The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook (Proverbs 18:4).
The Holy Spirit comes into our lives and goes straight for the things that are clogging us up and dragging us down.
King Solomon described this process like a bucket drawing water out of a deep well. The Holy Spirit is the bucket that allows us to understand the wisdom and intentions of our hearts (see Proverbs 18:4). God has prepared so many deep things about who we are. Our eyes can’t see them, nor can our minds conceive them, yet God is revealing them to us through His Spirit. God doesn’t want us to wait until Heaven to know our full potential. He didn’t give birth to us so we can develop our potential in Heaven. God wants us to realize here on this planet who we are. That is His purpose in creating us. Only the Holy Spirit searches “the deep things of God.”
Some of you have received the revelation of what it cost God to love you. Others of you have not. Some of you are ready to walk into a deeper level of knowledge; others are not. God beckons you to take another step into a deeper, more relevant knowledge of your potential in Christ—though you may have been saved for years. You need to take this step because you still don’t know who you are. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal this truth to you. Your eyes cannot perceive your true potential…your ears cannot hear it…neither can your mind perceive it unless the Holy Spirit gives it to the eyes and the ears and the mind. Until He does, you continue to walk around limiting your potential.
The Spirit searches all things. It’s His job to search out the deep things of God and interpret them so we can understand them. How can we possibly understand God’s deep things—the great mysteries He has to share with us? Can we imagine that the source of the deep things of God might be connected to us? Can we go inside God to those things that are deep within Him?
Yes, we can! God has given us His Spirit so we can understand all the things He oozed into us.
The Holy Spirit comes into our lives and goes straight for the things that are cloggin us up, and dragging us down. Myles Munroe, Kingdom Principles
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Procrastination eats away at the very core
of our time and motivation.
Too often we are unwilling to take risks in the present because we have failed in the past. Perhaps the first story you sent to a magazine wasn’t published, so you never wrote another story. Perhaps your first garden didn’t produce many vegetables, so you never planted another garden. Perhaps your first business proposal didn’t win the bank’s approval, so you never started your own business, and you’re still working for someone else.
Failure is never a reason to stop trying. Indeed, failure provides another opportunity to enjoy success. The apostle Paul discovered the truth of this when he met Jesus and turned from persecuting Christ to preaching the good news of God’s salvation in Him.
…I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things…. Only let us live up to what we have already attained (Philippians 3:12-16).
Paul was not unaware of his failures, but he refused to allow them to keep him from doing what he knew he could do. He believed that the God who had called him to serve Him would accomplish within and through him all that He had purposed. He trusted in a power higher than himself.
…I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith (Philippians 3:8-9).
Paul had messed up, but in Christ he found the reason and the strength to pick himself up and move on. You must do the same or you will never see your full potential. Refuse to be a loser no matter how many times you lose. It is better to try and fail than never to try at all. Remember, you cannot make progress by looking in the rearview mirror. To maximize your life you must let the past be past and leave it there. The Opinions of Others
Most of us have had the experience of sharing a great idea with friends only to have them tell us 50 reasons why it won’t work. Too often such criticism prompts us to abandon our ideas because we wanted those with whom we shared our dreams to approve of our plans.
Forsaking dreams because others belittle them or say we are crazy for trying them wastes potential. So does changing our plans to suit the ideas and expectations of our family, friends, and business associates. Satan uses those closest to us, whose opinions we value, to get to our potential. He kills our vision by shaking our faith in God and our confidence in ourselves. Satan uses those closest to us,
whose opinions we value,
to get to our potential.
Because the destroyer uses those you trust most to keep you from translating your vision into reality, you must accept that no one is for you except God. No human being can be trusted to defend your potential. You alone are responsible. By refusing to allow the disparaging comments of others to discourage you, by removing yourself from their influence when your vision becomes threatened, and by clinging to God’s commandments and directions, you can unleash the totality of God’s power within you.
Jesus demonstrated the importance of disregarding the opinions of others when He went to Jerusalem one Passover and the crowds believed in Him because of the miracles He performed.
But Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man (John 2:24-25).
He had a good reason to be cautious about accepting the affirmation of the crowd: He knew the fickle nature of people. He didn’t trust their cheers and their pats on the back. Accolades should be appreciated but never required.
The events of the week preceding His death confirm the wisdom of His decision. One day the people in Jerusalem received Him with great joy and hailed Him as the Messiah. Several days later they clamored for His death. Had He relied on their praise and good will, He very well may have lost the opportunity to fulfill His God-given purpose to be the Savior of the world.
You too must beware of allowing the opinions of others to influence your decisions. Do not trust others to work for your good. Too often folks you thought were for you will turn against you and destroy what you have been working to accomplish. Remember, you are required to perform for an audience of one, the Lord Jesus Christ. When He applauds, then you are successful. Get your encouragement and promotion from God. Tap into the heavenly realm and receive the confirmation of your plans from Him because His opinion is the only one that counts. The opinions of others can destroy your potential if you permit them to touch your dreams and visions. To maximize your life you must declare independence from the opinions of others.
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Nothing is more tragic than a life without purpose.
If you’re not doing the right thing at the right time, that means you are doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Priority helps us sharpen our vision so we can focus on the most important things.
If you are not pursuing the purpose you were born for, then you are pursuing the wrong thing.
Everything man does outside the Kingdom of Heaven is motivated by the drive to meet personal needs. All religion is driven by the priority of needs.
Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life.”
Worry is the most useless exercise in the world.
If you make God your source, then He calls the shots. And if He calls the shots, He pays the bills!
Any religion that focuses on the acquisition of things and the meeting of personal needs is a religion of pagans.
If food, drink, clothing, money, car, house and other material things are your priorities, then you are thinking and acting like a pagan, no matter what you claim to believe.
12. It is time for us to stop living according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and start living by the principles and priorities of the Kingdom of Heaven. ENDNOTE
1. Myles Munroe, Kingdom Principles
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the greatest mistake in life is being busy, but not effective. Being busy is a common human pastime. But just because you’re busy doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is worth doing. Many people deceive themselves into believing that being busy all the time gives their lives significance. Significance has nothing to do with busyness but everything to do with effectiveness. Jesus of Nazareth was the most effective person who ever lived but He was never busy. Everything Jesus did had purpose. He knew what He was supposed to do and did it, and that made Him effective. It is a tragedy to waste time and energy on unfocused busyness because those resources, once expended, can never be regained. We must learn how to live effectively without being busy. Myles Munroe
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The importance of Submission
Verses 22-24 of Ephesians 5 explain the doctrine of submission. Now this is a bad word to many women, because it has been defined so badly or used inappropriately to oppress or subjugate women. Most women hear the word submission and think, Oh, no, not that. The dreaded “s” word. But submission is a biblical concept. Jesus submitted Himself to the will of the Father, so we know right off that submission has nothing to do with inferiority. Jesus is equal to God the Father (see Phil. 2:6); He is “very God of very God,” as the theologians say. So submission doesn’t have to do with the wife being less than the husband. Submission has to do with accomplishing a divine agenda. Jesus submitted to the Father in order to accomplish the divine plan in our salvation. Husbands and wives are equal heirs of God’s grace (see 1 Pet. 3:7). A wife is of the same value as her husband. Submission doesn’t mean she has to be a doormat or any such thing. Any woman is equal to any man in value before God and man. But when it comes to His kingdom agenda a wife’s submission is absolutely necessary. It means that she recognizes his position as head of the home to accomplish God’s agenda in the world. Thus marriage, like the trinity, is a hierarchical partnership. While all parties are equal in value, essence, and significance, there is a distinction in function (hierarchy) in order to fulfill God’s kingdom in history. This issue of submission hits right at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Therefore, a wife who does not submit to her husband is not submitted to God. She can do all the spiritual stuff, but if she is not reverencing her husband as her head, she is living in carnality. I realize this may not be a popular message today, but God did not call me to be popular. I want to encourage and affirm Christian couples as they seek to carry out God’s agenda. But before we can get this thing right, we need to be honest about the problems we face. What I’m about is helping you and me face ourselves honestly in the light of God’s Word.
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Never Respond Permanently to a Temporary Problem
Do not throw your hands up and say, “That’s it! It’s over. I am not going to make it.” If you do that, you are trying to make a permanent condition out of a temporary experience. What causes you to think that this current season of crisis will never end? It will end. It is temporary.
Do not give up the ship just because a storm hits. Do not throw away your winter clothes just because summer has arrived. Those are permanent solutions to temporary problems. This season will change into the next one, without fail. Your weeping will turn into laughing.
Do not base your opinions on your current circumstances. Some people assume that because they are broke, they have done something wrong, and God is unhappy with them. That is not true. It is just a season, a “broke season.” God has allowed this season to test your faith. Your faith will take you into the next season, and it will remove you from your present season. You have not put your faith in your money anyway, have you? You have put your faith in the God who is much more permanent than money. This season, too, shall pass. Here is God’s promise to Noah and to all of us who have followed after Him:
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The Key to Life Is Outlasting the Season
If you are in a season of crisis, waiting for the season to change can be challenging. You need more than patient endurance. You need true hope. If you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and if you can keep God at your side helping you, you can outlast the darkest season.
If you can stay warm and hold out through the long, cold winter, you will make it to summer. It is a sure thing. As long as you can keep holding out your hands to the fire of God’s Kingdom presence, even if your body remains chilled and shivering, you can endure until the shivering stops and the sun shines again.
Your life is a walk of faith. “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Your faith is what keeps you going through the low times. Your faith informs your decisions and fuels your determination.
When John says that your faith overcomes the “world,” he is using the word cosmos in Greek. That means the governing systems, the systems of influence, the patterns of personal power and dominance. In other words, you can overcome the cosmos—the economies and cultures of the world. You may have to suffer trials for a season, but in the long run, you can overcome the system that is so broken.Yes, the system is broken. Banks are collapsing, insurance companies are folding up, oil prices are fluctuating, businesses are downsizing, the economy is going belly up. But you can watch it all go by, confident that God will show you the next step. You can outlast this discouraging season, too, just as you outlasted the previous ones.
We tend to panic too quickly. We throw up our hands in despair rather than reaching up our hands to God. We need to “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exod. 14:13 NKJV). We need to outlast the threats and dangers of the season of crisis. The Lord Himself will bring us into the next season, a season of safety. You cannot see the salvation of the Lord unless you stand steady. Do not run the other way, because He has you in the right position. Right here is where you will see and receive your salvation from this predicament, just as the people of Israel saw the Red Sea open up, delivering them from the spears and chariots of the advancing Egyptian army.
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