CHARACTER

Our FOCUS today…

CHARACTER

 

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The word is SELDOM used in BIBLE

We don’t see it very often in NEWSPAPERS or hear it on TV

Yet we know what it means, and we immediately recognise its ABSENCE

ATTRIBUTES that make up a PERSON of CHARACTER…

Honesty Kindness Faithfulness Humility Compassion Courage Patience Self-Control Discipline These things (among many others) ultimately determine your CAPACITY in life

CHARACTER is what I want EVERYBODY (that I do life with) ………to HAVE.

But it’s not something I’m always willing to… pay the price to GAIN for MYSELF

CHARACTER is something we ALL VALUE…

Especially in our Children
OFTEN – other people’s LACK of CHARACTER bothers us a whole lot more than OUR OWN lack of CHARACTER

Let’s SUPPOSE we want to become MEN & WOMEN of CHARACTER…

Where in SOCIETY is there a FOCUS on developing CHARACTER?
Which SEMINAR we attend / Which WEBSITES we visit / What CLASSES we attend / or what BOOKS we read.

If you want to LOOK BETTER…

There are 100’s of places to go for BETTER = Body / Clothes / Hair / Skin / Face / Feet
There = WHOLE INDUSTRIES (built around) looking… BETTER on OUTSIDE

If you & I want to develop = A SKILL… Learn a SPORT / Take up PHOTOGRAPHY / Learn how to COOK or work on your PUBLIC SPEAKING (It’s all out there)

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But where do you go to become a… PERSON of CHARACTER???

WHY is there NO ATTENTION given… to CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?
It’s not that we DON’T THINK it’s IMPORTANT… Because we constantly complain about it (in someone ELSE’s life).

Here’s WHY There is NO INDUSTRY… NONE of us = GO
None of us = SIGN UP / Get Online / Line Up

There’s NO MONEY to be made in helping us become… BETTER MEMBERS of SOCIETY (in CHARACTER).

Yet = You & I know… that this is a HUGE PROBLEM!

Here’s the PROBLEM…

We’ve PRIORITISED TWO Things OVER CHARACTER

ACHIEVEMENT & FULFILMENT

THAT MEANS… WHO YOU ARE isn’t as important WHAT YOU DO

We live in a SOCIETY that rewards ACCOMPLISHMENT. If we are given the OPTION ….. We opt for ACHIEVEMENT… over CHARACTER. When this happens – a BRAND NEW ETHIC surfaces in SOCIETY & in our FAMILIES…

What is RIGHT Is DEFINED by PROGRESS.
CHARACTER takes a BACK SEAT & consequently…

We’re surrounded by BROKEN People / BROKEN Workplaces / and BROKEN Relationships

A WISE PERSON once said about CHARACTER …… “Is what we do when no one is looking – Involves doing what is RIGHT”

An IMPORTANT FACT as we move AHEAD…

No matter how wonderful your CHARACTER is… It will never be WONDERFUL ENOUGH to earn God’s APPROVAL (our Righteous Acts are like – Filthy Rags)

As IMPORTANT as CHARACTER is… It is not a way to EARN Salvation / It can’t be EARNED (It’s a Gift).

Hard Work cannot EARN it – neither can GOOD… BEHAVIOUR or STIRLING CHARACTER

CHARACTER is the WILL to do WHAT’s RIGHT… (as God defines right) regardless of the COST

TODAY – We’re going to talk about how God SEES… CHARACTER – and how He goes about developing CHARACTER in us (to GUIDE US in our PRIVATE LIFE)

In the Old Testament Character was two Dimensional ..Moses & the Tablets …Thou /shalt nots…) Acting OUT what God wanted them = BE.

When we get to New Testament He gave us (THROUGH the person of Jesus Christ) a living, breathing MODEL of CHARACTER as He defines… CHARACTER

Romans 8:29 (KJV)

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

 

THIS MEANS…
He wants us to BECOME & BEHAVE like JESUS. Conformed (Not EXTERNALLY) INTERNALLY into the SAME MOULD / IMAGE of His Son JC

If you = ASK… “God – what do you want my CHARACTER to LOOK LIKE?”

He wouldn’t send you to a LIST.

He’d send you to the PERSON of Jesus Christ – I want your CHARACTER to reflect the CHARACTER of my Son Jesus Christ

The Temptation for YOU & I would be to say…

If I had enough TIME / IF I Committed Enough / If I Rededicate THEN I could become what it is what God wants me to BECOME…

UNTIL we look at CHRIST It’s Not A BETTER VERSION of YOU!!!

God’s APPROACH… “I want your CHARACTER to reflect the CHARACTER of my SON Jesus Christ”

The CHARACTER of CHRIST is not something that is MANUFACTURED by us (Try Harder / Do Better / Rededicate)… It is something that is produced THROUGH US

You can… MANUFACTURE a BETTER YOU…
You cannot MANUFACTURE the CHARACTER of Jesus Christ… because the CHARACTER of JESUS must come from CHRIST Himself

John 15:5 (NKJV)

 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”


 

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What am I supposed to do to become a PERSON of CHARACTER??? REMAIN / ABIDE You’re the BRANCH / I’m the VINE…

If you learn to FOCUS on ABIDING (Not on Becoming)… Every now & then – You’ll look out to END of your BRANCH = FRUIT.

You’ll Say – WOW, I never knew I was capable of that (He’ll Say… You’re Not) – You just focus on ABIDING… Let ME do = PRODUCING

Our TEMPTATION is to COPY the VINE…

He’s not asking us to IMITATE HIM = He’s asking us to learn to ABIDE IN HIM… So His LIFE & CHARACTER can be PRODUCED through us.

We focus on ABIDING = He focuses on CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

John 15:1-4 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;(a) and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”

 

Unless you’re really DEDICATED = NO!!!
Unless you’re really COMMITTED from Heart = NO!!!

If you want to be like my SON = Learn to ABIDE / REMAIN
Learn to ALLOW ME to LIVE THROUGH YOU

To be PATIENT THROUGH YOU FORGIVE THROUGH YOU / LOVE / SELF-CONTROL Over-come TEMPTATION…

Not Manufactured / He PRODUCES it THROUGH YOU

The Word REMAIN (or ABIDE)… Very COMMON Greek Word Means = To Remain / Stay / Move in With / Live With A HIGHLY RELATIONAL Word

Jesus = Saying…
STAY CLOSE Don’t think in terms of IMITATING me
STAY CLOSE & if you stay close LONG ENOUGH… There will be FRUIT that will start to POP OUT – SURPRISE YOU…

Not because you’re TRYING = CHANGE… But because = LEARNT… ABIDE

It’s about STAYING CLOSE / It’s about REMAINING in… CONSTANT CONTACT / PURE Relationship &… Allowing Christ to live HIS LIFE… THROUGH YOU

Jesus Says…
I CAN BRIDGE THE GAP you have been trying to fill ALL YOUR LIFE. You focus on staying CLOSE… REMAINING & ABIDING in me – Then WATCH what He DOES

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3 Practical Things in terms of ABIDING…

1. Think and Act Relationally – Not Religiously

Religion is = God’s out there SOMEWHERE & I’m down here trying to PLEASE HIM
Relationship is this… I’m going to stay CLOSE (ABIDE)

God gave His SON’s LIFE to make it RELATIONAL & not RELIGIOUS. We try & UNDO what God made a HUGE sacrifice for. RELATIONAL is about = VINE & BRANCH

2. Focus on Abiding – Not Imitation

It’s not about IMITATION = ABIDING / Relationship

3. Adopt the attitude that says… I can’t but He can through me

• I CAN’T be PATIENT for 1 more day… But YOU CAN through me
• I CAN’T deal with ANOTHER DAY in how I FEEL… But YOU CAN through me
• I CAN’T deal with the TEMPTATION… But YOU CAN through me
• I CAN’T deal with INTERNET… But YOU CAN through me

 

I can’t BUT You can

 

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When you ADOPT that ATTITUDE… Something happens in your HEART
I am = BRANCH / You = VINE (I can’t / JESUS CAN) It’s No longer I who lives but CHRIST (HE CAN)

When YOU & I are willing to WAVE a WHITE FLAG & say… I can’t & I’m making myself available to be LOVED THROUGH ME / be PATIENT through me (FRUIT)
Abiding in Christ = Vine & Branch…

As you ABIDE = He will honour your EFFORT & FAITH

Maybe the ONLY THING that will help prevent what is about to become PUBLIC in your life = REMAINING in HIM

I can’t = But YOU CAN through me

CHARACTER is the WILL to do WHAT’s RIGHT… (as God defines right) regardless of the COST

God’s WHOLE PLAN is for YOU & I = ABIDE

It’s not about being a BETTER YOU (Being like His SON)… And the ONLY WAY we can be LIKE HIM is for HIS LIFE… to FLOW through US

That’s God’s PLAN for your CHARACTER

The MODEL is JESUS = The METHOD is ABIDING

It’s not about TRYING HARDER = Abiding… I can’t = But YOU CAN THROUGH ME

 

Lets us please PRAY…

Thank you for the TRUTH of your WORD
It seems like this Subject is so much easier to TALK ABOUT than it is TO DO.
Grant us the DISCIPLINE & MOTIVATION to be People of Character.
Set us FREE from those areas where we are TEMPTED.
Take this SIMPLE TRUTH & ENGRAIN IT in our hearts & transform our lives – Help us EVERY DAY to REMAIN IN YOU

As we come into a time of COMMUNION… We are THANKFUL you are the VINE  and We are BRANCH

As we REMAIN in you – we are filled with the HOPE / LIFE / JOY / MISSION of a living resurrected JESUS CHRIST – the HOPE of WORLD.

AT THE CROSS = Mans WORST met God’s BEST (HOPE)

Remind us NOW that you GAVE IT ALL = That Jesus held nothing back

Thank you for the BREAD-BISCUIT… BROKEN = Represents your BROKEN BODY
Thank you for CUP… Represents YOUR BLOOD poured out for the SINS of many And in that SPIRIT…

Humble our hearts as we come to you now – in Prayer & Consideration AMEN

 

Author:- Pastor Steve Fitzallen   Door of Hope Christian Church

(adapted by Richard Bejah RGB Blog)

 

 


Quote:

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”


~Walter Anderson

 
 
 

 

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That’s one small STEP for Man One Giant Leap for MANKIND

 

“That’s one small STEP for Man……. One Giant Leap for MANKIND.




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The crew of Apollo 11: left, Commander Neil Armstrong; center, Command Module; pilot, Michael Collins; left, LEM; pilot, Edwin A.(Buzz) Aldrin.


1969 was a year of renewed hope. The previous year had been filled with civil strife in America and people were in need of real heroes. In July of 1969, three men strapped themselves into the Apollo 11 spacecraft that would land them on the moon. For years, this journey only came to fruition in the minds of science-fiction writers. But now it was a reality. When Apollo 11 lifted off it was an awe-inspiring sight. This mission was unlike any of the previous ones. But at the same time as there was tremendous excitement, there was worry and panic. At mission control in Houston, restless engineers and scientists were keeping an eye on everything, praying that the spacecraft would do its job.


neil armstrong Apollo 11 took three days to get to the moon. The Lunar Excursion Module was the part of the craft that would land on the moon. So Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin boarded the spidery-looking vehicle and detached from the rest of the spacecraft. Michael Collins was the astronaut that remained behind orbiting the moon. The two astronauts steered the vehicle over the surface of the moon. With only seconds of fuel left, Neil Armstrong landed softly on the rocky surface of another world. This is the moment where the world stopped. Finally, all the mystery surrounding the moon was made physical as man landed on its surface.


Neil_ArmstrongNeil Armstrong stepped out on the surface a few hours later and uttered his famous quote: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin followed and for hours the two men walked on the surface of the moon. They planted the American flag and put a plaque down marking the mission. When it was time to head back to earth, Aldrin noticed that one of the switches to ignite the engine had come off. Using his own wit, he jammed a pen in the hole and fired the engines. The spacecraft returned to the orbiting Michael Collins and the three astronauts headed back to earth.




July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 mission to the moon lifted off from Cape Canaveral.


The trip to the moon took four days.



Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon on July 20,1969.


 


Track the mission LIVE SIMULATION SITE…..
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!! http://www.wechoosethemoon.org/

Quote:

“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ Neil Armstrong 
 

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