Stop this madness!!! #ThywillbeDONE!
For some of us, the biggest threat to achieving goals and successes are our companions. "Not Now" and "Later". So... "Now" has left to "Do It" and as it gets later and later, we never get to meet "Done" Then eventually, you get introduced to "Done" and we begin to hate and make excuses so, then we grab "Excuse" by the hand who links us to a new buddy named , "I Will".
Stop this madness!!! #ThywillbeDONE!
Definition of Competition
The act of seeking, or endeavoring to gain, what another is endeavoring to gain at the same time; common strife for the same objects; strife for superiority; emulous contest; rivalry, as for approbation, for a prize, or as where two or more persons are engaged in the same business and each seeking patronage; - followed by for before the object sought, and with before the person or thing competed with.
The Apostle Paul says that when we compare ourselves with one another we are fools (2 Cor. 10:12).
Although competition can bring out the best in us, it also has a dark side. This is the side that says, “I am better than you.” This spirit doesn’t challenge people around us to be better, instead it only has one goal and that is to make those around you feel inferior to you.
The unhealthy spirit of competition will ease into any open crack to dismantle, defame or dishearten their prey. It can appear to be sweet and subtle. But beware! It will creep into prayer groups, small groups and even churches! The sweet lil ole church mother who wears her new hat only for the sake of having others to complement her or desire her wardrobe may indeed be parading in her garments only for the sake of competition. Her “rush” each Sunday is not the worship, but the wardrobe! How many hours do some of us spend dressing for church? Would you dare wear the same dress every day for one? ( You do not have to answer) This spirit, if left to thrive, is perpetual. Driven. Getting the “one up” creates a deceptive euphoria and the problem lies pitted in the truth that in essence many of those whom you are competing with really do not notice your “display”. Without even realizing it, you become narcissistic (Selah). There are many sadly to say, who feed off of this competitive spirit and exhaust themselves trying to become the king of the road. These are the ones that will spend more money to build bigger buildings, have bigger programs, crave bigger audiences just to keep up! Why some will even paint the bottom of their shoes red! There is a craziness on both ends! The one trying to keep the lead and the other trying to take the lead.
So how do we deal with those in the body of Christ who seem to constantly be consumed with competing for the: Biggest Church, most members, most programs, most prominent titles, trophy wife, best custom suits, etc? And we cannot forget those who compete for: pastoral recognitions, auxiliary positions, special titles and even special seating.
For one: Practice having your flesh to bow down to your spirit. Flesh always wants to be fed, feel good and be favored. Luke 16:15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Two: Help others achieve their goal! Yes, you…you who are so talented and gifted, help others! Phil 2:3-4 says: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Did you read that? Do nothing from rivalry or conceit. Examine your motives deep down inside. Ask yourself, “ why am I really doing this?” Is it in the name of the Lord? Or, are you trying to prove something? Coloss.3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Three: Focus on the ETERNAL prize! We are living this life and there are pleasures and things that definitely enhance it and make living great. But remember we are ambassadors for Christ with a mandate. We will receive rewards based on our kingdom work. Therefore, go for the prize that is set before YOU! Don’t worry about who or what seems to be passing you by. Stay in your God directed lane and go for what HE has for YOU. It has your name on it. 1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Galatians 6:4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
Four: NEVER spend one second thinking about revenge. It is not of God. Revenge is destructive and can drive a person to murder. The rationalization for it’s intended purpose can appear to be overwhelmingly justified, but it is all a deceptive cloud. You will have people who betray you. You will have haters. Haters are those people who openly and secretly wish you no good or success. Stay focused on His agendas. Allow God to fill your space. He will take care of everyone else. Psalm 108:13 With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes. Remember when it comes to your God given purpose, NOTHING will can stop the great work He has placed in you.
Five: It is not always about being first Matthew 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Everyone cannot be the pioneer. Some have to work the set the vision, some have to work the mission. In the end… we all win.
Six: As His grace abounds and you receive favor, make sure to watch your attitude. The Lord God hates pride. Remember without HIM we can do nothing and trust me, yourr gifts will make room for you. Therefore, be mindful of what you share and how you share it. James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Luke 16:15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Seven: Love as Jesus loves. I have a few friends whom can call me no matter what the hour is. I love them with such an Agape love that I will stop in the midst of my flow. I will reschedule, break an appointment or back-up just to come to their need. In a sense - I lay down my life for them. I am willing to sacrifice my time, my rest, my finances, even my comfort, just to come to their need. I tell you, when you can come to that place where you can truly love as He loves, you see people from a totally different view. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Eight: Kick Envy to the curve. Nip it in the bud quickly. Now most people use envy and jealousy interchangeably, but they are different. Jealousy ramps up when you become emotionally guarded out of fear of losing something, someone or a position. It normally has count of three involved. The person, the position and the “invader” or “other person” . It is that feeling of lost. For envy, it is the feeling of lack. She has “one” and you want hers or the same. “I want her house, her job, his wife etc…”
A note here: Although you cannot control who will envy you, be cautious when you deliberately flaunt what you do or have just to cause others to be envious. Check your heart when you find yourself having joy in saying “Oh I know Sister Doe is going to have a fit when she sees my five carat engagement ring”. You must cast this thought down. Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. The bible says here you are grasping for air! In the long run, you gain no substance that matters! Here is another one! Galatians 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
In conclusion: Competition can alter your spiritual life if you allow it to. Competition to make more money, a bigger house, more members, a bigger building can suck the life out of you if you let it.
As a Christian, I believe that our desire for excellence should be for us to be excellent as Christians. You want to compete? Have a competition between your flesh and your spirit man. Compete for more Pray more, study more, win more souls, be silent more, just to name a few. Let’s see if our spirit man can win these challenges against our flesh and build increase for the Glory of God. I guarantee, this will be a competition worth winning and you will not even have to announce and let the world know about the struggle. It will become obvious that your flesh has melted due to being in the presence of God.
I really do not have much to write right now. I am just so grateful. My goal is not to learn to trust Him, but to simply trust HIM. I want it to become natural. Just like with my mother... I never had to learn to trust her, I just did... I never had to learn to breathe...I just do. So be it for trusting my FATHER in heaven. No longer learning to do it...I just AM. I just IS...lol. That goes to say... I am not going to be healed...I am healed. I am not just going to be alright. I AM alright! So how you be?
When Jesus first announced his "job description" in Luke 4:16-20, he quoted Isaiah 61.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the city of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planning of the Lord, that might be glorified.
As you can see, the Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing:
Bind up the brokenhearted, set the Captives free, opening prison to them that are bound
Some of you in here are being held captive, while others an in prison…What is the difference?
Prison – You are imprisoned because you have been convicted – Sentenced for you something that you actually did. Yes you had the abortion which opened the doors for a spirit of death to come in, you…did the crime and now the enemy has gained legal rights to imprison you within. You see some of us have subscribed to sin. It was not an impulse. WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING.
Those of you are captive: You were seized. Something has willfully gained control over you life and is holding you in bondage. And this may not have even been your fault. Rape, ancestral sins of the father or mother and now your are held captive to the consequences. In a sense, some of us are wounded, but still winning!
Comfort all who mourn
Provide "the oil of gladness instead of mourning
And provide "a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
The entire chapter focuses upon inner healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when he began his ministry emphasizes the importance of inner healing.
I am so excited about this upcoming retreat.... just excited. Well, I guess anytime I have a divine appointment, I get excited to be honest. It is like a hot date date with the man of your dreams. And for me this one is with my heavenly father. We get away together and I get to spend time with HIM uninterrupted. We talk. I talk and He listens. Sometimes I have a load of questions, some times I ramble, sometimes I tell HIM intimate things about me. But He listens. And when I am quiet, guess what... He talks and I listen. Just one word from HIM always brings about a life change.
Sometimes I cry. I tell him about my fears, my pains, my insecurites and areas in my life that I have failed. My father is so compassionate. He wipes my tears away and comforts me in a way that no one else can. The comforter, the friend, the spirit of truth is always present before me, ready to guide me and direct me at all times. At times He is like FIRE...and then there are times where He comes with such a sweet gently presence, that fills the entire room! I live for these times with HIM. Right now I feel like a prom date has been set and I am just counting down the days until we meet. Praises to a wonderful God of all who loved us so much that he gave HIS son Jesus, the lover of my soul, to save as well as embrace one such as myself.
My testimony of is still in progress, but boy is it something. Four doctors thought I had a cancerous tumor growing in my jaw...four times my tisse was sent to a patholgist! But God said
Today, I must begin to move forward toward the work that the Lord God has called me to do. I mourn deeply over my pastor, Bishop Otis Lockett Sr. But God will see me and my Evangel family through this. I am so grateful that the Lord love me so, that he gave an opportunity to sit under this great leader for twenty nine years! A degree in Lockettology is what I call it. My pastor equipped me to content with the best and present the gospel in a practical fashion. He taught the basics and shared revelations that will stay with me forever. I am so grateful to God. Out of all the pastors, teachers, bishops and aspostles I could have sat under, God saved me and put me, Sabrina Mitchell Jones, under the excellent pastorial guidiance of Otis Lockett Sr. A great, pastor, a great teacher, a great bishop, a great apostle, a great visinary, a great man! I am a daughter of the ministry.
Back in the mid to late nineteen nineties, well into
the millennium, there was a new phenomenon in picture puzzles. You may recall
seeing them. In newspapers, magazines, books and even at art studios. They
were technically known as sterograms, but we called them magic eye
puzzles. Do you recall seeing those colorful pictures of squiggly lines and
dots which also had captions below them asking, "Can you see the twelve foot
ball players?" or "Can you see the hidden picture?" Like me at first, some of
you may have thought that this was some type of gimmick or trick. I remember
staring at one image until I had a headache. I wanted to see the picture, I
did not want to throw my hands up and say "inconclusive". It was a challenge.
Plus I wanted to know if there was something wrong with my eyes. I would reason
at times that maybe my myopia ( near sightedness) or astigmatism kept me from
seeing these tantalizing images. After all I did believe that it was there. I
just couldn’t see it. Well, as you know there is more to life and lunch breaks
than dwelling on puzzles. I mean after all, it was not one of my great
pursuits, nor did it elevate my blood pressure one iota due to the fact that I could not see the. But one day while reading the newspaper, I saw one. And, this time, the author of the article
gave instructions on how to find the image. You see, you have to look beyond
that which appears to be before you. You cannot rely on just your sight alone.
It takes you being able to disregard what you actually see and look deeper
to the point where your brain’s depth perception takes control. Depth
perception happens in the brain and not the eyes. Once you capture the ability
to tap in on how to see the image, your brain will automatically begin to lock
in and bring what is nonvisible, visible. Thus I could not see every "Magic
Eye" picture puzzle. Of course this got me to thinking…Thinking about realms
of faith and seeing how God sees…. I thought about Elisha. In Kings Chapter 6, how the young
man sees trouble all around, but is told by the prophet, " Fear not: for they
that be with us are more than they that be with them". Elisha then prays… Lord, I
pray thee, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the
young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and fire.
Elisha looked deep ignoring what may have been n plain view. He looked through
God’s view. Looking past and beyond. The young man got blessed as well since he decided to open his eyes and to look again. Can I challenge you to look again? Keep looking. Every time we view an object, we see something different about it. This brings me to Paul, when on the road to Damascus saw the light from heaven, immediately he submitted himself, while those who were with him did not see the light. Then there was David. From a natural view, it appeared
that he was not ready to be come a King. He was not ranked high enough, nor embellished enough to be considered for such a calling. He had no great titles, no reserved seating, no posse, no royal cloaks that would have qualified him by assumption. But the bible says; "For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." God goes for deep. He looks deep. He looks beyond our fuzzy view.
Talking about kingdom living here! Wow, imagine if we can begin to live within the realm of His Kingdom daily! It can be very liberating. Seeing as God sees liberates us from living in bitterness and un -forgiveness toward those who hurt us. Let’s look at these puzzling situations
that we face in our lives. Do you see a mass of confusion, no direction or clear view? Pray and ask Jesus to allow us see how HE sees. Let’s look through the problem and go into the depths of our spirit and bring faith to the surface. We won’t ignore it, but we tell the problem to move
over for a few minutes… get of the way so that we can see God in this. He has given us all things that pertain to life. The answers are before us, the solutions are before us, the power, the keys…all are before us. We just need…excuse me I just need to begin to practice and master living in
the realm of the kingdom so that I can see and capture what he has set before me. I pray the same for you all.