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Mar 18, 2015 - Hearing From God    8 Comments

PRIDE VS CONFIDENCE

One day while I was mentoring a young man in the faith, The Lord gave me a wonderful visualization.  Little did I know that it would become an amazing revelation into the word of God for the both of us.

It all begin when I asked this young man how his day had gone.  “It was a very frustrating day,” he shared.  He went on to say that he was becoming frustrated with his work even though he knew he shouldn’t be.  That morning he took the matter to Jesus  in prayer and confessed what he was going through.  He told me that his prayer time was just what he needed.  Taking a break from his work and praying gave him a whole new perspective.

THE POWER OF PRAYER

What took place after he returned to work on his project was amazing.  He noticed that he could see more clearly.  The initial forty-five emails he had received the night before were no longer a source of  frustration.  He was now able to reduce the sixteen items on his to do list down to ten, then finally to five manageable ones.  And these five points concisely addressed the needs of his clients.

When it came to his scheduled business call with his employer, he noticed that he was more assertive during the conversation and spoke with a new level of confidence.  And to think all this came about through prayer.  Jesus answered this young man’s prayer by giving him a new perspective and level of confidence that can only come from The Lord.  Instead of being stressed, this young man was refreshed!

PRIDE VS CONFIDENCE

As I continued to talk with this young man, there was this lingering level of dissatisfaction he had with some his co-workers who were not being responsible on their end.  He perceived their  actions as an impediment to his work.  But I asked him if that was really true… that’s when I received a powerful visualization by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Trust me, it was the Holy Spirit.  I know!  I’m not that smart!  This is what came to me … There is a fine line between pride and confidence, the only difference between the two is that CONFIDENCE travels upward and gets its strength from The Lord Jesus.  PRIDE travels down and inward and gets its strength from self.

I took a piece of paper and drew a diagram of two arrows and asked him what he noticed was different between the two arrows.  He noticed one is pointing up and the other is pointing down.  I then asked, reflecting back on your answered prayer, which arrow would imageyou use to represent  Confidence … the upward arrow … so then the downward arrow represents Pride.  He also noticed as one increases the other decreases.  What an amazing revelation!  “Now, who’s being mentored?” I asked.

The point that I am making is that this young man sought the wisdom that comes from above.  He humbled himself through prayer and reached up towards heaven and took hold of a piece of the Kingdom of God.  What he received in return was Godly confidence.

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IT STARTED IN THE GARDEN

I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on last week’s post about men being the standard bearer.  Men have shared with me their own personal struggles with bearing the standard for their families.  Women have shared their conflict of desiring a man to be a strong leader and yet the fear of not liking the standard that’s been set.  These conversations led me to these questions …

Would God create us and then leave us without a purpose?  Would He not also give mankind a standard to govern their lives by?  Men have imagean awesome responsibility when it comes to leadership.  And, it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  Adam, the first man, was given the task and honor of being the first standard-bearer.  He was to bear the standard for himself, his wife and the family that was yet to come.  But, it was God who established the standard for Heaven and Earth, including Adam, from the very beginning of time.

GOD IS THE ULTIMATE STANDARD

Genesis‬ ‭2‬:‭4-6‬
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.”  And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground; but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

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Jan 26, 2015 - Faith, Hearing From God    6 Comments

YOU DON’T KNOW, UNTIL YOU KNOW

In my youth, I was never much of a reader. But now, in this season of my life, I have found great enjoyment in reading. Whatever I read, whether it is Christian based or not, I always sift it through the Word of God. Recently, I read a book called Fresh Air by Chris Hodges. This book taught me the importance of allowing God, through the Holy Spirit, to breathe fresh air into our lives. In chapter thirteen, titled A Friend Like No Other, Chris Hodges shares the Holy Ghost Story of the “fresh air” that the Holy Spirit breathes into our lives. Chris explains that Peter, being a disciple, was close to Jesus and his friend. Peter should’ve known Jesus better than most. But when Jesus was arrested and on trial before the Jewish leaders, Peter failed to live us to his own words. What I took away from this amazing book is how often we imagethink we know something when in all actuality we don’t. I began thinking, I guess “you don’t know until you know.”

I love asking my children stuff that may seem ridiculous to ask a child – but they offer such great insight. One day I was sitting on the couch with my seven year old daughter, Ella. I wondered if she could shed some light on that thought that had been circling around in my head … “You don’t know until you know.” So I asked Ella what she thought that means. She rolls her eyes at me with her face that says dad don’t you know that I’m just a kid and replies, “Uh, I don’t know.” Well there you go folks, it’s true, “You don’t know until you know.” Now, I didn’t stop there. I went on to ask Ella if she knew how to do a back handspring, something she’s really wanting to be able to do. Ella says, “Oh yes, Daddy, I know that.” But when I asked her to show me, she told me I can’t do it but I can tell you how. She went on to describe, in detail, all the steps to do a back handspring. That got me thinking that knowing and doing are two different things. That’s something we all have to learn and Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, is a good example of that. He thought he would never leave Jesus or turn away from Him.

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