Leadership Part 1

Hey I’m writing a message on leadership and I am going to pull parts of it out at a time and share it with you guys and hope you learn from it as I have learned from it also. Most of this stuff is from stuff I have learned down in redding california from bethel church. But some of it is mine. So God Bless

You ARE Called. Not someone else.

Matthew 5:14-16 (New Century Version

14 “You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. 16 In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.

Jeremiah was a little unsure of God’s call on his life – he did not ‘feel’ like the guy for the job.

Jeremiah 1:7-8 (New Century Version)

7 But the Lord said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’ You must go everywhere I send you, and you must say everything I tell you to say.8 Don’t be afraid of anyone, because I am with you to protect you,” says the Lord.

Intimacy

A Journey into intimacy with God.

You will only be intimate with someone you believe loves, someone you trust. Therefore you must first know that your are radically, passionately loved by God, then you can be a radical lover of God. It takes God to love God.

Anything outside of intimacy becomes religion and work. It is discovery of this love that will take you through the processes that all of us go through to become more like Him and the leader you are called to be. We can never do in our own efforts. It is by God’s power and His love that we change, Not by our own.

God of Burning Desire

Yes, He desires and wants. He is full of intense desire and burning love for each of us. He created you to be with Him.

God of Jealous Anger

He is out to remove all that hinder love in our lives, not being loving people but loving Him. How He confronts His Enemies, all throughout the old testament. When God reveals sin in our life it is judgment against Satan. Satan’s plan is to get us to sin.

God of Fascinating Beauty

Being confident in God’s love for you allows you to see His beauty. Rejection and condemnation keep you from seeing Him as beautiful.

As we walk through the journey of intimacy with God we begin to learn and see clearer and clearer who Ho really is. Our preconceived ideas and mind sets from our own life begin to be changed to line up with what God says in His Word. We go from being self-focused to God Focused

Burning with His Love

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (New Century Version)

6 Put me like a seal on your heart,
like a seal on your arm.
Love is as strong as death;
jealousy is as strong as the grave.
Love bursts into flames
and burns like a hot fire.
7 Even much water cannot put out the flame of love;
floods cannot drown love.
If a man offered everything in his house for love,
people would totally reject it.

Serving

The Greatest Servant of All

Matthew 20:25-28 (New Century Version)

25 Jesus called all the followers together and said, “You know that the rulers of the non-Jewish people love to show their power over the people. And their important leaders love to use all their authority. 26 But it should not be that way among you. Whoever wants to become great among you must serve the rest of you like a servant.27 Whoever wants to become first among you must serve the rest of you like a slave. 28 In the same way, the Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people.”

How did Jesus serve?

1. He sat and taught for hours
He gave his time to see others grow
2. He provided food for the multitudes
He did not require they provide for Him. He had compassion on them.
3. He healed and prayed for people everywhere he went
4. He died on the cross
The most demeaning form of death in His day and went voluntarily because He knew what the outcome would be. He was not interested in saving Himself and He was an innocent man.
5. He went voluntarily when they came for Him
Peter cut the ear of a guard off, ready to fight – he did not understand the time.
6. He ministered to the Samaritan woman. Not supposed to talk with Samaritans – outcast
7. Washed the disciples feet
Demonstrated serving others for them
8. Prayer for the disciples
Intercession. Jesus was continually praying for His friends/disciples.

Why is serving important?
You will find very quickly what is in your heart by what you are willing to do and not do. Bobby Conner says it best, “God will offend your mind to reveal your heart.” Serving us the area where authority issues will show up – “No ones going to tell me what to do.” (They shouldn’t have to, you should beat them to it!) “I’m not going to do that….. Let someone else” and on and on. But truly if you will listen to your heart you will find that you grow fastest through serving.

When you find a ‘negative’ thought or feeling ruse up when you are asked to do something – QUICKLY tell your flesh and mind to be quiet and QUICKLY do what has been asked of you! If you will do this you will see God catapult you forward. Why?

If you will say no to every trivial, hard or dirty thing ( whatever your hang up is!) then God will not be able to entrust you with His treasures… because you won’t see them as treasures…. And you won’t see the importance of what He has asked you to do. There is sooooo much you will miss if you do not learn to serve.

It’s a Heart Issue

Ephesians 6:5-9 (New Century Version)

Slaves and Masters
5 Slaves, obey your masters here on earth with fear and respect and from a sincere heart, just as you obey Christ.6 You must do this not only while they are watching you, to please them. With all your heart you must do what God wants as people who are obeying Christ.7 Do your work with enthusiasm. Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.8 Remember that the Lord will give a reward to everyone, slave or free, for doing good.

9 Masters, in the same way, be good to your slaves. Do not threaten them. Remember that the One who is your Master and their Master is in heaven, and he treats everyone alike.

Humility/Trust with the Small things

Matthew 25:21 (New Century Version)

21 The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.’

Relating to People Where They’re At

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (New Century Version)
19 I am free and belong to no one. But I make myself a slave to all people to win as many as I can.20 To the Jews I became like a Jew to win the Jews. I myself am not ruled by the law. But to those who are ruled by the law I became like a person who is ruled by the law. I did this to win those who are ruled by the law.21 To those who are without the law I became like a person who is without the law. I did this to win those people who are without the law. (But really, I am not without God’s law—I am ruled by Christ’s law.)22 To those who are weak, I became weak so I could win the weak. I have become all things to all people so I could save some of them in any way possible.23 I do all this because of the Good News and so I can share in its blessings.

Friend of God
You go from being a servant to a friend. How does that happen? When you server you learn about those things and people you are serving. Their wants, desires, needs, expectations. It is the same with God. At first you are doing it because someone asked you to. Then you move in a place, when you see how lives are being impacted, that you become friends of those you are helping. You now see the way God sees.

John 15:15 (New Century Version)

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I heard from my Father.

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Brains Are Mush

So ya my brain is like mush right now. I have alot of stuff on my brain and I am going to delight you with them to here in a sec. But mainly I want to ask you guys to keep me in prayer and maybe for some Godly advice that can help me out here =)

Well by now I’m sure you all know that I am called to be a youth pastor and everyday I think God keeps pulling my closer and closer faster than I thought lol.

Well I am going to start my schooling to get my credentials and stuff at the end of the month and I am super excited.

Now in September God called me to the local middle school. He really gave me a heart for them and to get to know them and try to be the best role model I can. In our youth group all our kids are in High school now and so we don’t have any connections in the middle school. So next week I will be going to the middle school to meet with the principle to see how I can get involved and help out and just make friendships and connections. I’m super excited about it cause God has giving me a heart for them.

Now here is where my mind has started to turn to mush.

I kept saying to myself I would get a job when I got back from Slovakia. I was saying ok I’m 18 and I need to grow up and get some living going. Now I know I wouldn’t have time for a full time job as school was gonna start soon but then when I got back things have started to fall inline so I can get involved in the middle school and get more involved in my church and helping out. Which is what I really would want to do cause its how I am going to do God’s work later on in life. But here is my problem.

I have to earn a living some how!!!!!

If I don’t have job and have no income its kinda hard to grow up lol. Now I know if I do what God wants me to do he will provide and I know that its just kinda of a hard leap to make. The leap wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t have pressure from people telling me I need to get a job, I need to grow up or I need to quit being lazy.

The problem is I’m not being lazy I know what I am suppose to be doing with my life. Now I really feel like I need to forget about those people and go with God cause he will provide but again I’m having trouble making that leap of faith.

So I want to ask you guys for some prayer and ask you guys what you think I should do. Is studying and doing what God wants more important then making a living? I Don’t believe its wrong but it is hard. So just discuss it with me and also let me know what you would do =)

Now as of tonight I really feel God wants me to make an instrumental worship album also so keep that in mind to =)

New Recording

Hey everyone I haven’t done any recordings in awhile so I sat down today and did one. So thought I would share it if you would like to check it out =)

My Song

What Draws Your Character

Ok I’m gonna talk about probably the thing that got to me mid trip this year. On a trip when everyone is around each-other for a week or so you learn alot about people especially when they are tired. Now it wasn’t a bad thing cause you get to actually really know people better than you had before, in ways that might not have been great but for me I felt it was.

I have come to realize, I’m pretty sure it was a God thing but I also know it is just something that comes of age, But I was feeling I guess you could say depressed a little mid trip. I started really getting to know the people that I call friends and getting to know the people that weren’t my friends. I guess I started to get depressed cause God showed me who my friends really where. I have friends that are negative I have friends that any time I get around them I end up saying something stupid or doing something lame and then there is the friends that I hadn’t been holding close to me that are encouraging, good tempered and are really on the same page with me.

Well mid trip I started to feel like I really didn’t have any true friends. I was feeling like ok I have friends but there people I do stupid stuff with or I just end up fighting all the time with. Now thats not true of all of them but some of them it was. I wouldn’t really hold good standards when I was around some people cause I just wanted to be in the group. One thing I noticed is that if you are around negative people you start to become negative. Now I have always heard that but I actually experienced it. I guess I’m finally growing up or something cause even though I got to the point of well I guess an epiphany I also realized that even though my friends weren’t all that friendly I still had God. Now it was weird I don’t think I had a problem this whole trip tell at this point riding in the bus to do a church camp thing and I started crying. I started to realize that I was getting to the point of that I cared to much of what these friends thought of me instead of the real friends. Now they are still my friends but I guess God just gave me a different outlook on what I should be around them or kinda to put my guard up. Really I think God just completely changed my mind in this thinking of true friends and the influences they have on us.

I still love all my friends but I found out that the people I use to think I could never be friends with or I thought acted to mature all the time, They really are my friends. I thought that of them cause of what my friends around me thought and/or cause I wasn’t being what I was suppose to be and in a sense I mocked them for my lack of it.

I guess God really showed me on this trip it’s time to grow up. I still feel sometimes like my friends are few but yet I’m comfortable with it, Cause I would rather have 2 good friends that 50 friends that do nothing but make me less of a true man of God.

I haven’t broken ties with anyone and I don’t feel like I should but I do know that it was time for me to grow up on my outlook on friends. I had to realize what I was really suppose to have in friends. Now we all go thru times and the people I didn’t think were my friends ended up being good friends and the people now that I have a new outlook on are still my friends but they difference is that I realized what I did around these friends. Now I don’t really look for the acceptance and I don’t want to lower my standards or do anything to hurt anyone just to be with these friends. I found my self at times around certain people that I would end up joking and hurting someone else. That’s not right at all.

I needed to realize to put my guard up and be different than that.

Well I don’t want to drag out my epiphany more than is needed to get the point. But I do pray and hope that you all get a chance to really pray and think of the value of your friends. See what the characteristics are of your friends and see what characteristics they draw out of you, You will probably be shocked.

Well tell next time.

Much love ~ Jeremy

Update

Hey everyone I got back from my mission’s trip to Europe on Tuesday and it was awesome. I will have more updates on it and all that God did once I have time to recap the trip cause so much stuff happened. So look back soon for a new post.

Afraid = Trouble

Well I think I have finally come down of my halo 3 high lol. So now I’m back to reality and am focusing more. I will admit my God time has lacked this past week cause of that game. So I’m really fighting hard to make sure that I stay on track especially this next week so I’m ready for Slovakia for the mission trip.

God is already doing great things in our planning for this trip and when we get there this trip is going to be so amazing. I’ve been once before but this year is just different like I feel God so much more now than I did last time and I know the expectation’s he has for us on this trip.

Before I start with the rest of this blog I want to tell you guys and gals that I am so sorry that I have neglected my blog this last week I will try not to do it again. Although it will happen for two weeks cause Im leaving on friday for 2 weeks for the mission trip but tell then I still have some time to leave you guys with some stuff.

Well I have been reading some proverbs the last couple days just cause I needed some life lessons and God gave me something for my life as a Christian and as a guy that is going to be a youth pastor.

Proverbs 29:25(NCV)

25 Being afraid of people can get you into trouble,
but if you trust the Lord, you will be safe.

Now that is huge cause growing up I have always been afraid of talking to people or being in a place or town that I am not familiar with. But God showed me the hope now for those situations. I will be keeping this close to my heart during the mission trip cause I don’t want me to get in the way of someone connecting with God.

If you are into football at all there is a famous coach for FSU and his name is Bobby Bowden. Now I got to hear some of his life on tv this morning and this guy is amazing. He is a christian and hearing what people have to say about his life you could truly see he was a true Christian and showed God’s love. My favorite thing he said in the interview was this

We don’t have to save people, All we have to do is make God available thru us and then it’s up to him to save them.

I’ve heard it before but it was so different this time it really struck me. Especially cause I don’t like sports and for me to hear this from a coach I really respect his life just find a little bio on him or something and you will be to he is an amazing man.

Now talking about amazing men I want to talk to you about my cousin. He posted a wonderful post that God had given him about being a man of God and I want to post that so you guys can read it.

This is what it means to be a real man, speaking from the truth and biblically:

A real man:
…understands and lives according to the basic purposes for which he was created: to worship, honor, and serve God. (Romans 12:1-2)
…values and carefully handles the scriptures. (2 Timothy 2:15)
…doesn’t pride himself on being knowledgeable in the sinful ways of the world.
(1 John 2:15-16, James 4:4, Philippians 4:8)
…isn’t embarrassed to worship God and pray in a group setting. (Mark 8:38)
…is wise, yet humble. (Proverbs 2:1-10, 1 Peter 5:5, Romans 12:16)
…takes leadership in a self-sacrificing way. (Ephesians 5:25-28)
…is kind because, “What is desirable in man is his kindness” (Proverbs 19:22)
…doesn’t try to prove himself but is simply confident as he walks in the fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 14:26-27)
…doesn’t put others down with his actions, attitude, words, or his strength. But on the contrary, he affirms and builds others up (Proverbs 15:4, Ephesians 4:29)
…treats his sisters and mother with as much respect as he would treat a prospective wife. (Matthew 25:21)
…not only respects but appreciates a young lady’s purity and innocence. In our culture innocence isn’t retained by accident. (2 Corinthians 11:2-3)
…values his purity as much as he values a young lady’s purity. He is not ashamed to live and act differently from the world in order to guard himself. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Ecclesiastes 7:26)
…can look a girl straight in the eye without communicating any impurity. (Proverbs 20:11)
…isn’t ashamed to identify himself with his family (Ephesians 6:2-3)
…is a gentleman. He is polite and shows women honor in everyday things such as opening doors, etc. (1 Peter 3:7)
…has no desire to be gross in order to impress other men. He doesn’t burp, swear, or tell disgusting stories. (Proverbs 13:5, Ephesians 5:4)
…shows by his actions that he loves children. (Matthew 19:13-14)
…is pleasant and expresses joy rather than feeling that it’s masculine to be sullen. (Proverbs 21:29, 1 Thessalonians 5:16)
…doesn’t blame others for his own problems but embraces responsibility. (Proverbs 12:27)
…can accept correction (Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 29:1)
…is mature in his emotions and his expressions of them. He can deal with the trials of life logically, with wisdom, not on a basis of emotional instability. (Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 17:27, Proverbs 12:18)
…understands the value of work and is financially responsible. (Colossians 3:23-24, 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, Luke 16:10-11)
…expresses himself with intelligent words rather than using “street talk”. (Proverbs 17:20, Titus 2:6-8, 1 Peter 4:11, Ephesians 4:29)

I read this and I think he read it somewhere but I don’t remember where but it was truly an amazing find and I hope it helps all you guys also.

Well I posted kinda of a long one and so I want to end now as not to bore anyone.

Much Love ~ Jeremy