Intentional Living

Joseph LephiewSermons

Sermon Notes

Last week I shared a message called More of Him and less of me. This is Gods formula for increase of blessings, miracles and favor. This is an amazing principle and truth. Yet so many live with the increase of self which leads to selfish living, its all about me.

God created us to live for Him, to be His people and He has so much for us. We are closing out the start of the year 2018. This is last Sunday of January.

I was at the gym and there seemed to be many more people than usual. I was talking to a trainer and he said yes, many signed up in December, but that things would slow down in late January and early February. I asked why? He said many get excited and sign up but once the hype is over they go back to old habits and old way of doing life.

How many people get touched by God, get excited about a new life, new adventure, new journey but when the journey begins the struggles, the reality about the work and disciple involved, the commitment becomes to much and they drop out and disappear till another tragedy or loss.

Intentional Living: God did not throw up some ideas of how to help mankind. God was very intentional about His Plan for Us. We should just as intentional about our living for Him.

Intentional: : done in a way that is planned or intended, done in a deliberate way : not accidental, stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved.

Synonyms,

Our living for God and life should be deliberate, calculated, planned, etc.
WE are not accidents, so we should live with intention.

Quote: Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow? Many in our world love to complain and blame. Complain and blame.

WE see this in Bible. People were great at blaming and complaining, instead of Living Intentional. Your life will not be what God wants it to be unless you choose it. People believe if God wants it He will do it. God said here is my Word, follow the direction and create the life I have for you. It is not up to God, it is up to us. We choose. God heard the children of Israel crying in bondage and enslavement in Egypt. 400 hundred years they cried and wined. They were put in bondage because they got comfortable and lazy and stopped doing what God said to do. God sends Moses to deliver them. He does and as soon as the danger is over they start complaining of the trials, hardships and things they had to do and face. They complained and blamed. God said go posses the Promise Land. They would not do what He said to do. We do just enough to get saved but there is more to God than you just getting a place in Heaven. PEOPLE, WHEN THE NEWNESS AND HYPE OF SOMETHING WEARS OFF THEN IT IS WORK. INTENTIONAL LIVING IS WORKING IT.

Christmas just passed and everyone got things with instructions, yet most don’t follow the directions the just do what they think. If you are to live an intentional God life, this is an Amazing, Abundantly Filled and exciting life, you must follow His Direction and His Instruction more than just getting your fire insurance and what you think.

TEXT; “But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].”
JAMES 1:22 AMP

“Do what God’s word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves.”
James 1:22 GW

Intentional living has to do what you do. The actions you choose to do says what you are intentional about. This is why don’t tell me what your intentional about you will see it in your life choices. Everyday we choose things to do, watch, listen to, eat, to hang out with, read, study, invest, etc.

There are three types of people; there are those who make things happen, then there are those who watch things happen, and last there are those who are wondering what the heck happened.

Prove yourselves doer of the word——actively and continually obeying God’s precepts.
Remember as children with other kids, we say, “Prove it.” And off we go trying to prove it. Proving it was doing it. Proving is Doing.

Jesus said if you love me feed my sheep. He said love me with all your heart, mind, body and soul. He said share your faith with everyone who does not know me. He says make disciple of nations. He says bless your enemies. He says give your tithes, 10% plus and offerings. He says come to church, get involved and serve in the ministry helping others. He said keep ourselves from evil. He said worship me, serve me, love me, tell everyone about me. Take care of your shepherd, help them and be a support.

The church world loves to pick and choose what they want to do and what they do not want to do. I will go to church but I won’t give 10% of my income. I will read my Bible but I won’t share my faith i get to embarrassed. I will give money but I won’t get involved and serve in the ministry. I will pray and read Gods Word but i won’t submit to a Pastor. You see how this works. He said Do My Word. All of it.

When you just hear, it is just information. Information that just stays in your head won’t change anything about your life. Information must get inside of you. Internalizing the meaning means it gets into your heart, this is called Revelation. This is information that has been revealed to your Spirit. Revelation is internalized information with meaning, which cause you to do something with the revelation. We move, act, do when we get Revelation. Revelation and only revelation will move us to Transformation.

When you see the benefit of obeying God you will. When you see the blessings and benefits you will tithe 10% plus offerings and above. You will share your faith and invite others to join you at Destiny Center on your journey with God. You will only obey when you receive the information and let it go down into your heart.

When you choose to disregard and disobey and not believe it does not every become revelation. WE don’t move or act or change with information. Information without revelation will fool you and trick you into not obeying God, its all natural keeping you from the supernatural.

I meet so many so called Christians who believe all they have to do is pray and they got a relationship with God, but they do not obey Him. They talk but they do not listen and obey.
This deludes or fools the person.
Some of us have been around the church for many years and we do not see the results we should, why? There are areas of our life, we have fooled ourselves.
“But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].” JAMES 1:25 AMP

“However, the person who continues to study God’s perfect laws that make people free and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don’t merely listen and forget; they actually do what God’s laws say.” James 1:25 GW

Continues to study Gods Word and Ways that make people free, remains committed to them will be Blessed and Favored by God IN WHAT HE DOES.
HEAR AND OBEY AND DO, OR YOU HEAR AND FORGET AND NOT OBEY OR DO WHAT HE SAYS TO DO. ONE FOOLS THEMSELVES AND COMPLAINS AND BLAMES THE OTHER IS BLESSED AND FAVORED BY GOD IN WHAT HE DOES.
THIS IS INTENTIONAL LIVING.

“For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.” JAMES 2:26 AMP

“A body that doesn’t breathe is dead. In the same way faith that does nothing is dead.”
James 2:26 GW

“Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people],”. EPHESIANS 5:15 AMP
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