The Bank of Trust

Part 2 of 2
By Pastor Dave

          I purposed to practice the art of pie – praise, inspire, encourage.  We live in a negative, critical world and we can destroy people by our constant criticizing.  I call these people the dream crushers.  Have you ever felt that whatever you do is not good enough or that you will never amount to much?  Then you have grown up with or have a friend that is a dream crusher.

          Finding God’s will is not to be looked at as something that is painful and frustrating but as a treasure hunt.  It should be pursued with anticipation and hope.  We need to be an encouragement to other people and encourage them on their journey.  Our honest praise will put large deposits in the bank of trust in all of our relationships with our children, friends, co-workers, and fellow Christians.  Ephesians 4:29 says Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  What a powerful verse to build each other up. [Read more…]

The Bank of Trust

Part 1 of 2
By Pastor Dave

          Whether you know it or not at the beginning of every relationship an account is opened for you and the other person in the relationship in the bank of trust.  It is a trust fund that is an interest bearing account.  Trust funds are set up with long term goals in mind.  You can draw on them early but only for special occasions. 

          In life all relationships rise and fall on trust.  This principal of trust works in all relationships.  When I got saved trust became a great builder in my marriage to which I went to the bank of trust many times to make a deposit which now is paying long term benefits in my life and relationship with my wife.  This works in all relationships but I came to see the real value of making deposits with my relationship with my daughter on a regular basis over the years I raised her when one day I had to make a withdrawal with my daughter which changed the direction of both of our lives.  [Read more…]

Keep Your Eye on the Weeble

Part 4 of 4
By Pastor Dave

4.  Get your ducks in order.

          An old preacher taught me this and it is a valuable piece of advice not just for a meeting but every goal, every relationship and especially in every conflict.  Be prepared and know what your goal “weeble” is.  Know the facts and how it fits into your philosophy and how it squares with the Bible.  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:15).  Life experience helps in this area as well as learning from Godly people wiser than you that have been there and done that in the Lord.  Having your ducks in order will not only help you focus in meetings but in the tasks of life. [Read more…]

Keep Your Eye on the Weeble

Part 3 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          I find the following steps useful in meetings when you try to focus on the goals you have. Whether it is a part of your dream you are trying to make a reality, or a solution to a problem so you can move ahead, or daily maintenance of your larger goals.

  1. Learn to focus on how to find the solution not whose fault it is.

          I’m not saying that there are not times you have to deal with whose fault it is.  But many times rather than finding a solution you waste time trying to shift the blame.  A solution oriented mentality is so much more profitable in getting the job done.  I often call it EYO – Examine Your Options.  What really helps in a meeting is to be open for ideas.  Guidelines for an EYO session are:

  • No idea is a bad idea even if it is not used.
  • Don’t get hurt feelings if your idea is not used or your idea is on the table and everyone else begins to chip away at it and shape it until it becomes an amalgamation of many ideas and the best idea.
  • It is not about who has the best solution but what the best solution is.

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Keep Your Eye on the Weeble

Part 2 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          Bad goals are often clear yet subtle like power, greed, hate, and self gratification.  These types of goals, when realized, will end badly and will lead to a worthless life, an “evil weeble”, a life of sin.

            Good goals are commendable and produce great wholesome results like working to take care of your family, to better yourself, to be an asset to society, or to use the rewards of the goals reached to help others.  This will lead to a good life but also an empty life, a hollow weeble as you might put it.  Mark 10:17-22, The rich young ruler who had good goals but they were not Godly goals.

            Godly goals always shun bad goals and embrace good goals but they are goals that have glorifying God as their ultimate purpose.  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ (Eph. 1:12).  They see God’s blessing and guidance.  This leads to a fulfilled life both here and in eternity.  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven… (Mark 10:21).  This is the “golden weeble”. [Read more…]

Keep Your Eye on the Weeble

Part 1 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          Over the years I have picked up a habit of using word pictures and common every day objects to teach spiritual lessons of life. On my desk I have an hour glass, a starfish, a bronze figure of a man kneeling, a huge Webster dictionary as well as other items. One day someone gave me a weeble. I have been given a lot of gifts but this weeble was a first. I wasn’t sure what to do with this weeble so for a period of time it just sat on my desk without any purpose. Little children that came into my office were fascinated by the weeble but it had no real purpose. Until one day I was explaining to someone that they need to focus on what life goals they had and what goals life had for them. I was frustrated that I was having trouble communicating my point so I looked around my desk for something I could use to illustrate what I was saying. I looked around my desk for an object lesson and I saw this weeble sitting there with no apparent purpose. I picked it up and put the weeble down in front of this person and said, “Let’s say this weeble symbolizes your purpose. So what is your focus or your weeble?” Ever since that day I have used a weeble to help myself and others to remember to keep our eye on our goals and to focus as well on the long term issues of life. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 29
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

            Let me summarize the will of God for you.  I put it in a formula W3CP2 = The Will of God so I wouldn’t forget what I’ve learned from George Mueller.  This formula is a process and will not unfold in the order presented but will take part in various orders based on your decisions and will always lead to the peace of God and the will of God for you.

W – Word of God

  • God’s will cannot lead you outside the Word of God, so knowing God’s word and its context and application is all important.

W – Will in Neutral

  • Our will must be in neutral if God is to work. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30). Luke Jones taught me a great lesson in this area. He said, “You can always tell if your will is in neutral when you don’t get what you want.” George Mueller said that most Christians miss the will of God in this area because they cannot put their will in neutral.

W – Wait on God

This may be the hardest thing for us to do and that is to wait on God.

  • I often ask people a question as a prerequisite for God’s will. Are they willing to go anywhere or do anything God wants and wait as long as it takes to get God’s will? More times than not, this waiting as long as it takes is the one people struggle with most.
  • How long should you wait? There is no time limit. Let God end the waiting not you. Saul didn’t wait and it was the beginning of him losing his kingdom.  I Samuel 13:11-13
  • You will know when God puts an end to your waiting.  I Samuel 1:17, 18

C – Circumstances

God uses the circumstances of life to reveal and confirm his will in your life.

  • The circumstances of life that are of God to show his will always line up with the word of God. This is important because Satan can also use circumstances to pull us out of the will of God.
  • You don’t have to create the circumstances of life to get the will of God lest you fall into manipulation. He creates and brings circumstances into our lives according to his will. But he is also the controller of all circumstances and uses both the good and the bad for his benefit to his glory.  Genesis 41:14

P – Prayer

Prayer is the oil that makes this formula function.  George Mueller calls this prevailing prayer.

  • Prayer of wanting his will Isaiah 40:31
  • Prayer of making our requests known Philippians 4:6
  • Persistency in our prayer Jeremiah 29:13
  • Power in our prayer James 5:16
  • Personal prayer with God Psalm 37:4
  • Always praying for his way in our life I Thessalonians 5:17

P – Peace

Peace for me is the confirming factor in the will of God.

  • Peace releases me from the cares of finding his will.  I Peter 5:7
  • Peace reassures me that God will not forsake me in seeking his will.  Hebrews 13:5
  • Peace assures me that God will answer. Peace allows me to trust no matter what the answer is because his ways are always the best and I can rest in that.
  • Peace is the reassuring of my heart that I have found his will. Continuing in his will and knowing that the only thing in life that can bring me peace is his will.
  • In closing, peace is knowing that he … “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”  (Ephesians 3:20).

            That verse gives me peace and I believe it with all my heart that God will show me his will plainly and I believe he will show his will to you also.  “… Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”  (Matthew 6:10).  You and I happen to be one of the vehicles to carry out his will.  What an honor, what a blessing, what a treasure hunt he has set us on.  Go like me and find his will and do it for his glory.  “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ”  (Ephesians 1:12).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Will of God

Part 28
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

          The lack of peace in life’s matters causes stress, panic attacks, worries, and fears.  It is not the $5,000 which was donated to the camp that gave me peace; it was letting my request be made known unto him and resting in his promise that he will meet our need.  That’s what gave the peace and kept my heart and mind in him.  He could have answered my prayer in many ways, and even could have said no but I had his peace that God would help the camp because I’ve seen God’s blessing on the camp for many years and have seen him meet our needs.  The check brought joy in that once again he provided for the camp.  God promises to show us his will and care for his children if we walk holy before him and seek his face.  We don’t have to know how he does it just that he will and we are to trust him and rest in his promises and the understanding of these truths will garrison us with his peace.

          Of all that I have written on God’s will, peace is the final confirmation that we have the will of God in our lives and that we are right where God wants us.  The peace of God is the maraschino cherry on the will of God.  The three most important decisions in life are as follows:

  1. Where will you go when you die?  Salvation found in Jesus Christ alone will confirm that you will go to heaven for all eternity.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but will have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Failure to receive Christ results in spending eternity in the lake of fire for all eternity separated from God and those that have chosen Christ as Savior.  Revelation 19:11-21
  2. If I am to marry, who will I marry?  This decision must be taken very seriously.  There are many principles in scripture to help you with this decision.  I’ve often told people I can’t tell you who to marry, but I can tell you how to find the right one.  This decision will not affect where you spend eternity but will affect whether you live a life of misery or blessing with the person you marry.  Proverbs 31
  3. What will I do with the rest of my life?  Your life will either be one that lacks meaning or a life full of purpose serving God.  I believe finding the will of God for your life for the short term and the long term will fulfill this.  If you answer all these questions right, I believe you have hit the grand slam of life and you will be blessed in this life as well as the next.

To be continued ………………..

 

 

The Art of Pie

Part 4 of 4
By Pastor Dave

            The E is for encourage.  There is not one of us that at numerous times in our lives couldn’t use some encouragement to begin a task or journey or to stay the course once we have begun or most important to finish.  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10).  We all fall and need help getting back up.  Many times that comes with a word or an act of encouragement. [Read more…]

The Art of Pie

Part 3 of 4
By Pastor Dave

            The I is for Inspire.  Why is it that some people have a gift to inspire?  They are part of the class of dreamers or visionaries that seem to get the whole picture.  It seems that without even trying they get immersed in some great cause no matter how trivial it may seem to others and end up inspiring them to get off their duffle bag and join the cause.

            I recently was given a quote I want to share with you.  “You don’t have to be a hero to accomplish great things–to compete.  You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”  Sir Edmund Hillary  That “ordinary chap” was the first to climb Mt. Everest.  If that is all it takes to inspire, I guess you and I can do that. [Read more…]