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Mantente Seguro y Convencido | Palabra Del Dia

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Mantente Seguro y Convencido. (Isaías 26:3 RV) ¡Tú guardarás en perfecta paz a todos los que confían en ti; a todos los que concentran en ti sus pensamientos! Esta mañana continuamos con nuestra nueva serie titulada “Enfoque Refinado”. Hemos estado estudiando el versículo de Isaías 26:3 durante ...
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The Power of Meditation

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This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”, with a mini-series within it entitled “Focusing on the Word”.  We have been studying Joshua chapter one for a couple of weeks.  In this chapter the Lord clearly told Joshua to focus on His Word.  If Joshua was going to be successful he was going to have to keep the Word of God ON His mind and IN his mouth, for the purposes of actually DOING everything it says.  

In Joshua 1:8 the Lord said the following to Joshua: “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.”  This morning I am away from home, getting ready to head home in a few minutes.  On Wednesday, when I left home, I took some time to meditate Joshua 1:8.  The more I meditated it, the more it ministered to me.  It was as if the Lord was taking a verse I have known for years and REpresenting it to me in new ways.  This morning, as I prayed over what to share with you, the Lord reminded me of Wednesday and led me to discuss with you The Power of Meditation.  When I say “Meditation”, I specifically mean meditating on the Word of God. 

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things.

1.  There are layers and layers of revelation in the Word of God.  God can show you an old scripture in a new way every day of your life.

2.  The first time you read a verse or passage of scripture you are looking for the context -- for the who, what, when, where, why and how.  But once you get past that, the Lord can begin to reveal the scripture or passage to you in a new and deeper way.

3.  You can read a chapter of the Bible in five minutes, but you can meditate on one verse for 5 months.

4.  The more you meditate (or medicate) on a particular scripture, the more revelation the Holy Spirit will unpack and unveil to you.

5.  I have many examples of meditating scripture.  The one I will share with you was back in 2008.  My family was making a major transition that year.  In January I attended a conference where I heard Pastor George Matthews teach on Romans 15:13, where Paul said, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  It was as if the words leaped off the pages of my Bible.  The Holy Spirit made it very clear to me that I was to stand on that verse for the entire year.  I meditated and meditated and Romans 15:13 every day of 2008.  No matter what happened I trusted in the God of Hope.  No matter what I faced, I had JOY and PEACE IN BELIEVING.  I was able to ABOUND IN HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit.  And it came simply by meditating on one verse the Lord highlighted to me.

6.  Meditation is not just reading.  Meditation requires deep thought and serious contemplation.  You owe it to yourself to meditate the Word of God.  You will be amazed how real the Word can become in your life when you choose to give it your attention and focus.

Closing Confession:   Father, this is a season of refined focus for me.  In this season I strip away anything that is unnecessary and unproductive.  I bring my life into focus by taking control of my mind.  I meditate and medicate on Your Word day and night.  I read, study, meditate and contemplate what You have said.  As I spend time thinking about what You have said, I am in position to clearly hear what You are saying to me now.  You unpack layers and layers of revelation for me.  I am able to see old scriptures in a new way and this revelation impacts every area of my life.  I am able to hear and see beyond what I can hear and see in the natural, because I take the time to slow down and meditate Your Word.  Living this way 2016 shall be the best year of my life!  Not by my power, but only by Your grace!  I declare this by faith!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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God’s Formula for Joshua’s Success

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This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”, with a mini-series within it entitled “Focusing on the Word”.  Yesterday I had to travel and on my way to the airport I began to meditate (and medicate) on Joshua 1:8.  I thought about Joshua’s situation and the instruction the Lord gave him.  Joshua was facing a tremendous challenge; a challenge easy to identify with.  The onus and the spotlight were on Joshua.  Millions of people were looking to him for guidance.  Thousands of families were banking their future on every word that came out of Joshua’s mouth.  If Joshua took on the pressure to perform, it would be enough to make any man buckle.  But God did not want Joshua accept the pressure to perform.  God did not expect him to operate in human ability alone.  The grace of God was on Joshua to succeed.  Joshua simply needed to use his faith to access God’s grace.

This takes me to the key counsel God gave Joshua.  I call it God’s formula for Joshua’s success.  God said, “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.” (Joshua 1:8 NIV).  In one verse, with one statement, the Lord gave Joshua very clear keys to success.  We will discuss those keys today.

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things.

1.  God makes His grace for success abundantly available to you.  However, your part is faith.  The grace has already been given.  You must now access God’s grace with your faith.

2.  When the time came for Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, the Lord made it clear to Joshua that the grace was already on him to succeed.  Joshua needed to provide the faith.  If he did, God promised Joshua would be both prosperous and successful.  What was true for Joshua back then is true for you today.

3.  God told Joshua to keep His Word on his lips continually.  In order to do so the Lord instructed Joshua to keep the Word on his mind.  If keep the Word of God on your mind, day and night, you will have no option but to have the Word of God in your mouth.  Whatever is ON your mind continually with be IN your mouth consistently.  This is the way the Lord expects us to live.

4.  After telling Joshua to keep the Word of God ON his mind and IN his mouth, the Lord made it clear that Joshua was then supposed to DO what he was meditating on.  The Bible is not a textbook to study.  The Bible is a life-book to live.  Your learning MUST turn into living.  Your meditation MUST turn into application.  Anything less is merely lip-service.

5.  God’s formula for success for Joshua was simple.  Joshua was supposed to keep the Word of God on his mind and in his mouth, and he was then supposed to go out and DO what he was meditating.  It worked for Joshua and it will work for you.

Closing Confession:   Father, this is a season of refined focus for me.  I learn from those who have gone before me.  This morning I learn from Joshua.  You told him to keep Your Word ON his mind and IN his mouth.  You then told him to DO all he was meditating.  I declare that I do.  I meditate and medicate on Your Word day and night.  Your Word is life to me, it is health and healing to all my flesh.  I don’t live by bread only, I live by every Word that proceeds from out of Your mouth.  I meditate Your Word SO much that it fills my heart.  And then, out of the abundance of my heart, my mouth speaks!  I speak the Word only.  My words line up with Your Word.  I speak life and not death, blessing and not cursing, victory and never defeat.  And then lastly Father, I don’t just think about Your Word.  I don’t just talk about Your Word.  No, I DO WHAT IT SAYS!  I am a doer of the Word of God and I am blessed in my doing.  Living this way I am both prosperous and successful.  I declare this by faith!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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God Gives Us Leaders

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This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”, with a mini-series within it entitled “Focusing on the Word”.  We are using Joshua as a case study.  Joshua was a newly appointed leader with a tremendous assignment.  In order to be successful the Lord told Joshua to, “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.” (Joshua 1:8 NIV).  In this scripture the Lord taught Joshua to line up his mouth, mind and methods with the Word.  God had already provided the grace to take Canaan.  His grace was available.  His will was clear.  His power was present.  His favor was flowing.  But Joshua still needed the faith to lead the people.  That’s why the Lord told Joshua to keep The Word on his mind and flowing through his lips.  This way the Word of God would influence Joshua’s methods and the nation of Israel would experience prosperity and success.  The formula God outlined for Joshua is a formula for success that still works for us today.

For Today’s message I am led to focus in on the response of the nation of Israel.  It was clear that Joshua was the ‘set’ man for the ‘set’ time.  But the people still needed willing hearts and minds to follow him.  Thankfully the people were ready.  They gathered together and said the following to Joshua:

“We will do whatever you command us to do.  We will go wherever you tell us to go.  We will obey whatever you say, just as we obeyed Moses.  We only ask that the Lord your God be with you just as he was with Moses.  Then anyone who refuses to obey your commands or turns against you will be killed.  Just be strong and brave!” (Joshua 1:16-18).  Not only did the Lord tell Joshua to keep His Word on his lips, but the people were ready to receive from Joshua and do whatever he said.

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things about Godly leadership.

1.  God gave Joshua to the nation of Israel as a their leader.  God had invested decades into preparing Joshua for the assignment.  Thankfully, the Israelites honored the leader God gave them.  The result?  They were able to take possession of the Promised Land.  Do you have a God-given leader?  If you do, are you honoring the anointing and assignment on their lives?  Part of their assignment is to help you maximize yours.

2.  As a believer you serve God under His Lordship, but also under the leadership of His assigned vessels.  You can’t truly say He is your Lord if you reject the leaders He has given you.

3.  Every believer needs a leader.  God gives us Pastors who flow in harmony with His own heart (Jer 3:15).  Pastors are graced to feed God’s children with knowledge and understanding.  

4.  Every believer needs a Pastor.  Every Pastor needs a Pastor.  For you to be IN authority you must be UNDER authority.  True authority is derived from submission.

5.  The Israelites knew that their prosperity was in the mouth of Joshua.  God would speak things to Joshua, for the people, that he was then graced to speak OVER them.  The same holds true for Godly leadership today.

6.   Every believer needs someone speaking into their life.  To maximize your purpose and potential in Christ you must submit to Godly leadership and give that leadership ‘license’ to speak into your heart.  You don’t give everyone that license, but when you give a God-given leader the license to speak into your life and you receive God-given words through a God-given leader, you are in position to experience God’s best.

7.  God never called you to be a lone-ranger.  There is strength in numbers and safety in the multitude of counsel (Prov 11:14).  If you are not connected to Godly leadership right now, take the time to pray and seek the Lord concerning who you should be following.  God is your Lord, but you also need to find your leader.

Closing Confession:   Father, this is a season of refined focus for me.  I bring my life into focus in 2016.  This is the best year of my life.  I live this year with greater focus than ever before.  I meditate and medicate Your Word day and night.  I keep Your Word on my mouth and my mind.  You want me to grow and develop.  That’s why You have assigned Godly leadership to me.  I can operate IN authority, because I am submitted TO authority.  I thank You for my God-given Pastor with a God-given vision.  I allow my Pastor to speak into my life.  I give them license to release prophetic words and as they do, I receive them as Your Word for me.  I am not a lone-ranger.  I am a member of Your body and I am submitted to the leaders You have given me.  Living this way I get to experience Your best every day, in every way!  I declare this by faith!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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El Reposo y la Paz de Dios. (Isaías 26:3 RV) ¡Tú guardarás en perfecta paz a todos los que confían en ti; a todos los que concentran en ti sus pensamientos! Esta mañana continuamos con nuestra nueva serie titulada “Enfoque Refinado”. Hemos estado estudiando el versículo de Isaías 26:3 un par de ...
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Godly Leadership

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This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”, with a mini-series within it entitled “Focusing on the Word”.  We have been studying Joshua for a while now and the Lord won’t let me move on.  I believe I am flowing in a vein He wants me to flow in.  

The Lord made it clear to Joshua that his personal success and the success of the nation he was leading, was contingent upon his dedication to the Word.  The Lord said to Joshua, “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.” (Joshua 1:8 NIV).  In one succinct scripture the Lord instructed Joshua to keep the Word of God on his mind and in his mouth.  Further, the Lord made it clear that he was not after lip-service.  The Lord was not looking for someone who just “talked” a good name.  No, the Lord’s instructions to Joshua were to have His Word in his mouth and on his mind, but only for the purpose of DOING what is says.  In this way both he and the national of Israel would be prosperous and successful.

There was a responsibility on Joshua to lead and a responsibility on the people to follow.  Joshua was supposed to hear from God and speak, and the people were supposed to receive Joshua’s words as God’s words and follow.  Joshua would command, they would perform.  Joshua would say, Israel would do.  This was their God-given formula for success.  The people were so committed to it, that if anyone refused to obey Joshua or if anyone became a deterrent to his leadership, the Israelites would kill the rebel.  Because an attack against Godly leadership is an attack against all those the leader leads.

The Israelites were very committed to Joshua and every word that came out of his mouth.  This reminds me of Jesus and His disciples.  Jesus had 12 grown men following him around for three years.  They left their families, businesses, and everything they knew to follow Jesus.  One day, when Jesus spoke to a crowd about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, the people misunderstood Jesus and they all left.  Jesus’s followers went from thousands down to 12 in just a few hours.  Jesus did not run after the crowd.  He actually looked at the disciples and said, “You can leave too!”  To which Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68).  Did you catch that?  The 12 disciples were following Jesus and living off of every word he spoke.

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things about Godly leadership.

1.  God leads humans directly, internally, through the Holy Spirit.  But God also leads humans through other humans; through appointed and anointed leaders.

2.  As a Godly leader, never underestimate the importance of your words.

a.  Both in ministry and in the military I have had the privilege of following great leaders.  I can recall multiple times when one word, one phrase or a simple conversation, with one of my leaders left lasting impact on my life.  I have gone back to those leaders years later and thanked them for what they said, only to find out they cannot remember the conversation.  Why?  Because the conversation impacted ME much more than it did them.  That’s an important aspect of Godly leadership to remember.  Sometimes you don’t understand the impact God is making in the lives of others through your words and leadership.

b.  God can give you ONE WORD that can change the course of someone’s life.

c.  As a leader you should be prayerful daily concerning the words you speak.  Those following you are hanging on every word you say.

3.  Be cognizant of the words you speak.  People are listening.  God is listening.  Satan is listening.  Speak life and not death, blessing and not cursing, success and not failure - SPEAK THE WORD ONLY!

4.  If you are a leader, embrace the grace to lead with confidence, courage and compassion.  If you are the led, follow your leaders as they follow Christ.  If you have ungodly leaders, pray and intercede for them.  God has placed you there to be LIGHT in the midst of darkness.  You may be the only Jesus people get to see.  

Closing Confession:   Father, this is a season of refined focus for me.  No longer shall live my life in a way that is haphazard, unplanned, unorganized or unfocused.  This year I bring my life into focus.  I submit to  You directly and I follow You by following those You have anointed to lead me.  I also embrace the grace to lead with confidence, courage and compassion.  As You speak, I say.  As I receive, I release.  Freely You give me.  Freely I give.  I am a human conduit of the divine.  I am a God-carrier.  You are IN me Father, and You lead me in the way I should go.  I speak words of life and blessing that impact all those who are anointed to follow me.  And I receive the words of life You have placed in the mouths of those I am supposed to follow.  I meditate and medicate on Your Word day and night.  I keep Your Word in my mouth and on my mind.  And I observe to DO everything in it.  In this way I shall be both prosperous and successful.  I declare this by faith!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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