Archive for February, 2012
Does God give up? Does He say, “Too bad, you messed up.” No, He doesn’t. God will restore us. Ed Young said God will forgive us. But then God wants us to do what He says in His employee handbook. He wants us to get serious about avoiding those occupational hazards, oftentimes those subtle traps of temptation.
C3 Global states that now, before I tell you how to do that, I want to stop and ask you a very important question. Do not miss what I am going to ask you. The stakes are sky high. What temptation right now is Satan making look very, very alluring for you? What trap, what methodology, what scheme, what strategy is looking so good that you are thinking about doing it? What is it?
Against the backdrop of that question and your answer, I want to give you some ways to avoid the trap of temptation, not temptation, the trap of temptation.
First, recognize the power and strategy of Satan. Satan’s power is second only to God’s. He is not present everywhere. He is not all-knowing. His power is limited, but it is second behind the Lord’s power. I John 4:4. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is of the world.” Ed Young C3 Conference states that if you are a Christ-follower, recognize that He is in you. Recognize the power and the strategy. Know that he has a strategy to take you down every single day of your life. He is patient. He just waits. He attacks when you are high, when you are low, in your strength and in your weakness.
Now some people become paranoid. They see the devil behind everything. You have got to chill if that is you. Ed Young said the Greater is He who is in you than who is in the world. We are going to do a series next that is called THE END.
C3 Global Leadership – I will be talking about the end of time. I have got some good news for you. If you are worried about Revelation or Daniel, guess what. If you are a Christian, we win. How is that for you. We win!
If you have got a mind, a couple of ears and a mouth, you can become a great communicator. It is interesting. Great marriages and bad marriages all face the same issue, communication. But what separates the great ones from the not so great ones is obvious. The great ones have husbands and wives who work at it, who tackle this task tenaciously. Those who have sorry marriages for some reason don’t work at communication. They throw their hands up in the air and say that is just the way it is.
Last weekend C3 Global launched this series of talks called 4KEEPS – Keeping Creativity In Your Marriage. We found out that marriages that really have it going on are made up of spouses who maintain a tireless MWE, a tireless marital work ethic. We also said that to carry forth a tireless marital work ethic, you need creativity. I defined marital creativity as innovative action for qualitative growth. No area in marriage needs innovative action, creativity and work like communication. So goes communication, so goes conflict resolution. So goes communication, so goes sex. So goes communication, so goes intimacy and romance and so on.
Bring back a verse of scripture that I used to open today’s message. This text gives us several communicative options that are out there for the taking for husbands and wives. Let me push the pause button and say something to single adults. Hey, singles, this series is for you. Quite frankly, I meet too many of you who come to the altar ill prepared and clueless as to what it takes to have a great marriage. Ninety-four percent of you will get married at least once. That is what research has revealed. Let’s say, for example, that you are part of the six percent who never get married. Ed bet you know a married person or two. You can give them counsel. You can give them direction. Also, this stuff will help your speaking and listening skills around the office, the apartment complex, at play, whatever.