“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Matthew 13:3-9
GOOD INTENTIONS BY THEMSELVES ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR GROWTH.
IF YOU AIM AT NOTHING, YOU WILL HIT IT EVERY TIME! -ZIG ZIGLER
1. WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made! We are not striving to be something we are not, but learning to discover our unique gifts to help impact the Kingdom of God.
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. Ephesians 3:10
For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
ONCE YOU LOSE THE REASON TO EXIST, YOU PHYSICALLY STOP EXISTING.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10
HUMAN METRICS ARE BASED ON STATISTICS AND COMPARISONS; HEAVEN’S METRICS ARE BASED ON STEWARDSHIP AND INFLUENCE.
QUIT DISQUALIFYING YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU COMPARE YOUR WEAKNESSES TO OTHERS’ STRENGTHS.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:7
2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH.
We must have a teachable spirit that strives to be the best versions of ourselves. Everything that grows must be stretched, broken down, and built back up.
I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. Philippians 3:12 TPT
I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this… Philippians 3:13 TPT
Ø YOU HAVE TO INVITE GOD INTO YOUR GROWTH.
However I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. Philippians 3:13 TPT
I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. Philippians 3:14 TPT
Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8