HE MUST INCREASE

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HE MUST INCREASE
This lesson was from our church staff meeting – 7/17/12

(KJV) John 3:30 He must increase, but I [must] decrease.

A couple of key principles to note right away: HE MUST increase, I MUST decrease! The implication is that this is mandatory. John the Baptist has been asked many times if he was the Christ or not. He explains that he’s not but goes one step further in exposing his desire. His desire was for the Lord Jesus to take center stage and for him to disappear.
The application for us would be formed as a question. Is He increasing in our lives or decreasing? We are vessels that were created to contain the Creator, but is there too much of us to leave room for Him?

#1 THE VESSEL IS LIMITED
God isn’t but we are. We have limited capacity, limited time, limited energy, etc.

(KJV) 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Notice the word “earthen” or earthly. Anything earthly is limited. We only have the capacity to give ourselves to so many things at a time. So, if He is going to increase I MUST decrease! There’s only so much room available.

#2 THE VESSEL ISN’T MINE

(KJV) Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

If I claim Jesus as my Savior, then He must be my Lord also. I was purchased with His precious blood. Why wouldn’t He have rights to what’s rightfully His?!

#3 THE VESSEL’S ALWAYS INCREASING, ALWAYS DECREASING
Set a glass of water out in the sun and watch what happens. Our lives are very similar in that we are always losing something and gaining something else. Sometimes we’re just losing our minds, our tempers, our patience, etc. We are always filling our lives with something beneficial or detrimental. Every time we allow something in we are having to sacrifice, or decrease something else. That extra hour at work means one hour less with family. One more hour of TV means one less hour to spend with the Lord.

(KJV) 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

(KJV) 2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

He MUST increase, I MUST decrease!

Leave me your thoughts in the comments section.

Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve, DIDN’T!

I’ve noticed something lately that has stirred my attention. I regularly hear people say things like, “I could’ve been…”, or “I could’ve done this but…”. I always think to myself, “COULD’VE, SHOULD’VE, WOULD’VE, DIDN’T!”

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I don’t want that to be the story of my life & ministry, and hopefully, neither do you. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1. DETERMINE YOUR CORE VALUES

Without a proper value system you will be tempted to compromise the things that really matter most. Once you have determined to be faithful in your relationships, business, etc, it becomes easier to stay on track. We see too much infidelity in public figures today. Where are the Statesmen, the men and women of integrity that we can believe in? STRIVE TO BE ONE!

2. DETERMINE WHAT THE DESTINATION LOOKS LIKE

Once you’ve set proper boundaries and core values, you must decide what the desired destination looks like! How will you know when you get there if you’re not sure where you want to end up? What does success look like?

3. DETERMINE PRIORITIES BASED UPON YOUR VALUE SYSTEM

Now set up your priorities. Learn to say NO! This is a weakness for me. I wish I felt better about telling people no, but I’m not wired that way. I have to really work at it to make sure my priorities stay in check!

4. DETERMINE THE PROPER ACTIONS TO TAKE TODAY!

(KJV) James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
(KJV) James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
You must be ready to take action based upon your Values, Destination, and Priorities. Without action, it will always be COULD’VE, SHOULD’VE, WOULD’VE, DIDN’T! You might also want to check out this post: ONE THING YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO DO

Instead, let’s say, “COULD’VE, SHOULD’VE, WOULD’VE, ………………..DID!”

 

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