Last night Robert spoke at Xcelerate about having a different spirit as it was related about Daniel in Chapter 6. Here's what it says about him in verse 3:
Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
Robert's main point was what is our spirit all about? What do others see in us when they look at us? And, is our spirit holding us back from becoming what God really wants us to be? In truth, we are in control of that spirit, there is everything inside of us to be successful, but if we are not, what is stopping us from getting there?
Maybe we project entitlement, possibly selfish pride, or a lack of confidence in our abilities. Could be we have screwed up so many times that we are stuck in, as he described it, second gear and afraid of success. Or, others are so bent on destroying us that we rely on what they see in us rather than what is actually there. We lack the confidence to move out of gear to the next one.
Maybe if we consult the ultimate authority, God himself, we would see that there are many verses in scripture that talk about his confidence in us and our ability to approach him with confidence. It is a two way street built on a relationship with him, like Daniel's, that even helped him survive a lion's den which symbolizes to us what fire we may be in now that can be overcome with a faith forged in that fire.
Once we walk through the maize of a confused spirit we come out the other side as a polished, loving, confident, compassionate spirit that reflects the image of the God who made us. In fact use this illustration as to who you can be:
Made in the US of A - the Unbelievable Salvation of the Almighty. That's who we are, that's who he intended us to be and that's the spirit that changes the world for the better. A different exceptional spirit!
Let's get out of gear and go live it!!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.