You Are Powerful! Yes, YOU!!!

How to break down relational walls:

In your Identity  in Christ, you gotta know YOU are powerful.  You might be thinking. “Whoa, Todd, we’re suppose to be powerful people?” Check out the power that God has given us:

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. – 2 Peter 1:3, 4

I love how the Greek word used in the Bible for power is δύναμις, sounds like the English word for dynamite. This Greek word means inherent power which a person exerts and puts forth.  This is mind blowing to me that when I let Jesus become Lord and Savior of my life back in college, this power of Jesus came into my life!

The following truth became one of my theme verses:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.  — Ephesians 3:20

This, not only radically changed my life as this power overcame my weakness of Cerebral Palsy, power worked through me in my gifting of sharing Jesus with those who do not have a relationship with Him.   I started realizing that I had the same power (dynamite power)  of Jesus that the apostles had when they shared the Gospel:

 And with great power (dynamis) the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all – Acts 4:33

It blows my mind that letters from one man discipling another young man is in the inspired Word of God!  This shows us the value God places in one-on-one discipleship.  When Paul disciples Timothy in the second letter to him, Paul encourages and equips Timothy by sharing with Timothy that he has this kind of power:

 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

Typically, I skimmed over “power” and go straight to “love” and “discipline”.  I’m thankful for the men who has discipled me to walk in all God’s Spirit has given me and this includes, POWER.

I’m thankful for my new identity in Christ and now that his power is in me and runs through me and now… God’s power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) and for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).  This power is available to give us courage when sharing the Good News of Jesus…

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Rolling in a restaurant pub passing by a pool table room, I see a man with a lot of muscles wearing a tee shirt stating, “Jesus is never returning”.  Wanting to roll on, God’s Spirit pricked me to stop and roll into the room.  I introduced myself and the man stated his name.  Hearing his name and “what do you want?”;    I started a Gospel conversation with him and he was sharing with me, how hurt he was by his wife who left him and how her dad was a preacher and so he did not want to have anything to do with Christianity.

In the midst of sharing his pain in anger, I felt inner power from the Spirit and stood up!  (on a side note, people tend to be very surprised when I stand up… haha). Immediatly when I stood up I shouted in a loud loving voice “JESUS LOVES YOU!!!”

Jumping back and searching for words as he gained awareness from his startled state, he humbly smiled and complimented me on how bold I am.  Then I shared with him the truth about our state, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and the truth about Jesus, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

He asked me how can a weak disabled man be so bold.

I shared with him my new identity because of Christ freeing me; that was the Spirit of God within me and that my old self would not do that but because of Jesus, I now roll not in my weak identity but in the power Jesus gives to me.

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Originally posted 2015-08-15 08:00:50.

Bono: Who Is Front And Center On YOUR Platform?

Prayer led me to meet Bono.  It was only for a minute but in that minute I got to thank Bono for letting God use his life, his platform that Jesus is front and center on to inspire my life to be a platform for Jesus.   Here is a video of renown musician, Bono using his platform to teach about Jesus Christ…

Originally posted 2014-11-17 07:55:22.

Thrive In A New Identity

Breakthrough In YOUR Identity

I rolled by a laundry mat at 11:00 p.m. and saw a hanging sign that read… “Sorry, we’re close.”  I thought, you don’t have to be sorry, it’s 11:00 at night!  What am I going to do? Come back tomorrow and say to the employee, “Hey, I walked by at 11:00 last night with my dirty laundry… you should’ve been open.”
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That sign has a phrase I could’ve had around my chest because I have said that phrase most of of my life, “I’m sorry”.  This phrase was so common out of my mouth that I started repeating it for all types of situations I could not control, for things that were not my fault and for things that were, as if that is a reason to speak over my whole identity that… “I am sorry.”  
In my journey with Jesus in my 20s, I began to have older guys befriend me and disciple me.  I use to be sorry for everything, for existing, then someone started living life with me, speaking into me who I am in Christ.  The first two verses of the Navigators Topical Memory System is anchored in knowing who you are in Christ:
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
In Christ, you are a new creation!  The old is gone! The new is here! You’ve been crucified with Christ!  You no longer live. BUT, Christ lives in YOU!
The Webster’s Dictionary defines Identity as “a person’s conception and expression of their individuality.”  A secular view of Identity is how you conceive yourself; therefore, express yourself. Here is a biblical definition that is even more poignant:  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”:   (Proverbs 23:7a KJV).  One day in a quiet time, I wrote this in my journal: 
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells me I am in Christ.  Galatians 2:20 says to me Christ is in you.  When you put your faith and trust in Christ, He becomes your identity.  Are you trying to “find yourself” or trying to answer the question “who am I?” Look to Jesus.  
  • Do you ever wonder who you are?
  • What Bible verses remind you who you are?
  • Think of someone you can meet with this week to discuss and memorize a Bible verse about who you are in Christ.

Feel free to continue the conversation and comment below the blog entry.

Originally posted 2014-07-28 01:00:10.

3 Ways #Marriage Blesses Your Socks Off

Let’s press into marriage!  This is not what culture says

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Marissa! A.K.A. Best 3 years EVER!

culture’s environment does not propel this. But as residence of God’s Kingdom, marriage is something to look forward to and to take action of faith toward. I know you’ve heard me before encourage guys to not wait around but if you know who you want to pursue to marry, do it!  On February 23, 2014, I married the love of my life. That week when we set up our joint bank account, the personal banker told us that he is waiting years for marriage until he has a certain amount of money, a house, etc… My wife, who listens to the Holy Spirit well, in her sweet voice reply. “We highly recommend marriage”.  In like-heartedness, here are three ways marriage will bless your socks off:

  1.  You’ll experience Jesus like never before!  When you are single, the blessing is you have  time and an undivided mind to do more for the cause of the Gospel. When you’re married, the covenant of your marriage represents the Gospel and helps you experience and be the Gospel to others: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27).”
  2. Where one is weak, the other is strong!  You probably know this without me even typing it slowly… I’m slow at… well at just about everything I do.  Marissa is the opposite.  She’s the most efficient person i have ever met.  You already know who takes care of the details.  Not me.  I’m a visionary. I struggle with the details.  I meet  people EVERYWHERE I go.  That’s not her. She meets more people through me but she goes deeper with fewer friends.  She teaches me about that through her life.  The wisest man ever lived explains this well:  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).”
  1.  Someone is ALWAYS on your side! When I was single, it was just me. Yes, I had Christian community that would bear some of my burdens.  But day in day out, it was me. I faced oncoming situations with the help of God and community.  Being in tight-knit Christian community now prepares you for marriage. Then when you get married, you join a team.  One plus one equals three. Marissa and I as a team with Jesus leading, there is always someone on her side and on my side in God’s calling that He walks us into. When we’re attacked by Satan or circumstances of life, there is always someone with me to help overcome. Solomon also fleshes this out in his words: “If two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:11-12).”
Are you ready to get your socks blessed off?!  Marissa and I really encourage you to press into marriage or if your married, we encourage you to press into the covenant of marriage God blessed you with.  Like Marissa said ever so sweetly: “We highly recommend marriage.”
What does it look like for your to lean into the covenant of marriage? What other blessings do you see in marriage?  Comment and let’s carry on the conversation below.
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Originally posted 2017-02-22 16:15:08.