Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Winning At Life Series: Part #2

Created for More! The Discovery Adventure!
We learned in the first part of this series that the beginning of winning belongs to God. He created the greatness, treasure, and destiny within you. We have all been created for a great purpose. Then the first step was to unleash your destiny in order to live. This is a mental action first. You have to know that you have greatness on the inside of you and all that you need to do is unleash it!
In part #2 we will discover that it takes the right attitude to achieve winning. How you think and speak will determine how you act or what you do. Too many times, we act and do with improper attitudes and thoughts, which will sabotage all of our actions. Until you know, believe, and think winning perceptions about yourself, then what you will do will only be half-hearted and for showmanship rather than for the greatness God desires.
The Treasure Within… You are a Gift and Don't Forget It!  You win at your own life when you discover the treasure within.  When treasure seekers go to discover treasures, they go deep within to uncover the treasure, whether the treasure is in the sea, in a mountain, or in a cave.  They know that it is the depth of something which holds the true value and treasure.  It is time for you to go deep inside of yourself and this time, do not come up empty-handed.  It is time for you to uncover the treasure within.  Treasure is value or worth that is accumulated or stored.  It is time to Unleash the treasure.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:7-9).
Like life, uncovering the treasure within is not easy, but it is worth it.  You win at your own life when you are hard-pressed on every side, yet not able to be crushed.  When something is crushed it is brought down, and it is diminished.  Winning at life happens even when you feel perplexed, but you refuse to be in despair. 
A winning attitude overshadows the emotions of feeling helpless.  You achieve victory in your own life when you are standing alone and are being persecuted, but remember because you are living life from the inside out in God, you are not forsaken.  The world can be against you, but if God is for you, then He is all you need.  Finally, winning at your own life may make you feel struck down and some things in life might knock you down, but you are not destroyed and the enemy is defeated.
Questions that Winners Ask: If we really want to win in our lives, then we have to ask the hard questions.
(1) What are you sitting on, that you need to stand up for in life?
(2) Really define what God is asking you to do? What is it?
At this stage of life, you are not waiting on God, but God is waiting on you.  You have given Him and everyone else the excuses as to why you have not begun the race to win at your own life.  Do more with what you have and where you are now.  It all starts with where you are in this season, not where you think you should be!  Live Life and Leave a Legacy.
"Your Life and Mission Should Outlive You!"
Guilty of Being Gifted: "Don't Be Afraid of Being Great"
Many of us feel right now that we are called to greatness, but there is no place to call home in our lives. You know there is more out there and you can sense it every day.  You can barely sleep at night because the call from down on the inside of you is so great that you can't even rest.  The call of where you are going is so loud that you can't ignore it.  How do you get to great when you feel you have no place to call home? How do you get to great when you have no idea of how to begin, where to go, who to ask, or even how to get this thing off the ground?  This is what I call Guilty of being Gifted.  You feel a strong sense of God moving in you and in your life, but you just need that open door.
God does not play games with our lives.  Chosen vs. Chance: You have been chosen; it is not by chance that you are gifted the way you are.  It is uniquely special to who you are.  When something is chosen, then it is desired, preferred, and selected.  God has chosen you, and you are His desire, His selection, and His preferred choice.  When something is left to chance, then it is by happenstance, and without plan or intent.  God intends to use you for a great cause.
In 2 Kings 5, Naaman's handmaiden was a hostage with a healing message.  It is not by chance that she was taken hostage to the house of the commander of the king, but it was a set appointment in her destiny.  She had no place to call home, but she did not let that stop her greatness.  She realized that when you are chosen, nothing is left to chance. There is always a plan. We might not always like the plan, but we do have to work it.
Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. 3Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy" (2 Kings 5).
Because it is inside of God, your position in life is not based or dependent upon the opinions of others.  Your gifts are the deliverance for others, so bring them out.  You will not have to open your own doors.  Your gift will make room for you.  "A man's gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men" (Proverbs 18:16).  The handmaid allowed her gift to make room for her, even while a hostage with no place to call home.  You will only remain a present, until you are opened and used for every intended purpose.
Imagine it is Christmas morning and you are with your family opening presents.  You have bought the perfect present for someone special and you give it to him or her. But what if they do not open it and experience all that it is worth? It never becomes a gift, but rather remains as a present.  A gift is only realized when it is opened and used for its intended purpose.  It is time for you (the gift) to be opened and used for greatness.  Right now, you are closed-off to your own gifts that are within. Unleash the gifts, so you can win. Your greatest gift is your sound mind right now.
"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7)
The Ten Commandments of Winning!
  1. I must trust God, no matter what
  2. I must believe in myself
  3. I must make godly/righteous decisions
  4. I must invest into me
  5. I must write the plan and follow it
  6. I must let go of the past
  7. I must let go of the fear
  8. I must help others
  9. I must never stop until I finish well
  10. I must leave a legacy

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Winning At Life Series: Part #1


Winning at Life starts within... all that you need to Win at your own life (is already on the inside of you) and it has been there since the day that the Lord created and formed you. God created and formed you to win. Now is the time to Unleash the Winner Inside of You! Breakforth!!!
Your gifts, talents, calling, and destiny is too big to contain within you… it was designed to live outside of you! All these things develop within for destiny, but destiny itself lives outside of you in order to impact others and outlive you… An Unleashed Destiny is Legacy!
I believe it is providential that you are now reading this blog post that will Unleash the Possibilities Inside of You!  Everything that you need now is already down on the inside of you. Throughout this journey that you are now embarking upon, you will discover the power that is within in order to become all that you are supposed to be.  You are now in transition and I want you to know that you will fulfill everything that God has put inside of you to do.  
No matter what your life looks like now, you are on the brink of the greatest breakthrough. God is literally going to transform your life from the inside out. Why the Inside Out?  Because before the foundations of the world, God predestined you for greatness and placed everything inside of you that you would need, not only to survive, but to live an abundant life.  God never has to recreate you in order for you to achieve your destiny.  God just presents great opportunities in your life in order for you to become all that He has spoken over you.
Right now, you just need God to breathe on you and your situation.  Right now, I want to be your midwife and tell you to push because God is breathing on you and life is coming out of you.  Although everything around you seems dead, I decree by the power of God that you will live and not die. You will be all that God predestined you to become.
Not half the man/woman, not a tenth, but you will be all that God said you would be.  Nothing in your past or anything you are facing now can stand up to the word of the Lord over your life.  The word of the Lord over your life is that you will move and press forward in order to accomplish greatness.  You cannot move forward until you put the past behind you.  If the past remains in front of you, then that is all that you will ever see, and that perspective will never allow you to seize a hopeful future.
Right now, all you have to do is decide to take the step forward in order to be unleashed.  You have only been living a small portion of your potential and now it is time to maximize your life and destiny.  All that you are and everything that you need is already inside of you; it just needs to be Unleashed!  
To unleash means to release or loose from, to break-free, and to let go.  The word release means to set-free from confinement, restraint, to free, or let-go, or dismiss.  In order to be free you must let go and dismiss your past.  I have a secret for you; it already happened, you already did it, it was already done to you, and you can't go back!  However, today you can decide to move forward with a new perspective, a new attitude, and in wholeness.  
Potential cannot live-forever it is not immortal… you have to Unleash it for it to become productive and live!
You will be stretched beyond measure in order to live The Total Picture and Unleash the Secret Design for your life.  The finished work has to reflect God and His Glory. For far too long, you have settled for just the anointing, which is individualistic and only deals with and rests only upon you.  If you are to grasp the depth of the Total Picture that God has for you, then it cannot be only about you.  You have to seek the Glory because the Glory is the ultimate level; it is the Total Picture of life.  
The Secret Design is unleashed in the wilderness part of your life; you are going through it in order to come forth into your destiny. What you are going through is in order so you can unleash! It seems hard, bad, disappointing, delayed, a wilderness place, but this is your place of unleashing. It takes pressure for something to be unleashed. The Pressure defines the greatness!
What will Pressure Produce within and out of you?
The same pressure and heat under the earth can produce Diamonds or Volcanoes.
You can either unleash volcanoes and destroy your life, destiny, and everyone and everything around you. Or, you can produce and unleash diamonds out of the pressure that is on you right now. Diamonds are value out of the fire, the unleashed treasure from pressure. Decide today only to unleash Diamonds in your life!