Text: 1 Samuel 18:7 – So the women sang as they danced, and said: “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands”.
You don’t have to have a great gift for God to use you and your gifts in a great way. David was a great song writer (musician), a warfare strategist, and many others, but what brought him before king Saul was how good he could throw a stone. This however did not intimidate Soul – in fact he loved this skill of his (that is being a great strategist) – but what intimidated king Saul was because of what others said about David, because of unhealthy comparison (1 Samuel 18:7).
People may not like you because of your effectiveness. In fact people will perform better (more effective) when there is a level of competitiveness. We are effective because we are aware of each other. This level of competitiveness in terms of performance is not bad. God gives you a level of competitiveness to assess your performance within your purpose. But when we compare yourself to someone else who has a different skill, different purpose, different level of effectiveness, you must never think you can do better than they are. Especially since, God has given each and every one of us different skills; no matter how good you are, you will never be as good as being someone else.
Get rid of comparison. There is nothing wrong with killing a thousand. Even in the face of someone who has killed ten thousand, there will be someone who has killed more. There will always be someone who makes more money or is more brilliant than you. are But always bear in mind that there is nobody like you. Be who God called you to be. Get rid of stress, the comparison, the problem. Win on your level. You are the best at your level. Not everyone can be a general, but you can be the best sergeant, the best corporal. Soul really lacked the ability to walk in the company of greatness. Some people try to compete, try to conquer and even kill because of their inability to walk in the company of greatness.
We need to run in alignment with the vision (Hab. 2:3). You need to run in alignment with the vision that you have. You cannot run another man’s vision. You need to stir up the gift that God has given to you. He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of sound mind. Run your course, run and finish that race that God has given to you. God knows who you are created to be. He knows how high you can jump. All you need do is follow the one who knows what you can do. You need to go to God, and find out what you are capable of doing. See to it, that you don’t spend any more waking moment without finding this out.
Text: Rev 4: 1
Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.”
If you must go forward in life, there must be a change. You must make a move in order for God to make room for you. If you remain too long in your comfort zone, you will become uncomfortable. As Christians what we are most afraid of is making a move; and yet we don’t realise that our life will only expand at the rate or level of change in our life. It is what we accept, is exactly what we cannot change. Wherever you are today God has a better place. Your choice in life determines your chances in life. Choose to change.
From the above scripture, the ability to hear is a level of achievement. However, it also tells us that it is not enough to hear, but you must also be able to see. Don’t you know that whatever you see can be given to you? That how far you can see is determined by the height you possess! Where are you standing? Don’t you understand that if you haven’t seen it, you cannot possess it?
The word “Come” in the above passage is a command and not an instruction. Every bible character finds fulfilment in life as a result of APPEARANCE. Appearance can come to you through the word of God. God is asking you to come, leave your present territory, and take a step forward towards your next level. Your position determines your possession because your position determines your view; and YOUR view determines what you can get.
Brethren, your position has to change in everything, most especially in your knowledge and perception of God. The day you refuse to go forward, is the day you will begin to go backward. At this stage of your life, the question you need to ask is what’s NEXT?
You have graduated WHAT NEXT?
You have gotten married, WHAT NEXT?
Your promotion has come, WHAT NEXT?
You have finally sorted out your immigration status, WHAT NEXT?
Whatever position you are today, there is a next level. Your next level is your Place of Enthronement. See to it you don’t miss it!
The need to accept God’s NO concerning some of the prayers we pray is determined by the level of spiritual growth, because it is this, that determines how best we accept His answer, despite the fact that the reason for His option of saying NO is not made clear to us. This happens because what God sees and plans for our lives is beyond what we can work or fathom out in our thinking or imagination (Isaiah 55: 8-9).
God is not under any obligation to say YES to our prayers, the only obligation He has is to answer our prayers when all factors that could hinder us from hearing has been adequately dealt with. His answer to our prayers may sometimes be seen unfavourable to us, because its not the outcome we are expecting, but He has a purpose for any answer He gives to us. One of the reasons why He says NO to our prayers is because He is very interested in the situation and wants to work it out in His own very way. Therefore, it is of great importance for us to accept the NO of God concerning that prayer that seems unanswered, because this is what will give us access to the alternative that He has for us.
In some cases, God can say YES to our prayers with some conditions attached to them, but “until you agree with the conditional YES of God, it will always appear NO. “
The following are the steps that are required to be taken when God says NO:
• Recognise His Presence in the situation you are going through
• Affirm or assert His power, that is, the fact that He says NO does not mean He cannot do it (Eph. 3:20-21)
• Affirm His purpose. You may not know the reason why, but believe it is for your good (Romans 8:28)
• Remember and believe that it is still within His master plan (Jer. 29:11)
• It’s a time to trust and be dependent on Him completely (Proverbs 3:5-6)
• It’s a time to delight, because of your assurance that He is totally in charge
May the Grace and the Strength of the Lord continue to be with you, as you accept His No, which makes a way for His Yes. See you on Sunday for our celebration service.
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