“Transition is God’s form of promotion.” —T.D. Jakes
Just before the New Year, we were praying and feeling like God was taking us into a season of transition. We did not know all of the details, however we knew that a transition was coming. In the beginning, it seemed scary. We had lived in D.C. for over twenty years, we were very comfortable, happy, and our children were very settled. We were blessed and planted in a great church, where we worked as Associate Pastors.
So, Why would God ask us to move?
In today’s teaching, I am going to show you Four Keys regarding how God leads us in seasons of transition.
1. He Starts to Make You feel Uncomfortable:
God asking us to move, definitely placed us outside our comfort zone. We were reminded of when Moses was called by God to lead His people out of Egypt.
Moses felt comfortable where he was, he also felt unqualified to do what God was calling him to do.
We knew that if God was calling us to move, then He was going to give us what we needed to see it through.
2. God Reveals things Little by Little:
It is funny, we say things to God like, “I surrender all”, but we do not really understand the magnitude of that statement. We don’t really expect God to take us up on it!
When we prayed for answers regarding the specific details of our move, those details did not come to us all at once. The answers came little by little.
God reveals answers to us little by little through His word and through other people. God will supply just enough light for each step you take toward what He is calling you to do.
3. It Does Not Seem to Make Sense:
In the natural, it seemed crazy that we would pick up and leave. People would ask us questions, that we did not have answers to.
What we did know, was that if God was calling us to this, we did not need to know all of the answers.
Here is the Key: God never says people will fully understand. God asks us to fully obey!
The bible says we walk by Faith not by sight. Who walks? You do!
Walk by faith and be obedient to where God is leading you to go!
4. Utter Surrender and Total Trust:
God requires us to totally surrender to His will. God asks us to un-pry our hands off the steering wheel of life and give him control.
Sometimes, we think we are surrendering, but as soon as something happens, we begin to feel insecure and out of our comfort zone.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3: 5-6
Remember: God goes before you!
We are now living in a new city and have a new apartment. God is still unveiling to us more and more of his plan for our lives.
“Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you”- Proverbs 23:36
Whether you are moving into transition, fully in transition or moving out of transition, know that God is going before you, ordering your steps. Go and do what he is showing you to do!
“95% of all of our actions, feelings and behaviors come from OUTSIDE of our conscious awareness.” —Dr. Mcayla Sarno, Brain Expert and Licensed Psychotherapist
Licensed psychotherapist, brain training and mindset expert, Dr. Mcayla Sarno joins us to explain the step-by-step system to getting unstuck and bringing lasting transformation to our lives.
In this fascinating interview, Dr. Mcayla explains:
- That when circumstances enter our lives, our brains form conclusions outside of our awareness.
- We may not have all of the information we need to properly process these situations—so we tend to “fill in the gaps”
- The problem is we fill in the gaps with inaccurate information, which then become part of our beliefs and those beliefs begin controlling our lives.
It is when these inaccurate perceptions get lodged into our unconscious mind and that it results in the strong feeling of being stuck, in a pattern, behavior or season of our life.
Because our beliefs are coming from our subconscious mind,driving us into fear, doubt, and poor habit— we find ourselves remarking, “WHY did I do that?”
The challenge then becomes how to uncover what is happening in our subconscious mind. How can we dive into the subconscious mind to dislodge the things that can hold us back from achieving our potential?
Here are the two steps that can immediately thrust you forward today, into achieving more of what God fully intends for you:
1. Discover the Illusion.
When we face challenges, we create “illusions” as a coping mechanism.
We tell our selves things like, “If I play it safe, I can avoid disappointment”. The problem is, that is not true.
We have to shift our focus from our “past pain” and embrace the reality that we do matter, and we do have what it takes. We have to retrain our minds to receive the fact that we may not be able to control what happened to us, but we can control how we choose to handle what happened. Our worth, value and capabilities are not in situations, material things, or people.
When you can discover the illusion—you gain control and begin the journey of stepping into your purpose.
Do it Now:
To discover an illusion you may be harboring, ask yourself, “What is it that you are not doing? What do you think is helping you NOT do it? What are you doing to help yourself believe that you are “good enough”? Inside the answer to these questions, are the illusions we are creating.
2. Question Your Perception.
“You cannot find purpose without finding meaning, and you cannot find meaning—unless you make sense of your story. The better you know yourself the clearer your path to purpose.” —Dr. Mcayla Sarno
To achieve success in our lives requires “brain work”. In order to become unstuck, you must question what you believe to be true.
Don’t take what you perceive as TRUTH.
Our perception can be based on emotion and emotion is not face value. It fluctuates and deceives. Take a look at past victories to revive confidence in your capabilities. For example, once you have courage and strength, you can’t lose it. They are traits that stick with you!
Fear can tell you that you don’t have it, but the reality is—that you do.
Do it Now:
Recall a memory of an incident where you exhibited courage and hold it consciously in your mind. Now, question your perception of your current challenge, and bring it back in line with what is true and right in your life.
Is there something you are dragging your feet on? Something you know you need to do but, just have not taken the first step?
I want to submit to you that you may be in Fear. Today we will explore some tips and I will show you a fear setting exercise that will break you out of those fears!
Fear can be so paralyzing. It can grapple us and make us feel helpless. I am often asked “How do I overcome fear, especially when the fear is related to pursuing what I know I am supposed to do?”
I believe that one the first steps in overcoming fear is to acknowledge that you are afraid, but also realize that fear does not come from God. It is NOT his best plan for us. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind”. God’s best for us is to experience perfect peace, joy, and love.
Nehemiah was tasked to build a wall. It was no sooner that he began his great work that he was faced with adversity. His response was amazing. In verse 8-10 of chapter 6 he responds. “Nothing you are saying is happening, you are making it up in your head, they are all trying to frighten us thinking their hands will get to weak for the work and it will not be completed, but I prayed, strengthen my hands.” His response to the adversity was to press through with even greater determination. He was so firm in his conviction that he was doing God’s work he would not let anything stop him. We can be like Nehemiah. When fear comes knocking at our door, in whatever form, we can turn that fear into determination.
Sometimes we feel hesitation when we set out to do what we know we are supposed to do. This is actually a good thing. It shows us that the enemy is resisting us in this area, but, it also means we are going in the right direction. Steven Presfield says, “The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more we should be sure we should do it.” Don’t allow that hesitation to stop you, allow it to propel you!
One indicator of fear is Procrastination. Procrastination comes in many forms, but can be poison to our purpose if we give it a foothold. We procrastinate for several reasons.
1. Guilt or Shame.
Often we feel shame if we have stepped out and failed. Fear of failure is a huge stalemate to moving into our purpose. The enemy will try to create a resume of failure when it was only one incidence. Know this, right now you are forgiven by Christ. You are continually cleansed and made new by Christ; He washes our failures and remembers them no more. Don’t allow the lies of failure, guilt or shame stop you from living all of what God has for you.
2. Caring What Other People Think.
The reality is other people do not think about you as much as you think they do. We are hardwired to think about ourselves, but the reality is that others don’t really think about us. Don’t let the perceived notion of others thoughts or words stop you from doing what God is calling you to do.
3. A Vague, Nebulous Feeling.
We may not understand why we are afraid but we just know we have a very uncomfortable feeling. If this is you I want you to try this exercise.
In this weeks podcast episode, I show you a powerful exercise will not only reveal to you what you are afraid of, but how you can determine the source of that fear so you can come up with a solution to that fear. Knowledge is power. If you can assess the what and why behind fear, you can take the step to conquering that fear and continuing into the purpose and plan that God has for you!
All of us have an innate desire to please God, and be obedient to His calling on our lives. It is the journey of discovering that purpose that can be challenging. Project Inspired founder, Nicole Weider sits down and shares with us the vision behind her ministry and how God used her past to propel her into her God given destiny.
1. Discover God’s Plan.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV. We can have certain visions and ideas of what to do with our life; however, if our plans and purpose do not align with the Lord’s, he will either open or shut a door.
God uses natural talents and gifts to glorify him. Our gifts and talents don’t change. All are special and unique! It is how we use these talents that matters.
2. Don’t Despise Your Pain.
God uses our brokenness as an opportunity to build us into all he desires us to be, we have to submit to the process.
A trial can take us to a place where we realize that we need God. It is in this place that God will lavishly love us and reveal his plan for our lives.
Nothing we go through is wasted. There is always someone out there that needs to know your story.
3. There is No Expiration Date On Your Purpose.
When God does something that impacts you, know that is also meant to impact someone else. You don’t have to wait 55 years to feel like you should help somebody.
Stepping into your purpose may seem scary, or you may feel so motivated that you dive in with both feet. Either way it is vital to listen to God’s voice and obey his instruction.
We live in such a fast paced world and we sometimes try to rush hearing from God, but God is a God of timing. It is important to get quiet and take time to listen to him.
Sometimes, God reveals things that may need to be changed or removed that you may not like, if you are obedient you will find blessing down the road. He knows your eternal future.
God is not intrusive. He is the perfect gentlemen who stands at the door and gently knocks. We have to be the ones to slow down, open the door and let him in. When we do that he can take us into the fullness of our purpose.
4. Garbage in Garbage Out.
As you navigate the journey into your purpose is certain that you absorb and digest things that are God honoring. The more you honor God, the more God will reveal to you.
If you absorb and digest negativity, it will prevent you from growing in the Lord and can sidetrack you from your purpose. Stay closely connected with His word, surround yourself around like-minded people that drive and encourage you!
Learn more about Nicole by checking out her website www.projectinspired.com.
Have you ever dreamed of writing a book, but had no idea where to begin?
Have you ever said to yourself, “Today is the day I am going to start writing” and all you were able to do is stare at a blank page?
Writing a book can seem daunting to many! However 81% of Americans report wanting to writing a book sometime in their lifetime. We reached out to Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur, Chandler Bolt for some insight and direction into how to go from blank page to finished product.
Chandler teaches that first, you must begin by formatting your topic. He says, “Your topic does not have to be this grandiose thing. For some, it may be one simple topic or concept, for others it may be a compilation of many topics. For those who feel they have more topics then paper, analyze each topic and ask yourself:
- What am I passionate about?
- Which book can I write the fastest?
- Which book will I be able to actually finish?
- Which book will make me happy?”
Another point to consider is what is your end goal. How can this serve your business, ministry or goals, both short and long term?
Once you have formalized your topic, check out these three easy action steps that will help form your book.
1: Mind Map
A “Mind Map” is basically a brain dump, based on your topic. Take out a blank sheet of paper and write your intended topic in the center of the page. From there, use lines, arrows and words to draw as many connections from that one topic as you can. This technique will allow you to write in way that is unfiltered and unrestrained, and will additionally reveal themes and chapters.
Now that you have your topic and concepts written down you can begin the outline. Go through your mind map and consolidate your themes into 4-7 sections. Separate each section into 2-4 components or chapters.
3: Choose Your Own Adventure: Write or Speak Your Book
Once you have organized your thoughts into an outline you can finish the process in one of two ways. The first is to use a device to record your spoken words to create your book draft. This method works best if you are a strong speaker and prefer speaking to writing.
The second is to manually write the book.
Regardless of which method you choose, follow the mind map and outline for each chapter. You should give yourself ten minutes for the mind map, ten minutes for outline and forty five minutes for the actual chapter writing.
As you embark on this journey, it is so important to have accountability that is both public and private. Committing to this will help you push through when the going gets tough. Whether this book becomes a best seller or is a gift left for your children, it is an important part of you who are and deserves to be finished. You never know who you may help; however, you won’t help anyone if you don’t finish.
Mark Zuckerberg said “Done is better than Perfect” —getting the job done matters, and you always win by finishing!