Showing posts from June, 2020

Chosen: The Calling

I was listening to Pastor Steven Furtick back in February and he was preaching about our calling as Christians. Have you ever wondered what your calling is? Truthfully I never really thought that hard about it and he confirmed why. He said in his sermon that our calling is right where our feet are planted and until we stop looking for something more than where we are and what we are doing, we won't be taken further than right where we are at. I believe him. I mean since I came into this discipleship ministry at Set Free none of that really mattered to me. I wanted nothing to do with overseeing when I first came into the ministry and just wanted to rest at the feet of Jesus. But He had more in store for me and I was called to be an overseer 2 weeks after coming into the ministry in Lake Elsinore. Being called into leadership at any level is a priviledge and honor. It also comes with a big responsibility, tending to my Shepherds sheep. I felt so unqualified to lead anyone, especially

Chosen: Blessed, Favored, Loved

I got a new tattoo a few days ago that says "R.8. Blessed. Favored. Loved." Do you know what these 3 things mean? I do and I want to do a little boasting in the Lord and share His glory in my life with you for a minute. Blessed is defined as "a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness; the invoking of God's favor upon a person; made holy; consecrated; endowed, with divine favor and protection; those who live with God in heaven." When you say you've been blessed, you feel lucky to have something: health, love, fame, fortune, talent, etc. Jesus, in fact, said the opposite of what many Christians profess. I suspect those who sat at His feet when he preached His "Sermon on the Mount" didn't expect Him to define the blessed as "those who mourn, those who are persecuted and those who are poor in spirit." But Christ knew what so many of us often forget. We aren't blessed by what we have, but what we lack; we aren't b

Let's Get Honest

Psalm 143:10 "Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground" (NIV). I read this track back in March, about prayer and it sparked this fire inside of me. The main point was to show the importance of honest and abandoned prayer. Jesus was about to be arrested and crucified so He went to the garden and prayed this prayer, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done" (Luke 22:42 NKJV). This was the most honest prayer-"take this cup away from Me;" and on the flip side of the honesty was the most purest abandon- "not My will, but Yours be done." I learned something so valuable in this simple but powerful prayer and that is about being in His perfect will. I found that when I pray His will, whatever the outcome I can accept with ease. Early on in my walk a friend showed me this "statement of faith" and "dieing to self;" both powerfu