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1 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! “…. Having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will …” - Eph 1:11-

2 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 2 2 How do we discover or uncover His purpose for us?

3 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 3 3 Life is not about me “ For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible … all things have been created through Him and for Him” -Colossians 1: 16- It is all about God; Focusing on ourselves will not lead us to our life’s purpose.

4 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 4 4 God’s purpose has been predestined before we were made… He has planned it before we existed. God’s purpose in our life fits into a larger purpose designed for eternity.

5 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 5 5 You are who you are for a reason You’re part of an intricate plan. You are a precious and perfect unique design, Called God’s special woman or man. You look like you look for a reason. Our God made no mistake. He knit you together within the womb. You’re just what he wanted to make Russell Kelfer Bible Teacher Poet

6 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 6 6 The parents you had were the ones he chose, And no matter how you may feel They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind, And they bear the Master’s seal. No, that trauma you faced was not easy. And God wept that it hurt you so; But it was allowed to shape your heart So that into His likeness you would grow. Russell Kelfer Bible Teacher Poet

7 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 7 7 You are who you are for a reason, You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod. You are who you are, beloved Because there is a God! Russell Kelfer Bible Teacher Poet

8 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 8 8 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities --- all things have been created through Him and for Him” - Colossians 1:16 -

9 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 9 9 DESIGNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE - Colossians 1:16 - MY PURPOSE

10 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 10 A TTITUDE C HARACTER B EHAVIOR Leader D ISCIPLINE

11 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” -John 10:10 – A SMALL TRUTH TO MAKE LIFE 100%

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13 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 13 Hard Work Knowledge

14 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 14 MONEY?Luck?

15 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 15 Money Is it Money ?... NO ! ! ! M+O+N+E+Y = 72%

16 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 16 Luck L+U+C+K = 47% ( don't most of us think this is the most important ??? )

17 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 17 ATTITUDE A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 100%

18 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 18 ATTITUDE: ATTITUDE: a mental state involving BELIEFS and FEELINGS and VALUES and DISPOSITIONS to act in certain ways…

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29 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 29 Gratitude Sam2:1; Col. 4:2 Contentment …………………………………….1 Tim 6:6; Phil. 4:12 Humility …………………………………………….. Phil. 2:3-8 Dependence on Him ……………………… Phil. 4:6-7; Phil 4:19

30 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 30 Gratitude What 10 things are you most grateful to God for?

31 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 31 CONTENTMENT What 10 things do you wish you have but don’t ?

32 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 32 HUMILITY Do I listen and truly minister to the heart of people? Am I impressed with myself for a job well done and forget to give the glory to God? Do I seek recognition of people? Do I resist authority? Do I find it difficult to accept criticism/correction?

33 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 33 DEPENDENCE ON GOD How is my response to problems and difficult situations? How is my submission to my God given authority?

34 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 34 Attitude Determines Behavior How Should We Behave?

35 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 35 How Should We Behave? Col. 4: 5-6Col. 4: 5-6 1Tim 2:9-141Tim 2: Pe 3:1-61 Pe 3:1-6 Prov 10:12Prov 10:12

36 CONTROLLABLE “WE WIN OR LOSE BY THE WAY WE CHOOSE” UNCONTROLLABLE Spouse Children Parents/In-law Boss Peers Policies Past Neighbor ExternalInternal Emotions Attitudes Habits Values Style Time Mgnt Decisions Financial Mgnt ACCEPT ACT WISDOM EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE

37 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 37 What is truly important to God? Character Or Reputation

38 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 38 For 10 rounds, you and your team will either choose to be RED or BLUE. Your team will either win or lose depending on the resulting pattern: PatternScore 1: 4 Red………...…R lose 2 2: 3 Red……………R wins 2 1 Blue……………B lose 6 pts 3: 2 Red……………R wins 2 2 Blue……………B lose 2 4: 1 Red……………R wins 6 pts 3 Blue……………B lose 2 5: 4 Blue……………B win 1

39 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 39 CHARACTER vs. REPUTATION Character is an inside job. It is not determined by nature, nor is it a gift. Character is a choice. It is first formed in our minds --- what we believe and then set by our daily actions, behaviors and habits. Reputation Is...  The image, how you look  The form  What you hope to be  What others say about you  Learned in an hour  Concerned with externals  Focused on personal achievements Character Is...  The person, who you are  The substance  Who you are  What God says about you  Learned in a lifetime  Concerned with what’s inside  Focused on adding value to others

40 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 40 Character is about the small things. How Do You Rate On the following? 1.I am able to control my tongue and exercise self-control in my speech and temper 2.I look not only for my own interests, but also to the interests of others 3.I come to meetings/appointments on time 4.I deliver my work with excellence 5.I keep things in confidence; I don’t engage in gossips 6.I take full responsibility for my actions, I don’t blame others 7.I admit my fault, I don’t make excuses 8.I am grateful at all times; I don’t complain 9.I am generous in giving my time, resources and talent to advance God’s kingdom 10.I do what I believe is right, rather than what is convenient or expedient

41 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! I have a thankful heart and content in my circumstances 12.I am willing to submit to and cheerfully accept God’s agenda for me 13.I readily apologize for my mistakes 14.I am generous with my resources: time, talent & treasure 15.I am able to accept criticisms well 16.I exercise self-control in my personal finances; I live below my means 17.I keep a healthy lifestyle 18.I pay my debts and obligations on time 19.I listen more and talk less 20.I am not easily annoyed, irritated or angered 21.I have a gentle spirit; I am not quarrelsome or noisy 22.I readily forgive and keep no record of wrongs 23.I have a joyful spirit regardless of my circumstance

42 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 42 SELF- DISCIPLINE Watch your words, body language and tone (Prov 13:3)Watch your words, body language and tone (Prov 13:3) Master your time (Eph 5:15-16)Master your time (Eph 5:15-16) Manage your finances (Prov. 21:20)Manage your finances (Prov. 21:20) Take care of your body (Rom 12:1)Take care of your body (Rom 12:1) A person without self- control is as defenseless as a city with broken down walls -Proverbs 25:28-

43 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 43 SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES PrayerPrayer MeditationMeditation Reading God’s WordReading God’s Word JournalingJournaling Scripture MemoryScripture Memory FellowshipFellowship

44 Making the Difference for God’s Glory! 44 PERSONAL COMMITMENT K eep I mprove S tart S top A ttitude B ehavior C haracter D iscipline


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