Alone and Diligent v Accountable and Accurate

By Jamie Tenant

When I first started working out in the gym I hired a trainer to teach me. I had never lifted weights before and didn’t know a single thing about it. For a year, my trainer taught me what to do and the proper form. I took what I learned in that year and ventured out on my own. I’ve been working out on my own for about a year and recently got the bright idea to ask my trainer to come in and work with me for a week to see if there were any adjustments I needed to make or if there was anything I could add to my current workout.

I knew there would probably be adjustments I would need to make, maybe some tweaks in my form, but I did not realize how much I had slacked off in pushing myself in the past year. I had still been going consistently, I had been putting in the work, but I hadn’t been pushing myself to my potential. It took someone who knew what I was capable of to come alongside me and point it out. I had gotten lazy and didn’t even realize it.

As I have thought about that, God has shown me that this is why it’s so dangerous for Christians to remove themselves from the local church body. The church – the family of God – is there to continually teach us, guide us, and push us further in our walk with God. We may think we’re ok without being part of the church, after all we’re still reading the Bible on our own. Personally, I think that’s an illusion. You may be ‘putting in the work’ but most likely you’re not progressing.

We have a tendency to take short cuts when it’s just us and no one else is around. Things we wouldn’t normally do if we were connected to a body of believers becomes acceptable. Baby steps that over time add up. I didn’t get lazy in the gym after one workout, or even one month. It probably started with doing less reps of a difficult exercise, then maybe next time I just cut back on the amount weight. Before I know it I’m basically going through the motions, putting in the time, but not progressing like I should.

We were never created to do life as a Christian on our own. “For his “body” has been formed in his image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one. And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love.” Ephesians 4:16 TPT

There are so many reasons why a Christian should go to church. That’s more than I want to get into right now, but if Jesus died for the church, why would you neglect what He died for? I believe someone’s lack of desire and love for the church is a symptom of a deeper problem. Flaws and all, the Church is important to the Father, and we’re told, “…let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

Do not reduce church to listening to a podcast. It’s so much more than that. It’s community. It’s worshiping with others, praying for others, hurting with others, serving others, being involved in the lives of others.” Craig Groeschel

 

By Jamie Tenant

 

Pastor’s Blog 3.3.21

Strength, where do we get it when we need it? How do we get it when we need it?

How did you start your day today? In your strength or His? How do we replenish our strength daily? I can tell you that I know there is a reason I am still in the good fight of faith, and the fire to do the will of God is still burning in me. It is not a mystery, it is because I daily renew my strength!

Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. NKJV

Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small. NKJV

Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. NKJV

Psalm 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? NKJV

Psalm 52:7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength , But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.” NKJV

It is so easy to read or hear the word of the Lord, but doing is another thing altogether.

James 1:21-25 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. NKJV

Listen to the cry of wisdom!

 

Proverbs 8:34-36 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD; 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.” NKJV

 

It is easy to talk about daily prayer and waiting upon God, but quite another thing to do it! I meet few believers who genuinely seek God daily and really wait upon him. It is so easy to just charge into the day in your own strength, offering up excuses of why you didn’t acknowledge and honor God as you began your day.

We are self-deceived when we go in our own strength.

Many will fail because they thought their own will power was sufficient to get them through, but we know better. Time spent waiting on God is never wasted time! It takes faith to really believe that doesn’t it? AND we know of course, faith without corresponding action, isn’t real faith is it?!


Let’s purpose to be doers of waiting on the Lord daily!
  Let’s refuse to start our day without first honoring Him, His presence and His word. Let’s acknowledge Him in all our ways, and allow Him to direct our paths. By honoring Him first daily, we are submitting our lives, everything in the next 24 hours, to Him. We are inviting Him to be Lord over every decision, every thought, action and conversation….every business deal, parenting decision and course of our day. Putting Him first daily, reaffirms that He is Lord over our lives and we live for Him.

It’s all a matter of choice. Let’s choose to renew and increase our strength for our day to day life, by surrendering to and waiting upon Him every single day. The choice and right to choose is our privilege!

Be blessed!

Pastor Dave

PASTOR’S BLOG 1.14.21

Breaking the Curse of Generational Poverty

I have  a message that I ministered called “Being a Curse Breaker”  If you missed that message I would encourage you to go online and watch it on our youtube channel by searching that title.  I really believe there is more to breaking a generational curse than just praying a prayer of deliverance; it also takes a change in behavior. In the last couple of years scientific research has shown that diet and lifestyle (in other words, more than just genetics) play a role in generational disease. You eat what your parents ate and they eat what their parents ate and the curse rolls on.

Poverty works the same way. In the classic book “What Every Church member Should Know About Poverty”,(*see info below) the authors state that research in generational poverty teaches us that those bound in poverty have a common misunderstanding; failure to understand proper life planning and the discipline that requires. It goes like this:

If I cannot plan, I cannot predict.
If I cannot predict, I cannot identify cause and effect.
If I cannot identify cause and effect, I cannot forecast consequences.
If I cannot identify cause and effect, I cannot control impulsivity.
If I cannot control impulsivity, I will be prone to reckless and even criminal behavior.

A victim mentality will freeze you into the current state you are in. If you take the attitude “I can’t do anything about my current situation in life”, then you are done. I always ask myself why or what? What can I do to improve what I am experiencing? Where does the blame really lie for my current circumstance that I find myself in?

Years ago I had a leader cause a lot of problems and I was venting to my good friend Kevin Leal about it. He responded by telling me I needed to take the responsibility for what happened and move on. “Me?” said. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“You empowered him didn’t you?” Kevin answered.

Wow, that was some tough love, but it really helped me come out of the victim mode and move forward with empowering others.

There are a lot of “victim leaders” who have been burned and spend the rest of their lives afraid to trust again. We have to learn to identify cause and effect and make the changes necessary to move forward from failed places and efforts in our lives. John Maxwell has a book I liked called “Failing forward” it addresses some of the same issues. Breaking generational poverty is basically identifying the cause of the poverty. The victim mentality is a curse on our culture at this time in history, and every day certain achievers are breaking free from it. It IS possible!

Thirty years ago, I brought my two brother-in-laws to America from South Korea. They were penniless when they came, and had only a High School education. To this day, they don’t speak much English. They both lived in a one-bedroom apartment with their Mother in Los Angeles and worked in a convenience store. Within three years, they saved $20,000. And with $10,000, each they began a small business. Within three more years one was worth close to a million and the other was not far behind. They didn’t come as victims they worked, they saved and broke the curse of generational poverty from their generations! Now their children are prospering and becoming the next generation of successful Americans!

I refuse to be a victim! How about you?

Love ya,

Pastor Dave

* What Every Church Member Needs to Know About Poverty

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