Posts tagged ‘faith’

September 26, 2012

Believing the Promise

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)

I came across this verse the other day in my daily Chronological Study Bible (NKJV) reading and although I’d read it many times before, it stood out to me as never before.  I wanted to weep because of the powerful impact the verse had on me.  The Word of God literally transformed from a logos (written word) to a rhema (living word) before my very eyes!  This, for me, was a seal of God’s approval on my current life situation as well as an encouragement to keep believing and trusting in His Word.  The next verse in my mind and words out of my mouth were, “Lord, I believe!  Help my unbelief!”  Have you ever been there before?

Professional Matters

In March of this year, I felt the need to visit my spiritual father.  I needed to hear a word from him that would speak into and transform my situation.  Real talk: being a twenty-something running your own business and building your own literary platforms is NOT easy.  Yet I knew that that was what God had called me to do.  Spiritually, I was sure, yet realistically I looked crazy.  (You don’t have to be a Christian to feel this way, only a visionary.)

In November of 2011, a friend-of-a-friend offered me a very lucrative position in his company that suited the terms I was looking for job-wise (I was trying to set aside my business to look for a regular, temporary 9 to 5).  Indeed it seems that he actually set up the position with me in mind.  Yet, immediately after hanging up the phone with him, I had this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I knew meant I wasn’t supposed to take the job.  Logically, everything about the job made sense—the ability to work remotely, the money, the employer, etc.—yet I knew spiritually, I wasn’t supposed to take it.  I had no reason, no facts to back up my decision; only a feeling.

When it came time to start explaining why I wasn’t taking the job—never easy when loved ones are involved—I was at a loss.  I was able to explain to my friend whose friend had suggested the position in the first place and he—after thorough questioning—left the matter to my judgment.  However, my beloved mentor did not respond so well.

Months later, after I thought an understanding had been reached, he informed that he believed I had “missed it.”  With all the love of a concerned father and friend, his words were not intended to harm or hurt, but they did.  Yet I knew what I believed and despite the looks of my situation, I stuck to my guns.  Fast forward to visiting my spiritual father.

I got EXACTLY what I needed from God!  He gave my pastor the words I needed that would seal my actions and push me further in the right direction:

“I (God) didn’t call you to work for man; I called you to work for Me.  I have called you to have your own business….I am going to give you ideas—every one is a business; write them down.”

It confirmed to me, not only my decision to pass up the job offer, but also the future of my company and the expansions, ideas, and inventions thereof!  What an awesome word!

When God gives you a word, it will always be better, smarter, and wiser, than any piece of advice or direction your advisors, colleagues, and loved ones can give.  Even if the world disagrees with you (which it often will), you must remain true to God’s Word!

 

Personal Matters

Professional matters are not the only areas in which God can give you promises.  More often than not, it has to do with some area of your personal life: relationships, family, friends, ministry, etc.  I will not bore you with the details of my personal promises, but I will say this: just as all of Herod’s army was released to murder every single male-child aged two and under in attempt to kill Jesus, Satan too will release every distraction and destruction possible against you to discourage you from believing in and thus, receiving the fruit of your promise.

Just think about this: when the Virgin Mary was being prophesied to by her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1:45, she was living in a time when young women were stoned to death for sex outside of marriage—which is what most people would assume the teen had participated in, Mary’s divine conception did not appear to be a blessing or realistic.  The only other logical alternative to Mary willfully fornicating would have been that she was raped, and with imaginations running rampant, people probably would have assumed little Mary was raped by a Roman soldier.  Basically, unless she moved somewhere people didn’t know her, Mary’s reputation was totally shot.  This is exactly what the enemy would love to do to your reputation.

Satan would love to cause you to doubt in the Word of the Lord for your life, but if you give in, you’ll be guilty of doubt which is the opposite of faith without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Dwelling in doubt will cause you to speak words that cancel out God’s promises and you don’t want that.  Instead of giving into Satan’s deception of doubt, take your cue from me (and the man in the Bible) and cry out, “Lord, I believe!  Help my unbelief!”  That way, you admit your faith and ask God to increase it at the same time!  God will ALWAYS cause His word to come to past.  And when it does, you will indeed experience the “fulfillment of those things which were told” to you!

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Desiree M. Mondesir is the CEO and Founder of Desired Assistance or “DA” virtual writing and editing company which also encompasses DA Inspires, DA WeddingsDA Luxury and her self-titled authoress blog.  As a dedicated writer and entrepreneur, Desiree seeks to inspire the imagination, educate her readers, and challenge the toxic mindsets of individuals all over the world.  Sign up for a FREE subscription at www.dainspires.wordpress.com

September 4, 2012

Guest Post: What Gabby Douglas Showed ME about Elevating Your Influence

Stewarding your gift means putting yourself in a position to be heard. And if there’s anyone who can model that for us, it’s Gabby Douglas. Now, face it, you probably didn’t know who she was two months ago. I know I didn’t…

But by now we all have heard her story: She trusted her calling, she put in the work, she prepared and prepared, she prayed and she showed up in London in the absolute fullness of her gift. When the time came to perform, she sent the blessings up to God and they fell back down upon her.

At 4’11 and the age of 16, Gabby has stood on the global stage and put herself in a position to be heard. She’s taken her “royal” position as a minister to the world.

And here’s what I believe this spirited and courageous young firecracker  can teach us visionary leaders and dreamers about the marketplace…

Hire a Good Coach. “I’ve got to get a coach I can believe in, and who believes in me,” Gabby told her mom two years ago. She left home and went to live with a family she’d never met in Iowa, because her new coach had a gym there. She made her decision—and that was that. She was lonely. She was homesick. And she stuck it out for her dream, with a coach who believed in her. Have you made the decision to invest in a coach who believes in your dream?

Be Consistent. Gabby recognized her own gift (her mother reports she could do perfect cartwheels at the age of 3) and said YES to her dream. God chose her and she owned it. You know how I like to say, Many are called, but few choose to answer that call? Well, she did, again and again and again. Former Olympian Kerri Strug wrote, “Gabby held her lead by staying dedicated to what she could control—her own skills and routines.” Where do you need to be more consistent, show more effort, be more dedicated?

Live in Faith. When you walk in pursuit of your purpose, you will be protected. Gabby moved 3,000 miles from home at age 14—and found a loving “second family” who took awesome care of her. Her mom emailed a scripture every day before practice. In an interview, Gabby said, “I wanted to perform for sharing God’s glory. When you’re scared of [learning a new] skill you just have to rely on God. He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of peace, love and sound mind. If I keep falling… I meditate. We have to put on the full armor of God so we are ready and prepared.” When fear knocks at your door, how do you strengthen your faith?

The promise is waiting for you. Thanks for showing us how it works, Gabby.

 

About the Author

Marshawn Evans is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.

 

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May 2, 2012

Write the Vision

I was sitting at my computer tonight saying God, show me what to write.  And He simply said, “write the vision”.  Now some of you may not be familiar with this phrase but it comes from the Book of Habakkuk in the Bible.  It reads as follows:

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry,” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

Now, we know that when we hear wisdom—whether Biblical or otherwise—we should not just listen to it and say “that’s wonderful”, but actually apply it to our lives.  Therefore, the first instruction of this verse is to “write the vision”.

Writing the Vision

Some of you may be wondering what the vision is that I speak of.  In the literal translation, it is the word which the prophet was given.  However, since this is not a theological blog post it we’ll focus on the, metaphorical application that will benefit your life.

What is your purpose in this world?  What dreams has God given you?  What visions do you desire to achieve?  That is the vision I speak of.  That is what you are to write down.  Writing the vision, dreams, and goals of your life is not only an encouragement to you, but an act of faith.

The passage itself is entitled “The Just Live By Faith”.  As Christians, we know that it is impossible to please God without faith.  However, we also know that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20 & 26).  Therefore, this means that when we realize our vision for our life that the first action we should take is to write it down.

Writing it down encompasses creating personal as well as professional vision/mission statements, goal lists (daily, weekly, monthly, annual, etc.), business plans, and more.  Whatever literature and lists, etc. that you can create to help organize your vision and goals, create it.  They are the act of faith that will propel you forward emotionally and professionally.

In writing your vision and goals, remember that it is an act of faith; not perfect.  The chances are very high that what you plan will not happen exactly the way or time in which you planned it to happen, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.  I’ll give you an example.  I recently made a temporary move from Tulsa, OK to Charlotte, NC believing that I would follow a particular plan which entailed me focusing largely on Desired Assistance, my virtual writing and editing company.  However, mere weeks later, I was led to create DA Weddings blog and now, this one.  It was been a most wonderful turn of events!  Step out on faith to write your vision and God will perfect it to align with His purpose and timeline for you.

Run with It!

The next part of this verse states “…that he may run who reads it…”.   As we started to touch on in the last section, faith without works is dead.  In other words, you can’t just write the vision and forget about it.  Keep it before your eyes.  Meditate on it.  Speak it out loud.  Then do what you’ve planned.  Run with it!  If you can’t expect to lose weight without eating differently and working out or having the perfect wedding without planning or hiring a wedding planner, than you cannot expect to succeed in business without making an effort as well.

If your business—like many nowadays—thrives on referrals, then network in person and on line to make contacts.  Create the actual plans and literature for the next phase of your business.  Start writing that blog or book.  Whatever you vision is, act on it.  As Marshawn Evans would say, God’s anointing [ability to function in your specific gift] is attached to your appointing [what you are purposed/gifted to do].  When you discover what you are purposed to do, you will have the ability to “run” and do just that.

Wait for It…!

This is probably the most frustrating part of the vision process.  We can write and we can work, but ultimately, we always have to wait.  Tarrying is an old school term for waiting and in English, we typically define it as a passive act.  However, it is actually an authoritative act.  In short, we are empowered to do what we must until the God-given visions come to past.

We must be patient.  There is always a perfect timing for everything whether it’s the writing and release of that book, the promotion of yourself or your business, that million-dollar contract.  Whatever it is, do what you know to do—don’t be passive—and if it’s meant to happen, you can absolutely guarantee that it will happen at the perfect time.

I encourage all of you today: go, write the vision!  Be specific as possible and do it in good faith knowing that if it is for you and if you work at it and towards it, it will happen!

Note: If you have visions and dreams that God has given you for your life and or business, create a Promise Journal.  Make a list of everything He’s said chronologically if at all possible.  Add to it when He tells you something new and comment on it like you would in a text book or essay when you start to see things come to past.  It’s a source of encouragement to you and, I believe, it is an affirmation that you trust God, acknowledge that He is keeping His promises to you, and encourages Him to keep doing what He’s doing in your life. It’s a wonderful thing!

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Desiree M. Mondesir is the CEO and Founder of Desired Assistance or “DA” virtual writing and editing company which also encompasses DA Inspires, DA WeddingsDA Luxury and her self-titled authoress blog.  As a dedicated writer and entrepreneur, Desiree seeks to inspire the imagination, educate her readers, and challenge the toxic mindsets of individuals all over the world.  Sign up for a FREE subscription at www.dainspires.wordpress.com