I just love this song right about now by William McDowell. It’s called Send the Rain. It isn’t easy to wait on the Lord but as it says in the Bible, those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and shall mount up like Eagles. You will not be weary so keep on praying, keep on sowing and keep crying for Heaven to Send the Rain. It’s easy to give up when things are rough, but the only way to renew your strength is by waiting on the Lord. Waiting is never easy for waiting in and of itself is a test of endurance. Endurance requires faith and those that wait shall be blessed of the Lord.
[ God Will Be Gracious ] Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lordis a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Ever since the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity divided in the 11th century, some of the greatest fears of the once united Christendom has been realized—fragmentation and division.
Even in the 16th century when Martin Luther led the Protestant Reformation, there was the hope that there would only be a few major expressions of the body of Christ—never in their wildest dreams did the reformers envision all the denominations and now various branches and networks of Christianity that have evolved—which has given opportunity for a spirit of lawlessness, independence and empire building among some insecure but gifted leaders. Whether all these expressions are of God or not is not the purpose of this article.
However, the following will show us some signs revealing when the motivation to build a church, ministry or network is akin to when the human race attempted to build their own empire-epitomized by the “Tower of Babel” which God judged and scattered across the whole earth. (Gen. 11:1-18)
In 1 Kings 11:11 and 12:16 God divided the kingdom of Israel because of religious apostasy, which is the same reason the Catholic Church was judged and fragmented—too much concentration of power in the hands of humans who deviated from the true way of Jesus and the apostles. God will judge His church and hold back revival from certain churches, ministries and regions when their key spiritual leaders are attempting to build themselves an empire rather then build the kingdom.
Leaders talk the talk but their actions speak louder then their so called “kingdom first words.” The following are 17 signs you are an “empire builder” instead of a “kingdom builder”:
1. You rejoice when other key leaders in your region are struggling
Although all leaders with their mouth say they are sad when another church, pastor or leader in their area is struggling, I have observed that some leaders seem to privately gloat or compare themselves with other failing leaders in their area. Whether the failing church or leader is right or wrong, it never pleases God when we internally rejoice or gloat when the body of Christ is not advanced in our region.
2. You are territorial and only work with those under your “covering”
Some leaders and denominations I know will only do outreaches with churches and leaders who have a ministerial and financial allegiance with them. If we are going to reach our communities, we have to be willing to cross denominations and networks and work with the leaders who are sincerely committed to advancing the kingdom.
3. You only support events that which can give you a platform
I have seen leaders actually pull out of a city-wide or community event because their name was not advertised on the program or because they are rivals with a leader who is part of said program. This shows that their concern was not advancing the kingdom but on advancing their own name and empire-building goals.
4. You tend to exaggerate your own importance and influence to outsiders
Empire builders treat their ministry like a sporting event—they are constantly throwing around numbers and stats and comparing their numbers to the numbers of other ministers. They say things like, “We are growing in record numbers” or “This was the most significant event in our city” or “We have the largest network in our city.” Or worse yet, they claim something like “our ministry is the reason why the crime rate went down in our community or region,” and they tend to exaggerate their influence, importance and results in their region or community.
Kingdom builders brag about what God is doing through His church in His city, and they also attempt to applaud the success of others whose feet they wash instead of propping themselves up for photo shoots and publicity. I have observed that several so-called revivals in our country the past 10 years have been more or less nothing more then good advertising and marketing rather then a real move of God.
5. You are jealous of successful key leaders in your region
I know I am with an “empire builder” when I am with a person who is always attempting to dig up dirt on other leaders, criticizing key leaders in their community, or giving “faint praise” when asked about other key leaders in their region.
6. You speak about kingdom unity as a smokescreen to hide your own selfish agenda
Some of the most self-centered empire builders I have known in the past 30 years have spoken the most in public about the need for unity in the body of Christ. They use this kind of talk to get “sheep pastors and ministers” to forsake their own agenda and follow them to aid them in building their empire! They know the entire lingo and have the biblical passages down, but unfortunately their actions do not correspond with their words and preaching.
7. Your name and picture has to be highlighted in every event you participate in
There are leaders I have heard speak about God raising up a movement of “nameless” and “faceless” people and yet in all their conferences, literature and advertising their picture and name are highlighted more than anybody or anything else in the program! I even attended one conference in which there was a life-size picture of the leader in the lobby with the event and program advertised in small print under his picture!
8. You try to steal the loyalties of people connected to other ministries
I have observed that one of the key signs that someone is an empire builder is when they go after key leaders in other leaders’ churches or networks. I myself have had leaders representing our Christ Covenant coalition approached by another leader in my city, asking them to join his network as a representative, even though these leaders have been part of my leadership for over 10 years!
When leaders do this, they make themselves look bad, both to the loyal leaders they approach and to the other key leaders in the city who eventually find out about the M.O. of said empire builder.
9. You love those who follow you and disregard all others
Empire builders have an “either your with me or against me” mentality and approach to life.
Empire builders will not be friends with a person if they are also connected to the ministry of a rival. One of my regional leaders was actually told several years ago that he was no longer welcome to preach in a particular church because he was keeping the company of certain other leaders (me).
The reason for this is that since empire builders are untrustworthy and use their pseudo-friendships as a platform to perpetuate their own empire, they project that same spirit and mentality on other leaders in their region and thus they cut off people loyal to other networks and ministries because they suspect others are all untrustworthy like they themselves are!
10. You have a “top-down” leadership approach and thus struggle to attract strong, successful leaders
Empire builders surround themselves which “yes men” and actually discourage strong, resourceful leaders from working or partnering with them because it does not fit their “top-down” leadership style. Unlike mature leaders who take a “bottom-up” approach—in which they try to lead through consensus with multiple participation of various levels of people taking responsibility in ministry (so that all have ownership in the process)—empire builders surround themselves with leaders of ministries they deem less significant and who want to follow their dictates without meaningful, strategic dialogue.
11. You are driven by self and not led by the Spirit
Your intense need for affirmation because of your insecurity drives your need for success—not the glory of God and work of advancing the kingdom. Thus there is rarely inner peace or rest because you are striving—constantly trying to create a platform and expand your ministry on your own efforts instead of being led by the Lord and letting Him bring the opportunities and open doors.
12. You are an opportunist when other ministries are struggling
Empire builders make believe they are concerned when other churches or ministries are struggling, but they attempt to maneuver themselves so that they can capitalize on the struggles of other ministries and seize either their property or, more likely, their choicest leaders and key people.
13. Your main goal in life is to build some kind of monument to your success
Empire builders are obsessed with building bigger and better buildings, and acquiring more and more property—even if they have to go into huge debt. The lower their self-esteem, the bigger they have to build to compensate for their internal lack. Unfortunately, they are often risking the future of their ministry with all this spending and they rarely if ever think about how their successor is going to fill all these buildings and pay off the mortgage! Remember, there is never any real success without a successor!
14. When possible, you will sabotage the influence and ministry of other leaders you deem a threat to your influence
Recently I reunited with a key leader in another country after almost 12 years of disconnect. I tried numerous times to stay connected but I could never understand why there was some kind of obstruction in the relationship. After speaking for three hours it finally dawned on us that another leader who was jealous of my influence in this country sabotaged our relationship because he wanted to supplant me as the covering of this key leader.
I have also witnessed firsthand when one leader will insinuate lies about another key leader behind their back to try to stop their influence from spreading to other regions. In instances like this we need to speak up and defend the honor of those not present in the room.
15. You tend to copy those you are jealous of in your region
It is said that when someone copies your ideas it is the highest form of flattery. Empire builders will attempt to replicate and outdo many of the things other key leaders in their region are doing. They may call it something different, but in the end it is essentially the same model but with the attitude to make it bigger and better then anything else in their region.
It is like Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s trying to reinvent themselves to keep up with Starbucks. It is borne out of personal competition and not a pure love for Christ and His kingdom.
16. You are a narcissist in relating to your desires in life
Ultimately, empire builders are lovers of themselves. Thus they will sacrifice the dreams and lives of others so their own dreams can be fulfilled. They will throw everybody and anybody under the bus to advance their goals or save their own skin!
Their incredible commitment to the ministry is really only a commitment to advance their own ideals and dreams—which is narcissistic in nature, this is unlike the model of Christ who laid down His own life for the sheep. Ezekiel 34 speaks about the judgment God will bring on shepherds who use and abuse the sheep for their own pleasure.
17. You tell people that your church or network is the main key in your city for true revival and transformation
When giving reports about your ministry, you exaggerate the results of your work and utilize self serving testimonies that back up your claim for spiritual dominance in your region. Many pastors I know have told me of prophecies that have come forth alluding to the fact that it is their church that is going to start a revival for the nation or their community—or that revival is going to start in their region and go to the world because their region is the gate to the rest of the country. I am to tired of hearing these prophecies and so-called words from the Lord.
Unfortunately, some prophets are motivated to give these flattering words so they can be invited back to preach because they know that most inexperienced leaders fall prey to prophetic flattery. That being said, empire builders use these words, visions and experiences to back up their claim that their particular church or ministry is “the church” in their region God is going to use so they can garner the loyalties of unsuspecting and naïve sheep and even pastors.
In my experience, most churches with that attitude are judged by God and actually begin to decline until the leaders repent of pride. Although it is possible that revival can come through one church to the whole world (Azusa Street revival in 1906) it is the exception to the rule because community, city and national transformation usually take place when God visits a region or nation and multitudes of churches receive “times of refreshing” all at the same time, resulting in the formation of informal apostolic networks who partner together to continue to perpetuate the advance of the kingdom of God
Hello Everybody! Today, I would like to touch on a subject that I feel led to talk about. For the past few days, the Holy Spirit has been urging me to tell people that “You should never forget that you are a Christian”. It seems like a “duh” comment, but when you really think about it, how many of us forget that this is our identity? The reason I feel I need to bring this topic up is because lately, we forget that “the enemies of God still hate God, and they don’t care for you either” (I got that from Fred Hammond’s song “No Weapon”) :) . Are you still wondering why bad things are happening to you even though you consider yourself a “good” person, are you wondering why your money is getting tight and you’re running low on resources? Are you still wondering why your family members are acting crazy all of a sudden when things were going well? are you still wondering….?
It’s because you are a Christian.
Spiritual warfare isn’t something that you switch on and off and can go to sleep when you want to. The moment you identify yourself as a Christian, literally, it’ll seem like “All hell broke loose” because that is when you have enlisted yourself into spiritual warfare with the devil and the battle rages on. It’s ever ongoing, ever-present and if you read your Bible, you would know that the Enemy, the devil is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. If your enemy doesn’t sleep well at night because he is roaming around seeking to steal, kill and destroy your blessings and your life, then why is it as Christians, we put ourselves on “sleep mode” thinking that nothing bad will happen? The battle that you face in your life is not your physical life itself, it is a battle against your faith, and faith specifically towards Jesus Christ as Lord over your Life.What you believe in is what you identify yourself with and believing in Christ is a spiritual battle because Jesus didn’t come to save our physical bodies since we will all die one day. He came to save our souls and our spirits and therefore, what you are up against isn’t anything natural, it is a supernatural battle that manifests itself in your natural world.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaringlion, seeking whom he may devour.
We cannot afford to be complacent folks. Persecution is real and it won’t go away just because you decide to put your head under the sand. Every challenge you face right now is in light of the fact that 1.) you are a Christian, 2.) you are a Christian, and 3.) you’re still a Christian. Troubles won’t disappear when what you stand for is a threat to the enemy at all times, Not sometimes, ALL TIMES.That is why we must be vigilant, we have to be alert, we have to remain awake and face the fact that there’s nothing new under the sun, and that in this world you will have trouble, but what does Jesus say? He says, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the World”John 16:33 .
The World will impress upon you to adopt a different identity or identities, but as Christians, the fact that you chose Christ, you have made Him become part of your Identity. We can dress in worldly clothes all we want, but if you’ve chosen Christ as your Savior, not even clothes can strip you of that identity. Now, I know that some religious folk will have something to say about that, and I’m not going to argue here about it. Instead, just think of someone like Lecrae. He isn’t dressed up like a typical church person in a suit and yet he stands firm in his belief and is outspoken about his identity as a Christian in the music industry. We can’t limit God with how and who he chooses to use to make an impact on the world by embracing Christ as part of their identity. Stop putting God in a box, God can use a rapper as much as he can use a basketball player, an actor or lawyer, etc to do His will. The whole point is, no matter what your dressed in, if Christ is part of your identity then you shouldn’t forget that you are a Christian.
For whatever is born of God overcomesthe world. And this is the victory that has overcometheworld—our faith.
You are Born of God and that is also a threat to the World as we know it. Because as it says in 1 John 5:4, that those that are born of God have the ability and the authority to overcome the things of this world. You do this on the basis of your FAITH. What you place your faith in will determine on what basis you will choose to either overcome or be subdued by the systems of this world. If you choose Christ as your standard, you can overcome, and have overcome; however, if you choose the world as your standard, you are subdued and lack identity because the world’s definition is always in a state of flux, there is no fixed standard when you choose to identify with Fads, with what’s “popular” (at the time), and with what’s “cool” and “widely accepted”. Just because something is widely accepted doesn’t make it “right” nor “Christ-like”.If you choose Christ as your identity, then recognize that the Faith you have, is Jesus Personified. Jesus already overcame the world and therefore, you share the same identity as Him by being an overcomer of the systems of this World. He is the standard to your identity. The heart of Jesus remains unchanged toward you and everybody else in the world. He came that we would have life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). The World may change its heart towards you and spit you out countless times, but Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever. Therefore, you must remain secure about your identity in Him as a Christian.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Everything regarding your Identity is based on what you KNOW about yourself as a Christian. If you didn’t know the few scriptures that I’ve just mentioned in this post or have just remembered a few of them and not because you have been actively meditating on them for yourself, then you’ve got to ask yourself, how much of your identity as a Christian have you embraced? Do you KNOW who you are in Christ?
Contrary to “popular” opinion, “What you don’t know can hurt you”.
My people are destroyed for lackof knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
The biggest tool used against Christians in today’s world is Ignorance. What people don’t know can hurt them. If you don’t know your authority, your ability, your purpose in life, your God, and your salvation, you truly are a lost person. If you don’t know something, then pursue knowledge actively.Laziness and complacency attracts poverty and destruction. If you want to avoid strife in your life, then get to know your God more, and learn more about what He says about you. I don’t have to tell you what to wear, or what to do when all that information is in the Bible. The question is, are you even reading it? Are you simply waiting for a Sunday service to get your Word fix? If you are, you are being Lazy, and you truly don’t know what battle you are facing right now.
Have I offended you? GOOD, because you need to be offended in order to face reality my friend. The Devil doesn’t play, and neither should you by playin’ around. Go back to the source of your Salvation which is in Jesus Christ and read the Word of God (the Bible) to understand what the Word says about you. You have to know how God defines you, rather than remain ignorant and accept any definition that the world has to offer about you. Ignorance is no bliss…ignorance is a curse.
Your God-given identity is not wrapped up in material things, it is a spiritual identity that takes shape in various shapes, sizes and colours since God created each one of us uniquely and we are all said to be Fearfully and Wonderfully made. We seriously haven’t got time to criticize other people prejudicially when Jesus tells us to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34-35) . Put your biases aside towards other people and focus on understanding your OWN identity rather than poking fun at another person’s identity. That’s just nonsense. When we bicker amongst our fellow brothers and sisters criticizing them on superficial things like their attire, their hair, their skin, the accents, etc, the devil laughs at us because he knows that people are acting like fools if they are busy making fun of their brothers and sisters. It tells the enemy that you simply can’t identify that you are making fun of God at the same time when you do that so STOP IT.
I will praise You, for I am fearfullyand wonderfullymade; Marvelous are Your works, Andthat my soul knows very well.
This topic on knowing who you are as a Christian is a Sermon all by itself. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to touch base and let you know that what I felt led to capture in this post today is this message that the Holy Spirit has been urging me to tell people for a while now. And that is,
DON’T FORGET YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN!!!!
I can’t emphasis this enough, but that is the main message so think about it today and ask yourself who do you identify yourself with? Is it God, is it some pop singer? an idol? who are you and who or what defines you? Do you even know who you are? Think about it SERIOUSLY.
I have a song here by Adia ft. Jessica Reedy called Behind Enemy Lines. This song has been in my spirit for a while and I pray that it blesses your spirit today as you contemplate on what it means to have Christ as part of your Identity. God Bless You Everybody!!!!
The following is from an interview my brave and amazing wife Kara did some time ago. This is the story that inspired us to write,Marriage What’s the Point? Our hope is that our story encourages those who need hope and brings healing to those who are broken. Blessings.
I hope you are having a blessed Sunday. My church and I have just finished the 21-Day Daniel Fast and we just have to give God praise. I have a song here that has been in my spirit from Jessica Reedy called “Flow”. It’s such a great song and I know it will bless your spirit today. Sometimes I find that in different churches we get alot of teaching and preaching but when it comes time to minister, we get so caught up in church formalities that we simply just don’t allow the Holy Spirit to take over the service and watch Him move. This year, let us not quench the working power of the Holy Spirit and repent of the times we were stubborn and not listening to this amazing Helper that the Lord Jesus sent us. Let us work with the Holy Spirit rather than work against Him. Your miracles and answers are from Him anyway, so why quench the voice that seeks to deliver you in the first place. Allow this day for the Holy Spirit to move you, guide you and lead you to where God wants you to go. Obey the Holy Spirit this year, for when you put your trust in the Helper, He will lead you in the right direction.
So Today I want to focus on us as Christianstapping into God’s Agendafor this Year of Divine Grace. Stop what your doing and listen for just a moment. Ask yourself this question…“Are you where you should be right now?” if the answer is “No”, then consider that you are outside God’s agenda, you are outside God’s plan for your life, you are traveling on the road of mediocrity that leads to nowhere and realizing that that isn’t where you want to be will lead you to look back, turn around and walk back on God’s designed path for your life. It says in God’s Word to …seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you [emphasis added] – (Matthew 6:33).
What does that really mean?
It doesn’t mean that if you do church activities “in the sight of God” you’ll get blessed like a “get rich quick scheme”. It means that in your heart of hearts, you personally make it your priority to advance God’s agenda on earth which is to fulfill the great commission of discipling nations and teaching them about what the Word of God says about the Kingdom of Heaven and what Jesus did for us at Calvary. Jesus was always talking about the Kingdom when He was teaching his disciples and followers and in the same way that is what we have to do in this life too. We have to make people aware that the Kingdom of God is real and near them. It’s great that we are saved, but there are countless others out there that need to hear the same good news that will bring them out of the kingdom of darkness and into the glorious one filled with light. We need to ensure that we aren’t simply occupying space on Earth until we get to Heaven. We need to care about our unsaved brothers and sisters as well.
Did you know that you are part of God’s plan? If you are walking outside of His will, you will find that where you are right now is leaving you with feelings of depression, dissatisfaction, frustration, worry, uncertainty, obscurity and doubt. You aren’t aligned with God’s purpose for your life if you aren’t making it a point to advance God’s agenda in your life. You were made for a purpose, a great one at that and that is why it is important that you get back on track. Get back on God’s track, more specifically. You may have many reasons and excuses to avoid God’s plan and path for your life, but I tell you the truth, you will end up with a wondering spirit looking for things to fill up the empty spaces and voids in your life if you keep ignoring the fact that God placed you here to advance His Kingdom. You must be Kingdom-minded, Kingdom-motivated and Kingdom-driven to preach the gospel of Truth to the Nations. If you have not made it a point to share the message of salvation with others in your life, aren’t you “missing the mark” (also defined as “sin”)? You can’t be simply satisfied that you alone are going to Heaven while others are perishing. If you are thinking in this way then you truly do not understand the Heart of Jesus.
Keep Seeking God
How do I advance the message of the Kingdom? Use what you know best, but in all things prayer is the first thing you should do. Seek God to give you direction on how to pursue His agenda effectively. Talk to your Church leaders to get their advice. Get involved with your community and find opportunities to testify about what the Lord has done in your life. I’m sure there is something that you can give God praise for. Your entire life is a testimony of the goodness of God. Seek God and it’s alright to not have all the answers. That is why you must seek first the Kingdom in the first place. God knows that you need His help in order to satisfy the call on your life so get serious and go down on bended knee and fast if necessary.
[ Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking ] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
What is my calling?
If you don’t know what your calling is then this is an indication that you need to pray and seek God more in your life. You maybe feeling lost and unsure about where you need to be, but your calling is tied to your giftings. Your job could be the very tool God wants to use to impact other people’s lives. Do not limit God with your limited way of thinking because God is limitless. You have to decide right now that today, you are going to make God’s agenda your top priority this year. You are actively going to make an effort to share the message about the Kingdom with others. You will no longer shy away from testifying about God’s goodness in your life. You will make it a point that Jesus is still relevant and needed in other people’s lives. God will create the platform for you. All you have to do is step out and reach out by Faith. Stop overthinking things and just act and be moved by faith.
You won’t always get it perfect all the time, but that is why it says in the Word that it is through Him we become perfected when we keep His Word.
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
The important point is to share what we know about Jesus to others.People need to know that God loves them and that it is not His will that any should perish, but that all would have everlasting life (2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16). My concern is that the theology of today has got us so caught up in storing up treasures for ourselves here on Earth that we have put the great commission on the back burner. It’s great to get blessed, but don’t allow your blessings to get you to lose focus on God’s agenda. I don’t think that God is pleased.
[ The Good News of Salvation ] “The Spirit of the Lord Godis upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
So today, Seek God’s face and repent of not pursuing God to the fullest in the way that we should. Let’s put God first again and work towards fulfilling our God-given purpose in Him. Let God continue to direct your path, Amen! God Bless you everybody!:D
I’m back from vacation and I just wanted to give praise to God for making it the best I’ve ever had in a long while. Three weeks away from the noise and the distractions in my life have led me to feel so rejuvenated that I feel convinced that this year will be an amazing, dynamic, transforming and innovative year.
Everything from this point on is based on perspective. As I was praying to God during my holidays, the Holy Spirit showed me that a lot of things we go through in life are based on one of two perspectives; (1) It’s either we do things or experience things from our own perspective; or (2) weview our circumstances from God’s perspective.
Ask yourself, in light of where you are right now, how are you seeing your world? Is your worldview coming from your short-sighted carnal lens? Or are you allowing God to help you see clearly using His set of supernatural lenses?
The way in which you perceive your world today is the way in which you will choose to function in it.
Most of our reactions to situations are based on our perception of a situation. If you have a negative view of things, you will function with that negative under-tone in all that you do. If you have a positive view of the world, then you will function with that positive tone in all that you do. Many a time, we like to take things into our own hands and do things our own way, but lately, God has been showing me that it’s time we give the Holy Spirit some room to function in our lives since it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
Today’s post comes from a contemplation of this scripture from:
Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
How many of us take the time to pray before we make a decision about something which even includes even the smallest of things in your tasks (i.e. shopping)? Many people want to hear from the Holy Spirit but they don’t want to include the Holy Spirit in their daily affairs. The Holy Spirit talks to us everyday, but it is up to us to take the time to make room for Him to voice His instructions. If you want to learn to hear from the Holy Spirit, you will have to learn to obey Him when he instructs you to do something. This is how you sharpen your hearing to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to YOU the Church of Jesus Christ. When you give room for the Holy Spirit to speak you will increase in your spiritual discernment and sensitivity towards the things of the spirit.
In this particular year of Divine Grace, you will have to quicken your spirit to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. Many of your struggles right now are based on acts of disobedience and lack of attention to the Holy Spirit’s voice. It may sound hard to believe, but you sit down and do an inventory of your actions and ask yourself how many times did you consult or take the time to pray before deciding to take a course of action? Be honest with yourself. In fact, I’ll be the first to put my hand up and confess that there were times that I leaped into something head first without consulting the Lord on whether or not my decision was the right course of action to take and only discovered my mistakes after-the-fact. You don’t want to move in that level of mediocrity this year.
Don’t strive to build things with your own hands (Might and Power) without consulting with the Holy Spirit this year. If you do things like that, you will be actually working against yourself and you will indeed labour in vain. The Holy Spirit wants to guide you in the right direction which requires your ability to remain attentive, patient, and obedient. If you cannot master your ability to listen and obey to simple instructions, then you will block yourself from receiving instructions that could lead you to greener pastures.
Our perception of obedience must be changed in order to move away from doing things from our own will and actively pursuing God’s will. God’s will for your life is to prosper as your souls prospers, but if you aren’t taking the time to pay attention to him, you might just “miss the mark” Also consider that “missing the mark” is also defined as “sin“.
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Theirears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with theirears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”’
This should be your goal this year. Make it a point to seek God’s face this year and learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide you to people that will either show you the answer, be the answer or are a sign that you are heading in the right direction. Learn to humble yourself and expect that your answers will come from the least likely of sources so do not judge prejudicially a book by its cover.
You want to prosper? Then focus on letting your ego step aside for a moment and give more room for the Holy Spirit to take over in your daily affairs. The more room you give to allow the Holy Spirit to function in your life, the more you will be able to grow spiritually sensitive to hear God’s voice and incline your ears to instructions. You will avoid so much strife by learning to humble yourself to take heed to the Holy Spirit’s voice.
Some of you maybe asking, how do I hear from Him? You must first immerse yourself in the Word (the Bible) in order to know when the Lord is speaking to you. If you don’t know any of His Word, then how can you expect to learn to hear and recognize His voice in the first place?
A great analogy would be when you listen to a familiar song on the radio and you immediately know who sang the song and what the lyrics are to that song. How were you able to know who was singing if you didn’t read the lyrics, familiarize or meditate on the song? You wouldn’t be able to without doing those things, so in the same way, God instructs us to meditate on the Word of God Day and Night and to not have this Word depart from our mouths so that when we incline our ears to understanding we will be able to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice. Make this your goal this year and seek God with all your heart, soul, and mind. God Bless your everybody.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
[ A Book of Remembrance ] Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.