Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What's Holding You Back?

The following is from the blog for The Innovative Marketplace Christian. These principles can be applied to both those who do or do not believe in Christ.
(Click on the link below for the complete article.)

Breaking the Mold Before It Breaks You...Key #1 - Identity

God is Looking for a Return from Your Life

If you don’t believe God is looking for a return, you haven’t really understood your Bible.

Try sitting around and doing nothing for a while, waiting for something to happen. Try simply existing and doing a half-baked job at whatever you do. See how you dreadful you feel in a short time. That’s because you were never designed to be unproductive or underachieving. God has programmed you to feel uncomfortable in places you don’t belong.

It is simply un-Biblical to be unproductive or an ‘under-producer’.

What’s Holding You Back?

Because He loves you and knows that you will be exhilarated by the journey of a life well lived, He doesn’t want you to be limited by fear, inferiority and underachievement. In order to fulfill your calling, you must develop a right view of yourself as a child of God or you will end up limiting yourself with your own thoughts, just like the children of Israel almost did. Thank God for Joshua and Caleb who knew how to observe things from God’s perspective. We need more people like that in the marketplace these days.

The Key of Identity is the key of knowing both who you are and who God is.

We briefly touched on this in the introduction, but it’s worth hearing again. As one of those precious ones that God has called into the marketplace (as opposed to full time church ministry), you are not a second class citizen in the Kingdom of God.

You are a called, gifted, significant, frontline worker whom God dearly loves.

No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Permission

Please allow this statement fill your heart. Otherwise, a sense of inferiority will subtly begin to attach itself to you and grow over time, eventually limiting your life. This could even be affecting you right now more than you realize. Remember this, no one can make you feel inferior without your permission, so please don’t give that permission to anyone.

Like the song says, in terms of being you, “nobody does it better”.

You are called and chosen of God to fulfill a divine purpose that is especially designed for you. For most of you reading this article that calling will only be fulfilled in the marketplace. There is not another human being who can do at better job at your calling than you.

Don’t allow others with a different calling (even if they are leaders you look up to) make you feel like a second class citizen, like you need to be just like them or do things exactly the way that they do.

It takes effort, prayer, life experience and study to gain a right view of yourself and of who God is. (For some it is much more difficult because they have been more exposed to forces consistently pointing them to wrong conclusions about themselves and God.)

But once you do, you start gaining momentum on the road of life.
God is a Builder and He’s Building Something Out of Your Life! (1 Cor. 3:9)

There is no difference between the one who plants and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work each has done. (1 Cor. 3:8 GNB)

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