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Winning in Life

Some gems from Pastor Adam Burt this A.M.  Thank you for speaking these “words of life!” NEVER RETIRE: You never retire in God’s Kingdom.  You just get a new job…your mission remains the same.  The statistics on the number of people who actually use their retirement plan is small because they’re pushin’ up daisies too soon after to do so.  It’s because we’re intrinsically wired to do things…too long without doing something and you’re disengaging from life.  In the same way, when we retire, we are still doing God’s work THE PURPLE AVENGER: At a laser tag game, Pastor Adam was on a team with a 14-year old kid who jumped up on a stage, strapped on a purple headband, and started taking control of the team.  He told everyone what they were going to be doing, whether they were his age or 36 and as comical as it was, it worked, and by the end of the night, everyone was frantically asking, “What do I do, Avenger?!”  In the same way, Paul, while in prison, was still leading the apostles who were outside of the prison walls.  He sent apostles to Ephesus and other cities, told them to take his Bible, and was just still in God’s game.  Paul never retired. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: While watching a certain MMA fight, Adam witnessed the pursuer became the pursued and the final win was sealed when one competitor ran up on the side of the cage and with a powerful kick, knocked his opponent out.  In the same way, we are told in I Peter that we are being hunted by Satan,  who is stalking us like a lion, hiding in the grass.  But we can overcome! THE NAVY SEALS: Pastor Adam goes to San Francisco to minister to the Navy Seals and realized that he would never want to do some of the things they do in training.  In one part of their training, they swim underwater until they pass out and then their dive partner will give them oxygen and when they come to consciousness, they’re on the boat.  In the same way, we have to do life with people like this.  We need “Lukes” who will be there when the times get tough. FACING YOUR FEARS: Once upon a time, a pre-pastor Adam asked Pastor Ron Lewis to be his mentor.  Adam expected that he was going to be following Ron around and soaking up great life lessons.  But Ron instead, forced Adam to do all this work he didn’t want to do.  Stricken with a fear for public speaking, Ron forced Adam to share his testimony before large groups of people!  And the one time Adam thought he was “off the hook,” Ron asked him to pray The Prayer for some new believers.  Adam said it was a sad display of the Sinner’s Prayer, but he’s so glad that he went through all of that.  And he’s an amazing speaker today! SPEAK LIFE & DESTINY: Someone (DL?) once told Pastor Adam that he was going to be an influencer and inspiration to masses.  As a young person, hearing this was life-changing and life-giving.  But it’s not just kids that need this.  Adults are hungry for words of life.  So speak life and destiny into people! WANTING HATERS: If you stand for God, you will have haters.  The Bible is offensive.  If you want everyone to love you, then just be the most agreeable person you can be.  But if you want to stand up for something, you will inevitably offend people.  And that’s a blessing…the concern exists when someone is too well-liked.  Adam had to choose to offend a very key player in his hockey career when he was told to put the Bible down to prevent offending someone.  As Adam looked around at some guys “reading” “picture magazines,” he realized that he would have to choose what he wanted to stand for.  Luckily Adam did not get traded for his conviction, and God traded that man instead! My recap does Pastor Adam’s messages no justice, as his strength is in his enthusiasm and talent of story-telling.  Please check this sermon out when it comes out on podcast or just come to an MSNY service to get a front row seat!

Be Brilliant…be a “Brillionaire”

Simon T. Bailey…what a force…what a presence.  His words mobilize crowds towards brilliance…his catchphrases ignite them to live out their messages…his anecdotes are rich with relevance and hope…and his infectious giggle thankfully makes this larger-than-life presence relateable.  His challenge to the millions who have heard him is to believe that you are designed for brilliance and live out that truth.  It’s something we all know, but can never hear too often.  He came to MSNY today and told us once again.  Thank you, Simon T. Bailey, for this… Just because I lose doesn’t make me a loser. A setback is a setup for a comeback Ask yourself, “What is my universal assignment?” The greatest tragedy is not to be dead.  The greatest tragedy is to be alive and not know why. When you tap into your brilliance, everyone that you need will come into your sphere as if summoned to…because where there is vision, there is provision. To tap into your brilliance, ask yourself these 4 questions:
  • where have I been?
  • why am I here?
  • What can I do?
  • Where am I going?
Believe that you are a “brillionaire” and “people need to know me.” Studies have shown that as kids, we work at a genius level, but by the time we grow into adulthood, only 2% of us operate at our genius level…because society tells us we “can’t have that,” or to “put that back,” and tells us about all the impossibilities. But Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.” When you know who you are and Whose you are, you dominate the marketplace. Ask God to help you dominate the marketplace in your generation to change nations, generations, and systems. The future is for sale, go buy it! Be the difference that makes the difference. When you have the Holy Spirit, he will teach you things that you don’t know about. You are supposed to be the best of the best Take on the posture that: “I am a big deal in the kingdom of God” and people will ask you for help.  Your life may be the only Bible they are reading. You can be a public success, but a private failure.  Too many are overexposed, but underdeveloped. When you tap into your universal assignment, God’s brilliance will shine through you. Become intentional about creating your present Act local, and think global. When you solve a problem or provide a solution, people won’t care about the price [as opposed to selling service/product] The stream from which you drink from is the stream you think from is the stream that you become. Whoever has your ear has your life. You may have a 50×60 dream, but be telling someone with an 8×10 frame of mind. The word “education” comes from the Latin word “educo,” meaning “to draw out” Someone has to ask you the questions to draw out your brilliance/ to stretch you You have to know someone who knows more than you Leaders are readers and readers are leaders. You cannot lead if you do not read When the brain is worried, the brain is not creating new neurons.  Read The Harvard Business Review or Fast Company. Realize that as you’re reading, your brain is creating new synapses and brain cells. Books to read:
  • Positivity
  • Practically Radical
  • Synchronicity
  • The Power of Pull
  • The Word of God
Create a mastermind group that will entertain the question “What are you going to do to change the world?” Make a date with destiny: On 11/11/11, where do you want to be?  Where do you want to be socially, spiritually, financially, in education, in wellness, etc? What difference do you intend to make in life?  Some people plan their vacations better than they plan their lives. [In terms of thoughts] for every 1 negative deposit in your mind, you need 3 positive deposits to negate it The stream from which you drink from is the stream you think from is the stream that you become. When Simon was having a tough time in marriage, upon closer examination, he was hanging around guys who were married, but not marriage-minded. What stream are you drinking from? Pablo Picasso: A woman asked him to draw her a picture in a cafe and he drew an image of the waiter and when she went to take it, he clarified to her that it would cost her $10,000.  “But it only took you 10 minutes,” she said.  “No,” he corrected her.  “It took me 50 years.” How you value yourself determines how you speak to yourself determines how you treat yourself. When you know your value, you unlock your inner Picasso. Language is the software of the mind You become programmed by what you are told and what you say. How you start your day determines the day. Wake up 15 minutes early: for 5 minutes each, meditate/ pray, read something that inspires you, stretch/ embrace the day You decide your habits, your habits decide your future. Upgrade your verbal software Death and life is in the power of the tongue Create 2-3 affirmations and say them to yourself each morning Simon’s is that he aspires to inspire 10% of the 7 billion people on the Earth to reach their brilliance before he expires. Speak life into your life Transformation & deliverance are 1 inch from your nose…your mouth Find a mentor: a person you admire who has developed skills that you want to have. An open hand is always full: constantly give away to be constantly filled up A closed fist belongs to someone who lives on the mindset of scarcity I have highlighted the questions that need to be asked and the actions that need to be taken.  I will begin doing these things tomorrow.  I have ordered the books [use thriftbooks.com for $4 used copies!] and will begin reading them as soon as they arrive.  I will begin following Simon T. Bailey on Twitter.  I’m making sure that I’m on the path to brilliance…and you better do it too!