Life: God’s Way

Discipleship

I know that we are each facing some areas in our lives where we need a breakthrough! We are looking for breakthroughs spiritually, relationally, physically, financially and in almost any other imaginable arena. And we believe that God is moving on our behalf! We know that our Heavenly Father loves us and desires the best for us.

But what is it that we need? Is there one thing that should be our greatest priority? What should occupy the primary focus of our prayers? It is quite obvious, isn’t it? Jesus says it best in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

God doesn't have any trouble getting stuff to us. His challenge is for us to get in the right position where we can receive it. Click To Tweet

God doesn’t have any trouble getting stuff to us. His challenge is for us to get in the right position where we can receive it. For some crazy reason, God seems to have this idea that He should be first! Maybe it comes from the fact that He is the creator! He is the originator of all that blesses. We were created in His image and designed to live in His presence and enjoy His plan. [See Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 16:11, Jer. 29:11] Scripture makes it very clear that as a Father, His ultimate desire for His children is that we live in His best. His best is only possible where He is first!

For some crazy reason, God seems to have this idea that He should be first! Click To Tweet

More than anything else that we seek, long for or desire what we need is Him! We need the King! It is evident. Isn’t it? I know that it seems a bit churchy. It seems religious, but it is the key to living life the way God intends it. When we truly seek the kingdom of God, we get the King.  When we get HIs kingdom and his way of being and doing right then everything else we need will naturally follow.

We want more than the anointing, more than the supernatural, more than prosperity, more than principles to live by, more than miracles and blessings. We want God! in Exodus 33, Moses asks for more! He asks for more than the miracles he had experienced, more than the prosperity they left Egypt with and more than the health they were enjoying. He asks to see the Lord! “Please, show me Your glory!” (Ex. 33:18) God understands Moses’ request and replies, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you.” But He said, “You cannot see My face…” (Ex. 33:19-20)

Moses was asking for Him! In fact, He had already stood before the Lord and told Him that an angel wasn’t enough. He had the boldness to tell God, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” Who talks to God this way? Someone who wants Him more than they want HIS miracles or blessing. A man whose priorities are right! A person in whom God delights and manifest grace and glory in them and for them.

Who talks to God this way? Someone who wants Him more than they want HIs miracles or blessing. Click To Tweet

I encourage you to do whatever you must do to put Jesus first and keep Him first in your life. A few practical steps include daily Bible reading, prayer, worship, listening to the preached and taught word on a daily basis, and consistent attendance in a Word-based Spirit-filled church. Be intentional about Jesus first, and you will naturally live life God’s way!


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What Size Is Your Heart?

Keith NIx

Years of labor by dozens of skilled craftsmen with an incredible budget produced one of the most beautiful and exquisitely decorated ships ever. Also, armed “to the teeth” with bronze cannons it was arguably the most powerful vessel in the world. King Gustavo Adolphus sought to lift Sweden to the ranks of the great naval powers of England, France, and Spain in the 17th century. It appeared accomplished on August 10, 1628, as the newly commissioned Vasa set sail with great fanfare and over 100 members of Swedish nobility on board.

Tragically, the Vasa sailed less than one nautical mile before a gust of wind pushed the top-heavy vessel dangerously close to tipping. The sailors were able to correct it only to have a second gust of wind push it over again this time with water filling the open gun portholes. Within a matter of minutes, Sweden’s finest ship lay beneath 100 feet of water in the Stockholm port with more than thirty dead. The Vasa became a maritime disaster!

The greater tragedy is that it didn’t have to happen. An Admiral had earlier tested the Vasa’s seaworthiness and found it to be too top heavy. Others who worked on it knew that the weight of the cannons added with the opulence of the decorations created a disastrous future. They knew the Vasa could still be a mighty vessel, but they needed more time to make the necessary adjustments. None would dare approach the King with their concerns. Aldophus was unapproachable. His ego would not allow questions. His demanding attitude would not allow for more time. The smallness of his heart would cause him to be remembered more for failure than success.

The smallness of his heart would cause him to be remembered more for failure than success. What about you? What will your legacy be? Click To Tweet

What about you? What will your legacy be? Is your heart large or small? Of course, I’m not asking about the muscle that pumps blood but the spirit that is the real you. Is your heart large and loving or small and suffocating? Is your ego bigger than your heart? Or do you live with an increasing sense of God living big inside you and enabling you to live big?

Live big? What does that even mean? It simply means to live the life God intends for you to live. The Psalmist prayed it this way, “I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.” [Psalm 119:32] It isn’t possible to live God’s way without the Lord expanding your heart’s capacity to receive and love.

If your heart is small, it is suffocating the life in you and those around you. If your heart is large, it is allowing life to flow freely through you – increasing you and those around you. A powerful way to gauge the size of your heart is by asking yourself this question: How do I react when I am questioned or challenged in what I believe? Do I become defensive and argumentative? Do I turn off and away from anything that suggests I need to take a fresh look at something? Or do I listen with an openness to learn and a willingness to yield to reason?

If your heart is small, it is suffocating the life in you and those around you. Click To Tweet

James instructs us that so-called “wisdom” in a heart that is envious, bitter and filled with selfish ambition is not true wisdom but originates from an earthly, sensual and demonic source. “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle.) [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity.)” [James 3:17 Amp(c)]

I encourage you today to check your heart. Ask the Lord to make it larger. Stretch yourself out before in Him in humility and honesty. He delights in growing us up into His thoughts and ways!

Stretch yourself out before in Him in humility and honesty. He delights in growing us up into His thoughts and ways! Click To Tweet

Take some time to listen to the full message I taught recently at The Lift and let God STRETCH YOUR HEART:


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