Don’t Walk Away

Discouragement is one of the strategies that Satan uses.When you read the temptation narrative of Jesus, you see this tactic. The devil knows if he can discourage you, then you might be tempted to quit.

We all have been tempted to quit. We have all experienced feelings of, “I’ve had enough.” We have wanted to walk away from the difficulties, the emotional stress, the financial burdens, the isolation, the demands of life: family, job, etc…

Sometimes we talk ourselves into thinking that it would just be easier to quit. It would! It really would be easier to quit and walk away but you were made for better.

Even Jesus was tempted to quit.

When we read Matthew, chapter 4, we see Jesus being tempted by the devil to question God. He questioned God, He questioned Himself (the same thing really). He questioned His calling, He questioned His purpose and He even questioned His future.

Life is full of highs and lows. We celebrate one day and we are down in the dumps the next.

We all struggle with feelings of defeat. We all have had that moment of asking, “should I just walk away?”

Don’t quit…don’t walk away!

 

Preach To Yourself Daily

I find myself preaching to myself every day.

Everyday, I have to remind myself of certain things. Just like you, I get discouraged by my circumstances or someone says something or writes something negative about me. I end up getting focused on the outward, instead of keeping my eyes on Jesus.

This morning I have been preaching to myself…Here is my four point sermon. Hope it encourages you like it did me.
I. Move Past Your Past
Whether it’s been good or bad, you have to move on. Paul says to let go of the things that are behind and look forward. Let go of the things that have held you back or have held you down.
II. Embrace the Future
Charles Kettering said, “My interest in the future is because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” God has an amazing future for you. “The best is yet to come” is not just a cute little saying, but a mandate. Get excited about your future…God is!
III. Be the Right Person Now
Make the decisions that you know you need to make. Zig Ziglar says, “The best guarantee of a great tomorrow is a good today.” Pray, be in the word, be filled with God’s spirit and dress in the armor of God every day. Deliver what you promise.
IV.Stay the Course
It will get tough. You will feel like quitting! Stay the course. Stay focused. Be committed. Persevere through the obstacles. You can do it.

What have you been preaching lately?

Rock In Your Shoe

Recently, I was walking outside and I started to feel that agitation that we have all experienced at least once in our lives…the rock in our shoe.

Most of the time it’s a  very tiny pebble, but it drives you crazy! I did what we all do, I stopped, took off my shoe and shook it until the little culprit which was causing me such agitation fell out!

Isn’t it amazing how something so small can cause so much agitation and discomfort? It’s the little things that seem to get us!

Now I know we all have big stuff we are dealing with, but I’m talking about the small irritants that just aggravate.

We all go through those little aggravations in life and we also fix things by the same 3 simple steps:

1.Realize there is a problem.

2. Figure out a plan to solve the problem.

3. Solve the problem.

Unfortunately, many times we just leave the rock in our shoe.We walk around with a weird walk hoping it will go away. Thats crazy!

Today, let me encourage you to get the rock out of your shoe/ life. It sure will feel a lot better!

We Need Gap People!

We need Gap people.

No, I’m not talking about the American clothing store which is one the largest specialty retailers in the Untied States. I am speaking about people who know how to get hold of heaven! People who intercede. People who don’t talk about prayer but people who really pray.

This week we are praying, fasting and seeking God.We are believing God for the best year ever! We need you to pray…To stand in the Gap.

The year was 606 BC. God had raised up the Babylonians as a “rod of correction” in the life of Israel. God’s people started being deported to Babylon.

In the book of Ezekiel, chapter 22, verse 30, we have one of the saddest verses in the Bible. “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

God was looking for someone to stand in the gap, to make up the hedge, to hold up the wall but He could not find anyone.

God is still looking for people to stand in the gap.

We see in the first chapter of Job that God had put a hedge of protection around Job and the devil was not allowed to touch Him.

In Psalms 106, Moses stood in the breach (or gap).

Today this would simply mean that a man or woman could be counted on to pray and grab hold of heaven for their country, families and friends, churches, new believers, etc… It would be that person that you count on to intercede on your behalf.

Could it be the reason there is such a breakdown in our lives, in our families, in our churches, in our country, etc… is that there just isn’t enough people standing in the gap?

Will you join me and be willing to stand in the gap? Praying, pleading and grabbing hold of heaven! Not only this week but in a continual basis?

The war is real and it’s raging. We need Gap people!

Power of Life and Death

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. “ Proverbs 12:18b

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

Wow…Solomon, the wisest man to ever live outside of Jesus said that the tongue – our words, opening up our big mouths can cause great harm. Death or life.

Do you realize that what we say affects more people than any other action we may take?

Words have so much power in them. They can crush a person’s feelings. They can make someone sad, angry, discouraged and even depressed to the point of being suicidal.

Friendships have been fractured, reputations have been blackened, minds have been poisoned and churches have been damaged all because of the tongue.Once these words leave our mouth, they can never be retracted.

All of us have said things that we later regretted. We all have been caught in the heat of the moment and have spoken words out of anger.

But what about those people who know exactly what they are saying and don’t care? You know ‘those’ people that I am referring to? Their mission in life is to cut down, slander and talk badly about people. They have the gift of criticism.

Did you catch Proverbs 12:18 earlier? “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword…” Solomon said when you talk about someone, it is as if you are stabbing them with a sword. There is nothing innocent about cutting someone with a sword.

Our words are powerful.Be careful how you use them, be careful what you say or what you write. Today, with social media, once you push a button it’s out there.

Words are powerful. They have the power of life and death.

Critical Crossroads

I have been stuck in a rut, a hole, and felt like I could not climb out. I know you know what I’m saying.There was a time in my life a little over 9 years ago when I wore my pajamas every day for months. I have lived in the “funk and fog.”

I also came to that fork in the road…you know, the critical crossroads where you know you can’t figure it all out or you really can’t do anything about your circumstances, but you can make a decision. A decision that says “I’m tired of being this way, feeling this way, and living this way.” I’m tired of being sick and tired. I’m fed up with life as it is.

Let me give you five things that you need to do to as you stand at your critical crossroads.

1. Throw yourself at Jesus

· Surrender everything you are and everything you hope to be. Confess, repent, experience his cleansing, and forgiveness.Trust Jesus to give you a new start and a new direction.

2. Constantly renew your mind

· Feed your mind the right things every day. Read, pray, listen to sermons, get a healthy diet of good things in your life.Preach to your self!

3. Spend time with positive, faith-filled people

· Who you associate with will be extremely important. Who you hang around or do not hang around with will “make or break you”. Surround yourself with positive, faith-filled people. It will make a difference!

4. Know that God is working

· Knowing that God is working causes you to trust and to depend on Him. God is not finished… what He starts, He finishes. He is molding you and sculpting you into a trophy of grace.

5. Share your story

· Tell others how faithful God has been. Tell them how He worked in your life. Don’t waste your pain.

Today as you stand at your critical crossroads, Know that I’m praying and believing with you!

 

Rise Up and Take Life By the Throat!

Zig Ziglar says, “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness and focus on a specific goal, you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”

We are kept from our goals, not by obstacles but by lack of sheer determination, guts or old fashioned courage. The simple fact of the matter is, it takes real guts to achieve your goals.

Goals do not achieve themselves. They require focused intensity over time to make them real.

Even small goals take a small amount of guts to realize. Life changing goals take life changing intestinal fortitude.

If you wonder why so many of your goals fall through the cracks, the answer is simple. You lack the guts to achieve them. Bold but true. Sadly, there is no other explanation.

Rise up – take life by the throat and accomplish your dream. You have some choices.

1. You can remove your goals – dismiss them until next year. Eliminate them for now.

2. You can reduce the size of your goals.

3. Rise up – pick up your performance and commit to their achievement. Go for it! So what if you don’t hit all your goals? You’ll have a blast trying. The journey toward them will be rewarding.

Rise up and take life by the throat!

 

400,000 Hits

Almost 4 years ago, we launched “steveflockhart.com” and I started blogging. The response has been very encouraging.

I am writing about real life issues and trying to encourage you to get off the couch and accomplish your dreams. It doesn’t matter what you have done or where you have been…what matters is where you are going now. What is it that you have been put on this planet to do?

Have you ever thought about why you are living at this point and time? One of my purposes in writing this blog is to inspire hope; to believe in the second act in people’s lives; to encourage and challenge you to reach your God given potential.

We need your help. We are trying to get 400.000 hits by April.(4 years since blogging) You can help us! If this blog has encouraged you in any way, please share the link to the blog on Facebook or Twitter and get your friends involved in reading. We have 2 in half months to hit 400.000 so please help us spread the word!

Thanks again for reading and I will keep you updated.

Help us Hit 400,000!

Connecting With God

Robert Murray McHeyne said, “A great part of my time is spent in getting my heart in tune for prayer. It is the link that connects earth with heaven.

I know that there have been hundreds of books, thousands of sermons and blogs written on the subject of prayer. Everyone knows the importance of prayer but I wonder if we really believe in the results of our prayers?

Prayer is as vital to us spiritually as air is to us physically. We must learn to pray!

There is nothing that brings you closer to God than prayer. Prayer truly is intimacy. Prayer can do anything that God can do. Prayer is omnipotent, prayer is omniscient and prayer is omnipresent. Things happen in your life when you pray…when you truly connect with God.

Abraham prayed and angels came down to earth to converse with him; Jacob prayed and God blessed him mightily; Elisha prayed and fire came down from heaven; Daniel prayed and he was delivered from the lion’s den; Jabez prayed and God poured out blessings on him; Peter prayed and 3000 people were saved.

What are YOU praying for? What are you believing God for? Do you really believe there is power in prayer?

On January 31 from 7 – 8 pm at New  Season Hiram we will have an amazing opportunity to connect with God corporately. I want to encourage you to be here. We will also start a 7 day time of prayer and fasting from February 1 –7.

We are asking God for mighty things this year and your prayers make a difference.           Let’s connect with God!

Bold Moves

I grew up being bold. I was always the first one to try something or do something( it got me in a lot of trouble) Because of a lot of circumstances that I won’t go into on this blog, I grew up not being afraid. Taking a risk and stepping out is in my nature. Therefore, I dream about a lot of big things!

We serve an awesome God who is not scared by our BIG audacious dreams and desires. On the contrary, God desires that we live boldly.

Proverbs 28:1 says, “the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

God isn’t offended by our boldness, just the opposite. He is offended by our passivity. Bold faith filled prayers bring honor to God and God honors bold faith filled prayers.

What step of faith do you need to take? You are only one bold step of faith away from your vision being fulfilled.

Are you going to play it safe or take a risk?

Abraham took a risk and left what was familiar to him to see a promise in the making fulfilled.  Moses took a risk when he said to Pharaoh, “let my people go.” Joshua took a risk when he told the people to march around Jericho. Peter took a risk when he got out of the boat and started walking on the water.

We at New Season took at risk 8 years ago to start a church. Last year we took a risk and launched two more campuses.

What risks has God called you to and you are still sitting on your blessed assurance?  Why not make a bold move today?