Don’t give you heart to another…

29 07 2012

We wrapped up our series at Westside Family Church on Evidence that Jesus was who he claimed to be – the Son of God.  Today Brian Phipps (our Next Steps Pastor) talked about how we need to forsake things that we run to when trials hit whether it be relationships, food, substances, pornography, approval etc.  I know in the past I have been an approval addict – I craved approval because I was teased while growing up because of a speech problem and it caused things to happen for which I had no control over but I also know that how I respond is MY responsibility and no one else.  I know God still has some healing to do BUT I also know I have come a long ways and I can’t allow people to put expectations on me and I can’t try to live up to the expectations of others.  I have gained so much FREEDOM the last few months when I discovered that I was trying to live up to people’s expectations and that is unhealthy.  I am in the best place I have been in a  long time.  Jesus is ENOUGH – he is more than enough.

  • Jesus says to the rejected – I LOVE YOU.
  • Jesus says to the hurting – I WILL HEAL YOU
  • Jesus says to the thirst – come to me and I will satisfy you!

Just some thoughts on this Sunday afternoon.

 

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Summer 2012

28 07 2012

Summer 2012

North Carolina! Childress Vineyard!





Summer 2012

28 07 2012

Summer 2012

North Carolina!





Don’t listen…

28 07 2012

I entitled this don’t listen – but I encourage you to listen to your friends – the people who have your back even when you screw up (and I know I mess up a ton).  The people who encourage and love you when they see your faults and don’t ignore you instead they work through the conflicts. I heard a message one time from a pastor and he said “Consider the source’.  For example, would you put a lot of weight when a person who knows you barely criticizing you – my question is do they really have the right to say those things and let it get underneath your skin.  I hear that pastor whispering in my ear “consider the source”.  This is an example.  I just want to encourage you to really pay attention if you are listening to people instead of God –  I love this I got this from a 30 Day Campaign that Passion City Church is doing called Wide Awake to Who You are.  Each day I have gotten an e-mail that starts like this –  Good Morning… just wanted to remind you who you are in Christ:  God-designed, purpose-intended, significant, lavishly-loved, prince/princess, son/daughter of the King of the Universe and then it says receive his love by meditating on a verse and then reflect his love.   I believe we can’t truly love like God wants us to until we receive his love.  

I can think of so many situations lately where I have to say to myself “CONSIDER THE SOURCE”.  Is it true?   So my question to you and me is this WHO ARE LISTENING TO?  Are you listening to the God of the universe who loves you and when he points out sin – he is doing it out of love and wants you to grow stronger.  He has made you a MASTERPIECE.