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May 31, 2015 Posted by admin in The Body

There's Power In Your Testimony

There's Power In Your Testimony

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Yesterday's service at The Body Church was special. Instead of our regular worship set we stopped after the first song to share testimonies. The song was called "Rescue" by Desperation Band and since rehearsal I could feel the presence of The Lord in the room as we went through the verses. Several of us took turns to testify about how God rescued us from bad situations.

I kicked it off with an account of how God rescued me from a bad situation in my career and delivered me to a fruitful place. I recounted how God spoke to me in a dream on the night of my birthday and told me to leave where I was and He instantly opened a door to something much better. It was such a blessing from God to hear others tell of God's goodness in their own lives.

2 Timothy 1:8a(NKJV) - Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord....

There's power in your testimony. Don't be ashamed to testify about what God has done. Don't be ashamed of what you've been through. Your testimony is not about how bad your situation was but about how God good is for bringing you through it. As a result, when you think of it that way, there's nothing about God's goodness that should bring you any shame. There are people out there who need to hear about your victory in order for them to defeat the enemy in their own lives.

Sometimes, there's nothing more powerful that you can share with someone who's going through a tough season than your personal testimony. Why? Sometimes, people need to know that the stuff we read in The Bible and teach in church actually worked for you. It's easy to talk about how God did amazing things for Bible characters but it's a whole different level when you saw God do something in your own life. My father always says that a man with experience will always trump a man with an argument. Which one do you have? Experience or an argument? If you have experienced God then share what you've experienced with someone.

Jeremiah 20:9(NKJV) - Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.

Stop holding your testimony hostage on the inside of your heart. Say something! Somebody needs to hear it.

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What Will It Take To Make You Happy?

What Will It Take To Make You Happy?

James 1:16-18(NKJV) - Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Everything that's good in your life came from God so it's safe to assume that if you bring His name up it should be to thank Him for the good that He's done. If you mention God at all it should be to give Him praise for His love and His goodwill. If the word, "God" enters your mouth it should only be to shower Him with compliments. It's really supposed to be that simple. God and good go together. If anything's good, it should be associated with God. It's like peanut butter and jelly; salt and pepper; bacon and eggs, shampoo and conditioner; shrimp and grits; fried foods and heart disease. They belong together. However, that's not always the case. Instead of giving God credit for what is good some people choose to blame Him for what is bad.

Some people will never be happy. In fact, some are discouraged and don't even know why. They don't need anything to be wrong for them to complain. They find things to complain about. Some poor people pray to be rich then when they're rich they complain about people asking them for money. Some single people pray to be married then when the marriage gets rough they wish they were single. Some regular people pray they were famous then when they get famous they wish they could enjoy a regular life again. Young people want to grow up. Older people wish they were young again. Some unemployed people pray for a job then when they get one, they wish they could get their time back. Some people go so far as to blame God for their situation even when they were the ones who asked God to do what He did for them. Does any of that sound familiar?

Numbers 14:26-30(NLT) - Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. Now tell them this: 'As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die. You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

You guessed it. That's the story of The Children of Israel. They prayed for God to get them out of Egypt then from the moment they were set free, they complained about everything. They complained when they were thirsty then they complained when God provided water. They complained when they were hungry then they complained about the manna God provided. They complained about Moses having exclusive access to God then they complained about the harshness of God's presence at the mountain. They complained and complained until God had enough of it. God reneged on His promise to take them into The Promised Land and they just dropped dead in The Wilderness. Let's now fast forward to modern times.

Malachi 3:13(NLT) - "You have said terrible things about me," says the Lord. "But you say, 'What do you mean? What have we said against you?'

The story goes something like this; As a teenager some folks say, "When I become an adult I'll be happy because I'll have the freedom to do whatever I want to do." Then as an adult they say, "It's hard out here on my own. I wish I could be carefree like I used to be when I lived with my parents. I wish they would help me more with these bills." Then once they get a hold of the bills they say, "Well, my money is looking a lot better these days but adulthood is not all it's cracked up to be because I'm single. When I start dating I'll be happy because then I won't be so lonely anymore." Then when they're dating they say, "My goodness, I wish we would just get married already? Are we going to keep dating forever? Hmmph!"

Once married they say, "I miss the days when we were dating. It was much more romantic. We were so excited to be together but now it's just like we're friends living in the same house. It feels more like running a business then running a family." Then after a few years (months for some) they say, "Marriage is okay but it's a little boring with just my spouse and I. When we have kids I'll be happy because it will bring excitement back into our marriage." Then when they have kids they say, "When these kids grow up I'll be happy because we'll have our freedom back." Then when their kids grow up they say, "When they start having our grandchildren I'll be happy." Then once they have grandchildren they say, "Do these kids think we're babysitters? Why don't they raise their own kids and stop dropping them off over here? We raised our own already. It's their turn now." Then they die and they're still not happy!

Philippians 4:11-13(NLT) - Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Contentment is not a feeling. It is a decision. When you are content you make the decision to be happy with your life right where you are with what you have. That doesn't mean you don't strive to be better but it does mean that you have a posture of perpetual appreciation to God. You must wake up in the morning and thank God for what He's done for you and choose not to complain about what He has not done. Be thankful for the people you do have in your life and not complain about those you don't. Be thankful for the opportunities you do have instead of complaining about those you don't. Regardless of what's before you, thank God for being right by your side. As long as you have Christ, He will give you the strength to face anything that comes your way.

Psalms 42:11(NLT) - Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!

When David saw his countenance falling because of his situation, he took control of himself and chose to hope in God. It's easy to find something wrong with your life. On the other hand, it takes courage to take your attention off of what's wrong with you and put it all on what's right with God. When things are looking down, you have to lift your own head and look up to Him. You don't wait for your situation to change to give God some praise, you force yourself to praise Him in spite of your situation. You can't become a victim of your circumstances. Use them to fuel your resolve to praise God. At some point, you have to stop yourself from complaining and just thank God for who He is to you. What will it take to make you happy? Hopefully, the thought of God being on your side.

Hebrews 13:5-6(NKJV) - Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
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May 25, 2015 Posted by admin in Dreams

Don't Waste Today Worrying About Tomorrow!

Don't Waste Today Worrying About Tomorrow

The blog is back. For a while I've been thinking about writing again but I finally sat down and made it happen. The Lord's been saying a whole lot since we started The Body Church and because we have the church, we just share it there. However, there are some things that He says during the week that are not necessarily just for our church family in Atlanta so instead of waiting for Sunday morning we'll just share it here. Consider this your invitation to join us on our journey with The Lord. Now that the pleasantries are over, onward with today's blog.

Matthew 6:34(NKJV) - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

As I thought through what God wanted to share with us in this first blog He said, "Don't waste today worrying about tomorrow." Every day is precious and not one should be taken for granted. Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time and emotional energy looking ahead instead of making the most of what's right before our eyes. Some of us worry about the future and suffer from anxiety attacks over the "what ifs".

What if things don't work out in our marriage? What if I get fired from my job? What if the economy crashes? What if the oil price goes back up? What if I get sick and can't afford the treatment? What if we lose the house? What if nobody buys our product? What if nobody shows up to my event? What if I lose my investment? What if there's another terrorist attack? What if this happens tomorrow? What if that happens tomorrow? Jesus instructed us to never worry about tomorrow but deal with today's issues today then when tomorrow comes we can deal with with tomorrow's issues then.

Matthew 6:27-33(NKJV) - Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

So why did Jesus make such a big deal about worrying? Any thoughts? Look at Matthew 6:27 above and then think about it. Have you ever worried yourself out of a problem or has worry ever been the solution that led you out of a bad situation? Jesus instructed us not to worry because worrying makes nothing better and many times, only makes things worse. If you don't like a situation and you can do something about it, then do it. If you can't do anything about it put it in God's hands and trust that He would do something. Regardless, don't worry about it because that's a complete waste of your time and energy.

So if God doesn't want you to worry what does He expect you to do when you feel completely helpless? Find out tomorrow.

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Who is Jesus? - Fully Man

Date - Sunday, February 15h, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Kingdom Economics - God's Perspective on Financial Planning

Date - Sunday, December 14th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Kingdom Economics - Don't Hustle The Church For Money

Date - Sunday, December 7th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Kingdom Economics - Put Your Treasure In Heaven

Date - Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Kingdom Economics - The Power Of Faithfulness

Date - Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Kingdom Economics - What Did Jesus Say About Money?

Date - Sunday, November 9th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - Worship Changes You

Date - Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Body Church Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech 1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays 10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer 11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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