3 Steps To Make Your Desires Realized

My one year old son, Oliver, reached for the doorknob.  He couldn’t reach it. He looked up img_4985at me. I saw what he desired and simply reached over from my wheelchair and opened the door for him. Oliver looked back up, smiled, and confidently walked through. Here are three simple progressive steps to make your desires realized:
  1. Ask – Sound wisdom from the Bible states “You want what you don’t have…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it (James‬ ‭4:2‬).” How many times have you wanted a relationship, a next step, or a gift, but you never asked God for it? Ask Him.
  2. Seek – After you ask, look and see what doors are right there in front of you. In my twenty years of ministries among twenties, I have counseled many who want to be married. Most of them married someone they already knew! When we ask, God opens our eyes so we can seek and find! “Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’ The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw (2 Kings‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭NLT‬).”‭
  3. Knock – Don’t you know God is at work on both sides of the door? You asked God. You sought. Now give someone the opportunity to be blessed. There are people that God can use in your life to open doors. Ask that person and give him/her that opportunity to bless you like Oliver gave me. Yes, God blessed me in that moment that I got to open the door for my son, Oliver. It brought me joy to be the one that helped Ollie reach his next destination.
If these three steps look familiar to you, you know what happens after you knock: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew‬ ‭7:7-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬).” If I loved opening that door for my son, Oliver, how much more will God love opening that door for you?  Comment below. I’d love to continue the conversation with you. 
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30 Day Quiet Time Challenge

A few of the twenties being equipped in the DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

A few of the twenties being equipped in the DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

God changed my life one day through a daily quiet time with Him when He showed me in 2 Corinthians 12:9…

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Ever sense then I have seen His power and love flow through my life, not despite of my weakness, Cerebral Palsy but through His power being made perfect in my weakness.

We, in the DFW Nav20s  firmly believe that the intimacy we have with Jesus through spending time with Him overflows right where each follower of Jesus lives, works and plays throughout your city!

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing….But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” – ‭‭John‬ ‭15:5, 7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Are You Free Indeed?

FreedomOften I think about when I  went to Washington D.C. for the first time. What stood out to me the most about the history of our nation is that the tallest statue in our nation’s capital, which is full of hundreds of historic statues, is “Freedom” on top of the U.S. Capitol building. We value freedom so much and I’m thankful for the people who fought for our freedom, and I was wondering, as a nation built on freedom, do we Christians value the true freedom that we have in Christ?

Jesus said in John 8:36 “If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed.”

By His wounds and His blood we are free from the sin we have done and healed from the sins that have been done to us. He has totally and completely set us free.

In the Old Testament, the Lord freed His people from Egyptian bondage. We see that as such an obvious example of being set free, but the Israelites did not understand their freedom and they started to wander in the desert and were tempted to worship other gods even after they were free people. Don’t we experience spiritual amnesia like that at times? Moses had to remind God’s people of the truth when he said in Deuteronomy 8:14b, “Don’t forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and that it was the Lord who set you free.”

That’s what God has been reminding me of through His Gospel. A Navigator pioneer says that we need to preach the Gospel to ourselves daily, and the Good News is that Jesus has set us free.

“…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17b

Now that you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, Jesus’ blood has cleansed your temple and His Holy Spirit dwells in you truly freeing you and empowering you to live a life for Jesus.

This week as you preach the Gospel to yourself daily, ask yourself these questions:

– What has Jesus set me free from?
– What has Jesus freed me into?
– Just as “Freedom” reminds this nation of its freedom, what can you use in your life to remind you of your freedom in Christ?

Please leave any comments below. My wife Marissa and I would love to carry on the conversation with you.

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3 Benefits of Community

DFW Nav20s Intention Discipleship Communities

 As the DFW Nav20s Community expands (over ninety twenties), there’s more opportunity for you to be known: to thrive in Christ-centered community; to be equipped and mobilized in the Great Commission “right where YOU are”. Here are three attributes of a DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Community (IDC).  There are three IDCs all over the DFW and another one about to be launched    Also, here are three benefits of anyone living in intentional discipleship community

1. Mission – the Nav20s encourages a young professional in their God-given mission. This is the mission that Jesus empowers  all followers of Christ with:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  In other words, living and discipling among the lost, where you work, live and play. I often share it in this way: Inviting people to live life with you as you live life following Jesus among community.  Who encourages you in living out this mission in your life?
2. Intentionality – Jesus was intentional with everyone He met. The culture we live in bends towards individualism with a deep longing for community. The Nav20s provides intentionality to a young professional,  encouraging him or her to live out their God-given purpose glorifying Jesus with their  God-given gifts, passions and experiences. Who are you being intentional with?  Here Paul is intentional with Timothy equipping Timothy to be intentional with those in his  sphere of influence: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
3. Purpose – God has given us all the purpose to know Christ and to make Him known. Yet
without encouragement and reminders of this purpose we can get sidetracked; even I do as a minister. In the Nav20s, we constantly remind each other of our purpose.  “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  How are you striving to know Jesus more and make Him known and being reminded of this daily?
I hope this gives you a better understanding of how the Nav20s serves young professionals. But also this reminded me of how I can serve people I know…
In what ways did this remind you of how you can serve people God has put in your life? (Comment on this blog)