The Leopard, The Lines, and The Rose

Fight to Flourish Series - Part 4


Philippians 1:6 MSG

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.


The Leopard


God fights for you.


Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.


The Lines


Hebrews 12:1

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,


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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Hebrews 12:3

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.


Psalm 71:12

O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!


Psalm 71:13

Let them be confounded and consumed, Who are adversaries of my life; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, Who seek my hurt.


Psalm 71:14

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.


Psalm 71:15

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness, And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.


Psalm 71:16

I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.


Psalm 16:5

O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.


Psalm 16:6

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.


Philippians 1:6

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.


The Rose


Isaiah 9:1a

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,


Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness, Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.


Isaiah 9:3

You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You, According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.


Isaiah 9:4

For You have broken the yoke of his burden, And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian.


Isaiah 9:6b

And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Isaiah 9:7

Of the increase of His government and peace, There will be no end,


“I want Christ, not something that resembles Him.” - C.S. Lewis


John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


John 3:17

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.


John 3:18

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 


1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.


1 John 4:8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.


1 John 4:9

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.


1 John 4:10

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.


1 John 4:19

We love Him because He first loved us.


Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


Romans 8:29

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 


Romans 8:30

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.


Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


Romans 8:32

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?


Romans 8:33

Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.


Romans 8:34

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.


Romans 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?


Romans 8:36

As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”


Romans 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.


Romans 8:38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,


Romans 8:39

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

DON'T QUIT NOW (09/07/21)

The Fight To Flourish Series- Part 3


What am I going to do now?


“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts, but you have to stop sooner or later, and then you will have to decide what to do.” -C.S. Lewis


When I am weak, He is strong


2 Cor. 12:8

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

2 Cor. 12:9

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


2 Cor. 12:10

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Jeremiah 31:25

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.


It's OK to fight and cry


Psalm 61:1

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.

Psalm 61:2

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


Psalm 126:5

Those who sow in tears, Shall reap in joy.

Psalm 126:6

He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.


Psalm 18:6

In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

I will with on the Lord, He will renew my strength

Psalm 38:8

I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.


Psalm 38:9

Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.


Psalm 38:10

My heart pants, my strength fails me; As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.


Psalm 38:15

For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.


Isaiah 40:28

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

Isaiah 40:29

He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.


Isaiah 40:30

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,


Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.


I won't give up now because God has more for me that I can't see


Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.


James 1:2

My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy.

James 1:3

Your faith will be tested. You know that when this happens it will produce in you the strength to continue.


James 1:4

And you must allow this strength to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need.


James 1:5

If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault.


I've got what it takes


1 Sam. 3:10

And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”


Isaiah 6:8

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”


You have what it takes


Have courage, Take heart, I am with you


Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Black and White and Color All Over (8/31/21)

The Fight To Flourish Series- Part 2


Ecc 3:1

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:


Ecc 3:2

A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;


Ecc 3:3

A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;


Ecc 3:4

A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;


Ecc 3:5

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;


Ecc 3:6

A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;


Ecc 3:7

A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;


Ecc 3:8

A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.


Ecc 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

We grow in the dark.

James 1:2
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

James 1:3

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.


James 1:4

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.


The difficulties you're facing is actually an opportunity for joy.


Examples in the Bible of people who were in a dark place:

  1. Daniel
  2. Jonah
  3. Joseph


Don't be surprised by pain.


1 Peter 4:12

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;


1 Peter 4:13

but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.


Pray to God in your darkness, in your shame, in your guilt.


Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Let His word light your path.

John 8:12

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”


Shine where you are.


James 1:2-4 MSG

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.

You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.

So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

THE FIGHT TO FLOURISH SERIES - PART 1 (08/24/21)

Psalm 139:23 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;


Psalm 139:24 

And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.



The Flourishing Life You Were Born to Fight For


  • Justification
  • Sanctification


You Were Born to Fight


1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.


1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


1 Timothy 6:11

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.


1 Corinthians 9:24

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.


1 Corinthians 9:25

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.


1 Corinthians 9:26

Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.


1 Corinthians 9:27

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.


The struggle reminds us to look to our Savior.


Born to Flourish


Philippians 4:10

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.


2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


Psalm 92:12

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.


Psalm 92:13

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, Shall flourish in the courts of our God.


Psalm 92:14

They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,


Psalm 103:15

As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.


Romans 8:29

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.