We cannot look forward and back at the same time.

 Stuck

My whole life is about being stuck, when I grew up, I was stuck in an alcoholic family. I carried the 'stuck-ness' with me throughout a lot of life. Being poor, you're kind of stuck when you're poor and I could go on, but I want to share with you that being stuck is not a matter of circumstances. It is not a matter of being a victim and being over powered by life around you; being stuck is a choice! 

Being stuck is a choice to live from what I see with my eyes instead of what God has said as a promise. We are choosing to live from what we see, what we feel, what we understand, what we interpret and how we perceive the world around us and we are living from all of that instead of from what God has said. What is normal in this world is to live alone, apart, broken, and making it in our own strength. Normal is crazy; everything is broken and everything needs to be redeemed! 

The problem with living from what we see is that you and I are spiritually blind from birth. The crazy part of the blindness is that we think we can see. If you're physically blind, you probably know that you're physically blind, but if you're physically blind and are convinced that you see, and you go for a walk there's probably going to be a problem right? That is our condition and the trouble is that we bring this blindness into the church and into the mission of the body of Christ. That's why so many churches are stuck and thats the danger of us. 

The simple reality is that you and I are stuck in a lot of dark places. We are stuck believing a lot of lifeless things. We are stuck and not growing in our own spiritual relationship, and God hates stuck! We stuck God on a cross and guess what? He didn't stay! So no individual in a lifeless marriage or a difficult financial crisis or no church should ever stay stuck regardless of what is against it! 

Growth is a natural part of life in Christ, so where are you stuck? Do you recognize that your being stuck is a choice that you are making and you may not even believe yet that you're making the choice. You may attribute it to circumstance, situations and all kinds of things but the reality is it is a choice. Galatians 5:1 says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." 

Father God, I ask that today we would be woken up, that we would come alive to the scandal of grace. That we would open our hearts to be loved by you and that we would not keep you away in anyway or say no to you. Father our hearts are open and we want your Kingdom to come and your will to be done in your church and in our lives and in our families. Father until we see Jesus, grow us! -Dr. Drew Shofner

If you stay in the fight, if you will not quit, you cannot lose!

1 john 5:4

1 John 5:4 says, "For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith."

When you come to a place of accepting and following Jesus from the outside in, and yielding control, then Jesus is in you and you have the power of God in you!

Your life is then tied to the work of Christ on the cross and in the resurrection, and if you stay in the fight, if you will not quit, you cannot lose! -Dr. Drew Shofner

We have to see the sacred in a world that sees nothing as sacred.

See the sacred

We have to see the sacred in a world that sees nothing as sacred. We have to see the sacred in a world that measures people in terms of utility, beauty, power, strength and wealth. We gotta say "to hell with all of that" and from Heaven comes a whole new way of seeing life and seeing people!

To agree with Heaven means to see the sacred in Jesus and to see the sacred in the mirror and to see the sacred through the window of your life so that everyone you see, you see as someone for whom Jesus died. Jesus shed His blood for the person next to you. I don’t care whether they can ever do anything for you, or whether they have alcohol on their breath. Jesus thinks they are of infinite worth and chose to die for them!

Some of you are so critical of your spouse, and I’m just telling you that you need to see the sacred in your husband and in your wife. You need to see the sacred in your child and you need to treasure it; you need to bring it out! You need to be a part of God’s work in their life so that they can discover their worth and they can live out their created purpose so they can fulfil the meaning of the blood of Jesus! –Dr. Drew Shofner

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When we stand on the promises of God, there is joy!

Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

What our hearts and souls long for, is to know the joy and peace of connection to our creator. That’s what this life is for! You and I have His Word. You and I can live everyday in the presence of God. When we move from life in our own understanding, and into the presence of God, and when we stand on the promises of God, there is joy! -Dr. Drew Shofner

It is settled, you are sacred to God!

insecurity

People are always comparing themselves to each other. Why would someone who has discovered their worth ever live from insecurity? We are infinitely valued and loved by God. There is no need for you to establish your worth in front of other people! You are worth the blood of His only son! It is settled, you are sacred to God! If you get that worth, then you don't have to be like a performing monkey seeking the approval of other people. You don't have to do the dance of approval; you just live as who you are!

But if you don't know who you are and if you don't know what you're worth, then your whole life is going to be some sad performance for other people. You're going to be an empty person seeking to be filled by other empty people.

For God so loved the world, that He knew your name and for the sake of your name, He gave the name of that which mattered more than anything else. That you might choose to become, not just His creation, but His child! (John 3:16)
 
Sometimes people say, “Well, we're all God's children.” No, we're not. We're all of infinite worth to God, but we only become His child when we're willing to accept our worth in Him and accept our sonship or daughterhood and accept His Lordship and His Fatherhood. 

People, we're here because we believe that God did something 2,000 years ago that changed everything. He intervened in a surprising way on planet earth and He did what no one ever saw coming! He became one of us and He didn't pursue power or good looks. Jesus came so that you would see how much you matter to God and in accepting your own worth, you would invest your life helping others discover their worth in Christ too! -Dr. Drew Shofner

 

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