TRADING YOUR TIME FOR MONEY?

Perhaps it is time for change!

What does the title of today’s post stir inside you? Perhaps going to work, doing your job, and bringing home a paycheck is all you know? Don’t get me wrong, being employed is not a bad thing and for many people that is their preferred way to establish cashflow to support their life style. But what if you have more potential and your “anti-potential beliefs” are holding yourself back?

What if you could invest your time in a faith-filled way that produces a hope-filled future where you potential to experience a return on the investment of your time, talents and treasures? What does that statement stir inside you? I am sure it sounds freeing for some and concerning for others?

  • Perhaps you are sitting on an invention that you have tucked away for a rainy day, “when the time is right”?
  • Perhaps there is the book that you never wrote or if you did, fear keeps the manuscript on the shelf?
  • Perhaps you have the idea that you could buy and flip houses or set up rental income?
  • Perhaps you have developed an expertise in a specific field from which you could develop intriguing resources that people might buy on the internet or through workshops and other speaking opportunities?

Maybe it is time for you to take another look at your gifts, talents, abilities, ideas, life experiences, hopes and dreams? Perhaps with some restructuring of your life and developing vision with action steps you could set a course to invest your time, rather than just trade it? 

Let’s think this over for a week and until then, please comment with your questions and or ideas of your potential that stirred in you as you read this post!

Have a great week, Rob

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Take Courage

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I just want to encourage you to do something that will take you one step closer to fulfilling your destiny with God. 

You are not alone, because he promised to never leave you or forsake you. If you feel alone, that is because you are distracted from your true identity in Christ.

I know, sometimes the challenges seem to overshadow identity and relationship, but you are designed to overcome! So let’s take courage today and make that phone call, write that email, do the research, invest the money or whatever action step will push you forward!

Believe in yourself, believe in God and go for it! You have what it takes!  Have a great week!

 

IDENTIFY AS A CHRISTIAN

Christian by Name Only part two

Last week, I started a conversation about Christian life and taking an honest assessment about believing in your mind or believing in your heart the salvation through faith in Christ message. When you are “Christian by name only” or just “identify as a Christian, it is very difficult to consistently demonstrate a godly life.  I don’t know about you, but isn’t it hard sometimes to just be brutally honest with yourself about the fruit or evidence of your faith?

Paul of Tarsus expressed his frustration with his “Christian life” in the New Testament book of Romans in chapters 6-8. Let’s take a look at Chapter 7 from the New Living Translation. 

15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

What Paul is saying here is that you can believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and experience an authentic salvation experience, but then lose sight of living from your heart.

…So I want to love my neighbor who seemingly shows disregard for how people in the community are subject to his loud music with immoral lyrics, but I find myself wanting him to suffer somehow…

…So I want to take better care of my body, but those donuts and fried foods are just too hard to resist…

You can’t experience the overcoming nature of salvation by just going to church and identifying as a Christian. You can never consistently beat temptation by just using will power.

As you learn to know who you really are in Christ, you become more familiar with your new heart.

When you are Christian by name only, you may have an awareness of sin, based on law, but lack the freedom that salvation provides to grow in relationship with God so that sin loses its allurement. You see, true freedom does not put you under the laws of “I can’t or I shouldn’t”, but rather “I can make that choice, but I don’t need too” or “I don’t want to because my relationship with God is more important”.

When you get a minute go back to the last post and scroll down the page that begins with “Now let’s look at the revelatory nature of Romans 8:9-11 (GNT)” and read verses.

So let me conclude with a statement I shared last week: In taking an honest assessment of the results in my life that give evidence of “knowing God” through a heart-felt belief, I see changes in my life. But I also realize that in some areas I am “Christian by name only” because there is no fruit…

Invite Holy Spirit to teach you how to believe in your heart… completely…

Have a great week!

Rob