This week we are looking at integrity and wholeness. What does it mean to be whole? What does it mean to walk in integrity? Well, one of the first places we have to start is what we believe. For most of us, the enemy has usually seasoned our life with some lies. Lies that prevent us from believing what God says about who we are. Lies that hold us in bondage. Lies that keep us from being all that He has created us to be.
Your homework for the next meeting is to watch a 2 minute video and then answer the questions in the form below. Your answers will be sent directly to your Coordinators and will not be shared with anyone else. Please don't wait until the 11th hour. Take a minute TODAY and complete these questions. This MUST be completed before the next meeting!
This won't take a lot of time, but we feel that it will be well worth the insight you will gain.
What's Your Label?
Lies... Dreams... and what God says
Do you remember a time in your life where you received a message that had a negative impact? Maybe it was that you were not good enough. Maybe someone's words conveyed that you were stupid, ugly, rejected, or unwanted...you fill in the blank. These are just a few of the labels you may have collected and carried throughout your life. They are lies, usually rooted in the past, which have created a "marred" identity - one that is not a true reflection of who HE says you are...
As men, we get so caught up in the "doing." Our titles..."who we are." Where we live. The many hats and responsibilities we wear… son, brother, husband, father, friend, employee, employer, family taxi driver, our endless "honey-do" lists, the "fixer-upper", Bible study leader, Sunday School teacher… and the list could go on and on. A lot of times, it is easier to focus on, and even hide behind all of these things we "do" - titles we wear...men love TITLES!
So, in all of your "doing", when's the last time you slowed down enough to listen to your heart? More importantly, the "Voice of One Calling" from the "desert" within your soul? Has He been trying to get your attention? Has He been attempting to guide you down a specific path...a "calling" maybe? Is there a dream He's placed on your heart that seems too impossible; the thought of which, makes your heart pound with excitement? Yet, it's too scary, too daring to consider - it would just take too much time... So, we push it to the proverbial "back-burner." Then, we tell ourselves that “someday...”
It's less risky to stop looking at the dream, than to dare to believe it could come to fruition. Ironically, it's in the midst of these God-sized dreams and callings where we find true wholeness...a place where we can walk in real integrity, because those "places"...those "callings"...those "dreams", have been specifically designed for us - it's there that we feel"complete."
God has a purpose for YOUR life! He knows how to walk us right to the edge of our fears because that what's needed to push us out of our comfort zones. He helps us to face questions like… what if I fail? What if I fail in front of all these people? What if I’m not accepted? What if my business fails? The key is not believing the lie, but fixing our eyes on Jesus, and walking inHISTRUTH... If He has called you to do anything, He will certainly equip you to accomplish the task!
We need to make room for God to speak into our life.. To let His Father's heart come to us and say… "This is who you are...this is who I've created you to be...and this is what I have for you to do."
We’re going to continue looking at lies and how they impact the outcome of your life;how we often kill and silence our own dreams because of those false beliefs. Whatyou believe about yourself really does matter...but more importantly, do you know that He believes in you?
Please take a few more minutes and complete the form below and hit the SUBMIT button when you're done. We're really looking forward to our time together this week and diving deeper into this topic of "integrity", what it looks like, and what it really means...see you soon!