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Think Like a Giant, not a grasshopper

Are you a grasshopper or a Giant?

Giant“Every battle is won or lost in the arena of your mind.”

In the book of Numbers, the Israelites refused to take possession of the land that God prepared for them because they saw themselves as grasshoppers, small and weak. “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are….The land we explored devours those living it. All the people we saw there are of great size.” Numbers 13:31-32. As a man think, so he is, and the Israelites thought of themselves as grasshoppers, even though they repeatedly witnessed the power and might of God. Because the Israelites thought of themselves as weak, like grasshoppers, their opponents shared the same opinion, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:33grasshopper

What are you waiting on? You are not a grasshopper. If you are a child of God, then you are a Giant, and you have power, anointing, and the mind of Christ. You have what you need to succeed already planted inside of you.

What are you afraid of? The only people who fail are those who don’t do anything. If you try things, and they don’t work out, at least you tried. You will have no regrets. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

There is no reason that you cannot be physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially wealthy and prosperous. God promised in Jeremiah 29:11, Deuteronomy 28, and many other scriptures that we, His children…those believing that Jesus died on the cross to save us…, would be successful, peaceful, and joyful. All He asks us to do is to obey His commands, forgive, give, tithe, trust in Him, have faith in Him, live in the Spirit and not in the flesh, and love others.

Know who you are! God is backing you. There are no limitations. Know and believe that your endeavors are successful. Open your mind to what success is. It is not just monetary. Don’t be like the Israelites who never made it to the promised land; instead, their children, bold and ready, took possession of the land. The original Israelites did not have faith (except for Caleb and Joshua). Be a Giant…have giant thoughts. Don’t be a grasshopper, always afraid of Giants, looking for meager handouts, taking the lowest, always waiting on something to happen. Be a Giant and make things happen. If you do your part, God will add His super to your natural.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Additional Resources:

Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm
Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life’s Challenges by Joyce Meyer
Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day by Joel Osteen
God Has a Plan for Your Life: The Discovery that Makes All the Difference by Charles Stanley

Many blessings,

Trina

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

Do You Have A Plan?

Plan“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind”
(Proverbs 21:5, Message)

A Plan!! That is what my husband and I need now. We must develop a plan. Our life is changing and it’s mostly out of our control…my husband is unemployed and my biggest client required that I take a pay cut. Wow! With this degradation in income, we cannot meet our current expenses. That is not going to work. I am an advocate of living BENEATH my means and not above them.

We are moving from one era to another. The Industrial age is over. If you are looking to be employed by a company to maintain your lively hood, you are going to get left behind, and if you do get a job, you are likely to be overworked. We are now in the Entrepreneurial age. You need a plan for your own business…a way to accumulate your income without depending upon someone else’s business plan.

We do not like being at the mercy of the Nation’s economy and the whims of the corporations. But just as Joel Osteen suggests below, we are coming up with a plan to take control of our livlihood…and you should too. We must be intentional in pursuing our dreams and aspirations. We must envision, believe, plan, and have a contingency plan for obstacles. God wants us to have a plan, but we must incorporate His advice, and have Him bless the plan before we implement it.

Many blessings,
Trina

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

One thing I’ve learned is that success is not accidental. You’re not going to accidentally accomplish your dreams. You don’t accidentally have good relationships. You won’t accidentally lose twenty pounds. You have to have a plan. If you’re going to get to the right destination, you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you are going to get there.

If you’ve ever been at the beach just floating in the water and relaxing,Plan01 you’ll notice that after a while, the current will take you far away. That’s how it is in life, too. If you don’t have clear-cut goals with a plan in place to accomplish those goals, you’re not going to end up at the right place. You’ll just float around in life easily distracted not knowing where you’re headed.

Today, I encourage you to examine where you are in life. What are your goals? What is your plan? Maybe your first goal needs to be to make a plan. Do some research. Talk to people who have been successful at what you are trying to do. Ask the Lord to guide your steps and connect you with the right people. As you step in faith to accomplish your goals, I believe God will pour out His favor so that you can experience His supernatural blessing on everything you set your hand to.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

“Father in heaven, I commit everything I am to You today. Direct my steps. Order my destiny. Give me the plan to accomplish every dream and desire You’ve placed within me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Recipe for Success

climbingtheladderWhat is your definition of success?
by Trina Love Abram

Joshua 1:6-9
“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the LawBible03 depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where ever you go.”

In Joshua 1:6-9, God gives Joshua a recipe for success and prosperity. He tells Joshua to:

  1. Be strong and courageous because of the tasks ahead and the journey he must take. God gave all of us our own journey, our destiny, which is full of tasks, obstacles, and trials that require strength and courage.
  2. Obey God’s commands…the 10 commandments in Exodus 20:2-21:
    1. No other gods before God.
    2. Make no idols of heavenly or Earthly things.
    3. Don’t misuse God’s name (speak it in praise or worship).
    4. Do not work on Sunday (rest, reflect, and restore our spirit for the days ahead)
    5. Honor your father and mother (speak well of and politely to them; courteous; respect).Money
    6. Do not murder.
    7. Do not commit adultery.
    8. Do not steal.
    9. Do not lie by leaving something out, telling a half-truth, twisting the facts, or deception.
    10. Do not covet; intensely desire another person’s things. No envy or jealousy.
    11. Read the Bible daily and meditate on it. Reading and studying the bible builds our spiritual strength, courage, trust, and faith, and meditating on the scriptures invokes the Holy Spirit to teach us, counsel us, lead us into truth and convict us of wrong (John 14:26).
  3. Read and meditate on the Bible daily.

weightlossJoshua 1:6-9 publishes God’s idea of success, not the world’s success. The success that God promotes is the only one that matters though. We tend to transpose things to suit our viewpoint, often tainting the intentions. People erroneously think that success is a result of pedigree, education, power, workaholism (Proverbs 23:4), wealth and abundant material blessings (Proverbs 8:17-21); however, according to Joshua 1:6-9, this conjecture is flawed.

What is God’s definition of Success?

A proverb is a short, concise sentence that conveys moral truth, which is what King Solomon, the wisest man ever, uses to define God’s vision of success in the book of Proverbs. According to the book of Proverbs, you are successful if you :

All of the other Books of the Bible and verses in some way build upon one or more of the characteristics in Proverbs.ManNLimo
Proverbs 16:1-7 sums it all up for me:

“To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.
All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
The Lord works out everything for his own ends—even the wicked for a day of disaster.
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.”

In our lives, we individually define our own successes as meeting goals and milestones that we or someone else set. Our desires become sinful if they supersede our desire to know and grow in the Lord. Being obsessive about anything makes the object of your obsession your god. When we ask God for things that we want, we must make sure that our motives are pure. Being strong and courageous, obedient, cultivating and maintaining a strong spirit and moral character, and reading the bible for wisdom and direction, is what God wants us to pursue to be successful. And as Matthew 6:33 says, seek God first and everything else will fall into place.

Also check out A Life of Success by Toi Jones at Streaming Faith

Many blessings,
Trina

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

Why Do We Toil?

WorkerEcclesiastes 1:1-3, 2:22-23

Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless! What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?…What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.”

The book of Ecclesiastes helps me to find purpose in my work. I went on a similar self-discovery path that Solomon went on (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11). I was a workaholic. I defined my self based on success in my career, endeavors, and tasks. I shined through my career accomplishments, but I still felt empty. In Ecclesiastes, I learned that the cure to emptiness is to make God the center of my life.

I was vain, believing that my success lay in my abilities, strengths, skills, workercompetitionand education. It is okay to have confidence in the God within me, but back then I gave God no credit for my success. Knowledge and education have their place, but they also have their limits. Neither can supersede Wisdom from God. But to get God’s wisdom, we must spend time with Him, get to know Him, and honor Him.

God blessed Solomon with an abundance of wisdom. He had everything power, wisdom, wealth, honor, God’s favor, and a good reputation; nevertheless, Solomon is the author of Ecclesiastes, which talks a lot about the ultimate emptiness in the World’s goods. Solomon “denied himself nothing his eyes desired,” but still found nothing, had wisdom, but found it to be a burden “for with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” He deemed all that he had meaningless because he realized that after obtaining all that he obtained, he “must leave them to the one who comes after” him. And there was no guarantee that the one who came after him would be wise. He might be a fool and squander everything King Solomon worked for in his life time.

From Ecclesiastes I learned that:

Hard work bears no fruit if I work solely to earn money and to gain possessions. If I am going to hoard and be selfish with my earnings and blessings, then I am doing nothing to uplift, unify, and extend God’s kingdom. The fruit of my hard work produced solely for my edification and comfort, is given to others (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26).

blkmanwithchildIf I have the proper motives for my hard work, such as caring for my family, helping others, and serving God, then my motives are pure and will produce fruit. If I see my work as a way to serve God, then I can experience true achievement. God has a purpose for me, and if I lose that purpose because of my working, then I’ll loose the joy for my work. God is the only thing that can satisfy me. The quality of my life has to do with my response to God.

From my readings in Ecclesiastes, I questioned:

Is my goal in life to search for meaning or to search for God who gives meaning?

Why do I do the activities that I do? What purpose does my activities fulfill?

I examined each of my projects and goals to ascertain my motivation for them.

What do I consider worthwhile in my life?

Where do I place my time, energy, and money?

Will I one day look back and decide that what I considered worthwhile was ‘chasing after wind’?

What do I get for all of the toil and anxious striving with which I labor under the sun?

Do I know the real reason that I work so hard?

Do I see my work as a way to serve God?

Let us learn from Solomon…that work has its place. We must work hard as if we are working for the Lord, but we cannot become obsessed with notoriety, money, or status. We must always keep work in proper perspective to God. Everything we achieve, we do it through God. We must remember to give Him the Glory!

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

Daily Inspiration 09/08/09

Live Skillfully

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings…”
(Proverbs 22:29, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living.

What are you doing to stretch yourself? What are you doing to improveimproveskills your skills? Don’t get trapped into thinking that “good enough” is good enough. You are created for more than just average. Today is a new day, and there are new heights for you to climb. Pursue what you love and keep developing that area of your life. Take a class or find a mentor that will help you live skillfully. As you do, you’ll rise up higher and higher. You will stand before leaders and rulers, and you’ll live the blessed life God has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

“Father in heaven, today I choose to rise out of mediocrity. I choose to give my very best to everything I do. Teach me to live skillfully so that my life is a continual praise to you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”