Destroy What Paralyzes You with Samuel Rodriguez

Destroy What Paralyzes You with Samuel Rodriguez

Break the cycle of doubt, fears, labels, and past failures. Pastor Sam Rodriguez teaches you how to destroy and overcome what paralyzes you from receiving the miracle God has for you. Listen to find out more and how you can get Pastor Rodriguez's book, "You Are Next."

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Dr. Samuel Rodriguez

Break the cycle of doubt, fears, labels, and past failures. Pastor Sam Rodriguez teaches you how to destroy and overcome what paralyzes you from receiving the miracle God has for you. Listen to find out more and how you can get Pastor Rodriguez's book, You Are Next.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I spent a lot of time pastoring and in life and talking with people and hearing this type of phrase … I'm just waiting for my ship to come in. I developed a pat answer to that almost where I needed to repent. I've always responded with well, while you're waiting for your ship to come in, it's probable that an entire fleet has come in and they're parked in the dock. So, I think we've got a book for you now and certainly a guest who knows a little bit about what it means to already know what you should know about yourself. I'm so blessed to have Pastor Sam Rodriguez with us on the podcast. I'm so honored. This the first time I've ever interviewed Pastor Sam. I love him. I've loved his work and this book that I want to talk with you about, it’s called You Are Next: Destroy What Has Paralyzed You and Never Miss Your Moment Again. Listen to that promise. Never miss your moment again.

Pastor Rodriguez, as president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, you have seen a lot of folks waiting for their ships to come in, haven't you?

Samuel Rodriguez on Charisma

·         Samuel Rodriguez: Don’t Confuse These 3 Types of Criticism

·         Samuel Rodriguez: It’s Not too Late for Your Miracle!

·         Samuel Rodriguez: Never Miss Your Blessing Again

·         Samuel Rodriguez: The Church Must Get its Financial House in Order

·         Samuel Rodriguez Shares the Secrets of Successful Ministries

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: Indeed, on more than one occasion. Indeed. It’s sort of a quintessential moment. It really epitomizes the idea of what when will I be next, when will I experience my breakthrough? When will I achieve God's purpose in my life? When will I see what I've been prayed for? … when, when, when, when, when, when?  I really do believe that the conduit of this powerful narrative from the Gospel of John, we have a biblical prescription … and this is going to sound a little bit strong, a biblical prescription to assure us that we will never miss our turn again.

Listen to Samuel Rodriguez on CPN

·         Be Light with Samuel Rodriguez

Some of Pastor Sam’s Books

·         You Are Next: Destroy What Has Paralyzed You, and Never Miss Your Moment Again

·         Shake Free: How to Deal with Storms, Shipwrecks and Snakes in Your Life

·         Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth and Hope into a Darkened World

·         Path of Miracles: The Seven Life-Changing Principles That Leads to Purpose and Fulfillment

·         The Lamb’s Agenda: Why Jesus is Calling you to a Life of Righteousness and Justice

Dr. Steve Greene: Yes. And you've based this in your reading and the anointing power of the Holy Spirit that came to you as you started reading about the healing of the paralytic. Why don't you give us a background on how the Lord spoke to you about this?

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: It's a powerful narrative, indeed, as you're well aware. This man who was paralyzed for 38 years, he's literally, physically next to a pool that, on occasion, an angel would come down and stir up the waters and the first person that would go into the water when the waters would bubble up would receive their miracle. This man was paralyzed. So, he states explicitly, I always miss my turn. I'm depending on other people to put me into the water. I see the waters bubble up, but I can't get in there. I'm paralyzed. And he talks about dependency. I begin the book by talking about paralyzed because of dependency. When we depend on others more than we depend on God, perpetual paralysis will define us. One of the major issues that paralyzes us is this issue of unbridled dependency on others for our integrity, for our joy, for our peace. The fact that someone can take away your peace, the fact that someone can take away your joy, the fact that an external circumstance has the ability to squelch your destiny. I outline that, of course, biblically substantiate it, I push back on that and say absolutely not. Your dependency, Psalm 62 says, I depend on God alone, God should be the primary, the source for your joy and your peace. Of course, the joy, the purpose, your quintessential purpose is to follow and pursue the will of the Word of God in your life. So, dependency is a first issue, we have to push back as it pertains to paralysis.

·         John 5:6: When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in that condition now a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’” (MEV).

Dr. Steve Greene: So, you would ask the question, what is your tendency for dependency? You wrote that.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: Yes, because some of us are born there. There are some cultural dynamics. There's some sociological dynamics, by the way. There are even some genetically predisposed physiological realities that we can't deny as it pertains to health issues and so forth that requires us to depend or that compel, better yet, to depend. That’s a better word than require. But there is a biblical antidote. When we push everything at the feet of the cross, when we really live a life full of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, where we are led by the Spirit and not by the flesh, Galatian 5:16, then that issue of dependency is dealt with. If we put everything in the hands of The Master, and when we obey His will and his Word, then paralysis will be pushed away.

·         Galatians 5:16: I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (MEV).

Dr. Steve Greene: There was a specific moment in this story where Jesus asked the paralyzed man if he wants to be made well, that in itself is a Bible study. Do you want to be made well? Let me think about it. Jesus.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: One of the most interesting exchanges in in Scripture lies embedded in at this precise moment. Here's a man who's paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus shows up; out of mercy and compassion, He was driven, compelled out of compassion, the Bible says he approaches a man and asks the man, do you want to get well? I want you to hear this. The incoherency and the response to me is amazing. When someone asks you a question, do you want to, do you want to get well? Do you want a caramel latte? Do you want a caramel latte from Starbucks? Your answer is either yes or no. So, it's like the SAT exams, right? Yes or no. His responses is the following: I can't, sir. Jesus never asked him if he could. Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. Parenthetically speaking, we could extrapolate what Jesus does next. We could extrapolate biblically with soundness that in essence, this man was not physically paralyzed. He was spiritually, was morally, he was intellectually, cognitively, his language was paralyzed. So, in essence, the next thing Jesus does is tell him to stand up. What does this mean in between? Jesus is saying, look, I know you can’t. If you could, you wouldn't be here in the first place. You're paralyzed by narcissism. You're full of yourself. You think it's about you and it's not about you. It's not about your ability. It's about my anointing. It's not about your potential. It's about my power. It's not about your gift. It's about my grace. So, Jesus says, I'm going to bypass what just came out of your mouth because it makes no sense. It’s incoherent, and I'm going to order you now to stand up. To me that is one of the most beautiful … How many times has Samuel Rodriguez responded to God in an incoherent, illogical, irrational way that the good Lord via the conduit of His grace and mercy has said, you know what, Sam, I'm going to ignore what came out of your mouth and I'm going to speak to the destiny inside of you and bypass the drama around you. I am standing today because the good Lord had mercy and spoke to his purpose inside of me in spite of the problem around me. Because I was so focused on the problem, I wanted God to fix the problem, when instead, he wanted to what, activate my purpose. That's exactly what He did with this man. We want God to address the drama in our lives, when he would rather affirm our destiny and catapult that destiny so the destiny could jump over the drama.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, pastor make this real modern. Bring Jesus into our lives right now where we're saying, what question would he ask us and how would we respond today? How do we make this a today story?

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: No, it's very powerful. The question is, hey, do you want what I have for you? That would be the appropriate contextualization. Do you want what I have for you? Look, all who I am all that I've done, do you want it for you? Do you want it for you? How about your family? How about for your home and your marriage, your finances?

Dr. Steve Greene: How many times do you hear the answer that I don't know? You know, there's not enough people that say yes.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: The fact that people say I don't know, that’s the part that scares me. support that scares me. Why don't we have a resounding collective choir of people yelling from the rooftops, yes, absolutely? I want the blood. I want the grace. I want the love and the truth and the mercy, eternal life, new life, abundant life that can only be found in Jesus Christ alone. The answer is yes on steroids. But yet, we don't have a yes on steroids. We have the same response from this paralyzed man. I can't, or I don't know, well, maybe later. You have to be kidding me.  It's not my turn, it's not my turn. Again, here's the response. Jesus looks at him and says stand up. But the word stand up there in the Greek exegesis; it's not a hypothetical, it's not a supposition or a proposition. Jesus is not recommending him to stand up. It is the same verbiage that appears in Joshua when the angel tell Joshua stand up, which means what? It's a command. In other words, Jesus was not asking him to stand up. No, the guy just said I can't. So Jesus said listen, I'm not even going to speak to your flesh. I'm going to speak to the soul inside of you that was breathed into you. I'm ordering you now, sunshine, to stand up. And the moment Jesus ordered him to stand up, the man who just said I can't, literally his body stood up. So, the body responded to the commands of Jesus even though this the man was paralyzed, morally, intellectually, spiritually speaking. Because Jesus will tell us the order to stand up, that to me is one of the most powerful things. The moment the man saw he could stand up, that his body obeyed the words of The Master, it was a game changer, indeed. To me that is so powerful when God tells us to stand up in spite of us. Sometimes God will tell us to stand up not just for our sake but for the sake of our children and our children's children. But maybe there are times that we are being the conduit of self-inflicted wounds, paralyzed by the past by sin, by failure, by whatever it may be and you we deserve to a great degree to be, and I'm speaking metaphorically now paralyzed. All of a sudden God comes around and says, in spite of what you've done, and in spite of everything, my grace is sufficient. I'm not asking you I'm telling you to stand up.

 

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Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Dr. Samuel Rodriguez

Break the cycle of doubt, fears, labels, and past failures. Pastor Sam Rodriguez teaches you how to destroy and overcome what paralyzes you from receiving the miracle God has for you. Listen to find out more and how you can get Pastor Rodriguez's book, You Are Next.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I spent a lot of time pastoring and in life and talking with people and hearing this type of phrase … I'm just waiting for my ship to come in. I developed a pat answer to that almost where I needed to repent. I've always responded with well, while you're waiting for your ship to come in, it's probable that an entire fleet has come in and they're parked in the dock. So, I think we've got a book for you now and certainly a guest who knows a little bit about what it means to already know what you should know about yourself. I'm so blessed to have Pastor Sam Rodriguez with us on the podcast. I'm so honored. This the first time I've ever interviewed Pastor Sam. I love him. I've loved his work and this book that I want to talk with you about, it’s called You Are Next: Destroy What Has Paralyzed You and Never Miss Your Moment Again. Listen to that promise. Never miss your moment again.

Pastor Rodriguez, as president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, you have seen a lot of folks waiting for their ships to come in, haven't you?

Samuel Rodriguez on Charisma

·         Samuel Rodriguez: Don’t Confuse These 3 Types of Criticism

·         Samuel Rodriguez: It’s Not too Late for Your Miracle!

·         Samuel Rodriguez: Never Miss Your Blessing Again

·         Samuel Rodriguez: The Church Must Get its Financial House in Order

·         Samuel Rodriguez Shares the Secrets of Successful Ministries

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: Indeed, on more than one occasion. Indeed. It’s sort of a quintessential moment. It really epitomizes the idea of what when will I be next, when will I experience my breakthrough? When will I achieve God's purpose in my life? When will I see what I've been prayed for? … when, when, when, when, when, when?  I really do believe that the conduit of this powerful narrative from the Gospel of John, we have a biblical prescription … and this is going to sound a little bit strong, a biblical prescription to assure us that we will never miss our turn again.

Listen to Samuel Rodriguez on CPN

·         Be Light with Samuel Rodriguez

Some of Pastor Sam’s Books

·         You Are Next: Destroy What Has Paralyzed You, and Never Miss Your Moment Again

·         Shake Free: How to Deal with Storms, Shipwrecks and Snakes in Your Life

·         Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth and Hope into a Darkened World

·         Path of Miracles: The Seven Life-Changing Principles That Leads to Purpose and Fulfillment

·         The Lamb’s Agenda: Why Jesus is Calling you to a Life of Righteousness and Justice

Dr. Steve Greene: Yes. And you've based this in your reading and the anointing power of the Holy Spirit that came to you as you started reading about the healing of the paralytic. Why don't you give us a background on how the Lord spoke to you about this?

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: It's a powerful narrative, indeed, as you're well aware. This man who was paralyzed for 38 years, he's literally, physically next to a pool that, on occasion, an angel would come down and stir up the waters and the first person that would go into the water when the waters would bubble up would receive their miracle. This man was paralyzed. So, he states explicitly, I always miss my turn. I'm depending on other people to put me into the water. I see the waters bubble up, but I can't get in there. I'm paralyzed. And he talks about dependency. I begin the book by talking about paralyzed because of dependency. When we depend on others more than we depend on God, perpetual paralysis will define us. One of the major issues that paralyzes us is this issue of unbridled dependency on others for our integrity, for our joy, for our peace. The fact that someone can take away your peace, the fact that someone can take away your joy, the fact that an external circumstance has the ability to squelch your destiny. I outline that, of course, biblically substantiate it, I push back on that and say absolutely not. Your dependency, Psalm 62 says, I depend on God alone, God should be the primary, the source for your joy and your peace. Of course, the joy, the purpose, your quintessential purpose is to follow and pursue the will of the Word of God in your life. So, dependency is a first issue, we have to push back as it pertains to paralysis.

·         John 5:6: When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in that condition now a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’” (MEV).

Dr. Steve Greene: So, you would ask the question, what is your tendency for dependency? You wrote that.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: Yes, because some of us are born there. There are some cultural dynamics. There's some sociological dynamics, by the way. There are even some genetically predisposed physiological realities that we can't deny as it pertains to health issues and so forth that requires us to depend or that compel, better yet, to depend. That’s a better word than require. But there is a biblical antidote. When we push everything at the feet of the cross, when we really live a life full of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, where we are led by the Spirit and not by the flesh, Galatian 5:16, then that issue of dependency is dealt with. If we put everything in the hands of The Master, and when we obey His will and his Word, then paralysis will be pushed away.

·         Galatians 5:16: I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (MEV).

Dr. Steve Greene: There was a specific moment in this story where Jesus asked the paralyzed man if he wants to be made well, that in itself is a Bible study. Do you want to be made well? Let me think about it. Jesus.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: One of the most interesting exchanges in in Scripture lies embedded in at this precise moment. Here's a man who's paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus shows up; out of mercy and compassion, He was driven, compelled out of compassion, the Bible says he approaches a man and asks the man, do you want to get well? I want you to hear this. The incoherency and the response to me is amazing. When someone asks you a question, do you want to, do you want to get well? Do you want a caramel latte? Do you want a caramel latte from Starbucks? Your answer is either yes or no. So, it's like the SAT exams, right? Yes or no. His responses is the following: I can't, sir. Jesus never asked him if he could. Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. Parenthetically speaking, we could extrapolate what Jesus does next. We could extrapolate biblically with soundness that in essence, this man was not physically paralyzed. He was spiritually, was morally, he was intellectually, cognitively, his language was paralyzed. So, in essence, the next thing Jesus does is tell him to stand up. What does this mean in between? Jesus is saying, look, I know you can’t. If you could, you wouldn't be here in the first place. You're paralyzed by narcissism. You're full of yourself. You think it's about you and it's not about you. It's not about your ability. It's about my anointing. It's not about your potential. It's about my power. It's not about your gift. It's about my grace. So, Jesus says, I'm going to bypass what just came out of your mouth because it makes no sense. It’s incoherent, and I'm going to order you now to stand up. To me that is one of the most beautiful … How many times has Samuel Rodriguez responded to God in an incoherent, illogical, irrational way that the good Lord via the conduit of His grace and mercy has said, you know what, Sam, I'm going to ignore what came out of your mouth and I'm going to speak to the destiny inside of you and bypass the drama around you. I am standing today because the good Lord had mercy and spoke to his purpose inside of me in spite of the problem around me. Because I was so focused on the problem, I wanted God to fix the problem, when instead, he wanted to what, activate my purpose. That's exactly what He did with this man. We want God to address the drama in our lives, when he would rather affirm our destiny and catapult that destiny so the destiny could jump over the drama.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, pastor make this real modern. Bring Jesus into our lives right now where we're saying, what question would he ask us and how would we respond today? How do we make this a today story?

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: No, it's very powerful. The question is, hey, do you want what I have for you? That would be the appropriate contextualization. Do you want what I have for you? Look, all who I am all that I've done, do you want it for you? Do you want it for you? How about your family? How about for your home and your marriage, your finances?

Dr. Steve Greene: How many times do you hear the answer that I don't know? You know, there's not enough people that say yes.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez: The fact that people say I don't know, that’s the part that scares me. support that scares me. Why don't we have a resounding collective choir of people yelling from the rooftops, yes, absolutely? I want the blood. I want the grace. I want the love and the truth and the mercy, eternal life, new life, abundant life that can only be found in Jesus Christ alone. The answer is yes on steroids. But yet, we don't have a yes on steroids. We have the same response from this paralyzed man. I can't, or I don't know, well, maybe later. You have to be kidding me.  It's not my turn, it's not my turn. Again, here's the response. Jesus looks at him and says stand up. But the word stand up there in the Greek exegesis; it's not a hypothetical, it's not a supposition or a proposition. Jesus is not recommending him to stand up. It is the same verbiage that appears in Joshua when the angel tell Joshua stand up, which means what? It's a command. In other words, Jesus was not asking him to stand up. No, the guy just said I can't. So Jesus said listen, I'm not even going to speak to your flesh. I'm going to speak to the soul inside of you that was breathed into you. I'm ordering you now, sunshine, to stand up. And the moment Jesus ordered him to stand up, the man who just said I can't, literally his body stood up. So, the body responded to the commands of Jesus even though this the man was paralyzed, morally, intellectually, spiritually speaking. Because Jesus will tell us the order to stand up, that to me is one of the most powerful things. The moment the man saw he could stand up, that his body obeyed the words of The Master, it was a game changer, indeed. To me that is so powerful when God tells us to stand up in spite of us. Sometimes God will tell us to stand up not just for our sake but for the sake of our children and our children's children. But maybe there are times that we are being the conduit of self-inflicted wounds, paralyzed by the past by sin, by failure, by whatever it may be and you we deserve to a great degree to be, and I'm speaking metaphorically now paralyzed. All of a sudden God comes around and says, in spite of what you've done, and in spite of everything, my grace is sufficient. I'm not asking you I'm telling you to stand up.

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

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