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DO NOT FAINT

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
There is no better instructor than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.

How can you help others who have or are experiencing adversity or trouble in their lives? Join us tonight @ 7.10” pm to understand how adversity opens doors of opportunity.



ADVERSITY (opportunity in disguise)

In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him. (Ecc. 7:14)

What can we learn from the wisest and most wealthiest man of his time? He had encountered trouble throughout his life. You would think with all that wealth, he wouldn’t have a problem; so people think.

What our takeaway from this is: Adversity brings profit as well as pain. In life, we need to expect and plan for it. Why? Because pain happens to everyone and no one likes it. You never heard anyone ever shout, “Go for the Silver”, did you?

Adversity will either distress us or bless us. The way we use It is strictly our own choice. You see, difficult times and misfortune become a better instructor than success; only if we choose to learn from it.

Understand adversity will teach you something, whether you like it or not. So why not learn from it?



Stuck in a Rut?

Are there times you feel stuck? Do you feel like you are in a rut? Do you sometimes feel out of order? Does change intimidate you or threaten you in some way? Or do you view change as an opportunity for growth? Are you getting comfortable staying in your rut where you feel safe?

Until a person views change as a journey, they will never maximize or reap the benefits. You will remain forever stuck in the rut of your life.

Everyone is quick to talk about the changes they would like to see in their family, community, workplace, country and even in the world but very few want to change themselves. Progress in a person’s life is impossible without change, and those who are stuck in their ways, stuck in their thinking, stuck in their minds cannot change anything.

The first thing to do is to understand that you don’t have to do some enormous thing in your life. All you have to do is one small thing and then another small thing. The key is being responsible. Responsibility is one of the most important attributes a person can possess to unleash the power, creativity, abilities and gifts that one has.

When you step up to the plate and say, “I am responsible for my life”, you begin to lead a fulfilled and rewarding life. You are more content, more successful in your endeavors and continue to improve through your failures, mistakes and loss.

When you lack responsibility, you give away the choice to control your life. When that happens, you fall into having a “victim mentality.”

Begin today to accept personal responsibility for your personal success and failures. Exert positive influence outward rather than the outside world exerting its influence on you. After all, God describes His people as the “Salt of the earth.” Everywhere you step, you should influence any given situation.

You see, if nothing ever changed in a caterpillar’s life, there would not be any butterflies. In the end, sometimes the things we cannot change end up changing us. Today, ask yourself, “Where am I stuck?”



Letting The Past Be The Past Through Transformed Thinking

Letting The Past Be The Past Through Transformed Thinking
Getting Out Of The Rut
Sunday, May 14, 2017 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
When we think about something we begin to create a roadway for the thoughts to travel on. These are called thought patterns. The more we think about something the easier it is for the thought to travel and settle in our brain because we’ve made a roadway for it. Not every roadway we make is a bad roadway; they can be especially good when they are formed by what God says.
 
Thought patterns shape my beliefs – Beliefs shape my actions – Actions shape my lifestyle
 
Getting Out Of The Rut – A RUT is a long deep track made by the continuous travel of animals or people walking, by the wheels of vehicles.
In a negative sense it’s a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive and is hard to change.
 
Another origin of the word is from Latin rugitus, from rugire  ‘to roar.’
The RUT is an annual period of sexual activity in deer and other mammals, the males fight each other for access to the females and dominance over males.
 
There’s a battle for dominance that goes on in our thinking, there’s a butting of heads (thoughts) and sometimes it’s roaring like a lion inside of us.
 
The question is which thoughts will be MOST DOMINANT? Which thoughts will roar the loudest? The ones we feed the most.
 
From David’s prophetic Psalm of the Crucified Christ we read
·       Psalms 22:12–13 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
 
From Peter’s epistle we read this instruction
·       1Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.                          
 
Why is it that our past changes everyday but we don’t? We’re missing something…In order for us to let the past be the past through transformed thinking we need two things
1 – we have to be born again
2 – we have to have a healed and renewed mind
 
Do any of these phrases match your thoughts about yourself?
I am unloved and un-loveable.
I am not good enough, I’m inadequate.
I am a fearful and anxious person.
I am a disappointment.
I am not very smart. I am not special or important.
I am worthless and don’t deserve anything.
I am a sinner and can’t be forgiven. I feel condemned.
I am unwanted and don’t belong. I have no plan or purpose for my life.
 
To see yourself as God sees you apply the scriptures to your mind.
Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,  (read 4:17-24)
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
 
Apply these truths from the Bible to your life regularly.
 
Truths About Me
I am not who others say I am – I am not what I do
I am not what I did – The truth about me is always what God says!
 
John 5 tells us the story of a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. When he met Jesus he was asked him an unusual question…Do you want to get well?
The man responded with a list of his problems and excuses – He was a victim
Jesus’ response is “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  So he does it and he’s healed!
Jesus is asking us the same question, Do you want to get well?
We can make excuses or we can stand up, take responsibility for our mat that we’ve been laying on for 38 years and pick it up and walk into our healing. The choice is ours.  God has given us all we need to live a good Godly life but we have to do the hard work of walking in truth, intentionally, every day.
 
 
 
 
 
 


HUMILITY OR HUMILIATION

If you want to be used as a mighty weapon in the hand of God and become the person you never were, you will need to be a submissive servant with the humility of Christ and do things that you never have done.

Having humility is always better than humiliation. Soldiers who are good become the best because of humility. The willingness to learn and adapt to change begins within you. It does not start with who you know, where you live, how much money you have or what your occupation is.

It doesn’t matter the circumstances you are in nor what is happening around you or to you. The difference in navigating successfully the vicissitudes of life depend entirely on what lies inside of you. You are in complete control of how you will respond to any given situation.

Remember, possessing this attitude of Humility will create in you the ability to adapt and make changes in your life, hold on to values and model grace when you are victorious in overcoming life’s challenges.

Today, exemplify humility by always making room for progress. Why? Because the proud individual believes he is already there.


Letting Go Of Failures & Regrets

Letting The Past Be The Past
Letting Go Of Failures & Regrets
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.  – Winston Churchill –
 
We all have to deal with failures & regrets. Anyone who says you can live a life of no failures and regrets isn’t telling you the truth.
 
Failures and even Regrets can be our FRIEND!
 
God causes all things, even our failures and regrets, to work together for good
Romans 8:28 we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
 
This doesn’t mean we should choose to sin, but it means that even when we do sin God will forgive us if we ask, and He will use even our sins, failures and the things we regret for our good.
 
What Does The Word Say About It?
 
God Doesn’t Want Us To Be Condemned
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
 
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
 
The key to not being condemned is being born again and then casting your cares on the Lord
1Peter 1:2 God the Father chose you long ago, and the Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Jesus Christ and are cleansed by his blood. 3 All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again.
1Peter 5:6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. 7 Cast all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
 
Forget what lies behind and keep pressing toward the prize
Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
Paul had regrets. He persecuted Christians, he put people in prison, he consented to the stoning to death of the young man Stephen. But he said he forgot what was behind. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t remember his sins, it means he wouldn’t focus on them and therefore be paralyzed by them, instead he focused on the prize before him, knowing Christ.
 
Even though it’s unpleasant we can learn from failures and regrets.
 
There is no such thing as a life without failures or any regrets
 
Paul let go of his past so he could press ahead for his purpose!
 
If you try to hold on to the past and get a hold of the future you’ll get stuck in the past or in the moment you’re in right now.
 
Don’t Get Stuck In A Moment – Turn from sin and the past mistakes
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
 
2 Corinthians 7:10 – For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.


HUMILITY

Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living.
(Prov. 15:31,33)

The difference between people who reign in life as opposed to those who just accept whatever life throws at them is determined by the degree of humility one possesses.

On the Humility indicator, one would score high by possessing the spirit of learning. You can either profit from your adversity or you can continue to lose.

Evaluating your losses, failures and mistakes can be turned into gains if we are willing to face reality, become humble and learn. Having the willingness to learn is the first step in navigating life’s challenges.

If you are not in a state of humility during troubling times, the odds are that you will find yourself in a state of humiliation. So which would you prefer?



Ben Hur Movie Night

Join us for this epic movie based on one of the greatest stories ever told.


Letting Go Through Forgiveness

Letting The Past Be The Past Through Forgiveness

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Pastor George M. Dupree

 

Forgive OTHERS

  • Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (God has forgiven you Totally and Unconditionally)

 

Forgive YOURSELF

  • 1John 2:12 I remind you, my dear children: Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name.

Forgiving yourself is ACCEPTING GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

There’s a story about a boy named Paco , he rebels against his fathers influence and spews out some hate-filled words. He tells his dad that he doesn’t need him, wants nothing to do with him, and in fact wishes he was dead. He travels to far away Madrid, resolving to disappear forever…

One day, the father can bear the separation no longer, he places an ad in the personal and classified sections. The ad simply reads like this: PACO, MEET ME AT HOTEL MONTANA. NOON TUESDAY. ALL IS FORGIVEN, PAPA…

Do you think Paco’s father had forgotten about Paco’s misdeeds? Does it even matter?

1 Corinthians 13:5b…. (love) keeps no record of wrongs.

 

If God Forgets we should FORGET too.

When you forget it means you don’t allow the past to control you.

  • Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

You are free from guilt, condemnation and shame when you repent. To repent means to change your mind and then you’ll change your actions.

Leave your past behind

  • Revelation 2:5 Think about where you have fallen from, and then turn back and do as you did at first. If you don’t turn back, I will come and take away your lampstand.

 

We are encouraged to learn from our past but not to live in it.

  • Philippians 3:13 My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.

 

That word struggle indicates that this is not an easy thing, but it is possible, you can have a better life, you can be an over-comer.

 

A runner will not win the race by looking over his shoulder

 

Beware of BITTERNESS It grieves the Holy Spirit

  • Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And is kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Bitterness will make you SICK emotionally and physically. It will literally defile you. It will defile many others if it is left unchecked.

  • Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;


Hero Central LW Kids Camp

HERO CENTRAL – LIVING WATER CHURCH KIDS CAMP 2017
 

It’s time to register for HERO CENTRAL

Living Water Kids Camp registrations are now open for Living Water Church Kids Camp 2017 – This years theme is HERO CENTRAL – Take kids on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God!

Living Water’s Kids Camp has been a favorite for hundred’s of kids every summer and this year’s camp won’t disappoint!

It’s FUN – It’s FREE – It’s for kids ages 4 – 12 and runs from Monday, June 26th through Thursday, June 29th – 9:00AM – 12:30PM

DON’T DELAY – REGISTER TODAY – SPACE IS LIMITED

Find out more about the programs for kids at Living Water Church
here See pictures from Everest Kids Camp there too!

There is NO COST for Kids Camp however if you would like to make a donation it’s appreciated, thank you

 



 
 
 
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