True Grit Pt. 2: Lifting Hands

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True Grit Pt. 1: Miracle: Water to Wine

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Best Year Ever Pt. 4: Communion

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Best Year Ever Pt. 3 Honoring Him

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Best Year Ever Pt. 2: Your TRUE Desire

Acts 7:20-35 (KJV)
John Eldridge: I continue to be stunned by the deadness that most people consider normal and seem to be contented to live with.
Example: If I could be more of what you wanted in a woman, what do you secretly wish I could offer you?
Clean Socks
It’s just not TRUE.
Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
God is a God of unrelenting desire. Their is nothing “lukewarm” about His nature. As you draw near to Him, desire actually awakens.
Psalms 37:4 (KJV)
Holiness is not a loss of desire. It is restoration of desire.
Do you want to get well?
Most people give up on desire. Why? They don’t want to be disappointed.
Desire is like love. When it’s achieved it’s REALLY good. When it’s not it’s REALLY bad.
To desire something and not to have it is the basis of almost all pain, so we tone down our expectations. We true them into more manageable things. We call it being more realistic. We forsake adventure, romance and passion. We forsake desire.
That’s what the man at the pool was doing and Jesus knew that. He does something to fix it. He takes this man back to his TRUE desire.
You get to pick the life you want and these are your options:
You can spend it avoiding disappointment or pursuing life.
C. S. Lewis: I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret of each one of you. The secret which hurts so much that you take revenge on it by calling names like Nostalgia, Romanticism and Adolescence.

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Best Year Ever Pt. 1 Make Him Marvel

Mathew 8:5-10 (KJV)
Somethings you need to see go
Somethings you need to see come
Somethings you need to see happen
If they did, this would be: Your Best Year Ever
1. See It
A. Decide on the things you would like to see happen this year.
Change of place + Change of pace = Change of perspective
Explore and refine your desires. What do you REALLY want?
B. Write them down
About 3 decades ago, they asked Harvard’s MBA class if they had set any goals for their future after Harvard and if they had crafted a plan to reach them.
3%  Said they had goals written and plans to go with them.
13% Said they had goals, but they were not written
84% Said they had no specific goals
10 years later they followed up with the former students and found the following:
The 13% who said they had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals.
The 3% who had goals written were earning 10 times as much as the other 97% put together!
C. Have regular heads up time where you SEE the goal as yours.
Many look, but do not see. Slow down! Have regular heads up time where you see yourself as the possessor of your goals.
Until your widest dreams becomes tamed, they will never come true.
Matthew 9:18-21 (KJV)
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
His goal was SET before Him. You must set goals, but you must also set those goals before you.
Journal
Vision List
Vision Board
All these things will help you SEE it.

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January First Wednesday

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