I’m Ready To Shut-Up And LISTEN!

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. For the past few days I have been focusing on “THE GREATNESS OF GOD.” You know, my new book, “The Secret Place, Revealed” is all about you and me cultivating an intimate REALationship with God through Jesus Christ. (By the way…the book is at the printer right now…it won’t be long!) BUT, even though we KNOW God, that does not mean we know all His ways, or the extent of His creativity, the purpose behind His every action, the magnitude of His greatness, or even the depth of His plan for us. We cannot predict what He is up to and we have no clue of the full power that can be found in His glory. Because of all these things, we humans tend to bring God’s greatness down to a human level. Not good. As we focus on what GOD SAYS about His own greatness, it’s God’s Spirit in us, the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible. Even then, it will take all of eternity to fully grasp the full picture of how great our God is.

What’s my point? I think we limit God’s greatness in our life by only allowing Him to do what WE can figure out. Come on, we have all said, “How could God fix THIS one?” Or maybe, “I just can’t see any way out of this!” Maybe we’ve mumbled, “God must not be listening to me, I must have done something wrong.” How do we KNOW these things? Is God limited to what WE think HE can do? I think we know the answer. God is BIGGER than anything at all we will ever face. You know, Job made some pretty intense statements in his assessment of what God was “doing to him.” Check out some of the conversation in the last chapters of the Book of Job…

“And now, finally, GOD answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said: “Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about? Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. (Job 38:1-3 MSG – Followed by approx. 25 questions from God in chapter 38 alone.) After many many questions about HOW God does things, Job says, “I’m speechless, in awe–words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth! I’ve talked too much, way too much. I’m ready to shut up and listen.” (Job 40:4-5 MSG) OOOOOOOOOHHHHHH, HOW WE NEED TO TAKE JOB’S ADVICE HERE and “Shut-up and listen!!!”

I know that is harsh, but still, it’s true. In chapter 41 Job finally says, “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset Your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand–from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry–forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.” (Job 42:2-6 MSG)

THAT is sooooooooo good! I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s time to “shut-up and listen” (to God) and to, “never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.” That means crusts of hearsay that even WE have come up with and reasoned as truth. It’s time to READ the Word of God, RECEIVE the Word of God, and BELIEVE the Word of God. And as we SPEAK what we believe, what the truth of God’s Word says, we will SEE THE INCREDIBLE GREATNESS OF OUR GOD!!! Do what Job did and “get it all firsthand–from my own eyes and ears!” Spend time with God today…LISTENING.

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Current E-quip Devotion Roof-Ripping Faith

Roof-Ripping Faith

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. This morning I have been reading in Mark 2:1-12. In verses 1-5 four men brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus so he could receive his healing. They obviously were carrying their friend on a cot or some kind of bed. When they arrived where Jesus was staying, they were surely surprised to see there was no room at all for them to even get near Jesus. Driven by compassion for their paralyzed friend, they got creative. They made an opening in the roof (on a house that wasn’t even theirs) and LOWERED the man into the room where Jesus was teaching.

Verse 5 says, When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Verses 9-11 tell us that not only was the man forgiven, but he was also totally healed. Notice Jesus SAW their faith. Whose faith? Not the paralyzed guy. It said THEIR faith. It was the faith of the FOUR FRIENDS who had a visible faith for their friend. How could Jesus SEE faith? He saw their faith by their actions. If you are crazy enough to tear off part of someone else’s roof, and risk dropping a paralyzed person by lowering him into the room, then you must BELIEVE that Jesus was worth the effort. Remember, the place was so packed out that no one could even get to Jesus. Why didn’t Jesus see their faith? How come their faith wasn’t visible?

What are YOU believing for? Where is YOUR faith? Is your faith, your belief, visible? Can others SEE that you believe what you SAY you believe? Put forth actions that show what you believe. I believe I am healed. So, with everything inside of me I show actions that are a visual picture of what I believe. When a door of ministry opens up, even if it seems impossible for my body to fulfill, I walk through that door. Why? Well, that is what a healed person would do, right? And….I am healed right? Then the only thing to do is to ACT on that faith and trust the Lord. What if I fail? Well….what if I don’t? I guess we never know until we step out in that “roof-ripping, people-lowering, action-following” kind of faith. Believe. Believe enough to act. And then, WATCH. Watch what Jesus does for those who truly BELIEVE!!!

“Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense…..Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.” (James 2:17-18 MSG)

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Current E-quip Devotion It’s Easier A To Steer A Moving Car Than A Parked Car

It’s Easier A To Steer A Moving Car Than A Parked Car

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. Over the last 26 years of ministry I have seen a principle of God at work over and over again. It’s really a principle of faith. Oftentimes the Lord has me in situations where I have no idea what I am doing…but I have one sentence of instruction from Him. The human mind wants to question, figure out, reason, or procrastinate until WE figure out ALL the details. These debates with God will sound like this: “But God, I don’t have the resources to do that.” Or maybe, “You are asking me to do this but all I have is this one little __________.” (Fill in the blank.) Sometimes we might say, “Well, when I get the money (or the resources, or the knowledge, or the help, etc.) THEN I will step out and do it.” Unfortunately, attitudes or actions such as this will turn into MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Just because we don’t HAVE, SEE, OR KNOW ALL THE DETAILS IN FULL does not mean we should SIT instead of START.

It’s a fact, it is easier to steer a moving car than it is a parked car….right? Right. I have seen in my own life that as I “move” on the nugget of information God has given me for a project, He always “steers me” to all the details and provisions I need to finish the task. It’s really simple….HE speaks. We start. He steers. We follow. The key is this, once God speaks (or nudges, leads, reveals a Scripture, etc.) WE MUST MAKE THE NEXT MOVE. Moses had to “step out into the unknown” a kazillion times. Moses gave God the movement, the action, and God gave Moses the direction. The disciples had to gather the “few fish and few loaves of bread” before Jesus ever multiplied them to feed 5,000. No details or solutions were given, just a “What do we have among us?” Peter never took a course on “How to walk on water on a stormy day.” Nope, Jesus said, “Come” and Peter went…overboard. Other than Jesus, Peter is the only one we know of who knows what it feels like to have water lapping on the bottom of your toes as you walk on it. Over and over again we see this principle in the Bible.

As you watch the video below, ask yourself this question, “Am I waiting for everything to be perfect before I begin what the Lord has for me? Or, am I using what I have to ‘get this parked car rolling’ so HE can steer my every movement?” Only YOU know, and only YOU can put your car in drive and move forward. Enjoy this video!

Have a great day!

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Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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Current E-quip Devotion Trustworthy, Teachable, and Task-Oriented

It’s Easier To Steer A Moving Car Than A Parked Car.

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. Over the last 26 years of ministry I have seen a principle of God at work over and over again. It’s really a principle of faith. Oftentimes the Lord has me in situations where I have no idea what I am doing…but I have one sentence of instruction from Him. The human mind wants to question, figure out, reason, or procrastinate until WE figure out ALL the details. These debates with God will sound like this: “But God, I don’t have the resources to do that.” Or maybe, “You are asking me to do this but all I have is this one little __________.” (Fill in the blank.) Sometimes we might say, “Well, when I get the money (or the resources, or the knowledge, or the help, etc.) THEN I will step out and do it.” Unfortunately, attitudes or actions such as this will turn into MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Just because we don’t HAVE, SEE, OR KNOW ALL THE DETAILS IN FULL does not mean we should SIT instead of START.

It’s a fact, it is easier to steer a moving car than it is a parked car….right? Right. I have seen in my own life that as I “move” on the nugget of information God has given me for a project, He always “steers me” to all the details and provisions I need to finish the task. It’s really simple….HE speaks. We start. He steers. We follow. The key is this, once God speaks (or nudges, leads, reveals a Scripture, etc.) WE MUST MAKE THE NEXT MOVE. Moses had to “step out into the unknown” a kazillion times. Moses gave God the movement, the action, and God gave Moses the direction. The disciples had to gather the “few fish and few loaves of bread” before Jesus ever multiplied them to feed 5,000. No details or solutions were given, just a “What do we have among us?” Peter never took a course on “How to walk on water on a stormy day.” Nope, Jesus said, “Come” and Peter went…overboard. Other than Jesus, Peter is the only one we know of who knows what it feels like to have water lapping on the bottom of your toes as you walk on it. Over and over again we see this principle in the Bible.

As you watch the video below, ask yourself this question, “Am I waiting for everything to be perfect before I begin what the Lord has for me? Or, am I using what I have to ‘get this parked car rolling’ so HE can steer my every movement?” Only YOU know, and only YOU can put your car in drive and move forward. Enjoy this video!

Have a great day!

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Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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Current E-quip Devotion Trustworthy, Teachable, and Task-Oriented

Trustworthy, Teachable, and Task-Oriented

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. OK, today’s devotion is a little bit long but I want you to get the whole idea of it. I have been studying about Jesus and the making of His disciples. Why did He choose who He did? When did He start training them? Are we to follow His example of making disciples? What do we learn from the disciples? And on and on it goes. Anyway, Lloyd Ogilvie is my favorite commentary author and here (below) is what he says about Mark 1:16-20 where I was reading today. Think about it and feel free to post your comments. Enjoy!!!

Jesus cannot accomplish His mission alone. He needs friends whom He can trust, disciples whom He can teach, and coworkers who will share His task. So, after publicly announcing the Good News, He starts selecting good men.
What are the qualifications that He seeks in Simon, Andrew, James, and John as He walks among the fishing boats along the Sea of Galilee? Jesus calls, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17) as the basis for selecting His staff. Those who answer are asked to be trustworthy, teachable, and task-oriented.

“Follow Me” is a test of trust. Along the line of trust flows loyalty, confidence, and openness. If that line is cut or frayed, all other relationships deteriorate. Jesus needs this same trust in the men whom He chooses. Ironically, He calls Peter first, and it is Peter who will break the line of loyalty when He denies His Lord. In that tragic moment, Jesus will look at him as if to say, “Peter, I trusted you.” One look speaks a thousand words. Peter goes out and weeps bitterly. Loyalty is the first qualification for discipleship.

Jesus also chooses teachable men. When He calls, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men,” He promises a lifelong learning and growth process. Not by accident, He chooses unschooled and unsophisticated fishermen. What a miserable start for world evangelization. We must never forget that Jesus knows what He is doing. He wants teachable men without intellectual preconceptions or cultural mindsets that will be insurmountable barriers to truth.

I am a self-made tennis player, modestly successful in a game built upon bad habits. A tennis lesson destroys me because I begin trading confidence in bad strokes for hesitation with good strokes. Of all the students of tennis, I am the worst kind because I must unlearn bad habits before I can stamp in the good ones. My twelve-year-old son is just the opposite. With nothing to unlearn, he strokes the ball better after three lessons than I do after thirty years. Without a doubt, he will be the first of my sons to beat me. The learning principle is obvious. It is easier to learn than it is to unlearn. Jesus chooses men who have little to unlearn. Like hungry fledglings with their mouths wide open, they have nothing to hinder the process of becoming “fishers of men.” Teachability is second only to trust.

Jesus also wants task-oriented men. “I will make you become fishers of men,” speaks volumes about the task to which the disciples are called and the results that can be expected. Jesus knows the skills that are required to catch fish, and He does not hesitate to liken them to the skills of catching men. Fishing of both kinds is a science and an art. Without the discipline of learned skills and the intuition of natural gifts, the net will come up empty. For His disciples, Jesus wants men who have learned the science and sensed the art of fishing. Why? He needs men who are ready to live with the consequences of their work. To invoke the language of today, Jesus needs men who live by the “bottom line.” Fishermen fit the definition. If they don’t get a catch, they starve; but if they exercise the discipline of scientists and the sensitivity of artists, their nets come up full.

A leader never calls followers to a one-way commitment. The leader-follower relationship is a covenant. When Jesus calls, “Follow Me” (Mark 1:17), He does not presume that He is the Master with the expectations all on the side of the disciples. With equal force, He is saying, “If I can trust you to follow, you can trust Me to lead.” He makes a commitment to be their model. Jesus also agrees to be the mentor of teachable men. He commits Himself to all of the pains and all of the pleasures of being a teacher, watching men who are sometimes sharp and sometimes dull, sometimes growing by leaps and sometimes regressing by bounds, sometimes succeeding, but more often than not, failing in order to try again. By choosing task-oriented men, Jesus commits Himself to be the manager of their tasks. A manager is like the conductor of an orchestra, he must know the limits and the potential of his players. If he pushes them beyond their limits, they will falter in frustration. If he fails to stretch them to their potential, they will fail to grow. Someplace in between is the delicate balance where the leader makes the difference. Jesus has uncanny skill at reading the readiness of His disciples for service. Jesus makes a commitment to bring along those whom He calls at a pace equal to their skills until they will qualify as “fishers of men.”

What is the “flair factor” that separates Simon, Andrew, James, and John from all of the other fishermen who hear Jesus call? It is the ability to make a clean and firm decision. In each case, Mark invokes his favorite word, “immediately,” to describe the fishermen’s response to Jesus’ call. “Immediately they left their nets” (Mark 1:18), “and immediately … they left their father” (Mark 1:20), assures us that the men whom Jesus chooses for his disciples are men who can make decisions.

Jesus still calls for trustworthy, teachable, and task-oriented persons to be His disciples. In turn, He promises to be our model, our mentor, and our manager. The covenant is the secret for winning the world.