Something to Think About

by Kevin Litchfield

In Mark Batterson’s book, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, I ran across a definition for success: “Success is doing the best you can with what you have where you are. In a sense, success is relative. Success is as unique as your fingerprint. It looks different for different people depending on your circumstances and gifts. But there is one common denominator that I see in all successful people. They can spot an opportunity a mile away. And they seize the opportunity with both hands.”

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.

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.