Summary: I’ve never met anyone who wanted to be a failure. I have met a lot who have embraced it.

1 Corinthians 15:53-58

Never met anyone who wanted to be a failure...

Met a lot who have embraced it

Go to children’s church...Nursery... and ask, what you want to be the won’t say...crack addict...knocked up 16...on welfare.

God wants us to succeed.... How does God measure success?

Not measured by how I look- The world thinks it is

Go to the mall.... KIDS WITH CREDIT CARDS

Told the kids in FAST FORWARD...

If you had to pay for that.. You wouldn’t be buying it

Not measured by what I have- wealth Can’t make U a success- More opportunity

Paris Hilton — She’s rich... Stupid...Brittany Spears... White Rapper...No future...

God measure success by your heart...Let prepare our HEARTS FOR SUCCESS

1. Direction ---Romans 15:20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation

Paul was a builder, architect

Paul wanted to start churches, not go to one where the pastor had left

Make sure want it— THEN GO FOR IT

Pool of Bethesda- 38 yrs sick- “Do you want to be well?”

Get a job, lose handicap sticker, no sympathy.....grunting/ moaning when you move

Paul had a clear vision- didn’t care what it cost him

Phillipians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

He didn’t say I’m a great loser-



BUT NO.....

We’ve reduced Christianity to- hair-buns, make-up, demons and Harry Potter,---

Shame on us... Let’s get our direction back... ALL ROADS LEAD TO JESUS

2. Contentment--- Phillipaians 4:12 I know how to be abased, & I know how to abound. Everywhere & in all things I have learned both to be full & to be hungry, both to abound & to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I have learned to enjoy what I have-

I have dreams, goals, hopes, ---But I’m going to enjoy today

Whether things are going good- or I’m Broker than 10 Commandments... Happy

IF I ONLY HAD... Better Job... Move to Idalou, Married -Susie... Joe

Don’t move forward.. At the expense of missing today

3. Compassion- 1 cor 13: 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing


Jesus was moved by compassion.

Fed the 5,000... Healed the multitudes... Cleansed Lepers...Died for the world

WHY??? He was moved with compassion

4. Excitement- Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Be excited about loving Your spouse... Going to work... Coming to Church


If we had great enthusiasm for God…it would be contagious,

If Christians acted like Christians at WORK... 1st QUESTION on Application

Not talking about Reading your Bible @ Work .. Witnessing @ Work

YOU DON’T GET PAID TO WITNESS... THAT’S Stealing from your boss

Talking about.. Ask 1 mile... give them 2

We need our excitement back.... Kidneys.... Lawn... Spouse

5. Staying power- 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Don’t quit.... Christians give up too fast

With divorces at an all time high- HOW WILL THE NEXT GEN. LEARN

People give up on: Marriage, Job, Church, God

People say, ‘I’m afraid to commit”

Bull- commit to a car payment, to drinking , to not committing


Most people quit too soon

Pray for healing twice, ain’t healed, I GIVE UP

We can’t be quitters

You’ll find success where you find commitment

We are more than conquerors...

Death has been swallowed up in victory

Get a direction

Be content

Have compassion

Be excited

Have some staying power

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