TRIANGLE OF SUCCESS: THE SECRET FORMULA
MUSIC / INTRO
What would you like to attain for the Lord in your ministry, your life, your family, or your business that you have not been able to attain in the past?
What is on your wish list?
What would you change about your present situation?
What are your pains and unfulfilled wants?
The Psalms minister to us to help and direct, as well as to evoke worship. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
The Hebrew word for "delight" is "anag" and it means to be "pliable" and also to "delight yourself." In other words ENJOY the MESSIAH. Have fun with the Lord, and don't be so tight or bound up that you can't express pleasurable emotion toward Him. If you enjoy him and have pleasurable emotion toward Him, He will grant you the petitions of your inner most being, even your thoughts and intellect.
No matter how much you've been used by God in the past ... no matter how much Bible knowledge and training you have ... and no matter how much favor you have with people, there are three (3) things that can make you MORE SUCCESSFUL or break you:
The Holy Bible tells us: "And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." [Ecclesiates 4:12]
Learn to ENJOY the Lord and to engage yourself positively in the three (3) areas above.
Who are your close friends and associates? Do they contribute to your intellectual and spiritual well being?
There are four (4) types of relational space:
Public space is usually the space that's 12 feet and beyond. But it can be as close as the cashier at the grocery store. In an elevator it might be closer.
Social space is usually four to 12 feet and would normally be experienced at settings like school or social activities. Eye contact and gestures help feed it.
Personal space is usually 18 inches to 4 feet and normally found in friendship type relationships.
Intimate space can be from touching to 18 inches and is usually experienced with someone who knows the challenging aspects of your life. There is also "naked" space which refers to "emotional" space. This is a relationship, or situation, where your level of vulnerability is very high.
Today, there is a lot of teaching, and many books being written, on the subject of mentoring. However, remember that Jesus is the only perfect mentor. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother! It's easy to be hurt in the fast paced world we live in today; but even in tribal areas where I have ministered there is hurt and hatred; sometimes decades and centuries old.
In the USA there has long been a series of stories, songs, and cartoons about the Hatfields and McCoys, feuding families in the hill country. Many people think it is a fictional story made up by writers; however, it is true. In 1878 Randolph Hatfield allegedly stole a pig (swine) from the McCoy family. Eleven (11) people were killed in the 10 years between 1882 and 1892. Recently, after 125 years, the two families signed a document - a covenant before Almighty God - publicly forgiving and releasing each other.
Proverb 13:20 tells us, "He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." I am sure you know this already, but examine your friendships. Do NOT associate closely with those who have a problem with anger, laziness, talk too much, or are loose with their morals.
Also, do NOT associate with those people who keep reminding you of past sins you've already dealt with and for which you've asked forgiveness. They may even be relatives, or those who have been in close relational space as outlined above. These people are doing what God won't even let Satan do: they are going beyond the BLOOD of Christ.
The whole intent of the devil using them (even though they may not be cognizant of it) is to put you into a negative spin, to bring you down from the heavenly places (Colossians Chapter Three). It is the devil's attempt to take you back into a place from which you have been forgiven, cleansed, and delivered!
A reality check for the future: look at your friends. Associate with other dreamers! I would rather be alone with Jesus than to be with someone who didn't motivate and encourage me. I want to be with people who sharpen my skills and intellect ... who "fan my flames" and enlarge my vision. Three of the greatest inventors the USA has produced used to spend recreational time together in the woods and on picnics: Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and Henry Ford.
Associate with the right people. If you don't have anyone with which to associate, then email me your dreams and aspirations, or your problems. I will be glad to share with you. We are all working on the same team with the same goals. Send your email to: PrinceHandley@gmail.com.
Whether you realize it or not, you are moving in the direction of your thoughts.
Proverb 23:7 tells us "For as he thinks in his heart so is he." The Hebrew word here for "thinks" is "shaar" and is a primitive root which means "to split or open" and to act as a "gatekeeper." Don't open your mind to every thought that comes along? Satan is a liar and the father of lies [John 8:44] and he has a mind oriented strategy to kill you, to steal from you, and to destroy you [John 10:10]. The devil has two main weapons: deception and lies.
Your thoughts, like dreams, can come from three (3) sources: God, yourself, or the enemy.
If you believe lies from Satan or accusations from people, then you put barriers in your life. Do NOT dwell on them, but realize their source. Defamation of character and an evil report – especially after a person has repented and asked for forgiveness – is out of the pit of hell. It is one of the things that is an abomination to God. [ Proverbs 6:16-19] Do not be a part of it. If someone is attacking you in such a manner, then pray and ask God what you should do about it. He may not have you do anything about it, as the accuser will be severely dealt with by the Holy Spirit.
God still has GOOD things for you. When one door closes, God always has a NEW ONE!
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." [Jeremiah 29:11]
Let God's thoughts fill your mind with life, hope, and positivity. Dwell on creative aspects of life and ministry.
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." [2 Corinthians 10:5]
Refuse to retreat. Ask God to give you NEW IDEAS, new thoughts, and creative imagination to reach the world for Messiah. Sometimes I tape large blank sheets of paper 27 by 34 inches (68.6 by 86.4 cm) on my walls just to write down new ideas to reach nations and people for Messiah Yeshua. I have found that either just after, or during, a major attack from the enemy, the Lord usually blesses me with dynamic ideas for reaching mass multitudes with the Good News of Messiah.
So when negative thoughts or attacks come my way, they are a "sign" that the enemy is scared, trying to discourage me and get me on a negative bent. The enemy, being a spirit being, probably can recognize an anointing building up – ideas that will be formulated in my mind by the Holy Spirit – which will do great damage to the kingdom of darkness. Therefore, I rejoice for the glory of God that will soon be manifest to people in the tribes and families of the world! How great is our God?!
I encourage you to do the same; never back up ... stand still and listen to God's directions ... then advance ... and SEE the salvation of the Lord.
When the children of Israel were trapped by the Red Sea with Pharaoh and 600 chosen chariots of war hot on their heels, Moses said to them:
"Do not be afraid. STAND STILL, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.
And the Lord said to Moses, 'Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to GO FORWARD'." [Exodus 14:13-15]
Hundreds of years later, Jahaziel prophesied to the children of Israel with similar instructions from the Lord:
"You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, STAND STILL and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed: tomorrow GO OUT AGAINST THEM, for the Lord is with you." [2 Chronicles 20:16-17]
Previously I discussed the importance of time. We learned that we need the Holy Spirit to anoint our time. Our lives are made up of basic segways of days, in between which we sleep and obtain rest from the Lord. And, every seventh day is ordained from the Lord to bless us as a day of rest. [Isaiah 58]
During our waking hours we need to spend quality time talking to the Holy Spirit. The Bible depicts the Spirit as a dove. In Israel the dove was the turtle dove: a beautiful symbol of love, peace, gentleness, and innocence.
"And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him (Jesus)." [ John 1:32]
To understand the Holy Spirit more, we should learn what a turtle dove is like.
Turtle doves never fight. Pigeons do.
Turtle doves don't like noise. Pigeons do.
Turtle doves like to be alone. Pigeons like crowds.
Turtle doves are not territorial. Pigeons "bully" each other.
Turtle doves can't be trained or domesticated. Pigeons can be.
Turtle doves mate for life. Pigeons often have multiple partners.
Now if you want to be close to the Holy Spirit, to have wonderful communion with Him, observe His ways. Then, prepare a nesting place in your heart for the Holy Spirit! Spend quality time with Him. The more you honor Him, the more He will honor you!
The Holy Spirit is God's agent on earth to supply the resurrection power of Christ!
Learn to ENJOY the Lord so He can give you the desires of your heart. Engage yourself positively and wisely with:
Your thoughts; and,
Your time of fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
I pray this teaching will help you. Now you know the formula: The Triangle of Success.
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
Podcast time: 15 minutes, 39 seconds (with music)
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