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How Do I Survive and Thrive? W/ Samuel Rodriguez

How Do I Survive and Thrive? W/ Samuel Rodriguez


>>Ashton Parsley: WELL, I AM HERE WITH PASTOR
SAMMY RODRIGUEZ AND WE ARE AT THE PLANETSHAKERS CONFERENCE AWAKENING, IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. PASTOR, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US ON “SERIOUSLY?!”,
TODAY.>>Sammy Rodriguez: ABSOLUTELY, BLESSED TO
BE HERE.>>Ashton Parsley: WELL, YOU WERE PART OF
THE MORNING SESSION TODAY AND YOU WERE SPEAKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN SURVIVING AND THRIVING. CAN YOU EXPOUND UPON THAT FOR US?>>Sammy Rodriguez: INDEED, FROM JUDGES 6,
THE GIDEON STORY; IN ESSENCE, THAT ENTIRE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE SERVES AS A PROPHETIC RUBRIC. EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET IS ACTUALLY
EITHER FAILING, SURVIVING, OR THRIVING. YESTERDAY WE SPOKE ABOUT FAILURE. THAT’S KIND OF SIMPLE, BUT THERE’S A DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN SURVIVAL AND THRIVING, SURVIVING AND THRIVING. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIVING IN THE
DESERT OR THE PROMISED LAND, AND THE DIFFERENCE IS EVEN IN THE WAY WE PRAY. IF WE’RE CONSTANTLY FOCUSED ON OURSELVES,
“LORD, BLESS ME, BLESS ME, BLESS ME,” THAT’S A SURVIVAL MENTALITY. THRIVING IS, “MAKE ME THE GREATEST BLESSING
TO EVERYONE AROUND ME.” SO, IT’S A PARADIGM SHIFT, IT’S A DIFFERENCE
IN OPTICS AND METRICS, BUT IT’S VERY PROPHETIC AND APPLICABLE, AND THAT’S WHAT CHRIST DOES. CHRIST DIED AND RESURRECTED TO GIVE US LIFE
AND LIFE ABUNDANTLY; JOHN 10:10. SO, GOD PAID A PRICE FOR US NOT TO FAIL OR
SURVIVE, BUT TO THRIVE.>>Ashton Parsley: RIGHT. SO WHAT CAN WE AS CHRISTIANS DO TO MAKE THAT
TRANSITION FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING?>>Sammy Rodriguez: WE HAVE TO WALK WITH THE
DEFINITION THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. THE ANGEL OF THE LORD SHOWS UP, LOOKS AT GIDEON
AND SAYS, “YOU ARE A MIGHTY WARRIOR”; NOT “YOU WILL BE,” NOT “SUBSEQUENTLY,” BUT “THIS
IS WHO YOU ARE.” WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT DEFINE US. ARE WE DEFINED BY OUR CIRCUMSTANCES OR ARE
WE DEFINED BY HIS COVENANT? ARE WE DEFINED BY OUR SURROUNDINGS OR THE
SPIRIT OF GOD INSIDE OF US? WHAT DEFINES US? CHRIST DEFINES US. IT’S NOT DRAMA, IT’S DESTINY. SO, IT’S WHAT JESUS CHRIST DID FOR US ON THE
CROSS THAT DEFINES ME, AND WHEN I UNDERSTAND WHO I AM AND I PUSH BACK AGAINST IDENTITY
MORATORIUM, THEN I CAN EMBRACE EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAS FOR ME.>>Ashton Parsley: YEAH, THAT’S SO GOOD. SO WOULD YOU JUST LOOK INTO THE CAMERA AND
SPEAK A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR AUDIENCE, TODAY?>>Sammy Rodriguez: INDEED. FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON LIKE GIDEON THAT FINDS
THEMSELVES IN THE THRESHING FLOOR OF LIFE, IF YOU FIND YOURSELF BROKEN IN PIECES AND
ASKING, “WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME?”, CHRIST DID NOT PAY THE PRICE FOR YOU STAY IN THAT THRESHING
FLOOR, FOR YOU TO FAIL, OR EVEN JUST SURVIVE. HE PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU TO THRIVE. THERE ARE THINGS THAT GUIDE ME EVERY SINGLE
DAY, SOME PRINCIPLES FROM GOD’S WORD. ONE, TODAY’S COMPLACENCY IS TOMORROW’S CAPTIVITY. SECOND, YOU ARE WHAT YOU TOLERATE. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE WHAT YOU
TOLERATE. GOD MADE YOU FOR GREATER THINGS. GOD DOES NOT COME DOWN INTO YOUR LIFE TO CONDEMN
YOU OR JUDGE YOU; HE COMES TO SET YOU FREE, TO DEFINE YOU AND UNLEASH YOUR PURPOSE AND
YOUR DESTINY. THERE ARE GREAT THINGS COMING YOUR WAY; GREAT
THINGS THAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR YOU. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9: “YOUR EYE HAS YET TO SEE,
YOUR EAR HAS YET TO HEAR, YOUR MIND HAS YET TO IMAGINE THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT GOD HAS
IN STORE FOR YOU, BECAUSE YOU LOVE HIM.” SO, GET READY TO SEE THINGS SHIFT IN YOUR
LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, BUT UNDERSTAND THAT CHRIST DEFINES YOU.>>Ashton Parsley: THANK YOU. WELL, THAT’S PASTOR SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ.

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