What Makes Me Effective

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

He didn’t ask him if he wanted to feel better but do you want to be well and complete.

A lot of people come to church to feel better but they are not getting well. We can come to be comfortable, but not improving.

Brokenness is necessary if I want to be a channel for the lava flow of God’s spirit. The invasion of his power in manifestation does not start on the outside, but rather through the revival of forgotten virtues on the inside such as love, joy, perseverance, loyalty, and self-control. Brokenness yields to the nature of God to assume full control on the inside.

When the King assumes the throne of my heart, his Kingdom becomes the very atmosphere of heart and is the environment for my emotions to grow in.
When my mind is on things above, it will be revealed through my reactions to things here below. Those reactions become a testimony to the spectators of the world viewing my allegiance to the King of Kings. My ambassadorship is authenticated because of not violating my government’s directives and positions.

What makes me effective is not my denomination affiliation, church membership, or my religious routines, but my consistent yielding to the desires of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Reuben Egolf

Don’t Let Their Opinions Define You

I am always amazed at the fabrications and stories about me that I hear others have spread. I’m sure all of you have heard things about your life you had no idea existed until your personal self-appointed experts revealed it to the world. For example, I have found out through these experts that I

  • was forced to marry because of Laci being pregnant
  • was moving to a foreign country and leaving the church
  •     was a pastor from D.C. and commuted the 90 minutes every week
  •     had cancer and was dying
  •     demand money from grieving families to be paid to the church if I do their loved       one’s funeral
  •    was selling the church and shutting it down
  •    pastor a church that is full of corruption behind the scenes

… and a 100 other stories that were as or more preposterous as the ones I mentioned above. Of course, none of them are true and would have been purely laughable if gullible people wouldn’t have believed them. However, before I feed self-pity and think I’m the only one to experience such a strange phenomenon, let’s see if it happened to Jesus.
Jesus was accused of being:

  •  A deceiver (John 7:12).
  •      An illegitimate child (John 8:41).
  •      Demon possessed (Matt. 9:34; John 7:20).
  •      Beelzebub, using the power of Satan to cast out demons (Matt. 10:25).
  •      Mentally ill (John 10:20).
  •      A blasphemer – witnesses were produced to reinforce this charge (Matt. 9:3;    26:65; Mark 2:7)
  •       A destroyer of the Temple in Jerusalem (Mark 14:58)
  •       An enemy to the Law of Moses

Matthew 10:25
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

Jesus made it clear that as they falsely accused him and fabricated stories that were grossly untrue, so will they do the same to us as his followers.
Paul was not immune to these false theories concerning his life and purposes. He was accused of:

 Extorting God’s people (2 Cor. 2:17; 11:7-21).
 Being a false apostle (Gal. 1:11-2:10; 2 Cor. 11:16-12:12).
 Being a flatterer (1 Thess. 2:5).
 Blasphemy (Acts 24:6).
 Being a man pleaser and a coward (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:4).
 Being greedy (1 Thess. 2:5,9).
 Being a deceiver and a crafty manipulator (2 Cor. 6:8; 12:16).
 Seeking glory from men (1 Thess. 2:6).
 Being a “cult” leader (Acts 24:5).
 Being a criminal (Acts 16:20-21; 24:5; 2 Tim. 2:9).

These men dealt with these self-appointed judges almost on a daily basis. They realized that when you are in a position of authority and leadership, it will attract the ire of those in opposition. One thing the enemy knows – the power of words. Words can change a person’s reputation overnight and castrate the influence of that person from anymore opportunity to persuade others. If Satan didn’t understand this, he wouldn’t waste the time in influencing opposition to destroy reputations with the sabers of words.

Attacks are indicators that an enemy realizes your potential and future. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t spend resources and waste time on something meaningless. If the adversary believes in your future, shouldn’t you?

What do we do to rise above the attacks? Live your life above reproach and with integrity so that when someone accuses you – no one will believe it.

Remember, you don’t have to answer every critic. A lion doesn’t turn around every time a dog barks. If you do attempt to answer every critic, your life will bog down in the unnecessary leaving your purpose unattended. Remain focused on why you are here and pray for those who have chosen dead-end lives with no production.

Learn to laugh, smile, and keep your faith alive in Christ. In the end, He is the only one that will matter.

I have been in ministry now for 21 years, on television nearly a decade, and have the honor of being the Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council based out of Washington DC. I have learned a few things along the way and here are a few.

I have learned

  1. that in leadership you are always a target, but it is no reason to quit or give up on the mission you have in life
  2. that no matter what happens, life will go on and my ability to cope with change makes all the difference
  3. forgiveness, honesty, and patience are three of the greatest assets of life
  4. not to try to be the most liked in the room, but be the best learner in the room
  5. it’s okay to say “I don’t know’ and “I’m sorry”
  6. that tact in speaking will accomplish more than an opinionated rant
  7. when to hold on and when to let go

I hope you have an awesome day!

Reuben Egolf

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The Gravitational Pull of Thought

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

What consumes my mind controls my life! Thoughts are powerful and possess a gravitational pull towards wherever it is pointing. Therefore, I am pulled in the direction by what I am thinking about. I am not speaking of a fleeting or passing-through thought, but one I ponder and meditate on.

The enemy of our soul knows this all to well. If the devil can get a thought in your head that you agree with, he knows your life will go in that direction all by itself.
If you can drive the enemy out of your head you can drive him out of your life, home, marriage, business, relationships, kids…

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Visualize this illustration. Hold a dime between your fingers and hold it out at arms length. You will be able to see everything including the dime within your sight of vision. Notice, a dime is small in comparison to everything around it. However, the closer it gets to my eye the more it consumes. Its size has not changed, value has not changed, its purpose has not changed, but it eventually becomes the only thing I see.

This is what happens to insignificant things in our lives if we pay undue attention to them. We fertilize their importance and create opportunities for them when otherwise it would have remained impotent in mastering the direction of our destiny.
Anything in our lives is either getting larger or smaller by the amount of attention we give to it.

A lion in a circus can devour the trainer and everything else in sight but doesn’t. Why? He sits on a 3 legged stool that can’t hold him unless he balances himself on it.
The trainer gets him so focused on himself that he doesn’t bother doing what he can do, and never be under the control of another person.

Unfortunately, the enemy gets us to focus on ourselves that instead of being an overcomer we are overcome instead. Let’s redirect our focus today away from ourselves and on Jesus Christ and His mission and become the demonstration of his Kingdom he destined you and me to be.

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Blessings

Reuben Egolf

Known to a World that Needs You

A well known minister in the United States once said “Inside the church I was well known but when I got out into the world, no one knew my name.”

That statement shook my world! The force of it hit me that we can be well known in the church, and be a superstar in Christendom while no one in the world knows our name. Yet, Jesus said “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That implies the world should know our name!

The Lord put in my heart the following list.

If the world doesn’t know your name you might be:

=>A religious person who confines their Christianity to the insides of the four walls  of a church building.
=>Only motivated to serve Christ out of fear of Hell instead of being in love with Him and developing a relationship with Jesus.
=>Serving Jesus for what I can get from him but sacrifice nothing in return.
=>Seeing the lost as enemies instead of potential Christ followers.
=>Self consumed that the effort required to win the lost is too much of an inconvenience.

For the world to know our name we must interact with them, be friendly, show concern, and be available to them in their time of trouble. Alienation of people who are not of faith never influences anyone. Jesus Christ was known as a friend to sinners. They liked him for several reasons and knew his name well. The Lord took time with them, ate with them, listened to them, and invoked the power of the Holy Spirit into their situations.

Interestingly enough, the religious hated him and couldn’t believe he would eat with sinners and interact with the lowest of society. The Pharisees of the day did what they did best – found fault. All the while, the sinners were flocking to him and experiencing change in their lives.

It’s not so much the world knows our name, but that they know the name of the one who lives inside of us. Our name and his name should become synonymous because we reflect his personage in every capacity. In other words, when they see us – they see the Lord!

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Be transparent 

Go out today and seek the lost of this world and spend time with them. Don’t be afraid – greater is he that lives in you than he that lives in the world! Create a thirst in them for the fountain of salvation through Christ. I don’t have to force anyone to serve the Lord anymore than a potato chip forces me to drink water. I eat a potato chip and the salt naturally creates a desire in me to go get a drink.

Remember what Jesus said about us believers

You are the salt of the earth

Reuben Egolf

The Power of Sight

The power of sight is amazing. What we look at determines our feelings which in turn generates motivation towards what we are looking at. This is why Paul said we are not to walk or have our direction in life prescribed by our physical sight, but rather our sight focused through the lens of the Word of God.

Luke 9:16 
Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

Notice that Jesus does not look and concentrate on the limitation of five loaves and two fishes to feed and entire crowd. Instead, he looks up and sees the possibility of God. What would have happened if he stared at the bread and fish? Feelings of hopelessness and despair would have been generated.

Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Whatever we look at with a focused mind we empower to control our expectancy. If we look at material things we limit our faith to the finite. However, if we look away to the Divine, we satiate our hearts with the expectancy of an infinite source producing an unlimited supply removing impossible from our vocabulary and life. 

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It has been said “The natural man believes when he sees, but the supernatural man sees when he believes.” Two different outcomes, two different harvests.

Matthew 14:22-33 gives the famous account of Jesus walking on water. Peter sees him and asks him to invite himself onto the water. Peter walks on the water LOOKING at Jesus. As long as he looks at Jesus he experiences the impossible but when his eyes look away and at the water, the source changes and he sinks. Thankfully, Peter cries out to Jesus and once again regains his focus on the one who is able to do exceeding and abundantly above what we may ask or think. Peter walks back to the boat keeping his gaze on the Son of God.

May we all regain our focus today and keep everything under our feet, our eyes on Jesus, and live in the rewards produced by a real and active faith.

Blessings

Reuben

 

MAKING A Happy New Year

 

We often hear people say “this will be the greatest year” or “God is going to do things in your life that…” If we are honest; we look back over the past year and wonder what happened because we heard the same thing last year.

The truth is, this can be a great year, but certainly it will not be the harvest of magical wands waving, or voila moments of things dropping out of the sky. My involvement and cooperation is required. It will be great because I cooperated in making great decisions.

Fast-forward to the end of the year and envision what you want to accomplish and what would qualify this as a good year. Then, do an inventory of the decisions that produce that photograph.

We reap the consequences, harvest, and portrait, our decisions have manufactured, sown, and painted. If we are not satisfied with the picture we are seeing from year to year, then change the brush strokes with different choices.

Don’t just wish to have a Happy New Year, MAKE IT ONE!

Reuben

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Pleasing God – Disappointing People

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

By obeying the angel of the Lord, Joseph was going to displease his family members and friends. Let’s be honest, who was going to believe such an outlandish story. Imagine telling family and friends that your bride-to-be was pregnant but don’t worry, she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Of course NONE would believe it and the advice would have come fast furious to leave her.

However, a principle is revealed here. Pleasing God may mean disappointing people. Joseph had a decision to make; obey God and launch an incredible future or listen to the voices of family and friends and resolve himself to a place of comfort and acceptance.

Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the LORD had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

He obeyed God! If you’re not ready to be criticized for your obedience to God then you are not ready to be used by God. Extraordinary acts of God start with ordinary acts of obedience.

We have no idea what we set into motion by an ordinary act of obedience. Joseph wouldn’t have  fully realized what he set into motion by this simple act of obedience… the most incredible miracle ever performed.

Never underestimate the power of little acts of obedience in their ability to unleash the extraordinary acts of God. As a baby was growing in the womb that would soon bring deliverance… your acts of obedience has deposited something in a womb of possibility and is incubating to maturity. 

Be consistent, patient, and full of expectation in 2018. Watch the birthings of God be delivered as rewards for your obedience in 2017.

Blessings

Reuben Egolf

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