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For God so loved the world.

John 316

When God acts in our lives and works to rescue us, there is a purpose for that. The purpose is that we get to live in His presence. We get to be with God; God rescues us to be with Him! When you are with someone you love, it’s a joyful thing and God’s joy is you! God’s heart is for you, and so He acts, always in history, to bring us to Himself.

The Laws of the Old Testament (the law of the first covenant) taught us that holiness is impossible to achieve in human effort; we couldn’t do it! We are rule breakers, we’re rebels and all that keeping rules does is keep us self righteous when we manage to keep a few rules that somebody else isn’t keeping. Nevermind the rules that we’re breaking, that they don’t know about. 

In the New Testament, (the New Covenant) we have a movement from law, to the Gospel (the Good News) and the good news is that holiness is a gift we receive by faith. It is a love gift of God so that the Old Testament story is still true, (that God rescues us to be with Him) but that in the New Testament, He rescues us by the blood of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says that "God sent His one and only son that anyone who believes in Him would not parish, but would have everlasting life"; if they would just believe!

It is such good news to know that none of us have to fake it ‘til we make it. It is such good news to know that we are all broken inside and that none of us have all the answers, that none of us have to pretend that we’ve got this, because the truth is “we don’t got this!”

If you don’t want to be changed by God, you won’t be, but if you want God, you’re going to get God in abundance. If you have no intention of walking with Jesus and listening to what He says, than stay away, but don’t stay away because you think you’re unworthy or broken. We’re all unworthy and we’re all broken.

Get it right today, don’t try to be right on your own. Just let Jesus rescue you so that you can be with Him. Be broken, be honest, be humble, be repentant; the only sin that is unforgivable is the sin that is unconfessed. –Dr. Drew Shofner

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called!

God doesn't call the qualified

There is a race that God has marked out for you, and it is a run to glory! You have to choose to get off of the easy chair and out of the lazy boy; off the couch and run the race marked out for you! Your race isn’t somebody else’s race, your gifts aren’t somebody else’s gifts, your call isn’t somebody else’s call!

It is very personalized by an amazing God who ponders the thoughts of six billion people and calls each one of us into a life that is choice based, spirit driven and Christ revealing. We are called to grow as individuals, we are called to grow as a church. Our growth, His Glory! Do you get it? -Dr. Drew Shofner

You are the Salt of the Earth.

Salt and Light

We can’t find our identity in this world. My identity is not as a white man. Your identity can’t be as a black man or a white man. Your identity can’t be based on your socio-economic class or your knowledge, your power, your ability, or your presence. Your identity is based on Jesus. That you are His and that you have bought into the light that has come into the world and that every day you live to share the light. Jesus said "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?" Salt has two primary functions; it is a seasoning and a preservative. For centuries during Jesus' time, salt was worth more than gold; pound for pound. 

There is no reason for any of us to live confused about our identity. There is no reason for any of us to live in darkness, or down on ourselves, or having a lesser view of who God made us to be. We are a preservative and our actions and our lives can literally save situations and turn life around. It can keep marriages from falling apart, it can take children who are on a crash course and give them a new direction; it can change life! But here's the deal, salt has to be in contact for it to have any affect as a preservative or seasoning. You can't take salt and keep it in a shaker; and that's really where it is in the modern church. 

In Matthew 16:24, Jesus said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.” The reason why the cross is such core theology is because everything old ends on the cross. When you and I bear a cross, we die to our world based identity and we receive a new life. Jesus said in John 10:10I came that you might have life and that you might have it to the fullest." That ‘full life’ is living with a purpose; helping other people find their purpose! Jesus doesn't take those who are expected and those who are trained and who are all educated, Jesus takes the people He chooses and He gives them a completely new identity.

In the name of Jesus, I want to call you out of small living. I want to call you to offer God your most beautiful interpretation of what it means to be salt and light. There are too many of you looking in the mirror thinking, I got nothing, I am nothing; that is a lie from hell. You are the light of the world…You are! Not earn it, will be, might be, could be…no! You are the salt of the earth; you are the city on the hill! In the name of Jesus, will you start living large? Will you find your identity in your call in Christ? -Dr. Drew Shofner

Run Your Race!

Hebrews 12

There are two approaches to a spiritual life; passive or active. Most of us take a passive approach to our spiritual journey and we just kind of assume that it will happen. Can I just say how crazy that is! What “just happens” that is good in your life all on its own?

How good does your yard look with a passive approach? If you can’t grow a garden by pulling up a chair and watching dirt, then how in the world do you think you can have a life of spiritual growth by being passive and doing nothing; waiting for it to happen?

Do you know what you are going to get with dirt if you just wait for stuff to happen? WEEDS! Do you know what you’re going to get in your own spiritual life if you just wait for stuff to happen? 

This is true in all areas of life; everything takes effort, action and intention. If we just did what we felt like doing, how many of you would go to work every day? I mean, it seems like all of life takes work doesn’t it? If it’s true that everything in life takes intentionality; from tying your shoes, to going to school, to being a faithful husband, or a God-honoring wife, then those things take choices that are deep from the heart; and it’s work!

The things that you are not proud of in life are the things that were easy and the things that you are the most proud of, in the best sense of the word, are the things that took effort and intentionality and were a courageous choice!

I want to challenge you today to choose to actively approach your spiritual life in such a way that you bring glory to God by actively living out of an obedience that is aggressive, faithful and responsible. The word responsible means able to respond! My prayer is that we would hear God speak to us in a way that will transform life forever.

God has spoken into us this truth that life is to be a day by day experience; a journey of growth. Your story is to be an upward story, not a downward spiral! Your story is not to be a story of increasing brokenness, addiction, or despair. Your story is not to be a story of decrease; it is to be a story of increase. We are running a race that ends in Glory! Do you realize that? Now you have to step back and think, “How will I run it?” –Dr. Drew Shofner

It just makes sense to read the map before you start the journey.

it just makes sense to read the map before you start the journey

Most of us are living in the default of life in our own understanding, in our own processing and in our own conclusion; and when we do that, we miss daily life in the presence of God. Psalm 67 says “You have made known to me the path of life.” It’s not an instant; just add water kind of a journey. It’s not a magic wand; it’s a path that you walk. It’s a journey that we have to make, it’s something that we have to do daily, so that we walk this path and we end up in the presence of God here with Christ; it’s a choice!

Every word of Jesus is a brilliant work of pushing back the darkness and opening up the light of God to us. Our God is a revealing God who’s at work all the time in all of life to reveal Himself to you. He’s always speaking, the question is, are we listening? And most of the time the answer is no. We’re simply not listening. But when we open our ears and we begin to listen, we see all this stuff that appears so random and disconnected, isn’t so random and isn’t so disconnected. The word of God is actively at work to push back the deceit of darkness and deception in your life, and in my life. The word of God is active to penetrate your defenses and your shields to get through to you to help you see that the only sane move in life is following Jesus. 

I’m asking you to make a defining decision, where you live by what the Word of God says and declares in life. That you read it, trusting God, that He will speak to you like a loving father to a beloved child and He will guide you and He will give you His promises for everything that you face and everything that you need; that His promises will be enough. I’m asking you to make a definitive choice to walk the path of the promise so that you can experience an abundant life in God’s presence here and now. I pray that every day you reach for the Holy word of God and you read it! Don’t buy the lies that you have to be some sort of bible scholar to do this. You don’t have to be a PHD or anything, you just have to be a child of God.

Jesus said, anyone who comes into my kingdom, can’t be like these other religious leaders with all their robes and titles and power, you’ve got to become like a little child (Matthew 18:3). You have to approach God with the trust to say “Abba, Daddy, whatever you say, I believe it!” So, don’t buy the lie that God All Mighty isn’t eager, everyday that you wake up, to speak truth and freedom and grace and hope and wisdom into your life; He is!

If you will read the Word, if you will enter into His promises, you will have peace, your life will be transformed; it will be lifted. Will you walk the path? Will you take those steps to make the promises of God more real and more relevant in your life than what you feel, what you fear or what you think? Father, in Jesus’ name I’m asking that your Holy Spirit would just stir our hearts and that we would make definitive decisions to get off the path of default, living in our own understanding, and that we would get on the path of consciously seeking out and living in your promises. I pray that you would give us the courage to pick up your Word and search for the promises that answer the pain.

Take the word of God, read it on a daily basis. Find some time during the day to set aside for just you and the Lord. Fill your mind with the Word of God and the Spirit of God will be in control of your day. The beginning of the day is always the best. I mean it just makes sense to read the map before you start the journey doesn't it? -Dr. Drew Shofner

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