I get so excited with every upgrade you go after. Each step forward is a step closer to the great big destiny I designed for you. I made you to transform and to encourage others to go after their destiny and identity in Me. 


Church is a strange animal and it’s not for everyone, though Jesus is for everyone, Amen. Truth be told, in the 23 years I’ve never felt like I should be the pastor of a church – never. I’ve dealt with this constant feeling you’re all going to find out what a knucklehead I really am. 

I don’t like hanging out with other pastors. I never feel like I belong with them. I just never do. The first five or six years I led this church, I wouldn’t even let anyone call me “Pastor Troy.” By business card even said “OpenDoor Church, Troy Brewer, Co-Pastor.” 

I had no idea who the other pastor was, but I was sure somebody legit was going to show up and take over. I’ve had to battle some big insecurity over my hillbilly accent and the fact I have zero education whatsoever. I’ve also had to overcome my past because I grew up where I preach and those people know what a rotten kid I was.

How would you like to pastor a church where you raised nine kinds of hell every single day of your life until you got saved? All that’s behind me since May of 1986. Amen.

With that said, I know many of you feel the same way. You may not be the pastor, but coming to church is hard. Getting saved is so great, but getting plugged into a church can be downright painful – especially if people there know you – the old you.

The religious devils among us do not buy into transformation. They will never forget the old you and they make a point of reminding you of your history. They don’t want to see you change and will hold you back. That’s not God. God never reminds you of your history. He’s all about destiny. 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

God, who is love, keeps no record of wrongs and my friend, we need to be just like Jesus. We need to let people change and, as drop-dead, sold-out Jesus freaks, we need to help them progress and transform. 

Let’s, you and I, be different. Let’s bring the Kingdom of heaven to earth and speak life, identity and destiny over each other, especially those new to the faith. And don’t do it because you’re at church. Do it because you are the church.