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GROW Leadership Blog Pt 2

In the last GROW Leadership Blog I left you with 5 important things that will help you in fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Fulfilling that plan and becoming the leader God wants you to become begins by you leading yourself. In this blog I want to leave you with some important thoughts concerning those steps.

1)  Daily Read God’s Word

But Jesus answered and said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4

Jesus is telling us, what food is to your natural life, the Word of God is to your spiritual life. In other words it is necessary for your spiritual health and growth.


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GROW Leadership Blog Pt 1

Welcome to GROW Leadership Blog. Each blog is designed to encourage you to become the person God called you to be and to find, as well as follow His plan for your life. As you grow in God you end up becoming and doing so much more than you ever imagined with your life. You see God has a plan for your life and His Word reveals that plan. As you find those truths and apply them to your life, you begin to be changed and begin to see God’s plan unfold right before your eyes.


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Winners in Christ

Did you know that God wants you to win in life?  1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us, “Now thanks be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ.” Another translation says it this way, “Christ leads us to the victory every time”, and yet another says, “Thank God who is giving us victory after victory”. Get the idea? God wants us to win in life. Really, I don’t believe anyone likes to lose and this tells us God doesn’t want us to either. So why is it that many times in life we do lose? In this blog I want to address one of the reasons why we do.


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The Deity of Christ

It should not come as a surprise to us today, that who Jesus Christ is, has come under attack again. Throughout history His Name and teachings have brought either praise or criticism from mankind. However one thing remains the same, it is only through His Name that salvation comes to mankind (Acts 4:12). As believers we should not be confused about who Jesus Christ is. Therefore, in this short blog I want to look at a few things concerning the deity of Jesus Christ (Deity meaning God and identifying who God is).  


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God Is

 Did you know we can limit God in our lives by not knowing the great truths of the Bible? Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. So our lack of knowledge of God’s Word will keep us from receiving the many blessings He has provided for His people. Also satan works to blind people from the truths so they are held captive by him as 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 states.
Today I want to remind you of three powerful truths about God that are necessary for us to understand. The first is, God is a good God. Psalms 145:8-9 says, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works”. Remember Jesus is a revelation of the Father John 14:9 and His life and ministry was the will of God in action John 6:38 and Acts 10:38. So whatever we see Jesus do reveals the will of God. So God is a good God.

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Effective or Ineffective Prayer Life: The Choice is Yours, Part 3

Today I want to go over a few important things we must know about prayer if we are going to have an effective prayer life. These are all things found in God’s Word about prayer. So many in the world today pray because they know it is the right thing to do but they are only hoping God will hear and answer them because, in reality, they don’t know if He will. Prayer isn’t to be a “hope so thing” but it is to be a “know so thing”. In other words, you have confidence or assurance in knowing God hears and answers your prayers because you have learned to pray prayers that are based upon His Word and His promises to you.

Here are five things you need to know in order to have an effective prayer life. You could call them fundamentals or foundations of effective prayer.

1) All effective prayer is based upon a relationship with God.

  • Jesus made the way for us to have a close relationship with God Himself and part of that relationship is built upon prayer.
  • All religions pray, but you need a personal relationship with God the Father and that begins by making Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life.

2) Effective prayer prays to the Father in Jesus’ Name.

  • In John 16:23-24 Jesus instructs us to pray to the Father, or ask the Father, in His Name.

3) Effective prayer is based upon a relationship with God and His Word in our lives.

  • Read John 15:5,7.
  • To “abide” implies a relationship. So, our fruit-bearing is dependent upon our relationship with Him.
  • Notice verse 7, “. . . abide in Him and His Words abide in you.” Know the Word and pray the Word.

4) Effective prayer is based upon praying or asking according to God’s will.

  • Read 1 John 5:14-15.
  • God’s Word is His will.
  • Our confidence in prayer comes from knowing what it is His will to do for us.

5) Effective prayer believes it receives what it asks for in prayer.

  • It does more than just ask, it is confident it receives.
  • Faith takes or receives what it asks for in prayer.
  • Possibly the greatest words Jesus taught on receiving in prayer is in Mark 11:24.
  • Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
  • God gives, but man must receive.
  • Jesus tells us when we will have the answers to our prayers, after we pray and believe we receive those things.
  • When are we supposed to believe we receive those things? When we pray and before we have it.
  • Jesus calls this faith in God, and faith in God is necessary for our prayers to be answered.

These five steps will help you have an effective prayer life and get your prayers answered. So, learn these and start praying in faith today.

– Pastor Chris Morgan



Effective or Ineffective Prayer Life: The Choice is Yours, Part 2

Praying effectively or getting answers to our prayers is something every believer must learn to do. Our confidence in prayer comes from knowing God’s will, which is His Word, and then trusting God to do for us what He has promised in His Word. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us: and if you know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions (prayers) that we asked of Him.” So our confidence in prayer must come from the Word of God and what God said to us about prayer.

Even though most believers know prayer should be a part of their lives, there are still misconceptions that keep them from praying. I want to share a few of them in this blog. Many times unanswered prayer stands between the believer and a vibrant prayer life. Then Satan comes and lies to them about prayer and says things like this to our minds:

  • God won’t hear and answer your prayers. He didn’t before and He won’t now.
  • Prayer is just a waste of time. You’re busy and really don’t have time for that.
  • You can pray tomorrow, (tries to get you to put it off or delay it, but most of all not do it).
  • Don’t bother God with all your problems and requests; He has more important things to do.
  • Prayer is something people do that are more spiritual than you.
  • Prayer is not really that big of a deal. God is God and He will do what He wants to do anyway.
  • What’s the use; you don’t know how to pray.

You don’t have to feel alone in this!  Probably every believer has experienced some, if not all, of these same lies from Satan designed to keep us from having an effective prayer life. You don’t have to let the unanswered prayers of your past, or not knowing how to pray, keep you from having the prayer life you desire. You can learn to pray and have an effective prayer life and you can start learning today!

– Pastor Chris Morgan



Effective or Ineffective Prayer Life: The Choice is Yours, Part 1

Did you know you can learn how to pray and have an effective prayer life and you can start learning today? Effective prayer, or prayers that are answered, start with us praying God’s Word. Jeremiah 1:12 (NKJV) says God is ready to perform His Word. That means He is waiting for us to know what He said He wants to do and then ask Him. You could say it like this: we are to find what God’s will is and ask Him for it. For whatever is God’s will, you can have. We must learn that God’s will is not mysterious nor is it hidden from us. God’s will is His Word. Knowing this makes prayer clear and simple, and enables us to pray effectively. 1 John 5:14-15 is a powerful verse which illustrates this for us. It says, “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us: and if we know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions (prayers) that we asked of Him.” Notice how God’s Word tells us we can have confidence in knowing He hears and answers our prayers. All we have to do is find scriptures that cover our need and then ask Him to meet it.

Mark 11:24 also gives us helpful insight into effective prayer.  It says, “Whatsoever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”  Jesus tells us we must pray in faith, which means we must believe God hears and answers our prayers before we see them come to pass. This is not hard to do when you understand that your confidence in prayer must come from the Word of God. In other words, if God said He would do it (something He said in His Word) then faith fills your heart from His promise and you believe that you receive it. You believe it is yours; you believe God has heard and answered your prayer.

So, remember your confidence in prayer will come from knowing God’s will or His Word. Now you can learn to pray effectively and receive answers to all your prayers.

– Pastor Chris Morgan



Overcoming Temptation Pt 4

Earlier in this series we found in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (AMP) that putting and keeping God first in our lives is key for us to overcome temptation. In part 3 of this blog I began covering the four fundamentals that will help us do this. The first being: we must take time to read and study God’s Word. The second fundamental was prayer. Prayer will have to be a part of any growing relationship with God. Today I want to cover the last two in this series.

  • Being filled with the Holy Spirit helps us to keep God first in our lives and to overcome temptation. Jesus was very clear with His disciples about the importance of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Jesus said in Luke 11:13 (AMP), “If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him.” Notice Jesus said the Holy Spirit would bring with Him gifts that are to our advantage. In Acts 1:8 Jesus said we would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us and makes us powerful witnesses for Him in the world. Then we see that powerful outpouring in Acts 2:1-2 where the disciples received this power by being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues on the Day of Pentecost. A simple yet powerful truth the Church must learn is that God wants the world saved and His Church filled with the Holy Spirit. We need spiritual power in our lives, the very power of God, and being filled with the Holy Spirit gives us that power that Jesus said was to our advantage.           Simply put, being filled and staying filled with the Holy Spirit helps us to keep God first in our lives, which is key to us winning over temptation. Read Luke 4:1-2, it worked for Jesus and will work for us as well!

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Overcoming Temptation Pt 3

In my last blog I began by sharing a vital truth every Believer must learn in order to overcome temptation. That truth is: we must learn to put and keep God first in our lives. So then, the real question is, how do we keep God first in our lives? We found there are basics or fundamentals that we can’t afford to neglect. They will not only help us keep God first in our lives, but they will also help us to win over the temptations that come our way. There are four fundamentals that will help us do this. In this blog I will share two of them.

  • The Word of God, the Bible, must be a part of our daily lives. Spending time in the Word of God is the first way we grow in our relationship with God. God’s Word is Him speaking to us and revealing His will for us. In the wilderness temptation Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” We must also know the Word is our answer and that truth always strengthens us and defeats the devil in our lives. Remember if the devil can’t deceive you, he can’t defeat you. And in John 17:17 Jesus said, “God’s Word is truth.”

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