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What Are You Looking At?

Message Notes

(2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT) So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

(John 9:1-3 NLT) As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. (2) “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” (3) “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.

Look At The Gifts!
(Romans 12:6 NLT) In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

Look Forward, Not Backward!
(Philippians 3:12-14 NLT) I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. (13) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Keep Looking At The Promise!
(Mark 11:24 NLT) I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

(1 Corinthians 1:9 NLT) God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lift The Atmosphere Of Your Heart

Message Notes

(Proverbs 4:23 TPT) So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.

1. Clean Heart
(Colossians 3:12-13 NLT) Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (13) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

(Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32 NLT) And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, (27) for anger gives a foothold to the devil. (31) Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. (32) Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

2. Journaling
(Psalm 1:1-3 TPT) What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat. (2) His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. (3) He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.

(Matthew 4:4 NLT) But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

3. Sing Yourself Strong
(Psalm 92:1-4 TPT) It’s so enjoyable to come before you with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts! How we love to sing our praises over and over to you, to the matchless God, high and exalted over all! (2) At each and every sunrise we will be thanking you for your kindness and your love. As the sun sets and all through the night, we will keep proclaiming, “You are so faithful!” (3) Melodies of praise will fill the air as every musical instrument, joined with every heart, overflows with worship. (4) No wonder I’m so glad; I can’t keep it in! Lord, I’m shouting with glee over all you’ve done, for all you’ve done for me!

(1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT) Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Overflowing with Vision! The Day 3000 Are Saved

Message Notes

Jesus’ Vision For Peter
(Matthew 4:18-20 ESV) While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. (19) And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (20) Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Peter Lived With Vision
(Matthew 14:31 NIV) Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

(Matthew 16:22 ERV) Peter took Jesus away from the other followers to talk to him alone. He began to criticize him. He said, “God save you from those sufferings, Lord! That will never happen to you!”

(Matthew 26:69-75 NLT) Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” (70) But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. (71) Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” (72) Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. (73) A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” (74) Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. (75) Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

(Acts 2:41 NLT) Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

How To Live A Life Of Vision
(Matthew 28:18-20 NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Identity Crisis – What’s Your Identity?

Message Notes

1.You Are Not What They Say You Are
(Ephesians 1:4 NLT) Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

(Isaiah 43:4b-5a NLT) you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. (5) “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

2.You Are Not Your Gifts
(Galatians 3:26 NLT) For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

3.You Are A Child Of God
(Galatians 4:7 NLT) Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Be Filled With The Holy Spirit And Go To The Next Level!

Message Notes

(John 16:7 TPT) But here’s the truth: It’s to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away the Divine Encourager will not be released to you. But after I depart, I will send him to you.

(Ephesians 5:18 ERV) Don’t be drunk with wine, which will ruin your life, but be filled with the Spirit.

(Luke 4:1-2a ERV) Now filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan River. And then the Spirit led him into the desert. (2) There the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days.

Food To Live
(Luke 4:2b-4 ERV) Jesus ate nothing during this time, and when it was finished, he was very hungry. (3) The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread.” (4) Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say, ‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive.’”

Worship The Lord your God And Serve Only Him
(Luke 4:5-8 ERV) Then the devil took Jesus and in a moment of time showed him all the kingdoms of the world. (6) The devil said to him, “I will make you king over all these places. You will have power over them, and you will get all the glory. It has all been given to me. I can give it to anyone I want. (7) I will give it all to you, if you will only worship me.” (8) Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him.’”

(Luke 4:9-13 ERV) Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem and put him on a high place at the edge of the Temple area. He said to him, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! (10) The Scriptures say, ‘God will command his angels to take care of you.’ (11) It is also written, ‘Their hands will catch you so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” (12) Jesus answered, “But the Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”(13) The devil finished tempting Jesus in every way and went away to wait until a better time.

(Luke 4:14 ERV) Jesus went back to Galilee with the power of the Spirit. Stories about him spread all over the area around Galilee.

Overcome Challenges And Go To The Next Level!
(John 14:26 ERV) But the Helper will teach you everything and cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name.

(Acts 1:8 ERV) But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me—in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

(Acts 1:8 Kirby Version) But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me in Tokyo, in the rest of Japan, and in every part of the world.


Blog, Ps Rod Plummer

(2 Timothy 2:2 NLT)
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”

Multiplying Leaders
The most effective way to multiply leaders is to identify reliable people and bring them closer to you to: engage, train, and encourage them, and give them feedback and opportunity. We call these steps the process of delegation.

This doesn’t mean you have to have people in your home all the time or be available for drawn out meetings. It simply implies working together and connecting on relevant projects and in the process slowly transferring your experience, expertise – and more importantly – your heart.

How do you give people enough of you?
You give people enough of you through:
・Giving Tools
・Having Requirements and Expectations (setting up a frame work)
・Practical Experience (letting people try things)
・Debriefing (giving feedback)
・Handing Things On (the final step of delegation)

John Maxwell
Here are some thoughts on delegation by John Maxwell, a renowned motivational speaker to the business world. He says:

-If someone else can do a task at least 80% as well as I can, I give it to them.

-“How can I get someone of that caliber on my team?” My answer is always the same – find someone with the ability and willingness to learn, and then invest a lot of time in their lives.

-With everyone who works closely with me, my goal is to teach them to think like I do. So at the beginning, I pour a lot of myself into them. I don’t just make decisions and ask them to implement them. I share my thought processes and encourage them to tell me what they think I would do. Because of our time spent in development, I can now trust each one to make decisions and communicate the same way I would.

-Give away everything you can. It may seem to you that I give away some pretty important tasks. You’re right, I do. And that makes me unusual.

Takeaways from John Maxwell are:
1.Am I forgetting to first develop others before handing off responsibilities to them?

2.What am I holding onto that’s stealing time from my priorities?
A good way to identify your priorities is to make a list of those tasks only you can do and then plan to delegate the rest.

3.How can I teach people to think like I do?
Here are a few ways you can achieve this:
a) Describe the mission
b) Explain the “what”
c) Explain the “why”

4.The process of team building is important and it should include things like:
・Bringing people into the decision making process.
・Asking people, “What do you think I would do in this situation?”

5.Give away everything you can – including your important tasks – even if the person is only 80% capable.
Aim to only hold onto your priorities!

6.Check for blockages
People are wonderful, but sometimes they can get stuck. Technology is wonderful, but it can become outdated quickly. It’s important that we make the necessary changes with sensitivity and style.

We all want to be acknowledged and affirmed. “Well done! That was great.” goes a long way. It helps us feel appreciated and confirms we are on the right track!

I hope this topic will help you go to another level at work, school, or in ministry. I know these lessons have been transformational for my ministry, and I have every confidence that delegation done well will transform your lives.

Prepare The Room For Jesus

Message Notes

(Mark 5:35-42 NLT) While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” (36) But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” (37) Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). (38) When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. (39) He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” (40) The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. (41) Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” (42) And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.

1.Prepare The Room In Your Heart
(Matthew 5:40b NLT) But he made them all leave,

(Proverbs 4:23 NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

(Psalm 51:10 NIV) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

2.Prepare The Room In Church
(Ephesians 4:7, 12 NLT) However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. (12) Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

3.Jesus Makes The Miracle Happen In A Prepared Room
(Matthew 19:26 NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

(John 7:37 NIV) On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.

Overflow with Prosperity (a happy successful journey)

Message Notes

(Joshua 1:8 NIV) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

(Psalm 1:3 NIV) That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

(Psalm 118:24-25 NIV) The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. (25) Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!

(3 John 1:2 NIV) Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

The Story of Joseph:
1.Joseph in the house of Potiphar
(Genesis 39:2-4 NIV) The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. (3) When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, (4) Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.

2.Joseph in the king’s prison
(Genesis 39:20-23 NIV) Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, (21) the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. (22) So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. (23) The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Jesus on the cross: ‘It is finished!!!’
(John 19:30 NIV) When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus today: Lord of heaven and Lord of our lives
(Philippians 2:9-10 NIV) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Message Notes

(James 1:2-6 NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. (3) For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (4) So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (5) If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (6) But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

Choose Joy
(Philippians 4:4 TPT) Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!

God Is Generous And Cares About You
(James 1:5 NLT) If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Keep Asking Jesus
(James 1:6 JCB) But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

(Matthew 26:38-39 NLT) He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (39) He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Being Led By The Holy Spirit

Message Notes

(Galatians 5:19-21 NLT) When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, (20) idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, (21) envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

(Galatians 5:22-23 NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

So What Should We Do? How Can We Be Led More By The Holy Spirit?
(Isaiah 1:13-15 MSG) “Quit your worship charades. I can’t stand your trivial religious games: Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings— meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more! Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them! You’ve worn me out! I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning. When you put on your next prayer-performance, I’ll be looking the other way. No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I’ll not be listening.

(Romans 12:1 NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

The Holy Spirit Is Already In You!
(Ezekiel 36:26 NLT) And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Keep Hanging On To The Promise of God Even When You Are Tempted!

What Makes The Relationship With God Stronger?