A Single-Mom Asked Me a Question That Changed My Life

Her Name was Rosemary …. She was a single mom and she had no idea how much she had changed my life.

I was in my mid-twenties and I had a one year old baby girl. I had been a Christian, in name for years.

I usually went to church if my wife pressured me or when I felt guilty about not attending in awhile.

Now my daughter was a year old so I really started thinking about taking my faith seriously so I could be the best dad I could be and teach my daughter about God.

Rosemary was a nice lady. She did not work in my department but I had to pass by hers when I left or came to work.

A little while back she had asked if I attended a church and I told her since we had moved to Euless we had not looked for one closer to our home. She told me about her church and invited me to come.

I politely said “Ok thanks” .. But I really was not ready to try out a new church.

She didn’t ask me all the time but she would bring spirituality into our conversations more when we talked.

One day I was really feeling convicted to finding a new church for my family and she asked again.

This time I accepted the invitation.

I went … I thought it was OK. And I committed to going every Sunday, “Because my daughter needed to see that God was important to me.”

Then one night my life was changed. I realized how much God loved me and how much I needed Him in my life. His love changed me.

My life was changed for the better. Much better.

It all happened because a lady I worked with named Rosemary invited me to church.

Years later I had left the company to go into full time ministry, Rosemary had retired and I had not seen her in a long time.

One night Lisa and I were at the movies and I saw her. Rosemary was working at the theater. I said “Lisa that’s Rosemary.” You know the lady that invited us to church.

I asked Lisa to go on in to the movie …

I felt like I needed to thank her for changing my life by asking me to church.

She recognized me and we talked a little.

Then I said, “Rosemary, you probably don’t know this, but you changed my life.” God used you to change my life.

Thank you so much for caring about me to ask.

She teared up. And said she was glad. And thanked me for telling her.

Did you know that 96% of Americans who do not have a church home say they would go with a friend if invited.

According to a recent study, only 2% of Christians invite their friends and co-workers to church.

We live in a world of people trying to find relief.

God’s love changes lives.

If we grow the love we can change the world.

Be God’s love with skin to your friends and co-workers.

If you are a Christian, who is part of a church family, God has probably put some people in your life who are waiting for an invitation to church.

Ask them.

One day someone make walk up to you and thank you for changing his life.

The Power of Helplessness (Video and Notes)

 

Life Changing Truth: You are never truly in control.

 Crisis brings us face to face with our inadequacy, and our inadequacy in turn leads us to the inexhaustible sufficiency of God. This is the power of helplessness, a principle written into the fabric of life. ~ Catherine Marshall

LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:10

 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Cor 12:9

 

Real Power is trust in the source of all strength.

 

Depend On God

Like a Sheep Depends on the Shepherd

  • God is everything you need. He provides.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. Ps 23:1

  • God comforts and gives peace, strength and confidence.

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:2-3

  • Decide up front to let God lead
  • Live the Word as Truth
  • Gain wisdom through success and what seem to be failures.

3) God protects.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4

4) God rewards the ultimate reward on earth and in heaven.

5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.  6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:5-6

Get in step with God ….. He made it possible.

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Choose Contentment (Video and Notes)


 

Are you content? It really is a choice, an attitude. People choose many things to find contentment. They don’t work. We know of many millionaires who thought money would bring contentment. There are choices that are guaranteed to give you a peaceful contented attitude.

Notes to message

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 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. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil 4:11-13

Contentment is a _____________________ …  With God or against God.

Choose to be _____ the world but not ____ the world.

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
Ps 1:1

Choose to be in God’s Word and God’s Word in ____.

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. Ps 1:2

Choose to bear fruit and influence _____________.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never with, and they prosper in all they do. Ps 1:3

Choose to live a ________________ life.

But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. Ps 1:4

Choose to see those who need the Gospel.

They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. Ps 1:5

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. Ps 1:6

Choose to worship God at ______________ times.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Ps 150:1

Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Ps 150:2

3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn: praise him with the lyre and harp! 4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing praise him with strings and flutes. 5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals, praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Ps 150:3-5

Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!   Praise the Lord! Ps 150:6

Stay Battle Ready (Video/Text)


 

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Eph 6:10

 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Eph 6:11

1) Know your enemy.

 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12

Spiritual pain will cause emotional and physical pain.

Strategies of the Enemy

 

  • He blinds the unbeliever to God’s light.  2 Cor 4:3-4
  • He intercepts the receiving of God’s Word.  Matt 13:19
  • He tricks with signs and wonders both unbelievers and believers. Matt 24:24
  • He uses people to discourage Acts 13:8
  • He creates situations to keep people from helping 1 Thes 2:17-18

6) He makes it difficult, painful, to be a Christian.  (persecution) Rev 2:10

 

How To Stay Battle Ready

  • You defeat a powerful spirit with the all powerful, all knowing, always present Spirit.

 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Eph 6:13

  • Truth is the foundation to stand firm against all attacks of the enemy.

 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. Eph 6:14

  • Righteousness protects the heart .
  1. Salvation
  2. Righteous living.
  • Walk in peace and take peace to those in need.

For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. Eph 6:15

  • Protection by faith in the promises and the power of God.

In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Eph 6:16

  • Let God control and renew your mind.

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph 6:17

  •  Your sword, offense, is the Word of God.
  •  Keep your spiritual antenna up at all times.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Eph 6:18

Note to LCC – Are You Battle Ready?

E - RoyalDear Friends and Family of LCC,

We used to live right next to the DFW airport. Airplanes were taking off, landing, and flying right over our home all of the time.

When guests would come to our house they would often ask if we had that airplane noise all the time. I would respond, “I guess, I never really notice.” When I slowed down and listened, those planes were loud.

In last Sunday’s message I touched on the spiritual battle we are in all the time. You can see notes and message here .. Five Things Every Christian Should Know.

The apostle Paul wrote: “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world..” Eph 6:12

When you first become a Christian you can really feel the intensity of the battle. Its as if the devil has upped his attack because you have moved into a relationship with God.

As we go along in our faith, if we don’t stay aware of the battle, we forget it’s there. Like the planes, we don’t sense the activity that is going on around us all the time.

This Sunday I am teaching a message I am calling “Battle Ready“. The Bible warns us that the devil is powerful, and has so many evil strategies he uses to go after us to keep us disconnected from and disobeying God. He wants us to be unaware of him and the evil around us.

You have to know your enemy to defeat him. In order to defeat a powerful spiritual power, you have to be connected to the “All Powerful” Spirit of God.

Bring a friend Sunday for a very interesting look at the strategies of the devil as recorded in the Bible. Then we will look at the weapons a believer has to defeat the enemy daily in this ongoing life and death battle for the souls of humanity.

Are you Battle Ready? I hope to see you Sunday.

May God Bless you more than you could ever imagine.
Your Brotha from anotha motha
Royal

Five Things Every Christian Should Know (Video-Text)


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And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. 1 John 5:6

1) Jesus is God.

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Matt 3:16-17

Three Witnesses – Water Blood Spirit

7 So we have these three witnesses— 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. 10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. 1 John 5:7-10

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? John 14:9

2) Eternal life is gifted not earned.

And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13

3) We know God hears our prayers and answers
with the condition of being in His will.

14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:14-15

4) We know Christ leads us away from sin.

Enemies: World Flesh Satan

16 If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

5) We know the Christian life is a life close to God.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

Royal Farris Life Connection Church in Euless, TX