Life Lesson 3 Discover How to become a partaker

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This is this weeks issue of 52 Life Lessons!

Dear Friend,

In this lesson, I introduce the one key factor to becoming a partaker of all that has been provided to you from God.

We all desire to live a full and complete life and to experience all that is available to us. But, there is one thing that stops us in our tracks.

The answer may be closer then you think.

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Welcome To Your Weekly Audio Segment!

This is your first issue of 52 Life Lessons!

In each lesson, I will seek to lay a foundation of truth that will
assist you in some very positive rewarding ways. My desire is for
you to experience God's goodness in your life in real and tangible
ways where you are experiencing a more fruitful and productive life.

In this first lesson, I introduce the idea about how important it is to
get a firm understanding of God's complete love for you and what
that means for your personal life.

Most people avoid painful relationships and only embrace those
relationships that are enjoyable and beneficial. If you have a wrong
or distorted understanding about God loving you unconditionally
you will not embrace His power for your life.

The good news is that God is not somehow trying to escape
connection with your life. He is continually reaching out with a
desire to increase the quality of your life.

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The Gospel – What is it?

 

what-is-the-gospelAs someone who grew up in church I learned as a small boy that the gospel was the first four books in the New Testament. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the four gospels we discover the amazing story of Christ showing up on Earth and being lived out for thirty three years. It is a story of God's immense love for his creation and His willingness to restore that which had been lost.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

This has exciting implications, not only are we restored into relationship with our father God but he adopts us as His very own. In a sentence the Gospel is the revealed knowledge of God about who you are, your identity and what is possible for your life. He restored and connects us to our true purpose as sons and daughters and extends grace (His very self) to live out his presence on the Earth.

Grace is the empowering presence of God that enables us to be all that we are created to be and all that we are created to do!

It is important to point out that it wasn't until the Apostle Paul showed up on the scenes, almost forty years after Jesus' resurrection that the message of the Gospel was completely revealed and understood. The twelve Apostles were still entrenched in a limited understanding about what the true meaning of the Gospel.

The Gospel was something that was for all and not just limited to the Jew alone and certainly not based on the keeping of he law. It was no longer about what you must or must not do, it was about what Jesus has completed. Our salvation  was no longer based on our ability to obey moral laws but a dependence on the free gift of righteousness.

What is the outcome of the Gospel?

Bottom line, what does this mean for us what results can we expect in our own lives if we are reconnected to our true purpose and blueprint?

  1. Gods love sets me free to live a life of significance that is not dependent on outside influences. Like it or not, we have learned to habitually walk according the course of this world. If from a child you learned that love and significance was dependent on relationships, possessions and titles you become in a sense a prisoner. Man's need to be loved is a powerful force that keeps us dependent and needy.  We are now discovering that we are fully and unconditionally loved by God Himself that has nothing to do with  behavior.
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  2. We are no longer wandering throughout our lives looking for someone to fill our empty cup. Instead, because we understand that we half-empty-half-fullare completely loved our cup is not just full, it is running over full. We are now free to live life not out of emptiness but out of God's unrestricted fullness!
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  3. I am now a complete person who functions from an entirely different perspective. I am able to live from the inside out versus outside in where most of the world lives. I live a life that is able to love others more unconditionally without strings attached.
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  4. I become more intentional about my larger purpose and can now draw strength from an awareness that God is in me both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
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  5. I can now trust more fully on the inspiration and directions I choose in life come from God.
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  6.  My identity and who I thought I was has now completely changed. The old fears of the past have dropped off from my life and I am now tapping into the gifts and callings of God for my life. I have learned that I am not an orphan dropped off at the corner of unwanted and unloved. I have a keen sense of fulfillment and purpose and as a result live a life of positive influence in the lives of others around me.

It is God's desire that we each come into the full knowledge what the Gospel  is all about. Our personal definitions about our own lives determine the level of success and failure we will experience in our lives. But it all starts with realizing the unmovable and threatened union we now have in Him. We are God's dream come true, now discover it!

Jesus is God's grace embrace of the entire human race.

 

 

 

Christian Living | Success and Failure | Moving past old patterns

Christian Living! 

What does it mean to live a Grace Empowered Life?

 

Lets talk about success and failure in America. We strive for it around the world, there is an innate in each and everyone of us to move forward where it concerns our lives. For each of us this is different. For some of us it is relationships, our connections to those around us. To others, it may be health and vitality while others it may be financial. To some it may be a life with less conflict or being more productive.

In America we have a deluge of information on the topic of how we succeed, what it means to succeed and move forward. Here is the weird thing we see some people where ti seems they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, they have the right connections and they end up in failure. Newspapers showcase these failings, for example John Belushi and in recent years Michael Jackson. We read their stories of ending up on drugs or committing suicide. Self destructive patterns of behavior that destroyed their lives.

Yet, on the other side of the equation we have people like Nick Vujicic who was born with no legs and no arms yet he has learned how to make a difference in his world. He speaks to audiences around the world sharing a message of hope. The interesting question we have to ask ourselves is why do some who look like success should be easy for them because of being raised in a more positive environment yet we find those who came out of very difficult backgrounds soar to the top of their game?

So what is it that makes the difference between success and failure, victory and defeat? We know that everyone has an innate desire to move forward in our lives but what is the reason so many fail in the midst of having access to so many tools, resources and materials to help us along in our life's journey. The real question here is how can we turn the negative patterns that we deal with on a continual basis in our own heart and mind into more productive ones so that we can get what it is we want?

Stop and ask yourself, what is it that I want, what is important to me, what do I value and what is it I am striving for? It might be a relationship, less conflict in that relationship, your children. It could be related to your business life, your financial life, your health and vitality. Ask yourself and define that one thing that is near and dear to you that you are striving for. By becoming more clear and focused about those things is one of the first steps we can take in moving forward. 

Behavior Modification

We realize in our world that ultimately people who are not responsible with their lives suffer the consequences of their behavior. An extreme example would be a thief, a murder or they get into addictions end up in prison or some type of program where we try to change  or reinsert new  patterns in their behavior. The unfortunate thing is that most of it is negatively driven through punishment. Society shakes the  finger of shame and guilt at individuals like this. As for myself, I grew up in church and this was always an issue. We shake and point our fingers at those who are struggling and tell them, this is not how you do it, this is not what a "Good Christian" looks like. We are shamed and scolded that "this is not how it is suppose to be and you need to quit that and change!"

Law and Grace

What I learned growing up that it was all about the law! As you read through the Bible it is interesting because in the Old Testament it really was about the law. The law was very hard and harsh, no one could ever live up to it or master it. The law gave you a list of rules and regulations that you were to live up to. You were told to do this or do that in order to be blessed. The sad thing was that if you failed in any part of the law you were guilty of all! The law was so harsh that it told parents of rebellious children that they were to be stoned!  The sad thing is that that was the way they understood God at that time. It's interesting to note that when the God delivered them from Egypt and set them free through the leadership of Moses that they were brought out of slavery into freedom, not from slavery to more slavery! As you study the story of Israel, it was they themselves that cried out to be told what to do. Freedom can be a scary thing when you have lived as a slave for 400 years. We read in Exodus that they answered Moses "whatever you say we will do" and in doing so, stepped out of a previous covenant God had with Abraham into what we now know as the Mosaic covenant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Living

Lesson 5 – How to live an authentic life that produces life

Lesson 5 - How to live an authentic life that produces life

Living is sync with our purpose and passions results in a more fruitful and productive life. We enjoy a greater sense of satisfaction, pleasure and fulfillment as opposed to living a mundane unfulfilled life. The kind of life that leads to many of the social ills and difficulties that people are facing today. My hope and desire for your life is that you will move past all of the handicaps, difficulties and issues that have stopped you in the past. Instead, I want you to discover, embrace and reaffirm God's first intention for your life.

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