Entitlement Theology

Romans 14:17 NASB
…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

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Good theology is life-giving. Poor theology is life-draining. Good theology is built upon the character of God. Poor theology is grounded in projected fantasy. Good theology is fundamentally integrated within the good news of Jesus Christ. Poor theology is centered around human passions.

There are many new believers whose knowledge of God is flawed around the entitlement mindset. They generally have been exposed to a message that God’s purpose is built around you the individual. That your salvation is an agreement where God’s purpose is to exchange his blessing for your loyalty. That His sole mission is for your success and happiness. That you are the center of the universe and He will make all your dreams and desires become reality.

If this is you, you may want to reread your Bible.

Take Jonah as an example. God called him with the mission to preach to the people of Nineveh, his enemies. Jonah instead chose to flee from God. God though in his mercy worked out circumstances for Jonah to change his mind. He eventually made it to Nineveh, preached, and the people repented. You would think that Jonah would have been delighted with the results. Instead he pouted. God’s actions didn’t align with his beliefs. He thought that God should have destroyed these people. But God had other plans.

Entitlement theology is centered around the self. Instead of making our story and goals the main purpose of life, we need to surrender to our Lord’s purpose. When we do, the byproduct is to experience the richness of God’s character. We still have our dreams and goals but have submitted these under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Which means, if we are allowed to pursue and achieve them we are grateful and appreciative. However, it also means if we are not allowed to achieve them, we are also grateful and appreciative.

Our life is hidden in Jesus Christ. His story is the main one. Our story is a very, very, very small byline within His storyline. Apart from Him, we would be on death row. He has introduced us to His Father who has adopted us into the divine family. Not because we are entitled, but because Jesus Christ is entitled to everything. He is the reason we live, breathe, and have hope today and tomorrow. And yes, we are included.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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What Pleases God?

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. NASB

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Some of my fellow brothers in the Lord seem to think one can please God without necessarily trusting Him. Others say no, God is pleased by only those who trust Him.

What does today’s scripture state?

God’s desire for man is not only to gain their full grasp of reality between what is good and what is evil from His perspective, but to always behave in a godly manner which produces the best outcomes for self and others. When our actions, words, and attitudes please God, they also have a positive impact upon those around us.

As we learn to trust God, we submit ourselves to His purpose. Most of the time it may still involve the pursuit of our dreams and goals, but at times we may have to temporarily delay or even set aside our plans to fulfil His design for us. Even then, we know God has our best interest at heart, and under His grace, events and circumstances may eventually workout in this life or if still desirable, in the world tomorrow.

As written, the key to pleasing God is our faith.

To the Hebrews, faith is an active word that involves action with belief. That belief is built upon walking out a trustful relationship with the Maker of life. In other words, faith is more than a mental exercise.

Yet when unbelievers behave in a loving manner with those around them, without even knowing who God is, are you saying that God is not pleased? Thankfully we are not anyone’s judge. God is doing a work in each of us. Some he is discipling in the faith; others he is soothing their hurts; some he is gracefully endowing them with physical riches; all he is enriching with his Spirit. He is involved in everyone’s life; the question though becomes who is involved in His?

Faith is a gift from Him. We are just learning how to exercise the faith we have been given. When we extend ourselves and lean on him, a mutual bonding relationship is built. From this relationship, trust – a two-way process – is slowly developed. This active trust is what pleases God. From this position, we gladly sacrifice everything and anything knowing He has our best intention at heart – that all things eventually work for good. Without this faith, it is impossible to please Him. But God in his universal grace has bestowed that faith with everyone of us. We just need to accept His reality, unleash His potential in us, and learn to run with it.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Vocational Leadership 360
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Roux of God

2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

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For those who are chefs or amateur cooks, you know the sweet aroma of making that special sauce. Taking a mixture of fat (usually butter) and flour is a classic French thickening agent used for soups and sauces. The French word is “roux.” Typically, one could also add other items into the mixture to bring out more flavor from your dish.

The same is true with God. As Paul wrote in second Corinthians, the knowledge of Jesus Christ is manifested through God’s children and is liken to a pleasant fragrance. Like the pleasant smell of roux over one’s meal, as we walk and live in Christ, His sweetness is manifested through our lives.

The roux of God comes from the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is the natural character of God. When He made His abode with you, He gives you the opportunity to allow Him to express Himself through you. This is what happens when you deny yourself and yield to the working of the Holy Spirit. The natural byproduct is allowing the aroma of God to manifest itself from Him to you and from you to others.

This may not be the best analogy but is one way of drawing the picture what God does in us and through us to touch the lives of others.

God’s roux – pleasant but effective; challenging but rewarding; awkward at times but refreshing to the soul. The roux of God is for those who choose to participate with Him in the life of the Triune circle.

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Dr. Mike

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Are You Missing Out on What God Has for You?

Romans 8:28 NASB
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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Most likely if we are not attuned to God’s purpose for life, our misplaced expectations may easily lead us into frustration and anger. Even though life is good because God is a living being who made it so, circumstances sometimes stink beyond measure. And if we answer the above question through the eyes of physical accomplishments, we will have missed God’s original intention for all of us.

God’s long-term goal is to prepare you for eternity. You have been adopted into His family and His desire for you is to prepare you to rule and minister in the same manner Jesus Christ displayed while on earth. He wants you ready for greater service in the family business: The Kingdom of God.

Satan’s big lie to Adam and Eve was to place doubt into their minds that God cannot be trusted. That God’s plan deliberately denies one from truly experiencing life’s good things. This is a lie that Satan still propagates throughout the world.

However, God’s grace is greater than Man’s distorted expectations. The Holy Spirit uses the stinking circumstances we often find ourselves encamped in and produces fruit through the ordeal. While creating a spiritual masterpiece within us, she likewise continually allows us a taste of heavenly riches to remind us that God is always with us.

God knows your needs and desires. He also knows your strengths and how to best display them in this world and next for His kingdom. He uniquely designed you for a purpose. Some if not most of the time, we have to lose everything we have and believe before we reach a place in life of real contentment. When we do, no matter what the circumstances, we will then experience Christ’s peace and joy.

Meanwhile, we are all on a journey of faith. Learning to trust God in the large and small decisions of life. Overtime, we will know that God has the best intentions in heart for you and me. Whether or not we experience our hearts desires in this world is no longer the issue. We know whatever we think we may miss out in this age, awaits us in the new age to come.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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The Imaginary God

John 17:3 NASB

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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There was a game show back in the 1960s called “To Tell the Truth”. A panel of four known celebrities would try to identify by questioning which one of the three contestants the real person was. The other two imposters could lie, act, and do whatever to confuse the panelists but the real character had to always tell the truth.

In many ways our search for the real God is like that game show. Growing up we read or hear stories about God but struggle with identifying who the real One is. Over time, some of us may even become so delusional with Him, we quit trying and join the agnostic team. Yet through diligence and patience, we slowly discover more about the real God as we pursue Him (James 4:8).

For many of us there is a battle in our minds trying to figure out this God. Depending on our upbringing, most of us as adults will have to relearn and rethink and repent of our former image of God. When we are confronted with the Triune God – Father, Son, Spirit – compared to the lone ranger god, our minds typically explode from the excess thought patterns. Most of us have not exercised our minds to handle such an inflow of information.

But God has made it easy for us to recognize Him. You come to know Him not only through creation, but in the person of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15). When we study the life of Jesus, accept His teachings, and follow Him, we come to know what He stated in John 14:20-23. You will experience life with the real God.

The same God that Jesus called Father is the same God you can come to know. The same Holy Spirit that Jesus called the Comforter, is the same Spirit you can come to know. And the same Jesus, who Father God stated He was well-pleased with (Matt. 3:17), is the same Jesus you can come to know.

Don’t settle for an illusion. Don’t take the words from others. But instead do your own homework. Seek out the one true Triune God who Jesus made known throughout His ministry. Your life will never be the same again.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Living Faith

James 2:26

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

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What is faith?

Faith is obedient action with trustful confidence in God’s character. It is the confident assurance that God is always working out the best solution for you and others.

Any problem with Faith is typically tied to our ignorance of God. We believe what others have told us about God rather than discovering Him ourselves. We typically project our dysfunctional souls toward God, rather than believe Him and His Word.

We don’t realize where we actually stand in His eyes. If we did, we would humbly and respectfully place all our being onto Him without concern with the outcome.

What is not faith?

Faith is not the inner belief of an outward expectation. Rather it is knowing Him with no concern with the results.

Faith is not the cause of your salvation; rather it is the umbilical cord which connects you with the living Source of Life.

Faith is also not the anecdote of your situation. God is. Faith is simply your worldview of God’s presence in the world and your role in His kingdom.

A living Faith is not necessary about moving mountains but more about healing your soul while serving others.

Through this graceful act of redemption and sanctification, you are being morphed into the image of Jesus Christ. A byproduct of this living faith is a more active and expressive fire within the deepest, inner workings of your soul toward others. It is a life not of empty motions but actions covered with inner joy. This outer behavior is a byproduct of the inner construct of a new creation. The work is being conducted by the Holy Spirit with your yielding cooperation.

This living faith is active, confident, and obedient to the Word and Spirit of God.  It is built on God’s viewpoint and not ours. The faith we trust in is not from us but is Christ’s own faith. Since God’s purpose for your life is a new creation according to His design, it involves His Spirit developing His character, eternal values, and divine love in you with all you speak, think, and do.

If this faith is not alive in you yet, pray and ask your heavenly Father to open your eyes to know Him better.  Pursue Him with all your heart. In the process, over time, Christ’s faith will become more perceptive and active in your assigned world. You will come to know Him and the workings of real, living faith. His faith will become your faith.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Enjoy Life in God’s Presence

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 NASB

Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

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Ever notice when you find yourself involved in an enjoyable project, time seems to move quicker. Whether you find yourself playing a video game, or watching a fast action, intense movie, you are surprisingly astonished of how quickly the time past by.

If you are blessed with an occupation that exercises your gifts, values, and passion, the eight-hour day flies by and rather than being exhausted at the end of the day, you feel refresh and can’t wait for tomorrow to start the work again. These activities are God’s gift to you.

As the writer of Ecclesiastes states, whether you are a believer or not, God has given people the gift of enjoyment. In fact, in our everyday life, He even includes our job. The sad outcome though is many people turn their work into their savior and loss out on all of God’s blessings. This is why one needs to find enjoy with God’s creation plus always act and behave living in God’s presence.

The joy of living life in God’s presence is waking tomorrow without any regrets or penalties. There is great freedom and liberty when one learns to enjoy the natural everyday gifts God has bestowed upon us while allowing Him to share His life with us and us with Him.

When life passes you by quickly and the next thing you know you are in the final season of your time on earth, you can thank God for occupying your heart with joy in all your work, play, and relationships. It’s a nice place to be.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
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