Can I share something embarrassing? I heard a sermon that was exactly like one God gave me about three weeks ago, and I’m not exactly proud of my original reaction. It had such a unique title that I didn’t even have to click on the video, look up the scripture, or listen to her to find out what angle she’d chosen to take. IT WAS THAT SIMILAR, and I was a little jealous. Why? Because I hadn’t been given the opportunity to share the message yet. Why? Because she’s way more popular than I am and anyone who hears me share it in the future may think she served as my inspiration for the message. Why? Because I thought God had given that to me, for me, all by myself. Thankfully, God used it as a teachable moment, and I opened up about it on the podcast this week.
I have always been a competitive person in many ways because it feels like a game, but I don’t love it when it interferes with Kingdom work or our ability to celebrate one another. In fact it’s killing us, our perspective, and our impact on the Kingdom. We can either compete with the work in the Kingdom or celebrate the confirmation others offer that we hear God’s voice, too!
As my mentor, Dr. Parson says, “God is still the Pastor of His Church,” and He will say what He wants to say, when He wants to say it, through whom He wants to say it. God confirmed that word in my heart when He checked my life by telling me to get it together and remember that anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God is coming down-including my pride.
After all, wasn’t that what it had become about at that point? My name? My pride?
Sis, He never told us that when we are lifted up, He would draw all people to Him. He told us that when HE is lifted up, He will draw all people to Him (John 12:32). There’s nothing within us that can save anyone, not even ourselves, so it’s time to put it in perspective and cheer our sisters on! The truth is that we have received a special revelation to share with the world, but that will be released in God’s time. Until then, it’s our job to humble ourselves and remember the word Habbakuk 2:2-3 as we cheer our sisters who are moving in purpose onward
Don’t remember Habbakuk 2:2-3? I got you!
Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
Today, we’re finding inspiration from 2 Kings 13:14-19 so that we can completely annihilate the enemy called competition, and enjoy the victory and success God always intended us to. In this particular set of scriptures, King Jehoash went to Elisha in his final days to ask for help with the Arameans. The prophet told the king to shoot the arrow, and then to beat the other arrows on the ground. Unfortunately, King Jehoash only did it three times, and Elisha, upset with him, told him that he would not be given complete victory over the Arameans because he failed to utilize all of his resources and exhaust his energy in the matter. Let’s not fight the spirit of competition by gaining some ground over the enemy in that area. Let’s exhaust ALL of our energy and resources to annihilate it, once and for all, in our lives!
Want to know how to do that practically?
- Choose gratitude.
- Congratulate others and the great things they have going on.
- Commit to praying for their continued success!
- Celebrate your own growth because you may not be where you want to be, but, girrrrrrl, you ain’t where you used to be, and that is a beautiful thing.
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