Striving for perfection so you can get into God’s graces, are ya? Ok. Stupid idea. But I’ve been there. Let me show you why you’re headed for failure and what you can do instead. Let’s just say, you can take the easy way out – without even being penalized – like my son did when he washed my car last week.

I told my son that if he washed my car I’d pay him $20. He had to do outside and inside. Vacume, dust. Spit shine the tires. You know…the works. Well, he didn’t deliver. So, in my mind, I’m thinking, “Fine, he won’t get paid.” That will teach him!

But then my dad arrives on the scene. He starts washing the vehicle. I look out the window and see my 73 year old father out performing my son. Not gonna lie, I’m getting a little upset with my son for this. He could have done it by himself. Put in the labor. Got the money.

That’s fair, right?

But then I started thinking. That makes sense in the parenting world and yes, even in the business world.

You work, you get paid.

But that’s not how it works in the world of God’s grace.

So, for the purpose of teaching my son about God’s grace, I paid him. Yep…paid him for work he didn’t do. And gave him a $10 tip on top.

Why? To show him what God’s grace is like. God’s grace is Jesus, coming along side of us like my dad did for my son. Jesus shows up, does the work and gives us the paycheck (salvation and blessings).

We do nothing to deserve it. We don’t even have to lift a finger. We do less than my son did to wash the car. We do nada.

When you think about all you do trying to acheive perfection in exchange for salvation and blessings, it might look like this…

  • You fast
  • You tithe
  • You help those in need
  • You’re better than most people in your circle

So what does that get ya? Let’s see what Jesus would say… “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled.” (Luke 18:14.)

That’s not exactly what you were going for, huh?

But what about the scripture that says… “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:8)? That’s pretty clear, isn’t it? Makes you want to at least try to be perfect. But consider this…

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly NOT enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

If you know you’ve never acheived the status of a Pharisee… If you know you’ve NEVER been perfect, and you know you’ll never BE perfect, you need Jesus’ words of grace. You need to hear Him speak about an alternate route to his grace. Trading his perfectness for yours.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. (Matthew 5:6)

What is righteousness? Christ. So, hunger for Christ and all he is (He’s perfection to the max!) and you’ll be righteous. And when you do, bonus… you’ll desire to behave better. Check this little gem of a scripture out:

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness. (Titus 2:11)

Lookie there! Grace teaches us to live right. So, hey, how about you and I just stop stessing by trying to be perfect. You know it’s not possible. The only option that makes sense is this:

Either you must be perfect, or represented by the one who is. Jesus.

So where does that leave us? Not perfect. But labled perfect because he is. Let Jesus wash your car. You’ll get paid anyway.

 

What’s a faith-free loader? Glad you asked. See if you can find yourself in any of these scenarios, then we’ll talk about what to do about it so you can get the things you’ve been wanting all along.

  • In weight loss, it’s the gal who wants six pack abs by taking a pill while eating ice cream on the couch.
  • In dating, it’s the guy who wants to date a model by reciting some canned pickup lines …even though he’s a poorly dressed slob who compulsively picks his nose.
  • In business, it’s the guy who wants a flood of customers but doesn’t provide actual value in exchange for the money.

In business, it’s the guy who wants a flood of customers but doesn’t provide actual value in exchange for the money.

What’s a Faith Freeloader?

Faith-Free Loaders are people who are the lowest common denominator to their own faith. They desperately pray for something they need, yet put no faith in their ability to do something that will change their situation.

When I was in college, I was working full-time at a restaurant, was a part-time youth pastor, and took a full course load. I averaged only 4 hours of sleep each night – because, sadly, I didn’t have time to sleep. (Or so I thought!)

Result? I was constantly whipped. Tired was an understatement. I survived on 14 Diet Cokes a day to get my caffeine fix.

And you know how silly I was? Ok, let’s just call it like it was – STUPID. I was stupid. Because I’d stay up studying till midnight after working an 8-hour shift, then get up at 4 am.

I would PLEAD with God to give me energy and make me wide-awake. I asked for a miracle every morning that I wouldn’t feel tired. What kind of stupid is that?!

If I needed more rest, I should have cut something out of my life and slept more.

Hey, look, you can pray till you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t put your faith where your mouth is, your faith isn’t worth a pile of poo!

So, am I saying you have to add works to faith?

NO – but sort of.

Some people totally misconstrue the verse: “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:14). They take it to mean that they have to add their own works to their salvation in order to have solid faith. And that’s misunderstanding the Idea of Faith Without Works

This is not what that scripture means. It’s talking about the fact that faith without Christ’s work is dead. Chew on that for a bit till you get it.

BUT, I’m not saying that you get to be a freeloader when it comes to receiving the things Christ’s work has granted you. If you don’t put your actions to work believing you can behave in a way that brings you what you’re praying for…you probably won’t get it.

You can pray for a miracle to help you get money you need to pay for your groceries, but if you spend your paycheck on beer, it’s not happening!

If you’re praying to lose weight – you need to pray that God will help you make healthy eating choices, start exercising, get enough sleep, and do a better job of taking care of yourself.

And it takes FAITH to believe you can do these things. Especially if you haven’t had success with it in the past.

Some people crack me up – coming to me at the end of a service or ministry time, asking me to pray that they will receive a “MIRACLE” in their area of need. Yet, they will go home and engage in the very same behaviors that got them into their trouble in the first place.

Write this down: The wiser you are, the fewer miracles you’ll need in life.

The smarter your choices, the less you’ll need God to get you out of constant crisis mode. 

So what can you do if you have Freeloading faith tendencies?

Use your faith to ask God to change you – that’s where the real miracle is!

Still love me?

I know you do, and I love you too, or I wouldn’t be so blunt. So share this post with a friend who needs it. Someone you love. Someone who needs help. Like it on Facebook or even hit the automatic tweet quote box I’ve got below for your convenience. 

We are VERY close to finishing our long-awaited Prayer Training Program. We have been working on this for more than 2 years, and have done a “soft” launch that you may have been privy to, but we are finally going to wrap it up. We will be officially releasing it in just a few weeks.

This course will be entirely focused on “Training for Fueling Your Prayers and Boosting Results.” It will include:

  • 10 Audios
  • Workbook
  • Journal
  • Prayer Booster book with over 200 Fast Fuel Prayer Packs

It’s going to be a complete brain dump with tons of research on everything that we know about Praying and Getting Results & Answers from God.

We are going to cover all the myths and stumbling blocks to prayer. As well as help believers discover how to carve time out of their busy lives for praying and Bible reading. It’s a complete Prayer toolbox like no other.

However, we need your help. Before we finalize everything and make it fully available, we need to make sure we have everything covered.

That is where you come in. Please take a few minutes to answer this super-short survey – there is only one thing we want to ask you…

What are your two top questions about Praying and Getting Answers to Your Prayers that we absolutely NEED to answer in our training course?
Here’s the Quick Survey for You:

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Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your input. You have become a part of creating this program and you are helping to change lives – through prayer!

What do potato-peeling shortcuts and instant oatmeal have to do with being forgiven, saved, God’s grace and His blessings?

EVERYTHING!

Why is it you search for all kinds of shortcuts to make your life easier and yet refuse the shortcuts God provides?

Join me for this podcast and find out if you’ve been refusing something that will bless you and make your life easier.  You will be pleasantly surprised. Christianity is a lot easier than you think!

Click here for the Podcast on iTunes.

Or use the podcast media player below.

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Ever wondered how Jesus would handle bad behavior? What would Jesus do if…

  • Your son came home drunk?
  • Your daughter got expelled?
  • Your employee bad-mouthed another employee.
  • A student in your class lied to you?

Here’s a simple & easy way to handle any kind of bad behavior – whether it be from your kids, your employee, a student, or yep…your spouse!

In this quick video, I’ll show you how to get bad behavior under control. This will change the atmosphere in your home and you’ll win in your relationships.

It’s how Jesus would do it!

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If you like this video, you’ll love this…the message that this content was based on. Check it out here: SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE: the Secret to Getting Everything You Want and Need.

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There’s a weapon pointed at you!

What’s it look and sound like? Well, have you heard anything like this in your head…

  • You’re in this mess because of your own dumb mistakes!
  • You’re reaping what you sowed, and there’s no way for you to get out of this mess!
  • You’re paying for your past.
  • Your kids are a mess because you’re a lousy parent!
  • You’re going bankrupt because you spend too much money on stuff you don’t need.
  • You’ve destroyed your friendships because you’re not a good friend.
  • You’re going to FAIL!

Or how bout this…

  • God doesn’t love you. Never did. Never will.
  • You don’t deserve God’s favor.
  • You’re not good enough for God to save you.

Do you know what to do when the bullets of the enemy fly? In this quick little video, I’ll show you what you can do to fight back.

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Pray this so you can fight with the weapon God gave you:

“Lord, there’s a voice inside my head that’s been telling me I deserve to be in this mess. But Your grace is greater than any mistake I’ve made or sin I’ve committed. I know you’ve forgiven me for my mess and any messes I make in the future so help me to block out the lies that the enemy is trying to tell me. Give me ears to hear your voice of love and acceptance.”

Isaiah 54:17 (NLT)

No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Do you really know who you are? Most people don’t. And when I say, “who are you?”, I’m not just asking your name or nationality, I’m asking you something bigger.

You don't know who you are, do you

I’m wondering if you know how to stake your identity in Christ. If you can’t, you are in danger! 

Because If the enemy can keep you believing you aren’t in Christ – you won’t act like you’re in Christ. 

So, let me ask you…do you know who you are in Christ? AND, do you walk in that identity constantly?

I’m going to show you two reasons why it’s hard to keep your identity in Christ and ONE very simple thing you can do immediately to help you remember who you are in Christ. So you can act like you’re in Christ!

It’s all right here in this podcast:  Soul Fitness Made Easy iTunes

Or you can listen on the podcast player below.

Soul Fitness Made Easy Podcast: Do You Know Your Identity in Christ?

 

Need a touch of God’s mercy but not sure he’s willing to give you a fresh dose? Good news: God doesn’t do leftovers!

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Read below or listen to the podcast. (in iTunes click here.)

I have a confession to make: The only time I like leftovers is when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Like last night.

I was tired. I had a tough day solving problems and technical issues on one of my websites as well as conflicts with booking speaking engagements.

At the end of yesterday when my family was asking, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

I didn’t have it in me to lift a finger. Have you been there?

I just didn’t even want to invest any energy even thinking about what I could whip up because I had nothing planned nothing!

I looked at my 16 yr old daughter and said sheepishly…

“Leftovers?”

She wasn’t thrilled.

How about you? Do you like leftovers?

I typically don’t like leftovers unless they are YUMMY!

So have you been in a spot where you looked up at God and said, “What have you got for me?

I’m hungry in the relationship area. I’m hungry in the health arena. I’m hungry in my job for a promotion… “God, what have you got for me?”

Listen: You will NEVER hear God say: “Leftovers!”

Here’s how I know God doesn’t do leftovers:

His mercies are new every morning.

Look at what the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)

I Love that last line – “Great is thy faithfulness”…even when I’m not.

Yep, God is faithful to you even when you’re not faithful to him.

That’s mercy! That’s grace!

And he doesn’t assess what you’ve done that day or haven’t done – and say – “Nope, you haven’t done enough for me or others today – So I’m not giving you something new – You’re just getting leftovers!”

NO! His mercies are new every morning. 

  • Some mornings you may need more patience than others.
  • Some days you may need more love for a coworker.
  • Some days you may need a little more strength to get the job done, or the house cleaned, or the oil changed or the diapers changed.
  • Some days you need more strength to get through a chemotherapy treatment.
  • Some days you need more help than others.

Know what? God doesn’t serve up what’s left over from the day before!
He serves up something fresh and new!

Unlike me – I turn to leftovers when I’m too tapped out to cook or lacking time. God’s got his world under more control than I do.

He’s capable of whipping up something new for you every morning. Every day. He has unlimited resources!

So to you who’s marriage is falling apart, yes, you, the one who wrote to me and said your husband walked out on you… God’s got new mercies for you tomorrow morning.

You who wrote me and said you’re weak from sickness and disease – God has new mercy for you today.

You who are depressed and down – God’s mercies are waiting for you today. And he’s got everything you could possibly need to get you through your day. And the next day and the next day!

Reminds me of the scripture, Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (ESV)

Let me paraphrase that – Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow you – all the days of your life.

God’s mercies are new for you every morning. And, they’re going to follow you through out your day!

God doesn’t do leftovers – aren’t you glad!

Click here for the podcast version of Why God Doesn’t Serve You Leftovers.

When the crap hits the fan, where do you hide? Or maybe a better question is, what do you do? How do you as a Christian believer, face an all-out attack from the enemy?

You know he’s going to try, right? Try to pull you down. Try to get you to give up. Try to get you to abandon the hopes and dreams that you’ve had.

  • What will your response be the next time he strikes?
  • What did you do the last time the devil tried to attack you?

If you sense the enemy is trying to assault you right now, whether it be in your finances, your health, your relationships, your workplace, or elsewhere, watch this short video I prepared for you and you’ll learn…

What every believer needs to know about overcoming an attack.

After viewing this, you’ll know exactly what to do so you can reach your dreams and your destiny.

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Share this with a friend who needs a boost. 

This is Everett.

I’ve known Everett since he was a kid. A messed up kid. But a sweet one.

He’s always had a soft spot in my heart…you know, some people just work their way in.

And when you see them, no matter how messed up they are, you just want to reach out and hug them, and say, “Come on, when you gonna get a clue that this lifestyle isn’t for you…”

That crossed my mind every time I saw Everett.

I’d see him at Publix bagging groceries. I’d see him posting pics on Facebook partying with his friends. And yep, Everette got lost. Really lost. Lost to…

Drugs, Alcohol, all kinds of stuff you’d think he’d never get out of.

But then something happened.

Watch his video and know there is hope…even for the ones you think may never get a clue…

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