cannot, and must not allow another’s treatment of you to negate what God has already given to you: forgiveness. 

 

How Can and Should we Face Failure?

 

1.   First, we must CONSIDER our sins and failing.  The Bible speaks of this in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  The word for search means “to ransack.”  It carries the idea of a thief breaking into your home and going through every area of your house to search for valuables.   We must invite and the cooperate with the Holy Spirit, as He searches our hearts to reveal that which is offensive to a holy God.  No attempt of a cover-up, like many governments and people are prone to do.   Complete cooperation with the Holy Spirit. Once our sins have been revealed, we may now go to God to confess our sins.

 

2.  Second, we must completely CONFESS our sin and failing to God.   We cannot compromise the sin.  We must admit that we had sinned against God and perhaps to others. 

 

  • Jeremiah 33:8: And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

 

 

3.   Next, we are required to CAST-AWAY our sins.    Proverbs 28:13 says: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

Create an Environment where You are not Placing Yourself in an Area of Temptation.

 

If a person’s sin was drinking, then one might want to write down the things which could lead him to the cesspool of sin and make a commitment to God to avoid these areas of temptation. .    It would be wise to stay away from liquor scenes.  Simply turn the channel when they appear in a commercial or in a TV program.  Avoid any connection with liquor at all costs. You might need want to stay out of restaurants that serve it; avoid parties that would make it easily available to you.

 

The Principle of Replacement

The Principle of Replacement is found in the Book of Ephesians Chapter Four.  We are to replace lying with truthfulness; stealing with giving; anger with kindness; unforgiveness with forgiveness; bitterness with dealing with the offense we have with another, before going to sleep at night.   

The practical application would be to replace the sinful, old behaviors with new positive, Biblical habits.  This is how we will get victory over that which has caused us failing and sin in the past.

  • An encouraging verse to every Believer that has failed is:  Proverbs 24:16, ‘For though a righteous man may fall seven times, he rises again.”

 

  •  Listen, EVERYONE FAILS God at some point, and perhaps even frequently.  What we need to remember is that we do not have to stay down.  As Goldsmith said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall.”

 


Have You Lost Your Purpose?

Have You Lost Your Purpose?        I Samuel 17 

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What are you truly passionate about?  What makes you want to get up out of bed every morning?   What, at the mere thought of it, incites you to action?   In other words, “What is your purpose in life?”

Many people have a position, perhaps as a Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Director, or as the CEO of a Company.  Even though they possess a position, they might admit they have lost their passion for this position.

The mistake often made is when a person Possesses a Position without a Purpose, this will lead to a spirit of Complacency.   Time is far too short to allow Complacency to enter into our lives and ministry. In I Samuel 17:29 we see where David had a cause.  His cause was to defeat the giant Goliath because he was mocking God and God’s people.      Again I ask you,  “What is your Purpose?  What is it that drives you each day?” What are you truly focused on?

  More specifically,what is your purpose in being a Leader?  Hopefully, it is to Influence others Biblically and to Impact this world for Jesus Christ.   Why do you want to help people?  Finally ask yourself this question, “What is the contribution that you want to make in your lifetime?” No matter what your age, or what position you are in your life, you will never finish contributing. A truly great leader is someone who is always seeking to do more for God and to impact this world for Jesus Christ!.

 

Is your Purpose Being Pursued with Passion?

 

When you find a Purpose that is Bigger than anything you ever dreamed of, and Pursue it with Passion, it’s amazing how the supernatural can become the normal.  God wants Men and Women of Purpose, Passion, and Power to Pursue the Phenomenal for Him!  

 

Will you ask God to Provide the Passion you once had?   You Can Do Something truly Significant for God IF you will believe in God’s ability to work though you for His glory!

Pastor, Missionary, Evangelist, when you answered God’s call to preach, what did you one day hope to accomplish for the Cause of Christ? What was your over-riding purpose?  Are you closer to the achievement of this cause?  Has your passion for this cause grown over the years?  Has it intensified?

 

Or, has something sidetracked you and made this cause appear to be too complicated for you to pursue anymore?   Listen, “Don’t let your Dream Die!  Get back into the battle and get busy for God once again.    Don’t listen to those who have discouraged you from pursuing God’s Dream for your life.  I am glad that Samson did not listen to that inner voice that said, “You have sinned, you can no longer serve God.”  

The Bible clearly teaches that we all have much usefulness in us. We are important to God!   Therefore, get on your knees, accept God’s forgiveness, and ask God to use you for Him once again.   Listen to those who are encouraging you to do more for God rather than those who says, “You have blown it; God will never use you again; it is all over for you.”  John 8:44 reminds us Satan is a liar and the Father of it.  Will you believe God or will you continue to believe Satan?

   I thank God that Samson, even with the scars of sin so evident, was able to be used of God in a great way before he died.   I am glad that John-Mark, who once quit on God, repented of his sin and was able to become most profitable to God and more specifically, the Apostle Paul.  Paul asked for John-Mark to come to him prior to his death.   God was still using John-Mark.  

 

Every Person in the Bible had Failed God

 

Show me one person in Bible that did not fail God at some point in their lives; yet God was able to use them after thoroughly getting right with God.   Adam and failed God through their disobedience; Abraham failed in his lack of faith and disobedience;  Moses murdered a man;  David committed adultery and even set up the woman’s husband to be killed in battle;  Peter failed Jesus by denying Him three times in one evening.  Yet they were all used of God after they returned to God and accepted God’s grace and forgiveness.    I am not glorifying sin, but I am demonstrating the grace of God in the lives of people that have failed.  Perhaps we failed in our walk with God; perhaps failed financially; perhaps in a new endeavor. Yet we can may still be able to accomplish great things for God.  

 

Failing is Reversible!

 

To use an old saying from our friends in Texas, “It does not matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose the cow.”  Once again, failings are not irreversible.  Keep things in perspective; learn from them; and use them to help other people.

I believe that you Can and Must move forward on the heels of Adversity and Failing.    I have asked myself the following questions to assist me in moving forward when things did not go as planned:

A)    God, what are you trying to teach me through this situation?  What wrong assumptions did I make?   What “Blind-spots” are you revealing to me?

B)     God, how can I use my mistakes/sins to help other people?

C)    God, are you opening a new door of ministry for me through this failing

Listen, you must quit allowing your past to hold you hostage today!

I greatly desire to add value to other people.   I have lived my life trying to see other people ‘with the ability to become’!   I strongly believe there is something useful in EVERY person, no matter what their past or present is like, God can still use them!   I believe it is our responsibility to encourage and to provide Biblical Hope to others. 

I personally believe that the greatest difference between those who remain Average and those that Achieve great things in life, will be determined in part, by each individual’s perception and response to failings.    You can look at the failing as an end to your calling and dreams, or, you can choose to use those failings to increase your ability to succeed for the cause of Jesus Christ!

 

Will YOU choose to Accept life as a Hostage to your failings, or will YOU choose to Answer the above questions that will focus on Your Future, rather than your Past!  The Choice Really is Yours!

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