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Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 2 by John Fichtner
Whole career is a witness for Jesus
If you became a hard worker by the Bible definition, your promotion rate would accelerate times 10
God created us to work. Working is living. Working is life. All that is life is work.
Work is the only place you find the grace of God.
Friends are a byproduct of work
Play and pleasure and rest are temporary timeouts from life to recharge your body and soul as quickly as you can to get back to living
Hedonism – the purpose of life is pleasure, the purpose of life is rest
When a person thinks that the purpose of life is play and pleasure and fun– they work half-heartedly.
99.9% of America are not hard workers
Your job description is to read the Boss’s mind everyday – the definition Biblically of a hard worker
100% of the responsibility for communication is on the worker.
If you’ve ever waited for your boss to initiate communication with you, you are a sluggard by Bible definition
Talking is lazy, talking is sloppy, you’re not here for you to talk, you’re here to find out how to please the boss.
Why did Jesus speak in parables? He wanted to get rid of those people who did not think it was their responsibility to figure out what he wanted
Parable is something that requires you to go “Jesus, help me”
God has written a legal contract, and the legal contract is if you don’t seek Him with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength, He is under NO legal obligation to seek you cause He is the boss, and it is the worker’s job to find out what the boss wants
If you come for anything else than that you’ll never be faithful in a church family, but you come to say “I’m being prepared for works of service”
“Every single marriage I’ve ever seen end – one of the two mates at least, was a Hedonist”
John 10: 10 You can not work hard, and the Bible says you’re a brother to the devil
Do you know why TV is so dangerous? The more TV you watch, you are not rested, you are restless.
You know what Excellence is? It’s that last 20%
Which are we supposed to do first? Are we supposed to establish our career first or establish our families? Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready. After that, build your house.
A hard worker finishes the job
By Jesus’ own definition, when is a task finished? The task is finished when you have gone back to the boss and asked him if he is pleased with what was done
Your job, according to Hebrews, is to make your boss’s job a joy – that’s what the Bible says
When you are a hard worker, you will have more friends than you know what to do with
When you face tasks that are bigger than you with a co-worker/co-teammate, you two will leave, and this will be the best friend you’ve ever had
1 Corinthians 3:12-14
A Fichtner man should never let anybody outwork him
Working with all your heart --- will cause you to be a person of great grace
Your job is to make your boss a success, and to read your boss’s mind, and to make his job a joy. If you understand that and you buy into that, you will always have to do things that you don’t enjoy
Now listen, the more you obey God, the more He gives you things you enjoy, but you will never on this earth, get to the place where everything you do you enjoy and the reason is, cause then you wouldn’t need God
Workers are givers, but lazy people are takers
Praise kids, work with your kids
Pay your kids to work
Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 3 by John Fichtner
Because when teaching becomes dangerous is when people build big doctrines on secondary and third applications
Marketwise, you know how much you’re worth? You’re worth exactly what you’re making now – exactly
The reason why people are not promoted is because their skill sets are not worthy of a higher level of income
CUT --- To make the team, or succeed
The higher levels of management , the number 1 issue of skills is --- people skills
Romans 13 Every authority in your life has been set over you by God
The door to your success is intimately related with your relationship with your boss
God intends for a certain boss to test and refine you
All instances of temper and irritation on the planet is all egocentric self
You go through your career without complaining or griping, you will shine like a star in the universe
Boss’s as a group, are much more un-self-centered than workers
CUT – Communication, Understanding
The “U” in the acronym of how to win in the career field is understanding
Communication is task-oriented. Understanding is purpose-oriented. Communication is WHAT to do; understanding is WHY.
Understanding your boss is the difference between having the spirit of Christ in your job, and the spirit of anti-Christ
Psalm 32:9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
Jesus said over 30 times in the Gospel, there’s a difference between listening and understanding
4 Ps – 4 rivers in every human soul.
Each of these four rivers, the boss’s heart is exposed and magnified. Because he’s the boss, every stupid thing that he does, gets 10 times the attention that a worker’s mistake does.
How much more pressure does the boss have than the worker? 1,000 times as much
Spirit of anti-Christ: I don’t care, forget you and your problems
The essence of Christianity and the thrill of serving is to want to understand and hear someone else’s heart
Do you know what it is when people tear themselves down “I’m so stupid” “I’m such an idiot” “I’m such a fool” – it’s pride. It’s a manipulative kind of pride, so it’s double dangerous.
Humility is not self-abasement; Humility is self-forgetting.
Good understanding wins favor
You cannot stop the favor of God when you’re a person of understanding
All instinct is selfish
River #1 – your boss has a 1,000 times the pressure you do, and you can be a mule, brute beast, anti-Christian and refuse, or you can give everything you’ve got, everyday to understanding where your boss is coming from
Priorities: a great tester of the heart
Long term goals remain fairly stable, but short term goals are determined by each specific pressure.
Constant effort – to understand will be an everyday “Show me what’s going on, in this boss’s heart” You have to apply your heart to understand
You are commanded to be a witness for Christ in your job
The single greatest skill set you’ll ever have is to want to understand your boss.
Workers are instinctually against the boss because they come into this self-centered thing. They don’t have any perspective but their own because they’ve not been forced to by responsibilities, and because instinctually, all people are selfish.
Your boss is for you, so if you want to win your boss’s heart, how directly will that affect your paycheck and your promotion rate? It will accelerate it times 10
Hear the boss’s heart – you succeed, you don’t hear the boss’s heart, you don’t succeed. And it is an easy thing because the boss is FOR you.
Isaiah 61:5-6 - Career pt. 4 by John Fichtner
When a boss fails, no one blames the worker. When a worker fails, part of the blame always includes the boss.
Bosses – forced, by external sociological pressures to be more unselfcentered
The abrasiveness or adversarial-ness in the boss-worker situation, way more than half the time, is initiated by the worker
Worker does not need the boss and may resent authority
God says “I want to bring the anointing of God into your work, where even those would normally be against you are for you and they’re calling you a priest of our God” – the promise of the “AND”
C – communication. Always, always take responsibility for all communication. If your boss didn’t tell you what to do, go and find out what your boss wants you to do
U- Understanding. If you want to be anointed in your job, understand your boss’s pressures and priorities, understand their passions
You know what our definition of weird is? People that don’t have the same passions that we do
Rich man & Lazarus parable – In the work environment, we are the rich men and about half of our coworkers are Lazarus
We are some of the richest people that anyone has ever met, and when I mean reach – relationships
We are rich just for that; we are rich in that we know the living God and we KNOW we know the living God.
We are rich because when you have a true deep walk with Jesus, marriage and kids are connected to a word that the world doesn’t have – […] Hope
The world has gone from little hope to no hope.
If they are married, they also have, almost no hope or no hope of getting closer
The world has zero hope of raising moral kids, just none.
The world doesn’t even have a concept of having friends outside of work. The world can’t imagine coming to a church and a church being a family.
Work is the GREATEST mission field in our day because work is the only place where a Kingdom of God, spirit filled, loving, joyful, understanding, caring people get to have, repeated ongoing conversations with other non-Christians
Marriage is a holy trap – you will never, ever bear less than half the blame for anything that goes wrong in marriage
In every situation of tension in a marriage, it’s two immature people blaming the other saying “you’ve got more blame than me”
P – Pains
In any environment on the planet, you’re allowed to tell anyone your personal convictions – “This is why I serve Jesus Christ”
Yes you can tell people about Jesus, but if you want people to want to listen, you can go deep, you know, you can just want to understand
Refuse for meetings to be surfacy
Regularly PJ asks co-pastors “What’s the most painful thing that happened to you in the past year?” --- “Tell me something that happened in the first 10 years of your life, teenage years, 20s…?” “What’s the thing you’re most excited about in the next year?”
You know what those words say? They say “I want to understand”
You can go up to any coworker and say “Tell me something about your childhood, I’ll tell you something about mine” “Share with me the most painful thing in your life, I’ll share…” “I just want to get to know you, man, I just want to understand, I want to know your fears, your insecurities, your history, and in a world of distrust, you can be the only trustworthy person
The highest expression of faith is thankfulness, there’s nothing greater.
1 Thes 5:18 – in everything, give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus…
Think of someone you work with, on a 0-100 scale, you think they’re a 20. If you find 2 or 3 things to be thankful for and you tell them, in your mind, they’ll go up to a 70, just like that. The power of expressing thankfulness to someone – it changes instantly your perspective.
“There’s something I so appreciate about you” – you say to them “you can trust me, in a world of distrust, you can trust me. You can trust me that when I look at you, I will not see the worst, but I will see the best. Still within truth, but I will see the best, and you can trust me that in my heart, my desire is to bless you” – and you will give a cup of water to the Lazarus that is begging, starving, and covered in sores that no one else has ever given.
God wants to double and quadruple the sense of destiny in your life.
Isaiah 61:6 - Financial Wealth by John Fichtner
Find the two extreme reactions to any teaching, and you can usually find God’s truth in between them
In the New Testament, we have a whole new definition of riches
If you have lack, there’s a reason why you have lack
Prospering is about doing God’s things, God’s ways
80-90% of what the word of God says about money is first of all, this – “Above all, be content”
Contentment – finding your worth in Christ, in honoring God
Hebrews 13:5 keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have
We do not have a poverty mindset, what we have is a true riches mindset
Greed comes from an empty soul
Children of the king – what we say is – “You know, God wants to bless me, that’s great, I’m glad to be a funnel, but I don’t need any of that because I am so RICH”
Because you start letting a little greed into your heart, it’ll take over your heart
Contentment is not just a command, it’s a guarding of protection, it’s not poverty, it’s riches, but it’s also smart business
Ripping off the elderly -- it’s impossible to rip off the elderly unless the elderly are greedy. No one gets ripped off by a quick-rich scheme unless they want to get rich quick.
Hard work – new testament concept
A college degree is proof that you know how to work hard.
There are maybe 5% who don’t need to go to college.
He who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty is what the scripture says.
Grow your children up reading proverbs. Let them read it every day. Take your sons and say, “read a chapter of proverbs according to the day of the month”
Contentment is NOT laziness
College is just hard work. It’s just proof that you know how to work hard.
“I want to be a stay at home mom” – Raw arrogance
If God blesses you to be a stay at home mom, you are a rich woman, but you cannot demand it, you cannot require it, and you cannot use it as an excuse for not going to college and getting a career – that’s called laziness
If you don’t know this principle then you know nothing about business – there is no such thing as a brilliant idea, that is a fantasy
Wisdom – the ability to meet people’s needs
You want to be a smart businessman? Do a Bible search on servant, understanding, wisdom, and listening
How many of would like to have great wisdom, I mean, fantastic levels of wisdom? Here’s how you get it, and there is no shortcuts, no exceptions – you become a servant, every day
There is no such thing as A key to a person’s heart. The heart is complex; it’s like a multifaceted diamond. You want to win someone’s heart, you gotta try a thousand ways to win their heart and serve them.
Business success is about being a servant
You know what a minister is? In both the Hebrew and the greek, the root word means servant
God gave him two ways to double his business and in both cases, it was after multiple tries of “How can I meet the needs of my customer’s better?”
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Co-Dependency Series 1- by Pastor John Fichtner
Boundaries and sense of personal responsibility gets blown out of whack
Responsibility and pain
We take massive responsibility on ourselves
Helpless, innocent, victim
I have to help
I have to rescue you
Can’t live without being in pain
I find my soul value in how much you need me
We make a lot of noise about their circumstance
Everybody has mixed motives
The co-dependent people pleaser always makes the situation worse
Fix the pain now
Push them away from God
Only you can save me from my pain
Can’t say no
Avoid the Bible
Gift of leadership
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Co-Dependency Series 2- by Pastor John Fichtner
The fact that you want to help is from God
Who to help
How to say no
Every gift has a weakness
Love to help and are tender
Born trying hard
Have to require people to take responsibility for their own attitudes
Created the crisis
Gracious prompt response
Do you want to take this pain and dig into the Word of God?
Verbal processing is always sloppy, always foolish
Write it out
I will tell you my problems but you can’t tell anyone else
Have to find out up front
I don’t have to explain every detail of my schedule
Why don’t they try harder
If you don’t know the reason “why”- can’t minister to anyone
Isaiah 61:9 - The Goal of Parenting
The single point of influence in kids/today’s generation that is more influence than parents and friends combined is media.
Media is all about emotional disconnect.
Media is the harddrive of faith – when your mind is consumed by media, it has little time to think on issues of the faith.
People can’t exist without T.V and MEDIA because they need external noise to tune out their internal noise – something that terrifies them.
No one after 10 hours of media has had MORE peace – or REST.
The only group to limit media to weekends are the Educated community – they know that kids need to be free of media to limitations in order to be smart.
Your goal is not to protect your kids. Your goal is to train mighty warriors.