You do not need to be special to be a spiritual Christian. Thinking that only a
few randomly selected people were born gifted and the rest of humanity should flock to their feet asking for advice is outdated. It only creates a divide and separation, leaving a few on a pedestal.
Don't worry I understand why you may think this way it's easy to fall into the conditioning established by somebody else and having them tell you what to do
instead of going on your own personal journey with the Holy Spirit. I do believe you are special. God knew you before your mother's womb.
I'm not saying there aren't any good church leaders out there. I have several that I learn from however, any good leader would tell you that they are no more special than you or I. That we all have the same spirit inside of us. You see more and more every day ordinary Christians without a platform awakening to the true power within. This is the same source that these so-called select few have.
They're studying and...
What if I told you that God is not in complete control? Now don't get me wrong he's still sovereign, he's still the boss, but through his power, he has decided that we have free will and we have a part to play. We get to choose whether we place our faith in Him or not. If you believe that God is in complete control, no condemnation. I had this misconception for years and honestly, once the Holy Spirit guided me to a better understanding of God's heart, it was one of if not the most freeing moments of my life. Knowing that God is not micromanaging our every thought and move as if we're puppets or Muppets was an amazing revelation.
I understand that we like to take comfort in the thought of knowing that all things that happen are God's will. I do believe in Romans 8:28 when God says he will turn all things into good for those who love him. However, that doesn't mean it was His will for something to happen. If God is in complete control then why does this will not always happen? In...
Throughout my childhood, my grandpa would call me a 50-yard dasher. This hit at home, but he had a reason to say this. Obviously, I would only get about halfway to the goals that I set and it was because I was wishful thinking. I would say I would like to do this and I'd start something but would never finish. When things got a little bit tough I would just quit or I'd get distracted and lose focus and lose steam and forget about it altogether. That's why I want to tell you about the strategy called SMART goals.
A SMART goal is an acronym that many people within both the business and educational settings. It's used to set very strong goals. Let's start with the "S".
You have to be specific. Let's use the example of losing weight. Instead of just saying I want to lose weight, be specific, and say I want to lose 20 pounds.
It has to be measurable so for instance, what do you weigh right now and what would you be looking at 20 pounds from now? Therefore, the goal is now measurable.