Houston Forward Times

16 July 2014 Written by  Pastor E A Deckard

The Why Series Part One

"I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?" - Henry Ford

Forward Thinkers this week I will ask and answer questions to empower and enlighten you because it’s your time to grow into your full potential.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

Forward Thinkers remember there is power in knowledge and we must seek to gain the knowledge needed to unlock the doors of opportunity. The lack of knowledge will create a culture that lacks the ability to achieve and succeed beyond their current reality.

Forward Thinkers we must become the generation of knowledge and understand a lack of knowledge is a Forward Thinkers worst enemy.

Proverbs 19:8 The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Forward Thinkers notice the bible declares those who have wisdom will live an enjoyable life full of peace and love but those who reject knowledge will spend their life struggling. The difference between a person enjoying prosperity and the person living in poverty is their relationship with knowledge.

Forward Thinkers this week in FORWARD THINKING I will answer the following questions: Why I need God "Jesus and the Holy Spirit" And Why I need the Church"

Forward Thinkers I was asked the following question: I don’t see why I need God in my life. It’s up to me to get ahead in life and if I work real hard I believe I can achieve success.

Forward Thinkers remember the bible warns us not to lean on our own understanding and that pride comes before self destruction. The devil has a history of deceiving believers out of their position of power and authority with trickery. Yes, as a Forward Thinker we have a responsibility to work hard and to prepare ourselves for success but, we understand it is the Lord that gives us the ability to achieve success.

Forward Thinkers we are created in the image of God. My full potential can only be made possible when I become who God has created me to be. Anything else less is my second best. Too many believers are living beneath their best because, they are trying to excel without ahealthy relationship with their Creator. A child needs their parent’s assistance to develop into their full potential and God is the ultimate Father.

Forward Thinkers I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be anywhere God is not welcome; because, if it had not been for the Lord on my side I don’t know what I would do.

Psalm 124 1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say—2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, 3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; 4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, 5 the raging waters would have swept us away.6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Forward Thinkers notice the bible does not say if people attack us but rather when people attack us. It is a reality in life we will at times be faced with opposition and persecution but because the Lord is on our side we are able to prevail.

Forward Thinkers I remember as a child, my grandfather shared a story with me about life after I had a fight on the playground with another kid because, I didn’t like the remarks me made about me during a basketball game. My grandfather, the late Aaron Donahue, said "son if the mailman stopped to fight every barking dog on his mail route it would be impossible for him to complete his assignment in a timely fashion". The hidden meaning behind his story is I should not allow the opposition of others to cause me to lose focus and become ineffective.

Forward Thinkers because the Lord is on our side we don’t have to get caught up in the midst of people hating on us but we can remain calm, cool, and collected. The victory is already won. David defeated the giant in his way long before he even loaded his slingshot because the Lord was on his side.

Forward Thinkers again I don’t know about you but I’m glad I know the Lord is on my side and victory belongs to me.

Forward Thinkers also notice there will be times when life becomes rough and overwhelming even for believers. We don’t panic under the pressures of life because we realize the Lord is on our side and He won’t allow the storms of life to cancel our assignments in life.

Forward Thinkers we can rejoice in the face of problems because we understand the promises of God and the power of our connection to God.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Forward Thinkers Jesus came to save us from ourselves with grace and mercy and to give us life and life to the full. Forward Thinkers, Jesus put us back on track to reach our full potential. Nothing is impossible for us because we are connected to Jesus and that relationship opens up an unlimited amount of possibilities.

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing

Forward Thinkers to achieve maximum results we need Jesus.

John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Forward Thinkers the Holy Spirit is my advocate. He is fighting for me to get all I deserve and I can’t be blindsided by the enemy because the Holy Spirit will reveal to me the plots and plans of my enemies.

Forward Thinkers the Holy Spirit teaches me things I’ve never learned in a class room therefore under the influence of the Holy Spirit my knowledge level increases supernaturally.

Forward Thinkers the Holy Spirit reminds me of whom I am and who I am not. The enemy can’t steal my true identify because the Holy Spirit protects me with an identity theft prevention plan.

Why I need the church?

Hebrews 10:25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Forward Thinkers we are the Body of Christ and we must operate like the body operates. We all need each other to reach our full potential. The body is design to function in unity and we must stay connected to the church to stay connected to each other.

Forward Thinkers we can’t forget the bible says iron sharpens iron, therefore; we need the church to keep us sharp and positioned to achieve great success.

Forward Thinkers we need the church because, there is nothing on the planet earth that can compare to a live church experience where the people and God are flowing on one accord.

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, 16711 Ella Blvd. Houston, Texas, 77090. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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