Archive | June, 2015

WHAT’S IN YOU?

24 Jun

John 14:30 records the words of Jesus when He said to His disciples, “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of this world comes, and he has nothing in Me.”  Jesus made this statement as He was sharing some of His last words with His disciples before fulfilling His mission through giving His life on the cross for mankind.  In essence what Jesus was saying was that Satan had not been able to penetrate His soul with anything that would keep Him from fulfilling that mission.  There was no doubt, fear, sin, or any other foothold that the enemy could use to thwart the purpose of God on Jesus’ life.

This statement reveals such an important thing for us to reflect on as we endeavor to live our lives on mission for God.  This scripture has served as a reference for what the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about myself as well as our congregation for the past couple of weeks.  And it comes at such a significant time as we are dealing with the tragedy of the Charleston shooting that took the lives of 9 brothers and sisters in Christ while they attended a Bible Study at Emanuel AME Church.  When confronted with crises, what is in us will always be revealed.  We have seen where love and forgiveness is overcoming evil, where light is driving out the darkness.

Ephesians 4:27 instructs us to give no place for the devil in our lives.  Because the reality is any of us could become the product of unresolved issues in our lives.  We need to allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate our lives with truth, revealing those things that we have not allowed Him to heal, correct, or deliver us from, and invite Him to fill those places with His presence.  Then and only then can we say like Jesus, though the enemy may come he finds nothing in me.

Game Changers

17 Jun

This past Sunday I started a new sermon series at Freedom Life Church entitled Game Changers.  In this series I am outlining the characteristics we must develop in our lives as we seek to become change agents in our City.  As a former High School Basketball coach, I often times use coaching concepts in developing leaders, as well as with sermon illustrations.  And I am still a big fan of the game.  Tonight as I was watching the interviews following the Golden State Warriors’ victory in the NBA finals, I heard something that stood out to me.  Upon receiving the NBA finals MVP trophy, Andre Iguodala made a profound statement about one of his teammates.  He said, “when I grow up I want to be like Stephen Curry, a God fearing man…”  As usual the interviewer immediately diverted the attention, and tried to change the subject (talking about Jesus on such a large stage is intimidating to much of the media).  But in that quick moment I heard one of the characteristics of a true game changer.

A true game changer knows that he has a source that is greater than himself.  With a personal relationship with Christ, every game changer can tap into a resource of endless power and wisdom, to elevate their performance and be the change we want to see in the world.  The key to unlocking the source of God’s presence starts with the “fear of the Lord”. This is not a statement of being afraid of God, but rather having a reverence for, or honor of His presence in our lives.  It’s this honor that positions us for winning in life.  As James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”