“Making Champions For Christ”
The Coach Message Series, Part One
- Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
- For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 (NKJV)
God’s Word is His Wisdom to us, to challenge us to live out His purpose for our lives, to overcome the obstacles that hinder us, and through His Spirit, to run the race set before us.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NKJV)
4 Challenges from God’s Word to Coach You to Greatness
1. You cannot succeed at anything if you are separated from the vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:1-8 (NIV)
2. Without unconditional love that produces forgiveness, you will be weighed down by the transgressions of others, and unable to rise to your potential
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Cor 13:4-8 NIV
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:9-14 NLT
3. You will never rise any higher than your faith in God’s plan for your life
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NLT
4. Comparing yourself to others is the kryptonite to your creativity, your accomplishments, and your personal best.
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
God has a fully developed destiny and purpose for you that includes you being so empowered with spiritual strength that you can defeat the enemies that have plagued you and stolen your joy and passion for life. He has already given you the tools you need to rise up take back your family [that the enemy would love to divide], your faith [that has been crushed under the circumstances of life], your future [that looks impossible to you], your financial resources and opportunities [that seem to run through your fingers].
The challenge is we are often so DISTRACTED by dealing with life that we forget to pick up the tools and weapons we have available to us, and continue to battle anyway. How crazy is that, yet at the time it, seems the only way to continue on. We’re like the guy who’s forgotten to stop and sharpen his axe, and can’t understand why cutting down the trees is so hard.
Let me give you 3 steps you can start today that will help you win the battle and fully reach the destiny God has for your life.
- Set a goal to become a Fully DEVOTED Champion For Christ.
- That means you know you still have a ways to go before you have conquered the enemies of your life, but you are determined to set Jesus as your role model. Following Jesus doesn’t mean trailing behind Him from a distance, it means BECOMING LIKE HIM.
- Being a Champion means you STAND AND FIGHT for someone. We Champion the cause of Christ! — Stand for Him, Fight to enforce what He has won for us, and Act like Him [and for Him] as we face the giants of our life.
- Get Practical and Intentional about the WORD…
- FAITH comes by hearing the Word (ROM 10:17). Starting today, begin a bible reading plan. Make sure it is interesting and engaging to you, and short [at first].
- I recommend you go to bible.com and download the You Version bible app for your pc or mobile. Go to: PLANS, choose: DISCOVER. Go to: TOPICAL, then choose: UNCOVER THE WORD. Then choose a heading that applies to you and begin the devotional. Start with the short 4-7 day studies.
- Remember what the Bible Is…
- John 1:1,14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus is the Living Word. Luke 24:27 says, “Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Moses was a picture of Jesus, saving us from bondage, Jesus was the Rock that followed the Israelites in the wilderness and the Bread that rained down from heaven every day to feed them, He empowers us with His Spirit and the Word to reign in life just as they did in the Promise Land, taking ground, defeating giants, and conquering the enemy.
Matthew 5:13 New International Version
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Pastor Stephen’s Message on Sunday was off the chain; wasn’t it?! It’s true…YOU,ME…US…we’re the salt to the world…we’re the answer! It is our job from rising to sleeping to do our best to think on heavenly things. It is our duty to God to bring heaven to earth as best and as much as we can while we’re here.
However, many times we lose focus of that duty and calling because we’re running late, our house is a mess, a co-worker drives us nuts, we can’t do anything 100% perfect, etc, etc…the list goes on. We end up going around and around a never ending wheel of problem solving for silly, petty things without even realizing if we would just change our mind-sets for a matter of 5-minutes, WE COULD CHANGE THE WORLD.
Tonight when you get off work and go home, try spending your time doing this:
1. Spend your drive home (or five minutes of quietness in the bathroom if that’s all you can do) and think of all the things that drove you absolutely crazy today. While doing that, even if it’s difficult or nearly impossible, decide to give those situations the benefit-of-the-doubt. Give each moment a positive twist.
2. Read the Bible for five minutes before bed…even if it’s just one passage. Do the same thing in the morning. The Word of God says to “Meditate day and night”. You may not end up perfect tomorrow…but I guarantee you’ll be closer to the Kingdom of Heaven then you were today.
3. When you wake up in the morning…try and give every situation the benefit-of-the-dout. On top of that…ask yourself…”what good shall I do this day?”.
After all, Ben Franklin asked himself this question every morning…enough said.
Blessing and love to all of my Champion family!
All the Best,
Leadership Rule 103: Leaders are regularly out with the old and in with the new
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
When was the last time you REALLY believed God for something? Sometimes our faith can seem stagnant because our life is “alright”. At times, we can seem to be comfortable in “alright” and settle for “average”. But why should you settle? God hasn’t settled! God wants your life to be of his excellence, his power, his strength and his divinity and wants that because he knows if he can show off in one person’s life, then he can show off in the entire world!
Today’s Leadership Rule is SIMPLE: Be out with the old and in with the new! Let the past be the past and begin to believe God for new things. Let’s all try these three steps together:
Step 1: Take a look at your life and the lives of others around you. Have you settled and become comfortable with a sibling or loved one not knowing who Jesus is? Get uncomfortable with it! Jesus desires to save that loved one. Today…say a little prayer for that person’s salvation and watch God and believe in him to do miracles.
Step 2: Ask yourself…when was the last time I just rested in God? When was the last time you just let everything else go for a while? Today…take 5 minutes to simply sit or lay down, close your eyes and just think on things above and listen for God. Colossians 3:2 (NIV) 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Step 3: Look yourself in the mirror…and no matter what…SMILE. Because, God is smiling down on you. Numbers 6:25 (NLT) May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
Be blessed today and always.
All the best,
Leaders Are Willing To Be Molded
Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Leaders have a difficult task… In this life there are many ups and many downs. Many opportunities to have a good perspective and many opportunities to have a bad perspective. Nonetheless, God is ultimately the one in control. During my devotional this morning (before the crazy morning rush to get dressed, make coffee, iron, clean, do my hair and makeup and make sure there’s enough gas in the car) I had five minutes to read a quick glimpse of God’s Word.
My morning daily devotional was all about when Paul (was in prison and he found out that others were preaching the Gospel out of bad motives in order to put his name to shame. Typically, in this day and age, if we found out someone was purposefully going out of their way to put our names to shame, we would react with a bad attitude or a mouthful of witty things to say. But surprisingly, Paul responds with “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.” (Phillippians 1:18).
Today is Wednesday…it’s the middle of the week. Perhaps you’ve already got your foot in a hole with someone at work or at home. BUT!! THE WEEK ISN’T OVER YET! Here’s a few points to keep in mind…
Join me for Champion Sisterhood Night this Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 6:30PM! We will be having delicious desserts, gorgeous prezzies, amazing friends, and a wonderful night full of fun!
You will have a blast and love every single moment! Childcare will be available for this event (pre-registration required). Make sure you arrive early so you get a good seat! Text a girlfriend you want to come with you!
I Commit To Pray For Persecuted Christians
“I commit to pray for persecuted Christians” is a campaign and commitment to stand with the unsung Champion Christians of our time who are silently, yet bravely living out their Christianity in the face of oppression, torture, and death.
Champions come in many packages. Some are moms and dads who sacrifice for their kids, some are students who standup for their faith to their peers and teachers, some go to the less fortunate and minister to their needs, some use their businesses to resource the kingdom of God so the local church can be a strong voice to our community and world. For all of those we must commit to pray.
Others are Champions for Christ and heroes of the faith because they live under horrendous religious oppression, and have had no choice but to rise to the occasion in the face of terror and death. They are the ones around the world who suffer the worst of human atrocities simply because they are Christians, and they desperately need you and I to say, “I Commit To Pray”.
Everyday, include these brave Christians in your prayers that they continue to have the supernatural strength to refuse to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ, even to the point of death or worse. Pray for miracles of salvation for their captors and persecutors, and pray for the battle to be won through Jesus Christ.
Champion Church is joining with icommittopray.com to keep these Champions of faith in prayer, and to hold them up before God as they face untold dangers and hardships.
“I Commit To Pray” is a connection point created by “The Voice of The Martyrs” (persecution.com) to tell the stories of these heroes of faith and to connect us, the ‘free’ church, to the reality of what our brothers and sisters in Christ experience everyday.
Hebrews 13:3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
The war against Christianity is raging both here and around the world, by ruthless and relentless wolves, and yet the message of love and forgiveness shines in the faces of Persecuted Champions. I strongly encourage you to add “I Commit To Pray” to your commonly visited sites, and receive their updates so you can do your part to hold up the hands of those paying a heavy cost for their faith. Your connect group should take a suggested story from “I Commit To Pray” each week, and pray for them everyday.
by Pastors Stephen & LaCinda Bloomfield
Last week LaCinda and I spoke together for Mother’s Day about creating “Teachable Moments” with your kids, or anyone you are an influence to.
Kids are mirrors
Every moment can be an opportunity to help build the faith of those who are looking to us to guide them and help them make confident decisions and choices. Even challenging moments of bad behavior, or how you face a crisis can be a teachable moment. If we are fearful, worried, or depressed, our kids will automatically imitate those things.
Here are 3 keys we can use to teach our kids how to be courageous overcomers and champions, from our message.
1) Teach your kids to trust God for themselves
Psalms 78:5-7 He commanded our ancestors to teach their children [God’s Word], 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Rather than being negative, take every opportunity to impart faith and trust in God, point them to the Word, agree with them in faith that God is working it out.
2) Teach your kids to love God’s word everyday
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
A mountain view, a person less fortunate than yourself, a great victory, or a hard lesson are all opportunities to point out God’s purposes at work. God made the mountains, God loves the poor person, nothing is impossible with God, God’s grace is sufficient for us…
3) Our kids are our reflections
Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Our influence is more “caught” than taught. Are we displaying unconditional love, a peace-making attitude, patience, kindness, etc… Our kids are learning to handle life from us, so let’s be aware of how we are reacting in front of them.
Join us for part two of “Teachable Moments”. Don’t miss this powerful teaching for your family.
I hope you enjoy this recipe I got from my mother. Â It has been a Christmas morning tradition for as long as I can remember! â€“LaCinda
Christmas Breakfast Bake Recipe
3 Cups cubed ham (turkey ham works great)
1/2 lb grated cheese
3 cups cubed French bread (any bread works)
Lightly grease 9X13 pan
Layer ham, cheese, then French bread
Combine 3 tbsp each of flour and butter and sprinkle over top.
In a mixing bowl mix 5 eggs and 3 cups of milk and pour evenly over other all ingredients.
Cover in plastic wrap overnight.
In the morning heat oven at 350â€¢
Bake for 50 min to an hour.
Serve with warm cinnamon buns by placing them in the oven for the last 20 min of baking!
(Set the table nicely before bed so when you wake up it’s all ready to go for the morning)
What’s your Christmas tradition?