I was channel surfing when I came across an old James Bond movie entitled “Tomorrow Never Dies.” I joined the movie in a scene where Bond is talking with M, the head of MI6, the British Secret Service.
As I was thinking about the ever-enterprising M. . .I started thinking about the seven M’s to your personal success.
This teaching will be more nutritious for you. . .than all the M & M (I like the peanut ones) you could ever eat. And yes, I do like M & M’s because sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t.
Okay, let’s get serious about the seven “M’s.”
The Word of God can perform surgery on our brains with more precision and better results than any neurosurgeon ever could. The Word changes our mindsets.
Hebrews 4:12 in the New Living Translation tell us:
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Would you like to have the mindset of someone who can overcome adversity even the jealousy and lies of deceitful people. . .turn defeat into victories. . .create something out of nothing. . .turn economic failure into financial independence? Of course you would.
Now here’s the good news. . .this mindset is available to you. . .beginning right now.
First, get rid of the old way of thinking and doing.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“I will take away your stubborn heart and give you a new heart and a desire to be faithful. You will have only pure thoughts, because I will put my Spirit in you and make you eager to obey my laws and teachings.”
As the scripture says in Matthew 5:8 blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Purity is looking to God for how we live our lives. . .instead of looking to the world.
Second, replace your old way of thinking with your new way of thinking.
Philippians 2:5 in the New Living Translation says:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody once said:
“Attitudes determine our actions for good or bad.”
Third, think on the pure, the powerful and the positive from the Word of God.
Philippians 4:8 in the Message Bible says:
“Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized.”
If we don’t learn to control our thoughts. . .we’ll never learn to control our behavior or enjoy lasting personal success.
Fourth, keep your mind focused on Him.
Philippians 4:7 says:
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Someone once said:
Joseph waited 13 years.
Abraham waited 25 years.
Moses waited 40 years.
Jesus waited 30 years.
If God is making you wait. . .you’re in good company.
Fifth, use the mind of Christ that’s within you…allow it to function fully and freely.
1 Corinthians 2:16 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”
If we use the Mind of Christ within each of us. . .we will never allow satan to use our vacant minds as a toxic dump.
Sixth, allow the mind of Christ to direct your mindset on a daily basis.
Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation says:
“. . .Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
I enjoy reading a lot of books. . .especially those by Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Myers, Joel Osteen and many more. But in the hundreds, if not, thousands of books I’ve read. . .the Bible is the only book I’ve read whose author was present when I read it. . .and still is.
Think about it. . .when you read the Bible. . .God is right there speaking to you.
Seventh, your mindset should always be to glorify God.
Romans 15:6 says:
“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We should look at whatever circumstances we’re facing as an opportunity to bring glory and honor to our Heavenly Father.
Have you ever heard an aspiring actor/actress ask: “What is my motivation?”
Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of books have been written about motivation.
I’ve decided to share seven Rich Thoughts from the greatest motivational book ever written.
First, Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
You are God’s masterpiece. . .that ought to motivate you.
Second, Psalm 37:4
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Pastor Woodrow Kroll once said:
“The God who knows you best. . .knows the best for you.”
Third, Psalm 37:23-24
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they may stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
You are where you are for a reason. . .have the faith and confidence in God to know He will show you why. . .and the next step.
Fourth, Ephesians 4:20
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
With the resurrection power of God within us. . .we never have to fear the powers around us.
Fifth, Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Corrie Ten Boom once said:
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Sixth, Ephesians 6:7
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Charles Wesley, the prolific song writer and evangelist, once said:
“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
Seventh, Philippians 4:13
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
In other words, you have unlimited opportunity and access.
Failure is not your destiny. Success is more than an option. . .it is your God-given opportunity.
Before we get into mobilization. . .remember, that being motivated without mobilization only leads to frustration and ultimately, defeat.
The definition for mobilization according to dictionary.com is:
“Act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency; organizing and making ready for use or action.”
When you see or hear the word ‘war’ no doubt you immediately think of a conflict between nations. However, there is a war raging between a believer and the enemy of their soul.
Make no doubt about it. . .the enemy is relentless. He is continually bombarding your mind with negative and sinful thoughts. . .using diversionary tactics to break your focus.
Make no mistake. . .the enemy spends every waking moment using possible deception to cut your supply lines to headquarters.
The enemy knows that if he can keep you from getting reinforcements (the Word) from headquarters (church and our other sources for God’s Word) he has a better chance of keeping you from speaking with your commanding officer (our great God Jehovah.)
Simply said, pay attention to detail.
Don’t try to micro-manage every detail but you must always inspect what you expect to prevent defects in your plan.
A meticulous person is accurate, exact, punctual, precise, attentive and careful.
I think it’s fair to say that a meticulous person is also a focused person.
Focus can be simply defined as ‘whatever has your attention.’ It’s clear that God wants us focused on His plan for our lives.
Focus on the particular need you want God to meet. Focus on your plan for success.
Don’t let anyone’s attitude or words distract you.
Finally, heed the words found in the Message Bible translation of Hebrews 12:2-3 which says:
“We’d better get on with it. . .keep your eyes on Jesus. . .Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed.”
One final thought. . .or warning, if you will. Don’t become so meticulous in your planning that you never do anything with what you’ve planned to do.
Is marketing in the Bible? Absolutely.
The Bible provides us with great marketing strategies.
First, Hebrews 11:1 in the King James Version says:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Your faith in God will loose your creativity and ability to make something out of nothing. That’s what every start-up business leader must do.
Second, Proverbs 14:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Where no oxen are, the grain crib is empty, but much increase [of crops] comes by the strength of the ox.”
You will need to be a worker. Many, many scriptures discuss the importance of work.
Third, Ecclesiastes 11:1 in the New Living Translation says:
“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.”
You may not see any immediate return. . .but always remember that the progressive benefit is often much better than the immediate response.
This scripture applies to investing in the stock market or commodities. . .in the same way, you invest your time, effort and money. . .knowing that you will receive a return. . .because you’ve been guided by the Holy Spirit.
Fourth, Ecclesiastes 11:2 in the New Living Translation says:
“But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.”
This verse talks about spreading your investments around. . .or it could point out the need to expand your business into new areas of commerce.
Fifth, Ecclesiastes 12:14 in God’s News Translation says:
“God is going to judge everything we do, whether good or bad, even things done in secret.”
If you’ve agreed to work for a company and purposely don’t give them your best efforts. . .you are planning evil.
Sixth, Proverbs 11:1 in the Message Bible says:
“God hates cheating in the marketplace; he loves it when business is aboveboard.”
There is only one way to be successful in business. . .His way.
Seventh, Ecclesiastes 11:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
There’s more but I’ll stop with seven for now.
Pete Rose, the legendary baseball player, said:
“Sliding headfirst is the safest way to get to the next base, I think, and the fastest. You don't lose your momentum, and there's one more important reason I slide headfirst, it gets my picture in the paper.”
Momentum is best defined as:
“The amount of force a moving body has because of its weight and the speed at which it is moving.”
Momentum works the same whether you’re a short person or a hefty one. If you take a big rock. . .it will not travel very fast. . .until you give it a push on a downhill sloop. . .then watch out.
The word momentum is not found in the scriptures. . .however, I’ve identified two scriptures that speak to the heart of this word.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. . .”
It’s not where you start in life. . .it’s where you end up. Your momentum (force) will either work for you or it won’t.
That’s why preparation time is important.
Zechariah 4:6 says:
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Every believer who uses principles based on the Word. . .will be energized, enlightened and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Can’t think of a better way to create momentum for good than by obeying the voice of the spirit?
Once you gain your momentum. . .don’t look back. . .keep rolling with Him.
Child of God, we need to believe what we want so much that it has no choice but to manifest.
Manifestation comes with expectation. . .whether in the marketplace, the secret place or your financial place.
Proverbs 23:18 says:
“For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.”
Proverbs 23:18 in the New Living Translation says:
“You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.”
Expectation brings manifestation and His rewards.
Proverbs 24:14 in the Amplified Bible says:
“So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off."
No matter what your circumstances look like. . .your expectation creates manifestation.
The Message Bible translation of Proverbs 24:14 says:
“Likewise knowledge, and wisdom for your soul—Get that and your future's secured, your hope is on solid rock.”
Child of God, are you getting this? Your expectation secures your future, gives you a hope that immoveable and a confidence in your impending manifestation..
Your future is secured when you expect to receive the manifestation of His best . . . all that He has to offer you.
For the record, one of the worst things you could possibly do would be to stop sowing and just wait for the manifestation of His promises in your life.
One last quote. . .this one from the renowned author and theologian Oswald Chambers who once said:
“If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face.”
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