As I was reading the Word a few days ago, I saw three words that ignited in my Spirit.
Motivation, Momentum and Manifestation.
My first thought was “3M.” I smile and thought that would be a great sermon title. . .the kind that would draw the interest of the curious.
However, as I started writing down some notes. . .God brought the words “mindset and mobilization” to my remembrance. I thought “Okay, I will call the message “5M.”
Smiling. . .but then God stirred the words “meticulous and marketable” in my spirit.
I just love the unction of the Holy Spirit and the direction of our loving Heavenly Father.
You’ve guessed it. . .this teaching is now called “3M plus 2M plus 2M Equals Your
Success.” I suppose I could have entitled the teaching “7M” but why not have a little fun along the way.
Mindset, Motivation, Mobilization, Meticulous, Marketable, Momentum and Manifestation are the seven keys to your success.
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 says:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
The Contemporary English Version of Ezekiel 36:26-27 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.”
Second, replace your old way of thinking with your new way of thinking.
Philippians 2:5 says:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
The New Living Translation of Philippians 2:5 says:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Sixth, allow the mind of Christ to direct your mindset on a daily basis.
Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”
Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation says:
“. . .Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
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.”
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 says:
“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.”
Second, Psalm 37:4 says:
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Third, Psalm 37:23-24 says:
“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.”
Fourth, Ephesians 4:20 says:
“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.”
Fifth, Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
“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.”
Sixth, Ephesians 6:7 says:
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Seventh, Philippians 4:13 says:
“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.
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) he has a better chance of keeping you from speaking with your commanding officer (our great God Jehovah.)
However, it’s your responsibility to understand the tactics of the enemy.
Ephesians 6:11 says:
“Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.”
1 Peter 5:8 and 2 Corinthians 2:11 are two other scriptures you should study.
When mobilizing for battle. . .keep focused or as Steven Covey in his book “7 Secrets of Highly Effective People” says: “keep the main thing, the main thing.”
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.
I heard this story some time back. . .not sure of the author. . .but it definitely proves that marketing was in the Bible.
“When Moses was leading the Hebrews out of Egypt, they came to the Red Sea and didn't know if they could get across. Meanwhile, the Egyptians were bearing down on them.
“Moses called his Executive Committee together and said, "What if I wave my left hand and the waters part to the left? Then I'll wave my right hand and the waters will part to the right. We can just cross through the path I will create. Then, when we get to the other side, I'll wave both of my hands again, and the waters will close and drown the Egyptians if they try to follow us."
"`Wow!’ responded his PR guy. `If you do that, I'll get you three pages in the Old Testament.`"
Seriously, if you want to be successful. . .the Bible gives you great marketing strategies.
First, Hebrews 11:1 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. . .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.
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 three scriptures that speak to the heart this word.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lordrejoices 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 Lordof hosts.”
Every believer who uses principles based on the Word. . .will be energize, enlighten 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?
Philippians 3:14 in the Message Bible says:
“I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.”
Once you gain your momentum. . .don’t look back. . .keep rolling.
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 playing your waiting for the manifestation of His promises in your life.
One of the absolute worst things you could do while waiting for the manifestation of your harvest. . .is to stop sowing and just wait.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS