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Chazown - 5

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Alright, congratulations on writing your personal purpose statement. I know that is something that God is going to use in your life for many, many years to come. What we are going to do now is we are going to talk about Living Your Chazown. We are going to cover a lot of ground, so don't be overwhelmed. There will be plenty of time to unpack this material over the weeks and months to come. We are going to cover quite a bit, but what I'm going to ask you to do is drill down to maybe one or two areas that should be very obvious to you as the most specific areas that God would want to best develop in your life. I will give you an example. Do any of you like cycling? Anybody? Street bikes or mountain bikes, anybody do some? Got some people here. I went through a cycling phase, before it kicked my tail! I've got a lot of friends, they will go out and do 75 miles, some people will do 100 mile rides. So, I got into street biking to get into a little bit better shape. I did a 50 mile ride and then vomited everywhere! That was my last ride! I threw up all over myself! In the middle of one of my rides, a spoke came loose on my bicycle wheel and the interesting thing was when one came loose, all of the sudden the rest of them started going bing, bing, bing, bing! And just because of one that was bad, all of the rest of them immediately seemed to spring out of place; which to me is a very, very good picture of life. When there is one of the major areas of life that is not functioning the way God wants it to, it seems like all of life can break down. What I want to do today is zero in on what we call the five big spokes, or five life areas that we are going to look at very individually and ask, how does the Chazown impact these five important areas of life. If you remember, we've talked about them before, but we'll cover them again. One is your relationship with God. If your relationship with God is not intact, life does not function as it should. We are going to talk about your relationship with people. Again, if your relationship with the most important people break down, you're in big trouble. We are going to talk about your financial life; if your finances are not in order, that could impact your ability to do and live your Chazown. We are going to talk about your physical life, he temple of the Holy Spirit; if you do not care for the temple of the Holy Spirit, your body will let you down and you won't be able to do what God created you to do. We are going to talk about your work life; the major working hours, how you live and what you do to make a difference. We are going to cover these five specific areas and again, I want to mention very directly, we are going to look at one or two of the major ones that would need the most work and development in your life. Don't think about working on all five right now, that would be way too much. We are going to look at the one or two that need the most work, and let God reveal to us what our next steps would be. Let's start with spoke number one, and that is our relationship with God. Everybody say, Relationship with God. Let me ask you and help you to identify where you are right now with God. I will give you three categories: Are you hot, are you cold, or are you lukewarm? Let's unpack it. If you are hot in your relationship with God, that means that you are growing; you are in an intimate, living relationship with God, His Word is making a bigger difference in your life daily, your prayer life is very, very active, You're sharing your faith, you're following the voice of the Spirit of God, you are under His direction and you know it. Second Thessalonians 1:3 says: Your faith is growing more and more, and the love everyone of you has for each other is increasing. These would be the people that we would say in the church world that are on fire for God. They are walking very directly, empowered by the Spirit, they are dying to themselves and the Spirit is living inside of them and they are walking according to what God would want. Some of you would say, That's me man, I'm in, I'm hot, I'm on fire! Others of you would say, You know what? If I were really honest, I'm cold. There would be those of you who would have to say that you don't know God yet; you're cold, you haven't been born of the Spirit of God. Jesus said in John 7:28-29: ...He who sent me is true. You do not know God, but I know God because I am from Him and He sent me. Some people, they have an intellectual belief in God, but not a heart knowledge. They may miss heaven by about twelve inches. This was me for so much of my life. I believed in God, I went to church, but I didn't know Him in an intimate relationship through Christ. Some of you, you may have to say honestly, I really don't know Him, I'm cold. There's another group and this is perhaps the scariest place to be, and that would be those of you who are lukewarm. Write this down, if you're lukewarm you are drifting; you're drifting from God, you are not walking with Him intimately daily. Hebrews 2:1 says: We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not.... What? ...we do not drift away. The scary thing is, Jesus said in Revelation, 'If you're lukewarm,' He said, 'I will spit you out.' Some of you, if you were really honest right now, you'd say, 'There was a time when I was more passionate about God, He was first in my life, but right now I am kind of lukewarm. I am not where I should be.' If you are cold or if you are lukewarm, then chances are the relationship with God is a spoke that you are going to want to focus on. And what we are going to do, is we are going to talk at some point about next steps, what do you need to do next? For you, it may be to get back in the Word of God daily. It may be to redevelop your prayer life, it may be to fast, to deny yourself physical food so you can have spiritual nourishment. It may be to find a place to serve in your church, it could be to find a small group where you can talk it over and open up God's Word with other people. But if you are cold or lukewarm, then relationship with God would be a spoke on which you will focus. That's the first one. The second one we'll look at is relationship with people. Some of you, you're going to say, You know what, this is an area that really needs development. We could say it this way, we could say that every relationship ends up somewhere; but help me out, few relationships end up somewhere on purpose, right? Every relationship ends up somewhere, but few actually grow because we were intentional in seeking God to develop that relationship. Four questions will help uncover if this is a spoke that you need to work on. The first question is this: What relationship needs to be initiated? Is there a valuable and missing relationship in your life? It could be, some of you honestly, don't have a really close Christian friend. Others of you, you might not have a go-to prayer partner, someone who prays for you daily and you reciprocate. Maybe you need a mentor, someone to pour into you, or maybe you need someone to help you financially. Or maybe you are a developing business leader and you need someone to help to nurture your leadership skills. There maybe a missing relationship. For me, I got to a place in my life where I was maxing out, couldn't do anymore, my productivity was decreasing because I was overwhelmed and so, I recruited an Executive Ministry Mentor to help speak into my life. That was a missing relationship. Maybe you have one. Second question you want to ask yourself is this: What relationship needs to be nurtured? Is there a priority relationship in your life that is not where it's supposed to be? It's interesting how we can go from, we are best friends, bosom buddies and BFS; to we're not speaking, just like that. It happens all of the time. It's so interesting how we can go from, we are lovey dovey, we are going to get married, every love song on the radio makes sense, to we are in divorce court and it happens so quickly, because every relationship ends up somewhere, but few end up somewhere on purpose. Maybe your relationship with your children needs to be nurtured. Maybe it's your marriage. Amy and I, my wife, we've decided that our marriage is as good as we want it to be. If we work on it, it can be great; if we neglect it, it's not great. Maybe your marriage needs to be nurtured. Maybe you've got some old friends that you've drifted from, maybe you've got someone in the church and you you're not as close as you used to be. Ask yourself, is there a relationship that needs to be nurtured? Third question: What relationship needs to be restored? Is there a relationship that's broken, damaged, and not where it should be? Maybe some of you, if you've got a mom or a dad, and you're not close to them and you're not honoring them, and you need to be honest and work on bringing restoration. Maybe you've got a son or a daughter that you've written off; you know, I can't be in a relationship with them! And you've just written them out of your life. Maybe you've got a close friend you are holding a grudge against, or maybe it's someone at your work, or perhaps you've wronged somebody and you need to initiate restoration. Is there a relationship that needs to be restored? And finally, another question that will help reveal if this is a spoke to work on is this: What relationships need to be severed? I know this is harsh, but there may be times when you do what the Bible says, and you distance yourself from bad company because it corrupts good morals. Some of you, you might be in a partnership with someone that really lacks integrity and you need to distance yourself from that person. It could be that you are with someone who is always trash talking women or men, and it gives you a bad image of your spouse and you need to distance yourself. It could be you are friends with someone who leads you into tempting situations, or is always gossiping. Is there a relationship that needs to be redefined, or severed? Here's the key, if you have a missing relationship, a strained relationship, one that is bringing you down, then this could be a priority spoke for you. What we are going to do is we will set some goals. What will be the next step to move your relationships to where they end up somewhere on purpose. Relationship with God, relationship with people. Spoke number three is your financial life, your financial life. And make no mistake about it, your finances deeply impact your ability to live your Chazown. Right now, some of you may have so many financial worries, you are like, how are we going to pay the bills? If something breaks down, you break down! When you get an unexpected bill in, it sends you into panic. You're living paycheck to paycheck, you seem two steps forward, three steps back financially, you are always hurting. Here's a couple of questions for you to help drive your financial direction: Question number one, what is your financial vision? Where are you heading? What are you about? Where are you going to be a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now? Because we know, Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish. Where there is no vision for your financial life, you will likely struggle your whole life! Amy and I, when we got married, we just sat down and said; Here's our vision, by the time we are such and such age, we are going to be completely out of debt. By the time we are such and such age, we are going to fund these things. By the time we are such and such age, we are going to do this. And right now, we are living in our financial Chazown, which has been debt-free for years, and now able to fund ministries that we never thought possible. And the reason is, because we sat down and said, Here is what we believe God is calling us to do financially. What is your vision? Secondly, what is your financial plan? The Bible says that the plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Someone said when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. If there is no financial plan, why do you think you are struggling? What is your financial plan? You need margin financially to fund the vision that God would give you. Some of you right now, you are going to go, Well, this is my spoke! If it is, we are going to set up next steps, we are going to get good resources and help to get you a vision and a plan so financially you can end up somewhere on purpose. Fourth area we want to talk about is your physical life. Are you honoring God with the temple of the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are or you aren't? There's a very simple test that you can do, I call it the jiggle test! Go home, take off all of your clothes, get a stop watch out, stand naked in front of a mirror, lift one leg up and stomp it on the ground. As soon as you do, start the stop watch and watch as your body jiggles! Time it! If after a minute, your body is still jiggling, this is a spoke that you need to work on! Send your emails complaining about my test to [email protected]! I'm just messing with you! But you know in your own life if you're not eating right, if you're not healthy, if you have high blood pressure, if you're stressed all of the time. The problem is so many people today, they're short-sided when it comes to their physical life. It's suntan today, skin cancer tomorrow. It's super-sized fries today, super-sized belly tomorrow! It's beer today and beer belly tomorrow! It's smoking today and lung cancer tomorrow! It's Mexican food today....and you know what happens by dinner time afterward! Kind of gross I know! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore honor God with your body. Some of you, you may have addictions that may need to be addressed. Addictions that are keeping you from living the way God would want you to live. Maybe you have a body problem that you've been ignoring for a long time. You've got to address it. I will be real honest with you, I was teaching six times on the weekend and physically it was getting really hard on me. I went down to five times and it was still really hard. I went to the doctor and said, What's going on, my body feels numb, tired. And the doctor said, The problem is, you're exerting too much adrenalin and your body is addicted to it and you're not giving your body a chance to recover. So, I made another change and now I'm down to four times on the weekend and the one time less has been life changing; totally life changing, by addressing one of the problems that was significant in my life. If you plan to live God's Chazown, you have to take care of your body. Some of you may be thinking, Now, this is my area. If it is a spoke that needs work, we are going to look at some next steps, we are going to set some specific goals, and we are going to live and honor God with our bodies. The fifth area is what we call the work life. Now, my definition of the work life is whatever you do with your waking hours. You may say, You know, I am a stay-at-home parent, and so I don't have a job! Well, first of all, that's like five jobs, okay? Secondly, that is a very important calling. And so, it's whatever you do with your waking, productive hours. Now, why do you think so many people are in jobs they feel like they're dead-end jobs? They're miserable, they feel like they are only drawing a paycheck and not making a difference. Because we've settled into the lie that a job is simply an ends to a mean to meet the bills. The reality is though, your job can be a reflection of your deepest Chazown. If not your job, it could be another part of your life where you strategically design and implement your life in such a way that you are truly making a lasting difference and you live a life with no regrets at all. So, here's what you want to do. You want to clarify, is your life's work God's Chazown for you? Some of you will say, Yes! For others of you, it may always be something that you do in order to fund your Chazown, or to free you up to have the weekends to invest with the teenagers you believe in or whatever it would be. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10 that we are God's workmanship, that's what you are, the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for you to do. Here's the powerful thing; before you were ever born, God had His divine assignments for you, good works for you to do, prepared in advance of your birth. Before you were ever born, you were the workmanship of God. He gave you gifts, values and experiences, that all point toward the big picture, the Chazown, the reason that you are here. A very simple question if this is your area, are you doing the work that God wants you to do? Some of you will say, Hands down, no question about it, yes I am, thank you God! Others would say, I'm miserable, I can't stand it, it's barely paying the bills, I'm not in the right place, no it's not! If this is your area, then you will seek God, develop next-step goals, and look at what God may be saying that might bring you to a career change, or major life-changing decisions to get your work life in order. Here's the bottom line; we've covered a lot of ground right now and some of you are going, But what if I'm all five? Don't panic! Let's pick the one or two biggest areas that God would show you that really need the most work and then, we are going to take baby steps; step after achievable, after achievable, after achievable step. And over time as we are seeking God, as His Word is directing our steps, as He is leading us, we are going to end up somewhere on purpose. I was in a plane recently that got caught in a really scary storm and the pilot didn't even have time, and we were dropping and it was one of those scary moments, you've probably all had them. And in the middle of that time, my first thought was, Man, if I don't make it down, I'm really going to miss my family. And my second thought was, You know what? If I go today....there's no regrets, there's no regrets; because my relationship with God is sound, my relationship with the most important people in my life are in place. Financially, I would leave my family in good shape. Physically, I've honored God with my body, and I invested my life in a place that mattered. At one point or another, you are going to reach the end of your life and you will either die with all sorts of regrets....I could have, I should have and I wish I would have; or you can seek God's Chazown and the five major spokes, the big areas of life, and instead of just ending up somewhere, you can end up somewhere on purpose, with no regrets, and God would look at you one day and say, Well done, my good and faithful servant. Take the next step and end up somewhere on purpose.

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Posted by: lifechurchopen on Mar 22, 2011

Chazown Experience - 5 - Craig Groeschel -

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