Don't Fall For It. Critics observe you. They gossip.
Look for and Listen For Your Builders - the People God has sent to build you up!
Ignore the temptation to become responsive to critics. To react. To fall for the drama that TV and other Media focus on. Because, suddenly their opinion can become your focus.
Never build your life around the opinion of a critic. Doing so is empowering all the wrong things and all the wrong people; giving power to those people that tear you down and is in fact steering your focus away from God's Plan.
Instead build your life around God's Plan, be open and listen to His Words. Every Good Quality In You Is Obvious And Noticeable To Those God Has Called To Promote You. Stay Focused !
"What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs." Luke 12:3
DOES OUR STATE OF MIND SET THE TONE EACH DAY - FOR OURSELVES AND THOSE AROUND US?
YES - OH YES IT DOES AND MORE IMPORTANT THAT STATE HAS A LONG TERM AND LASTING IMPACT!
Well today is my Mother's Birthday, she went home to be with the Lord July 26, 2015. Gosh I miss her! She was a royal pain most of the time; a royal pain Setting The Tone. Setting a State of Mind. She may not have been as successful at this in her own life, but darn it she made sure all of her loved ones had this FOCUS! Thank You Mother for this lesson... Thank You Lord for sending her to me, and to all of those that she impacted! I pray each day that I have learned from her good example, as well as her failures so that I can grow and set a tone, a state of mind that is the next level the Lord wants us. Certainly, He doesn't want us to stay babies.
There is an interesting concept I would like to challenge you to explore today, TO CHANGE TODAY. All of us don't really want to admit or talk about these little secrets, they are our parachutes. The concept is well I know I'm not perfect, so I know I will fall, and I know I can repent and be forgiven once again by His grace. Literally this kind of thinking grieves His Spirit! And is seriously short changing you in all walks of YOUR life and everyone around you!!!
Why, it is simple we are giving ourselves the permission to sin! Yep, this is not different than telling someone, okay I will TRY to do that. Verses say, Yes I will do it, consider it done. The first example is giving yourself an out, and NOT committing at all. The second is an absolute commitment, a promise that it is done (whatever it is).
What is the difference. I believe it is a state of mind, a state of faith verses a state of insecurity or wanting to play it safe. Why do we want to play it safe? It is easy fear of failure, embarrassment, potential damage to our pride or egos. Holy Cow Right, Yes Sam just put the big IT on the table. Turned the lights on. Of course I did !-)
Fact is God knows this already, see the verses below. Among a myriad of passages specifically saying, hey people you can't keep secrets from your creator! He as usual gives us ways and means to be saved through Grace, He always has our backs. Thank You Lord!! He also warns and instructs on how to have a more fulfilled life, reap His immensely amazing and powerful promises. It is simple change our mindset... Yes that is us making a choice. Our wills, each moment, each day, every day. That is what makes it so powerful.
So try this; realize and say it out loud a minimum of 21 times today. The definition of failure is no longer "a failed attempt", it is NOW STARTING TODAY... The Definition of Failure is Not Trying w Your Full Commitment to Begin with!!! It is Not result based, it is INTENT based!!! You see if you dive in, give it your all, truly commitment, without all those little parachutes (easy out buttons which erode your true intent) .... No matter what the result you have WON, you have SUCCEEDED!!! Great example: how many times did it take for Thomas Edison to get it right? You see if he had the fear of failure he would have never succeeded. Instead he gave himself permission to really go for it, no matter the result, his INTENT was to figure it out and get it done!! I believe that is the attitude God wants us to have for everything, all the time, and for all of His children to be winners, to be succeeding in all walks of our lives.
As for sin, treat it the same way, don't give in, be weak, or have permission to fail on your mind. Focus on your walk, your daily efforts, be in the Word, in Prayer, have Him in your hearts... Find it that new state of mind, Keep it, Share it!!!
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:1-4 NIV
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:5-7 NIV
It is an interesting time we are in it seems. To me it is a time that is highlighting that we are stuck in time - we are not maturing, we are staying children as the Bible calls it. Emotionally, and Spiritually Children. There are many days I would like to pretend it isn't true. I simply can not understand how we, largely intelligent, loving and a kind nation can be so hateful. How can we bury our heads and allow hate from within our own walls. Of course I am speaking of the heinous acts of the KKK, and what is worse; all of us somehow turning a blind eye. Calling it freedom of speech.
Shouldn't we do some self examination for heavens sake, freedom of speech was meant to allow expression of differences; however in love, albeit religion, or a place of passion - to do so without prejudice; with the caveat that it isn't at the expense of others. That is the key - expressing hate of one another is not what our Founders Meant! They meant :: You can have your rights, if it does't take rights away from others. That is simple.
So allowing persons to practice hate, within the walls of our own nation - is simply unacceptable! Of course we want to see ourselves as the world police, running around and taking care of bullies. Well what about our own bullies? Shouldn't we take care of home first, before we go and try to take care of others,
So why are we doing this, how are we tolerating it, why are we so apathetic ??? Today this morning, please lets all pray. Let's pray for Leadership, true leadership. Not twitter-ship, or bully-ship, authority-ship or talk-talk-talk-ship. I am talking about Leadership. It is true you can have an influence - but I am referring to a specific form of influence. Leadership.
Esther is the title of this message because she is an inspiration to me, and should be to all of us today. Many many reasons, and I am sure in her story and her circumstances you will find a parallel to your own life and be inspired.
Let me start by in her time, she didn't have any rights. No voice, No right to an education much less an opinion. She wasn't granted the opportunity to show her capabilities. She simply got selected because of her beauty. She was an orphan, she didn't have some birth right or reason to be selected. No right to it. She wasn't entitled.
To me I identify with her there. Because yes, you can make the argument that society has come a long way and woman have rights. Persons of color have rights. But Do We? Do we really?
Isn't it more true that we are lazy. We do not want to have a fight, or to upset the apple cart. Can we ask ourselves, do we have rights when we are not willing to make sure we all have the same rights. Said differently, if the KKK was taking something from you. Threatening your family how would you react. Well regardless of your color, sex, national origin ::: they ARE threatening you. They are taking our freedoms and peace of mind away. Not just them, they are simply the easy big red target. People we need to think about doing the right things.
If Esther sat back, didn't listen to God, wasn't willing to potentially be shunned or embarrassed her nation (the Nation of Israel) would have perished. I believe the American Nation is at risk of perishing. Everything we were founded on has been eroded, manipulated, painted different colors, spun in different ways; just an effort to keep us all fighting. The easiest way to take freedom away from anyone or any group is to create discord.
Today, let us Pray for leadership. For leadership to be nurtured in all of us - so those seeds that are born within us and watered when we except Christ can Grow!
The book of Esther recounts a fascinating story filled with intrigue and suspense. It has villains, heroes , dastardly deeds and a great rescue. The villain gets his due and the "good guys" win. Truth, in this case, is far better than fiction. And the truth is that one YOUNG WOMAN, seemingly a pawn in this great story acted as God's carefully placed servant who quietly exerted her leadership and change the course of history. In a culture in which women did not rule, we find in Ester a woman of enormous influence. With God's help, she saved her nation from extinction.
Here is a quick plot summary: The Persian King Xerxes selected Esther as his queen. After a series of unjust events. Haman, a sinister official in Xerxes's court, hatched a plan that resulted in a decree to execute all of the Jews in the Persian empire. So, it short, the Messianic line was in danger of extinction, and God's people were powerless to defend themselves. In God's providence, only one person could gain an audience with the king to dissuade him from this tragic slaughter.
The young woman, Esther, held the fate of of history in her hands, BUT to act could cost her her life ((Ester 4:9-11). She had everything to lose, everything.
She chose what we all need to chose. To simply do the right thing!
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