Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Vision | Tags: 2012, a new thing, C3 Auckland, C3 Church, call of God, Dean Rush, Discipleship, Faith, Promises of God | No Comments »
It’s a new year and it feels like anything is possible
There is an amazing feeling that each new year brings
In Isaiah 43:19 it says
See, I am doing a new thing
The first thing you have to do is see what God is doing
What is God trying to do in your life in 2012?
God is the God of the new thing
He wants to do a new thing in your life
Let him do it
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
He wants to bring the new thing now
Are you perceiving that
Be ready and willing in 2012 for what God is wanting to do
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
As we are faithful to God he will cause a breakthrough to come in our lives. The things that seemed so difficult for us are going to become areas of blessing.
Be faithful to God and allow him to out work his promise
2012 could be the greatest year of your life!
Pursue God and his purpose and discover what God has in mind for you
It’s got to be good!
Posted: November 10th, 2011 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: All, Overcoming | Tags: C3 Church, Dean Rush, freedom, Inspiration, Living in freedom, Promises of God | No Comments »
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free
When I think about freedom I think about the great freedom speech in cinematic history
In the movie Braveheart – William Wallace asks this great question to the Scottish troops
What will you do without freedom?
It’s a good question – without freedom we live in bondage
You look around the world today and see so many living in bondage
Living with weight, living with bitterness, living in fear
Keys to living in freedom
1. Receive freedom
Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
When you receive the gospel – you have the opportunity for truth to come into your life
You don’t have freedom until you receive it from Christ
The world is living under a death sentence of it’s own sin
Until you accept the gospel and receive Jesus Christ – you are also under the it’s weight
If you carrying around a weight – receive freedom
What does freedom look like?
It is a life of faith, hope and love
It is lightness – you feel released
It is a life that is unburdened and unrestrained
2. Offload your baggage
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Freedom is the absence of baggage
Too many people are carrying around baggage that they don’t need to be carrying
To receive freedom you need to offload the weight
The devil wants you living a burdened life – and the world obliges
People end up stressed out, in credit card debt
Mortgaged up: Old French word, literally means death pledge
Relational stress, in therapy, in alcohol and drug abuse & physical abuse
But Christ has come to set us free from the weight of sin and death
3. Live differently
1 Peter 2:16
– 17 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
Honor God by living in freedom and using your body to glorify him
I see Christians who kind of take it all for granted – accepting freedom and then try living for no.1
I am changed by what Christ did for me
I don’t want to live the old life
If you have anger, un-forgiveness, anxiety, stress, guilt, self esteem issues
It’s time to change
Christ wants us to live a free life in a burdened world
He wants us to demonstrate freedom
To live the kingdom life
4. Don’t go back
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
The devil wants you back in bondage – he wants you back in sin and back carrying your burden
And he knows your weakness
You need to stand up to him and stand firm in Christ!
Stand on the rock, stand with the faithful, stand in truth, stand in the presence of God
Freedom is a beautiful thing and Jesus Christ’s gift to us
Receive the gift – get free – walk in freedom
Posted: June 9th, 2011 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Overcoming | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Discipleship, Inspiration, promises, Promises of God | No Comments »
Speak these scriptures over your life and your circumstances everyday and you will never be the same!
Psalm 34: 19 A righteous man has many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all
Proverbs 16: 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed
Isaiah 54: 17 No weapon that is formed against you will prosper
Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future
Romans 8:28 All things work together for good to those who love God
Philippians 1: 6 Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ
Philippians 4: 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
Galatians 6: 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up
2 Thessalonians 3: 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one
James 1: 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him