Durable424. What’s that Mean?

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Some readers have asked me, “What do you mean by durable424?”

By durable I mean resilient, strong, enduring, true, able, remain, unrelenting, courageous, determined and faithful.

Let me be clear. There is a huge difference from being durable in spirit and being hardened in heart. (But that is another conversation.)

Whether you are an athlete slogging through long, torturous hours of training and sacrifice; or you are a parent suffering through long nights of anxiety over a wayward child, durability is one of your defining qualities.

A durable spirit is the key. Physical endurance and emotional toughness are secondary to a durable spirit. As a person of faith it is my experience that durability is possible, not by determination or will, but by faith. Determination requires grit and effort. This exhausts me. It wears me out leaving me feel like I can’t.

The human heart can suffer many things and continue to survive out of pure will. My goal is to walk with you through the pits and falls, hardships and fellowships that life brings. That you walk life out of an abundantly durable spirit, not as a survivor; rather as an overcomer! You have likely encountered more difficulty already than you had planned for. I would suggest by the shear fact you are still here reading deeper, that you are more durable than you have imagined.

What about 424? Every day, in 24 hour cycles, life calls us to new challenges. The truth is you are durable. In this moment. Not you in yourself, but you in Jesus Christ. He has made a way through faith for indestructible life to build new reality within you. Through the exchange personal identity is no longer based on parentage or ancestry, but on the nature of Christ in you. Every moment let the reality of that truth be present. Let that reality birth new responses to old challenges. Let the reality of Christ in you be your hope of glory and a better future.

The writer of the book of Hebrews (7:14-15) referring to Jesus’ power to overcome and endure states it to this affect- that a priest has appeared..

“…one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” From the Greek the original means indestructible, indissoluble. The Message Bible refers to “the sheer force of resurrection life.”

This is Spirit and Life. The new nature is durable for every point of test or trial. For now. For 24. For 7. For 365.

Durable424 is a state of being.

  • It is worshiping when others worry.
  • It is praying when you’d rather pout.
  • It is staying connected when it’s inviting to leave.
  • It is trusting God for breakthrough when blaming, accusing and complaining is more popular.

Durable people trust and wait for God to speak or God to move first.

With Him, you can be durable.

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The Vision Room » Everything is an Experiment

I don’t often take another bloggers work to press, but this is worth the read. It gives fresh cause for living outside the box strategies for life, business and ministry.

The Vision Room » Everything is an Experiment.

I trust you enjoy.

Michael L. Bachmeyer

Authentic vs. Presumptuous

I have been stirred recently by our discovery sessions on the Purpose of the Church. When all the wrappings and packaging is pulled away the real, authentic purpose of the church is changed lives!

Authenticity is the willingness to let go of the person you think you should be. I like that. Authenticity for the church would mean laying aside presumption and be willing to let go of what we think we should be. As individuals if we could be authentic, we’d find less anxiety and stress and more peace, more connection, more ability to love and be loved. We would experience changed at many levels.

Jesus was authentic. He refused to fit into the expectation of those around him. He was who he was. He changed the world. If we would only be as He was we would be doing more of what He did!

Changed lives are the center piece of purpose because changed lives will change the world! The authentic church is here on the earth to be God’s primary change agent. The impact of changed lives is ENORMOUS!

The book of Acts is full of examples. The life of Paul is one of them. His life was changed radically by his encounter with Jesus Christ as he road tripped to Damascus. So enormous was the change in his life that later in the book it was said of Paul and Silas, These are they “who have turned the world upside down.” This wasn’t just hyperbole, it was reality! Great numbers of people followed and their lives were changed. Changed lives change the world!

The key is that life has changed because of Jesus. Authenticity changes churches. Changed churches change lives. Changed lives change the world! And sometimes our role is to initiate, sometimes to facilitate, but always to nurture the change!

Let’s be authentic. The world depends on it!

Don’t Un-Dream Your Dream!

Have you ever UN-dreamed your dream? This article by Perry Noble is a good critique of how to do it. (Hint: Don’t do it!)

If you’ve had a dream for your life, but boredom, predictability, frustration and jealousy of others has taken over… it’s time to RE-Dream your dream!

How to Let Your Dream Die… By Perry Noble

#1 – Expect for everyone to understand you.  (The quickest way to let the dream inside of you die is to dedicate yourself to everyone elses dream for your life!)

#2 – Believe that you are going to face zero resistance and that everyone will be excited for you!

#3 – Believe that it is going to be easy (where in the Bible did Jesus ever ask anyone to do anything easy or attainable without His involvement?)

#4 – Fall in love with the way things are rather than how they should be!

#5 – Allow people who have never accomplished anything significant to tell you why you can’t either!

#6 – Procrastinate, always say “later” whenever you want to pursue the passion that the Lord put in your heart!  (The snooze button is one of satan’s best friends!)

#7 – Look at failure as confirmation that you should not have done what you are attempting rather than a lesson to be learned.

#8 – For goodness sake, don’t you dare try to work hard…if a dream is going to die you have to sit around and “pray about it” rather than stepping up and using the gifts that Jesus has placed inside of you!

#9 – Don’t trust anyone, you have got to believe that the only way for something to be done right is for you to do it…that way you never believe in others OR ask them to come along side of you.

#10 – Buy into the lie that you are average, ordinary, that OTHERS may be able to do great things but there is no way you could ever accomplish anything significant.

#11 – NEVER ask God to set you on fire with HIS passion and plans for your life.

Do these 11 things on a consistent basis and I will guarantee you will live a life filled with boredom, predictability, frustration and jealousy of others!


Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 16,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state.

The Church Report.

When the Wind Blows, Part 3: From Why to How

Maybe you are not one who does well with change. Most of us don’t. We don’t have to be first adapters who relish change to make good out of any change. If you want to do better at change or be a leader in change, consider first…

  • It is prudent to anticipate change and to identify what to do when change comes.
  • Change is not to be feared, steered clear of, nor should you be stuck in change as on an endless merry-go-round.
  • Change is a process, as life in all species is a process of forming and transforming.
  • Getting wedged on ‘why change’ delays getting to the ‘how to go through’
  • Choices have power to initiate change (begin the process), and Choices establish a change (end the process).

Adverse winds will strike bringing confusion and attempt to blow you off course. At that time offer Him high praises. When He is lifted up in worship we are drafted up with Him. There in the spirit we are lifted above the storm where we can see clearly and catch the jet stream of His purpose and favor.

So, here are some understandings that will guide you through change:

Deuteronomy 30:19 states, “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…”

Psalm 104:4 states, “He makes winds His messengers…”

Proverbs 3:5,6 states, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 28:1 states, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 33:3 states, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.”

Psalm 36:9 states, “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”

Acts 13:2 states that as they ministered to the Lord the Holy Spirit spoke, revealed the plans.

Here are some things to actively pursue:

  1. On the scale of Good, Better, Best; He is honored by your Best. Don’t seek to have the best, seek what God has destined for you.
  2. Worship to minister to the Father; follow the Holy Spirit in what He is doing. He is always successful! The temptation is to eliminate the threat of change with its uncertainty rather than to navigate through it. Worship moves the focus from the issue (or concern) to the Solution.
  3. Believe the plans God has for you. Expect He will show you those plans, often only in the form of a next step.
  4. Less is more. Over commitment is another form of vague boundaries. It will destroy relationships, finances, family and health. Dedicate yourself (as in a Daniel fast) to seeking sensitivity to His directives.
  5. Care for your own soul and tend your own garden first. (Isaiah 61:11)
  6. Do what you see the Father doing (John 5:19). Move when He moves. Stay when He stays. See recent blog here entitled, “To Boldly Go…”
  7. Give up your right (or need) to control the outcome. Faith does not know the path of least resistance. Faith is the way through. Faith steps past the ‘why’ to the ‘how’.

I want to live like that!

When the Wind Blows, Part 1

Several years ago I heard the story of a farmer who was looking to replace his farmhand. He posted the position with the job boards and listings. Several resumes and applications came in from seemingly well qualified individuals.

After long hours of pouring over those resumes, the farmer focused on what he felt were the top three candidates for his farmhand position. He set up interviews with these three. One by one they appeared before him at the kitchen table in the farmhouse. He wanted the most qualified and best suited for this job. The farmer asked qualifying questions of each one to better know their experiences and abilities. He finished each interview by asking a particular question, “Why should I hire you?”

The three answered in their own way. The first said, “You should hire me because I have a BA in Agri-business from the State University and I have understanding of the technologies and markets that affect farming.” The second said, “You should hire me because I was raised on a farm and I know all the ins and outs of farming. I’ve been in 4-H as a child and I have a perfect safety record.” The farmer was impressed with the credentials of all three of the candidates but there was something special about the third one. When he was asked the “why should I hire you” question he said, “Because I can sleep when the wind blows.” It was a curious answer, but it was enough to cause the interviews to end.

As it turned out, the farmer made his decision. He hired the third candidate. As part of the pay package the hired hand as given a room in a bunk house right on the farm site. Weeks passed and all seemed to be going fine. He was a hard worker; he demonstrated competence and was likeable.

One night, very late, a severe storm rose quickly. Wind, heavy rain and flashing lightning. The farmer was up with the first roll of thunder. The wind and rain were fierce. As the storm grew the farmer put on his boots and coveralls and ran through the mud to the barn expecting to meet his new hire there. The barn was locked. The cattle were secure. He trudged over to the machine shed. The doors were latched and the machinery was undercover. Standing there in the rain he looked over to the bunk house where the farm hand was staying. No lights were on. No sign of stirring from bed. Then, it came back to him. “I can sleep when the wind blows.” The farmer smiled to himself, shook the rain off his nose and went back to bed.

When change erupts in your life, what do you do?

Re-Honor

Good for you! You probably took a moment this past weekend to recall and to give thanks for the sacrifice of someone. If you did, you did a very honorable thing.

I purposely made calls the other day to do just that. I said things like,

  • “I am amazed at the sacrifice you made.”
  • “Thank you for your service.”
  • “Thank you for what you poured out of yourself for me.”
  • “Thank you for being a good mentor and role model.”

Now, I want to re-honor. By re-honor I mean to continue to recognize the valuable assets I have because of someone’s effort or sacrifice. Restoration of honor is needed in our day.

The people or nations who don’t honor the great sacrifices of their predecessors are destined to repeat their predecessors’ greatest errors. Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States said, No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

Webster’s Dictionary defines honor (in verb form) as to regard or treat (someone) with admiration and respect: to regard or treat with honor. It further defines Honor (in noun form) as the characteristic of a good name and merited respect. Everyone wants to be respected. But, in today’s society giving honor (the verb form) has fallen to all time lows often displaced by self promotion.

First of all, revive honor as a quality of our own character by making necessary sacrifice and by delayed gratification. Revive honor as an act of acknowledging the sacrifice of the others. Whether by a mother, a father, grandparents, a mentor, a soldier, a veteran of war, a teacher; all of us are living in the benefit of someone’s sacrifice.

Honoring, in all forms is an act of deep choice. It is as much about making right choices as it is about dealing with the consequences of wrong choices. It places value, special regard and appreciation for the one who through vision, principle or conviction held to the honorable thing.

Honor affirms relationships. Honor builds trust. Honor opens hearts. Honor is a major theme of heaven. Crowns of achievement and nobility will be thrown down before the throne of the Lamb as the masses will shout,

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power…” (Rev. 4:9-11)

Honor is a reward Jesus receives for his great sacrifice. Worship is the purest form of honoring Him. The presence of God will always show up whenever and wherever Jesus is honored. Under open heavens we see that glory and power is tied to honor!

What we value, we behold; what we behold, we become.

Therefore, choose honor. Choose honor toward the Spirit of God in your worship. Choose honor in your relationships. Choose honor in your business and in your home! With favor, God will honor you in return.

I want to live like that!