A Moment With Matt

The Power of Leverage

I am privileged to be able to have a cup of coffee and a conversation with my father on a regular basis. Many times these moments give me the opportunity to share the most entertaining events that my four children treat me to on a regular basis. Other times I give updates regarding matters taking place in an area of ministry, or concerns in my life that his years of wisdom and experience can certainly guide me through. I look forward to these unscheduled instances because I know they are precious and sacred times that shape my life in so many ways.

One particular conversation that shaped my life took place 15 years ago. I was just out of the University and anxious to begin taking a more active role at Cornerstone Church as a member of the ministry staff. I sat across from my father’s desk in his office after handing him a cup of coffee. He likes two creams and a sweetener…I like mine black. I believe the only thing that belongs in a good cup of coffee is your lips. As we visited my father made this statement; “If I could only combine the wisdom I have today with the energy I had in my 20’s.” Now, I am certain you have heard this same thought expressed at different times and in different ways, but it was how this statement struck me, and the reply I gave, that really changed my life from that moment forward.

“Leverage Me!” I said. “What?” Dad quickly replied. “Leverage me, let me be your energy and you be my wisdom. You know what I need to do, you know how to do it, and if you will tell me I will give it all of the effort and strength that I have.” It was just a brief exchange but it made an incredible impact on my future from that point forward.

Leverage is typically used as a financial term. It describes what happens when someone who needs additional resources to accomplish their goal enters an agreement with an individual or entity that has those resources and then is enhanced by the additional funds to grow and progress toward their given objective. In the exchange with my father, I was not going to gain financial capital, but mental, emotional, and spiritual capital. He was gaining the resource of my youth and I was gaining access to his experience. It’s what I describe as “Generational Leverage”, when individuals from two different generations strengthen each other with the strength, energy, encouragement and wisdom that they each need. The Bible speaks about a time when the Spirit of the Lord will send His messenger to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. (Malachi 4:6)

The consequence of these two generations not turning to one another is a curse. Look at the world around you and see how many problems are created because of the separation of fathers from their children. There is a great deal of emotional, financial, spiritual, and social turmoil that has been created because of a fatherless generation. It is time that one generation embraces another, and for the elders to share their wisdom with the younger, and in exchange for their willingness to put all of their effort forward, they each are working together toward the goal of sharing the reality and truth of God’s Word and His great love for a lost a dying world.

This is why the mission statement of John Hagee Ministries was expanded years ago. “It has always been to take All of the Gospel to All of the World.” Now with two generations working together we have leveraged that statement to say, “All of the Gospel to All of the World and Every Generation.”

I recently discovered a great resource for generational leverage available to you on a daily basis. It is the newly launched website www.Stream.org. It is a place where generations of Christ’s followers can come and receive resources that they need in order to gain strength to accomplish the great goal of establishing “His Kingdom” rather than trying to building their own. The vision of the founder James Robinson is to bring together “tributaries of wisdom”, where those who are concerned about the direction of this nation can “gather for news, wisdom and inspiration.”

I encourage you to take a moment and check out this exciting new resource. I also want you to consider how you can create some generational leverage of your own. Maybe you can share your experience with those who could use a word of wisdom, or maybe you can lend a hand to those who need a little extra strength. Either way the more we work together the less our lives will fall apart.

Thank you for spending a moment with Matt

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The Lord’s Prayer: Thy Will Be Done

The church today has little knowledge of the power, purpose and potential found within one of the most well-known of all prayers, the “Lord’s Prayer.” A profound prayer that can be uttered in just 30 seconds and yet it can revolutionize every aspect of your life. Inside the Lord’s Prayer you will find the totality of every Bible principle released so that heaven can intervene on your behalf.

The power of the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer has the potential to turn the nations of the world back to a state of righteousness, back to a place where God is feared and not mocked. His name is not taken in vain. He is high and lifted up and His name is exalted. This is no longer an option in our modern society!

But beware! You cannot say, “Thy will be done,” and then disobey the Word of God! The Word of God and the will of God are synonymous, never separated.

We must return to a state of righteousness or suffer the consequences of our foolish choices. If we turn our backs on God, He will have no choice but to turn His back on us. We serve a covenant God who is full of truth and life.

God is in control

What’s the difference between His perfect will and His permissive will? The perfect will of God is to fulfill the exact purpose for which God created you. His permissive will is what He will allow. God really is serious about being first in our lives. God gave us free will, but the limits of God’s permissive will kick in when we continually disobey!

I assure you that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And He will have the last word!

No matter how much turmoil you see on the news at night, God is still in charge. He is in complete control. And He is deliriously ecstatic about what your future holds as a child of the living God!

But understand this! You will never accomplish God’s highest will for your life until you are able to pray with absolute sincerity, “Thy will be done.”

Are you following God’s will for your life?

What is God’s will for your personal life? Would you like to find out how to live within His perfect will?

If you’re not following His will for your life, you’re in rebellion against God. When you’re in rebellion against Him, His favor will not rest upon you. Everyone wants the favor of God in their life, but do you want it badly enough to be obedient?

The prayer “Thy will be done” crucifies the false god of self and glorifies God the Father.

Would you like to know the secrets found within God’s Word for absolute success? Here it is in one sentence:

Find out what God wants you to do, and do that.

Don’t deviate from His plan for your life; just continue putting one foot in front of the other each day until He directs you down a different pathway. Your life will never be filled with more joy (no matter how wonderful, chaotic or painful), than when you are following God’s lead.

Your divine destiny awaits inside God’s perfect will for your life!

I’ll be teaching The Power of the Lord’s Prayer in greater depth at our upcoming Prophecy Conference in London this June. Watch this video and learn more about our London Prophecy Conference!

Will you join us for this powerful event? Call 01793 862 146 or register online!

– Pastor John Hagee

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One Way Every Day – December 31st, 2013

ONE WAY EVERYDAY

The One Hundred Blessings of God

December 31, 2013

BLESSING NUMBER 99: I thank You, Lord that You have shown me mercy through the year. You have forgiven me of my transgressions and short comings. I am forever grateful that You will help me to be kind to others, tenderhearted and forgiving just like You, for Christ’s sake,  have forgiven me!

BLESSING NUMBER 100: I thank You, Father God that You are forever the same. You change not! Blessed be Your glorious Name now and forevermore.

ONE WORD EVERYDAY

 Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen. Psalm 72:19

 

Every good and perfect gift comes from Him and for that blessing I am eternally grateful! I have given 100 reasons why I thank God every day. Remember this truth: He is good and His mercies endure forever!

I have also presented a year’s worth of ways to show your loved ones how much you love them. I ask that you begin 2014 with praises on your lips for our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. I encourage you to tell and show those that love you how much you care. Life is short and it is up to us to make the most of it and to be an encourager to those that surround us.

I ask that you join me in declaring this prayer over you and those you love as I declare it over my life and the lives of my loved ones for 2014:

Father, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I ask that the New Year be filled with the blessing of Your good health, Your abundant joy, Your supernatural peace, Your all-embracing unity and Your unmerited favor. Amen

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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One Way Every Day – December 30th, 2013

ONE WAY EVERYDAY

The One Hundred Blessings of God

December 30, 2013

BLESSING NUMBER 97: I thank You Lord for delivering me and my household from the evil one in that last year. Your protection surrounds my family as a shield and for that I am eternally grateful!

BLESSING NUMBER 98: I am grateful to You, Father God, for You have heard my cry as I have called to You with my petitions and You have faithfully answered me. 

 

ONE WORD EVERYDAY

…for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
    and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. Psalm 26:3

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One Way Every Day – December 29th, 2013

ONE WAY EVERYDAY

The One Hundred Blessings of God

December 29, 2013

BLESSING NUMBER 94: As this year comes to a close I thank God for His wisdom and direction for the New Year. He gives to all His children liberally without holding back.

BLESSING NUMBER 95: I thank you Lord that I can trust You to take care of me and mine.

BLESSING NUMBER 96: I thank You Lord that Your Word is a lamp unto my feet. It will guide me in the path You want me to go.

ONE WORD EVERYDAY

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 111:10

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One Way Every Day – December 28th, 2013

ONE WAY EVERYDAY

The One Hundred Blessings of God

December 28, 2013

BLESSING NUMBER 91: I bless the Lord with all that is within me…I bless the Lord for His goodness to me and mine.

BLESSING NUMBER 92: I thank the Lord for His righteousness…God takes my filthy rags and He clothes me in His righteousness

BLESSING NUMBER 93: I thank the Lord for the His sacrifice on the cross for His blood sanctifies me!

ONE WORD EVERYDAY

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

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One Way Every Day – December 27th, 2013

ONE WAY EVERYDAY

The One Hundred Blessings of God

December 27, 2013

BLESSING NUMBER 89: My husband had a good report on his physical health. What a blessing of God good health is. Thank you God!

BLESSING NUMBER 90: I thank God for the blessing of growing old with the “love of my life”.

 

ONE WORD EVERYDAY

Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours! 1 Samuel 25:6

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