🙌🏼Living to make Jesus famous 📖1 Corinthians 11:1 ▫️Encourage ▫️Inspire ▫️Teach 👫Husband to @analisa barker
🙌🏼Living to make Jesus famous 📖1 Corinthians 11:1 ▫️Encourage ▫️Inspire ▫️Teach 👫Husband to @analisa barker
| SINGLES • Be patient and wait... you’ll be glad you did. I thought I was ready for marriage when I was 20, but sadly I was very wrong. • God wasn’t withholding a spouse from me, He was being merciful to give me time to get prepared. • Be patient... let Him work on you before He brings someone else into the equation.
| YOU ARE IMPORTANT • Just like Mr. Potato Head has many different parts... so does the body of Christ. • Every part is significant... the body needs you!
| DECLARE IT TODAY • There is power on your words... I hear way too many people say “I don’t know God’s voice”. • Don’t say this... it’s not what God says about you!
| NEW CREATION • You were once like a caterpillar... but calling upon the name of Jesus, you were transformed. • Now, like a butterfly you can fly ABOVE the problems of life as an overcomer.
| SINGLE ADVICE • To all my singles out there... make sure you find someone who will love Jesus more than you (like I did ). • Just trust me... you can thank me later.
| SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT • DAILY DECLARATION: There is power when you agree with God’s word. • Take a moment to declare this over yourself today and then comment “I did my daily declaration!”
| JUST BECAUSE • See something cool... get a picture by it... right?
| DAILY DECLARATIONS • There is power when you agree with God’s word. • Take a moment to declare this over yourself today and then comment “I did my daily declaration!”
| TRANSFORMED • I love seeing God get ahold of people. • In the 3 shorts weeks this young man got saved, baptized, and baptized with the Holy Spirit. • God’s business is the people business.
| DOMINION • You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet -PSALM 8:6 • You’ve been given dominion over the work of God’s hands. Don’t beg God to move on your behalf... take time to find out what His will is... then you enforce it. • Dominion (defined ) - power to govern, control, and rule over. • The Earth has been given to you (Psalm 115:16 ). Start acting like the king that God has made you.
| FORGIVENESS IS AVAILABLE • It’s simple... confess it and God forgives it. • God is ready and willing to forgive. He holds nothing against you. In fact the Bible tells us “He remembers your sins no more”. • Think about that! God doesn’t even remember your sins... He doesn’t just forgive, He forgets it. That means He can never bring it up again because He can’t remember it!
| ATHEIST TO SAVED IN 5 MINUTES • I met this gentleman downtown. After hearing he was an atheist, I asked him a straightforward question. • “Why are you mad at God man?” • He answered, “because I’ve had too many bad things happen in my life”. As soon as he answered I knew I had him! • I said “how can you be mad at someone who doesn’t exist?” I’m convinced most people who claim to be atheists are actually mad at God because they believe He let them down. I went on to find out he was raised in church. • Satan goes around ‘stealing, killing, and destroying’ and then he blames God and says you can’t trust Him... all while he is the one doing it in the first place. Satan beats people over the head and Satan says God did it so know one wants anything to do with God. • It’s simple... God is good... I led him in a salvation prayer and prayed for him by the end of our conversation.
| YOU’RE NOT A BEGGAR! • God wants you to come BOLDLY to Him with CONFIDENCE.
| YOU ARE LOVED • This is simple... yet profound. • God loves you. He counts the hairs on your head. He is intimately interested in our daily life and cares for you more than you care for yourself. • Take a moment... take a deep breath... and say “I am loved”. • God’s not mad at you at all... rather He is deeply in love with you. Why else would He let His son take a beating for you? • He couldn’t stand the thought of eternity without you!
| LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME - Jesus • God delights in hearing His children sing to Him. I had the privilege of leading these kids into the throne of grace. • Just imagine the big smile on His face as we remind Him “You are good!”
| TIME FLIES • How has it been almost a year and a half since we got married?! • Make sure you are stepping out and moving towards your goals... tomorrow comes quickly. • What goals have you been delaying that you need to get started on?
| YOU ARE BLESSED • When you call upon the name of Jesus... God GAVE you ALL blessings. • In God’s eyes you are ALREADY blessed... with everything. To ask God to bless you is like asking Him to make you a human being. • “God, would you make me a human being?”.... no, He already has! In the same way we do not need to continue to say “God, please bless me”.... No, you ARE ALREADY blessed.- • Just acknowledge who you are so you don’t keep asking for something you have!
| SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA USE YOUR SPOUSES MUG • Don’t mind the hair 😑
| RIGHTEOUS • When you call upon the name of Jesus, God makes you righteous. Jesus became sin for you so you could be right in God’s eyes. • You are no longer a “sinner saved by grace”... you WERE a sinner, but you’ve been saved by grace. You’ve been made righteous. • In God’s eyes you are just as righteous as Jesus... and this means you can come BOLDLY to Him expecting His help in any time of need. • Remind yourself today... remind the devil today... say it out loud “I am righteous... God sees me as though I’ve never sinned!”
| GO PACK GO • The NFL season is upon us... who are you cheering for this year?!
| GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE • This is how I feel when I get to preach and teach. I love what I do! • There is nothing like being in the plan of God for your life. • If you aren’t doing something you are passionate about... if what you do doesn’t excite you... take a moment and evaluate if you are in the right place. • Yes... there are seasons where we need to grow where we are at... but God wants to take you to a place where you are excited about what you do and you can say “THIS IS WHAT I WAS MADE FOR!”
| KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS • In Matthew 14:24, the disciples where out in a storm. Jesus came to them and called Peter out on the water. • Peter started walking on the water but then in verse 30 he started looking at the wind and waves... and what happened? • HE STARTED SINKING • He started out with his eyes on Jesus, but when he looked at the problem he started to sink. Here’s the thing: the storm was ALREADY there when he got out... satan will continue to pressure you to look at the problems rather than THE WORD! • Did God want Peter to sink? NO! When we get our eyes off God’s promise, His Word, Jesus... we may experience something that isn’t Gods will... like sinking. • KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE WORD, not the storm.
| John 15:12 • My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. • Husbands and wives... • Learn to forgive and apologize quickly... satan uses strife to attempt to get in our homes. There is always more behind the fights so be willing to swallow your pride and fix it ASAP. • This week Analisa wasn’t happy with me because I didn’t take the trash out... I was already on my way to work and wanted to get upset and was going to avoid talking to her all day (yes... I deal with this stuff too ). • Well, rather than leave the door open for satan I chose to love her and called to apologize. And just like that... fight over. • YOUR FIGHT IS NOT WITH YOUR SPOUSE... satan hates marriage... he is behind it.
| YOU ENFORCE WHAT JESUS PAID FOR!
| WORDS CAN CREATE • The universe was created by words • Just think on that thought. Everything you can see, touch, taste, feel, and smell was created by words. God’s word is literally the substance that everything is made out of. At the core of everything is a word. • What’s amazing is we have been given God’s word and then the ability to speak it or not. Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us that God has set before us LIFE and DEATH, and then says we get to choose. Notice… He doesn’t choose for you… He gives you the choice. You choose life by choosing His words (Jesus said His words are life in John 6:63 ). • You can choose to speak God’s word in your life and the same creative power that made everything in this universe goes to work. Just think about that… the Bible says “God watches over His word to perform it”. When you speak what He has said, the same power that created the universe goes forth to create in your life. • When you speak out “He meets all my needs”, “He gives me all the desires of my heart”, “I’m healed by Jesus’ stripes”, or any other word God has given to you… power then flows out in those words and begins to create what was said. • If you will line up your words with God’s words… I promise you that your life will change. • What do you need to change in your life?
| Preaching so hard I needed two microphones... • Just kidding... I was doing mic check...
| SAVED • Analisa and I were at the park playing basketball and these two awesome guys were there with us. After shooting around with them for a bit, I asked them what they wanted to do when they grew up... I think they both wanted to be in the NBA. • I told them I got to serve God for a living. I told them if they gave their lives to Him, He would take care of them their entire lives... like He has for me. • After reading scripture we invited them to pray with us. They both prayed out loud and asked Jesus to come into their lives. At 10 & 11 years old, I believe both these boys got saved. • It really is simple... be kind to people... love them... and invite them into relationship with your amazing Savior.
| FAITHFUL WITH LITTLE... FAITHFUL WITH MUCH • Have you ever been dissatisfied where you are? Are there times you wish you had more... More influence... More money... More relationships... More opportunities? The list could go on and on. • I would like you to ask yourself this question... “am I faithful?” Before God can take you to the next level like you desire, you first have to pass the tests where you are. God wants to see if He can trust you. He knows if you will take good care of a small assignment, then He can trust you with a big assignment. • Maybe you are wanting your own business, your own home, your own church, etc. Luke 16:12 tells you to first take care of other people’s things. Begin to treat things like you own them. If you work for someone, treat that workplace like you would want it if was yours. • God WANTS you to have more... He WANTS to take you to the next level. He first has to see if He can trust you. • However small your life feels right now... if you’ll stay faithful, treat it with value, and be thankful, then God will see to it that He gives you more. • Be faithful with your current assignment... serve with passion... and before you know it GOD WILL PROMOTE YOU!
| GOD HAS YOU ON HIS MIND
| NEW CREATION • Yes this is a real butterfly! A butterfly is a beautiful picture of what we become when we call upon the name of Jesus. • Everything is made new and spiritually we look nothing like we did before. We are made righteous and look just like Jesus to our Heavenly Father. • Thank God we are new creations... perfected... clean... washed... spotless...
| DON’T LET OPPOSITION STOP YOU! • Often when a door of opportunity opens to us… it means opposition. • When Israel was getting ready to move into the Promised Land… what was standing in the way? GIANTS! There were giants occupying the promise that God had given to the Israelites. Many times, when new opportunities or doors open to us, adversaries are there to try to keep us out. • Giants try TO KEEP YOU OUT of what belongs to you! • God has many amazing promises for you! But your enemy, satan, will try to put obstacles in your way. Today, giants often look like fear, worry, anxiety, insecurities, etc. • Friends… God has amazing doors for you to walk through... and on the other side is abundance, peace, joy, happiness, health, and victory. Satan can only keep you out if you give up. • Declare this today, “GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD”
| THE BIBLE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE • Comment below with your favorite scripture!
| IT’S TIME TO TAKE TERRITORY • In 2 Kings 4 a widow was told to gather vessels… please notice she was not told how many vessels to gather. If you read the story, you find out that as soon as all the vessels she gathered were full, the oil stop flowing. So here is the question you NEED to answer: ⬇️ Who decided how much oil she was going to have… God or the widow? • In 2 Kings 4:1, we find out that this widow was in debt. This widow could have gathered just enough vessels to get out of debt and then said “that’s good, this will get us out of debt”. OR… she could have gathered every empty vessel in the country and become a MULTI-BILLIONAIRE (please remember oil was valuable ). • THE CHOICE WAS HERS! God gave her the idea... “gather vessels—not just a few”, but God did not set a limit on her, she set the limit. She could have gathered 1 vessel or she could have gathered 1,000 vessels. • GOD TELLS YOU THE DIRECTION… BUT DOESN’T SET A LIMIT ON HOW FAR YOU CAN GO! • Many people today think God is control of what you have. God gives you ideas and partners with how far you want to go. • FRIENDS! Gather more vessels… it’s time to do more! Take more territory for God’s Kingdom.