Don’t Cherish Exaggerated Ideas of Yourself

NegativeSelfTalkHere are two more examples of mind management. A thought knocks on the door of your mind and says, “You’re so wonderful the world is lucky to have you.” Typically it’s the kind of thought you’d welcome, but you don’t do things the typical way. You submit it to the authority of Christ, and as you unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit , His Word, you learn that pride doesn’t please God.

“Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself.” you-look-tired-carrying-the-weight-of-the-exaggerated-sense-of-your-own-self-importance-must-really-be-exhausting-26690

 1581012-bigthumbnailAs much as you’d like to embrace an exalted image of yourself, you can’t. You only allow what Christ allows. Here’s another example. This time it’s temptation. If you ‘re a male, the thought comes in a low-cut red dress. If you’re a female, it comes in the form of the hunk you’ve always admired. Temptation whispers, “It’s all right, you’re both consenting adults.”webmd_rf_photo_of_bird_dog_exercise

If you aren’t under Christ’s authority you throw open the door, but if you are you say, “Not so fast!” Then you take this steamy thought to Jesus and ask, “Yes or no?” And nowhere does He answer more clearly than 1 Corinthians chapters 6&7: “We must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever…Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly-but only within the commitment of marriage. It’s good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong , but marriage (God’s way) is strong enough to contain them” (1 Corinthians 6:15-16; 7:1-3). 41TbvK7Bu9L  Now, armed with the opinion of Christ and the Sword of the Spirit, what do you do? Unless the male or female that you are desiring to please intimately is your spouse- you slam the door    shut. End of Story!11949852161414278845donna_casinista_svg_medarticle taken from “The Word For You Today” October 19, 2014

Opportunity Knocks

OpportunityOpportunities are something that we should always be ready for. An opportunity gives us a door to advance or progress a person into the next phase of his/her life. Proverbs 3:27 says, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” I take this as saying, “When you have the opportunity to do something for someone, DO IT!” We should never push anyone aside because we all play a vital role in the kingdom of God.

 
This is very important as children of God because when we are allowed the opportunity to advance others to reach their destiny in life; we are also advancing ourselves to become greater leaders. An example of this is Elijah and Elisha. Elisha was minding his own business when Elijah showed up and threw his mantle upon him. Elisha didn’t say, “Hey man, why did you throw that old dirty mantle on me?” Elisha didn’t run from the opportunity that was thrown at him, but instead he informed his parents that he was leaving and ran after the opportunity that knocked on his door (1 Kings 19:19-21). By Elijah giving Elisha an opportunity, they both were considered to be great prophets recorded in history.

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Some of us are where we are because an opportunity was given to us. We have accomplished many things because someone had an eye to see the potential in us, and knew that we needed someone to help advance us to our next phase in life. I remember when I worked at Radio Shack many years ago, and I was forwarded an opportunity to go from a part time employee to a full time employee. I wanted to work in the Avenues Mall because that store received a lot of traffic, and I liked mingling with customers to learn what suited their needs. When I went to the Avenues Mall, the store manager wouldn’t give me the opportunity to work in his store because he believed that I didn’t have the sufficient knowledge to help accomplish the sales goal for that store, and  he didn’t have time to teach me. Even though I reassured him that I was a fast learner, and that he wouldn’t be disappointed in choosing me, he chose to go a different direction. I was hurt by this decision, but I hung in there, and said maybe this wasn’t the door for me to walk into.Opportunity-Knocks

 
It wasn’t too long after that where an opportunity opened up at another mall named Regency, and when I was allowed to walk through that door, I soared. I became the top female sales associate in our district, and I was selling anywhere from $25k to $28k worth of merchandise a month for a period of about 3 months. When the manager at Regency Mall gave me an opportunity to work for him, he became a candidate to be the next district manager in training. This opportunity wasn’t just about me, but it was about the store as a whole because we all excelled and raised the bar for sales.

 
opportunitybjkhWe should never neglect opportunities that come our way. This isn’t to say that we should run into every door which is opened to us, but we should recognize when the right opportunity arises and walk through that door when it is open. The Bible says in John 3:27, “no man can receive anything except it is given to him from heaven.” James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

 

Every chance that we receive in life; we should attempt to excel those that are placed in our lives. It is not always about us, but it is always about those that we have been given the opportunity to excel. Stay humble and keep a heart of a servant leader, so opportunities for advancing others can stay at the threshold of your heart.

 
Be blessed, and allow the opportunity of Christ’s leadership enter your life when he knocks on the door of your heart.