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January 11, 2022 7:00 am
Welcome to this initiative a PowerPoint with Jack Graham a little later in the program will tell you how you get a copy of Dr. Graham's movements were first here's the message, making every day matter the day is the most important day of your life, past, present or future and today truly matters. The Scripture tells us that we are to redeem the time everyday.
That is, we are to seize every day to take it by the throat and deliver it to the fullest. Don't forget about today with all of our thoughts about tomorrow. Feel about tomorrow, but don't forget to think about today because this is God's good yes this is the day the Lord has made, not someday, not yesterday, but this day, not just special days are holy days are holidays, but this this day that God has given every one of us to enjoy and experience to the full. Find your purpose and passion in life is what makes this day a great day every day finding out what God made you to do what he is called to do. That is how we discover the joy of every day. Too many people are just trying to get through today to figure out tomorrow. Studies indicate that people go to work every Monday don't want to be there. Their job is a duty way to make money away simply to get by there just drawing their breath and and and putting in their time, but they're not enjoying life and not enjoying the job.
The job is not a joy is just a job.
Why, because so often we are not doing what God has called us to do what God has really put in our hearts to do in your Bibles to Colossians chapter 3 Colossians the third chapter in verses 23 and 24. The secret to making this day and every day matter is found in these verses what ever you do work hard.
As for the Lord and not for men, you are serving the Lord Christ.
Whatever you do, this is not the what ever attitude of indifference that we see in our culture. So often today just want ever regarding life. But what if you do if you're a butcher, a baker, a candlestick make what ever you do, and why, do it heartily, that is, with all your heart with everything you God and why you do it because it's for the Lord is not for men, but it is for God. The apostle Paul said, I make it my aim to please him, and when it is your a your ambition above all else, and above all others to please him that what ever you do in words.
Indeed, that you do it unto the Lord, then your life takes on dimension your day takes on a dimension that you never thought possible with heart that is with passion and the one ever hear what ever you do in word or indeed the one ever is ultimately and perfectly the will of God for your life. This is the kind of life that sizzles with fire. This is the kind of life that burns with enthusiasm, but that that gives itself in faith and hope and joy, author Jack London describes a life like this. Speaking of his own life. He said I would rather be ashes than does. I would rather that my spark should burn out a brilliant blaze that it should be bifold by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor every Adam will be a magnificent blow than a sleepy permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I will use my time. That's exactly what the Scripture says, we were told read be the time by it up season walked carefully circumspectly straightforwardly live with all of your heart will you pursue God's will for your life. That's the question will you do the will of God from your heart. That's the question we all need to ask ourselves. God has something great working for you. You will reach out and receive it and do. Jesus said we must work the works of the father for the hour is coming when no man will work is the kind of attitude which says whatever we do, we are all in all the time. Whatever you do in word or indeed do it heartily. I like that word heartily. We all know what halfheartedly means. So what is hardly me. It means with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your life. No restraints, no retreats, no regrets.
If you want to make every day matter in your life you need to discover what really moves what really motivates you challenges you closing to do what you do can I say that no other person can hear your call or do your calling. I remember as a small boy, when my grandfather would read stories of the Bible to me. I was always fascinated by the story of young Samuel who was living with Eli and Samuel was in bed and he heard a voice speaking to him saying Samuel.
Samuel calling his name so he went in thinking Eli was calling him, requesting him for something in the life that I didn't call you go back to sleep and again the voice came Eli and Samuel same goes in and checks with Eli, no I didn't call you 1/3 time it happened. Samuel second, the unmistakable call on his name. This timely vacant went back into check with Eli, Eli said the next time you hear that voice you say speak Lord for your servant is listening. I was always caught up in the idea that somehow God could speak to me for God to speak to us that God could call my name Jack Jack I would listen that God would show me what I could do with my life thing about God's calling in your life is that is always sustainable. This passion is purpose that God gives us.
It is not a hick up in a job. This is like the call of Samuel. It became persistently and consistently. We all have spikes of emotional fervor in our lives. We all have had diverse inspiration week we get challenged to do something we get motivated.
We get fired up to go do something maybe hear someone speak about exercise is okay. I get in shape and you know you go invest in a treadmill or sub something and you go you put your house and you get after it for about 23 weeks until he gets difficult and now you know what's happened you're hanging your clothes on that day the week. We've all had experience is where we get all excited all pumped up about something and we jump in but we jump out is not as quick as we jump in.
Now I'm not talking about these just short verse of passion, but a sustainable strengthening passion. What I'm talking about is an every day.
What put you in the game with all your heart every single day. The key here is that it is from the heart. What you do this the will of God for your life. Not everything on your calendar on your daytime or is the will of God for your life but if what you're doing is for his glory, to do his will and you know you would do what you do for not you really would do it for the chat you would do it for nothing. Sure, it requires sacrifice to sustain your passionate. It does require effort and in blood and sweat and tears and discipline and doing the hard work behind the scenes when no one is watching, but it doesn't matter to you whether anybody is watching or not because you do what you do because God is called you to do at the end of the day when all is said and done, you can look back on your life, from eternity's vantage point and realize that you use on any day but you live your life to your listening to PowerPoint Jack Graham in today's mail, making every day matter when you set aside daily time to connect with God to give you the ability to live a godly life and fulfill his plans for you in the coming year and we'd like to help me walk even more closely with the Lord in the year ahead by sending you pastor grams 180 day devotional moments in the word.
It's our way to thank you for your gift today to help proclaim the gospel more people around the world to PowerPoint call now to get your copy of moments in the word. When you get call 1-800-795-4627 that's 1-800-795-4627 can also text the word PowerPoint to 313-1316 PowerPoint to 313131. And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org shop RV store online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.for now it's back. Today's message making every day matter though, when you're tired or when you're discouraged or when you face obstacles are your dream are turned upside down. You will sees God every day of your life filled with the spirit holding on to him reaching out walking with them every day knowing that you are in his grace and in his grip that he is the source of your strength and the producer of your passion, then you will sustain you will sacrifice you will be what ever it takes to live your life with a plan with a purpose that only comes from him. I'm thinking about what Jesus said is the great commandment.
And also the great commission Jesus said the great commandment in Matthew 22 to love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind so your strength and your neighbor as yourself, then the great commission that he gave to all believers in Matthew 28 he said go into all the world and make disciples.
So what is the calling of every Christian. How do you make every day matter is by loving God with all your heart mind soul and strength. Loving others and telling others how they can do the same by sharing with them the gospel of Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day that we can have abundant and eternal life, but I heard about a an older gentleman who was talking about his life and thinking back about his days. He said you know when I was a young man I wanted to change the world. Then I realize I wasn't going to be able to change the world. So I thought okay I'll change the nation and after failed efforts. He said I realize I could change the nation. So we said okay will, I'll change my town. We worked hard to change his town but he couldn't change his they said because I couldn't change my world.
I couldn't change my nation. I couldn't change my town I decided to try to change my family and he found out he couldn't even change his family and he said looking back he said. Now I realize the only thing I could really change was me reset if you know if I can only change that I could change my family together. My family and I could change dark town and then we changed our nation in the world. I could change the world. You see, it does start every day by getting up starting the day early with God chasing after him and his will for our lives praying and planning to do the will of God getting all his schedule and agenda for our live and doing it again and again and again. Here's what I discovered about life. Here's how you have a great great life. Have a great day because you see if you can have a great day today by serving in following Christ shining for him. Then you can get up tomorrow and do it all and you can have another great day, and so on and review string on the days to get for God, then you will discover greatness in your life you will fulfill your dreams for your life. I discovered that stringing enough days together, doing the will of God makes for a great great future. Had a great life I discovered the people that make the biggest difference in the world are the kind of people who do this, day after day, and in fact they would rather fail doing something they will then succeed in doing something they with all your heart. Someone recommended the media a little book written by a fellow by the name of Kevin Carol called the rules of the red rubber ball. What in the world would be the rules of the red rubber ball will Kevin Carol grew up in Pennsylvania young African-American he was abandoned by his parents grew up in the home of the family of his grandparents. Kevin says in those days as a very young boy. He felt lost until the day he discovered the playground in the day he discovered the playground is when he discovered how much you love a ball accountable, symbolized by the red rubber ball.
He said, but I love all sports. So my obsession is a young boy and then as a teenager became the red rubber ball. Whatever ball it was I was kicking it.
I was chasing it I was running with it. It became the passion of my life. I didn't make myself play. I just play that back when I was a little kid, little white ball became obsession baseball when it was a rubber ball or a real ball. I spent a lot of my days chasing you trying to hit it, trying to catch it when I could get others to join me, I would go to my garage door. Hour after hour. I would just throw that ball up against the garage door I learned how to field ground balls throwing the ball again and again and again like that chasing that ball in the great thing about playing a game by yourself. You can win every time. When you're playing yourself but hour after hour and he became an obsession with me in it. It became exciting to me. I mean, my mother had to call me in after dark and nobody had to get me up to go play and then the point that Kevin Carol makes in it in the rules of the red rubber ball is that what you do in line should be like chasing that red rubber ball. He went on to make a career of he joined the Air Force so that he can play soccer in Germany, the ultimately became an athletic trainer became the first African-American athletic trainer in the National basketball Association heat with the Philadelphia 76ers now. Most recently, his work for Nike as as a motivational and an inspiring speaker to the entire corporation of Nike's still chasing his red rubber ball in that red rubber ball you see is what is is inescapable in your life. This was irresistible in your life, is the dreams that you dream the desires that you have is what you think about is what you talk about is what you dream about most often our dreams began as small children. God put some things in our hearts that that we are to do it. And somehow, someway is in some ways we get away from the childlike play of what God is called us to do in week we get all grown up and we get all serious also somber about what we are doing and some of us need to have another day discovery. When we rediscover the red rubber ball because you see for the Christian, the red rubber ball is the will of God is what we ought to be chasing as we follow him. All of our lives, and you will stay open to God, if you will listen to him.
God's plan will guide you and he can break through the crust of years in the Ross of the years and you can get excited about life again your calling your purpose in life, someone put it this way purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs. That's where real fulfillment is incident finding out what God wants and what the world needs and then doing somehow we got the idea that the will of God and the work that we do is mutually exclusive, or that what we want to do is different from what God wills us today. No Psalm 37 verse four says delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. I could tell you that God put a dream, a desire in my heart as a teenager to preach the gospel to share Christ's the pastor a church. I'm so thankful that I get to live the dream every day.
The desire of these put in my heart. Be a person of passion. Pour out your life that the people in the world who made the biggest different who left the most lasting legacy are people who know that every day matters if I'm killing time I'm killing Mike my life I'm wasting time I'm wasting my operative. Whatever you do, do it all in the name for the glory of Jesus Christ. If your teacher pour out your life. Pour out your heart and instructing the student in influencing if your electrician or carpenter you build something when you put something together when you wire something, do it, but you may please him do it with excellence and quality him if you're a lawyer. Be bold as a lion.
Be passionate in your life calling order to seek justice for those you serve your parent. Give your life unreservedly to your children that your calling that's what you what gets you up every day. Let that be the passion of your life.
If you're serving God in some way, don't do it halfheartedly. Do it wholeheartedly. Give yourself total every day. Before you know it.
Not only are they matter your life. God help your listening to PowerPoint Jack Crane in today's message meeting every day. Looking ahead to a new year can fill you with expectation.
They can also fill you with desperation. What if things get worse.
But if the world gets crazier. But if you don't have the strength to face what comes your way. It's through spending daily time in God's word that we find the strength, peace and hope we need and we want to help you do that by sending you pastor grams 180 day devotional moments in the way moments and the word is our special thanks for your gift this month so called request a copy today: 800-795-4627 that's 1-800-795-4627 can also text the word PowerPoint to 313-1316 PowerPoint 313131.
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One of the keys to making everyday count is follower of Jesus is found in the words he spoke in Matthew 634 therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
As we talk in today's program. A lot of people can't do this because they're too focused on yesterday or tomorrow or themselves. Some people all the thing about is yesterday the past, you know, if you drive your car looking through the rearview mirror. Constantly you're going to have an accident and you're going to have accidents in life if you keep looking over your shoulder at the past, regretting or fuming over what happened yesterday. Yet other people can't live for the Lord because they're too busy focusing on themselves. All they care about is me my and mine.
They care about having fun being entertained was pleasurable for me and in the meantime there just getting by in life and certainly not living for Christ and the power of God.
Still other people, all they focus on is the future. They worry about everything that might happen or could happen or will happen next. People like this are too busy planning tomorrow that they can't live today, so today I want to challenge you to be the kind of person that Jesus talks about a person who lives for today live for right now this is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. Be the kind of person he wakes up every day and says this is God's day and I'm going to live it. I like what my friend John Maxwell says today is the most important day of my life yesterday with his successes and victory struggles and failures is gone forever. The past is past done, finished. I cannot relive it. I cannot go back and change it, but I will learn from it and improve my today. Today, this moment right now it is God's gift to me and it is all I have live for Christ today and that is today's PowerPoint. Remember when you give to PowerPoint will send you grams 180 day moments were call one 800 795, one 800 795 also text the word PowerPoint 31 PowerPoint on the next PowerPoint. Dr. Graham brings a message there is on PowerPoint with Shaklee PowerPoint with Jack Graham is sponsored by PowerPoint ministries