How do you meet important people?
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term VIP is an abbreviation for Very Important Person and is defined as:
“A person of great importance or influence.”
First, you must recognize that you are a VIP already and it is only natural that you should be meeting important people.
That’s right. . .YOU ARE A VIP!
According to Psalm 112:9 in the New Living Translation . . . you are a person of influence.
“They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
The scripture is says. . .the way to have influence and honor is to be a giver. . .that’s one thing that makes you a VIP.
However, I have another definition of what being a VIP really means in God’s Word.
Value—How Do You See Yourself
Identity—Who You Are in Christ
Purpose—Why You Are Here On Planet Earth
You’re valuable to God because He cared enough to send His only Son to die for your sins that you might have life and have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 says:
“. . .I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The New Living Translation of John 10:10 says:
“. . .My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
Our value is forever established by the birth, crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Next, what does the Word has to say about your identity . . . or who you are in Christ.
Romans 8:10 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].”
Romans 8:11 in the Message Bible further clarifies your identity as a Child of the Most High God.
“When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's!”
1 Corinthians 1:26 in the Message Bible says:
“. . .Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. . .”
Wow, are you seeing that . . . you have a “God-created identity?”
Lastly, what does the Word have to say about your purpose?
Why are you here? What’s your purpose on the earth? Make no mistake about it. God has a purpose for every individual’s life.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
If God’s only purpose for saving you was to get you in heaven, then why not take you once you’re saved. I mean, if our only purpose for getting saved is going to heaven, then load up the bus and let’s hit the highway to heaven.
Exodus 9:16 in the New Living Translation says:
“But I have spared you for a purpose—to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth.”
Your purpose is outlined in 2 Corinthians 5:20:
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
God has named you an ambassador for Him. When an earthly ambassador travels from his own country to another he has all the authority of the one whom he represents. The scripture says we represent God on behalf of what Christ Jesus did so that all might have a heavenly home with Him.
You were saved to fulfill the Great Commission…you were saved to obey the words of Mark 16:15 which says:
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. . .these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
We’ve now established that you are a VIP. . .so now let’s go over the seven secrets to meeting Very Important People or people who know their VALUE IDENTITY PURPOSE.
1. Obeying His Word
Do you love God? Of course, you do or you wouldn’t be listening to this broadcast. . .or reading it in our Rich Thoughts email.
But how do you know how much you really love God?
John 14:15 in the Amplified Bible says:
“If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.”
The test as to whether or not you really love God. . .is based on whether or not you obey His instructions.
Obeying His commands is not a sometimes thing. . .or a ‘when it’s convenient’ or ‘won’t inconvenience you’ thing. . .it’s a way of life.
After you’re born-again, the next step to promotion is whether or not you obey the Word of God.
John 14:23 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.”
The best way to meet the King of Kings is by reading and obeying His Word. When you do what He says. . .then the King will come to your neighborhood. . .live in your house.
It’s crystal clear. . .if we don’t obey His instructions. . .we may think we love Him but don’t really love Him as deeply as we should.
2. Be a diligent worker
A quick scan of Proverbs reveals several reasons everyone should be a diligent worker.
I discovered something rather interesting as I was studying diligent which is the Hebrew word charuwts (H2742) and is found 18 times in 17 verses in the King James Bible.
In five of those verses the Hebrew word is translated as diligent. However, in six of those verses it’s translated as the word gold.
Being a diligent worker is equated with gold. If you want the gold. . .the riches in your life. . .you must be diligent. Here are two of the verses:
Proverbs 10:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
Proverbs 21:5 says:
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
The New Living Translation of Proverbs 21:5 says:
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
There is a different Hebrew word mahiyr H4106) used for diligent in Proverbs 22:29 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
In this verse. . .diligent means:
“quick, prompt, skilled, ready”
If you want to stand before VIP’s you must be skilled, ever-ready and your performance must be gold. . .of the greatest value.
3. Become known as a person of wisdom
Wisdom is something you get for yourself. . .something no one can take away from you or deny.
Wisdom will take you places beyond your wildest dreams and before people you’ve only read about.
Before proceeding, it’s important to always remember who gave you your wisdom and where it comes from.
Daniel 2:20 says:
“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his.”
Your wisdom will place you before important people.
Daniel 5:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, clarify riddles, and solve knotty problems were found in this same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”
Your wisdom becomes obvious. . .when you solve a problem. . .and you will be rewarded for it.
Daniel 5:16 in the New Living Translation says:
“I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
Successful people are knowledgeable and understand the importance of having wise people around them.
How do you get wisdom that will make you noticeable to the King of Kings as well to the kings of the marketplace?
READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.
4. Be known as a person of integrity
One of the most highly valued character qualities is that of integrity.
Job 31:6 says:
“Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.”
It’s definitely more important for God to see your integrity in action than anyone else.
Now let’s look at a verse that is frequently misquoted or misinterpreted.
Proverbs 28:6 which in the Amplified Bible says:
“Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity than he who willfully goes in double and wrong ways, though he is rich.”
Notice the last part of the verse where it says “…though he is rich.”
The scripture is a condemnation of wickedness, not wealth. It’s not the fact that a person is rich but the wickedness of their heart that is the focus of this verse.
Money brings out who people are on the inside more clearly than probably anything else.
The verse does say that it’s better to be poor and honest than rich and be wicked. It says it’s better to see a poor person who walks in integrity than to see a rich person who is evil.
It’s the character of a person’s heart and not the balance in their checkbook or lack thereof that determines who they are.
When you are known as a person of integrity and wisdom. . .important people will seek you out.
5. Be known as someone who blesses others
Do you want to have a world-wide reputation? If you want to be famous. . .known throughout the nations then learn to bless others.
Genesis 12:2 in the New Century Version says:
“I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you. I will make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.”
When you bless others you are activating a powerful scripture principle. . .one that has unlimited potential beyond your expectation or imagination.
Proverbs 11:25 in the New Living Translation says:
“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”
My favorite scripture. . .the one that defines my life more than any other is Ephesians 6:8 which says:
“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
A person who looks for opportunities to bless others is not really interested in being blessed by the folks who benefited from the blessing. . .because he/she understands the act of generosity will be rewarded by God.
Given the choice of being blessed by man or God. . .God wins every time.
It’s also important to understand that people who bless other people. . .are noticed not only in heaven by the King of Kings. . .but in the natural realm by the kings of this world.
6. Be a scriptural giver to be noticed by very important people.
First and foremost, every believer needs to understand that God is fully aware of how much money you have, the bills you owe and even, what you had planned to do with your money.
However, when God says “give” that’s exactly what He expects you to do. Here are four keys to being a scriptural giver.
First, give when God tells you to give. . .regardless of the circumstances.
There will be times when God tells you to give. . .that may not be convenient or even logical according to the natural mind. However, obedience always produces rewards.
In Genesis 26 we read where there is a famine in the land. . .people who are facing tough times. . .make a decision to go to Egypt (a type of the world’s system) for help. However, in this time of shortage, God appeared to Isaac and discourages him from going the way of the world’s system for help.
Genesis 26:2-4 says:
“… the Lord appeared unto him (Isaac), and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father.”
“… I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven …”
It’s real clear. . . If Isaac obeys and sows during the famine, he will experience a massive supernatural increase.
Notice the confirmation of this truth in Genesis 26:12-14 which says:
“Then Isaac sowed in that land and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.
“And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.”
Inconvenient giving always produces a good expected harvest.
Second, give where God tells you him to give.
Anytime you’re ever in a meeting where an offering is received or if you’re reading a letter from an international ministry. . .ask God if it’s good ground for your precious seed.
Matthew 13:23 in the New Living Translation says:
“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
I think it’s fair to say that “good ground” is where you can find a ministry or organization where the leadership is excellent in its operation. . .honoring the precious seeds with which it’s entrusted. . .and who will mentally and spiritually come into agreement with you confirming their faith with yours.
Third, give what God tells you to give.
Deuteronomy 16:17 in the New International Version says:
“Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.”
Let your giving be based on how God has blessed you. . .not according to what you think you have to give at the moment.
Fourth, God wants you to be happy in your giving.
You might say, “Brother Harold, I’m not happy. . .truthfully, I’m a little sad and anxious because I’ve given away all that I have.”
Psalm 126:6 in the Message Bible says:
“So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.”
God wants you happy in your giving.
2 Corinthians 9:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving].”
7. Bring a gift.
One of the most misunderstood verses in scripture is Proverbs 18:16 which says:
“A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
Many leaders in ministry mistakenly teach that the gift is your natural abilities and what they perceive to be talent.
That sounds spiritual. . .but it’s not what the Bible is saying or what the word gift means.
According to Strong’s Concordance the word gift is the Hebrew word mattan (H4976) and it means:
“gifts, offerings, presents.”
The word mattan appears in five verses according to the Hebrew Concordance of the King James Version and in each instance it’s referring to a monetary gift.
At your convenience, I recommend that you read Genesis 34:12; Numbers 18:11, Proverbs 19:6, Proverbs 21:14 and, of course, Proverbs 18:16.
It’s clear the scripture is talking about a gift of financial value. The scripture is also clear that a financial gift will bring you before important and eminent people.
First, consider the New Living Translation of Proverbs 18:16:
“Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!”
Next, let’s look at the Message Bible translation of Proverbs 18:16 which says:
“A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.”
The Queen of Sheba is a perfect example of how someone can use expensive gifts to open the door and create access. She went to visit the richest and most popular ruler that ever lived, King Solomon.
1 Kings 10:1-3 says:
“1And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
2And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
3And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not anything hid from the king, which he told her not.”
The Queen of Sheba was serious about wisdom so she brought serious seed to open the door for such a harvest of knowledge. She needed wisdom and understanding on how to run her country. She’d heard nothing was hidden from Solomon so he could provide her with all the answers.
The Queen’s seed brought her wisdom and understanding and gave her the opportunity to spend time with the most wealthy and powerful man of her time and truthfully of all time except for Jesus.
Summarizing this and the other six ways to meet a king or become one.
Your giving will make a way for you.
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