ABIDIN G Jesus gives us the first key to advancement ? Abiding. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me (NKJVJohn 15:4). There is an abiding that Jesus desires from us. He longs for our attention to be fixed upon Him. There are too many things vying for our attention. There are some opportunities and/or assignments that are good, or appear to be good, but in the end, they are distractions to keep you from pursuing where God is leading you. When we focus on Him, He gives us direction, counsel and peace. As we abide in Him, He continues to settle His truths within our hearts and minds. The more we abide in Him, the more our hearts are awakened to His declarations of how He sees us, and who we are in Him. Our lives are no longer being guided by the broken ideologies. Instead, we establish and build a lifestyle based upon His principles and promises.
Freedom from the performance spirit is a part of the great awakening that will occur within the body of Christ. The performance spirit is ingrained in works. It focuses on what you can do and what you can make happen. When your actions are not perfect, the performance spirit is relentless in making you believe you had failed.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (NKJV-John 15:7).
The key to overcoming the performance spirit stems from abiding in God?s grace and love. From this position, He revolutionizes the way we see Him and the way we perceive ourselves. As our hearts become submerged with His, we function from His perspective. Doubt and fear are no longer strongholds that we entertain, but our self-worth and identity stems from Jesus.
2020 Jan-March Point Of Hope Magazine EnduringHopeMinistries.com
Jesus gives us the second key to advancement ? Asking. As our hearts align with God?s, our desires are not for our own selfish gain, but for the purposes of God.
Why was the early Church so successful in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ? They operated in their inheritance. In other words, they never lost sight of their self-worth and identity being in Christ Jesus. They understood that their authority came from Jesus and functioned in it. Their expectations were not in what they could do, but in Jesus and what He would do! I?m reminded of the account of when Peter
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