Greetings to the New Life Nation!
It goes without saying that almost every time you turn on a television, access social media, or listen to the radio, someone or something alludes to the concept of being “Successful.” Theories about being successful and notions regarding how to obtain success, stardom, achievement and elevation of some sort is literally in the atmosphere. From the U.S.A. to the most remote country that you can imagine, “Success” is on the lips of most individuals. But, the question is, “How does the Christian achieve Success?” Certainly there are secular strategies regarding what you need to do. We’ve all heard them. We’ve all attended these “Get Rich Quick” seminars. But, when we finally get wind of the opportunity, our role is only to gain 2-3 people in our “down-line” and then we may gain a few extra dollars, while making the person above us rich! Or we work an extra job to get more money and we find out that the money cost us sleep, time with family, reduction in our time with God and ultimately makes us agitated, irritated and unmotivated to do anything else. You know I’m telling the truth! But, once again, “How does the Christian achieve Success?”
As a Christian, we must first understand that God’s best is never “Achieved,” it must be “Received!” We can’t work hard enough or long enough to get what God wants to give us freely. Psalm 75:5-6 lets us know that“Promotion only comes from the Lord!”It does not come from anywhere else. It’s only when God decides to promote that we are elevated. Why? Because God is Sovereign. This means: “God does what He wants to do, when He wants to do it and how He decides to do it!” So, you and I may as well get over ourselves and just wait on the Lord. But, here’s some startling news. The Christian believer’s ultimate goal should not be success. It should be rooted in the desire to be consistently faithful to the application of the WORD of God for our lives. We do this by seeking God first in all that we do. Take a page from Matthew’s gospel when it states, “But, seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you!” (Matt. 6:33)Simply put, we can’t achieve anything. We can only receive what God desires for us to have in His divine timeline. But, it happens after we seek Christ first. There is a great quote that states, “IF YOU ARE PERSISTENT YOU WILL GET IT, BUT WHEN YOU ARE CONSISTENT YOU WILL KEEP IT!So, if you want elevation and promotion on this side, then focus on being consistently faithful in applying kingdom principles.
Remember, “God rewards those that diligently seek Him!”(Hebrews 11:6) Now, think on these things…..
Yours in Christ,
“IMPACTING LIVES FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST!”
Greetings New Life Nation!
All too often, many of us underestimate the power of words. Words are not merely sounds caused by air passing through the walls of our larynx. No, my brothers and sisters, words have tremendous power. God spoke the world into existence by the power of His words! (Hebrews 11:3). By this same power we were created in His image. Thus, we have been given an enormous amount of power. Please understand that our words do more than convey information. Our words can actually destroy and disrupt one's spirit and even stir up anger, hatred and violence. But, our words also have the power to heal, to esteem and to invoke love. Out of all of God's creations on the planet, only mankind has the awesome ability to communicate through the spoken word. Therefore, we should guard our words and use them wisely in an effort to build up others and not tear others down!!!!
The writer of Proverbs reminds us that "Life and Death are in the power of the tongue!" The question is, "Who have you given life to through your words?".... Or..." Who have you murdered by your words?" Church, nobody is perfect. We all fall short. But, negative comments don't build others, they are an acid that aids in tearing down others! Listen, we must ALL work to keep our mouths closed to the chaos that negative words can cause. For in reality, those who engage in gossip, lies, corrupt and negative communication in any manner are really in true jeopardy of the wrath of God! Here's why: Jesus said, "But, I tell you that mankind will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned!" (Matthew 12:36-37)
Brothers and Sisters, our choice of words are so important because we will have to give an account of what we say and what we've said about others when we stand before the Lord Jesus Christ! So get busy building up others and stop tearing them down. Now, think on these things!
Yours in Christ,
"Impacting Lives for the Cause of Christ!"
Kedric L. McKnight
Rev. Kedric L. McKnight is the founder and Senior Pastor of the New Life Bible Fellowship Church. Weekly he shares motivational articles and insights with members and friends,