Warfare In the Workforce-Dharius Daniels

Unlike my old-school church services, Pastor Daniel’s ministry is relevant to the biggest issues of today’s society for both Christians and everyone else. The bonus is that he provides common-sense solutions for today’s traumas. Today’s message is for those who hate Monday mornings and live for Friday afternoons.

 

Kanye’s Conversion: Is Jesus Really His King? OCTOBER 25, 2019 BY SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN

After my dismissal of the news about Kanye’s conversion, I was challenged by these words: Let’s pray hard for the salvation of all who hear the gospel!

Last month I heard that Kanye West had become a Christian. Yes, that Kanye — the outspoken rapper and record producer married to television celebrity Kim Kardashian. According to a Christianity Today article, it all began when West unexpectedly visited the small California Bible church pastored by Adam Tyson. Since then, Tyson has flown to Cody, Wyoming, to lead a Bible study with West and his employees, and has preached at multiple tour stops for the artist. And Tyson is here for it.

“I want to be faithful to a new brother in the faith, Kanye,” Tyson said. “I want to help him be connected to the Word of God. I told him, ‘As long as you’re exalting Christ, I’m 100% behind you.’”

While I admire Tyson’s fervor, I have to admit that when I first heard the news, I was skeptical. Could such a controversial public figure as Kanye West truly do a 180 and follow Jesus? Could this do more harm than good to the cause of Christ?

Through the years, I’ve watched actors, singers and athletes claim to have a conversion experience But in many of these cases, their newfound faith didn’t seem to stick. Like the seed that fell on the rocky ground in Matthew 13:20-21, they appeared to receive the faith with joy until it became too challenging — then they fell away.

But as puzzling as the celebrity journey to faith can be, the average Christian’s reaction to celebrity conversion is also puzzling. We are either skeptical, thinking a person living in such a worldly context could not possibly take up his cross and follow Jesus — or we embrace the person as a new spokesperson for the faith and expect him to live a perfect Christian life. Neither of these responses is particularly healthy or biblical.

Responding to celebrity professions of faith

Part of the difficulty in knowing how to respond is that the Bible doesn’t really talk about celebrity conversions. We do know that it is difficult for a rich person to come to God and that the Bible speaks out against favoritism in the church. But beyond that, we’re not told how to respond when a high-profile person claims faith in Christ. That said, I do think we can rely on a few principles in forming a biblical response.

Remember no one is beyond Christ’s reach.

I have recently been studying the book of 1 Timothy. In it, the Apostle Paul says, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15). Paul did some terrible things before he came to Christ, including persecuting Christians. He was an unlikely convert. And yet God used him mightily to spread the gospel and help establish the early church. We should never believe that a person cannot be saved because of his or her background or lifestyle.

Don’t show favoritism.

Maybe, like me, you’ve noticed favoritism in the body of believers. This Christian influencer has a blue checkmark on Instagram, therefore he must have more to offer than Average Joe Christian who is faithfully serving at his church each week. The Bible outright condemns believers showing favoritism. Here’s the famous passage in James:

“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:2-4)

As Christians we are called to value all people equally, rich or poor, famous or obscure. This principle applies when it comes to welcoming high profile people into our ranks. Fawning over those who are impressive is unproductive and will not produce the fruit of true humility and servanthood in our lives.

God decides who He will bring low and who He will exalt — not us. Meanwhile, we’re supposed to be busy loving God, loving others and focusing on our own Christian walk.

Pray for them.

After my precursory dismissal of the news about Kanye’s conversion (even the Babylon Bee had a little fun), I was challenged by a Christian friend who posted the CT article with these words: “Let’s pray hard for the salvation of all who hear the gospel!”

People have met Jesus through the events West and Tyson are participating in. Instead of acting as a holier-than-thou member of the peanut gallery, I should be praying for the salvation of sinners! 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

Celebrities are in high positions. They influence millions of people. They need our prayers, especially as they seek to honor Christ.

Something to be excited about

When a celebrity professes faith in Jesus, we don’t need to respond with either adulation or cynicism. We can trust that God knows the person’s heart and has a plan. The genuineness of the person’s faith will be revealed over time, and we can rejoice in the meantime. That’s certainly Pastor Tyson’s perspective.

“It is a story to be excited about. This is an opportunity to reach pop culture and America for Christ,” Tyson said. “I’m fired up.”

Being fired up about people hearing the gospel is a good thing. I hope and pray that Kanye West has made Jesus his Lord, and that many will come to faith because of it.

Copyright 2019 Suzanne Hadley Gosselin. All rights reserved.

 

https://www.boundless.org/blog/kanyes-conversion-is-jesus-really-his-king/

It’s On Me-Dr. Dharius Daniels

It’s interesting when you feel a certain way for an extended period, and one day the revelation happens! That didn’t happen until I was ready to receive it, which took thirty-seven years. For thirty-one years, I’ve worked two to three jobs to compensate for my single-parent status, and the busy-ness of life rendered me deaf to my calling. Many, like me, have entered the workplace their entire careers without their hearts, and the most exciting part of the position is clocking out and off days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for employment because the needs of my family have been met. An added bonus is that a few of my supervisors were so amazing that I left with skills that supported success not only on the job but in my personal life outside the job.

Now, however, I understand the passion was lacking because I wasn’t working in the role I was created to fill. We’re all born for a specific purpose and are never completely satisfied until we meet that need.  The downside in our lack of follow-through is that lives we were supposed to bless remains in chaos. I personally haven’t been a reliable team player! The tug on my heart for all these years was God calling on the landline. I finally answered in February of 2019.

Though I’m walking in my purpose free of charge, my heart has never been happier! I’m still employed on my fulltime job, but I know God is working behind the scenes because of the supernatural growth of my nonprofit housed at Dsquared4homeless.org.  My life is a testimony that when God decides the role, he also provides the skills required. Dr. Daniels shared an A-MA-ZING message on stepping up to the plate of the life you were really supposed to lead! 

WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE (AND HOW TO FIND IT) By Mike Ward on January 17, 2017

Waking up feeling purposeless is incredibly frustrating. You look around and see your friends and coworkers living passionate, engaged, meaningful lives. They have deep relationships, rewarding jobs and a sense of direction that compels them to hop out of bed each morning with a spring in their step.

You know that God has something good in store for you. You don’t believe he intends you to live a life of painful drudgery in which each day is a total drag. After all, the Bible is chock full of passages about joy. While this certainly doesn’t mean that every single day is a parade and circus, it does mean that an overall sense of gladness should permeate your life.

In Psalm 63:7, David said, “…for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” How can you get to that place? Where, instead of wandering aimlessly through life, you’re actually singing for joy (or just making a joyful noise if you’re not the singing type)?

In this post, we’re going to first talk about some key signs that you may not be living in the fullness of God’s purpose for you. Then we’ll give some key suggestions for how to begin living a meaningful, enthusiastic, joyful life.

6 SIGNS THAT YOU MAY NOT BE LIVING IN GOD’S PURPOSE

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Before we dive into this point, we need to make at least one caveat. In one sense, you are always living in God’s purpose. God is God and He works all things, including your life, according to his purposes. Nothing can happen without God ordaining it.

Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” This is key in understanding God’s purpose for your life. God has numbered your days and will fulfill every purpose He has for you.

However, our choices and actions also really matter. In some ways, this is a mystery we can’t fully understand, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We can choose to do things that will bring us more joy and give us more of a sense of purpose. That’s where we’re headed in this post. We want to help you identify those choices you can make to bring more excitement and God-given purpose into your life.

But first, here are 6 signs that you don’t have much purpose in your life.

YOU’RE BLATANTLY LIVING IN SIN.

Let’s start with the obvious here. If you’re blatantly disobeying the Bible, you’re not living in God’s purpose and you will certainly experience a sense of aimlessness in your life. This one is pretty straightforward so we don’t need to spends too much time here.

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YOU LACK JOY AND EXCITEMENT.

If you wake up every day filled with apathy or dread or total boredom, you’re probably not doing what you were meant to do. God has created you uniquely, has really good things planned for you and one of the fruits of the Spirit is joy (Galatians 5:22). Sure, there will be difficult things you encounter that require patience and persistence, but overall you should have a sense of joy and excitement that fills your days, your work and your relationships.

In his book “Desiring God,” John Piper says:

The pursuit of joy in God is not optional. It is not an “extra” that a person might grow into after he comes to faith.

YOU DON’T FEEL MUCH FULFILLMENT IN LIFE.

If you go about your days experiencing little fulfillment, you may be wandering from your God-given purpose. Fulfillment comes from doing rewarding, meaningful, purposeful things. From a job that taps into your skills and passions. From a relationship that involves giving and receiving. From hobbies that are invigorating instead of mind-numbing. Yes, you’ll have to do certain things that are boring and unfulfilling, but if you’re entire life is gray, you probably need a change.

YOU WORK SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK.

You know the feeling of pointless work. You go to the office, clock in, do your job, then go home and collapse in front of the television. You work for the weekends and for retirement. All true joy you experience comes from things outside of work. From hobbies or friends or side jobs.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”

Would you say that this kind of joy characterizes your life and work? If not, you may need to rethink where you’re headed.

YOU FEEL STUCK.

If you desperately want a change but also feel totally stuck in your life, that’s almost certainly a sign that you’re not walking according to God’s purpose. Those who are stuck want to go in a particular direction but don’t know how to get there. So they spin their wheels, feeling endlessly frustrated but unsure of how to make the frustration end. Do you feel trapped?

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YOU HAVE NO DIRECTION.

If you don’t know God’s purpose for your life, you constantly feel a sense of aimlessness. You feel as though you’re wandering from thing to thing without any forward progress. Nothing excites you and you don’t have any specific goals you’re working toward. Unlike the Israelites, who wandered for 40 years yet still had a goal (the Promised Land), you don’t even have a goal in front of you.

https://www.cornerstone.edu/blogs/lifelong-learning-matters/post/what-is-gods-purpose-for-your-life-and-how-to-find-it#targetText=Psalm%2057%3A2%20says%2C%20%22,and%20actions%20also%20really%20matter.