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Architect

Whenever a new building is to be build, the first one to intervene is the architect!..He will design the building, the measurements, the materials, etc…He’s the creator and mentor of everything!…The architect passes on the architectural designs to the builders who will execute what they see in the drawings. That’s how a new building comes to exist. 

If we want a new building to be raised in our lives, then we have to allow God to be the “Architect” !…How can I have a new life, you may ask? Well first you need to come to Him, express your desire and then He will give you the drawings and the plans!..

Where are they? That’s simple: God’s word!… Follow it, obey it and be faithful, for  your “Building” will be strong and will never collapse.

I Corinthians 3:9

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

 Food for thought:

Matthew 7:24

 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

 

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BucketAre you in a catch 22 situation?

What’s that, you may ask? Its a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

In a certain ocasion there was a situation that the disciples didn’t know what to do. There were over 5.000 men alone, apart of women and children to be fed and there was no way around. You most probably have heard or read about the multiplication that the Lord Jesus performed. Andrew, one of the disciples gave a suggestion.

Give it a glance!…

John 6

(The Message)

8-9 One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”

He didn’t believe that there was a way out of it. What they had wasn’t enough!…It was a “drop in the bucket!..”

Well the Lord Jesus used exactly that ” Drop in the Bucket” to make the impossible happen.

In a nutshell:

Use your  “Drop in the Bucket”!…Your talents, skills, eagerness and drive to succeed, perseverance, determination, boldness, etc..and above all faith in God’s word!…It will happen!..

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Take off

For a flight to take off, all necessary preparations and checks needs to be done. Starting by fuelling the aircraft, boarding the passengers and it’s luggage, having all the crew and last minute check ups by Pilot and co-pilot. After all the checks are done, and given the go ahead by the traffic controllers to take off, what can impede the aircraft to depart?

Now, let’s make an analogy with the departing aircraft and our lives!..

The question to ask is: Why many peoples projects, plans do not take off?

There may be various reasons why, let me just name some of them:

  • Procrastination
  • Fear
  • Doubts
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Complacency
  • Waiting for someone’s help
  • Waiting for the right moment
  • Lack of planing
  • Sluggishness
  • Lack of proactivity

If your plan hasn’t taken off, it’s because there’s something missing!..You just have to figure it out and act upon it. So instead of being complaining about something, make yourself questions? What’s lacking? What must I do? What’s next step? How can I get there?

Your plan will take off!…

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Puzzle

As we are in the first month of the year, it’s  time to start building up new projects, restart or resume others. Life for many has been complicated!..How am I going to build up my life? There’s so many things to do? 

Have you ever tried to assemble a 500, 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle?

At the beginning, one is all confused!..It’s like you don’t know how to start, isn’t it? So what’s the strategy? One takes one piece, and starts to build around it.

In life (Our Puzzle), It’s not different!.. Many people haven’t yet realised that the main piece of the Jigsaw it’s the Spiritual life, our relationship with God!..That’s the Main Piece of the Jigsaw Puzzle. Everything else will be build around it, family, finances, health, love life, etc..All this will come after there is a foundation. Otherwise the Puzzle will be a mess!..

Give a glance on the Lord Jesus commandment regarding the things around you:

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.:”

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Something different

January is a peculiar month, because gives us oportunity to refocus, to make new goals, to start afresh and if necessary all over again!..There’s where a true beginning starts, on decisions.

If we keep on doing things as we have been doing lately, what can we expect from this year 2014?… So what things can you do in your life different?

Here are some hints and tips:

Health

  • Make a check up.
  • Enrol in a gym or start some kind of physical exercise.
  • Eat healthier, avoid as much as you can “Junk Food”.
  • Make a diet to loose weight.

Finances:

  • Tackle your debts.
  • Avoid unnecessary credit expenditure.
  • Apply for a new Job.
  • Take your driver’s licence.
  • Make a business plan.
  • Give that call, send that email, on and on again.

Family:

  • Spend more quality time with your loved ones.
  • Be more patient.
  • Show your love to them in different ways.
  • Be attentive to their needs.
  • Communicate more

Marriage:

  • Seek ways to improve your relationship.
  • Be selfless.
  • Make of your partner your confident, best friend.
  • Do not neglect your intimacy.
  • Have more complicity.

Love life:

  • Do not use your heart above your head when engaging in to a relationship.
  • Overome past failures in love life.
  • Overcome shyness.
  • Invest more in your appearance.
  • Get rid of complexes.
  • Work out your inner beauty.

Spiritual:

  • Develop a relationship with God, by putting Him 1st in your life, trough obedience to His word and denying yourself.
  • Receive the Holy Spirit.
  • Become a soul winner.
  • Take decisions to please God, instead of  your flesh.
  • Be consistent in your attendance to the church.

Can you add something else on the list? Give your hint also.

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cross

You will know the infallible recipe that changed the history of all world. Believers and unbelievers, scepticals, atheists, etc.. we all live in the calendar AC (After Christ).
Let’s see that “Recipe”!… 

John 3:16 

” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The lord Jesus took the cross and consumed victory at the calvary, and so are those who do the same!…No wonder why He said: Take your cross!…The question is how, in what way?

God gave what was most precious to Him, irreplaceable and unique!… That’s exactly step number 1 for those who want to follow the greatest recipe of success of history!…Think for a bit!…

What do YOU have that is most precious, irreplaceable and unique? …Some moments to reflect, and you will reach the conclusion that is nothing physical or material, rather YOUR OWN LIFE!…Isn’t it?

Step number 1: Give your life to God, by following the path of Sacrifice. But what you may ask? Well, sacrifice your fleshly desires, cravings, lusts, emotions and feelings that are contrary to God’s will. Sacrifice the grudges, malice of the eyes, lies, promiscuity, sexual immorality, adultery, etc..

Step number 2: Believe in Him, by living a live of obedience and faithfulness to God’s word, a total surrender.

The two ingredients of the infallible Recipe are : Sacrifice and Obedience

DO THEM and you WILL NOT PERISH ( Here on earth you will be successful) and you WILL HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE ( After all the sacrifices done the reward will come, our eternity with God)

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Leader

The Leader:

  • Never backs off
  • Faces challenges
  • Has new ideas
  • Influences others
  • Can manage other people
  • Finds solutions
  • Thinks
  • Doesn’t look at the circumstances but changes them
  • Is open minded
  • Has vision
  • Is one step ahead
  • Helps
  • Is a fountain of motivation and is motivated
  • Is strong and courageous
  • Doesn’t disregard his responsibilities and is in control
  • Doesn’t quit or give excuses
  • Takes risks and invests
  • Is pro active
  • Is profitable
  • Takes opportunities
  • Says ‘I CAN’
  • Takes things by force
  • Is fearless
  • Is the first to give example
  • Doesn’t wait
  • Doesn’t doubt
  • Acts immediately
  • Gives
  • Foresees
  • Always knows what to do, passes security
  • Accepts when he is wrong
  • Is organized and strategic
  • Is a LION

DOES NOT CHICKEN OUT; HE LIONS OUT!!!! -

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Sniper

Many are those that want to overcome in life and to be successful. However, few are those that are able to eliminate and destroy the barriers and setbacks that oppose  success.

That’s why it’s imperative that we can spot our enemy and snipe it. One of the “Mottos” of  Snipers is ” One Shot, One Kill”. Snipers fire with accuracy at long range, and are the biggest nightmare for an army, for they shoot from concealed places.

If you cant spot your enemy how are you going to destroy him? Usually our greatest enemy is inside of us!

  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Pride
  • Laziness / Complacency
  • Malicious eyes
  • Selfishness
  • Lies
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Insecurities
  • Hatred / Grudges
  • Lack of self-control
  • Traumas
  • Complexes
  • Past

So let’s get Sniping!..

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setting the pace

Usually we want to do things our own way, as we think is best or more convenient for us. We want to set the pace.

But what does it means “Setting the Pace” , you may ask?

Definition:

Set the pace is to do something that establishes a standard.

Please meditate on the following word:

Romans 3:28

(The Message)

“We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.”

Many people’s lives are out of step with God, just because they aren’t following Him!…The pride and anxiety takes over and we end up running our own parade! Mankind has a huge problem called self-sufficiency!…We don’t want to depend on nothing and no one!…The average person doesn’t like to be told off, rebuked or corrected. So because of that pride takes over and we get out of step with God. On the other hand is anxiety, by wanting things to be done in our time,  taking the lead without waiting the right time.

What has been the result of you running your parade (Life)?

If we look up to our lives, how many bad decisions we took that end up reflecting very badly? We can see that in love life, relationships, finances, health wise, career, family, etc..

For many, 2012 wasn’t that good exactly because of that!..Or you may say : “It wasn’t that bad”. I say to you: It could have been better, if you have allowed God to set the pace and run your parade.

What can you expect from 2013? Well, if you allow Him to set the parade and run your Parade, most certainly an excellent year ahead of you.

Now let me give you some hints and tips so that you allow God to run your parade.

  • Present your goals and targets to God, trough prayer and ask Him if that is of His will. Remember, men makes plans, but the Lords directs his path. (Proverbs 16:21)
  • Be faithful and obedient to His word
  • Humility comes before honor
  • Cut off anxiety by not following your emotions, rather your intelligence.

You have to make up a decision this year….Who will run your parade? Who’s gone set the pace?

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When one starts climbing a mountain, it’s very easy at the very beginning!…One is full of energy and highly motivated to get to the top peek. However after a couple of hours, maybe minutes, the fatigue starts to kick in!…

Many are those that start climbing, nevertheless few are those who finish what they have started!… They become weary, discouraged and eventually they give up. In mountaineering there is an expression called ” Death Zone”, let me explain it.

          The “Death Zone”, in mountaineering, refers to altitudes above a certain point where the amount of oxygen is not high enough to sustain human life. This point is generally tagged as 8,000 m (26,000 ft) or plus. Many deaths in high-altitude mountaineering have been caused by the effects of the death zone, either directly (loss of vital functions) or indirectly (wrong decisions made under stress, physical weakening leading to accidents).

The higher you want to go, the harder it is!…And maybe you will have to face the “Death Zone”!… In life it’s not different at all. We keep on climbing, climbing, pushing and pushing and then when things get really hard one gives up!…That meant that you were almost there!… 

Perhaps, at this very moment that you read this blog post you are facing your  “Death Zone”….Things are getting harder, maybe on the brink of failure and disaster. You have to keep pushing your boundaries and your limits, sacrificing and sacrificing!…Do not allow your “Death Zone” to prevail, and affect your intellect, by making decisions upon emotions, feelings and doubts.

After you reach the top, the view is awesome and you can see things really small out there!…That’s how God sees our problems!..It’s nothing for Him. However we have to keep on climb and be ready to face our “Death Zone”.

Nearly 4,000 people have climbed Mount Everest since 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first scaled it. More than 200 people have died on the slopes of the giant peak.

Isaiah 40:17

“All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.”

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It’s spring and the birds have been building their nests. Soon, if not already the eggs will be laid, and not long after that they will hatch. The little birds will be watched over carefully by their mothers, who will keep them warm and fed. But that will not last for long. The mother is not in the business of creating dependent children. She will push them out of the nest, and make them try out their wings. They will not leave immediately, but they will have to fly off and make it on their own. 

Now, what makes me think is that many people prefer to be in the “Nest”, being fed and cared and not fly by themselves!…It’s called the “Comfort Zone”!…

Let’s see some main factors for those who are doing nothing to enhance and develop their lives and staying in the “Nest”:

  • The nest symbolizes that benefit that the person claims, (I’m not against it!..For those that really need , and can’t provide for themselves).
  • The fear of loosing and investing
  • Depending on others
  • Lack of vision, and projects
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fear
  • Laziness and complacency
  • Complexes
  • Doubts
  • Past failures

God has given us, talents and skills, wings to fly and provide for a better life. Now, are you in the nest? Watch out, one day your “Mum” will kick you out and then?

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Why there are people who succeed and others don’t? We may think on many different issues, explanations, lack of opportunities, resources, etc.. However, the truth is that there are those that didn’t have resources, opportunities and weren’t born with a silver spoon in the mouth and still they managed to succeed.

What made the difference? Luck?  To be honest with you, I don’t believe in that,I rather go with the saying:

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the great characteristics of successful people is their spirit. That’s it!…What’s inside of you.

If your spirit if strong, determined, perseverant, bold, courageous,entrepreneurial,  revolted, unsatisfied, challenging and daring, then you’re gathering almost everything you need to overcome.

God works with our spirit!..  Give a glance on below Scripture:

Proverbs 20:27

” The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,(…)”

If our spirit is fearful, doubtful, week, shy, conformed, intimidated, timid, nervy and indecisive than His “Light” will be very low or almost inexistent, like the 20w bulb.

If your spirit is strong that His “Light” will be like a 100W bulb. You will be enlightened, and surely you will overcome .

What’s the Voltage of your Spirit?

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I would like to share with you 3 steps to succeed in everything you do.

  1. Confidence - Our confidence cannot oscillate, waver. It has to be constant and unshakable.  Trust completely.
  2. Endurance – Perseverance is the word that better describes endurance. life is like a marathone!…We must finish what we started. Keep going even against the odds and you will cross the finish line.
  3. Live by faith - It’s about using your intellect and rational faith upon the word of God rather than in what you feel, see or hear. It doesn’t really matter third-party opinions. I believe because it’s written and God’s word cannot go back empty. Period.

Hebrews 10:35-38

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.38 Now thejust shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

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There’s one characteristic on those that unleashed God’s power in to their lives!… They went “against the crowds”!…They did the unconventional, the uncommon, the unusual, the unexpected, the atypical, the unthinkable!...The bizarre!…

That’s why they called God’s attention. They went against what is considered normal, they did something outstanding and heard the word: “Your faith has made you well.”

Zaqueus that run after the crowd and climbed a tree, the blind Bartimeus that cried out, the women with flow of blood that touched Jesus, Peter who walked upon the waters, the crippled that came down trough the roof, the Canaanite women that persevered and her daughter was healed, and many others.

Do you want to unleash God’s power your life? Do the unconventional.

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I will share with you some key points that are very important to be successful!…I will speak about the mindset of prosperity. I will helped you to transform a poverty consciousness to one of abundance and wealth. You will learn trough a series of posts to gain confidence and courage to step outside your comfort zone. Today will be the first part.

  1.  Vision
  • Vision is a picture or idea you have in your mind of yourself, your business, or anything this is going to happen. A clear vision helps you pursue dreams and achieve goals; an idea of the future, a strong wish. A vision that is clear will open your mind to the endless possibilities of the future.

A vision will help you to overcome obstacles in the way and helps you hold on when times are tough. A vision that is well defined helps you to focus and create a purpose that becomes your measurement for your success. If you do not have a vision of who you want to be, how you want to succeed or what you want out of life, you begin to lack drive and your life becomes just an order of events.

Ask yourself a question..

Where I’m I going to be in 1 year’s time?

What am I going to achieve in 5 years time?

Doing what I am doing now, what will be my expectations?

One has to “Aim high” or “Raise the Bar”. You gotta thing BIG!…

Many are living here in UK in benefits, average 9 to 5 job, working to pay bills, just to make “Ends meet”. The first step is to let go of that narrow vision and short-sighted way of thinking!..

I will post the next points over the next days!…

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In the light of my last post, ( All you need is that tiny bit), I would like to add something.

http://elijahblogfire.com/2012/02/29/all-you-need-is-that-tiny-bit/

As you can see on the photo, there are two people in the process:

The main climber who motions upwards, he has to make all the effort, place his skills, balance and strength…. and the security men. It’s a partnership. One doesn’t work without the help of the other.

The main climber starts to clim with a rope that is attached to the security men.

The security man has a very important role on the ascending and descending.His role on the climbing are 2:

  • Provide rope for the climber, to progress in his motion and use his ( Quickdraws- a set of carabiners) to pass the the rope.
  • In case there is a fall ( There are plenty of them!..), the security man breaks it.

Now, in life that’s exactly the same!…We are the main climber, whereby we have to use our skills, strength and effort. God is the “Security Men”, who is there to provide you the “rope”, meaning, to give you the conditions and all the support you need, to move forward in life. Not only that, He will be there in case of a “fall”, to make sure that no harm will come to you.

Note that in life, we will stumble and fall sometimes!…God never said that our journey would be without any “Fall” whatsoever…

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I used to make rock climbing some years ago (16 years passed), so I can tell you a bit of it. Everything is about coordination, balance, strength and precision where your legs and feet are your most important instrument for upward motion. It’s about concentration and overcoming your fears for the void. 

One, quickly learns how to use the tiny parts of the rock, that can be used by 4, 3, 2 or even one finger. The same applies to the feet.

Up there, you don’t count on much…just tiny parts of the rock….and off course, the more you progress the more difficulty becomes.

See below picture!

It’s almost nothing that he get’s there to “Graft” in to that rock and climb!…In live, that’s exactly what we need to progress….A tiny thing,opportunity or chance and place ALL OUR STRENGTH ON IT!…

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