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You do have choices! In every situation, whether in living or working…you have three choices. You may not always like them, but you have exactly three! 1. Choose to accept the situation for what it is and how it is. No more talking about it worrying over it or giving your strength to it. …View full post
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“Being good at doing the wrong thing… does not make it right!!”
You do have choices! In every situation, whether in living or working…you have three choices. You may not always like them, but you have exactly three!
1. Choose to accept the situation for what it is and how it is. No more talking about it worrying over it or giving your strength to it.
2. Work to change it. Seek a new perspective and try a new approach.
3. Leave it. A lot of people don’t work for a living. they give up some stuff, but working for a living is entirely optional.
The tragedy is for someone to live or work as if they don’t have a choice. You do! exactly…three!
We sometimes back ourselves into cramped corners when we think only in terms of yes or no, this or that, do or don’t. Always assume there are more options available.
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all…in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, non-religious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever.
I don’t take on their way of life, however, I will keep my bearings in Christ (I will figure out my position in every situation relative to my surroundings, and not become confused—as I enter their world, and will try to experience things from their point of view. I’ll become just about every sort of servant there is, in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I do all this because of the Message. I don’t just want to talk about it; I want to be in on it!
We’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes’ race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win!
All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. We do it for the medal that’s gold…eternally.
I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition, the highest degree of quality and excellence! I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about the message and then missing out myself.
To win in a contest we must deny ourselves many things that would keep us from doing our best.
Like an athlete we must punish our body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise, that after enlisting others for this race, we, ourselves might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it! Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.
That means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings…instead of by God.
So make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life.
It’s like having on a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes. Clothes that you’ve already stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe.
Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Labels like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, male and female, mean nothing. From now on everyone receiving Him, is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.
So…because we are chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, Jesus being first-place! Be quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you, and regardless of what else you put on, wear love. (Agape` | God’s love: unconditional, sacrificial) Agape` love does not refer to phileo (brotherly love), nor eros (erotic love). It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing; and cultivate thankfulness.
Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of your house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Chosen of God…do what you’re told by your earthly trainers/leaders. Don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full and receive an inheritance!
Keep in mind always that the ultimate leader you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible!! Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work!
Are you tired of not functioning? Of being met with obstacle after obstacle? Tired of laying in the bed? Are you tired of not being involved and connected in your family, your job, your relationships?
Many times people make a bed (excuse) for those systems and structures in their lives that do not function! They overcompensate for their inabilities and for things that do not work in their life!
They continually rationalize their weaknesses and go overboard to cover for incapacities. They rationalize and overcompensate for the way they handle money, for where they are in their career, and make excuses for why they have a whole lifetime of failed relationships in their life!
They do not confront what’s wrong in their life…they make a bed for it! They comfort their dysfunction rather than confront it!
THE BED: The place that’s dysfunctional, the place that holds one immobile, the place where one gets stuck; the place of overcompensation; the place where one just cannot move!
CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITATIONS!
Sometimes, you WILL need help to get mobile but don’t allow others to do for you, what you could do for yourself! Don’t allow others to debilitate you. Do not hook up with people that are just as paralyzed as you! Hook up with people who are taking you someplace, not those that hook up with your crisis but cannot carry you forward, and are limited in the same areas to which you are limited! Do not hook up with those who are immobile and just keep you company in your dysfunction…those who want to make dysfunction look “normal.”
How many times have you made a decision that you did not keep? How many times have you made a vow and broke it? How many times have you known inside, what was right to do, yet did not respond with action? How many times have you made promises and did not keep them? If you can relate to this…maybe you are the person in the bed!!!!
HOW YOU CONFRONT OBSTACLES AND YOUR BED OF DYSFUNCTION…is how your story ends!!
Water is an essential ingredient for life…of any kind! It is absolutely vital, so vital that without it, we die. Life is the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional reality from a dead one! The word of God tells us that Jesus is the ‘fountain of life’ and referred to as ‘living water.’ Without this ‘living water, every endeavor we have including our life itself…dies.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”
Water was scarce in Jesus’ day, yet water was as much a necessity for life then, as it is today.
Just as the physical body needs water to continue living so does the spirit.
Jesus is the water needed by the spiritual part of man. Without Him the soul (mind, emotions, will) will eventually die.
The soul is thirsty and we try to quench that thirst with many things that satisfy for a while, but eventually we get thirsty again. The only thing that can truly quench the thirst of the spirit is the living water…the living word, Jesus Christ.
|“I’ve got a river of life flowing within me; It started gushing up when God set me free.
That I keep the flow is my only plea.
I’ve got a river of life springing within me. Once I call His name there’s a flow within; It turns me from my day, makes Him Lord again.
As my spirit burns, Satan cannot win.
Calling, “Oh Lord Jesus,” keeps the flow within.”
Haters don’t start as haters. Hate has different phases. Opponents grow to enemies, enemies grow to those who have contempt for you, who grow to be the true haters. They impose their self-loathing on others. There is no reason in a true hater. As humans, we make the mistake of thinking we can fix people, that with enough love, even true haters will stop hating’. They won’t. The hater wants to knock someone else down a notch.
This perfection doesn’t mean you are faultless, but is meant in this connotation… to have integrity and correctness! There are no obvious inaccuracies, ambiguities or vagueness about you or your personality. There won’t be vagueness and haziness about where you stand on any issue!
You are usually precise, distinct and attentive. This perfection means you have come to a level of maturity that enhances not only your own life, but those of the people around you. You are extraordinary… distinctly unique, not mediocre or mundane. There are a lot of people who simply “go along to get along.”
The purpose of their own life usually gets lost in years of hard living and dissatisfaction, because they have settled for being a carbon copy of someone else, rather than liking who they really are. For many, their own imbalanced and marred view of their own personality and their inability to interact with others, frankly and confidently, causes them to feel as if they are not enough to strive for “perfection.” Fear of the “haters” finding some type of “fault” with them and their life’s perspective has paralyzed their very existence.
Haters will, many times attempt to design schemes to entrap individuals into disfavor with the “powers that be”… appealing to their ego, statue and authority. They will appeal to those in authority (usually those with “excessive, pretentious egos”) in order to work their schemes and will ultimately involve you in what they consider some kind of misconduct or misbehavior.
For many haters, entrapment is the hidden tool of choice that is used to afflict and come against a person of obvious integrity. Their envy, imagination and perceptions of others, get the better of them.
Integritous people usually outshine haters, and in turn, cause haters to do and say things designed to hurt people of integrity… and their influence!
For me, I can usually process instances of people hating my life view by going to my own authoritative source and final authority…the written Word of God! This tried and true reference always gives me clarity and direction as to how to handle every situation… and I do mean… every situation… I succeeded over every one! Hence..my journey in life has been most successful and happy!
Here’s my own personal reference that I found for all the “haters”:
“The ‘disreputable’ watches the reputable and seeks to eradicate, to diminish and downgrade their influence, the LORD will not leave him in his hand.”
My favorite empowerment scripture is found in Daniel chapter 6. This text displays a superb example of haters attempting to entrap an individual named Daniel. Daniel’s enemies knew that he prayed 3 times a day (as is his spiritual commitment) so they coerced the King to put a law on the books decreeing that whosoever would pray to any other “god” beside himself (the King), would be dropped in a den of hungry lions! The king agreed. Talk about an “inflated sense of one’s own importance!”
When Daniel became aware of this decree, he continued to do what he has always done “serve his God” continually! He continued to pray, continued to believe and would not bow under the pressure of disillusioned individuals. He continued to be steadfast, unmovable, bold and faithful to the real God who had called him! The outcome, as you may know, was in his favor. No harm came to him, only to the ones that attempted to entrap him!
There will always be haters… but not many people of essence.
Let’s all stand for something more than associating with insecure and superficial relationships that cannot have your back or those that have no prospect of success. After all, we are all striving to be successful and not failures… right?