Daniel 11:32 says, "Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits."
Great exploits don't just happen because a man sits and waits for something to happen.
Great exploits happen because:
1.) The way a man thinks
a. how he thinks about God
b. how he thinks about himself
c. how he thinks about others
d. how he thinks about circumstances
2.) The way a man speaks
a. how he speaks about God
b. how he speaks about himself
c. how he speaks about others
d. how he speaks about circumstances
3.) The way a man acts
a. how he acts toward God
b. how he acts toward himself
c. how he acts toward others
d. how he acts toward circumstances
If you were'nt at CentrePoint this past Sunday you'll want to listen to the CD. There's much more that was said than I'll be able to cover here.
A few key observations were:
Most of us have talked ourselves into trouble
Most of us have experienced talking ourselves out of trouble
Most of us have even talked ourselves out of victory
But most of us rarely talk ourselves into victory
The question is can Christians talk themselves into victory?
I believe we can-
The Bible says for us to "seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto us..." Matthew 6:33
As we seek the Lord we are often speaking or should be speaking to Him what He's written in His word. The words of the Lord that are filled with victory. If the words that God speaks don't return void, we should concentrate on speaking those words that will obviously bring us vicotry also.
Sometimes it's all about attitude also. We can be like Jacob and say to the Lord, "I will not let you go until you bless me." Jacob was declaring his victory by how and what he spoke to the Lord.
How close are you to victory? I would venture to say that victory is as close as your mouth. Believe it or not, whatever we put in our hearts by allowing our ears to hear will come out of our mouths at one point. Most often it's at a point when we least expect it. Wouldn't it be great for those words be words of victory instead of doubt and unbelief?
It's when the pressure is on that we have some great opportunities to talk ourselves into victory. You see, the passion we're in a pressure filled moment is already there. All we have to do is live in the passion and speak passionately and we'll eventually see what we say.
There is an anonymous quote that says, "Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass." Isn't it about time to start seeing what you've been desiring in you heart? This life is short and we should expect to receive all that God has for us.
I believe we're living in a day where people all around us have experienced a lot of material success even without God. But when it comes to love, joy, peace and the rest of the fruit of the Spirit, they are challenged. We are in a great position to not only have the same things and even greater things but the peace of God that passes all understanding, joy unspeakable and full of God's glory and love that covers a multitude of sins.
What a time to take advantage of presenting the love of Jesus to a materialistic world who is obviously empty.
Until next time,
p.s. see you in church this Sunday