The Intentional Life (Part 8) “Intentionally Working for the Lord” (Col. 3:23 )
Theme: Being a servant of the Lord means serving the Lord
Introduction: If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have a promise – Jesus came to give you a “full” life! (Jn.10:10) A large portion of that life involves work. Doing good works is what we were designed for (Eph. 2:10) Whether it’s volunteer or vocational, work is something we have to live with. So, how can we make it more meaningful and fulfilling? Did you know, how you view and thereby do your job, not only impacts your level of living – but it also impacts your witness for Christ to others. Our works ought to be meaningful, productive and fulfilling; and with the right view of them, they can be, no matter what they might be!
Here are three things we need to consider about our jobs to be Intentionally working for the Lord…
Conclusion: Doing good works is what we were designed for (Eph. 2:10) So, whether we are working as a volunteer or for a career, we know this is in keeping with God’s will. Therefore, when we work as servant of the Lord, and treat our work as service to the Lord, then we will find ourselves “Intentionally Working for the Lord” in all we do.
Perhaps today is a good day to commit or recommit yourself to the Lord and in all you do, do as unto Him.
The Intentional Life (Part 7) “The Intentional Biblical View of Finances” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Theme: A biblical view of finances will lead to biblical use of finances
Introduction: How we view our finances will determine how we use them. And seeing God’s word putting such a strong emphasis on this subject, should show us we need to settle on a right concept on our finances and have an intentional biblical view of our finances. Having the intentional biblical view and exercising intentional principles and practices in light of those views is not only a challenge facing every believer, but one that will impact the life of every believer as well.
Having said all of this, I want to share with you the importance of having an intentional biblical perception, understanding of the principles and practices of our finances and how this can raise your level of living.
Conclusion: I have to understand how I view my finances will greatly impact my life and level of living. God’s word spends a great deal of time and effort on this subject so that I can see how important it is for me to have an intentional biblical perception of finances, know the intentional biblical principles to help guide my finances and,to use intentional biblical practices with my finances so I get the most out of what God has entrusted to me. So, how have you been doing? Do you need to change your perception of your finances today? Do we need to re-examine God’s financial principles for us to follow? Do we need to change some of our financial practices? What can we intentionally do to raise our level of living when it comes to our finances?
The Intentional Life (Part 6) “Intentionally Free from Guilt and Shame” (Psalms 103:10-14)
Theme:Letting God’s grace and truth set us free
Introduction: Jesus said – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jn 10:10)
But many believers are not living life to the full! The life Jesus said He came to give us. In fact, far too many believers are feeling dirty, worthless and ashamed of themselves. As a result, they feel unclean and therefore, unworthy to approach God. We may know the truth that God forgives us. But we still struggle with feelings of guilt and shame of our past. I believe we need to see three things today in order to intentionally be free from guilt and shame.
Conclusion: We have been talking about “the intentional life – living a life that will intentionally take our living to the highest level! But many believers are not living life to the full! The life Jesus said He came to give us (Jn 10:10). One of the biggest reasons is because they are not free from guilt and shame the way God intended them to be! If you have not been living the full life Jesus intended you to have because you have been buried under the burden of these lies –
Starting today, ask God to free you from these lies and fill you with His truth, joy, and the fullness of life Jesus promised!
The Intentional Life (Part 5) “The Intentional View of My Physical Body” (1 Cor. 10;31)
Theme: Seeing my body as belonging to God
As we consider how to intentionally take our living to the highest level today – I want to give you three things to consider as we establishIntroduction: We laugh and joke about our bodies; but did you know God wants us to be very intentional about how we live in, treat and use our bodies?
Since the Christian understands that our bodies were formed by and fashioned after God we should be very intentional about how we view our physical body and understand how to live in, care for and use these bodies (so that in all we do, we do it for the glory of God!)
an intentional view of our physical bodies.
Conclusion: If we want to intentionally take our living to the highest level, we have to have an intentional view of the worth and value God places on these physical bodies we are living in:
How have you been viewing your physical body? How have you been living in it, caring for it and using it?
Can you say today – In all I do, I do it for the glory of God? Can you say today – Like Paul, I want God to be exalted in this body?
Let’s acknowledge starting here and now today, – “Father this is the body You have prepared for me – use it for Your glory!”
The Intentional Life (Part 4) “6 Essential, Intentional relationships Every Believer must Have” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Theme: Investing in right relationships (God, self, friends, family, church and the world)
Introduction: We are created to be relational people – God designed us that way. And not one of us should underestimate the value of our relationships, because our relationships are vital parts of our lives. If we are going to take our living up to the highest level; we have to intentionally invest in right relationships! In today’s message on “The Intentional Life” I want to share with you: “6 Essential, intentional relationships every believer must have” The first essential, intentional right relationship we must have is…
Conclusion: How are you doing with your relationships – are there one or some of these you need to work on? Why commit to the Lord to be intentional about working on these 6 essential relationships in your life.
The Intentional Life (Part 3) “The God Intoxicated Life” (Cor.6:1)
Theme: Living a God-filled, Spirit-led life
Introduction: I am sure you know (or have seen in others of course), what happens to us when someone gets intoxicated. To be intoxicated by definition is to have your faculties taken over by some substance. When this happens, you do and say things you normally would not. You are not in control, but rather you are under the influence or control of something else! We all have intoxicated lives of some kind… So, let me ask you, are you presently “Intentionally” living a God intoxicated life?
What happens to a person whose life is intoxicated by God? What kind of things would they say and do? What does it look like to live a life totally full of and under the influence of God? You can choose today to have a God intoxicated life by being among those who choose to fill your life with Jesus! And it happens when we make three simple discoveries and intentionally do them!
Conclusion: Intentional living when it comes to our faith requires us to take a look at what is filling our lives! The one with a God intoxicated life is a great example and they have a love, a light and life worth sharing! If that’s not you today – It can be when you chose to intentionally begin to take the steps that lead you to “The God intoxicated life” – The life the Father desires for you to have?
Living The Intentional Life (Part 2) “The one Thing missing” Text: Rev. 2:1‑7
Theme: Keeping our love for Christ first
Introduction: In book of Revelation Jesus addresses seven things to seven churches that were intended for all churches to read and benefit from. These seven messages are given to seven literal churches that represent churches of all ages (today we’ll look at one). The message of Jesus to this church is His message to the church today. And any message Jesus has for the church should also speak to each of us individually as well because we are the church. So, while we review this message, we must apply it personally; and examine our own hearts and intentional living when it comes to our faith. The first church Jesus addresses is “the church at Ephesus”
Conclusion: If we are going to raise the level of our living – we must start with intentional living in the area of our faith!
Intentional living in my faith must begin with replacing “The one thing missing!”
Living the Intentional Life (Part 1) “Quenching Spiritual Dryness” (Psalms 42)
Theme: What to do with and in times of spiritual droughts
Introduction: When it comes to our faith; let’s be honest, there are times in our lives when we can feel very empty spiritually, we can find ourselves in a state of nothingness. Nothing seems to interest us spiritually; we do not seem to have the energy to get excited about the things of God. We want to be excited; we want to be interested, but it just not happening for us. We feel like we are wandering in a spiritually dry desert. We are dying of thirst, but cannot seem to find what we need to get on or back on track. This brings us to Psalms 42
There is a cure for spiritual dryness or (depression) but it is not in us. It is in God!