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DCS COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS 2022

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INTRODUCTION
Regardless of what your next step is, all of you have to live life. All of you have been given this gift of life to be used for the glory of the One who created you

1. LIVE A LIFE OF WORSHIP

WORSHIP - WORTH-SHIP
Romans 12:1–2 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

WE WORSHIP BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS BUT ALSO BECAUSE HIS MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING

2. LIVE ON PURPOSE WITH DISCIPLINE

NO ONE IS LOOKING FOR YOU

Life is all about discipline - Discipline is the key to a fruitful life: spiritually, academically and professionally.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and achieving those goals

Don’t depend on motivation because there will be many times and days when you are not motivated

“Discipline is doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it.”

3. BE UNIQUELY YOU:

Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL THAT THIS WORLD NEEDS. YOU OWE IT TO THIS WORLD TO BE THE YOU THAT THE LORD MADE YOU TO BE - FLAWS AND ALL.

TO TRY TO BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT IS TO BE A CHEAP IMITATION AND, ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, GOD HAS NOT MADE ANYONE CHEAP.

4. LEARN THE SHAPING POWER OF PAIN

THOUGHTS

A.W. TOZER: “IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER GOD CAN BLESS A MAN GREATLY UNTIL HE HAS HURT HIM DEEPLY.”

THERE WILL BE
FRUSTRATIONS
HURT
PAIN
TRIALS WILL COME

BUT KNOW THAT IN THESE MOMENT THE LORD IS SHAPING YOU AND MAKING YOU TO LOVE HIM MORE DEEPLY SO THAT HE MIGHT BE SEEN THROUGH YOU MORE CLEARLY

5. EVERY DECISION AND CHOICE HAS MULTIPLE CONSEQUENCES

SCRIPTURE
o TRY TO ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THE DOMINO AFFECT OF DECISIONS
THIS COMES THROUGH
1. PRAYER
James 1:5 ESV
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
2. COMMUNITY:
Proverbs 11:14 ESV
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 15:22 ESV
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

6. HUMILITY ALWAYS WINS

7. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

END WITH SCENE FROM ROCKY 4

UNDERDOG

FIGHTING DRAGO JUST BEAT APOLLO IN THE RING

“WHY CAN’T YOU CHANGE YOUR THINKING? EVERYONE ELSE DOES”

BECAUSE I AM A FIGHTER. THAT’S THE WAY I’M MADE

YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE BY THE GOD WHO IS A WARRIOR GOD – THAT MAKES YOU A WARRIOR IN SPIRIT

YOU WERE MADE A FIGHTER

1. FOR HONOR OF GOD IN THIS WORLD

2. AND TO ACHIEVE YOUR PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD

AND YOU FIGHT FROM A POSITION IN VICTORY IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST
Romans 8:35 ESV
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
Romans 8:36 ESV
As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Romans 8:37 ESV
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
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