Chart Your Course !


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CHART Your Course

II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my COURSE, I have kept the faith

Get your thinking caps ON today. Put a fresh pot of STRONG coffee on.

STAND UP and SHAKE off the cobwebs.

NOW !

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Cobwebs OFF ?

Brain FULLY ‘Engaged?

GET READY TO LEARN

-and TO WIN

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A) First thing need to point out is that this study will already ASSUME that you are born again Gospel of John Chapter 3. } If you have not even accepted the free gift of salvation-you have ALREADY LOST, there is NO way, no hope-and you are in unimaginable trouble. . . and you are completely without an ounce of hope. Period.

Go -read Matthew Chapter 24 in the New Testement, read the headlines ALL over the World-and go, get  born again .

 

B) Next thing to point out is that we have used the word CHART in the title of the study, on purpose. To just ‘navigate’ implies getting around one or two obstacles-while TO CHART, implies you “got a ways to go ..” !! In this Christian walk-you will have a “long” way to go ! Captains of ships navigate around obstacles, while they CHART paths across oceans . . .

-on our way across OCEANS you will have mountain RANGES TO CLIMB. many RIVERS to cross (not just one or two rivers), many QUALITY decisions that you must make and get good at-over and over and over …

So, ready?

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great *cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

*This cloud is referring to the BUNCH of folks , in heaven, who have :

-already made it. The WHOLE thing,,and are DONE WITH IT !!

-and are aware of what it is that we-individually-are doing and going thru, down here. SPECIFICALLY, they are VERY aware of what is going on for the sake of the Gospel in someones life-whether they are living for God (they CHEER) , or not …

The idea is-they MADE IT-SO CAN YOU !! CHARTED, right or wrong-they have ARRIVED-Safely !!

Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become slothful, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

IT does not take FAITH to get to the promises. It does not take PATIENCE to get to the promises. It takes faith AND patience. Second “period” !

*And, of course, keep your eyes , thoughts, actions on JESUS , He has become our example of FOLLOWING HIS FATHERS WORDS

Hebrews 13:5 “… for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

>>> and now ‘look at the reward He has obtained’ !! ( Colossians 1:2 )

C) Ok. Assume the/a long(er) haul. You are not spinning around the lake, you are going across the ocean! What should a WISE ‘masterbuilder’ take inventory of ? Just what should a smart cookie do for the long haul? What kind of storms can you expect to show up?

These and this. When you were born again (asked the Lord for His precious Blood to CLEANSE you, did you know you were turned right side up, in this world ?). It was then that you IMMEDIATELY had THREE things AGAINST YOU, that the Bible teaches. They were there before but now that you have Bible knowledge and insight, you can now name them, know more of what to expect, know what it is that is coming against you-and , correspondingly, “plan” how to WIN !!

Those three things can be categorized into one of three things. THE WORLD, THE FLESH and THE devil

D) Welcome to the ‘world’. Even though you have now become a Kings kid, you STILL will need to learn how to get along with people-down here. You will STILL need to deal with bad weather, bad bosses, STILL have bills to pay, kids to feed, checkbooks to balance, vehicles to maintain, husbands-wives-parents, etc. to try and make happy,temptations to stand against, time to manage, priorities to try and establish-as well as a HOST of other things that this current, WHACKED OUT, current age will continuously be throwing at you. It will be like that till the day you see our Lords face , in one form or another. It will NEVER stop, as long as you are counted among those of us, still “down here”.

How do you handle all of it, therefore? The rent that is due, the decisions you have to make, the this the that, the oh my gosh-where does it end?

>>You can handle it, and you will handle it, and you MUST handle it with the Word of God, prayer and corresponding actions that line up with the Word and the prayers that you conduct.

It’s time to just be the people of God. sword in one hand, shovel in the other 🙂 [Nehemiah 4:17]

Take, for example, dealing with people in your life that -for one reason or another-may have rubbed (or are) rubbing you the wrong way. Do you lash out and tell them what you would LIKE to tell them? Do you THUMP them, like a UFC heavyweight? (lol !) or…

Does the Word of God say to ‘love your enemies” and to PRAY for those who persecute you (Matt 5:44)

Yea, it does.

That’s the BEGINNING of ‘how you handle it” !

-Ok, so you say you want ANOTHER example? Take, for example, the FACT that money doesn’t exactly grow on trees , Passa’ (Pastor) . !! What do you do about that? How do you deal with that aspect of the “world’ ?

Sorry, but the answer is really really complicated on this one-and it begins with two words-one four letters and one only three letters-WORK and JOB

-One more quick point as it relates to this part of the message. A HUGE part of this thing called the WORLD that we as Christians have to navigate is this thing called “money”. I mentioned , obviously getting a JOB-as a starting point-but I want to dig a mite deeper on this one (and , hopefully, REALLY help someone out in the process…)

Here we go :

2 Peter 1:10-11 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Want to ‘know’ one of the ways to “really” kick the ‘money’/income thing?

Let’s get two more scriptures under our belts to help get this done:

1 Corinthians 12:27,28 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, [here the Ephesians 4 list of the five- fold stops -and then…] after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (this is NOT an all encompassing list. What about those with the gift of writing? How about singing? How about mechanically gifted? How about technology….? )

and

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Now, in conjunction with 2 Peter just above-what is all this saying?

YOU have been given a GIFT. A PASSION. An ability to do ‘something’-that NOBODY else on the earth can do exactly like or as well as YOU (read the scriptures above-again !!)

So…wanna’ kick the money thing?

In a word-make your living exercising some form or manifestation of your INDIVIDUAL God given gift. Administration. Helping others. Serving. BEING a ‘housewife’. Being a LEADER. Etc, etc, .You will have PASSION and DRIVE doing it-which will propel you to excellence in that calling or occupation-which will result in FANANCIAL (“Money” ) gain (EX: when its 4:30 p.m. and time to go home on a Friday-why do YOU stay and get your work done, then come back in EARLY Monday am to start another project?-Because of 1 Peter 4:10, that’s why !!)

Now-for a PLUG. A PLUG. A personal, yea, it is ‘DEAL WITH IT’ “PLUG”

Now-would NOT be doing my JOB-if I did not also tell you how to DEFEAT this thing called the World, as a Christian. It’s not easy. It’s definitely not gonna be handed to you.

The answer is pretty easy, however.

It’s called the CHURCH. Go find the craziest, most on fire church in your area. Walk straight up to the Pastor, throw caution to the wind-and say these words to him,the Pastor “I’m in Pastor. ALL in. Where do you need me, what do you need me to do-starting RIGHT NOW?”


E) Next topic. Wow. Got ‘mouthfuls’ yet? Two more to go. Flesh. Specifically, Your OWN body-is in the way of making it easy for you to live this Christian life.

Let’s take a look at just a QUICK hopscotch around the temptations and trials that the flesh-YOUR OWN BODY, must overcome:

Laziness …(my gosh) …gluttony. . . (hello McDonalds!)…distractions (can you say “TV”?). ..Lust. ..(Hello guys-and DON’T act like you’ve never had to deal with-or are still dealing with..[?]-this one !!) …Sickness (sometimes this is the devil-sometimes its YOU !!!).Preconceived ideas that are just plain MESSIN you up (!). etc, etc, etc.

Man, ladies and gents. It’s a tough one. Now besides the ABOVE help to get over this area (CHURCH) I got another word of advice for ya to help ya get OVER this one…

Answer this one THE SAME WAY Jesus did. With the written word on the subject.

Matthew 4:3,4 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

He (Jesus) did NOT say “I’m Son of God,,,etc. Even HE ‘quoted the Word..’

Now, couple that with:

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the POWER OF HIS MIGHT

CHOOSE the “Might” ! Yes, put on that armor (the WORD OF GOD) But , now, COUPLE THAT with the MIGHT

AND

PUT ON THAT POWER !

 

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F) Comin’ on home now. Last of the three things against you -once born again. he has a name and it is “SUCKER FACE” (devil) .

Now by way of proper teaching we need to get it right, right from the get go. Yes, there is a REAL devil, yes he hates your livin’ guts (especially if you are living for the Lord !) and “all that..”

But lets get ONE thing straight right from the get go.

Now, this is gonna be real but its gonna be truth. A lot of western Christians like to talk about “how the devil attacked them, the devil stopped them, etc”. All that is a form of (unknowing-yet..true) PRIDE, in the western world of Chrstianity.

Truth is devil HIMSELF don’t care about way to many individuals, in the Body of Christ, in the western world (how many of “us” are there..? I mean , by the time you divide up the Methodists, the Catholics, the Presbyterians, the Pentacostals ,the Word of Faith’s …..what ya got left?)

Where are the FLAT OUT JESUS ‘FREAKS’???

(were getting better, FAR better, Lord IS stirring up REVIVAL-but..you “know” what we mean !!).

-Unless you have a prayer life-devil probably don’t even know your individual name. Sorry to burst your “bubble” but its the truth

Third “Period”

For most American Christians the devil never has any of our individual names on his ‘strategy board’. To many of the western world “Christians” can be defeated-or are or can be kept under- with very very low level demonic activity-or “landmines”- that have already been in the works and STRATEGICALLY been placed all over our surroundings and that have been PRE-planned and put out there to ‘trip us up’

So, the truth is probably not a one of us doing this study has ever dealt with the devil-on a one on one or ‘personal’ basis.

We ALL have dealt with a SLEW LOAD of a bunch of his cohorts though, that come in all kinds of ways that I simply do not have time to get into, here. Be aware that the faces you see, may be faces in the NATURAL-but MAY be influenced by “who knows WHAT, in the Spirit@ !” . Religious devils, Jealousy spirits, Prideful demons, Manipulating spirits, etc etc.

Remember Mama’s saying….”all that glitters is NOT gold?”.Take that one to heart !

*Best way we know of, in a word, to explain how to WIN against the ‘devil’ from years of ministry (and LIFE) experience is this scripture:

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore WISE AS SERPENTS, and harmless as doves.

and

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

You got to be ‘as wise as you know how’. ALWAYS. Don’t go at this thing called life haphazardly. Go with purpose, planning, strategy. Hmmm. Should I say “CHART” you course? Read your Bible. DO what it says ! Don’t give the devil opportunities to catch you. Don’t go in that bar. Turn off that TV. Don’t go somewhere you know you shouldn’t go. Don’t even answer the phone for those you KNOW you should not be hanging around. Resist the sickness. Resist the temptation. Pray. Pray HARD. If you do fall down (don’t PLAN ON IT) but, if you do -PICK yourself up, dust off-and go back on, “Soldier”…

..and do it ALL in a spirit and an PURE attitude of humility. Always. If you or I are ANYTHING, we better be thankful for the Blood of Jesus that makes -or has made us -or enables us-to be that way.

Period “Four”

* and last-as it relates to the devil and his little thugs (and this is one that the devil himself HATES,,but it is EXACTLY why were gonna teach it here.)

Who has authority over the devil? The preachers? The national ministers? The radio personalities? the so and so’s ….?

No!

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

All -In HIM-born again believers have ALL the authority over sucker face they will ever need!

The SMALLEST member of the Body of Christ-the little pinkie toe (so to speak) on the left foot has JUST AS MUCH AUTHORITY , in the SPIRIT , as any other member in the Body of Christ-as the rest of us-the question is just whether or not YOU, as a member of the Body, are EXERCISING that authority-or not!

So, how do YOU defeat sucker face-use YOUR authority -stay in the SPIRIT-and step on the idiot !!

and..

KEEP ON STEPPIN’ ON him !!

(Amen?)

Oh yea-BTW-did we mention being a part of a GOOD, on FIRE church?

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