If you struggle with discipline like I do, Charles Stanley has a wonderful sermon that you must see. Go to http://www.intouch.org/Broadcast/ThisWeekonTV.aspx then go to Search and the name of the sermon is Discipline Determines Destiny and the broadcast date is May 19, 2013. The link doesn’t automatically go to the broadcast. This is one of my favorite sermons! Hope you get as much as I got from his words of wisdom.
I hope you have enjoyed these sermons from Charles Stanley and are able to use them as you work towards your goals in 2014. The last sermon is Passing Opportunities Part 1 and 2. Charles Stanley describes opportunities as a favorable time or occasion, a special moment when we are can make a decision that will impact our lives in a positive way. He says God gives us opportunities every day and we need to be sensitive to them because they may not be around long. We don’t want opportunities to pass by!
He tells us that we are where we are right now because of opportunities we have been given. Now that can be a good thing and maybe not. If we allow opportunities pass we may not be in the place that we hoped to be in. He gives us thee example of the blind man in Mark 10:46-52 and how he took the opportunity to call out to Jesus and ask for his sight. If he had let the opportunity pass because he thought he was just a poor beggar who had no chance of talking to Jesus or would’ve listened to those who said be quiet he would have never gotten his sight, instead he continued to cried out to Jesus and because of his faith he was healed. In fact Jesus stood still while on his journey to listen to a poor beggar do you not think he is listening to you?
Every day we have opportunities discern where they are coming from and use spiritual discernment to take advantage of them.
This sermon can be found by visiting:
2) Go to search for archives and go to page 82 or go to the month and year
3) Click on Passing Opportunities Part 1 June 13, 2011 and Part 2 June 14, 2011
Charles Stanley gives us invaluable insight on reaching our goals in this two part sermon on, “How to Reach Your Goals.” What a perfect way to kick off the new year with this encouraging and motivating sermon based on David and Goliath and the steps David took to reach his goal. Below is the 10 Step Summary Charles Stanley gives us on reaching our goals. Write them down and commit them to memory because they are that helpful!
10 Steps to Reaching Goals:
1) Have a Clear Picture– Every goal requires a vision. If you’re vision isn’t clear you can’t accomplish the goal. Take time in prayer and ask God to give you a clear vision of the goal and how it can be accomplished. Keep this vision in front of you, so that it is fresh in your mind and is a reminder of the big picture.
2) A Consuming Desire to Accomplish Your Goal- Do you have a sense of urgency or passion to reach your goal? If there is no passion there is no action. What makes you excited? Do you think about what step you can do each day to meet your goal? Do you have a desire to see your goal through to the end? Passion is a motivator and a necessity!
3) Confidence– You have to have confidence that you can reach the goal you set out to accomplish. This confidence isn’t from our own boasting but, comes from God whom all blessings flow. David’s confidence was rooted in his relationship with God and his past experiences, he had a testimony. Think about the times God has worked in your life and use that testimony to move forward in courage. If you do not have confidence that you can do it someone else will quickly steal your goal. We are equipped to do everything God calls us to do because it is his plan.
4) Have a Course of Action- We can daydream all day about our goals, but without action it is just that… a dream. Develop clear planned out steps of action to accomplish your goal. If there isn’t a course of action your goals will be put on hold.
5) Develop a Calendar of Events- Set a time limit. ‘One of these days, I’ll get to it,’ usually means you won’t ever get to it. Don’t be afraid to put dates on the calendar, if you miss the date that is okay, but it is a reminder of your goal and the steps you need to take. If you put a date down you are more likely to move. Put a date down by the goal and steps.
6) Cooperation-Most goals require cooperation from others. Reach out to people around you who can help you accomplish your goals. For example, if you want to write, belong to a writer’s group. Not only will you be inspired and encouraged when you are around people have the same goals and motivation, but you will learn valuable lessons from their experience.
7) Consistency– Set your eye on the goal and have a determined fixed purpose, if not you’re likely to drift. If the goal is from God then your eye will be on him in conjunction with accomplishing your goal.
8) Controlling Our Emotions- Don’t let people with their pettiness tear you down. This is a distraction! You have no reason to be intimidated because you are a child of the living God! Stay focused on God and His unlimited power to work in your life. People will steal and diminish your dreams through their negativity if you allow it to happen.
9) Courage to Act- Fear paralyzes. Courage is the willingness to take a step. The road to accomplishing your goals starts with one small step. Once you get over the initial fear, the other steps become a little easier. Fuel up on courage by diving into the scriptures and turning to God in prayer for guidance. He is your strength when you are weak and afraid.
10) Our Conscious Dependence on God- Stop being self reliant be God reliant! One of the primary reasons we do not accomplish our goals is our independence on self. Too often we turn to ourselves for the answers, instead of looking to God who has the absolute best plan for our life.
This sermon can be found by visiting:
2) Go to search for archives and go to page 13 or go to the month and year
3) Click on How to Reach Your Goals Part 1 October August 31, 2013 and Part 2 September7, 2013
Charles Stanley’s Sermon, “The Keys To Success,” is the next sermon in our Inspirational Week. This is a 2 part sermon that you are going to find so spiritually satisfying! Here is just a glimpse of the 5 Principals he mentions in Part 1.
5 Principals in “The Keys to Success” Part 1 and Part 2
1) Ministry or service is not something we do for God, but rather something that God does through us. Whatever God calls you to do you can do well because the spirit of God is working in you to complete the his will. God will enable you to do the work he enables you to do. One the works is completed the glory goes to God.
2) No matter who is the object of our service it is the Lord whom we serve. Ephesians 6 v. 5, Serve as though you are serving Christ and do the will of God from the heart. Colossians 3:22, Serve with a sincere heart and do your work wholeheartedly. When you come up against opposition whether it be a person or situation, remember that you are doing this for Jesus not man. When you serve Jesus this effects the quality of your work.
3) We serve out of our spiritual gift not out of our natural talent. Romans 12:5, God doesn’t give us all the same gift according to his grace and we should exercise it in that way. 1 Peter 4 Serving the Lord is not an option. You can serve God by serving someone else. Ask the Lord how can I use my talents and gifts to serve others?
4) Realize you can not serve God and yourself at the same time. Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters. If you serve two masters you will despise one. You don’t tell the Lord where you will serve or it doesn’t fit in your schedule, you have to make the adjustments to serve according to his will. If you serve for him then you will serve out of humility and not out of glory for yourself. All we have to do is be obedient to him and cloth ourselves with humility. If you are serving yourself than you are serving on man’s approval not the Lords.
5) We realize when real ministry takes place. When divine resources meet human needs through a loving channel than real ministry has taken place. When God sees your needs also sees an available person who will obey God and they become the channel so that you can get your need fulfilled. In this triangle, 3 things must happen, you have to be aware of the need, be available, and rely on God within me to be the channel through which that need is met.
This two part series is so powerful! Take a few minutes and be blessed by listening.
This sermon can be found by visiting:
2) Go to search for archives and go to page 9 or go to the month and year
3) Click on Keys To Success Part 1 October 22, 2013 and Part 2 October 23, 2013
Can you believe we are entering into the last week of January? The first month of 2014 is nearly over, have you been as gung ho as you were on December 31st about your aspirations for the new year? This is about the time that our fervor for our goals can begin to wane. So. I thought having posts about inspiration may not be such a bad idea! So welcome to Inspiration Week!
During Inspiration Week I will share posts in the form of sermons, books, scriptures and blogs that will hopefully encourage you and motivate you. Life is a gift and we’re only here for a short period of time, so why not spend our time purposefully. My hope is that these resources encourage you to work toward your goals and desires. Are you ready for the first resource to get you fired up? Ok, check it out!
The first resource is a sermon from Charles Stanley, who I can listen to all day because of his scripturally sound sermons. His broadcast, “Goal Setting the Key to Success,” is chockfull of good advice for anyone who is trying to pursue their goals, regardless of what they are. These sermons are in his archive so I can’t post a direct link, but I’m going to post the link to go to and then the page # and date that the sermon is found on.
Please go to the following link:
2) Go to Search and then page 14 of the archives or go to the month and year
3) The title of sermons are: Goal Setting: Keys to Success Part 1 (August 13,2013) Part 2 (August 24, 2013)
In this sermon Charles Stanley talks about what hinders us from succeeding in life. Now this isn’t success that is defined by the world. This is the success that enables you to become the person God wants you to be. God has a plan and will for each of us and the race is set before us. We don’t have to wonder what our purpose is God will clearly show you what that purpose is. There are 7 Success Blockers that we need to be aware of if we are going to succeed.
1) Fear- That uneasy feeling when we feel threatened or inadequate. This is one of the primary reasons that we don’t succeed. Fear doesn’t come from God. We have the promise of his provision and we have the Holy Spirit and the living God in you to be successful. When you put your focus on your circumstances instead of Jesus we let our emotions to overcome us.
2) Doubt- Uncertain feeling and lack of assurance. A person who is a doubter is unsteady. If you ask for wisdom than you have to believe that God will give it you. How can you expect to receive anything if you are unstable and doubting? Doubting throws you emotionally off base and it becomes a blocker.
3) Excuses- When we make excuses on why we can’t achieve what God wants us to do. Instead get the skills that will enable you fulfill your purpose.
4) Procrastinator- This is a discomfort dodger. In order to dodge discomfort you put what you need to do off. Lay aside all those things that entangle you and block you from the blessings God has already intended for you. If you miss what you are supposed to do in life it is because you chose to do so.
5) Greed-Insatiable hunger and craving for more than we need or could use. God is not going to help you if you are going to hoard for yourself. God blesses givers.
6) Violation of our Conscious- This is our inner alarm system that God gave us to warn us against danger and moral dangers in our life. How can we as God to succeed if we willfully and deliberately violate our conscious that has been programmed by God. When we violate our conscious we surrender our right to ask God to help us achieve our goals.
7) Slothfulness-When we are lazy in our work we will destroy things. Ask yourself if you are diligent in your work?
Let’s tear these blocks down and get to work!
This sermon can be found by visiting:
2) Go to search for archives and go to page 11 or go to the month and year
3) Click on Success Blockers, September 21, 2013
Establishing boundaries in any area of our lives is important. It is especially important as we navigate through parenting. Tonight I listened to ,”Setting Healthy Boundaries With Your Kids,” on Focus on the Family and thought that it was worthy encouraging you all to listen to whenever you get a chance. Henry Cloud and John Townsend talk about setting health boundaries with children so that they can lead balanced lives and you don’t jump off a bridge! Just joking, but he has some really good tips that I think are useful when talking about consequences, cultivating respect and developing boundaries. Here is the link if you want to take a listen http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?MediaId=%7B85ED140A-A8D0-4B8B-B7E7-86987765FCB0%7D
Since most of us are still in resolution mode, I thought I’d share these two broadcasts from Joyce Meyers. The message is about finishing what you start. It is a great reminder about why finishing what you start is so important and how great the reward can be when you do follow through. The message also made me think about being a woman of my word and how that is a characteristic that I hope to refine and improve in myself. Let me know what you think of the broadcasts, I’ve listened to it a few times and it is super encouraging and inspiring especially for a procrastinator like myself!
If you are in a season of chastisement then you must absolutely must watch this video from Beth Moore! I am trudging through that season of my life right now. I made a decision that I knew I shouldn’t of made and boy am I dealing with the consequences. There was this voice inside that kept saying don’t do it. But, then an offer was made that was too good to pass up and even after still almost turning it down, I accepted it. Wrong choice, very wrong choice. I’ve been in the dumps since. I’ve been on my knees asking for a way out of this situation and so far an escape route hasn’t presented itself yet. Then one night, I couldn’t sleep due to the anxiety of my choice and decided to watch Beth Moore. She had a video entitled, “Victory Through Chastisement” and I think she had me in mind when she made it. WOW! Eye opener! Beth talks about those choices you make that you know in your spirit are wrong and then the consequences that follow. When you don’t obey God you will be chastised and disciplined. Not because he is angry but because he loves you! He loves you enough to chastise you so that you can grow from this experience, so that he can continue to mold you into what his purpose for you is.
None of this is easy, but necessary. How you submit to his chastisement is going to determine if you have victory and how you will get through this season. If you fight submission banging your fist and pounding all the way you are going to be miserable and not get the growth and maturity that comes from the Lord’s discipline. If you submit sweetly and humbly, repenting, confessing and then allowing God to do his work on you and in you, then you will mature spiritually and the changes that need to be made in your life will occur. I am passing this 2 part video on to you because it has helped me tremendously. I’m still struggling, but I understand why God is keeping me where I am. I’m trying to comprehend what the Lord is trying to teach me and I’m getting it. I know the changes I need to make and every day I’m asking the Lord to get me through and he is. So if you are in a season of chastisement, watch Beth’s video, “Victory Through Chastisement” , watch as many times as you need! I’ve watched it every day! Hang in their sisters and know that God is doing his work and this is just a season, but how you react and grow from this season is what will matter most.
Acts 16:25-26 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God: and thee prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake , so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loosed.”
This morning I sat outside in my yard with my dog and read Acts. I was inspired by the suffering that Paul endured to proclaim the word of God. If there was anyone who faced some wrecks it was Paul! But, yet still he rose to his purpose and God’s will for him. He didn’t run away from God’s work he ran to it with great zeal and a belief in Christ and the good news. He didn’t throw in the towel he kept moving with complete dependence on God. He didn’t worry about the world’s persecution he focused on God. His trials matured him spiritually and continually renewed his faith in God. His response to his trial were a testament in his belief in God.
Regardless of the wrecks you may be facing remember that you will rise if you continue to stay focused and anchored in the Lord. In Acts when Paul was shackled and in prison with guards standing outside, the angel came through the Lord and broke his chains and set him free. If you are in chains whether it is the pain from a seperation, finances, health, anxiety, whatever it is just like that God can break those chains and set you free. The Lord is attempting to teach us something in wrecks of our life. This two part sermon by Charles Stanley speaks to us about how we are to respond to these wrecks that wreak havoc and how we can come out victorious regardless of the circumstances because we have a promise in God.
Out of This Wreck I Rise Sermon Part 1