Pain transfer and Other Faith Killers that Hinder your Greatness.
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capacity for great things to happen in, through and for the follower of Christ is
too marvellous for words to describe. Biblical examples make current examples
look like comedy. When you read the story of untrained Gideon who led 300
casual men against thousands and delivered his country from oppression, you
realize that Leonidus’ 300 is just what it is; a movie. If a youth can rally up
his confidence in the Lord and bring a giant down with a sling and a stone, you
conclude that the giants we face are merely dwarves. And what of the new figure
8 queen who won the beauty pageant to be the King’s wife but now has to throw
it all away because her people will be killed and she may die for trying to
stop it? If Queen Esther is not a hero then no-one is. What of the prostitute
who believed in the God of the approaching nation and trusted that if she hoped
in him despite her sinfulness, she will be fine in his arms? And that’s how
Rahab became the great descendant of Christ Jesus.
Faith with power
Christ said that our faith if as small as a mustard seed can move mountains, I
always imagined a believer like The Last
Airbender moving Mount Kilimanjaro from the Mara and toppling it into the
Indian Ocean. Then I thought of the tsunami that the mountain would cause and
displace lots of innocent people and I dismissed the idea. However, Christ’s
analogy depicts a power in the believer that may just be unparalleled to none. It’s
the power that can cause a repentant prostitute to become the descendant of
Jesus Christ. It’s the kind of power that can cause rain to cease for three and
a half years upon the words of Elijah. It’s the kind of power that splits seas
with the touch of a wooden stick. It’s the kind of faith that kills giants from
practicing with bears and lions.
Is that power available today?
wondered, if my faith can move mountains why can’t it move my nosey neighbour?
Or if my faith is as great as God says it is why am I still in this rut? Why do
I run after the same boyfriends that use me? Why do I still struggle with this
addiction even after praying with faith that it will go? Why am I still at
point A when I feel my promotion time is here and should take me to point X?
Why is person X succeeding and I’m still where I am? I believe, right? I pray,
right? Where is my breakthrough?
problem may not be your faith. Maybe the problem is your heart. You see, faith
will open doors but obedience will walk you through those doors. Obedience is a
heart issue. Faith will bring the breakthrough but patience will wait to
receive it. Patience is a heart issue. Faith will show you that there is a way
out. Character will choose to walk out. Character is a heart issue. Faith is
not acted upon, Jesus’ brother tells us, it is dead! (James 2:27). Every time
we have the right heart in moments of faith, we prove that we love God. When we
wait patiently on God’s timing, we prove that we love God and our faith pleases
him. When we endure all kinds of trials and tribulation and are still kind to
people, we express love to God. Without the heart (love) our faith may be huge
but amounts to nothing. Paul said it himself:
If I have a faith that can move mountains, but
have not love, I am nothing. (1st Corinthians
time, you will discover that faith without love i.e. (joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control) is a dead faith. A
dead faith is no faith at all. It is wishful thinking. A dead faith prevents
you from leading your 300. It prevents you from killing your bears and lions
and consequently killing your giant. You can’t handle giants if bears are
problems. Your dead faith will keep you in the bear-zone. And when all the
sheep are eaten, the bear’s only next lunch is you.
are a few heart issues that deaden your faith
Comparing yourself to others- Insecurity
people younger than you achieve great feats, it is very easy to compare notes
and grow weary. God asked Abraham to believe he would get a son at age 99. On
the other hand he asked Mary mother of Christ to believe that the bump in her
stomach was a baby and not food poisoning. Abraham had no sign of a child. Mary
had a very clear sign of a child. Imagine if Abraham and Mary were
contemporaries. Abraham would look at Mary’s bump and say, “Oh gee! Her baby is
coming where is mine? Where’s my breakthrough?” He may even feel threatened by
the fact that Mary is only 16 years old and he is 99. He may freak out and stop
believing in God’s promise of a child. What would happen is that God would maybe
push Abraham’s age to 199 until he stopped comparing his life with others?
·Are you insecure in
the fact that there are people doing better than you?
·Do you constantly
compare what you’re good at with other’s achievements?
·God is writing your
story, stop comparing it with others.
·If you compare your
situation with others, you will always find reason not to trust in God.
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your identity and confidence in Christ Jesus.
Comparing yourself to others- Pride
flip side of the comparing coin is pride. You compare your situation to others
and you perceive that you’re better off. You even silently rejoice that things
are going well for you. Your breakthrough came on time or your sign came
clearly. Be warned beloved. Pride comes before a fall. Remember the parable of
the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee’s prayer was as dead as his
faith because he compared himself to the sinful tax collector. He saw that he
had a pretty neat record and counted himself lucky. You wanna know what God
does to such a person? He humbles you. And terrible it would be that he humbles
you in front of the person you consider worse off than you.
·Pride comes before a
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breakthrough will never come until you stop finding your identity and
confidence in the fact that you’re better than others.
say that the body of Christ is the only army that kills it’s wounded. I think
it’s because many believers want the spotlight. Anytime that spotlight is
stolen (especially by a fellow believer) they go up in arms (even silently in
their hearts with pasted smiles on their faces). It’s green, invisible and
rhymes with Humvee. Yep, it’s envy. It lurks around every time you see that
girl with a body like Beyonce’s yet you’re trying so hard to lose a few pounds.
Or when all your friends are dating and you’re the only one left out. You begin
to talk ill of relationships and if given opportunity talk ill of those friends
in relationships. It lurks around every time your siblings get opportunities
that you may have missed. It lurks around every time that person younger than
you beats you in the work place. You find yourself making fun of them instead
of congratulating them. You rejoice when they fail. You snigger happily when
they don’t succeed. You constantly try to put them down to feel better about
yourself. Envy. You find a reason to say something nasty about what they have
that you don’t have! If in authority, you stifle their growth and make sure
they don’t progress. You would move planets to stop their success if you had to.
You find frequent opportunities to embarrass them and put them down. Your envy
deadens your faith big time.
someone/people you envy?
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envy will superglue you to your status quo.
when Adam and Eve sinned, Adam invented the blame game. God asked them what cut
and here is what Adam did. He drew a pie chart and allotted blame. He portioned 72 % of the blame on the
woman for giving him the fruit. He gave Lucifer 10 % for his cunningness. He
gave the snake 8% blame for helping Lucifer. He portioned 5 % of the blame on
the weather. He attributed 3% to God for placing the tree there in the first
place and giving him the woman. Then he took 1% for himself and left the
remaining 1 % to miscellaneous probabilities. There are people who pie-chart
blame. They make a very good point at making sure everyone knows their problem
but never want to accept their own responsibility. Many men become Adams. I have a friend
who once fell into sexual sin with his girlfriend. He blamed her for not being
spiritually strong to resist. There you have an Adam! Have the guts beloved to
accept that you are responsible for your life beloved. People who play this game stay
in their rut for too long. They believe themselves better than others and deem
to have the right to others how they messed up. Jesus summarized this in a
classic teaching. Look at the log in your
eye first before you remove the speck in your brother’s. The thing with
logs is that, even after you remove them from your eye, you still have lots of
sawdust specks left behind. You really have no time to edit your brother’s
·Do you find fault in
someone else each time something goes wrong in your life?
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you keep pie-charts of blame, you will miss the full measure of grace (from God
was bullied a lot in high school in my first year. The older kids who bullied
me had this reason for their actions, “It happened to us in our first year so
it must happen to you too.” That defeatist mentality is what keeps many victim.
It’s called the pain transfer. Chances are that when you are hurt, you will
hurt others. Pain transfer is fuelled by bitterness.Anyone who walks a path after you should not be pricked by
the same thorns that pricked you. If you were pricked, remove the thorn and
cast it away from the path. Why leave it on the path for others to experience
the same pain you did? It’s evil and it will never progress your life beloved.
Do you treat your kids terribly because your father treated you terribly? Look
closely. You may discover that you are. Or even better, ask your kids. Do you
ruin your friend’s day when you wake up on the wrong side of bed? You know
what, ask your friends, especially the one you’re envious about. Pain transfer
is the devil’s chief business. He says to himself, “I was kicked out of heaven
but I’m not going to hell alone.” And he won’t. Every child of his who
practices pain transfer will accompany him.
bitterness is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.
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Lord detests injustice. He thwarts the plans of those that are unjust.
final faith killer is the impractical believer. Each time an opportunity
presents itself, they don’t seize it. They pray about it. I’m sure God looks
from on high at times and shakes his head at the impracticality of this beloved
of his. If you’ve been praying for income and an opportunity to get paid for
babysitting arises at your doorstep, what do you do? Do you pray about it? It
sounds very spiritual when we say “Let me pray about it.” However, for the most
part it is simply impractical. Moses split the Red Sea. He didn’t pray about
it may be true that we need to ask God for grace to go through with a decision
or we need confirmation, like Queen Esther. That’s okay. It’s actually very
wise. I pray however that you may possess a discerning spirit and differentiate
the Lord’s voices that say, “Go!” or “Tarry!” If he says go, do go ahead. Don’t
put answers in God’s mouth because of your fear to act or because of a lazy
spirit. The world is waiting for shrewd believers to change the world. An
ungodly passivity will kill your faith.
·Do you tend to
postpone doing something great?
·Do you cover your fear
with the excuse of prayer?
·Do you cover your
laziness with the excuse of prayer?
·Promotion is for the
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embarrass the faith you have. Act on it.
there any other heart attitudes you know that deaden your faith from doing
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