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3 Tools For Today

This past sermon series, ‘Forget You’ wasn’t for everyone. I get that.

This series had a lot to do with how we think about ourselves.

People think about themselves in four different ways…

  1. They, themselves, are their own God. They are their own center and their lives worship themselves. Other people are generally expected to do the same thing.
  2. They think of themselves as a friend. They’re not bad people. There’s nothing wrong with asserting their needs and their perspectives, because they’re not bad. They’re most likely not the center of their own lives, but they most likely struggle with giving themselves too much attention.
  3. They dislike themselves. These are those people who are brutally aware of their faults, but they elevate their faults to become their identity. What’s odd is that often they are the center of their lives in all of their brokenness.
  4. They see themselves in the light of Jesus. For those people, Jesus informs their self-worth and identity. He is their center and their greatest reward.

This was a series for those of us that are 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s but want to become 4’s.

“He needs to become greater; I need to become less.” John 3:30 (NIV)

As one last revisit, I thought I’d share three tools that we all need to focus on if we’re really going to become people that see ourselves in light of Jesus and live to know Him more…

#1 – Pause & Pray

Spend time with Jesus. You’re probably like most of us: you’re extremely busy. The “to do” list is so long that something, many things, are going to get left off it! So, how do you choose what to do? You start with what’s at the center. Spend time with Jesus. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. And then respond to what He tells you!

#2 – Focus On Scripture

If you want to keep doing the same things and get more of Jesus, you’re probably in for a sad reality… that doesn’t work. You’re going to need to change! But change what? That’s where the Scriptures should be informing our lives. You struggle with fear? Memorize some scripture that talks about faith. Dealing with worry? There’s scripture for that too! When you do what’s been normal, recite what the Scriptures say to yourself and take the lies captive by the truth (see: 2 Corinthians 10:2-6 NIV).

#3 – Rely On Simple Obedience

You’re not in a race. Or a fashion show. Or a parade. Living for Jesus means that we are called to follow Him (Mark 1:17). Stop competing with your neighbor. Stop trying to look a certain way or act a certain way. Stop trying give off the right image! Jesus has asked YOU to follow HIM, and if you’re going to get more of HIM you’re going to need to respond to Him!

What tools am I missing? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Why You Want To Change Right Now

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We’re right in the middle of a two-week series at Vortex called “Forget You” looking at a very simple, yet profound verse in the Gospel of John that describes a life that is really abandoned to Jesus.

“He needs to become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 (NIV)

That verse says something most of us don’t like:
SOMETHING’S GOT TO CHANGE!

There’s too much of me and not enough of Jesus in my life right now, and if things are going to change, well then, things need to change!

Can I tell you something that could change your perspective:
It’s all going to change anyway.

The real question is:

Will you change because you choose to?

Or will you change because you’re forced to change?

This Sunday we’re going to look at what it really means to embrace the change of a life that says “I want more of Jesus”!

I hope you’ll make plans to join us for the last week of FORGET YOU at Vortex Church. We meet at Eastgate Cinemas in Albemarle, NC at 10am on Sunday mornings.

Between now and then, let’s prepare our hearts to embrace a life embraces more of Jesus and less of ourselves.

3 Ways To A Better Day

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There’s three different type of people out there today:

Person #1 – You’re so excited it’s Wednesday, you’re like the camel on that “Hump Day” commercial.
Person #2 – You’re coasting today.
Person #3 – Today has pretty much been the worst day ever.

For everyone, no matter how good or bad today is going, here’s three things you can do to change your day for the better:

1. Call someone you know who’s hurting.

We all know someone who’s lost someone, is battling cancer, or has just been having a rough go of it. The bible asks us to celebrate with our friends, but also to grieve with them (Romans 12:15-16). The presence of their pain will help provide a better perspective of yours.

2. Take a moment and tell the people who you love deeply why you love them.

We say “I love you” a lot around our home, but those intentional conversations to stop and say “I love you because…” matter. You know who they matter to? You. They matter to you because they force you to stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about the people that you love. Those conversations encourage them, but they also refocus us on why we love them and should leave us feeling thankful that they’re in our lives.

3. Identify one thing that’s robbing you of Jesus.

It might be something as simple as checking Instagram at stoplights, which robs your commute of the ability to have a conversation with Jesus. It might be that you’re too focused on people and forget to talk to Jesus altogether. It might be that you’ve neglected the Scriptures, and you know you can find Jesus in them. Find that one thing, go after it, and let Jesus be greater in your life today.

The quickest way to joy is to empty your life of yourself:
“Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled… He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:29-30 NKJV)

Leave a comment below and let know what you’re doing today to have less of yourself and more of Jesus in your life:

Your Greatest Enemy

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We’ve all been fed lines about what our greatest enemy could be.

Everything from drugs, to alcohol, to demons, and even the ultimate adversary of the Devil has worn the title of “greatest enemy”.

It’s tough to consider that you’d want to do something good and there’d be resistance to it. Why wouldn’t the whole world want you to get better, to do the right thing? (see John16:33)

Right now you have an enemy that could derail your capacity to follow Jesus.

And that enemy is reading this blog.

Yep. That enemy is reading right along with you right now.

Your greatest enemy might not be those things we’ve so readily identified as enemies through the years, but it might, instead, just simply be yourself.

In the third chapter of the Gospel of John, John the Baptist is faced with a serious situation. Some of his followers are leaving to go listen to a new preacher down the street. The guys that have been following him are concerned. They’re worried about their numbers that seem a little down and the number of people coming to hear this new preacher. His disciples start complaining.

John replies: “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30 NIV)

The new preacher with the larger crowds was Jesus.

Jesus is the messiah. Jesus came to rescue us from sin. Jesus is God’s Son.

John the Baptist was simply preparing the way. He wasn’t confused about who he was.

“He must become greater” because I’m not the Messiah and I can’t ransom the world from sin.

“I must become less.”

The greatest enemy to a growing relationship with Jesus is a large ego. You have to lose you, so there might be less of you, if there’s ever going to be more of Jesus.

Let go of you and get more of Jesus… sounds like a good deal to me!

You can ‘forget you’ because Jesus is NEVER going to forget you.

Kevin Simmons | Forget You - Sermon Series 2014
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