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A highlight from Honoring God with Our Lives (2 Chronicles 1:1012)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. Second chronicles chapter one versus ten through 12. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people. For who can govern this people of yours, which is so great. God answered Solomon, because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you. And have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches possessions and honor such as none of the kings had who were before you. And none after you shall have the like. This is a parallel passage to first kings chapter three. And it's one of the most famous parts of Solomon's life one at the beginning of his leadership as king. He asked for one thing from God for wisdom and knowledge to govern his people well. I got of all the things he could have asked. Imagine you are entrusted with leadership of an entire kingdom. And you have one thing that you ask for is this what you would ask for. It's what Solomon asked for and it is pleasing to God. God says because this was in your heart and not for more possessions or wealth or honor, the life of those who hate you. You're not even asked for long life for yourself, but you've asked for wisdom and knowledge for the good of others. I'm gonna give you that and more, even when I think about reading recently and James chapter one, just brings this passage right into our laps because God tells us in the New Testament that he will give wisdom to everyone who asks he will give it generously to us if we just trust him to give it to us. And so it's a no brainer we pray right now today, oh God. Out of all the things we could ask for. We pray today for this one thing and we pray that you'd be pleased and honored and our desire for it and you would answer us for not just our sake, but for the sake of those around us whose lives we affect God we pray for wisdom. We pray for knowledge. We pray for discernment. In each of our lives, and we praise you for your promise to give it. We look at all in our lives on our plates today, and we say we can do nothing without you and we don't want to do anything without you. We need your wisdom and our lives and every decision we make. God deliver us from ourselves from our foolishness, God we pray for wisdom and every interaction we have. And every decision we make, every thought we have and every desire God rep prey for wisdom. Lord help us to live today with wisdom, help us to lead others according to your wisdom, we pray for your wisdom in our lives for the good of others just as you gave Solomon wisdom for the good of those he would lead. God, even as we pray that we pray for leaders around us, we pray that you would give them wisdom. God we pray for leaders in our countries. We pray for leaders in our states or provinces God for leaders in our communities, we pray for leaders and our churches. God, they all need wisdom from you. We pray for wisdom from you and God we praise you as the generous giver of wisdom. So we pray that you would lead us today by your wisdom in us by your spirit, the spirit of wisdom in us. God help us to live and lead today with knowledge and discernment with discretion with understanding with wisdom that comes from you, not with the wisdom of this world, but the wisdom that comes from your spirit according to your word we pray for this today. We pray for this in Jesus name according to second chronicles chapter one.
A highlight from Philippians Part 9
"5 through 8. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Who though he was in the farm of God did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even death on the cross. Now, can we even begin to comprehend how challenging it must have been for Jesus who was and his God was here before the foundation of time involved in creation all powerful all knowing to empty himself and be willing to come here and do what he did for us. It would like me say like me, it would be like me saying, you know, I really am concerned about all the ants in the world. And so I'm going to become an aunt so I can save them. That's a terrible way to try to explain it, but maybe it helps in some way, get it across. Jesus was called the son of man and the son of God. In other words, he was a man just as human as we are filled with God. He brought God the earth and put on a human farm. We show up with a human farm, and then we have the opportunity to be full of God by receiving Jesus as our savior and our lord. So he is the first born among many brethren. A human filled with God, and we are humans filled with God. Come on, get it. He humbled himself. You can't do what God wants you to do. If you're not willing to humble yourself, the bio says, humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. But I would like to tell you that if you won't humble yourself, he will do it for you. You can be humbled privately, or you can be humbled publicly. And privately is so much better. I remember our oldest son saying to me one time he said I can honestly tell you that every single time you and dad have had to come and correct me. And this was after he was working for us. He said, every single time you and dad have come and corrected me, God has already tried to tell me several different times, and I wouldn't listen. Come on, if you do get corrected by somebody, even a friend who loves you enough to say you really shouldn't be doing this, you shouldn't be acting like that. If you're honest, you'll say God had already shown you. But God loves us enough that he's not going to let us get by with just ridiculous behavior. And so he deals with us first, the Holy Spirit dealing with us in our spirit, and if we'll learn to follow that, how much easier life is going to be. It won't have to go through all the tragic stuff. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and in due time he will exalt you. Let me give you an example of how you can have peace. Somebody at work that you're don't care for anyway. Now you understand you love them with the love of the lord. We understand that. You love them with the love of the lord, but you just can't stand them. Aren't we hilarious? I love you with the love of the lord. I don't know what that is. But it never seems to work out very good. Well, where were you when I needed somebody to help me move? Well, the love of the lord doesn't go that far. So somebody at work gets a promotion that you really felt like you deserved. And so now you're mad. You're mad at your boss. You're mad at the person who got blessed. You're even to tell the truth a little mad at God. And if you let that faster long enough, you're going to get a little bit of bitterness in there. And bitterness is exactly what it is. It's bitter. It makes everything in life sour. And then you can, of course, go around and be the office gossip and talk about this person and talk about how unfair conditions are there, and you can just boil yourself up a mess. And then you get yourself in such a dirty you go home and you take it out on your family and your grouchy and cranky. You all look so innocent. Are it's so wonderful because in God, we have options. Are you can say, you know what, lord, I really wanted that promotion, and I think I should have had it. But obviously, you don't think I should have had it? Because I didn't get it. And so I'm going to keep a good attitude with your help. And I'm going to be happy for that person who got promoted, and I'm going to pray for them to do well in their new job, and I'm going to trust you to give me even something better than what I thought I wanted when the time is right. You can even put things like that in the offering plate, not physically, but Dave and I did this one time. We'd been on a we started on a radio station a big one that I won't name. And it was one of the first stations we went on and it was very expensive and we were on once a week and we had built up a decent audience and they just took us off. Just like that. No reason to just change the programming and just took us off. Well, that was that hurt us so bad. I was just broken hearted. And so I was mad about it. I was angry about it. I was talking about them. You won't believe what they did. And so Dave and I decided one Sunday at church that instead of being bothered about it, we were going to give it to God as an offering. So when the offering plate came by as well as putting in our financial tithe, we gave that we said we're giving this to you, we're offering this to you, we're not going to keep it. We're giving it to you, and you do what Evers right with it. One year later, that same station called us and asked us to go on not once a week but every day. We lose so much trying to vindicate ourselves. Instead of letting God do it for us, but that requires humility. Humility doesn't mean you're weak, Jesus was meek. And the word is kind of, it's not a, not a good sounding word to us. We think of meek as like. But you know what? The word make means if you look it up in the original language, it means
A highlight from #129 Freedom In Christ
"I'm joined by my co host Jin wilkin and JT, English, good morning. Jen wilkin, with the good hair, we're talking about JT first thing he popped on was like Janet your hair looks great. Jen looks fabulous today, everybody. I just want you to know. It's an illusion. I'm cooling you. Yeah, I literally told the one family member who's home. I'm like the good news is they can't see anything but the forward facing version of me, so probably be fine. That was great. It was great. As we've both of you have made it very clear on this show, I don't have any here. So any air in my view is good here. It's good. Wow. Yeah. It's a compliment. You have it. You have it. I'll tell this joke about misplaced compliments. I don't know that I've told this story before, but my wife's gonna not be happy with me for this. But okay, you have a moment. When you're in. When Lauren and I were dating. Okay, and I had never dated. Okay, Lauren was the first and the only girl I ever dated. Efficient. And yes, and so when we were dating, I was lactose intolerant, but did not know it. So I would go we would go eat food and if I had dairy, I would eat just a few bites and start not feeling well. And would not ever finish what I was when I started eating. But Lauren, you know, like a normal person who's hungry would go and she would eat she'd eat the food. And I'd be like, I did not know that I had something that was inhibiting me from eating. And I would always be like, wow, baby, you really ate all the food. That's incredible. And she'd be like, let me tell you something. That's not a compliment you give to a woman. Like why you're dating. Like, this is not something you celebrate. I grew up around like a brother. I didn't have any sisters growing up. So we were always told, hey, eat everything, and then we were celebrated for eating everything. So I just thought that's what you did. Evidently, not a compliment you wanted to pay. But good hair, that is the compliment. Good hair. Okay. Well, your hair looks good. I feel good about it. Thank you. Yeah. Oh, good, good. Well, I'm glad we've affirmed it sufficiently. We're now attitude to try to transition this. Watch this. Now we're going to get into a passage that has true affirmation Hey, don't come in me. I'm a professional kid. You actually are really good. That was good transition. That one maybe was not a good illustration. Well, let's assume the best. Well, we're gonna jump into Roman's 8 today. This is a passage. I feel like if somebody knows Romans, Roman's 8 is probably the passage that they're familiar with, even if they don't know that like some verse comes from Romans 8 or passage comes from Romans 8 or a line or truth, they've heard it. They've been around it because it is a really glorious chapter in what is a very dense and glorious letter. And so we're going to jump into Roman's 8 and I'm going to read a portion of Roman's 8. I'm not going to read all of Roman's 8, but I am going to read Roman's 8 12 through 17. And then we will jump in to exploring this together. I've been reading a lot recently. I feel like the last few episodes I've been doing, can somebody else read Roman's 8 12 through 17? I'll do it. JT, be happy, too. You're up. Oh, well, that's fine. Now we gotta find hair while we hear your excellent reading skills. Well, now I feel like there's some pressure. But I'm gonna go anyway because we were airs with Christ. Thank you. Hairs with Christ. Oh my gosh. That was really important together now. I can't believe I missed that. All right, well done. 12 to 17. So then brothers, we are debtors not to the flesh to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die. But if you live by the spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who were led by the spirit of God or sons of God, for you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry ABBA father. The spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. And if children then errors, airs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. It's good. That is good news. And this chapter is full of good news. I mean, think about Roman's 8 one right out of the gate, right? There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, bang. I mean, if there is, you know, I think John piper has called them battle versus. I've heard other people call them fighter versus. Just short versus to memorize for encouragement as we walk with the lord. This has got to be one of my top shorts succinct. Hold that away in your heart. I don't know that there's a day of my life where I do not need to hear there's no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Isn't that good? It's real good. And I like that it's attached to it, therefore, because we get to ask. What's there for there for? Well, tell us, Jen, what are for? Gosh. We're going to get some of this one. We are. So Jen, why don't you tell us what to therefore is there for me? What's Paul been saying, leading up to the chapter? Why is this landing with such clarity and hopefulness at this moment?
A highlight from A Prayer to Offer Up in the Morning
"Lord, I'm coming to you with my personal mourning offering prayer. I worship you today and want to give you praise for another day of life. As I began to think about your amazing grace and for all you have done on my behalf, I'm overwhelmed with joy. Your love draws me into your sweet presence, the moment my eyes open. Even when sleepiness tries to pull me back under the covers. Your tug on my heart awakens me to start the day right with you. This morning, I offer back to you this day and my life as a gift of gratitude. You deserve the best and I want to give you all that I have and am in a fresh new way. Right on my heart, the lessons you want to teach me today. Fill my mouth with your words and thoughts, not mine. I long to live this day for you, with my affection set on things above. Not focusing on worries here on earth. You gave your life for me, an offering of death to pay the penalty of my sin. In return, I longed to make your heart happy by offering my life as a living sacrifice to you. Some days I feel like I have so little to offer. Yet you know my heart. You created me, and you love me just as I am. You require nothing for me but faith because your love is a gift with no strings attached. I can't earn it and I can't buy it. But lord out of a deep love for you, I desire to live for you today in such a way to encourage others. I want to bless you as well as those who cross my path. If I give to others with mercy and compassion, you've said it's the same as giving to you. So accept my morning offering prayer today, lord. May my life be a sweet fragrance to you. As I seek to follow you to love you with all my heart, soul and mind, and to love others as myself. Use my mouth, my mind, my hands, and my feet, all of me, as instruments of your piece. May
A highlight from Joy in Giving (1 Chronicles 29:9)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. First chronicles chapter 29 verse 9, then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. And that's a great picture when people are giving offerings for the construction of the temple, and they are rejoicing as they give. There is joy in giving when that giving is done willingly. The people rejoiced because they had given willingly for with a whole heart, they are offered freely to the lord. Do you see the descriptions of giving here willing giving free giving out of the overflow of their whole hearts and this kind of giving leads to great joy? David the king also rejoiced greatly. And so we see in first chronicles chapter 29 verse 9 a principle a truth that we see all over the Bible that goes totally against the grain. Of the way we are wired to think in this world we are wired every one of us to think that joy is found in getting in having more if we want to be happy if we want to experience joy than we need to get more stuff. Then we need to have more things even that joy is found in hoarding in getting and having far more than we need or could ever need. And the Bible tells us over and over and over again that joy is found, not in having an a hoarding, but in sacrificing and giving generously not because we have to, but because we are willing to willingly freely with a whole heart because we get to because God has given us grace in the possessions we have to be able to give for the good of others and to be able to give for the glory of his name. Oh God, produce this kind of joy in our lives, we pray. Help us to trust you that there is joy found in giving, not in storing up more treasures on earth, but in storing up treasure in heaven. God we pray, even especially as we come to the end of a year and as we think about giving in our churches and giving to the work of the gospel around the world, God help us to be willing and free and our giving and to experience joy and doing so, God for the building up of your church for the building up of your body, your bride help us to give willingly and freely with our whole hearts toward that end if they did this for the building of a temple in first chronicles 29, how much more should we do this for the building of your household for the building of your church and for the spread of your glory among the nations got help us to give for the spread of the gospel of 3 billion people who have little to no knowledge of it God help us to give willingly and freely with our whole hearts toward that end that men and women and children in Egypt, millions of them who don't know your love in Jesus might hear about your love in Jesus God replay help us to give freely and willingly with our whole hearts toward that end, God we pray that you would produce this counter cultural other worldly joy, rejoicing in our hearts and our lives and our families and our churches that we read about in first chronicles chapter 29, and we pray this in Jesus name, amen. And as we pray this, I do want to add just say this periodically one, I hope the overflow of praying, this is zeal to give to your local church and the building up of your local church. And then I want to encourage you also when it comes to opportunities to give to the spread of the gospel among the unreached on the front lines of urgent spiritual and physical need. So radical is created an avenue specifically for that forgiving to the front lines of urgent need and I encourage you to go to urgent needs dot org and learn about how you can be a part of coming alongside our indigenous brothers and sisters all around the world and making the gospel and the glory of Christ known in places where his name is not now known. God give us grace. As is church to give willingly and freely with our whole hearts for his glory in his church, and among the
A highlight from Philippians Part 8
"He's not really asking you to go physically wash somebody's feet, although that might not hurt some of you. He's talking about being willing to do things that might be considered insignificant, maybe kind of unpleasant things to do for somebody else. Live in harmony with one another. Stop passing judgment on one another. Except one another as Christ has accepted you. The patient with one another don't provoke one another. Serve one another. Do not slander one another. Do you know that every time that you tell somebody something bad about somebody else, that affects their opinion of that person, even if what you told them is not true? Amen. And we need to be a lot more careful about listening to the stuff too. We are so what do you mean? What are you talking about? And you know, some people don't come out and gossip, they just hint. Maybe somebody's saying something nice about a person that you don't like and you're just like, that's all you know. Well, if you're mature enough, you can just say, yeah, and what I know is all I want to know. I don't want to know anything else. But more than likely, you're like, well, what do you mean? What are you talking about? What do you know that I don't know? Come on, you're going to get this before you leave. Paul was facing problems in the church with people not getting along. And he begged them to get along. You know, I'm not responsible for what somebody else does. But I am responsible for what I do. Amen. In Roman's 12, it says as far as you're concerned, be at peace with all men. It's up to me to try to keep peace, but if somebody refuses to be peaceful with me, then that's between them and God. Amen. In chapter one, we learned that false teachers had come among them and they were stirring up trouble. Do you know one person can start up so much trouble in the church? Just one, yakitori, Yankee yak person. Strife is bickering, arguing, heated disagreement and an angry undercurrent. You're not going to have the annoying where you got that. Let's look at some one 33. Behold how good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity. You know, you say a lot of pace and unity and here today. And you know
A highlight from Helping Your Girl Set Boundaries (with Stephanie Olson)
"Welcome, Stephanie, thank you for joining us. I appreciate it. Thank you. I'm glad to be here. I want to talk a little bit about you, so I know you have children to do. Teens tweens. Yeah, so I have an adult child which throws me for a loop and then teens. So I have a 20 year old daughter who actually lives in New York and then I have a 17 year old daughter. She's a senior, and a 15 year old boy. Wow. Okay, so you know exactly what we're going through. As mamas are going through, you're one of us. And you have gen zers? Yes, I do. Today we're going to talk about establishing boundaries. Oh, my favorite topic. Yes. And so we want to talk about what they are, why it's important to have boundaries and what do we do if boundaries are crossed? And then how do we expect someone else's boundaries? Yeah, that is so good. So when you think about boundaries, boundaries do two things. If you think about a fence, you put up a fence to both keep people out and then perhaps keep people in. And so those are really good when we had were big dog lovers and we had dogs that would jump the fence. And so we kept having to put the fence much much higher and do different things. That's what boundaries are. Boundaries are really just a source of protection for you. And that can look like a number of different things. But boundaries are just really saying, you know, this is kind of my limit. Or this is how far I will do whatever it may be. And I'm not going to go beyond that. But those are hard to put into place sometimes. If you think about it, we have gives us boundaries. Yes, he does. You have created the earth with boundaries. That's right. That's right. The things that to me is the water. You know how the water can go so far? Right. That's a boundary. That is exactly right. And I think sometimes that's one of the things we resist about God is that he does have boundaries and there are things that we need to this isn't God's best for us. So maybe we want to avoid that. It's no different in life in the workplace. There are boundaries in the workplace. There should be boundaries in your home life. And in every relationship that you have, there are boundaries that you need to set. And really hold people to them. That's the tricky part. Yes, I agree. I remember when my daughter was younger and she told me that a lot of her friends thought I was really strict. And I would tell her I'm not strict. I just have boundaries. Right. And as she got older, she started thinking about some of the things that people thought were unusual in my rules. And then she was like, really? It really wasn't. It really wasn't that big of a deal. And, you know, some things I really shouldn't have been doing anyway. You know, she's like, you were fine. I don't know why they thought that was such a big deal. You know, it's funny because what is really important to know is parents is kids want to boundaries. They really do. They want us to put boundaries in place. So that they can feel safe, they can feel protected. And although they'll tell you, I want no boundaries. That is not true at all. I got to tell you this story because it was so it was such a poignant moment. And it really talks about the importance of boundaries. I work with a woman who does victims services with specifically with human trafficking. And so she had a woman who was a survivor. And she was trying to get her out of town to a restoration home. And this and this small period of time. So it was about a week. She had to stay with her. So she had this survivor saying with her. And the survivor was just throwing a fit because she would say no, you can't do this. No, you can't do that. And she'd be like, I hate you, you're awful your ball. And this went on for a week. When she was putting her on the bus to send her to the restoration house, this woman looked at her and said, I wish you were my mom. And she said, what I bet you hated me and she said, no, you're the first person who has told me no because you care about me. Wow. And that is what our kids want and need. And not only do they need to have boundaries from us, but they need to learn how to set those boundaries and put them in place. I agree. Yeah, that's so, so important to have them establish boundaries. For themselves. And that's in anything. Like you said it'd be in friendships. You don't want friends who are going to take advantage of you and just run all over your time or anything. Well, I'm just going to do this or tell you they're going to do something, then they change their mind, but they don't tell you and you're expecting it. You just have to tell them, hey, you know what? I'd appreciate it if you give me this much notice. Right. Because I've already planned to spend the day with you or whatever. So yes, it's important. And then it's important for them to understand why we are giving them boundaries. Because I think times we just say, no, you can't do that. But they need to understand why we're saying, no, to this particular situation. Right. That's a really important one, because I think a lot of times parents, my husband has the tendency to do this and it drives me crazy. Parents will say, no, and the kids kids will say, well, why not? Well, because I'm your parent. Well, that's maybe why. Right. It's okay to explain why this isn't the best for you. You don't get to have 15 cookies for dinner. Because there's a nutrition and energy and health factor. And all that stuff. But if they don't understand why you're saying no, they don't learn anything. And they can't, they can't respond to those boundaries in a positive way. Yes, and they are the Gen Z is the Google generation. If they want to get an answer to something, they just Google it. Absolutely. They're accustomed to asking why. Right. And there are custom to receiving an answer. Right. Exactly. And it doesn't have to be the one they want all the time. They do deserve to know why the answer might be no. Hey listeners. I want to ask you a question. Do you feel like your prayer life is stagnant or stale? You desire to make prayer apart of your everyday life. If you answered yes to either of those questions, then we've got a podcast for you. It's called teach us to pray. It teaches to pray podcast, hosted by Christina Patterson, walks you through simple, effective steps to grow the spiritual discipline of prayer in your life. When we grow in prayer, we grow closer to God. You can find the teachers to pray podcasts at life audio dot com or on your favorite podcast app and don't
A highlight from A Prayer to Put Jesus First This Christmas Season
"And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the end. Luke to 7. No room for them. No vacancy. No place. Words that seem to hang close even today. In a world that seeks to crowd Jesus out, where busyness abounds and hearts are stirred to focus on other things. It can be hard to sometimes choose to keep him first. It's all too easy to get caught up in the whole hurried dash of the holidays. And to give our attention to what seems more urgent. Our focus gets blurred and the most important things get pushed aside. It takes an active and daily choice to put Christ first, especially in a culture that says you're too busy to focus there, or that life is too full, and there's no more room. May God help us to choose wisely. What voices we listen to and where we give our attention today. He is the one who brings real peace in this all too often hectic season. He is the only one worthy of our time and attention as we slow down the maddening rush around our lives. We can know all of this in our heads, but may he help us to really believe it in our hearts. And choose to live it out this season. Renewed, refreshed, making room for him first. Let's pray. Dear God, help us to keep our focus first on Christ this season. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention to other things. Help us to reflect again on what Christmas is really all about. Thank you that you came to give
A highlight from Serving God with Our Hearts (1 Chronicles 28:9)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. First chronicles 28 verse 9. And you Solomon my son know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart, and with a willing mind, for the lord's searches all hearts, and understands every plan and thought, if you seek him, he will be found by you. But if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. What a exhortation from David to his son Solomon that summarizes the main things in a sense that we should pray. For each other, yes, as much as we have prayed recently in this podcast for the next generations as we think about David exhorting his son Solomon in this way. So yes, I want to pray this for my kids, but I can't think of anybody. I don't want to pray this for, including my own life. Just hear these phrases that Solomon may know God that Solomon might serve God with a whole heart with a willing mind on a picture. Don't we all in our own lives and others lives and our children's lives for them to serve God with a whole heart with a willing mind. Knowing the lord's searches all hearts understands every plan and thought. And that if we will seek him, he will be found by us. You will seek me and find me when you're speaking with all your heart, God later says to his people in Jeremiah 29, let's pray this. Let's pray this over our own lives. Let's spray this on over others around us just intercede for people that come to your mind right now and yes, specifically for the next generation for those in your family and those in the church who come after us, God we pray that you would help us all to know you. God, I want to pray this over every single person who's listening this right now. They might know you, like, truly know you. Let him who boast most not in his wisdom or his might, or the things of this world that embos that he knows and understands you gotta pray that you'd help me. You'd help us to know you to truly know you and serve you with a whole heart God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, all of us drink gotta help us to serve you with a whole heart and with a willing mind. With minds that are captive to your word and obedient and willing to obey all your ways. God don't let us have stubborn minds. Prideful minds that think are ways or better than yours, God we pray this over our lives over others lives help us to serve you with a willing mind knowing that you search our hearts and you understand our every plan and thought that nothing is hidden from you so I help us God to seek you with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind and all of our strength and to know that when we seek you, you will be found by us that we can indeed know you and enjoy you and experience life in you to the full God we pray for this in our lives. We pray for this and others lives around us and the people who are closest to us got to pray this and people who are far from us. God, we think about people who don't know your grace and your love in Jesus God we pray for unreached people in the world, like the sonar people of India, God, please. Please, please cause these hundreds of thousands of people to know you to seek you to find your love in Jesus. The day might know you and serve you with all their hearts and with willing minds and the day might be found by you. Got to pray for that over the sonar, we pray for that for people around us who don't know you that you would help us to proclaim you to them today. This week to lead others to be found by you. Got rid of all of this. According to your word in first chronicles, chapter 28 verse 9 in Jesus name. Amen.
A highlight from Philippians Part 7
"Man. Oh my goodness. Help me Jesus to get out of here without getting in trouble. Here's just a few little handy helpful things about how to get along. First of all, believe the best instead of the worst. Now that right there can just, I was going through something last week with somebody and I realized I was believe in the worst about every situation. And the Bible says that love always believes the best of every person. Instead of assuming that somebody was out to get you, are they hurt you on purpose? Why not just say they probably got something going on in their life and don't acting out of their own pain? They didn't even mean to hurt me. They quick to forgive. Come on, don't you leave here today mad at anybody? You might have even come with somebody you're mad at. Oh, yeah. Dave and I used to go to church tomorrow. I'd be mad at him almost every Sunday. The devil would start something up, and I'd get mad at him. And we'd fight and argue all the way to church. But let me tell you when we got to the front door, we got the church face out and put it on. Well, praise the lord. Thank you, Jesus. I feel the spirit. I can't remember standing next to Dave, mouthing the words on the overhead to what I was calling worship. And thinking, if he thinks I'm cooking him anything to eat today, he's got another friend coming. As far as I'm concerned he can start. And we call that worship. Wonder why things aren't work and why there's no annoying and, you know, while we've always got trouble with the devil, come on the Bible says an effusion for don't let the sun go down on your anger, don't get don't give the devil any such opportunity. Those of you that are mad in here today at somebody and you won't forgive them, all you're doing is just playing right into the devil's hands. Well, you just don't know what they did to me. Doesn't matter. Yes, nobody wants to be hurt. And when I say it doesn't matter, I don't mean that I don't care that you're hurting, but I mean, God didn't say in the word, you must forgive except on these occasions. Is there anything that God won't forgive you for? And does he have a limit on how many times he'll forgive you for it? So we're supposed to behave like him. If we want to have the life that Jesus died to give us, then we can't act like ordinary fleshly, human beings who just do what they want to and treat people however they want to. This is better than I thought it might be. Be the first one to say I'm sorry. Gotta let that soak a minute. Say you're sorry, even if you don't think it was your fault. Now I'm not saying that there's not certain truths that we need to stand up foreign stand our ground, even if it does cause an argument. But I'm talking about all the petty, silly, goofy stuff. That we argue about and fight about that. Don't even make any sense. When I look back at it, I mean, I used to get mad at Dave and wouldn't talk to him sometimes for three weeks in the very beginning of our marriage over some silly thing like he went and hit golf balls on a day when I wanted him to stay home and do it on me. Okay, here's another one. Be willing to be wrong, even if you're pretty sure you're right. I told you yesterday heard his back and he actually
A highlight from A Prayer to Fight Fear and Anxious Thoughts
"By Leah Martin. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God whose word I praise in God I trust. I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Some 56 three and four. One minute I trust God, but the next, I start imagining my greatest fears. Airplane crashes, illness, or one side of my 40 year old house sinking. One day I might be full of faith, but the next day, low grade anxiety sets in as I start to wonder how I'm going to get everything done. Can you relate to feeling like your mind is hijacked by anxious thoughts? Perhaps you struggle with imagined worries about something that most likely will never happen. Or maybe you're already living your greatest fear. Loss of a job, illness of a child or the end of a marriage. For those moments when anxious thoughts threaten our peace, we can remember David's prayer. When I am afraid I put my trust in you. Whispering this prayer helps us turn our hearts toward God. When our knees start knocking. It helps us stop the cycle of negative thoughts and remember, we can trust God's love in his commitment to care for us. Friend if you're struggling with fear and anxious thoughts today, you're in good company. David felt afraid. However, he did not allow fear to stop him from calling God's trustworthiness to mind. When fearful thoughts come to mind, stop the worry psycho by centering your thoughts on God's faithfulness instead. Feed your mind with truth from scripture. Look for a promise you can believe and pray. If you're living with the stress of generalized anxiety, take a moment to stop and identify your fears and concerns. The name them, one by one, before your heavenly father, asking him to help you trust him. Surrender your specific concerns to the God who loves you and cares for your needs. Don't allow fear to stop you from coming to God in prayer. As you pray, he will bring greater peace to your heart. Let's pray.
A highlight from Friends Who Point Us to God (1 Chronicles 27:33)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. First chronicles chapter 27 verse 33 a half was the king's counselor, and who shy, the was the king's friend. I read this verse and I think about the effect that both of these men had on David is king and on the Kingdom of Israel. A hit the foul as a counselor, who shite as hush shy as a friend. I think about the fellow's counsel that was seen as the word of God. Seen as so important, yet how hush I prevail when both he and the fellow were counseling absalom during absalom's rebellion, which ended up saving David's life, and I just, I read this verse and I think about how important counselors and friends are in each of our lives that they would speak good counsel and they would point us to obedience to God's word. I also think about my own life and the role God has given me as a friend and counselor and others lives. I want to give good godly counsel. I want to point people to obedience to God's word and God's will, so God, we pray for good friends and counselors in each of our lives who point us to you. God we pray for discernment for discretion for understanding for wisdom when we make decisions when we hear counsel to know that which is from your spirit and to know that which is not. God we pray that you would help us to surround ourselves with wise, good counselors that you would provide wise good friends in this way for all of us. And God we pray that you would help us to be wise good counselors and others lives to be wise, good friends to others that point them to you, Godwin, we realize the importance of our words and we pray that you would help us to encourage others to counsel others by the leadership of your spirit. And then in all of this, you would keep us attuned to your word, your word is our wisdom. Your spirit is our counselor. So we pray more than anything as we make decisions that you help us to seek you to inquire of you. And yes, oh God that you might use others in that process is good wise counselors and Friends, but God that our hearts and our minds would be attuned to you. I think about people who are making decisions right now, some making big decisions in their lives. God we pray that you would help them to hear from you. And that you would surround them with good, wise counselors that would be a reflection of your voice of your spirit and your word. God, we are so thankful that we don't have to make decisions on our own that you surround us with good wise counselors and ultimately that you have put the spirit of a wisdom our counselor the Holy Spirit inside of us all glory be to your name for the way you lead our lives. Please help us to be an instrument in your hand of your leadership and others lives through good and wise counsel. And please help us to listen to good wise godly counsel given to us. In Jesus name we pray. According to first chronicles 27 versus 33. Amen.
A highlight from The Last Pillar: Communal Literature Paradigm E11
"How amazing is it that we have direct access to the Bible? God's own word and my own lap. I mean, you could own a dozen different translations if you want. You can read them whenever you want. I grew up in a spiritual tradition that marveled at this, and we encouraged each other to read the Bible every day on our own. We called it our quiet time. Just you and God's word. This can be a beautiful discipline. But for most of the Bible's existence, it wasn't experienced this way. For 1500 years, most followers of Jesus heard the Bible, read aloud and group settings. What that means is that the puzzles and scripture in there are loaded onto every page. We're always part of a communal invitation to go connect to other people in the community so that we can discuss it. For the last few months, we've been going through a series called the paradigm series. What kind of literature is the Bible? Today we look at the final pillar of the paradigm that the
A highlight from Philippians Part 6
"Important it is to get the strife out of our lives. Now, when I said the word strife, some of you don't even know what that word means. I had somebody ask me recently, what is strife? Well, strife is bickering, arguing, hated this agreement, but it's something else that is very dangerous. It's an angry undercurrent. And you know what an angry undercurrent is, it's when everybody is smiling at each other. Praise the lord brother, glad you're here. Thank you, Jesus. But your gossiping about them behind their back are, you know, you really don't like them. I'm not surprised at all that the world is not impressed by us. We, as Christians, must lay aside our pride, come on. Our pride and our vanity, and we have to learn to stop fighting in our homes in our churches in our neighborhoods in our schools about things that really, when you take a look at it in light of eternity, I just so petty, so totally completely petty. You know, if you've been married more than 20 years or say, who here has been married more than 30 years? Okay. Now, how many of you can remember things that you argued about year one, two, three, four, and 5. That you look back now and think, how stupid, only four or 5 people that have been married that long have realized that? Well, I might have changed my message. I mean, there's so many things that they've used to do that made me so mad. And now I think they're funny. All those things that we think drive us crazy about a person is really what makes up that person. And we love them as a whole, but we try to pick everything apart. They do. When we first started our ministry, God said I'm going to tell you three things I want you to do and if you do them, my boss or ministry. And every one of these was news to me. I didn't even really fully understand what they were. But he said, do what you do with excellence, be a person of integrity, first thing he said. And basically, being a person of integrity means you keep your word. So even in the very beginning, what God put on my heart is if you've taken a speaking engagement from say a small church and all of a sudden you've committed to them, but you get a huge opportunity. To speak in a big conference, I want you to keep your word to the first people. So it's things like that from the very beginning from the foundation of our ministry, God was dealing with us about truthfulness and keeping our word and he said, do what you do with excellence. I talked a little bit last night about excellence, being an excellent person, somebody who always goes the extra mile. And being excellent are doing something with excellence doesn't mean extravagance. Some people think if they don't have a boatload of money, they can't do things with excellence. But all it means to be excellent is to take what you have. However, little that might be. And do the very, very best that you can with it. Even if you have an old car you can keep it clean. If you're going to roll down your window, your car window at a stop sign and throw your trash out. Get the fish off your bumper sticker. Hey, man. If we would just follow one thing the Bible says and we even call it the golden rule. I guess that phrase mean, hey, this is like the most important thing. And it basically is so simple, it says do unto others as you would have them do unto you. What would happen in a family are in the church if people would just treat other people the way they would want to be treated? Are not say anything about another person that you wouldn't want somebody to say about you. Each one of us is responsible to maintain peace in our lives and as much as possible to be a peace maker. Now here's where I'm going to tell you and this is very important. We don't hear a lot about the anointing today, but when I first started coming into a really strong walk with God, teaching on the anointing was abundant. And the anointing is basically the presence of God and the power of God on your life to accomplish something. When you're anointed, you might say you're well oiled and there's a flow in your life. Everything's not hard, but hard things become easy. When you work under God's and with God's anointing. How many of you are with me so far? Well, to be honest, because I've been doing this such a long time. I can pretty much tell within a few minutes if God's annoying is on something or if it's not. And if it's not, I just start backing off. Because I've lived long enough now to know that if it's not annoying by God, you are going to be struggling and frustrated and fighting with something all the time. And one of the things that keeps the anointing is unity. Sound one 33 says that where there's unity, there's blessing and anointing. And we'll go through the scripture a little bit later. But I really want to establish this point with you that Philippines is considered to be the epistle of joy. Paul mentioned joy 19 times in the four chapters of Philippines, and he mentioned the mind or thoughts 16 times. Indicating that you're not going to have joy if you don't do the right thing with your mind. And so we have to be very careful and wise, how we think about people. How we judge people. My goodness, we are so bad about judging things that we don't know anything at all about. We don't have any idea what that person's been through or what they're going through if we would just make a decision to get along. And especially in the body of Christ. I found out that everybody doesn't have to be like me for me to love them and to get along. Hey, man? I'm so tired of people fighting over knit picky opinions. I mean, does anybody really have a 100% accurate translation of the Bible? I just trust God as I read it and get the principles out of there that are life-changing for me. But if one person reads what it says and first Corinthians 12 and 13 about the gifts of the spirit and they believe that, want that and they pray for that and God blesses them with those gifts in their life and somebody else doesn't want to believe it. It's up to you if you don't want to believe it.
A highlight from Romans Week Thirteen: Love Does No Harm to a Neighbor
"For us to really glorify God with our lives in the everyday way that we live? That's what the whole Bible is about from beginning to end is what does it look like to be God's chosen people who are out there living a life that brings glory to God? So that's our number one thing. That's the number one thing we're doing is we're seeking together, how can I bring glory to God with my life? And what I love about you guys in this community is just exceeded my expectations is that your posture toward God is that. It's like, okay, God, how are you asking me to live? How can I bring glory to you that the way that you guys are engaging in our Facebook group, the emails that you've sent me? I know that you're thinking about, okay, I want to bring glory to God with my life. That's the most important thing. And now I'm gonna wrestle through what that looks like in my everyday life in the way that I think about any number of things the way I think about other people the way that I think about government the way that I think about choices that I make the way that I think about freedom all of that is going to come under the authority of God. Hey listeners. I want to ask you a question. Do you feel like your prayer life is stagnant or stale? Do you desire to make prayer a part of your everyday life? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then we've got a podcast for you. It's called teach us to pray. The teachers to pray podcast hosted by Christina Patterson walks you through simple, effective steps to grow the spiritual discipline of prayer in your life. When we grow in prayer, we grow closer to God. You can find that teach us to pray podcast at life audio dot com or in your favorite podcast app. And don't forget to subscribe, so you never miss an episode. You haven't read Roman chapter 13 yet. I want to encourage you to pause the podcast, take a moment. It's going to be hard to follow along if you don't read it at all. I love to keep my Bible app on my phone. So if you're on a walk or something and you just need to listen to the audio of Roman's 13, you can do that on your favorite Bible app and then come back. I want you to have the chapter in your mind so that when we get into this work together, you kind of know where we're going with it. I'll give you a little bit of an overview, but it will be helpful if you read it. And I just want to invite us to pray together before we get started if you just want to take a deep breath in. And blow it out and just be present for a minute. And take a deep breath in and just say God, I'm giving you this few minutes. I'm asking you to come into our hearts in our minds transform us into your image. Allow us to understand how you're asking us to bring glory to you with our lives that we're living right here in 2021, as we go into 2022, God, you know exactly who we are. You know exactly where we are exactly what we wrestle with. And we bring all that to you and ask you that we could come under your authority to understand your words today. Okay, Roman 13, we're going to focus in on a couple of chapters in Romans 13, okay? So the first is that the first verse, sorry, not the couple of chapters. We are going to focus in on a couple of verses in Romans 13 Romans 13 verse one and Roman's 13 verse ten. I think these kind of contain the principles within for the rest of the chapter. Roman's 13 one. Remember, we were just in Romans 12, and we just left off, the book and the Romans 12 was do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. So Paul's last thought for us is you're going to overcome evil with good. And now we're going to see an extension of what that's going to look like as we get into Roman's chapter 13. Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Let's stop there. First of all, do you notice that Paul has to repeat himself? He does not just say the thing one time. He has to say the thing two times. And two times in a row, what does it say? It says, everyone is subject to governing authorities. God is the one who sets up authority. That's just the two things that I, what does it say? That's what it says in this passage. So when we get to that, of course, we immediately are going to come to 2021, we're immediately going to think for those of you who are in America, we're immediately going to think about our government. If you're in another country, you're going to think of your government, but before we do that, remember, we're going to think about our thinking and the first thing that we want to do is follow our questions through. We want to follow the biblical principles through. So the second question that we have to ask before we are going to reserve judgment on what the principle is here, right? Because we've got to understand what did this mean when Paul wrote it. So we want to ask that question too. What's the backstory here? What's going on? We need to understand a little bit more about the context, right? So you might go back to your Romans book introduction if you're not sure. You can flip back in your study Bible and be like, let me read about Romans to make sure I understand what's going on here. You might be able to find something there that will help you. If not there, then you might go back to the book of acts that can tell you a little bit more about what's going on. We know throughout the New Testament that the Roman Empire ruled over the land, right? We know this is still the same time as Jesus time. And what we need to know is that it actually says it in our study notes right there in 13 verse one. It says the civil rulers, all of whom were probably pagans at the time, Paul was writing. It goes on to say Christians may have been tempted not to submit to them, and to claim allegiance only to Christ. Okay, so what's the backstory? The backstory is that this group of Christians, this new way is under a pagan government. So pagan means not Christian, not interested in Christian values, and we can learn a lot. There's a lot more. You can learn about the Roman Empire, but let me just say. Pagan means pagan. I mean, there was a rampant sexual immorality rampant oppression and corruption, we know that because of how taxpayers were treated in the gospels that they were corrupt. They were overtaxing the people. There was just a sense that if you were a Roman soldier, you could just have your way with anyone and anything. It was a very, very dark time. And the Romans were hated. Just hated by the people. And so what we see happening is that the Christians are trying to figure out what does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean that I have allegiance to Christ? Does it mean that I just get to live my life? I don't have to listen to authority because my authority is Jesus. Well, into this world, is how Paula's speaking. So when we ask the backstory, if we want to understand, well, maybe that government was a good government, and that's why Paul saying that they should submit to those authorities and maybe the idea behind God's putting people into authority is because it was good people. No, it was not good people. So we got to stop there first. When we get to the third question, what does this mean? We start talking about principles. We've got to understand that Paul's words are to a people who are actively oppressed by the governing authorities. Paul's words are to a people whose governing authorities have no, as far as we know, no moral compass, no interest in anything but their own interests. A pagan government that was not trying to bring about the good of the world or the flourishing of God or anything like that. And so when we know, okay, so into that world into that corruption. Paul is saying these words he's giving a command, right? And the command is let everyone be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except that which God has established. There we have the principle that we can start working with. We're like, okay, wait. The theory that we see here is that there is no authority except what God has established. So this is exerting God's sovereignty. The idea that God is in control of the world that even when evil happens, even when bad happens, even when bad people are in power, God is still in control. And we're going to ask ourselves, do we believe that to be true? So I'm going to go back to the original intent of this whole podcast is around my book help my bibles alive and in that book, I name these principles that help us understand if we're really on to something that's like a nugget of truth that God is giving us that is the same meaning when it was originally written to the same meaning as in 2021, 2022, the future, what is that timeless truth? And what we know about a principle is that it's timeless, it transcends culture, and that's a big one that we have to wrestle through. We have to ask ourselves, is this a command that was given into that culture right then? Or is it transcending culture? Is it about something more? And it's a principle when it's harmonious with the rest of scripture. So the interesting idea here for me is that and this is the way I'm thinking about it. Thinking about my thinking is the principle here is about God's sovereignty. That God is actually in control and that there's a principle here that we submit to governing authorities. However, that doesn't always happen in scripture, okay? It happens way more than you might think. I've heard people out there in the social media universe. Who have lived a very vocal anti authority sort of time right now. And they've said, well, this doesn't apply to me. Roman's 13 doesn't apply to me because what about Esther, what about Daniel? Okay, ester and Daniel and the Old Testament, they actually do submit to government authorities. They are respectful and they work through the channels, right? But what the difference is is especially with Daniel and we actually see it again in the book of acts. Where there is a clear mandate to worship someone, right? And Daniel, it's like, you have to bow down before the statue. And an axe, what happens in acts chapter four is that the apostles are told that they can't speak about Jesus. They're brought before the authorities and they're told you can't speak about Jesus. And they do not submit to governing authorities, right? They actually say, I'm sorry, I can't do that. But there's a tone there of respect. In their resistance and what they don't do, neither Daniel nor the apostles, neither of them in sight, other people against the authorities. They're not like bringing a band of people together to say, now's the time where we're going to have a coup. In fact, that never happens in scripture. We don't see that happening in the New Testament. In fact, many people who follow Jesus actually really wanted him to lead a coup. They wanted Jesus to rebel against the authorities. They wanted to follow him. They were like, hey is this the time for our swords? Is this the time that you're going to reestablish your kingdom and Jesus would not do that? Jesus actually submitted to the governing authorities unto his death. And so what we need to understand is we got to wrestle through that. We can't just kind of take this as a binary thing. This isn't just totally black and white. We can't say on the one hand, well, I don't have to submit to governing authorities because Christ is my authority. And so not only am I not going to submit, but I'm going to incite other people to not submit. But on the other hand, there is a way that we do have to be thoughtful because we do have examples in scripture that there are higher principles that we ourselves have to submit to, right? So if I'm told to deny Christ, if I'm told to worship an idol, I have to bow down before this idle. If I'm not allowed to speak about Jesus, those are three examples, we're actually no, like people do not submit to that authority. But if we think that's what we're facing right now, that's not what we're facing right now, right? So when I'm submitting to the way that I show up in the world, the way that I show up in my community and in my culture, I need to know what are the principles that are the highest priority in the way that I live my life. And I actually think we see another one of those hidden within chapter 13. It's in verse ten. It says Roman's 1310. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Now, if we run that principle, if we ask, is that a principle right now? Love does no harm to a neighbor. We can run that through our sort of test of what is a principle mean? Is it timeless? Was it just for that culture? Is it harmonious with the rest of scripture? Is it relevant, then love does no harm to a neighbor meets all of those principles. And so what does that mean to you? What does that mean in your neighborhood? What does that mean in your community? I don't know exactly. I don't know exactly how that's going to show up in the way that you live your life. But I do know that rather than what you might hear from other people rather than a heart of violence or of a critical spirit, you may ask yourself, what does it look like for me to say love does no harm to my neighbor? That I am a person of peace, I'm a person of gentleness. It doesn't mean that I don't have opinions. It doesn't mean that I don't express those opinions, but how I express those opinions. I've got to wrestle with what are the principles by which I am living my life. This is in no way me saying that you've got to vote a certain way. In fact, it's amazing that we live in a democracy for those of you who live in America. We live in a place where we can vote. We can express ourselves. We can express ourselves through our vote. We can express ourselves through the way that we use our resources. We can get involved in our communities. We have all of these ways that while we're still living under the principles of submitting to the governing authorities and that love does no harm to a neighbor I can be engaged and active in bringing those principles to bear in my community and that's amazing. But we have to wrestle through the way that we show up in the world because that's what biblical interpretation requires. Now, you might read Roman's 13 and come to a different interpretation than me, and I would welcome that. I'm like, good, use the principal test, ask yourself what's the backstory? What's the real principle here? And if you read Roman 13 and you come to a different conclusion, I would love to hear that based on interpreting the Bible, not based on the culture, not based on politics, but based under the authority of scripture, we have to wrestle with Roman's 13 and know that when we ask the question what's the backstory? Unequivocally, those were darker times than the times that we currently live in. Now, I think we're headed toward those dark times in a lot of ways. Just like what we see the movement in our culture, I think is headed back in that direction as far as what that morality was like. But if we were going to say, what time is darker? Is it the time where people just left babies to die on their doorstep and pagan prostitution was like a normal practice and the idea that we
A highlight from 5 Ways to Know God Hears Your Prayers
"Just a few months ago, I remember waking up one morning, and I was feeling a little discouraged. I had a lot of my plate, a lot of things to do and I did not have the motivation that I wanted to do them. A lot was going on in that season and I remember praying that morning, lord, will you please encourage me today? I just need some courage to get through this day and to get things done. And I posted a YouTube video. If you know me, you know, I run a women's ministry called beloved women and we have a YouTube channel by the same name and so I posted a video that morning. I didn't really think anything of it. And I shared a clip of the video on my Instagram account. A few hours later, I received a call from a friend. Now this is a friend that I don't talk too often. So when I saw her name on my phone on the caller ID, I made sure to answer because I don't normally talk to her on the phone. We might chat through email or text, but never a direct call that not that frequently. So I picked up the phone and she was telling me that she saw my video and she was just saying how it encouraged her and how she loved it, but not even all that. I mean, she won't even further to say, you know, the editing quality and that she liked my earrings. And then she said that she really loved my hair and that was particularly encouraging for me at the time because I had recently cut my hair and tried a different hairstyle. And I remember I was feeling a little insecure about it. So for her to compliment me on my looks and the content of the video and the quality of the video, y'all, I felt encouraged. And in that moment, I remembered the prayer that I prayed that morning that I specifically asked God for encouragement and here it was in the form of a call a random seemingly random call from my friend. And I told her I said, you know, I prayed for some encouragement today, because she said, you know, I didn't want anything girl. I just want to just call to encourage you. And I told her, I said, I pray for that this morning. And she said, and these words just stuck with me. She said, well, you have the ear of the father. And in that moment, I was just even more encouraged. It was just answered prayer over answer prayer, that when I pray, God hears me. And I want to encourage you to, that when you pray, God, hears your prayers. So today, I want to talk about 5 signs to know that God is hearing you when you pray. I hope that it opens up your spiritual eyes and ears as you live your life to know that you're not just talking to the sky or you're not just talking to the ceiling that there is a real live and active God that hears you when you pray. The first sign that God hears your prayers is a changed heart. Specifically, a peaceful heart. When God hears us and we focus on him in our prayers, we will have peace. Isaiah 26 three says you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trust in you. You know, I say this almost every episode. And I do this because it's so important to remember about prayer. But prayer isn't about just getting the things we want or the circumstances we want. It's about connecting with the God of the universe. And when we do that, when we do that, we will have peace. I woke up in the middle of the night the other night. And I was anxious. I had just some concerns on my mind. And the lord reminded me to pray about it. Just pray about it. And so I did, in that moment, and although I didn't have an answer prayer or things didn't change, it was still the middle of the night. I had so much peace that I was able to go back to sleep. You know, when we pray, God's only answer isn't just to give us what we want or change our circumstances. He also wants to give us peace in the middle of whatever we're going through are facing. And so when you're praying to God and maybe your circumstances haven't yet changed or you haven't received the answer you're looking for, if you have peace, no. That God hears your prayers. The second sign that God hears your prayers is that you are stronger, spiritually. You are feeling a closer relationship to God. Spiritual maturity is a byproduct of a strong prayer life. James 5, 16 says the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. As you pray, not only will you feel more peace as God answers, but you'll also receive more strength from him. As you're feeling empowered to do things that you probably didn't think that you could do, that's God answering your prayers. That's him giving you the strength and the courage that you need to carry on. Jesus tells us in Matthew 26 41 watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. As you receive power and strength to overcome temptation to endure hardship to persevere through challenging times, that is God answering your prayers. Because those prayers and connecting with him are giving you the strength to carry on. The third sign that God hears your prayers are answered. Prayers. God will answer our requests to him in three ways. A yes, a no or maybe. Now here's the thing. If the answer is yes, and we get what we ask for. It's not a coincidence. We can know that God heard our prayers. Luke 11 9 says, and I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. Listen, God is still in the business of answering prayers. That's just what he does. And we have to have eyes to see it. We gotta remember that, hey, this thing that I have now this blessing, I'll pray for this years ago, but the issue is sometimes we forget. We get what we requested from God, and we carry on with our lives, and we forget that we are living with the answered prayers from years and weeks and months ago. It's important for us to always give credit where credit is due. I want you to take time today to think about some of the answer prayers that are in your life right now. That you pray fervently for. And that God gave
A highlight from A Prayer for a Discontented Heart
"Written by Chelsea de Mattis and read by Kelly givens. Rejoice in hope, be patient and tribulation. Be constant and prayer. Roman's 12, 12. Discontentment isn't a feeling we freely usher in. No discontentment like many other negative feelings seems to sneak in the back door of our hearts. What began as a day of simple frustrations turns into the theme for a week, which somehow snowballs into a seemingly long season of our life. If I'm being honest, I think we may be the most discontented disappointed people I've seen in my generation. We've allowed the backdoor feelings to take the stage of our lives and start fighting for the throne of our hearts. This takes me straight to eve in the garden when discontentment plagued the heart of man. Satan came to eve questioning did God actually say you shall not eat of any tree in the garden? Here we have it, the inkling of discontentment shuffled in the back door of her heart. The same way it does for you and me. Something that has always struck me when reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, is how often we are reminded that tribulation and trials will occur. It's a promise that we are to endure hard things. But we won't endure them alone. Just like eve's moment of discontentment, I think of nicodemus, who is a pharisee. He sought out Jesus our savior in the middle of the night to answer the questions he was wrestling with. What a picture that is for us. A man running to Jesus with a heart full of questions. Instead of turning to converse with the enemy, nicodemus rant to the loving heart of our savior. We see two beautiful encouraging things happening here. First, Jesus met nicodemus right where he was. And he shared the good news, which is what we find in John three 16. Second, we see that the lord is always willing to come alongside us and our seasons of struggle, discontentment and failure. The lord wants to heal the discontentment in our lives because a heart left unattended in this sin will turn into spiritual heart failure. Dry, weary and distant. As we grow in learning God's word, we begin to see his heart more clearly. We begin to see that he is the cure for our discontented hearts. He stands ready to guard the back door of our hearts from this sin that's so easily entangles us. Though this area may be one wee battle more often than we would like, we now know how we can pray when it comes. Pray to feel the lord's presence where we are. Trust in the truth that God is guarding our hearts. And remember that trials will come, but we will never endure them alone when we are in Christ. Pray with me. Lord, as I walk through life's disappointments, I pray for a hedge of protection around my heart. Discontentment sneaks in to steal and kill the joy you have in my life. I rebuke it. Help me live in the posture of readiness to stand firm against attacks. And to gird myself in your promised grace over my life. Help me cultivate a habit of Thanksgiving. Help my eyes be quick to see your grace. Help my tongue be quick to praise you.
A highlight from Episode 43: How to get rid of shame in your life A Conversation with Danielle Kelly
"Hi guys, welcome back to let's talk about it. I'm Megan and I'm Jackie. And today we're here with Danielle. So I know Danielle from church. She is the wife of my pastor. We've known each other since 2016. I think so. She was part of the team that did our premarital counseling her and her husband for John and I so we're super excited to have her. Come on and talk about shame. But before we kind of get into that, Danielle, could you just kind of introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about who you are? Yeah, I'm Danielle. I am, I don't know. I have a lot of different roles, but I always like to start off with I'm a daughter of Jesus because my story, which will probably touch on has a lot to do with me not believing that for a long time, so it's really important for me to just start off with that. I'll pass throughs wave. Which is really funny because I never thought that I would be one. Well, actually I did. I just didn't want to be. I am a wife mother. I have a bonus son, I would step mom. I am a life coach, a fellow podcaster. I write and do the women's ministry at our church with you. And that's that's what I do. And as far as life coaching, I help women, I teach them how to align with God's purposes for their lives, and then abide in teaching them how to find a crisis. So you mentioned, you were also a podcaster. And we loved Danielle's podcast. We'll leave it linked below. You should go listen. But it's called unashamed and free. So what inspired you to start your podcast? Oh. Well, it kind of started when we planted the church back in 2016. We had to think about my youngest son. And I was really struggling with just being a mom and not liking it and feeling a lot of shame around it of like, why don't I enjoy this? Why do I have strong emotions about my children and also really struggling with the fact that God was putting me in this position to be a pastor's wife? And it's something that I know that I've been called to since I was like 19. And I've been running from it, but so I am this mom with two young kids and when we started the church, I had just had Judah. He's like, two weeks into the church, I delivered him, which was crazy. Wow. Yeah, it was crazy. A lot going on. Oh my God. So I just had all these emotions, then not wanting to be a pastor's wife, and then feeling this pressure of needing to act a certain way. And then also my dad, my dad abandoned me when I was in the second grade. And there's all these emotions were coming up about him. And another father figure in my life we were having tension. So all of that was happening and I felt like when I would try to talk to people, they were looking at me like I was dumb. And a lot of my community was my church. So I would get actually comments from people like I shouldn't be feeling this way or like judgment. And I'm like, well, screw the fact that I'm pastor's life, I'm a Christian and I can't be the only one. So it kind of came out of me just being like, you know, you have your podcast is let's talk about it. It was kind of similar like, could someone talk like I want to talk about this? I can not be the only one dealing with this. So which is so crazy when you deal with shame? I was like, I don't want to share my shame, but it was killing me. And I'm like, I need to talk about it. And it was actually kind of theory is like my therapy. So that's how the podcast started. I love that because that's kind of our heart behind this. But I also just think you're experience of going through those emotions and going through kind of like wrestling with like, okay, I'm feeling these different things. I'm struggling in these areas. And then going to people and kind of experiencing shame even from them. Placing it on you and so an area that is already vulnerable. Or you're struggling and then to have people sort of not welcome you or accept where you're at? Yes. Can be really hard and damaging. So before we get to the free portion, yes. Could you maybe kind of define what is shame? What's going on there? Yeah, so shame is a negative kind of evaluation of yourself. Just I am bad. Like, the focus on your lack of self worth. And a lot of people may not know this woman, but brene brown is kind of like a leading expert on shame, and I wanted to share one of her definitions, her definition of shame, but I kind of want to expound on it through a biblical lens. If I can, so she defined shame as this intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we're flawed or and therefore unworthy of love and belonging. So it's something we've experienced done or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection. And I really, I do agree with that. But I think when you put on a biblical lens, we really are flawed. We are centers and because of the fall in genesis three where God, when he created man and he created a woman to Adam and Eve, they had this perfect life, but then send enters in when Satan tempts them with the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and that's when send enters and therefore shame. And I love always bringing people back to genesis three to understand shame because they were naked. And I love going through this story with my kids 'cause they're like, they were. And I'm like, yes, that's how God intended us. And they weren't even aware of their nakedness until that sun came through. And just in preparation for this question, I was thinking I just kind of Google in Bible study tools dot com talks about how is just the consequence of sin. That's just a consequence that has come from the fall. And how that shame emphasizes sense effect on our self identity. And shame can play out in a lot of different ways. Sometimes you might not have seen maybe you were abused or something like that, and then there was this send done to you and then you're feeling shame about who you are and your identity. So that's what I would say shamans and the beauty of Christ and in crisis given us a new identity and freed us from that shame in that awareness of our nakedness and has brought worthiness to us even through our flaws. I liked in the definition how it said that Shane makes you feel like you're not worthy of connection. And I just went on a healing retreat and they talked a lot about how healing a lot of the ways that you find healing is in community and coming in more full communion with your own identity with others with God ultimately with the Trinity and how it's interesting when you would go to people in your church and say like I'm dealing with this, they would kind of tell you to hide it or bring it more in like a look inward on yourself, which is the exact opposite of how to deal with shame. Exactly. 'cause shame already makes you want to hide and look in on yourself. Which further and isolate and further, it's like a vicious cycle. So it only propels shame increases shame. And that's an unfortunate part of our church culture as I think is that we're supposed to put on this pretty face. And act like we don't struggle with anything.
A highlight from The Blessing Of A Closed Door (Pastor Stephen Chandler)
"An amazing time of year because every year we end with appreciation for what God has done, expectation for what he's going to do. This has been a tradition like right now they're gonna put up a few graphics of all the offerings we've had through the years. I can't even remember them all. Game changer waymaker. Will you be on like the film? But this year, you don't even know the word that God gave me. I don't. This is not stage. It should reveal it to me. Yeah, this is not scripted, and we're doing our own camera work. So I apologize if the angle is off. But this year, the lord led me to the word better. Everybody say better. Better. I love it. Put it in the chat. And we don't mean better than another person or we don't necessarily mean that, you know, we're never content. What we mean by that is, haggy, two 9 says that the glory of this present house what God is doing will be greater than the glory of the former house. We believe God is always doing something great or we just have to see it. So I want to thank you in advance for your gifts. Those of you who already support this ministry, you're the reason you're the reason we get to preach the gospel. You're the reason that thousands of testimonies that we hear in this ministry are made possible. And
A highlight from Children Who Revere God (1 Chronicles 24:12)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. On a lead us to pray according to one passage from first chronicles 24 and one from first chronicles 25, and they're both pretty different, but I just can't choose between the two. So first chronicles chapter 24 versus one and two the division of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron, Nadal, a Bayou, eleazar, and inhuman, but nadab and a bahu died before their father, and had no children, so eleazar, and ithamar became the priests. That brief description of nay dab and a bay Hugh reminds us of these two sons who died because of their disobedience to God because of their lack of reverence and fear for God. And I want to lead us to pray accordingly because, well, today is one of my son's birthdays and as I pray for him and my other children, as we pray for our children, we pray for the next generation, God we pray that you would help them to obey and honor you to fear and revere you. God we pray that you would help us to pass on to the next generation of fear and reverence for you and awe of you that leads to obedience to you. God we pray for this for our sons and daughters for the next generation in the church, God help us to pass on fear and reverence and knowledge of, you know, obedience to you and honor for you. We pray in Jesus name. Amen. And then I want to lead us to pray according to first chronicles chapter 25, again it's very different, but listen to this language. Verse three says, of jettison, the sons of Jonathan get alaia, zero, just shy of shim I hash abaya and Matthew 6 under the direction of their father Jonathan, who prophesied with the liar and Thanksgiving and praise to the lord, and then first chronicles 25 or 7 says the number of them, along with their brothers who were trained and singing to the lord, all who were skillful was 288. This picture in first chronicles 25 describes skill that God grants for people to play instruments, and to sing to the lord. And through their playing instruments and singing to prophesied to teach the word of God through song and I just think about the people in the church whom God is entrusted with skills with gifts and instruments and playing instruments and in the end showing the voice and sing to him. God we pray that you would raise up and bless skilled singers and skilled musicians who teach your word faithfully through what they sing and the instruments they play. God we pray that you would build up your church through song, and that you would use these skilled musicians that you have given in the church that I pastor in churches all across the world to build up your church in praising you and to proclaim your glory among the nations. And that your word would be central in all of that. We were not saying just our own thoughts and our ideas about you, but that we would sing in response to your revelation to us that you would saturate our songs and all the skilled musicians with your word that you might be glorified in your worship as they lead us with the skills you've entrusted to them. God, I am just thinking about specific people. They're going to my mind really throughout the history of my life in the church up to the present day that you have given skill to in this way. We pray for your blessings on them and we pray that you would use them to build up your church that you would use them to proclaim your word, you would use skilled musicians and singers to declare your glory among the nations. We pray this according to first chronicles chapter 25 in Jesus name. Amen.
A highlight from A Prayer for Guarding Whats Been Entrusted to You
"A prayer for guarding what's been entrusted to you. Written by Chelsea de Mattis and read by Kelly gibbons. Guard the good deposit and trusted to you. First Timothy 6 20. Last summer, I spent a lot of time in the letters Paul wrote to the men he had trained up. Something really special about these letters continued to pierce my heart. The lord continued to highlight to me the command over our lives to guard the deposits entrusted to us. To guard, yet actively be brave in Christ for the things he has given us. Each time Paul mentions guardian what's been given to Timothy. It's attached to the call of living out his faith, standing firm in the truth that he knows. And serving where God has him. In Hebrew, the word entrust means deposit, a point to remember. So for us as Christ followers, we must first seek to know what God has entrusted to us. This means prayerfully asking God to open our eyes to see our world through a kingdom perspective. For me personally, he revealed something I knew, yet hadn't fully let sink in. After giving our lives to Christ, we now have our testimony. This is the second most important story entrusted to us other than the gospel. God cause us to share the story he's written for us. God has entrusted you and me to share the parts of our stories that he permits. Scripture confirms this many times, but my favorite example is in revelation 1211. We conquer him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimonies. How amazing is this? The enemy is conquered because of Jesus sacrifice and our testimonies. God's work within us. Another example of testimonies that the lord has used to encourage my heart is from Luke two 15 and 16. This is where the angels appear to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. It says the shepherds looked at one another and said, let us go. They had no hesitation to move on behalf of the truth, God had just entrusted to them. Likewise, we are called to confidently trust the lord. God was faithful then, and he is still faithful now. Leading directing and nudging us to move on behalf of the truth he shares with us. Living with the perspective that everything given to us is something entrusted to us by God will change the way we live. It will remove pride and entitlement from our hearts. It will remind us that we serve a God who wants us to know him
A highlight from Creativity Among the People of God (1 Chronicles 23:45)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. First chronicles chapter 23 versus four and 5. 24,000 of these David said, shall have charge of the work in the house of the lord. 6000 shall be officers and judges. 4000 gatekeepers, and 4000 shall offer praises to the lord, with the instruments that I have made for praise. I love this picture as David is organizing the levites specifically in giving different assignments to them, for the praise of God for the judgment and justice that will be needed upon the people of God for the work that needs to be done in the house of God. And every single one of these people has a significant part to play. In all of these things happening, and I see here in first chronicles 23 just a picture of even what we read about in first Corinthians, chapter 12, when we think about the church and every member in it, having a significant part to play, in the building up of the church and the building up of God's people, gods, household, for the glory of God's name, and I just want to encourage you and then lead us to pray for one another, God has given you a significant part to play. In the building up of his household, God has given you gifts and skills natural skills and Supernatural spiritual gifts for the building up of his body. First things 12 and 13 and 14 are all about an every gift is important every member is important, so whoever you are in Christ, however, young or old you may be, don't ever underestimate the good gifts that God is entrusted to you for the building up of his body. And I want to encourage you to play your part to do all that God is called to you to do in building up his body and leading others to be a part of that body by the power of the Holy Spirit in you and leading others to Jesus. God, we pray based on first chronicles chapter 23, and this list of 24,000 people, some of whom were working on your house and others who were officers and judges and others who were gatekeepers, thousands of them and thousands of them offering praises to you with instruments. God, I praise you for the unique diverse creativity that you have made a reality among your people. How does I think about the church that I'm a part of? I praise you for all the different gifts and skills and personalities and just the unique ways you've designed so many different people to be a part of your work. So God we pray that you would help us all to play our parts. All of us to use the gifts you've given to us maximally got to everything that our gifts don't matter or that we don't matter to realize that by your grace, we matter to the building up of your household that you have given us gifts for the good of others that you've given us gifts for the glory of your name. Here, among the nation's culinary prey for the jut sinu people of Indian half a million of them who have little to no knowledge of Jesus God help us to realize you've given us all a part to play even if it's praying right now. And for some of us going to people groups like this God we pray for the jot side of people of India. We pray for their Salvation. We take our place now and pleading and interceding on their behalf and God we pray that you would help every one of us to play whatever part you call us to play. In building up your church where we are and glorifying your name among the nations. We say, yes, to whatever you want us to do to however you want to use us. God we pray that every member of your church would realize the meaningful part we have to play that none of us especially as we think about in this mission you've given us to make disciples of all the nations. God, none of us are on the sidelines as spectators in that mission that all of us have been invited to be a critical part of that mission by your grace. You've involved every single one of us. And the greatest nation in the world. And the building of your church and the spreading of your glory to the nations. So help us, we pray to play our part every single one of us. And Jesus name we pray according to first chronicles 23 versus four and 5.
A highlight from A Prayer to See Children as a Blessing
"A prayer to see children as a blessing by Victoria riano, read by Leah Martin. Behold children are a heritage from the lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward, like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Psalm one 27 three four. As a young child, I already knew I wanted many children. The thought of having little people who loved me unconditionally and even looked like me was pretty exciting. Yet as I started having children, I realized, the motherhood journey wasn't easy. There were days that were full of frustration. I wondered if I could ever measure up to the mother I dreamed of being as a child. Although I knew that motherhood didn't come with a manual, I still felt like I would never be good enough. The consequently, the more children I had, the more I would be met with comments of you have your hands full and I can't imagine having that many children, it seemed the world around me was confirming the pressure and insecurity I felt within myself. Yet one day during a grocery store outing with 5 little ones in tow, a man old enough to be my grandfather, quietly whispered under his breath. Words that I'll never forget. Wow. Look at all those generations. You're so blessed. In that moment, I was reminded that my current woes would soon be fading memories. The sleepless nights with an infant wouldn't last forever. The conversations with my preschooler about eating healthy foods or flushing the toilet will one day just make me giggle. The irritable moments with my tween will soon be a story that I'll share with her future children. You see the man at the grocery store wasn't concerned about the squirmy little ones in the cart. He saw who they would one day become. These children would become generations of men and women who would impact the world around them. He could see that my present annoyances would be nothing compared to the great reward of seeing them grow and flourish. Children are indeed a blessing from the lord. The more and more I thought about this moment over the years, I've realized that children aren't opportunity to learn more about myself and the lord. As I raise my children, I've learned the power of patience. The beauty of offering forgiveness. And how to love people in moments where I struggle to love myself. Each day, as I find ways to see them grow in blossom, I'm reminded just how much God loves me. I believe it's no coincidence that he calls us his children. As the Bible says, if a natural parent does good by their children, how much more will our father in heaven do good for us? Certainly, we serve a God who loves us beyond our daily messes and occasional attitudes, just like we love our own children. This alone is a great victory. My prayer for all caretakers today is that you would know that the lord is near. Even on the days where you may want to give up or cry yourself to sleep, he hears. He knows. And he answers. May you not allow today's frustration to cheat you out of the joy of parenting. Though there will be hard days. Our God is able to light up our path and teach us how to be caretakers who can love and speak life to those he is entrusted us with. Let's pray. Lord I thank you for the precious children you've placed under my influence. Help me to love them from your heart. Teach me the words to say that would uplift them and never crush their spirit. Father's silence me when my words don't reflect your heart and give me the boldness to speak up when they need an advocate. I thank you that children are a blessing from you. Help me to see them for who you've called them to be, and to speak life over their destiny. Then on the days that I feel weary remind me that you are near and
A highlight from Praying for Our Children (1 Chronicles 22:1213)
"Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. First chronicles chapter 22 versus 12 and 13. Only may the lord grant you discretion and understanding. That when he gives you charge over Israel, you may keep the law of the lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the lord commanded Moses for Israel, be strong and courageous. Fear not. Do not be dismayed. These words from David to Solomon are reminiscent of exhortations we see to leaders throughout the Bible, especially when there is a transition and leadership you think about Moses to Joshua and similar words that God speaks to Joshua and Joshua chapter one and here. David is saying to his son, words that apply to any of us really in our lives and specifically to any leader, but I want to think about this, even in praying for the next generation for those who come after us and for any of us, no matter how old or young we might be to apply this, just think about the next generation and this exhortation and to pray this for the people that come to your mind when you think about the next generation. So if your parent to pray this over your children. But not just your children over the children and the church over the next generation in the church for all of us to think about those who are coming behind us. And to pray first chronicles 22, 12 to 13, let's do that. God, we pray for the next generation that you would grant them discretion and understanding. God, I think about my kids, I think about hundreds of 18 and 19 and 20 year olds that I was around just to a couple of weeks ago who are spending concentrated time preparing to go to the nations, they're praying together three hours a day for your glory, you may know them among the nation's God would you grant all those who are coming behind us discretion and understanding that they might keep your law, your word, God help them to follow your word, we pray, keep them close to your word, help them to know your word and obey your word. They will prosper. Got to pray for their prosperity and all the right ways prosperity, not according to this world, but according to your word, as they are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that you have commanded all those who have gone before us, God help them to pick up that mantle and faithfully obey you in your word. And God we pray that you would help them to be strong and courageous as they do. God that you would deliver them from timidity and fear that you would help them to be strong, courageous, fear no one and nothing but you. And not to be dismayed when they face challenges when they face trials when they walk through tribulation and difficulty in temptation, not to shrink back, but to step forward, God we pray for the prosperity of those who come behind us, according to your word. We pray that you would give them discretion, understanding the grace to keep your law to be careful to observe your statutes with the strength you provide with the courage you provide without fear in this world with only fear for you. And with the encouragement that comes from your spirit and then that leads them not to be dismayed, but to press on, making disciples of the nations for your glory. God, we pray this over the next generation who comes behind us, according to your word and first chronicles jet for 22 versus 12 through 13. Even as we pray that we pray that you would help us to set an example for them of all these things. You would grant us discretion and understanding that we might keep your law and be careful to obey your statutes and your rules with the strength and courage you provide with fear of no one and nothing but you and that we would not be dismayed when we face trials and challenges and tribulation and temptation. We pray this for the next generation and for our example to the next generation and Jesus name. Amen.
A highlight from Philippians Part 5
"See, I'm talking about something you can do when you leave here. And then Paul says, I pray that your love would abound yet more and more. There's so much in that statement, because you know what are you saying? They were walking in love and he told them he was proud of them, but he said, I want your love to abound. He's saying, I know you're walking in love, but I want you to grow and walking in love. You know, one of the worst things we can do is get complacent and get satisfied with our self. We're not doing pretty good. Now, no, no, no, no. That's not it. I want to do better. Because I want to glorify God more. I want to abound in love. I really want to learn how to love people the way Jesus loved people. Can any one of us say that we really know how to give unconditional love so much of our love is still based on how people treat us. So we got to keep growing. We got to keep going after it. The worst selling book that I ever wrote was on love. Made me so mad. Because it was about loving other people. Starting a love revolution in your own life. Thank you. Declaring war on selfishness and say, and I refuse to live like this. I'm gonna learn what it means to love. And we sold less of that book than any book that I've ever written. Well, there's a message in that. I'm in a book like that should fly off the table. We shouldn't be able to keep enough copies. But I could write a book on how to succeed or how to get every prayer answered and they're going to something for me. Matter of fact is sad and that aggravates me, but our publisher tells us every title on a book has to have a promise in it for the reader. Are they won't buy them? I long to see the days where people would buy a book called dying to self. The crucifixion of the flesh. Oh, some of you would buy it. But not a lot. Dying to self, I don't sound like much fun. The word abound means to exist in large amounts to be packed to overflow. To be crowded with to be full of to do more than you have to do. He wants them to have more knowledge and more discernment. Man, I can preach for an hour on discernment. We need discernment. Paul didn't pray for the people to get everything they wanted. He didn't even pray for their problems to go away. He prayed for what they really needed. And you know, something a lot of times, I don't think we even know what we really need. We keep going after what we want. Instead of getting smart enough to ask God for what we really need, if nothing else, just tell God, I'm not even smart enough to know what I really need. So God just give me what I need. And what I want is and what you want them. Please don't give it to me. Oh, and then he prayed that they would learn to prize and approve what was excellent. Well, I've been on an excellent binge lately and I rarely ever preach the same message twice in a row. I can't do that for television, but when I've been going to other places to preach, I've got a message I'm doing on excellence that I'm I've preached in two places and I'm going to preach it in two more. Because people have gotten so sloppy. In their morals and their manners and keeping their word. Oh my God. Come on, if you're going to park in a handicapped parking space and you're not handicapped and get the Jesus sticker off your bumper. Just scrape off the little fish. I'll just throw this out. How does an excellent person behave? Well, they always do what they say they're going to do. They're on time for their appointments. They get to work on time. They don't leave messages for other people to clean up. They don't park in handicapped parking spaces. If they're not handicapped, and especially not at church. They