Monday, October 29, 2012

The Greatest Hindrance of Worship

Robert Morris is one of the best preacher/bible teachers that I have every watched as he explains what the Bible means in easy to understand words that anyone can follow.

I am currently watching his series title "Beyond" and I have just finished "The Greatest Hindrance of Worship".  I highly recommend that you view the entire series because Pastor Robert teaches things about worship that I have never understood before.

I am certain that you too will be blessed and encouraged as you watch each one of these valuable lessons on worship.  I would love to hear from you if this sermon or series has opened your eyes to what it truly means to worship.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Did Jesus Have A Job?

By Chet Nowlen

In my last article I talked about a "Career Opportunity" and who we, as believers in Jesus Christ, work for.  Today we will take a few minutes to talk about who Jesus worked for and what His job was.  Obviously Jesus worked for His Father in family business of creating the earth and heavenly realm around us.  God created man is His own image, for His good pleasure, and the purpose of managing His creation as a servant or slave to Him.

As you know something terrible happened which caused the management title to be transferred from man to Satan.  Everyone knows this story so we will not go into that detail at this time.  What I do want to talk about is Jesus to become another man servant to replace the one that failed.  He volunteered to become a servant to mankind and to sacrifice His human life in order to redeem us from the curse of death brought on the failure of the first servant.  One cannot take His sacrifice for granted because if we do we will perish in hell for eternity.

Jesus' early career was as a carpenter's son helping his step-father build various items the people of the time needed.  It could have been houses, furniture, and even tools, but not much detail is given about this.  Around the age of thirty Jesus changed His career from carpenter to full-time ministry as a servant for The Kingdom of God.  Luke's Gospel chapter 4 records that after Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40-days Satan departed from Him for a season.  After that Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus announced what His new career was when He went to the synagogues to teach.  Jesus' job was a preacher and I think more importantly His job was to teach.

In Luke 4:18, 19 Jesus quoted a prophecy that was written about Himself which explains what His job or commission was all about:

Luke 4:18-19

New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “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,[a]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
As we learned in our previous lesson we have a commission or job to do as well.  Our job, as followers of Chris,t is to die to ourselves and our selfish desires and take up our cross and follow Him by ministering to the needs of others just as He did.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Career Opportunity

by Chet Nowlen

Are you looking for a career opportunity that will fulfill your destiny?  I am ashamed to admit that I had never been satisfied with my employment and was always looking for a better opportunity.  I always felt that I was better than my current employment which caused me to feel unsatisfied all the time.

One day I felt The Lord speaking to my heart.  He asked, "What is your current job?"  I said, "I am in commissioned sales."  He asked,  "Where did you get that job?"  I replied to Him that I was unemployed and applied for the job online and was hired.  He asked again, "Where did you get that job?"  I was rather confused as to why He would ask the same question again and then I realized He is trying to let me know that He provided the job.

The shameful fact is God had provided all of my jobs and I had been dissatisfied with every one of them because I could find so much fault in each one.  I had no idea that He was my provider in every area of my life.  When I realized this I was very ashamed because He had placed me where He wanted me to be for a specific reason.  My current career is a difficult one and sometimes causes me to feel beaten up and abused, but the good news is that when I realized that even though I work for an employer I am actually working for God.  I am His servant and I work in an area where He has placed me for His purpose and not mine.

My whole attitude about work has changed and I give God thanks everyday for the job He has given me.  I am no longer looking for a new "Career Opportunity" as I am right where He wants me to be.  Why did He provide this job for me?  He revealed to me that my job, that He provided, is His way of providing for my daily needs.

Jesus explained it this way; “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ..."  Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV

This scripture had always left me a bit confused because I couldn't figure out how I was not supposed to worry or care about my life.  After I realized that it was God who provided and not me was I able to understand what Jesus is saying.  My career is as a servant of God to do His will (not mine), and since I work for Him its His job to provide for my daily needs of food, drink, clothing, and for the health of my body by trusting in Him to provide.

Career Opportunity

Have you been looking for a new career opportunity?  Jesus offers us a career opportunity and it is a commissioned only opportunity as follows;

"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  NKJV

Should you decide to accept this commissioned job (The Great Commission) that Jesus is offering you then you will resign from your current position as master over your life and give Him your life to manage and control.  As an employee of your new master you have been called to work for an employer for the income to meet your daily needs.  While working as a servant for Jesus, at your place of employment, you have been called to make disciples where ever you go.  Your commission is to be a witness by the life you live as a servant of Jesus and to make more disciples through the fruit of your lips.  Most people are afraid of this scripture because we are afraid of preaching to other people because we are afraid of rejection.  The good news is as a disciple we are not all called to be preach.  Some are, but most of us are called to be a disciple, that is to make more disciples through sharing of our testimony and by the life we live in front of others.  

We often think of "The Great Commission" as evangelism and that is a part of the calling, however, Jesus did not call all of us to be evangelist or pastors.  He did call us to be a witness.  As a evangelist or a pastor you often see the results of your preaching.  As a witness you may or may not see the results of you words (fruit of your lips) first hand.  Sometimes you may feel like you are not really making a difference.  The good news is you do not have to worry about whether you are making a difference as you see that's not your job.  Your job is to be a witness by planting seeds where ever you go.  It's His job to deal with the hearts of those we witness to and those that we pray for.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Words - The Power of the Tongue

My wife and I record Pastor Robert Morris' sermons on TBN every week and this week he's teaching on the power that words have in our lives.  This week's sermon is "The Value of Words" and is the first in an eight week study.  I would like for you to watch this first sermon as he talks about seven of the most important words we can say to one another which is, "I was wrong, can you forgive me?"  These words are so important because when we have hurt one another though words a wall has been created between the parties involved.  When we confess to one another "I was wrong, can you forgive me?", tears down the wall - that is if we truly forgive.  

This principle is especially necessary in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  If we feel we have strayed away because of sin is the perfect time to confess our sins and tell Him, "I was wrong, can you forgive me?"  Well we know that The Father always forgives, but we have to ask Him first.  After we ask Him then by faith we are made righteous again through Jesus.

This principle is also important in our relationship with our spouse, our children, and each other.  We must forgive one another as we would have God forgive us.  In the Lord's Prayer notice the words, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us." This means that we are asking God to forgive us in the same manor as we have forgiven others.  Wow!  This changes our perspective because if God were to have forgiven us in the same manner we have forgiven others we would be in trouble.  Thank God for the way He forgives.  We tend to half heartedly forgive whereas God completely forgives.  This is something I would like for you to mediate on today.

Here is the link to watch this sermon online The Value of Words - we also download Robert's podcast sermons on iTunes to watch on our iPhones and iPads.  I watch his sermons everyday and I would like for you too have a daily dose of Robert's teachings.  It will open your eyes to truths of the scriptures that will give you such a blessing you will crave for more.