New Beginnings – Shifting to the Fast Lane
Pastor Reece Bowling
For everyone in this room, 2018 was filled with victories and challenges. But regardless of whether we felt 2018 was a good or bad year, how many of us would like 2019 be better than 2018? Before you answer let me first define what I mean by “better.”
- More Spiritual – More of the Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit? See more miracles and more people come to a saving relationship with Jesus? More answers to prayer and greater personal and church growth?
- Healthier – (Physically and Emotionally) We’re more effective when we’re not in pain.
- Financial increase – This may make some of you uncomfortable but what if I asked the question this way. How many of you would like to give more in 2019 than you did in 2018? This may be a radical thought but to do that you may need to make more money. At a minimum, you’re going to need to manage what you make differently. Something to remember; if you make more money, you don’t have to keep it. John Wesley
Regardless of how we define “better”, whether it’s spiritual, physical, or financial, they all have a similar source: a deeper more intimate relationship with our Father through His Spirit and Word. How do we do this?
Point #1 – Faith is a power governor.
1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
It is our faith; what we expect that often predicts our future.
1 John 5:4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. NLT
“Whether you think you can or can’t you’re right.” Henry Ford
So, we need to renew our mind to the truth that all of these things (Spiritual, Physical, and Financial Prosperity) are not only possible; they are God’s will.
What do you believe is God’s will for you in 2019?
Point #2 – Embrace Change
“Unless something changes, the future that you can expect is more of the past.” Dr. Henry Cloud.
Unless we’re willing to let God change what we believe, how we think, and how we act, things will stay the same.
What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do, not do, or do differently?
Point #3 – Three prayers I believe the Holy Spirit is asking us to pray for ourselves and for Encounter Church during these 21 days.
- Vision for new miracles.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Our pray needs to be: Father God, what new things do you want me to believe for?
- Seek for truth and grace.
We need truth. The Holy Spirit only speaks truth- The good, bad, and ugly truth – He is God’s guide, feedback mechanism, and our life coach.
- “The fool tries to adjust the truth so he doesn’t have to adjust to the truth.” “You cannot fix people who will not take feedback, because from their perspective they do not have a problem.” Dr. Henry Cloud
God always, always, provides grace to deal with truth SO that we become more productive.
John 15:2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
Proverbs 3:11-12 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Holy Spirit reveal the truth and fill me with the grace I need to change so that I can become more productive.
- Seek peace, contentment and joy for the season of life we’re in.
Phil 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.