Summary: Do you think that God only wants 10% of your money? This sermon challenges each of us to give 10% of our time to the Lord everyday! Do it for 6 weeks with and see how your life changes.
2 Hours and 40 Minutes Away from Your Vision
Habukuk 2: 1 - 4
Are you growing?
How many of you can see further today than you could see yesterday?
There is no doubt that all of us in this room couldn’t and wouldn’t be in this room today if it were not for the grace and mercy of God.
When I got involved in ministry, many people said to me, “what are you doing? Do you want to be poor? Are you ready to change your life? Can you be a good example to others? Is it worth it?
Well I can tell you today that it is worth it. Over the last few years I have learned not so much to live by the knowledge in my mind, but by the love in my heart. That transition has helped me grow my faith, create the vision that the Lord has for me in my life, and more than anything stay on the path to which I was called. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, I’m loving people more and more each day, and I truly believe, that by the power the Lord Jesus has given me, there is nothing I can’t ask for that I can’t have, there is nothing I can want that Jesus can’t provide, and there is no mountain that comes in my way that I can move. Why, because my faith is growing, my vision is sure, and my joy is everlasting.
Let me share with you that there is no business, no job, no network marketing promise greater than the opportunity to be chosen by God to assist in changing peoples lives. The wonderful thing about being a Pastor is I get the chance to help people elevate their dreams, elevate their vision, elevate their lifestyles and their character. All through the teaching from the bible, and as I continue to help others build on their lives, I get to see my own life be enhanced and improved as well. And the one thing I love about that is its not about Pastor Kenric, its about Jesus, and what Jesus can do with other people. Its about how He can change their lives and make their dreams come true. Its about how he could raise them to living at a different level, not just faithfully, and joyfully but spiritually. That’s why I stand in this room this morning excited to share the Insprational Word of God with you and hopefully introduce to those of you who need it into the family of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Welcome to the best day, the first day of the rest of your life. It’s going to be exciting. Today we are going to discuss a change, a lifestyle change. A change that promises good things an good days ahead. I can remember when I was elevated to the Vice President of my company, Red’s Market in Orlando Florida. I was so empowered. I could do almost anything, I would eat out at the best restaurants. Sometimes the bill would be more than I would spend on my monthly mortgage. I could go out and buy the best suits. Suits that cost more than all my bills put together. Now I’m not bragging or being boastful, I don’t have that job anymore, and I’m not doing those things now, but yet, because I have sight and because I have a vision, I can see God getting ready to restore me, to bless me again, and give me back everything that the devil stole from me. This time is going to be better. Better because my knowledge has increased, my love for others has been enhanced an improved. And my spirituality, my faith has grown tremendously. So the new me gets another chance. And this time I will recognize who I am in Christ, I’ll be able to look beyond the hills, and know difference between me the one who’s blessed and Him the one who blesses!
You see I have big goals, big dreams and a big vision. God wants you too, to have big goals, big dreams and big visions. He doesn’t want to see us get into a routine. Doing the same old things everyday, becoming stagnant in our growth and in our opportunities.
I can remember when I was Arizona State University, I had a good friend named Chuck Hopkins. Chuck loved the Lord and would round up guys through the week to make sure we would go to church on Sundays. He would tell us, “Look I’m going to come by at 6:30 in the morning. We are going to round up some guys, eat breakfast and go to church.” Well my response was, “No we are not.” You see I was a big football fan, and I liked to watch the games on Sunday. Now that I don’t live at home and my parents and grandmother don’t force me to go to church anymore, I’m going to enjoy my new freedom. Well, he ignored me. At 6:30 in the morning I heard a knock on my dorm room door. (Knock, knock, knock) We would go to church and he would sing loud, as loud as he could and say to us, “Sing loud, they love it when you sing loud!” We would laugh at him and tease him and talk about him. And the more we did, the more he enjoyed it. He would laugh with us and take all the comments on his chest, and when we were all finished one day he turned to me and smiled and said, “Kenny, you know why I do this every week, I want to change my life, I want to change your life and I want to be an instrumental part of changing lives for others. The only way I can ever be effective with change, is through Jesus Christ.” Well that statement hit me like a ton of bricks, it set a light off in my head that day. It did! You see he helped me get my faith activated, he helped me get my spirituality going, helped me start to see where success came from. You see the Lord puts people in your life to help develop you, train you, guide you and lead you. But I was resisting, and that resistance often led to the other side of wrong development, wrong training, and wrong guidance. But every week God Blessed me to have Chuck keep working on me, it allowed Jesus to enhance and improve me.