Sermons on Discipleship
Running with purpose requires having a plan and a road map to follow rather than just wandering aimlessly. God’s Word gives us that road map that not only provides clarity for direction but also strength for the journey itself.
You cannot run far or fast unless you train well. Training is the key to success but more specifically, core training is the key to sustained success. Our spiritual core needs to consist of a six-pack of prayer muscles displaying Jesus as the center and sole priority of our life. In fact, prayer should be the heartbeat of every Christian.
Life is a race we are all running, the question is whether or not it is towards Jesus or away from Jesus. Paul instructs us to run the race in such a way as to win the race, not just run to run. The only way we know if we are winning is if we are actually running towards Him. Running to win means running to Him.
Being able to talk to God is one thing, but having the expectation that He will answer you is quite another. We are instructed by Jesus to ask big things from Him with the understanding and expectation that He is more than capable of delivering. So let’s pray big and see what God does.
Many times we get stuck in how we approach God and ask Him for the desires of our heart. Philippians 4 outlines for us the “code” for asking God, requesting from God, and petitioning before God. Break the code, leverage prayer, and bring your requests to God.
When we forget what God has done, we will doubt what God will do. So the goal becomes to create a collection of God-Memories to give clarity and definition to our relationship. But…some of us have FORGOTTEN what God has done for us. Let’s be intentional about Re-Collecting those memories of big moments in our life where God has made a difference.
Hitting the Reset button on one’s spiritual life requires an act of faith on our part. God has a plan to “bring us back” but we do have to take a step also. This step is accomplished by personal fasting and prayer with the challenge to do it for 21 days. Prayer can be awkward, so the easiest manner of diving into a convesation with God is to simply say “Thank You.”
Psalm 23:4 Even in the dark and lonely times, God always has our back. His presence and protection are always there.
Psalm 23:2-3. What to do when life gives you a gut punch and you get knocked down. Are we done? Or Does God step in?
Psalm 23:1. What it means to have the Lord as your Shepherd.