Focus on the Presence of Christ

Focus on the Presence of Christ
by Kevin Litchfield

Last weekend at a retreat Bill Elliff challenged me to focus on the presence of Christ.  He shared, “More can happen in 5 minutes of God’s manifest presence than in 50 years of our best human efforts.”

In the midst of the urgent that prompts busyness linger at HIS feet instead.  Waiting on His call to action before you move forward.

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One Question

by Kevin Litchfield

There is a question that the Lord as asked me to bring into 2019. This question I hope will filter through everything I do and say: “What if I knew that I only had one yet before Jesus returned? What would change? What would be my level of urgency?

The Lord has used this question to help filter and shift some priorities for me.

In your own life what would change if you knew you only had ONE YEAR?

The New vs. The Old

by Kevin Litchfield

In Luke Chapter 5:37-39 Jesus tells a story about new and old wine. “And no one puts new wine in old wine skins. For the new wine would burst the wine skins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wine skins. BUT no one who drinks the OLD WINE seems to want the NEW WINE. The OLD is just FINE they say.”

In your own life and in the life of your church where are you stuck? Where are you complacent? Where are you settling for second gest?

I am praying for a fresh wind that causes us to desire the heart of the Father no matter what it costs.

Praying for the Lost

When praying for the lost; friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers you may find it helpful to use the acronym H-E-A-R-T.

H – Heart. Pray for receptive hearts. Pray God will soften their hearts. Love them. Act kindly toward them.

E– Eyes & Ears. Pray God will open their spiritual eyes & ears.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Matthew13:15)

A– Attitude. Pray their attitude toward sin would change. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them of sin. (John 1:8)

R– Release. Pray they will be released to believe. (2 Timothy 2:25-26). Note: For long-term issues it takes intense prayer and counseling. This is spiritual warfare at its highest level.

T– Transformation. Pray their lives will be transformed. Pray they commit to be a living sacrifice. It takes a deep and inward spiritual change. (Romans 12:1-2).

Pray they will understand God’s Grace & Mercy. Pray they will repent and understand the gospel. Pray God will grant them the grace of His healing and a deep and true repentance. Pray they will be transformed by the renewing of their minds.

(Message by Ron Taylor, Hickory Road Baptist Church)

What Work Has the Lord Given You Today?

by Kevin Litchfield

Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians rebukes the church for its divisions and its boasting about following a particular human leader. In chapter 3 verse 5 Paul shares:  Who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. EACH OF US DID THE WORK THE LORD GAVE US.

What work has the Lord given you today, this week, this year. As the Lord’s servants obey Him and do the work He has given you. Keep your eyes on Him not on comparisons to other’s pastors or leaders. The comparing competing game always leads to discontentment and discouragement.

Trust Jesus To Do The Impossible

by Kevin Litchfield

While reading the story of the feeding of the 5000, there were several “aha” moment that jumped out at me: It was late and 5000+ men, women, and children had gathered to be healed by Jesus. Their location was remote, and it was getting late.

The disciples highly encouraged Jesus to dismiss the crowd so they could get something to eat and find a place to sleep. Jesus startled the disciples by saying that isn’t necessary. He said, YOU FEED THEM. The disciples responded, BUT WE HAVE ONLY 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus responded, BRING THEM HERE.

What are the WE ONLY HAVES in your life right now? What challenges? What God sized task are you being presented with today that requires faith, vision, and courage that prompt you to respond BUT I ONLY HAVE? Trust Jesus today to do the impossible in your life.

Something to Think About

By Kevin Litchfield

Ministry is often a thankless task. Before my allergies got the best of me, I used to love cutting grass because I got to easily see my progress and that I accomplished something.

Paul shares in 1 Corinthians 15:58 that we are always accomplishing something in our service to the Lord: So, my dear brothers sisters, be STRONG and UNMOVABLE. Always work ENTHUSIASTICALLY for the Lord for you KNOW that NOTHING you do for the Lord is EVERY USELESS.

In the midst of whatever challenges, you are facing today know that you serve an audience of one and nothing you do is without accomplishment. You must might now always get to see it.