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IAM Fruitful

LUKE 6:44-45 NLT A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.  A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

It’s pretty darn simple.  What’s inside of us, is what will come out of us.  If we don’t have love inside, we can’t be loving.  If we have only anger and hatred inside, that’s all we can offer in our relationships.
Good from good, and evil from evil.
You might be able to fake it for a while, but life has a way of turning up the pressure and heat.  The true internal reality will explode at the worst time, and usually all over the people you love!
I love the word that is used here:  Treasury in your heart.
Have you ever heard the phrase trash in trash out?  Well, I believe this verse also makes it clear, trash in, stays in.
So the other must apply:  Great in, great stays, and great grows, and great pours out from you.
Oil and water don’t mix right?
As you continue to put good things into your ears, eyes, mind and heart, the bad stuff will not have room to stay.
They best way to get rid of a bad habit:  Replace it with a good habit.
If all you have ever known is sarcasm, bitterness, hatred and anger, it’s rough.
But you are not ruined forever!
You can choose today to start putting in the good.
You are making that step right now
Make a commitment to read the word everyday
Be around positive happy people as much as possible
and if you really need a pick me up:  Youtube is the place for videos that will brighten your spirit
here are some of my favorites!

 

IAM a Lover

Romans 12:9-10 NLT Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

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Do you ever hug someone, and it’s pretty weak or empty?
And then you hug someone else, and they really squeeze you  Almost taking the breath out of you?
I can admit that in the area of hugging, I still need some work and I am improving.
It’s my prayer to become a world class hugger!
One of my daughters is less than 9 years old and she is truly full of love and a world class grade a hugger! I need to learn from her for sure!

 It’s pretty obvious that people can tell when you care about them or not. And if it’s not inside of you, it takes a lot of energy to act as if you care. Ask God to fill you with his perfect love.  The real thing, unconditional love.  So you don’t have to fake it anymore.
When I take the time to meditate about how much God loves me despite my weaknesses and mistakes, how dare I think of myself better than anyone else?  God loved me, so I must love my brothers and sisters.
God forgives my sins, so I must forgive others.
It’s a natural overflow of my heart because, I have been set free.
I hope its not in the feeling of, well, God won’t forgive me of my sins, so I better forgive that other person. That’s begrudging and in all truth not genuine.

Hate what is wrong!  This is the only time I ever use this word. HATE. HATE Evil, Hate the sin that destroys, Hate the lies that hurt us and hold us back.

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You have wounds, I have wounds, and if we spend more time focus-sing on ourselves and thinking about what’s in it for me, then we have zero time or motivation to ever love one another.
We lash out, hurt, verbally or physically abuse each other, because we are hurting inside. That’s the way of the world.

The perfect opposite of hate is Love.  Hold tightly to God’s Love!
Ask God to fill your heart with his perfect Love!

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God’s love heals your wounds.  God’s love casts out all lies.
And God’s love is what allows us to truly love each other.

Take delight in honoring each other. When I think about taking delight, I see people standing up and clapping for each other.  Celebrating the win’s.  Taking the time to just verbally encourage and bless each other.   Not just the people we are supposed to love, but what about the strangers too?

 I boldly proclaim today, that I am not 100% there yet, but I am getting there. I say these statements as my heart’s cry and desire to grow into a lover of all men and women.  As God is healing me, and renewing my heart and mind, he is perfecting how I Iove others.

And it’s my wish and prayer for you as well!

 IAM A Lover

IAM A Genuine hugger
I honor my brothers and sisters
I take delight in blessing them

 Don Moen A Capella Style!

IAM Christ-Minded

IAM Christ-Minded

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Philippians 2:1-5 NLT Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

It may not be a real word that you can use in scrabble for major points, but the idea is right on.  IAM Christ-Minded

I am encouraged, motivated and pushed everyday to take on the mind of Christ.  That is my heart’s desire.  That my heartbeat and soul would pulse and have the same rhythm as God’s.

That mind of Christ is to be humble.  To be more concerned about the needs and interests of others

Brain, Mind, soul, heart… all of those parts are different things going on inside me. When I think about what moves me and drives me. I can’t separate any of them, into easy compartments.  It’s kind of messy, and all of those parts of our being are being transformed to be more like Jesus if we choose and desire it.

When we belong to Christ, there are a couple encouragements that come from that.

  1. Comfort from his Love
  2. Fellowshipping in the Spirit
  3. Tenderness and Compassion of heart

I am so thankful to be a part of a community that agrees wholeheartedly with each other and what God wants.  I see and receive that daily.  I know that I am loved, and I love others and it nourishes my soul.  And we are moving towards big time dreams with one mind and purpose.  When a community is wholeheartedly living and interacting with these attitudes of Christ, then it’s amazing to see the unity of Love and purpose.

I have one mind. I have one purpose. To share the Love of Jesus with as many people as possible

IAM an integral part of a body that fellowships in the Spirit

IAM Compassionate

IAM Tender Hearted

IAM Transformed by Experiencing God’s Love

IAM a representative of God’s Love to others

 

IAM Destined for Greatness

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JEREMIAH 29:11-13 NLT For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Do you believe you have a destiny for greatness?

My definition for greatness:  Serving the needs of the many.

God created you for a specific purpose!  You have a unique personality and character that is necessary for God’s purposes

God has an amazing plan for my life and yours.
None of those plans involve disaster.  That’s good right?

God knows the plans he has for us.  God’s wisdom and plans are too complex for me to understand.  He doesn’t do things the way the world expects.   People wanted a military king, but he sent the Prince of Peace: Jesus

God’s plan is to give us a future and a hope.
To give us positive expectations for a better life.
To give us hope that life is going to be abundant.

I don’t see anything in here about life being a cruel joke.

I don’t see anything about life being 6 days of suffering for a couple moments of pleasure.
I don’t see anything in the bible about murphy’s law.
But somehow these attitudes and mindsets have invaded our society and thinking
Let’s remove these lies from our thinking and embrace the truth in our identity and our God.

As God’s people, we have an amazing future, hope and destiny for greatness.  We may not know how everything will play out, but God makes it very clear how we can stay on that path to greatness

Pray, and look for God wholeheartedly.  Then we will find God.
Promise: you WILL FIND ME.
Promise: When you pray, I WILL LISTEN!
Promise:  If we look for God wholeheartedly,  WE WILL FIND HIM!

Wholeheartedly means searching for God like we are searching for a missing child!  A manhunt.

Did you ever turn over your whole house just to look for one missing thing? Let’s have that same posture and aggression when its comes to looking for God.

Let’s proclaim the truth!

IAM Destined for Greatness
IAM Hopeful for the Future
When I Pray, God will Listen
When I seek wholeheartedly, I Will Find Him

Who wants to start a Gospel Choir?