TargetPoint Volume 11 of 32
Todays Verse/Thought: Ministry vs. Manipulation At Work
Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said, Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day.
No wonder fear began to germinate in the heart of Adam. He went from a promising future to a future of blood, sweat and tears. REMEMBER THE PATHWAY HERE: sin gave birth to fear and here we witness the results.
You've probably all heard of the importance of one-ups-manship in the corporate world. You've gotta wear the power suit or, in the techie world, the power jeans. Women are coached that if they wear long red fingernails, they can intimidate men around that conference table. You've gotta climb the corporate ladder . . . and usually the STEPS OF THAT LADDER BECOME THE SHOULDERS of your co-workers.
This is a world of materialism . . . if I just have the right house, the right car, wear the right label, have the right job, then I'll be free! This, my friend, is NOT FREEDOM!
Would it surprise you to learn that that is not God's way? We need to understand that the Kingdom of God functions totally differently than the kingdom of the world. It is God who raises up and God who puts down. In Proverbs 8:15 God says: By me kings are raised. Again, in Proverbs 18:16, He says, A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. Resting in the Lord in this arena, HAVING HIM REMOVE YOUR FEAR OF NOT SUCCEEDING, will give you freedom and liberation beyond compare.
In Psalm 37 we find out how the Kingdom of God functions: TRUST in the Lord, and DO GOOD. . . TAKE DELIGHT in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. COMMIT YOUR WAY to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Here the Psalmist is advocating an ATTITUDE. He calls on men to put their trust in the Lord, which is only another way of telling them to live by faith. It is FAITH IN GOD THAT IS NEEDED. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not rely on your own insight (Pr. 3:5). The latter part of this verse frowns upon trust in one's own powers. This is the road-base that paves the pathway from fear to faith. Seek to incorporate this attitude into your life starting today! Get in the habit of asking this powerful question before you act upon or say anything, WHAT IS MY MOTIVE?
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Intimidated? Or Intimidate?