Third Roadblock : Fear; Blockbuster: Faith

I have been helping dreamers, believers, and achievers climb to their God-given potential for almost 25 years and the most frequently mentioned roadblock with people I have worked with is…fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of losing friends, fear of what others may think, fear of stepping out of their comfort zone, the list goes on and on. Fear is the number one roadblock I have seen for those not climbing to their God-given potential. People are often paralyzed by fear.

Several years ago I heard this acronym for fear:

fear

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

Most of the fear that keeps people from moving forward is based on speculation at best and complete falsehoods at worst. True story: Several years ago, a man hijacked a plane. He had a box with a bar of soap in it and he told the pilot he had a bomb and to turn the plane around and go to Cuba. The pilot turned the plane around and he went to Cuba.

The evidence was false, but it appeared very real.

So, what is the blockbuster used to bust through the roadblock of fear? Faith! “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). Faith will not eliminate fear, but it will give us the courage to move forward in spite of our fear. Everyone experiences fear. It is what we do in the midst of that fear that will be the determining factor in whether or not we reach our God-given potential.

Here is an acronym for faith:

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Attitude

Inspiring

Troubled

Hearts

Having the faith and trust in God to move forward in the midst of our fears will also inspire others to do the same. As an introvert, I have had to overcome many internal fears in order to follow the plan and purpose God has for me. Faith has made the difference not only in me but also in those I have worked with over the years.

About five or six years ago, I used these acronyms as a Facebook post. Someone commented that the acronyms were cheesy, corny, and trite. Maybe they are, I don’t know. I do know they have helped me put both fear and faith in the right perspective and that has helped me climb to my God-given potential. So, if I need a little corn and cheese to please God then, by all means, bring on the corn and cheese!

I will say that several people came to my defense on that post. The one who made the comment did not put any additional comments. I have no hard feelings toward the one who made the comment. I am saying that what one person may roll their eyes at, another person may take and apply to their lives and it makes all the difference in the world.

I am a simple person and often times simple principles are what help me the most. So, if you feel these acronyms are too corny or cheesy to be helpful, then go ahead and roll your eyes, give a little smirk, and then find something that is helpful for you. Do whatever it takes to climb to your God-given potential.

However, if you are like me and these simple truths help get you closer to your God-given potential, then embrace them. The important thing is not that you like my blogs, videos, books, and teachings. The important thing is that you find the tools to help you climb to your God-given potential!


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An Atheist’s Journey to Faith: A Movie Review of “The Case for Christ”

 

case movieLast night I went with my church family to see the movie, “The Case for Christ.” I read the book several years ago and had been greatly anticipating seeing the movie since I heard they were making it. I was not disappointed.

Although it was not as good as the book (movies seldom are), it was well done and brought forth a great message. The movie is based on the life of Lee Strobel.  Lee was an atheist that decided to investigate the Christian faith, and specifically the resurrection of Jesus, after his wife became a Christian.

case for faithWanting desperately to prove his wife wrong, he set out on a journalistic investigation by meeting up with some of the top experts in the fields of science, psychology, medicine, philosophy, and yes, theology. Although the movie does not bring this out, Strobel’s investigation took approximately two years to conclude. As a top notch journalist for the Chicago Tribune who was also an atheist, all he was looking for were the facts to prove the Christian faith wrong.

The movie follows Strobel’s journey through this process to the point of his ultimate conclusion. One important moment in the movie is where Strobel had published a story about a man involved in a shooting before he had acquired all the facts. As a result, the man was convicted of the shooting and later badly beaten in prison. Strobel eventually apologized to the man for reporting on the incident before having all the facts. The man looks at Strobel and says, “You did not want to see all the facts.”

caseStrobel realizes that this man’s statement was not only true about the shooting, it was also true about the resurrection and the Christian faith. After gathering facts and investing for two years to disprove the resurrection and the claims of the Christian faith, Strobel comes to this conclusion; it would take more faith to remain an atheist than it would to become a Christian. (Again, the movie does not bring this out as strongly as the book does.)

If you have questions about the Christian faith and you enjoy movies I would encourage you to see “The Case For Christ”. If you enjoy reading and you have questions about the Christian faith, it would be even better to read the book of the same title.


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The Secret Code Behind Remarkable Communication

 

in-sWe discussed where people get their energy by looking at the differences between extroverts and introverts in the last blog. Today we will look at people’s style of communication, the way they best exchange information, by looking at the difference between those who have a preference for sensing and those who are more intuitive.

Sensors tend to communicate more concretely while intuitors tend to communicate more abstractly. In the book “Please Understand Me II” David Keirsey explains the difference this way, “Abstract words refer to things that cannot be observed but only imagined, while concrete words refer to things that can be observed and therefore need not be imagined” (p. 120).

Sensing

If your tendency is toward sensing, you communicate through what you can see, touch, smell, hear, and taste. You communicate what you can observe. You tend to start with the facts first, then move toward the big picture.

sensing intuitionSensors like to recall events as snapshots of what literally happened. They put experience first and put less trust in words and symbols. Sometimes they will focus so much on the facts of the present or past that they miss new possibilities.

Intuitive

If your tendency is toward intuition, you communicate through what can be imagined. You see beyond just the facts. You tend to start with the big picture first, then move toward the details and facts.

Intuitives like to recall events by what they read “between the lines” at the time. They place great trust in insights, symbols, and metaphors and less in what is literally experienced. Sometimes they focus so much on new possibilities that they miss the practicalities of making that new possibility into reality.

Everyone has some of both sensing and intuition. However, we all have one that is more dominate than the other. This is your preference for how you best and most naturally communicate.

Neither style is good or bad. We need both. When we are aware of what each person’s communication style is, we can better work towards better marriages, healthier churches, and more productive businesses.

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After reading the descriptions of the two different communications styles which one do you feel you are? What about your spouse? Kids? Co-workers? Supervisor? Understanding you’re your communication style and the style of those you interact with on a regular basis can help you be more effective in your communication.


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Is Money Evil?

 

One of the most important things we can do when it comes to money is to save it. Unfortunately, sometimes we have a negative connotation about saving money.

Saving money does not have to be a selfish act. It really depends on the attitude of the one saving. However, the antidote is not for us to avoid saving money. The antidote is to change our attitude towards money.

money-evilMoney is not evil. Our love of money can be evil, but not money itself. Money is amoral. It is neither good nor bad. It is our attitude toward money that is either good or evil.

1 Timothy 6:10, says; “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (NIV). It becomes a problem when we love money or are eager for it. There is nothing evil about being wise with our money as long as we are not eager, greedy, and in love with it.smiley dollar

Saving money is a wise action as long as it does not come from a place of greed. Saving money for an emergency, to make a specific purchase, or even wealth building is not an evil act. It is actually more biblical than going into debt which our society seems to have little to no problem with doing.

I would like to suggest a paradigm shift…. a change of thinking about money. It’s what I would consider a wise a biblical approach to money.

romans-12-2.jpgRomans 12:2, says; “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV). Our view of money may need a paradigm shift, a change in thinking, a renewing of our mind. The last I checked the average savings in the United States is  -2.2%. That is correct, we have more debt than we do savings in this country.

dollar signsI want to leave you with one more passage out of the Bible. Proverbs 6:6-8, says; Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (NIV).

According to this verse, it is wise to save. If you want to reach your God-given potential it may be time to have a “renewing of your mind” when it comes to your finances. Just a thought.

We will look more at the basic reason to save money in this week’s upcoming blogs.

What are your thoughts on saving money?


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What Are God’s Promises to You For Overcoming Fear?

Yesterday I shared with you one action to take to overcome your fears: walking in faith. Today I will share with you the second step to overcoming your fears:

Standing on God’s promises.

There are many places in the Bible that emphasize God’s promises to those who follow him. I will look at three:


-Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (NIV).

In the midst of your trial, pain, or your extreme discomfort in moving in the direction of your God-given dreams, always know that God “will never leave you nor forsake you.” Therefore we have no reason to “be afraid or terrified.” Because God is always with us, we can, with confidence, “be strong and courageous.”

– Hebrews 13:5-6Image result for hebrews 13:5-6

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (NIV).

Because God will never leave us or forsake us “we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” That is a reassuring place to be. If God is for us, who can be against us? Bust through that fear because you have the greatest power to ever exist in your corner.


– John 14:2-3

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (NIV).

 

In Hebrew culture often times a young man would propose to a lady by preparing a room at his father’s house. This is where they would take their bride, assuming she accepted the proposal, to live with him when they get married. In reality, Jesus is proposing to us in this passage. “In my Father’s house are many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you…I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”


Jesus loves us so much he would rather die than live without us. If you have accepted his proposal, you can definitely walk in confidence with a groom like that.

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Are You Ready to Join the Movement?

There are two actions that every believer can take to overcome their fears. We will look at one today and the other one tomorrow.

Walking In Faith!

This is an action-oriented step of faith. I am not just talking about a mental exercise. I am talking about actually moving forward having faith that God will see you through.

I do not know what your obstacles are, but God does. Not only is he willing to walk with you, he desires to walk with you.

You have the creator of the universe wanting to walk with you through whatever obstacle is in your way. That has got to give you confidence!

Jesus said in John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”
(NIV). Trust is more than just an intellectual agreement. Trust insinuates action. Trust that God will walk with you wherever he is leading you. This will give you confidence to step out of your comfort zone.

Who are you going to trust more, God or your comfort zone? Act accordingly.

Yesterday I shared with you Zig Ziglar’s definition of fear, “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Today I would like to share with you Jack Lannom’s (no relation to me because he Image result for join the movement imagesspells his name funny) definition of faith, “Fearless Attitudes Inspiring Troubled Hearts.”

When we walk in faith we not only get inspired we also inspire others. We could start a “breaking out of the comfort zone” movement. Are you ready to join the movement?

I have heard degrees of faith explained this way;
Little faith: God can
Bigger faith: God will
Perfect faith: God has
I would encourage you to go ahead and thank God for what he is going to do as if he already has. That is walking in faith. Maybe you need to build up to that faith. That is OK. Just keep walking in faith until you get there.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (Jesus’ words in John 14:1, NIV).


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Jesus, The Ultimate Leader

If you really want to get the most out of life (and the afterlife) you must make a decision to follow Jesus.

Ephesians 1:11-12 says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of his overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone” (The Message).

Laurie Beth Jones once announced to a group of business leaders that Jesus had followers that were so devout they would lay down their lives for him. Then she asked, “How many of you would like to have employees like that?” All the hands went up. Then she said, “There is a catch. You must go first.” All the hands went down.

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Sometimes it is easy to look at Jesus as the one who saves us, our friend, someone who is madly in love with us and Jesus is definitely all of these things. He is also our leader, our guide, our manager, CEO, boss, Lord! We cannot take one without the other and still get the most out of life.

Jesus wants what is best for you. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV) The King James Version says, “…that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10) The Message translation says, “…so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10).

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I follow Jesus because he loves me. All these other things are bonuses.  They are real bonuses that are available to all who will follow the one the Bible calls the Lord of Lords, I have referred to as The Ultimate Leader, and we all know as Jesus.

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Do American Christians Show Compassion Like the Jewish Jesus?

Sometimes it can be difficult. Some of the obstacles to being a compassionate follower of Jesus may be immaturity, self-centeredness, or moments of frustration. Probably the biggest obstacle to a compassionate Christian life is the misunderstanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Jesus was the embodiment of compassion.

      Christians think we are supposed to take back America or win the culture war, make sure homosexuals do not destroy marriage, keep America moral and pure, right? 

       But wait – that was not Jesus’ purpose for Israel. And dare I suggest, maybe it should not be our purpose for America.  

       Jesus judged the religious crowd, not Israel’s patriotism to a long forgotten time that may or may not have ever existed.  If we are to judge, let us judge ourselves, the “religious” crowd… the Church.

      If America is to become great it will be because of Christians’ compassion, not their control.  know-compassion

 

_MG_6842crop     Tommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to reach their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

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