It's Never Too Late To Let Love Win!

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We're all masters at missing the point. Almost all of the ugliness and damage that has been done in Christian and church history is because we miss the point. One of the crucial turning points of faith is rejecting the legalism that the human heart longs for. Legalism (religious rules) is a cheap alternative to grace-based living from a broken heart!
The truth is, there is something foundational that has to happen before you can ever be an authentic follower of Jesus Christ. To be an authentic follower of Jesus, something has to happen in your life that is about brokenness. Whether we can get to Jesus or not, really depends on our brokenness. We all want to find ways around our brokenness but you really can't do it because to be 'unbroken,' means that you're still in control!
When I talk about unbroken, I'm talking about us demanding control --that's the issue!
To come to Jesus requires a brokenness of surrender where you and I experience the pain of giving up control. Us wanting control is kind of an insanity loop that brings it's own kind of brokenness to life. 

It's kind of like steering the car and pressing on the brake after it goes off the cliff! Yes, you have control of the wheel but you're not really doing a whole lot of good in the situation. So it's like we're in a control that's not working but we don't want to give up control to a God who will make life work!
When we move toward Jesus without being broken, we get religion. Religion is based on a lot of things, but in addition to control, religion is based on rules. These rules can be written and unwritten. We come up with all of these rules and rituals and we're just making stuff up. We need to call ourselves out on our own hypocrisy and recognize that legalism is like gravity, it's a downward pull!
Part of authentic faith is recognizing that I am broken, that I am in danger, and that I need help. Jesus is the rescuer, and the process of rushing to Jesus is where the healing begins! 
Jesus takes our lives and brings us into a relationship where we soar! When we believe, Jesus helps us defy the gravity of earth and its brokenness.
If you've been broken and you've come to Jesus and experienced real hope in life, if you're not very very careful, at some point, you will stop soaking in the presence of God and experiencing the warmth and joy of God. If you're not careful in your spiritual journey, you're going to take a step back into the deadly ease of legalism and you're going to give in to the downward pull of rules, of ritual and of empty living!
In biblical Christianity we are only justified by faith through grace and our faith is based in the person of Jesus Christ! The justification that you and I have is the same, it is the love of God in the life of Jesus! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

It is a gift! So I cannot be proud of something I did not earn. I received this, and there is a real humility that comes when we understand that our justification comes from Jesus and not ourselves! 
Jesus' touch means something --it's a reason to celebrate, a reason to live, and to lift our hands and praise our God! It transforms us from living soul sick to becoming eternally alive!
What God said in the Old Testament is true for all of us, "These dead bones of ours can live again!" It's the breath of God --an up close and personal encounter that changes everything! (Ezekiel 37)
But Jesus only touches the willing, broken hearted people (Matthew Chapter 9).

If you want Jesus, you've got to run to Him! You've got to be broken and you've got to get on your knees and beg for a life change --that's when Jesus gets real! The rest is just religious garbage and legalistic lies! Until we're desperate in need and willingly loved, we'll die in the distance of legalism! 
There are so many of us longing to be loved but we're just not willing. Believe you can be loved! Let love win -it's never too late to let love win! -Dr. Drew Shofner

Are you with me?

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If we don't believe we can win, we won't even try, but if we believe we've already won, we'll live The Win boldly! Some of you today need to resolve the question of whether you're a loser or winner in Christ. I'm not talking about your feelings, I am talking about a decision you make in your heart of hearts, based on Jesus and to say that "I believe that Jesus Christ has handed me the win and that He is with me. Not because of who I am first, but because of who He is!" 

You need to resolve whether you believe, in all of your pain, all of your trouble, all of your trial whether Jesus is with you. Most of us are not living our lives boldly in the world to change it for Jesus Christ-- we're playing another game. The church is the hope of the world and we have to decide what we believe as time moves forward! 

You need to start living your life in a larger way!

You need to celebrate your giftedness and you need to unleash it on the world creatively! 

You need to use your giftedness in the church, I'm not talking about this building, The Church is the living and breathing body of Christ! People whose lives have been changed by the gospel, the  good news of the grace of love!

I'm asking you church, in the name of Jesus, to resolve the question of whether or not you believe He is with you in a victorious, unstoppable, victorious kind of way!

"Are you with me Jesus?"

If you don't answer that question, you may be forfeiting the rest of your life, the dreams of God and of hundreds of other people who could have used your creativity, your gifting, your largeness, but you shrunk back and you lived small because you believed you weren't good enough for God to be with you!

I want you and I to dare to believe: what we believe and knowing that we've already won, we can live with a new kind of confidence and we can live differently from this point forward!

I'm praying that the church of the living God rises up and when they hear Jesus say, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age," that there is a new confidence and spring in our step because we're not just walking through life as failures, we're walking successfully in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords, coming soon to all of us! 

That's our destiny and that's our way of life! -Dr. Drew Shofner

A change of attitude is a change of life!

A change of attitude is a change of life

Over and over in my life, I have looked at what I have and was mad that I didn't have more. We look around at what other people have, and in all of that comparison there is this basic foundational accusation, "God, you are not good. You didn't give me a winning hand, therefore I can't win, so why even try?" Then what happens in our addictions, in our marriages, in our divorces, in our affairs, and in our sinning is we throw our hands down and we walk away mad and we're not even gonna try! It's an incredible, incredible sin! Misinterpreting God's good heart results in a hard heart and a wasted life. I want to help you understand where you are and how God can change where you are and bring you into an amazing new place. Where you and I don't have to live resenting life, resenting God, quitting on life, and simply believing that we can't win! 

If we're honest, many of us resent what God has given us or what He has not given us. We feel like we're on a journey that we can't complete. We look around and see what everybody else got and we're mad at the giver! Then we make this foundational shift that changes everything. When we decide God isn't good, our hearts begin to harden, our world begins to go light-less, we begin to die and passions begin to drain and pretty soon we're in a place where we can't win! When you feel like you're overwhelmed, when you feel like you've been dealt a bad hand, and when you feel like there's no way you can win, you don't even try! 

Instead of living our lives up as God would intend, we're quitting in life, overwhelmed, because we haven't been given enough. Because we have hurt and people have betrayed us and because we have faced times where we have had to struggle and because God has allowed 'hard' to happen in our lives, we look at Him without faith and we accuse Him of being evil! But the scriptures say in Psalm119:68 that "You are good and what You do is good." Guys, I'm telling you that this is the foundation of everything. The foundation of life is that God is good and endlessly generous. The whole experience of your every day life is going to be determined by what your heart decides about this one simple truth: Is God good or is God bad?

Jesus knew that in a world that was broken and separated from Him, that everything would be crazy and that nothing would ever be right until our souls would be eternally connected with His heart! He knew that we would misinterpret God. He knew that we would be in competition with one another. He knew that community would be broken and that relationship would be fractured in a 360 degree kind of way. And so "God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son..." (John 3:16) to enter into all of our brokenness and all of our insanity and all of our losing, our hating, our lying and despair; to bring salvation and hope! God brought His kingdom into this broken world to make things right again! Accept your gifting, however you are gifted, it is the handiwork of God and play to win with the hand you're dealt. A change of attitude is a change of life! -Dr. Drew Shofner

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

Now to Him who is able

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” 

What would that look like in your home? What would that look like as you let go of some of the woundedness of the past and stood in front of the mirror and saw not that which is flawed and rejected, but that which is loved and eternally redeemed? What if you could dare to believe that God has foreordained your life to be an eternal win that would be a glory of His forever? How might you live? –Dr. Drew Shofner

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