Action Step Three


“God shows up in people’s lives when they transfer intention into action.” –Kevin Gerald

Illustration:  THE TEN LEPERS

Luke 17:11-14

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

1.  A Mind-set of Action

1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

“A Barking Dog is better than a sleeping lion.”

Work and action begins with preparation. As Christians, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We must think rightly about what we are to do before we can do it. “Preparing your minds for action” is literally “gird up the loins” of your mind, a figure of speech which meant “get ready for action.” Think getting up in the morning and throwing on some pants to get ready for work.

2. Diligent hands, DO WORK SON!

Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

What is the relationship between our desires and our actions? Both the lazy person and the diligent person desire, but only the one who moves from desire to action gets what they want. Illustration: if you want to get to a destination, sitting in the car isn’t going to do anything unless you turn the ignition, and begin the trip.

3. Faith in Action

James 2:17 (ESV)

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

This doesn’t mean that works saves us, but that true, saving faith always shows itself in good works. The things we do and say are a great gauge for what we believe. James’ metaphor of a dead faith is telling someone in need to go be “warm and filled” and actually do nothing to help them be “warm and filled”.

(The second part of this action step will continue tomorrow)

Action Step Two


1. Ignorance
o    What is it you’re unsure of, or need to learn more about in order to move forward?
o    Are you willing to take the steps you need to understand?
o    What are the reasons you are using to justify not taking these steps?

“It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know!”

2. Laziness
o    What lies are you believing about your self that keeps you from acting?
o    What are the reasons you are using to justify not doing anything?
o    What is the hardest thing about doing and acting that keeps you from doing it?

3. Unbelief
o    What are you not believing about God’s character?
o    About his promises?
o    What lies about yourself and your identity are you believing?

Action Step One

For the rest of this week are will be at practical action steps you can take  to BREAK FREE!


Good INTENTIONS vs. ACTIONS:  The difference is in the doing.
Procrastinators blur the lines between intention and action, actually counting intention as action.  They judge themselves by intention, and others by action.


1.  Decide to see yourself as stewarding God’s resources in your life.
ACTION STEP:  Turn your life and possessions over to God in prayer.  Ask God to help you manage the resources you have in such a way that you honor Him.

2.  Decide to keep your debts down.
ACTION STEP:  Begin now to live within your income.  Make a list of your debts, smallest to largest. Pay off the smallest first….until they are all paid off.

3.  Decide to plan your spending and giving.
ACTION STEP:  Do a Cash flow Plan.  Tithe first and then as you experience margin and increase you can add offerings into your plan with the goal of being a generous liberal giver.

4.  Decide to adjust quickly to change so that you maintain margin in your life.
ACTION STEP:  Decrease expenses and increase income.  Cancel some expenses you don’t need; get a part-time job, if needed.  Take steps immediately to create margin, so that in the future you’re creating wealth.

5.  Decide to prosper from the inside out.
ACTION STEP:  Develop a daily habit of growing internally.  Read books and listen to audio teaching that develops a prosperous mind.  Pray for a blessed life of favor and increase.