Does Today matter to you?

 

When you start your day, I want you to ask yourself this question.

Does Today matter to you?

 

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”   – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

By Pastor George Lehman

 

As you rise to each new today – How important are the choices you make, the determination to serve God and to live out his word, trusting Him and expecting Him to come through for you. – Living with conviction.

 

Jude 3-4 (NIV) – Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend* for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.  For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

*Contend to strive, to battle to fight. This is not an idle position.

 

2 Peter 1:12-13 (NIV) – So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body,

 

Story of the very old granny studying her bible – the one boy says to his friend I see your granny is always reading her bible whenever I come visit you Oh the grandson says, “she is just cramming for her finals.”

We also need to be cramming for that great day when Jesus we shall see!

Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. Read it again

The way to do it is to focus on TODAY.  TODAY is the only time you have.

It’s too late for Yesterday and you can’t depend on tomorrow.  So how certain are you that “TODAY MATTERS”?

Hebrews 3:13(NIV) – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

 

Today faith matters

Hebrews 11:6 (Amp) -But without faith it is impossible[not hard or difficult] to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

 

Faith is the very essence of our walk with God.

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

When we think of what faith is we normally think it trusting God for health, answers to prayers for our family our Jobs, need of work etc

This is just the tip of the Iceberg – Our FAITH life is the whole ICEBERG.

Walking in obedience, forgiveness, purity, integrity righteousness, standing strong through tough times –   it’s a holistic faith walk – it encompasses every part of your life.

 

Jesus asked this powerful question:

Luke 18:8 – Will I find faith when I return?

 

Today growth matters

 

2 Peter 1:5-9 (Msg) – So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.

 

If you’re not growing, you’re dying.  If you are growing, you’re most certainly changing.

 

Today change matters

Change is a clear sign of growth.

Change is the clear evidence that you are no longer what you used to be.

I’m not what I should be yet, but I’m sure not what I used to be.

John 15:1-3 (Amp) – I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].

 

Change is not change until you change.

 

Today commitment matters

It’s your commitment to your decision to grow and change to become more like Jesus that keeps you on The Way. Helps you not be in the way

 

Philippians 2:13 (Amp) – [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

Commitment will cost you everything.

Your daily choices to be committed is the only thing you truly control.

 

Today changing your self-talk matters

What are you saying to yourself about yourself?

Because the content of your self-talk matters WHAT YOU’RE SAYING – determines what you are becoming: You can only speak what is in your thoughts (HEART) and what is in your heart (THOUGHTS) is what you’re believing, saying, and living out.

Remember what we said about self-talk?

Psychologists estimate that you are talking to yourself at a rate of 1200 to 1500 words per minute.  In contrast when we speak aloud, we can only go up to 250 words a minute.

 

Proverbs 18:20-21 (Amp) – A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words, he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Your attitude is determined by your self-talk.

Good attitude good self-talk bad attitude bad self talk

 

Today your attitude matters

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.

Nothing reveals who you really are, like your attitude does.

The point is man is the only known creature who can reshape and remold himself by altering his attitude.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (Amp) – And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude] And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

Your attitude will determine your momentum.

 

Today momentum matters

What God starts, never ends.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 (NIV) – I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear Him.

 

God is fully committed to your success and growth.  You are the only one who can derail your progress.

What are you carrying on your shoulders, what burdens are you allowing to slow you down?

How quickly do you rise up in faith when you’re going through trials, obstacles, and temptations?

 

Would you say your life has momentum?

Today moving from success to significance matters

Ultimately, Success is when I add value to myself.

Significance is when I add value to others.

When God saved you, He had other sin mind.

A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.

“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reason for having passed through it.” –   G.W. Carver 

If your life is only about you and improving yourself and your situation, (looking out for number 1) then you’re still on the success track.

 

Today your prayer matters

With everything you’ve heard, simply put, your spiritual life is as great as your prayer life.

The success of your Faith, Growth, Change, commitment, self-talk, attitude, momentum, and significance fully depends on your prayer.

When people cease to pray, no matter the reason, Christians backslide, youth rebel, preachers leave pulpits, missions close and churches die!

 

“Prayer and worshipping God is the great essential for spiritual fitness.  If you have not started Today in prayer and worship … when you get to work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.”  –  Oswald Chambers

 

“In the matter of New Testament, spirit-inspired, hell-shaking, world-breaking prayer never has so much been left by so many to so few.  For this kind of prayer there is no substitute.  We do it – or die!” –   Leonard Ravenhill

 

“God forbid that our prayers should be a mere leaping out of bed and kneeling down and saying anything that comes to mind – on the contrary, may we wait on the Lord with holy fear and sacred awe.” – Spurgeon

What have you put into place by now in your life to ensure that your ‘Today’ matters?