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YOUR RESPONSES

every good tree bringeth forth good fruit...' Matthew 7:17

Take a moment to consider these two questions. Question one: How do you respond when you're treated badly? A man stopped by a news-stand every morning to pick up a paper. The man behind the counter was always nasty, yet the customer was always nice to him. When a friend asked him why he remained so kind in the face of such rudeness, he replied, 'Why would I let his attitude dictate my attitude?' Question two: How do you respond when you're tempted? You say, 'I'm in love with him. He's married and I know it's wrong, but I can't help it.' Actually, you can. You can spend an hour listening to stories from women who lost their husbands to infidelity. Look into the eyes of their children. Hear the betrayal and see the broken promises in their eyes. When you do, you'll think new thoughts!

The Bible says, '...Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh' (Galatians 5:16 NKJV). At any moment you can turn your mind to God and your thoughts will change. Feelings are like spoiled children; they can take a little longer to come round, but if you keep your mind 'fixed' on God, your feelings will eventually line up with your thoughts. Looking back, you'll be glad you were guided by God instead of your impulses.

It's as if there's a 'Holy Spirit Network' where you can tune in at any time. When you ask God to guide your thoughts, then listen to what He says - He will guide you.

Soulfood : Deut 30:1 - 32:28, Matt 10:1-10, Ps 62, Prov 12:18-19

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ANOINTED TO LEAD

The Bible says: 'Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights... When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses...they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them...and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him...' (Exodus 34:28-32 NIV). When the Israelites were in Moses' company, there was a look on his face that told them he'd been in the presence of the Lord. They could see it and sense it. The Bible refers to this as the 'anointing' (1 John 2:27). Simply put, the anointing is God equipping and empowering you to succeed in what He's called you to do.

Anointed leadership is always characterised by these four benchmarks: (1) Calling. When people are around an anointed leader, they sense that God has truly gifted and assigned that person to fulfil a certain purpose. (2) Character. People see God's nature in an anointed leader, and as a result they trust them. (3) Competence. An anointed leader has the ability to get the job done right. The results validate his or her calling. (4) Conviction. Anointed leaders aren't wishy-washy; they have moral and spiritual backbone and they stand up for what's right.

These four qualities are benchmarks of God-called leadership, and when people see them at work in your life they will follow you.

Soulfood : Deut 28-29, Matt 9:27-38, Ps 57, Prov 12:15-17

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WHAT STOPS YOU? FEAR OF SUCCESS! (4)

In order to overcome your fear of success you must do these six things: (1) Give yourself ample time to complete critical tasks on which your success hinges. (2) Guard your 'success-already-in-progress', and don't engage in actions that thwart it. For example, accumulating cash reserves for your small business and then spending them on clothes instead of marketing and publicity.

(3) Follow up with key individuals who can influence outcomes significant to your success. Get rid of the idea that you are unworthy of their attention, or that they wouldn't have time for someone like you. 'Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men' (Proverbs 22:29 NKJV). Boaz not only owned the field that Ruth was gleaning wheat in, he fell in love with her and married her. Today there are people observing you who are capable of blessing you. (4) Associate with goal-oriented finishers who get things done and who demonstrate the right priorities in doing so. Watch how they operate and emulate the God-honouring aspects of their behaviour.

(5) Consider the good you can do as a successful person. Think of the non-selfish actions you could take, or the ministries and causes you could support, if you had wealth beyond your needs. (6) Understand that success is God's idea, and He gives it to us to fulfil His purposes. As long as your motive is to please God and do His will, you can stand on this Scripture: '...the Lord gave him success in everything he did.'

Soulfood : Jonah 1:10 - 2:10, Matt 12:38-42

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