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7 Radical Keys for Changing Your Future – Part 2

We have received the promises of God for this year (see part 1). These promises gives us the assurance of what may be achieved. Now we must embark on the process to receive what God has for us. Our first act must be to position our self in Him.

Strategic Positioning

Positioning is all about relationship. We must build our relationship with Him. Not a quick one day thing but taking time to love on God.

30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

~ Matthew 6:30-33 (NKJV)

He will provide for us but if we belong to Him.  If there is no relationship you may receive occasionally from Him. Parents give to their child(ren). Bosses give to their workers. Hardly will a stranger receive anything from us unless a relationship is established. There must be a relationship. The fruit of our relationship will be our love for Him and our neighbors (Mark 12:29-31). Our love will be expressed through our obedience and faith in His word.

We must also acknowledge that He’s already equipped you with what you need. All the necessary tools – gifts and talents – are already in you. Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you on your journey.

The children of Israel would have been the greatest nation on earth. There would never exist before them or after them a nation that was greater. When the nation was taken from Egypt, God blessed them with the wealth of their slave masters. He also promised them their own country. The wealth and riches of other nations. The land was fertile. It had houses, orchards, fruit trees, vineyards and many other things. Unfortunately, their lack of faith, fears and rebellion prevented them from receiving it. They could have commence conquering the land after three days through the wilderness. They were not ready, so God lead them on a longer root. The journey was to deepen the relationship with Him. He revealed himself to them through signs and wonders. Through these encounters, tests, trials and instructions they would understand who they were.  After 40 years they were still not ready to seize the promised land. The lessons were not grasped. They failed to understand what He was doing and kept complaining and murmuring. Their unbelief kept them from receiving their inheritance. Can you believe that?

Finishing Strong

God wants us to receive all that He has in store for us. Let this not be another year where you are struggling. Placed your faith and trust in God. Examine the things that you desire to do. Pray and ask God to separate those that are not in keeping with His will. Then write them down. Establish goals and objectives from these desires.

A goal cannot be measured. While an objectives must have specifics. It must be measurable and attainable. For example, a goal may be to feed the poor. The goal to feed the poor becomes an objective when it is stated like this, ’20 people will be fed this year, for 3 months’. More time must be committed to planning and taking the necessary action to achieve the desired outcome.

The Lord further gave me this process that will guarantee your continuous success:

  1. Break with old habits. Recognize that the current path leads to destruction and resolve to change.
  2. Ask God to release you from the bondage of poverty, self-sabotage, hurt, rejection, bitterness, offence and everything that has kept you going through cycles of failure; repeatedly looking back in the past with regret, guilt or sadness.
  3. Make up in your mind that you will become the person God has called you to be.
    1. Our vision is limited. If God has not shown you a vision of who He calls you to be, ask Him to show you. His vision is FAR greater than anything we can imagine.
    2. Accept that success is a journey. Not a destination. Success is determined by the joy, peace and happiness you feel as you undertake your journey.
  4. Become disciplined.
    1. Focus on getting results. Ideas are good. Results are better! Ideas are of no value if they are not nurtured and grown. God always gives us an idea that contains our blessing. A business starts with an idea. At all times He uses the principle of the seed. Normally He gives us a seed that has many clusters locked inside. As we explore the idea and make it a reality the various clusters begin to unfold. For example, TD Jakes was counseling women who were dealing with tragedies that negatively affected their life. As he examined the issues God gave him a sermon. The sermon became a book. The book became an annual conference. The conference became a movie franchise. To date there has been two films in this franchise. It was also one of the movies that allowed him to start developing movies and to partner with Devon Franklin, the young minister and Sony Executive. That collaboration has resulted in them partnering to create an independent film-making company. It also opened the door for more Christian-based movies to become main stream on the silver screen. The profits generated have caused movie houses to be open to allowing Christian films to be shown in theaters. It is the principle of the seed. There must be a growth process to birth a tree. So often we want the tree before we have planted, and done the back-breaking work of nurturing the sampling as it grows into a tree. It is only after the tree has matured that it yields a harvest.
    2. Set targets and meet them.
    3. Be consistent. Take small steps when you start. The small steps will lead to bigger steps. If you are consistent you will start running eventually. Think of an athlete. Usain Bolt for instance. He started walking. Slow steps were taken over a short distance initially. Then those steps were executed over a longer distance. After a period of time, the steps became a slow steady stride, almost like running in place. That pace was continued until the body got used to it. Then he started running. As this was practised each day; for longer hours the pace got faster and faster. Studying or learning new techniques must be approached with this diligence. It is the initial slow steady pace that will allow us to start running. If we keep pushing our speed will improve. Eventually we will become runners.
  5. Remove ALL excuses.
    1. Accept responsibility for your future.
    2. Only your actions will create the change you desire. “If it is to be. It is up to me.” God places the desire in our heart but it is up to us to fight for it. He is not going to place our destiny into our hands. We must go after what we want.
    3. Recognize that God is your ONLY source. Everything comes from Him.
  6. Value time. It is the most precious commodity given to man.
    1. God controls time. Work done for Him or time given to worship is never wasted. He will redeem time, for you.
    2. Make each moment count. Do not waste it or allow others to waste your time.
    3. Time must be taken for resting and recuperation. That is why we were given the Sabbath. It signals the need for us to rest. Resting ensures that we continue to perform at optimal energy and health. Constant hard work can shorten our lifespan. We must learn to slow down at times. Mother Theresa and Kathryn Khulman would have lived longer had they taken time to rest and restore themselves. After taking on the burdens they needed to offload them at the foot of the cross. Refreshing comes in the Presence of the Lord. Before everything else is undertaken during the day, spend time in in the Presence of the Lord.
  7. Serve others.
    1. Manage your interactions.
    2. Do not become someone’s God.
    3. Honor your leaders.

Are you ready to run!

“See you at the top”  ~ Zig Ziglar

The end of a thing is better than its beginning;The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.     ~  Ecclesiastes 7:8

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