Matthew 15:14 - "If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
When you start pursuing God's vision for your life, sometimes you have to change who your close friends are because you're not speaking the same language anymore.
Some people say that it doesn't really matter with whom they associate, that they wouldn't want to hurt anybody by disassociating from them. Yet Jesus was telling us not to be foolish by following those who are spiritually blind.
Some people literally sacrifice their dreams and their lives because they are afraid of having conflict and disagreement with others.
The devil's strategy is to constantly flood our being with earthly information and noise, thereby thwarting our focus and thoughts on God. The world and all its stimuli have NOTHING to offer the spirit man.
Hebrews 5:12 - "For by this time you ought to be teachers...."
To spiritually inspire is to guide, affect, or arouse by the divine influence of the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:2 - "You should teach people whom you can trust the things you and many others have heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others."
Discipling others (individually) is essential to the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Are you willing to spend and be spent; not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister?
There are many who will respond when the blessings are flowing, but when it comes time to "eat His flesh," (PARTAKE OF HIS LIFE) they say, "This is a hard saying, who can hear it?" and they disappear.
A witness of Jesus Christ is one who knows Him and is interested in introducing Him to others. Any person who says, "I don't need to witness; I just let my life speak," is self-righteous.
Psalm 91:1 - "He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
To dwell in the secret place of the Most High is to rest, remain, and stay there. Every moment we are there, God is overshadowing us with His protection and glory. We are, therefore, constantly living under an open Heaven where everything becomes possible, where we are protected from dangerous and destructive circumstances (spiritual and natural), and where spiritual and natural blessings and promises manifest.
The apostles received the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room and went out on fire to set the world on fire. They didn't stay in the Upper Room enjoying their experience and trying to prolong it. Nor did they keep coming back for more of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not given for self-indulgence. They went out full of His power and proclaimed the truth of what they had received.
Pray that the Lord would release a fire in you, and ask Him to release the sure word of the Lord in you that will release a holy inner confidence through you for yourself, your family, your business, and your ministry.
1 John 5:14 - "We have this confidence, that if we pray anything according to His will, He hears us."
It is easy to go to sleep reviewing negative ideas and pictures in our mind and wake up in the morning with a poisoned and negative spirit. Instead, we choose to fall asleep loving and receiving from Jesus -- our Lord and Savior.
Psalm 63:6,8 - "When I think of thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the watches of the night; My soul clings to thee; thy right hand upholds me."
Faith is stronger than belief. To believe is to give intellectual assent; to have faith is to be inseparable from the object of your devotion. Belief can be changed or lost by a more persuasive argument. True faith is so much a part of the person it can only be taken by death.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1
Fear imprisons one's heart and releases the power of Satan's destruction in their life. By yielding to fear believers descend into Satan's range of attack.
Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit's ministrations in us?
Faith is where you take the biggest spiritual risks in your life, especially within your CALLING. Exercising faith is fundamentally a risk. Each and every time you "step out" within your call to obey God you take a risk.- Ephesians 5:17 - "So do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do."
How can you hear God speak, in His soft and tender way, when your hurried thoughts create a whirlwind within? Be quiet, and He will soon be heard.
"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation." - Psalm 62:1
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