“Discovery and Purpose, They Go Hand and Hand”

“We’re blessed with purpose and to fulfill that purpose we’ve got to discover a place of belonging so we don’t grow weak in our faith.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Ephesians 2:22 AMP – (22) In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

“I am sure there have been times when we all have felt that we are falling short of our purpose in life or even if we feel we are fulfilling our purpose we might be in need of new opportunities to strengthen our faith. Whether we are looking to build better circumstances in our life or we are simply looking to build the next steps in our spiritual journey, the scriptures remind us that we can’t build it alone. Let’s not forget that just as salvation is owed to the grace of God, our success in building new circumstances and steps to strengthen our faith is owed entirely to the power of God through the Holy Spirit! Don’t get it? Ok, it’s like this, we have to put on our extrovert hat and accept that we need fellowship and work together to get our house in order and help put us in check when we start heading down a path we know we ain’t got no business going – Yep, I Said it! We need to find a place – a church, a dwelling place – where we can be active. I’m talking about worship, fellowship, community outreach, and opportunities for us all to grow as leaders in His Kingdom. And that can’t be done alone because the church is us, God’s people! As we get closer to quarantines being lifted across the globe, look at it like this . . . Where we choose to dwell is where we are going to discover God’s purpose for our life. With that said, you can dwell with Netflix and the couch if you want to, but I’m out.” – #ToddCPittman

“Don’t Take Control, Relinquish Control”

“During a storm, there is a limit to the protection an umbrella can provide. Let’s be mindful of our source of boundless refuge and enduring strength.”#ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Psalm 46:1 – (1) God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

“When our circumstances seem overwhelming and we feel we are at a breaking point and don’t see a tomorrow, we tend to think we need to get a grip and take control of our life. Here’s a newsflash – THERE ARE CERTAIN LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES WE CANNOT CONTROL. Whether we are in a battle for financial stability, at war with poor health, on the battlefield with addictions, or even struggling to recognize our own self-worth, change is gonna come when we accept that there are times when we need to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and relinquish control over to God! One great way to relinquish control is to pray! During our tough times, we’ve got to allow prayer to welcome us into His boundless refuge and provide us with limitless strength. When we pray we channel a source of hope that our enemies work hard to make inaccessible.” – #ToddCPittman

“Suffering Is a Process of Restoration”

“Don’t always question the Host. Suffering is an invitation from the Host to draw us nearer to Him. Let’s accept the invite.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Joel 2:25 (NKJV) – (25) So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

“At one time in our lives, we’ve questioned why God has allowed us to experience grief and pain. What we do during those hard times is very important. Some of us will see the opportunity to draw closer to God and some of us will turn away from Him. But know this, OUR SUFFERING DOES NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT PURPOSE! Our suffering is our opportunity to change who we are. You see, God has this way, this one of a kind ability, to take everything we lost and bring it back double! That ability to take our brokenness and make us new! That ability of RESTORATION! When we are going through stuff God is getting our attention and inviting us closer to Him and we can’t allow our suffering and adversity to block that invite! We’ve got to humble up and allow Him to turn our pain into purpose! So as we battle those addictive enemies, fight our financial battles, and grieve the loss of more than 182,000 of our brothers and sisters due to COVID-19, let’s not let that suffering distance us from Jesus because if we do – that my friend – is when the enemy will win the battle!” – #ToddCPittman

“Find Joy in Bad Circumstances”

“Let’s consider our troubling experiences a joy. Our most challenging times are put before us as opportunities to grow. Don’t miss the opportunity.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did James 1:2-5 (NLT) – (2) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. (3) For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (4) So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (5) If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

“When something bad happens to us we should file those experiences in our ‘Things to Rejoice Over’ folder. It’s like this, when we lock our keys in the car we get mad. When we lose a loved one we mourn. This is expected and although it’s not a time when God commands us to be happy, we must know that He is speaking to us through our difficulties. You see God allows difficult circumstances to occur to help direct us, to help guide us, and to help us grow spiritually. At the moment of difficulties is not the time for us to try to figure out the ‘Why’. Instead, let’s focus our energy on accepting that He has a perfect plan for us and let’s take the time to pray and meditate on His Word for guidance. Our troubles are opportunities laid before us to make us stronger as we continue our destiny walk. Let’s not be confused by the worldy resources of Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, or the rest of the world because when we turn to our Godly resources and label our troubles as joyful things and valuable lessons, that’s what builds our trust in God and that’s when we will understand His plan for our success.” – #ToddCPittman

“When I Realized Who Defined Me as a Man”

“My best day was the day I realized that God defines men. As men, we have to realize that that the world’s definition of a man is different than God’s definition.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did 1 Corinthians 16:13 (ESV) – (13) Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

“The scriptures this morning reminded me of how weak I was when I thought I was powerful and how poor I was even when I thought I never needed anything. You see, my perception was blurred by living out manhood according to the world’s definition and not by God’s. Throughout the Bible, the obedience of God is crucial in defining a man. A true man is one who lives and treats others according to God’s Word. There’s no shame in my game to admit that it took me a minute to get back on course with God. I can only share with others what I have learned through His Word and that is that as men we have to stand strong in our faith to prevent falling off course into the world’s materialistic culture and definition of profit and power. We must never put anything in this world over God and our family and the way to do that is by trusting in God’s Word and putting Him first in all that we do. When we walk with the courage and strength of His Word we will remain in faith and oppose all opposition around us. Bottom line: Real men put Christ first and are cognizant of the fact that Jesus and our family are the foundation of our life!” – #ToddCPittman

“Walking and Living out Our Faith”

“Let’s honor those around us. Let’s ask God to help us see the value in others the way He sees the value in us.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep I Said It!

…and so did Ephesians 5:2 (NLT) – (2) Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

“When I was probably 17 years old I remember reading the book ‘How To Eat To Live’ by Elijah Muhammad. Written as a guide to learn the right way to eat in order to live a long life, that book came to mind this morning when I came to Ephesians 5:2. The relationship between the two is no more than the book’s title simply because this scripture is a reminder to me of how to WALK to live. It’s a reminder for us all to walk in love and not in hatred and jealousy of those around us. It’s a reminder that the love for our spouses, children, and our mothers and fathers should be selfless and without consideration. We’ve got to have the same love for others that Christ has for us. Because of His love, He made a sacrifice for you and for me and we too should make sacrifices and offer unwavering support for those we love. It’s never too late to start walking in step with the Lord as opposed to following the shuffle of the world.” – #ToddCPittman

“Our Mess Is Our Test”

“Troubled times are coming, if not already here. But we need to get excited to take part in suffering for God’s glory because our victory will show the world He is real!” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT) – (12) Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through as if something strange were happening to you. (13) Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

“When stuff comes our way and our life seems to be turned upside down, the scriptures remind us not to judge God’s character or His trustworthiness by the quality of our circumstances. Look, we need to expect trials and tribulations. We need to expect that God’s purpose for our life includes suffering. The key is to not only EXPECT hard times but to grow through any mess that comes our way with a Christ-like attitude. When it seems like we are being hit from every direction that means our enemies are working overtime because they see the amazing things God is about to do in our lives! Remember that the darkest hour takes place just before the light of dawn! So, let’s hold onto that prophetic hope we talked about yesterday! We’ve got to do our part and stay on course! We’ve got to continue to declare God’s Word over our circumstances. There is nothing He allows in our life that we can’t overcome, so let’s stay on path and thank Him for walking with us through both our good and difficult seasons.” – #ToddCPittman

“Stop Looking for Worriedness”

“Let’s stop borrowing restlessness from tomorrow. We can’t hold onto hope if we are constantly reaching and finding time to worry.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Psalm 62:5 (NLT) – Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.

“When we trust in God’s Word, we can rest assured that our future is secure. Trusting in God’s Word brings us peace knowing that no mess will ever come our way that we can’t handle. If we are to be certain about anything, it is our hope in God. And please know that I’m not talking about Merriam-Webster’s definition of hope. What I’m talking about is that Prophetic Hope! I’m talking about the type of hope we need to hold onto that tells the world our circumstances will not remain the way they are! So let’s stop letting the “What if’s” keep us up at night. Let’s stop allowing the “What if’s” to steal our time today worried about what’s going to happen tomorrow. We’ve got to stop the “What if’s” from stealing our peace! Prophetic hope is restful hope. It’s that type of hope that allows us to rest at night because we know tomorrow is in His hands. Look, no matter what the situation, we can be certain that the sun will rise in the morning!” – #ToddCPittman

“No Problem Is Beyond His Sovereign Care”

“We can’t win it alone. It’s all good to have a persistent and winning attitude, but know that God is fighting our battles so that we can keep calm.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Philippians 4:19 (He has promised to supply all our needs), Jeremiah 29:11 (He has already laid out the plans to care for us), Romans 8:37-39 (nothing can separate us from His love), and Exodus 14:14 (He will fight for us so we can keep our peace).

“Ever wonder what it means that God will fight our battles? What it means is that we need to stop thinking we are Superman or Superwoman and leave things to the Supernatural! In other words when we are feeling the weight of the world we need to get off our feet and chill for a minute. We need to be still and allow God to work in our lives. There’s no need for anguish. No need for discouragement. And there Fo’ Sho’ ain’t no need for anxiety! YEP, I SAID IT! No doubt, there are times when we feel like there is no way out, the situation is hopeless, and then we start doubting God. But, instead of us giving up and screaming ‘IT IS WHAT IT IS’ let’s speak over ourselves that ‘GOD IS!’ God is capable. God is our strength. God is our foundation for peace. And God is our protector. Let’s remember what Moses told the children of Israel that He will fight for us if we just keep still.” – #ToddCPittman

“Change Brings out the New”

“It may be difficult, but let’s embrace change. Change is not the time to let hardships steal our faith, it’s our moment to have a new vision and embrace new opportunities in our life.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT) – (18) But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. (19) For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

“The coronavirus is not just changing society as a whole, it is also changing individual lives and our mindset. This my friends is a storm we are all weathering together. Whether rich or poor, black or white, Christian or Muslim this pandemic is the definition of an all-inclusive storm. This morning each of us was given a new day, while COVID-19 denied 89,823 people of the same. In the midst of this storm our lives have changed. Some of us have lost loves ones, lost jobs, and even lost opportunities for fellowship. BUT LET’S NOT LOSE OUR FAITH! We cannot control this. Change is how God made the world, it forces us into the unknown. But let’s embrace this change as a sign for the need to grow, the opportunity for new experiences, and the chance to develop a stronger relationship with Jesus! For those that have lost loved ones – let’s value the gift of gratefulness and the choice of forgiveness. For those that have lost employment – let’s value the choice of letting go of the old and embracing the new. And for those of us who have had a disruption in fellowship – let’s embrace learning new technology skills to worship and participate in corporate prayer and don’t forget there is still that old school resource to open up called The Good Book, a.k.a. the Bible!” – #ToddCPittman