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Monday, June 24, 2013


You’ve probably heard it said, “You’ve got to know, that you know, that you know” regarding your salvation (or at least some variation of that phrase).

One Sunday God revealed how imperative it is for believers to KNOW the Word of God inside and out! Now, I’ve always had this knowledge, but how God related it to me at this time gave it a whole new meaning.

I don’t want to bore you with medical talk or scare you either, but this is how God helped me understand how critical it is to KNOW His Word:

All nurses and doctors have CPR training… YET not all have actually USED this knowledge. In an emergency, not everyone trained and certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation can adequately perform it. That’s why you don’t just take the class once. You must recert every so often and depending on what area of medicine you work, there are various drills to help you stay sharp in this vital, life saving technique.  And those who actually use CPR on a regular basis can tell if someone isn’t comfortable performing it and/or are not adequately providing care to the patient.

God showed me that His Word is like CPR training. 

Knowing it is vital!

If I should ever need CPR performed on me, or a loved one, I pray the person(s) performing it KNOW what they’re doing and aren’t just giving it “their best shot”. 

The world needs Christian’s to KNOW the Word of God and not just “give it our best shot”. 

How many times have you heard someone say (or you’ve said it yourself) that someone is misquoting/using the Word of God?

That’s great that YOU realize that…but how many ignorant people don’t realize it? How many are being lead astray by those who intentionally, or not, misrepresent the Word of God?

How do you know that YOU are NOT being lead astray if you don’t know what the Word of God says?

You can’t take someone else’s word for what the Bible says…you MUST read God’s Word YOURSELF!

You’ve got to know what you believe and why you believe it! (Please Tweet

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Tim 4:1 NIV

Why would a believer of Christ abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits? 

One reason is that they don’t know the Word of God so it’s easy for them to be deceived. Some even think they ARE following God! 

If you don’t know something, it’s easy to be deceived.

When I was in my early twenties, my brakes were squeaking. I wanted to be grown up and take care of the problem myself.  So I took the car to a mechanic who swindled me out of a few hundred dollars. 

When I told my dad, he said I learned a very expensive lesson…I should have let him take a look at it first! He KNEW what should have been done to correctly fix the brakes, but in my ignorance and pride I thought I knew better and so I lost some cash. Lesson learned.

Our souls are far more precious than money and satan plays to win (tweet please). 

We must KNOW God!

We must KNOW His Word!

We must be PROACTIVE in fighting the deceptions from this world. The best way to do that is to get into the Word and let the Word get into you!

So what are you waiting for…start reading!

Don’t be an amateur Christian with handling the Word of God…be an expert, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15)! 

People’s souls are at stake…maybe even your own! 

You better: “know, that you know, that you know.”

Monday, June 17, 2013

He Laughs at His Children?

I learn so much about God, the Father, through my son.

Yesterday my toddler was trying to stack cars on top of each other on our couch (not an easy thing to do). 

He had finally managed to get two cars to “stay” stacked.

He was so proud. “I did it! I did it!”He screamed as he clapped his little hands together and looked to me for praise.

I was just starting to clap when our small dog ran across the couch, knocking the cars over.

Instantly, my son fell on the ground and started crying, “He knocked them over!”
It was hard to suppress my giggles as I picked him up and showed him we could re-stack the cars.

His tears dried immediately and he quickly forgot the incident as he enjoyed moving his cars around and stacking them again.

But his passionate reaction lingered in my mind.

How often do we throw temper tantrums like that over silly things that seem important to us?

How often does God chuckle as He watches us act like toddlers, unable to control our emotions, over the smallest situations?

How often do we forget to look to Him to help us rebuild?

As I write this, more revelations seep into my soul...

Do we look to Him for praise (as my son did me) for accomplishing small and large tasks? 

Do realize He’s right beside us in ALL that we do? 

Do we realize He WANTS to be involved?

Do we include God? 

God isn’t just God… He’s our Father.

He wants to praise us for our accomplishments.

He wants to pick us up when life knocks us down.

And yes, I think He does chuckle when we act ridiculously dramatic over small instances in life.

No matter our age, we are His little Children!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Can You Out Run Grace?

“Jonah was not content to simply tell God no. He went in the opposite direction.” Stanley pg 109

I’m guilty of doing this myself.

While I’ve never ended up in the belly of a whale, I’ve visited some dark places. Places I knew reeked of my own self will. Places I had to learn to accept God’s way instead of my own.

Like Jonah, I often need to spend some time in a dark place before I can really let go of my agenda and accept God’s.

“…I don’t think it took three days for Jonah to change his mind. I think it took three days for Jonah to learn his lesson.” Stanley pg 111

Keep in mind that prior to being swallowed by the whale, Jonah had tried suicide by sailor rather than repentance. Simply put, “He would rather die than go to Nineveh.” Stanly pg 110. And so God gave him time to rethink that…what better place than inside a whale? 

That is grace.

Grace gave Jonah the time he needed to realign his thinking.

God could have simply said, “Okay, you would rather die than repent and accept my will, you’ve got it. I can find someone else willing to go and warn Nineveh they’re in trouble.” 

But God didn’t do that. Instead, He allowed circumstances in Jonah’s life to bring discipline which produces repentance by those who learn from it (Hebrews 12:11)…and Jonah learned- sort of.

Jonah did repent, but he still wasn’t 100% sold out on God’s plan (again, I’m guilty of this).

While he was quick to accept God’s second chance in his own life, he was less than thrilled for God to grant it to the people of Nineveh. 

But God wasn’t surprised by this grudging attitude.

He knew Jonahs heart…and He knows ours.

The journey to Nineveh and call to repentance was as much for Jonah as it was for the Ninevites. 

God’s thorough in His discipline and His grace. He makes no mistakes.

When He calls you to do something, often the journey is just as important as the end result for its during the journey (the dark places) that growth occurs. Thank God for His grace to help us during each step of our voyage. (tweet please)

At the end of the 8th Chapter of “The Grace of God” by Andy Stanely my heart was pierced by these questions:

“Who are the Ninevites in your life? Who are the people to whom you have a hard time extending grace? Whose calamity do you secretly celebrate? Who do you secretly wish would get what you think they have coming to them?” Stanely pg 117

We all have a bit of Jonah in us. 

We all need HIS grace to carry us through this life.

So as you go throughout your day, I pray you ask yourself these questions and let God’s grace shed light and love on the answers.

To read more thoughts on this chapter head over to Jason, Sarah, and Dusty’s blogs (and links to others who are participating in this book club). 

Have a grace filled day!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Interview with Kimanzi Constable

I had the privilege of being part of Kimanzi's Launch Team for his new book, "are you LIVING or existing: 9 steps to change your life". I wrote an honest review of the book here. As part of the launch team I didn't have to post an interview of Kimanzi, but I want to. I want to share with you about the man behind the book.
1.     One of the things I’m most impressed with about you is your time management. How do you balance pursing your dreams, helping others, blogging, responding to emails, following Christ and spending time with your family? 
It's a constant struggle TC but the key I've found is balance and boundaries. I sat down with my wife and we worked out a schedule where I could work on the things I need to and still spend that quality family time. I have to have the right balance and that starts with putting the Lord first, not me :) 

2    You mention God and Prayer more than a few times in your book. Explain the role Christ plays in your endeavor to help others achieve their dreams?
Your dream has to come from Him. The thing to understand is He puts those dreams in our hearts and minds, we have to listen and see which ones are from Him and which ones we just want to do. It’s easy to get wrapped up in a dream that you want and then try to justify why you think it’s from Him, that’s a dangerous road to go down! When it’s from Him you still have to take action on that dream but He will honor your actions with results. 
3. How do you manage to stay so personable and humble? I mean, you actually follow other people’s blogs and reply to emails! There are many “leaders” out there who say they want to help people and yet they remain distant from their followers. 
I never EVER want to feel or act like I’m better then anyone else because I’m just another sinner saved by His grace. I love people and truly believe in really connecting with them. If I become a NY Times best selling author or some ‘famous” person I would still do the same things, I never want to get too “Big”, I will always remember where I came from and who helped me get to where I am now. 
4.             What challenges has your wife and kids faced as you’ve pursued your dream?
The biggest challenge they’ve faced is dealing with me sometimes. I do my best to keep a balance but sometimes I get TOO focused where I don’t pay attention to them because I’m so wrapped up in what I’m doing online. This has been a three year journey and at times they haven’t always loved my dream because I’ve pushed too hard. I’m so grateful for them and they are my life, I just have to unplug from time to time to really appreciate that. 
5.              What’s been the biggest surprise since launching your new book, “are you LIVING or existing? 9 steps to change your life”?
The biggest surprise has been the amazing support and help I’ve had launching the book. They are a ton of posts, interviews, and shares. I had a launch team, so I expected that but what I have not expected is how over the top they have been about getting the word out. When I woke up this morning and say all the shares and what was said, I cried, it was overwhelming (in a good way)! Thank you!

6.              Tell us about your upcoming projects?
Up to this point I have talked about a lot of different things but going forward I want to focus more on my core message: I help people stop settling, stop making excuses, so that they can live the life of their dreams. 
I have talked a lot about ebooks, speaking, marketing but I want to focus, speak and create products that are all about helping people figure out what their dreams are and how to create a game plan to make them a reality. 
I plan to launch a podcast, and the biggest thing coming up (you’re the first person getting to hear about this TC) I will be hosting a “Are You Living or Existing” conference! 
7.              How can people contact you/follow you? (provide links to your FB, Twitter, Blog, etc.)
I’ll make it simple, you can find me at http://kimanziconstable.com. From there you can find all my social media links and a bunch of other free content! 
8.              How can people purchase your books?  
You can get the book at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books a Million or wherever books are sold. If you have a local bookstore, ask them to carry it!