Archive for January, 2016

January 29, 2016

It’s not about You and Me…

by Lester Young

Has the Lord ever told you something that thrilled you all the way down to your socks? I’d venture to say it’s not too uncommon in the Body of Christ. What’s probably also not too uncommon are the first few thoughts we invariably have after the ‘Praise Him!’ wave subsides just a bit: “How’s this going to happen and what do I need to do?” And before you know it, we’ve laid out the first twenty steps of “how I can get there”. But then when we try to implement that plan, all we ever seem to get is tired and frustrated… because it just doesn’t seem to work like we thought it should.

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January 25, 2016

Leaping before you look: the ‘Peter’ Spirit

by Lester Young

Of course, the warning we’re all familiar with is “Look before you leap”; which simply means to cautiously and thoroughly consider what you plan to do before you actually do it. Sounds like good, solid, reasonable advice we’d all do well to bear in mind. But there was once this one guy in particular – and he just happened to be one of the higher-ups of Jesus’ staff – who developed a bit of a reputation for doing just the opposite. Let’s take a look at the Apostle Peter for a few moments.

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January 23, 2016

Success: It’s an “Attitude”

by Lester Young

Let’s say you’ve been given an important project to complete. Now this is not just any important project, mind you: it’s vital and it’s big – so big, in fact, that deep down inside you already know you’re not even close to being qualified for it. Aside from doing your best to ignore the tap-tap-tapping of your knees knocking together, how do you handle it?

If you identify with those circumstances, I can say with certainty you’re not the first nor will you be the last. I can also tell you you’re in pretty good company. For instance, a few years ago this guy named Moses had been basically just wandering through life for four decades – decades! (Acts 7:29-30) Then one day out of the blue a very sizable project was unceremoniously dropped right in his lap: God introduced Himself and then – very matter-of-factly – directed Moses to go over to Egypt, free the nation of Israel and bring them out of there (Exodus 3:6-10). Doing his best to ignore the tap-tap-tapping of his knees knocking together, Moses replied, “Huh? Whaaa?? Uh, Lord, I think You got the wrong Moses: You’re probably lookin’ for Moses McGillicutty… he lives a couple miles down the wilderness thattaway.” To which the Lord just looked at him.

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