Motivation for a Victorious Life
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." [John 10:10]
I believe far too many Christians are NOT living a victorious life
in Christ because they have not been given the tools to use along with their
Well meaning, but deceived, leaders in many congregations tell their flock they are not victorious because they don't have enough faith. Rather than lift them with the Truth of the Gospel and the grace of God, they condemn the new or struggling believer with their own brand of Phariseeism.
What the believer needs who is struggling with life's issues are practical biblical based tools to help them gain balance in their lives and to move from being a defeated Christian to victorious Christian.
This is the message taught by pastor Steven Furtick at Elevation Church in Charlottle NC. His sermons are filled with practical advice and tools for living a more abundant life. While I do not live near his church, and cannot attend live, I do enjoy listening to his sermons weekly online at ElevationNetwork.com.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." [Phil. 4:8-9]
The Apostle, Paul, identified for us where the battleground takes place. It takes place in our thought process. Pastor Furtick did a sermon series called "Crash the Chatterbox" and also wrote a book on the subject. As the Apostle Paul and Pastor taught, it is that thought process which the devil uses to fill our minds with false ideas and visions of defeat. Paul says to think on the more positive things: "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy." These are the things we need to focus our minds on.
I don't care how good a job may be, there is no way a person can be truly happy working for somebody else. It's impossible to be truly happy when you cannot be with your family for important events in their lives, but rather have to be on the job at fixed times. You can't be really happy when you have to beg someone for time off to do things that are important for you. You can't be fully content when you have to follow someone else's rules or guidelines, even when they differ from your own values. You can't be completely satisfied with decisions that aren't your own.
Those who say they are happy with their JOBs are saying so out of lack of vision. They have become numb to the possibilities and have given up completely the vision of self-determination. They are slaves... and like complacent slaves, they don't even know there IS another way.
Gerry Spence, in his book, Give Me Liberty, says "By slavery, the old or the new, I mean that state in which the person has no effective control over the course of his or her life. Despite his freedom to jump from job to job or junket by jet from beach to beach, if no matter how he schemes or toils he cannot explore his boundless uniqueness, if he has lost his only power, the power of the self, then he is enslaved."
for Your Life
by Daniel N. Brown
Do you find yourself living from paycheck to paycheck? Do you often feel overwhelmed, tired, and worn out? Are you in debt? Is there no enjoyment in what you do?
If the answer to any four of these questions is a yes, then ask yourself a simple question. Why am I not living my dream?
I find that most people go through life, just enduring it. They become numb to their problems. Things are just uncomfortable enough to complain, but do nothing about. Joyce Meyer has a saying that says, "Complain, and remain." I don't know about you, but I did not want to remain in a dead end job, poor health, lousy marriage, endless bills, and everything else that wanted to steal my joy.
Hopefully, you're not like a lot of other people who make excuses. All excuses are the same, and one is no better that an another. Excuses are completely useless and only render us completely helpless.
Making excuses and casting blame only make us out to be the victim. There is absolutely no power in playing the part of a victim. I know... I've been there and done that! No one could beat me at the blame game. I was the king of blame because I was the ultimate victim (so I thought).
I always wondered, "Why did life deal me such a poor hand? Why does everyone else always get all the breaks? If it wasn't for you I could be successful." Even at one point, I went so far to say that someone put a curse on me.
I eventually took full responsibility for my shortcomings, but it was only after I acknowledged where I was, and why. The truth hurts. I had to admit to myself, and everyone around me, that in some fashion, I caused this. I admitted that I was making excuses and casting the blame. It was a humbling experience, to say the least. But, it was worth it.
The answers to most complicated problems are usually simple. Not all... but most. I understand there are things that are completely out of our control. But, those things are just life and we must deal with them with the best attitude we can.
As for the majority of our problems, the first step is to acknowledge our situation. It's a fact that we can never solve a problem in our lives until we can first acknowledge that we have one. Just consider, maybe you really did make some poor choices that led you to where you are right now.
Once you take on the responsibility for your own life you'll feel liberated and experience new power. God will bring the necessary people and circumstances to come about that will pull you up. Until then, God continues to wait on you to stop complaing, feeling sorry for yourself, and casting blame on other people. He wants you to have faith in Him, knowing that He is more than able to bless you more than you can imagine.
If you sincerely want to move on with your life, you can... if you decide to. Make a decision today and experience the power that comes as a result of taking full responsibility for your life.
Daniel N. Brown is an entrepreneur and teacher of biblical success principles! Get his FREE Special Report, "Christian Prosperity Secrets" when you sign up for his FREE E-letter... http://www.SecretPlaceOnline.com