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!

Don’t Give Up

Many people are disillusioned, discouraged and ready to give up on life.

No one is immune and these type of feelings can come in an instant. We are prone to become discouraged…to lose heart and give up.

Did you know that one of the main strategies of the devil is to discourage you? It is a spiritual attack, he wants to make you feel down and frustrated, to make you lose heart.

It may be through your marriage, your job, in relationships, in a particular ministry, in your Christian life, finances, health issues, emotional issues, or finances. Maybe it’s just that things are just not going as you planned.

Do you ever get weary? Burned out, bummed out?

Discouragement causes you to grow weary. You are pulled in different directions and have no energy for anything. Do you know anyone right now that is just weary? It may be you!

Galatians, chapter 6, verses 9-10 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
What an incredible promise! Just like a tiny seed in soil produces a crop, God’s grace will guarantee that the smallest seeds of goodness in a humans heart will produce a great harvest.”

This is a great promise but it is a promise with a condition. The promise is for those who do not quit. You can’t claim the promise if you quit! You’ve come too far in your life. Don’t quit now, don’t give up. Hang in there, God’s not through with you!

No matter what comes you way; No matter what trial you are facing today, no matter how bad the odds are against you, no matter how discouraged you might be, no matter how dark the storm is…

Don’t give up! You must remind yourself every single day. God’s not finished with you. Your miracle is right around the corner.

Remember the promise – “Don’t grow weary in going good for in due season you shall reap if you don’t lose heart.”

Don’t give up!

Jesus Is Better Than Coke!

We could argue about what tastes better – Coke or Pepsi, but we all know which one is the most popular and which one has a vision to reach the world.

A man named Asa Candler bought the company from Dr. John Pemberton in 1889. He took away all of Pembert’s assets in a single horse and wagon. Candler knew he had a great product and he believed the world needed to know about it.

Candler instituted a far reaching campaign. The Coca Cola trademark was provided to soda fountains around the country on signs, serving trays, lamps and every other item that Candler thought of. He gave away thousands of products with the Coca Cola logo on them.

Candler even gave restaurant signs that said, “Ice cold Coca Cola sold here.” For many of the stores, it was their first major sign and they gladly displayed it.

By 1919, Coca Cola became one of the most successful products in America’s history. Candler sold Coca Cola in 1919 for 25 million dollars.

Coke has continued its vision to reach the world. The vision is to put a Coke in the hand of everyone on the planet. Today, Coke is worth 67.5 billion dollars.

I will admit Coke is good. I enjoy a few Diet Cokes every day of my life. But something is certainly wrong with this picture. Coke is more passionate, more committed, more aggressive and more enthusiastic about a soft drink than we are about sharing the news that you can be completely forgiven of all of your sin, be saved, experience abundant life and go to heaven when you die! Coke does a better job evangelistically than we do. Jesus is a lot better than Coke!

We must have the vision to get the gospel in the heart of everyone on the planet. We must have a greater vision than Coke.

Let me encourage you today to call, text, write, Facebook or tweet someone and tell them your story. Tell them that Jesus saves. Invite them to church this Sunday.

We really do have a message – a “product” that is a whole lot better than Coca Cola!
JESUS!

We Need Leadership

Defining leadership in a specific sense is really difficult. We all know it when we see it. We could all give 10 different definitions of leadership, and we would all be right.

Leadership is something every organization has to have. Leadership is the most important aspect of any team, any organization or any church. There really isn’t a hard, fast way that you have to lead. Some people have charismatic personalities. Others are quiet and reserved. Some leaders are extroverts, while others are introverts.

True leadership gets things done. Leadership makes thing happen!

Leaders excite and motivate people around the cause and equip people to make a difference.

Warren Bennis and Bert Nanus interviewed 90 leaders from a variety of professions. They were trying to see some underlining principles that could be identified from people who were extremely successful and had a huge impact.

The study became a book called “Leaders”. They nailed it down to 4 distinct qualities that every leader must possess:
Leaders bring attention to their vision.
Leaders communicate in clear, creative ways.
Leaders trust people. They give others power to get the job done.
Leaders believe in themselves to reach their goals.

In my years of leading, I have discovered that all leaders must be visionaries, cheerleaders, and warriors. And most of the time, a leader must be all of these at the same time.

We need leadership!

Paradigm Shift

Albert Einstein said, “no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

Today we would say we need a different approach or a paradigm shift. A paradigm is a set of assumptions, concepts or ideas which we look at something.

We all have problems. All of us can make a list right now of all the things we need to change or projects we think of that seem impossible to complete.

Have you ever been involved in a situation that should have gone off without a hitch but then everything went wrong?

Have you had to face setback after setback, trial after trial, frustration after frustration? I bet you have! Here is what I have tried to do in these situations.

Figure out my part of the problem

Where did you go wrong? What assumptions did you make that were wrong? Where did the communication break down? You first must own up to your part in the problem.

Re-think how to fix it

This takes time and a pen and piece of paper. This is where most people miss it… taking the time to re-think, to evaluate, to look at it from a different perspective, and to brainstorm “what if” scenarios. To really engage in the art of rethinking the way you previously thought about it will create a new fresh approach to problem solving.

How can everyone involved win?

So many times you’re dealing with selfish people. Sometimes you are the selfish one. How can everyone involved get what they want and the project be completed? How does everyone win?

These three things work in every aspect of life. Work,family, business and yes even church.

Sometimes we need a Paradigm Shift.

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500,000 Hits

I would like to first start off by thanking all of you for making every part of this possible!

As I’m sure you know a blog works best when you have people who read it. Since we launched this blog almost 5 years ago, we have had well over 478.000 views!

SteveFlockhart.com and New Season Church are so grateful to God for providing us with this opportunity to reach people, and we hope that these posts have been able to help you along with your daily walk with Christ. My intent is to encourage you.

We have a goal to have a half a million views by Easter. Help us out by reading and sharing.

Thanks again for reading!

$200,000 Project

We are at it again! New Season Church in Hiram is attempting to raise $200,000 to pave our parking lot.

We are believing God that this will happen in the next 12 months. It will take all of us reach this goal.

Here are 3 things that I know to be true about money:

1. Money will never satisfy or bring fulfillment.

“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

Some people believe and live as if the accumulation of money will bring them the happiness and fulfillment they desperately desire.

2. Learn to be content in Christ through living a life of significance.

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” I Timothy 6:7-8

As a young adult, we seem to think that material things and money are the key to success. Many times, our lives are consumed with our quest for this type of “success.”

When you grow a little older and wiser, you realize that is really not the key to success…you long for significance.

3. Be a giver, not a taker.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7

Be praying and seeking God about what you should give on March 26 in our First Fruits offering.

Don’t Be a Mummy

All through the Bible, we see men and women of God stepping out and taking risks.

When you read about the life of Jesus, you will not see “safe and predictable.”
You won’t see boring or mundane.

I love what Henry Ward Beecher said, “A man looking at the present in light of the future, and taking his whole being into account, maybe contented with his lot; that is Christian contentment. But if a man has come to that point where he is so content that he says, ‘I do not want to know any more, or do any more, or be any more; he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy.”

Jesus didn’t save you to be a mummy. He saved you to live a life that brings glory to Him and many times, that life involves risk. A life of faith.

So step out today and live!

First Quarter Gone

The first three months of 2017 are gone!

Have you accomplished those New Year’s resolutions? Do You even remember what they were?

Okay, how about a different question…What are your goals and are you on the path to accomplish them? Take a moment and reflect on both your direction and your speed.

Are you moving in the direction of your goals and your dreams?
Do you have a deep seeded belief that you can achieve your goals? Do you believe there are endless possibilities opening up for you right now?
Have you gotten off track?
Have your goals come to a screeching halt?

Let this first quarter of the year be the inspiration that you need to get going. I know that it is easy to lose your focus and determination. It’s easy to get distracted and discouraged.

Which one of these are you?
1. You don’t expect to succeed so you’re defeated before you even get started.

2. You always find more reasons why something will not work than why it will.

3. You look forward in resignation and look backward in regret.

4. Your glass is half empty but only for a little while, evaporation takes place!

If you find yourself identifying with one or more of these, then try these on for size.

1. Success is never a matter of “if” for you, it’s a matter of when – begin today.

2. You know that anything is possible – now, go do it!

3. You can’t wait until tomorrow because every day puts you closer to your dreams.

4. Your glass is half full, but only for a little while…you are going to need a bigger glass!

It’s time to take action and let the rest of 2017 be your greatest year ever and achieve your goals!

Carpe Diem

Robin Williams’ character in the movie, “Dead Poets” says, “carpe diem, seize the day boys; make your life extraordinary.”

That is great advice. Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase that means, ‘seize the day.’

Too many of us are living ordinary lives instead of the extraordinary life that God has for us. I am not talking about rock star status or saving 10 children from a burning building. I am talking about seizing the day and making a difference in people’s lives.

What do you need to do to seize your day?

Ephesians, chapter 5, verse 16 tells us to “redeem the time because the days are evil.”

There are two words in the New Testament for time – “chronus”; clock, time or measured time and “charos” meaning season of time or opportunity, fixed point in time.

The word in Ephesians is ‘charos’. We must seize the opportunity that is in front of us…seize the day, the moment, the opportunity.

It is one thing to talk about what you are going to do or what you are going to accomplish. It is quite another to actually do it, to reach that goal, to finish that project, to start writing that book.

Make today count!
What task will you accomplish today, no matter what?

Seize the day! Act on this moment. Go do it!

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