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.

Let’s Visualize the Good News of Jesus

The Nav20s are passionate about equipping disciples to share the Gospel with those the Holy Spirit places in our path who are not saved yet.  The Navigators’ bridge illustration is one way the Good News of Jesus can be drawn for someone at work, at a restaurant, wherever you are…

Have you not placed your faith in Jesus and want to continue this conversation?  Contact me.  Do you have faith in Jesus and want to experience being “buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4)?”  Why wait?

Who do you feel led to share the Gospel with “right where you live, work and play”?  Why not draw this bridge illustration out on a piece of paper for him or her this week?

Originally posted 2015-05-11 07:55:21.

Why The Gospel is Good News

As you might know, one of my greatest joys in life is meeting new people.  I enjoy learning about their passions, life experiences, life stories and their thoughts about Jesus.  A lot of people I meet have a postmodern mindset, valuing open-mindedness.  When I meet a lot of people in the coffee shops, dog parks or wherever I am, I hear a lot of responses when I ask “Do you know Jesus?” such as “I have not been to church in a long time,” (notice the word, “church” was not in my question, but this observation is for another blog entry) or a majority of the responses I hear are:

“I think as long as one is spiritual or a good person, I do not think it matters what kind of religion you are in.”

I’ve noticed when I ask about Jesus, the responses like the one above always relate back to one’s ethics or efforts to be in touch with spirituality.  This view is perceiving Christianity as just another religion to help you be a better person. Devon is one of the many who responded to my question in the same way. He, like others, strives to seek out universal similarities to all religions and concludes that since they all teach similar teachings like, “help the poor”, “love your enemies”, and other ethical standards, then as long as you follow these, you’re a good person.  So their view is: spirituality relates to “being a good person.”

Individuals like Devon are always shocked at my response, “I am not of myself  a ‘good’ person.”  The truth is I’m not.  I have failed at every moral level and biblical benchmark that the people I talk to mention.  I do not spend my life helping the poor.  I drive by homeless people every week without thinking twice about stopping to help them.  I have held grudges and struggle to forgive. I have broken most of the moral codes that Devon probably uses to describe a “good” spiritual person.

 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Devon is trying to present a wide broad gate based on good ethical moral behavior.  This wide gate feels very narrow, because no one (without Jesus and His Holy Spirit) is good and we humans can never live up to these standards.  We are all sinners.

Jesus says…

 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate  and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt 7:13-14)

This narrow gate to which Jesus refers is based on Him, His blood that was shed for us on the cross.   It’s based on what He did, not on what we can or cannot do…

 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation (Colossians 1:21-22)”

This is why the Good News (The Gospel) is good news!!!  The broad door that humans create to universalize feels very narrow because no one can live up to the morals that are the common denominators. But the “narrow” gate of which Jesus lovingly speaks, feels very wide and freeing. It is based on what He did, not based on what we do or do not do.

 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)”

Let’s invite others into Jesus, the narrow gate, to experience true freedom and life that only comes through Him and a life that is defined by who He is.  Maybe you are like Devon, thinking that Christianity is all about earning salvation by good works that neither you nor I can ever live up to.  Come to Jesus…

 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6)

  • Who in YOUR life do you feel led to share the Good News of Jesus with this week?
  • How would you share the Gospel in one sentence?
  • How can you state your testimony in one sentence?

Feel free to comment and continue the conversation.

Originally posted 2015-03-02 07:55:13.

Don’t JUST Invite A Friend To Church

Read Todd's Published Article

Click this link to check out my published article in Wineskins Magazine about how God invited me on this journey beyond myself, and how you can invite people in this postmodern generation to Jesus.

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Originally posted 2014-02-07 16:05:56.