3 Keys to Keep Your Heart Alive… part 1

Have you ever fasted?  Day one you are hungry. Day 2 you have headaches and are getting really hungry. Day 3 you would eat anything.  Day 4 hunger is way less.  Day 5-7 energy is low but you are not hungry.  Day 8-whatever… I have no idea what that feels like.  Could you imagine fasting 6 days a week and only eating one meal on the 7th every week?  Sounds terrible and a recipe for death.  

Many Christians eat only one spiritual meal a week and fast the rest of week. Then their pastor does a couple evangelistic series, and they complain about not being fed.  Then many get stuck in a form of religion (going through motions without any transformation happening in them) or just walk away thinking it didn’t work.

All of us have experienced some part of the above!  I know with 4 kids, 2 jobs, and preparing to plant a church, there is so much that pulls on me that will not keep my heart alive.  So how do you keep your heart alive?

3 Keys to Keep Your Heart Alive

  1. Prayer
  2. Worship
  3. Word

Today I am going to write about prayer.  There are many forms of prayer that are valuable. Talking to God and talking with God are very different. Both are valuable but waiting for God to speak is the single most important way to keep your heart alive.  This is my opinion… Jesus gave us the Lord’s prayer, but I do not think he gave it to us so we could pray it word for word but to teach us how to pray.

Mark 6:9 Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.

Start by focusing on who God is and telling Him how he alone is worthy of worship and praise.  Relate to Him as a good Father who loves you as a son. Sons are sons by birth not worth.  Some of you need to read that again. Sons are sons by birth not worth. Approach Him boldly as a dad who deeply loves you and has great plans for you.


10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.

Pray that Dad’s will would be done and that you would lay your will before His.  Ask Him to open your eyes to see a bigger picture than the one you see on your own.  Pray the Kingdom of Heaven would be in your home, your church, your work, your world.  This is about aligning your values and vision based on what Dad sees and not just what you see.


11 Give us today the food we need,

Remember who is your provider!  You can plant seed but cant make it rain. All the farmers know something about that this year. You can’t make things grow.  You can apply wisdom, great strategy, and great stewardship but if you add Dad’s blessing to that the results can equal whatever God wants.  We do not worry about tomorrow because God is faithful and His principles true. 

12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

Now confess to your great Dad your failure, your sin, and your shame. He will remove it as far as the east is from the west. 


13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Remember you have a real enemy.  It is not a boss, a spouse, or a person, but an enemy that wants to steal, kill, and destroy you.  Ask Dad to give you His grace to overcome.  On your own you do not stand a chance to the enemy, but when God surrounds you, we walk in victory and freedom.

So today, pray! Keep your heart alive! Don’t eat one meal a week!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

Use Your Superpowers!

I remember being called a nerd in middle school for being into comic books. Oh how the world has changed! Comic book superheros now dominate our culture, ruling the big screen and the little screens. Avengers: Infinity War made over $2 BILLION, and it’s joined in the top 10 grossing movies of all-time by the other two Avenger films and Black Panther (who, FYI, is one of the Avengers). There are currently at least 33 superhero shows either on TV or streaming, not including cartoons. Its safe to say we are fascinated by the idea that one can go from normal to superhuman overnight, whether that be because of radiation, aliens, a radioactive spider bite, technology, etc.  I, and you for that matter, have received some amazing superpowers. The problem is that most of us have either turned a blind-eye to them, or having been poor stewards of them. 

The superpowers I speak of are the gifts God gives all who have been saved by faith in Christ Jesus. These gifts come via the Holy Spirit.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

Here’s what I love about that scripture. You’ve got the Disciples gathered on the hillside petrified about what’s about to happen. Jesus is leaving them, and he is tasking THEM with doing his work on earth. They are looking at one another wondering “how is this ever going to work!” After all, they didn’t exactly have a great track record. While Jesus was with them they constantly misunderstood him, lacked faith, argued among themselves, doubted him, etc. They had mostly been farmers and fishermen from “the sticks” of Israel, Nazareth. Yet Jesus tells them You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. Jesus knew they, and us as well, needed help. So the Holy Spirit was sent to empower them to do God’s work so that the gospel could be cared to Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

God didn’t just give superpowers to the Disciples, but continues to gift them to all believers. The Spirit gives us the power to share Christ (1 Cor 2:4-5), strength when we are weak (Romans 8:26), and hope in the darkest of times (Ephesians 3:16-19). The Spirit also gives us individuals gifts/powers, known as spiritual gifts. These include prophesy, service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, mercy, and more. God does not simply throw us out of the nest and into the world of ministry empty handed, but uniquely equips us to serve. My challenge today is to embrace the superpowers God has given you. If you know what they are then use them to their fullest! If you’ve never discovered your gifts take the time to do so this week, and start making a plan to use them. You’ve been gifted amazing powers to serve God. Use them! 

Work

2 Thessalonians 3:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

It is Labor Day weekend. The last three day weekend of the summer. It is the last weekend to camp or boat. It is a bitter sweet holiday with the coming of Autumn.

I am always reminded of this weekend and the diligence of work and giving it a 100%. I find work as being a place where I can use the God given talents the Lord has given me. Bear in mind that 50% of our waking hours are devoted to work.

Let’s look at 5 steps to stick with while you are working:

Step 1. Find your passion. Being passionate at what you do is life is essential. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.”

Step 2. Know your ‘WHY’. Why are you doing what you do? Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

Step 3. Write out a plan. Write out a plan about your work then pray about it. James 1:5 says, “If any of you asks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Step 4. Make is a daily habit. Here is the diligent part of your plan. You have to incorporate it into your daily life. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Step 5. Stick with it. Do not let anything or anyone discourage you. Keep the goal in front of you. 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed before many witnesses.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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