How to redirect your path for a successful future

Psalm 119:105 New International Version (NIV)

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

Where do you get direction for your life?

Application:

  • The role of a lamp is to provide light in the darkness.
  • Light illuminates your mind to process direction easier.
  • Watch where you step or choose to guess where you step. (Be careful what you will find under your feet)

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]

How is your path made straight?

  • Evaluate who or what you are trusting in.
  • Where you seek your knowledge determines your understanding.
  • As your heart pumps blood throughout your body so should your heart pump the trust of the Lord throughout your life.
  • He holds the keys to your life use them and not yours.

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

How do you know you are displaying the fruits of the spirt?

  • Keys that God has given us will dramatically open up locked doors in your life.
  • Barriers are built when there is and absents of the fruits of the spirit.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

What does God’s plan entail for us?

  • God’s promises demand prosperity, safety, hope and a clear future.
  • God creates a fence around you. (Psalms 91)
  • God provides provision for His vision for you.

John 14:1-3

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

What does Jesus promise that gives us comfort?

  • The secret to success is to don’t be afraid to cash the check. Jesus promised beyond this world there is so much more in store for you.
  • What you believe is displayed in your thoughts and eventually to comes to pass in your actions.
  • Don’t put limits on God; if He spoke it, He has confirmed it and He will deliver it.

Pray and Sing through Adversity

Take a Stand (Read Acts 16: 1-21

  1. What action did Paul take which throw him in jail?
  2. Why did that make Paul upset when the fortune teller would say, “These are the servants of the most high, listen to them to be saved”?

Application:

  • Be careful of receiving praise and agreement from other men.
  • Learn to test the spirit with those who want to be with you and your family.
  • Always ask the question, “does their life match up to what they say?”
  • Be bold enough to disconnect relationships that are toxic.

Answers

  1. By casting out the demons they cut the money supply from the masters of the fortune teller.
  2. Her life style didn’t match up and they knew satan was trying to make the connection and devalue the salvation through Jesus

 

 

 

Steps to Leading Ministry : Larry Acosta

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In Leadership you must Clarify what matters most

  • Personal faith
  • Spiritual vitality
  • Must stay spiritually healthy and whole
  • Be careful not to stay busy and forget the intimacy you need with God.
  • Character starts with connection with Jesus.
  • Have healthy relationships
  • In marriage practice (date nights, devotional, prayer time and reflection.
  • Safeguard your children to ensure they are having a healthy relationship with you. (Ask questions and learn to listen)
  • Take care of your personal health and body.Inventory perspective
  • Sort them out in order to help you prioritize what is important to handle
  • Meditate on the good things that are occurring in your life.
  • Look at your problems as opportunities to work on.
  • Find activities that provide release in order to take time to gain perspective.

Audit Your Character

  • Check your finances and assess the debt. (Do you have a plan)
  • How are you handling power? (Are you distributing it or do you control it?
  • How is your pride? “Remember submission is better than ammunition?”
  • Are you having issues with sexual misconduct? (You are only as sick as your secrets.)
  • Ministry won’t develop until you begin to bring to God and seek help in these areas.
  • How are you handling unhealthy family relationships?

Be Real with Your Drivers

  • Negative drivers are emotions in response to pain that has been inflected on us.
  • They create a pattern for how we are coping with other situations.
  • For example: People driven by performance could have resulted by having a father that always put them down.  Their goal is to seek ways to fulfill that need and possibly reach affirmation from their father.
  • Don’t focus on the fire alarm, find out what is causing the fire.
  • Refocus- Learn what and who re fuels you:
  • Who are your life giving friends you can go back to for support.
  • What are life giving activities that you can schedule in 2 to 3 times a month.

 

All You Need Is An Audience of One

  1. Don’t doubt Yourself (Scene 0-1:40)

What were some ways Lightning Mcqueen doubted? Why do you think that was the case?

What are some things that you are doubting?

  • Understand that you cannot second guess God and when this occurs life gets harder.

Ephesians 3:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

  • You can’t out plan God or “out”request Him for your needs.  He is faithful and will provide more than you can ever ask.
  • You can’t out imagine God, the battle begins in your mind.  Your mind is your own worse enemy if you let.  Place thoughts of hope and victory in order to rest on God’s promises.

James 1:5-8

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.   7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 
8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
  • God presents a plan and that is to ask without doubting.  He provides promises to give generously but we must not doubt.  He wants us to pray and ask for wisdom and trust He will have the solution for us to walk into any situation with confidence.
  • When we allow are thoughts to diverge from God’s promise and doubt, our minds becomes unstable and is like a wave blown back and forth.   It’s like running a race realizing you are going to lose, so why run it!

2. Don’t doubt your ability

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  • God has given you special gifts that belong to Him through His son Christ Jesus.
  • Your abilities are for good and not evil with a purpose of serving others.
  • You are loved so much that He prepared these gifts far in advance.  Learn not to doubt what He has given you.

What difference did you notice when Lightning Mcqueen stopped doubting?

3. Living with and Audience of One Attitude

Psalms 118:6-7

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me” (v. 6–7).

  • As an umbrella is used to protect us from the rain, so it is with God’s protection for us in this world of chaos.  He promises to be by our side so we don’t have to feel lonely.  When difficulty a rise that we can’t handle He promises to be our helper.
  • Avoid the haters like a horse with blinders running a race.  Focus straight a head and don’t look to the sides.  James posed the question, what can man to do us?  Nothing, so we don’t have to fear.  Our jobs and performances are all done for an audience of one.  When the smoke clears we will look back in triumph on our haters.

4. Our last chance will give someone their first chance (scene 1:40-3:50)

What sacrifice did Lightning Mcqueen make when entering the pit for Cruise?

What do you think that means, “my last chance might be your first chance?”

When was a time you saw this type of sacrifice modeled?

You are valued

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

  • God’s self sacrifice of giving up His only son was our first chance for eternal life if we believe.  Note that God gave up what He most valued in exchange for what He values.  That must mean we are valuable.  Much doubt comes from lack of validation and who better to validate you but God.

Learn to be a giver

Philippians 2:6-8

Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

  • Power of humility was displayed for us in order that we might have eternal life.  Jesus being equal to God humbled himself by becoming human, obedient and giving his life for us.  True humility is when you can give without reward or gaining something back.
  • Jesus giving became our gain.  When you translate that giving power to others you breath life into them as well as yourself.

How do you think Cruise felt when they were placing the tires on her?

When was there a time when you gave sacrificially?  How did it make you fell?

5. Don’t allow the moment to be bigger than the purpose (Scene 3:51-5:50)

How did Cruise react when she entered the race? Why?

In what way have you experience this when the moment became bigger the purpose?

How did the crew help ease her experience as she competed in the race?

What are some similar ways we can help others through difficulty times?

Use your words to build others, don’t throw stones

Proverbs 11:9

Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.”

  • Select words carefully when speaking to others.  Learn to build up people with your words.  Be an encourager to others.  There is a saying in order to have a friend you must learn to be a friend.

Proverbs 11:12

“It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.

  • There is an old saying, “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.”  Many times what a friend truly wants is someone to listen to them.  In conversation allow others to process what they are going through.  Learn to help them work it out from with in.  How does it help when you put someone down anyway?  All that occurs is you build animosity.
  • On the power of words I found a poem on stones.

Our words are stones. We are nothing but stone throwers with each word we speak.

If our words contain beauty people treasure them.

If our words contain pain people toss them aside, but not until after they have had to deal with the wound they caused.

Like the stones in these pictures are hand selected by buyers, we get to choose our words. Which ones will you choose?

Don’t Allow the words of others to get into your head

How did the leading car try to get into cruise’s head?

How did McQueen help her through the process?

When has there been a time someone has gotten into your head?  How did you handle it?

  • When others try to get into your head it’s because you got into their head.
  • Use the anger of others to your favor and always remain calm in all situation.
  • If people are talking about you, it must mean you are important to them

1 John 4:20  Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

Galatians 6:3  If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.

 

The Power of the Tongue (The Dog vs. The Eagle)

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Read the scripture below to understand how James presents the power of the tongue.  At times we take for granted what we say but I want you to take the time and exam what you say on a daily basis in order to impact others as well yourself.

James 3:2-10 New International Version (NIV)

We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Though this video might seem childish it brings home a strong point about controlling the tongue… Check it out!

The Dog vs. The Eagle

  1.  The Dog Level:
  • Dogs tend to chase their tales, moving in a circular motion.
  • Sniff after their own crap or another dogs crap.
  • Dig holes

Application:

  • Don’t allow your speech or conversation to move in circles.  For example if you were to talk to the same people, do you bring up the same problems, struggles and issues? If that is the case you would have a dog mentality and people will get tired quickly.
  • Listen for positive things that can build you up and not for dirt (small phrases you can use against others.
  • Don’t go deeper than what is really there.
  • Take people at their word but read their body language.

2. The Eagle Level

  • Eagles are terrestrial predators and rarely are found near water and generally don’t feed on fish.
  • Eagles stomaches are quite small, about the size of a walnut.
  • They can eat 1/3 of their body weight.
  • Eagles digest bones and use the nutrients by strong acids dissolving them.
  • Eagles can catch pray that is to heavy to lift out of the water.
  • Swimming short distances, dragging prey with their talons Eagles can pull prey out of the water.

Application:

  • Speech should be concise and shared in small bites for others to process.
  • Stay focused on the purpose of the conversation.
  • Keep your speech on land and don’t allow it get lost.
  • Focus on the parts of the conversation that provide the most nutrients.
  • Learn to discard parts of the conversation that are not worth arguing or meditating on.
  • Hold on to things that are valuable.
  • Use all your strength to hold on to people that encourage and lift you up. (Nurture those relationships)

 

 

 

Put God First and Watch Success Follow

1.  Put God First in Everything You Do

  • Allow others to speak into your life.
  • Under God you will be protected, directed and corrected.

2. Fail Big

  • Take a chance and don’t be afraid.
  • Think outside the box, for example observe in the video the 9 dot test and reflex how that relates to your own thinking.
  • Dreams without goals are just dreams which fuel disappointment.
  • Set goals at different levels: life goals, yearly goals and daily goals.
  • Plan each day in hour increments, you will be surprised how much you will accomplish.
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  • We don’t plan to fail we fail to plan.
  • Hard work, WORKS!
  • Doing a lot doesn’t mean your getting a lot done.
  • Don’t confuse movement with progress (you could be on the stationary bike of life going nowhere).

3. You will never find a U-Haul truck behind a hearse.

  • You can’t take your wealth with you.
  • It’s not how much you have, but how much you do with with it.
  • The most selfish thing you can do is help someone else out. (Think about how it benefits you because you feel good inside and it changes you far beyond being rich)

4. Put your slippers way underneath your bed tonight so when you wake up in the morning you will have to get on your knees to reach them. (Pray)

  • Thank Him for grace, mercy and kindness.
  • Thanking Him means you have accepted what is already yours.
  • True desires from the heart that is good is God’s proof it was sent before hand that already indicated it was yours.
  • Remember to look back to pull someone up.
  • Each one teach one.
  • Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a life (difference).

5. It’s o.k. to have concern but don’t be anxious for your future.

Matthew 6:31-33   Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

What does this scripture mean to you?

Application: Seek after the Lord first and HIs kingdom because your needs are evident and He knows each one.  The command is not to be anxious because when you are anxious or worry it controls you.  Concern is different because during the process of concerns you can formulate a plan.  You can plan for your future but you can not control your future.  This is where we have to trust in God and lay it in His hands.  Let Him carry your burdens.

Proverbs 6:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

According to this scripture how will your plans succeed?

Application: Again the first step is to place your work (dreams, desires and future) in His hands.  Pray and ask Him, “Lord you know my heart and desires and I place all my efforts in your Hands because I believe you will establish my plans according to your promise.”

Matthew 6:19-22  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Why is the condition of your heart so important?

Application: It is your choice where you lay up your travels.  Just like any savings program you want to examine what your biggest return will be.  Compare and contrast the chart below and you make the choice.  Which style of living gives you the biggest return?

Heart struggle

 

 

To Grow Like a Palm Tree

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Psalms 92:12

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

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What makes a palm tree so special to withstand a hurricane is its ability to bend and not break during high winds. The greater the stress the palm tree undergoes the stronger the roots become. I have thought, is there a special covering that protects us from pain and hurts when we serve God? According to His Word, “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:45 NKJV Since the inception of sin, this world has been thrown into a world wind that God did not intend for us. He sent His son to give us the grace and God provided the Holy Spirit in our lives to give us strength to endure and face the challenges of life. “And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” –John 20:21-23 It’s important to understand the power God has given is to those who believe and have a relationship with Christ. When the world encounters trouble they melt and wither as heat to plastic. But for us believers the winds may blow while just causing us to bend. In time we bend right back and reposition for the next challenge. As the winds of life blow stronger and we undergo trials, God uses the situation to allow the roots of our lives to become stronger.

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  1.  What challenges have you faced that were bending you to the point you thought you were going to break?
  2. What does it mean to flourish like a palm tree?
  3. What is one success story that you have experienced that just like a palm tree you stood straight again after the winds of life blew you down?

Overcoming Discouragement Part 1

Overcome Discouragement Part 1

Wrong expectations will lead to hard ach.  Ask yourself what do I expect in relationships, marriage, in defining success?  Here is a study I adopted from Jim Evans https://www.marriagetoday.com/tvin

You need a Godward Mindset: 

Focus toward God as David did.  Did you realize out of 150 Psalms David wrote 73 which he shared his difficult times.  In Psalms 16:8 He chose to see God through the situation rather than his circumstance.

Psalm 16:8-11New International Version (NIV)

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.     With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;     my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,     nor will you let your faithful[a] one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life;     you will fill me with joy in your presence,     with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

According to verse 8 where was God?

According to verse 10 how can you tell how secure David was in the Lord?

Two key points you can note is that God is at David’s right hand.  This means that he wasn’t walking alone.  One great discouragement we can overcome is to realize we are not alone but God walks with us.  We can also be secure in knowing that God will never abandon us regardless of what we go through.  The devil wants us to have a godless mindset, the mountain is too be big, obstacles are too high, I will never be loved etc.  But God wants us to remember He is there always.   Notice how David handles the situation with Goliath:

1 Samuel 17 New International Version (NIV)

41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.

David knew the secret to battle his enemies and circumstances.   Read verse 45, how did he handle it?  David did not battle under his own strength but he came in the name of the Lord.  How are you battling your situation?  Take a pause to truly reflect on that question.  Seeing God in your circumstances “transforms your state of mind.”  If you forget God the game is over.  Let’s look at the transformational process.

Psalm 59:1-4New International Version (NIV)

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;     be my fortress against those who are attacking me. Deliver me from evildoers     and save me from those who are after my blood.

See how they lie in wait for me!     Fierce men conspire against me     for no offense or sin of mine, Lord. I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.     Arise to help me; look on my plight!

Several ways David was comforted and you can be too!

  1. You will receive instant encouragement. You will be comforted by reminding yourself God walks through the situation with you. Hopelessness arises when you reach out to find there is no one there to comfort you.
  2. It will starve fear and feed your faith. Thinking about the problem overwhelms you and it starves your faith, but when you know God is in control you will receive comfort.
  3. It will change the way you talk. Have you ever been around people who speak doom and despair? The devil operates in removing a Godward mind by planting negative thoughts. I am not saying to ignore the pain you are going through but please remind yourself that you will have the victory at the end.

Psalm 118:24New King James Version (NKJV)

24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

You get to decide how your day turns out!  Is it gloom, and despair or do you believe God has given you another day to be a gift to someone else?  Have you ever regretted asking someone, “How are you doing?”, just to know what will follow afterwards in the conversation.  People will either do two things in a conversation, bring you dread or make you fed. We want to encounter people who will build you up.  You have the ability to encourage others and speak life.  David inspired his men by speaking life to the situation.  He could have given up but chose to trust the Lord and became king.   Are we the devils microphone or God’s microphone?  What you say is nuclear and has adverse effects to you and others around you.  You get a chance to choose how the microphone is used today.  When you praise God darkness has to flee.  Your thought is powerful and when you keep a Godward mindset, discouragement is very difficult to enter into your mind.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4, KJV