Pass the test


Luke 10:25-28 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

 

I want you all to think back to your high school or grade school years of when you would take a test. Now lets say during the test a question came up that you did not understand or that you needed a little bit more clarification on. So you got up and asked the teacher to help clarify the question for you so that you could solve the problem. And if he or she was a good teacher they did not just give you the answer to the question, rather they told you to think back to your notes and what you learned in class, or to think back to a specific passage you all read. The teacher would  give you a hint, and point you in the right direction without giving you the answer directly because that defeats the purpose of the test. And if you studied for the test, and paid attention in class just that little nudge in the right direction would cause a light to go off in your head and help you solve the answer to the question correctly. That is exactly what is taking place in this parable. The man asked Jesus a question. Jesus takes the role of a Teacher and basically tells the man to think back to his notes. Once Jesus did this the man was able to give an answer and passed the test. Again Jesus just like any good teacher did not give the man the answer directly (although He could) but rather pointed him in the right direction and told him to revert back to his notes, that being the Word of God. In life we will all have test, trials, and tribulations. Just like any test we have ever taken in school the teacher gives us notes and information to study before the test so that we can be successful and so that they can see how well we know the information. The test we are hit with in our daily lives are no different. Jesus, our Teacher has fully equipped us with all the answers to pass every single test in life, and the answers lie within the Holy Bible. It is up to us to do our part, and study and mediate on His Word both day and night so when test come we can apply what we have read and learned to pass the test. There is not a situation, circumstance, or test in life that anyone has ever gone through or will ever go through that can not be solved by applying the Word of God to that situation, circumstance, or test. It is just up to us as individuals to do our part and study His Word, and then apply it to our lives. I don’t know what you’re going through what your current situation is but I guarantee the answer can be found in God’s Word; you just have to search the Scriptures and find it, then apply it to your life. God has fully equipped you with everything that you need to pass this test, and to move on to the next level and phase of your life. Do your part and God will certainly do His.

“Today is your day, don’t hesitate to make it great!” – Edgar Butler Jr.- The Purpose coach

 

 

You can do better

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Today I was driving and I started thinking about my life and analyzing how it had been going over the past couple of weeks. I realized that I could do so much better than what I had been doing in life. I realized that I’ve been giving life about 75%. Which isn’t TERRIBLE but it surely isn’t great, just average. I looked at how I’ve been in my relationship with my girlfriend and I said, “I can do better than that”. I looked at how I’ve been performing on the job and I said, “I can do better than that”. I looked at how I’ve been performing and preparing for school and I said, “I can do better than that”. I looked at how I’ve been approaching my blog and I said, “I can do better than that”. I looked at my relationship with the Lord and I said, “I can do better than that”. Like I said I haven’t been TERRIBLE in these areas of my life, I just know that I can do BETTER. I deserve to give myself better than what I have been giving. My girlfriend deserves better from me. My boss, my coworkers, they deserve better from me. My teachers deserve better from me. My family and my friends deserve better from me. Those of you who read my blog deserve better from me. My church deserves better from me. And most importantly GOD deserves so much better from me. So I encourage you to block out some alone time for yourself today and look at your own life and ask yourself, “can I do better”?  (Hint: The answer should always be yes.) Yes, you can do better. In your marriage you can do better. In school, you can do better. At home you can do better. In your music career you can do better. In the gym you can do better. On the field you can do better. On the job you can do better. In your ministry you can do better. Whatever it is that you do, you can do it better than what you’ve been doing. You can do better than what you’ve been doing, and you know you can. You deserve to give yourself better than what you’ve been giving. Your family deserves better from you. Your friends deserve better from you. Your boss/your employees/co-workers deserve better from you. Your church deserves better from you. Your coaches deserve better from you. Most importantly Almighty God deserves better from you. Almighty God, the one who gives us life deserves better than what we have been giving Him. Every day we wake up is a blessing from the Lord. We are not alive right now by chance, or by luck, or by coincidence. God woke you up today for a reason. He didn’t wake you up for you to waste this day and to take it for granted or for you to only put in 50-75%. He woke you up to do great things for Him and for His Kingdom by utilizing the time, talent, and resources He has blessed you with. God, more so than anyone deserves your best today and every day that you are blessed by Him to be alive. Understand we can always do better and be better in life. So my challenge to you is to be better today than you were yesterday. And may grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

“Today is your day, don’t hesitate to make it great” – Edgar Butler Jr.- The Purpose Coach

It’s not about you part 2

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God has a purpose and a plan for all of us. God has called us all to do something specific and unique that no one else can do, because God called us specifically to do it. I believe my calling and purpose is to promote and advance the gospel of Jesus Christ through writing and speaking. I know that God has called me to do this, yet I have still been slacking on doing it with the excellence that God desires. God revealed that to me today. I am compelled to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ on this blog, and to help people find Christ or to help people better their relationship with Christ. I have allowed my job and school, and everyday life struggles to distract me from doing what God has called me to do through this blog. I have made excuses, rather than adjustments. God told me this morning that I have to be willing to put up with these everyday struggles for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He told me that my calling is not about me. My calling and my purpose is not about me. Your calling and your purpose is not about you. It is so much bigger than just us… What we do with our time, our resources, and our God given abilities on this planet should not be used just to benefit us and to indulge in our own selfish desires. Our purpose on this planet is so much bigger than that… It’s about helping others, and bringing glory to Almighty God. I do not know what God has called you to do, and you might not either. If you do not know what your calling is, then get on your knees and ask God to reveal it to you. And if you do know what God has called you to do but just aren’t doing it, then I need you to get up and answer the call TODAY. If you know your calling and you are walking in it, then I encourage you to keep doing what you are doing but take it to another level. If you’ve been doing good work at whatever God has called you to do, then I want you to step it up a notch and start doing GREAT work. Be intentional about your growth. I just want you all to understand that you are compelled to answer the calling that God has on your life. It is not going to be easy, but know that God has already equipped you with everything you need to do what He has called you to do. I know you’ve got school, I know you’ve got work, I know you have bills to pay, family struggles, relationship issues, etc., etc. but understand you must be willing to press through for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You must be willing to press through those things so that you can do all that God has called you to do, and to become all that God has called you to be.
“Today is YOUR day, don’t hesitate to make it great”- Edgar Butler Jr. (The Purpose Coach)

Visit this link to listen to episode 16 of the “Put The Word on It” podcast show. On this this episode myself and Pastor Randall G. Knighton had Constance L. Cromartie, a licensed professional counselor join us on the show to talk about depression, anxiety, and anger. If you are currently struggling with any of these issues, have previously struggled with any of these issues, or know someone struggling with these issues I encourage you to check out this episode! Thank you and be blessed!

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-08-19_08-17-16_episode_16_-_dealing_with_depression.mp3

Accept the challenge

Mark 1:35
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray.

Luke 5:15-16 15  Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Matthew 14:23
After He had sent them away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone,
Luke 6:12
In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

In these verses we see that Jesus Himself, made a conscious effort to step away from the world to go and spend quality alone time with God. We must do the same thing if we desire to have a healthy and flourishing relationship with God. It is so easy to get caught up in the world, and drift away from God due to life’s every day struggles and distractions. Whether it’s our phones, TV, food, relationships, school, our job, kids, etc. we can’t allow these things or anything else to distract us and keep us from spending one on one time with God every day that we are blessed to be alive. So today I challenge you all to set aside a block of time where it is just you and God. Do like Jesus did, and just take a step away from the world to spend quality time with God. Step away from your friends, step away from your relationship, put down and turn off your phone, turn off the TV, put down the chips, and cleanse yourself of all distractions(internally and externally). Don’t worry about your issues. Don’t worry about your troubles. Go to an isolated place, a quiet place, free of distractions and just seek God. Seek God through His Word. Seek God through prayer. Just focus on God. Focus on getting closer to Him, and being connected to Him for that moment. God rewards those who diligently seek Him, and come to Him believing that He is God (Hebrews 11:6). God desires to move powerfully in your life. He has plans for you that are constantly progressing and developing. Take some today (and everyday) to seek God out for the purposes and plans that He has for your life. With all of the distractions in our lives it is hard for us to hear from God at times, which is why today I am encouraging you to set aside some time to just commune with your Heavenly Father. Speak to God, and listen to what He has to say back to you.

CHALLENGE:

Set aside a block of time today, 30 minutes to an hour to spend with God. Turn your phone off. Turn the TV off. No food. No drinks. No distractions. Just you and God. Spend that 30 minutes to an hour reading your Bible and praying to God. My challenge is for you to do this today, but I believe that if you seek God today with all your heart He will move so miraculously in your life and you will taste and see that He is good and come back for more every day for the rest of your life. I can say that with confidence because that is exactly what happened in my life. I sought God out diligently, and tasted and saw that He was good and now I just cant enough of Him, I pray that you have the same experience in your life.

 

Also visit this link and listen to Episode 15 of the “Put The Word on it” podcast, co-hosted by myself and Pastor Randall G. Knighton of Spirit of God Christian Church in Alpharetta, Ga. This episode we had a special guest join us, Edgar Butler Jr – “The Purpose Coach”. This episode we discuss finding your purpose in life through faith in Christ. We focus on getting started, and the importance of seeking God for purpose.

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-08-06_08-04-16_episode_15_-_gods_purpose_always_wins.mp3 

 

Also listen to Edgar Butler Jr. latest motivational video! In this video Edgar lets us know that all that we have overcome in life by Gods strength was necessary to get us to where we are now and to get us where God desires for us to be in life. It was necessary to build up our faith and for us to go and help build others up. https://youtu.be/W9OAEDmvi4A

STOP…Listen…and Obey

Stop…Listen…and Obey. There are things God has been trying to tell you for the past couple of days, weeks, months, maybe even years…Situations He has been trying to warn you about to help you avoid some heartbreak down the road. There are things God has been wanting you to do for Him but you didn’t hear Him because you didn’t stop, wait or listen for His voice. So often in our prayer time we provide God with a list of things we want, things we need, and spend the whole day just asking God for these things, but how often do we stop…wait…and listen for God’s response to our prayers? I realized this was an issue for me this morning. I woke up and hit the floor to pray. I was just going on and on, about what I wanted and I was hogging up the conversation from God. As I was done asking for everything, I was just about to say “Amen”, get up off my knees and go about my day. But I decided to stay there and just rest in God’s presence. I asked Him to speak to me. I stayed on my knees and just waited and listened for God’s response, and sure enough He spoke to me. I’m not going to lie at first it took some time to really make out His voice and what He was saying to me because most of the time I just say “amen” and go about my business. God revealed to me that isn’t how prayer is supposed to work. It shouldn’t just end with me saying “amen” and going about my business without waiting for God’s response. I realized I needed to be still and wait to hear what God had to say to me. Saying Amen and going about my business is the equivalent to walking up to someone and asking them for directions and then walking away before they even get a chance to respond. Then we drive around aimlessly trying to figure out how to get to where we want to go. That’s how it is when we don’t listen for God’s direction…Yes, you did the right thing by asking for directions, but you left before the guy could even give you an answer. Our prayer time should not look like this, but it often does. Prayer is direct communication with God, through Jesus Christ. It’s our way to have a DIRECT conversation with our Heavenly Father. But just like any conversation between two people it shouldn’t be just one person dominating the conversation. If we are the only ones talking it doesn’t make for much of a conversation. That is what God was telling me today and maybe what He is telling you too. WE should not be dominating the conversation when we are in prayer. I encourage you to stop what you are doing and pray to God. Take this time to communicate with your Father in Heaven, to really commune with Him, by listening to what He has to say. Understand there are things that God desires for YOU specifically to do for Him and for His Kingdom. There are things He has been trying to tell you for the past couple of days, weeks, months, maybe even years but you haven’t taken the time to stop and listen. This post would have never gotten written had I not stopped and listened to what God was trying to say to me. The last post that I wrote was on July 7th. I had been wondering why God hadn’t given me a message and He told me today that it was because I wasn’t listening for His response for what to write. Don’t dominate your prayer time or your relationship with God. StopListen… and Obey the Words of the Lord and you will surely be blessed. Trust His Words and His guidance and know that He will never lead you in the wrong direction.

Let me Put The Word on it:

  1. Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
  2. James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  3. Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
  4. Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

Check out the last 2 episode of the “Put The Word on it” podcast hosted by myself and Pastor Randall G. Knighton of Spirit of God Christian Church in Alpharetta, GA. Also check out this inspirational video by Edgar Butler Jr, the “Purpose Coach” about how you are an over comer! Follow Edgar on Facebook at “Edgar Butler Jr. Inspiration” for daily quotes and weekly motivational videos. “Today is your day, don’t hesitate to make it great”- Edgar Butler Jr.

Episode 13: “STOP THE VIOLENCE” http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-07-23_07-21-16_episode_13_-_stop_the_violence.mp3

Episode 14: “JESUS is my Sabbath Rest” http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-07-30_07-28-16_episode_14_-_jesus_is_my_sabbath_rest.mp3

Edgar Butler Jr: “The Week of the over comer” https://youtu.be/_BI2ckd5aU0