Intentional

Feeding your Faith & Starving your Fear

As they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. Off in the distance he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It wasn’t yet the season for figs.) He addressed the tree: “No one is going to eat fruit from you again—ever!” And his disciples overheard him. [Mark 11:12-14]

I pray that as you read this blog, you will be encouraged to take your faith to another level.  That’s exactly what Jesus did with the disciples every chance he got.  I once heard it said that you have to be taught the same thing TEN times before it begins to become ingrained in you as a person. Is it any wonder why Jesus spoke so much on faith while he was still with the disciples? For Jesus to spend so much time and energy on one subject…I think he wanted us to tune into what he was trying to say.

I want you to take some time to reflect on your own life for a second.  Have you been feeding your faith or feeding your fear?  Maybe I should ask you another question…have you been obeying the voice of God in your life or been running from what God has been telling you to do?

Have you ever doubted in your heart?  What makes you doubt?  TIME! When time goes by…it will beat at your heart and tell you “when is it going to happen?” Sometimes time has a way of making us feel impatient.  We’ll wonder, why hasn’t it happened sooner?  In those moments, what do you tend to say to your mountain?  Do you speak faith or fear?

If you are in the habit of speaking fear…let me give you some quick advice: God responds to Faith, not Fear [which in most cases is our emotions].  Why is saying/speaking your faith so important?  Because it’s easy to pray quietly or in your mind. But if you’re mountain doesn’t move…no one will ever know.   it’s safe.  But if you speak it out…now that’s a test of faith!  Today I want to encourage you to speak out in faith…don’t get tired of waiting on God.  It’s just a matter of time before that mountain is moved in your life.  God doesn’t want you to struggle.  Choose to do things different today.  God is always trying to teach us faith.  He did the same thing with his disciples even after he died.  Remember what he said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe!”

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Jesus’ To-Do List

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20 (The Message)

With the Great Commission, Jesus placed; Discipleship, Mentoring and the development of Leaders at the top of his list of things to do TODAY!  But like many “To-Do Lists,” we have pushed what needs to be done today off to the side until a distant tomorrow.  But that tomorrow never comes. With an attitude like that, the real priority Jesus gave us will slip further and further down on the list each day.

Let’s be careful of the common thinking of today: “…the person willing to take on the most gets ahead.”

If we’re not intentional with our time and focus, we can turn our once beautiful dream into a crashing nightmare.  As a result, some churches, pastors and leaders can begin to lack the desire needed to reach out to a lost and hurting world.   We as God’s servants…and especially as people called who can make a difference in the lives of people, must stay focused on our central purpose!  That is to make disciples, mentor others, develop leaders and release them to do the same.

I believe that we’re in the last days and we must keep our founder’s heart.  Pastor Sonny Arguinzoni Sr. just came back from a crusade in South Africa recently and I could hear his heart…to REACH THE WORLD!  It’s the same message that Jesus spoke to his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20.  So the real question is:

IS THAT BURNING IN YOUR HEART TODAY AS WELL?

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (Amplified)