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June 2019

Life of Legacy

Life of Legacy
Pastor Colton Rohr


HEBREWS 11:4 NLT
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By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.


GENESIS 4:4-8 NLT
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Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.
When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground.
3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
8 One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.”And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.


Habits create the condition of your heart.

1. Habit of
Sacrifice

2. Habit of
Gratitude

A.
Gratitude to God

Psalm 52:9
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

B.
Gratitude to others

3. Habit of
Growth

How To Move

Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.



How do you MOVE from where you are to where God wants you to be?



1. UNCOVER Your PURPOSE


Exodus 3:1-10 (NLT)
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” 4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. 5 “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. 7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. 9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”



The enemy of your PURPOSE is DISTRACTION



2. UNLEASH Your PASSION



Questions to ask yourself:
- What breaks your heart?
- What would you do for free?
- What lights you up?



Exodus 2:11b-12 (NLT)
He went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. 12 After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.



The enemy of your PASSION is your COMFORT



3. UNLOCK Your POTENTIAL



The enemy of your POTENTIAL is your PAST



Don’t get caught in the REARVIEW



Exodus 3:11 (NLT)
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”



Exodus 4:1 (NLT)
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”



Exodus 4:10 (NLT)
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”



Exodus 4:13 (NLT)
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”

How To Burn Out

Cautionary Tales
Part 3
How to Burn Out

Numbers 20:1-12 “In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” 6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

How to burn out…

1. Shrug off the losses

Numbers 20:1 “In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 “There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    
a time to weep and a time to laugh,

2. Stay focused on the opinions of others

verse 2-4 “Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here?”

Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

3. See yourself as irreplaceable

verse 10  “He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

4. Stop trying new things:

Four keys to avoiding burn out…

1. Walk with GOD

Exodus 3:11-12 “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

2. Operate in your GIFTS

3. GET out of what’s comfortable

4. Don’t GO alone

How To Be Broke

Cautionary Tales
Part 2
How to Be Broke

Proverbs 24:30-34 “I went past the field of a sluggard,
    past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31  thorns had come up everywhere,
    the ground was covered with weeds,
    and the stone wall was in ruins.
32  I applied my heart to what I observed
    and learned A LESSON from what I saw:
33  A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
34  and poverty will come on you
like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.”

Three habits of broke people:

1. We LOVE our STUFF.

Proverbs 27:20 (NCV) “People will never stop dying and being destroyed, and they will never stop wanting more than they have.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!”

I Timothy 6:10 “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.”

2. We LACK DISCIPLINE

verse 33 “A little sleep a little slumber a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief…”

Proverbs 21:20 NLT “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.”

Proverbs 13:18 “whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame…”

3. We LIVE for the NOW

Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8  yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

How do I get a right heart about money?

1. DEVOTE your heart to GOD.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. You cannot love both God and money.”

Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the Lord with your wealth with the first fruits of your crops.”

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse”

Exodus 23:19
“Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 27:30
“A tithe of everything…belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 14:23 "The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives."

2. Develop a heart of GENEROSITY

Psalm 37:21 “The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.”

Proverbs 21:26 “the Godly love to give.”

How to be Discontent

Cautionary Tales
Part 1
How to be Discontent

Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ 7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ 8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ 9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ 13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Three things about how to become discontent:

1. Expect

verse 10 “So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.”

2. Complain

verse 11 “when they received it they began to grumble

3. Compare

verse 12 “These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.”

How do we get out of this discontentment mindset? Three keys…

1. REJOICE in God’s goodness to others

verse 15 “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?”

Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”

2. RECOGNIZE God’s goodness in you

verse 13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go.”

Ecclesiastes 6:9 “Better what the eye sees than a roving of the appetite. This, too, is meaningless. It is a chasing after the wind.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

3. REMEMBER you are not that good

Philippians 4:12-13 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”