The Power of Words_12_What if I Succeed

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Proverbs 21:23 (New King James Version)
23  Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul (life) from troubles…Soul (Greek) – Life

Proverbs 18:7 (King James Version)
7  A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul (Life).

Proverbs 23:7 (New King James Version)
7  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

There are three types of people in this world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened?

Kenneth Copeland once said, “it seems extraordinary things happen just before he gets to a meeting and right after he leaves a meeting.” “What about that Lord, why is it that way?” The Lord replied “if you want extraordinary things to happen, you make them happen.”

As you dream, people might call you foolish, even you may feel foolish yourself.

Don’t think…what if I fail?         Think…What if I succeed?

  • EX: Brother Bryan…I’m starting my own company.

Because this is not your natural habit pattern for your life so it feels foreign to you.

Steve

a little boy in the sixth grade named Steve who came from a low income family, wearing hand-me-down clothing and suffering from a stuttering problem, was sitting in a class listening to his teacher as she gave them a new assignment. She asked the class to write down what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Steve had seen a man on television who was very funny and that became his dream. He decided he wanted to be on television making people laugh. The teacher began calling out student’s names and sharing with the class what they had written down. When she came to Steve’s paper she stopped. “Little Stevie, come up to the front of the class.”

Proudly, Steve walked to the front of the class thinking she was going to encourage him and cheer him on!

“Stevie,” she said, “why did you write this on your paper?”

Steve answered, “because I want to be on TV.”

She said, “who do you know on TV? Anybody in this school ever been on TV?”

“No ma’am,” Steve said.

“Has anyone in your family ever been on TV?” She asked.

“No ma’am,” Steve said

the teacher told him to take his paper home and write down something more realistic.

Steve was confused. Up until that moment, nobody had ever told him what he could or could not become.

That very night, Steve shared with his father what happened at school. Showing him the paper where he wrote his dream, his father advised him to read his paper every morning before school, every night before bed and thank God that one day he will be on TV!

Year after year, he did that. Today, Steve Harvey is on television every day making people laugh.

Football

Is 60,000 people who desperately need exercise watching 22 men who desperately need rest.

  • Most people sit on the sidelines watching successful people prosper, wishing they could be like them.
  • We come home night after night and watch TV shows of people super confident and doing the impossible…Why? We want to imagine ourselves doing the impossible Too!

Drivers and passengers

  • Drivers…are masters of their destiny, determining where they’re going with the purpose.

If they take a wrong turn they take responsibility and get back on the right road.

  • Passengers… Are just along for the ride and never really paying attention to where they’re going.

Remember only dead fish go with the flow.

Either you’re paddling upstream or floating downstream. There is no in between.

You and you alone are responsible for the outcome of your life. No one can do it for you. But you have help.

Mark 10:23-27 (New King James Version)
23  Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
24  And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Tower of Babel)
25  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26  And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

  • We need to dream God inspired dreams.
  • When our dreams are bigger than us, don’t despair, He who is bigger than us will make it come to pass.

Disgust

Disgust is what you feel when you’re tired of being embarrassed, ashamed, and humiliated with where you are, and you develop a compelling vision to change!

Disgust can become a strong motivator to make changes in your life

Examples:

  • seeing a photo of yourself overweight can be enough for you to say,” I’ve had it! I’m going to get in shape.
  • Having to put groceries back because you lack the money to afford them could motivate you to say,” enough is enough! “I have vision to increase my income.”
  • Having an illness or pain for 10 years can bring you to the place to say,” sickness and pain get out of my body!” To seek wholeness rather than nursing it and letting it control your life.
  • Having your credit card declined at a restaurant can bring you to a decision,” I am going to be debt-free

Don’t Settle Where You Are

Genesis 11:27-32 (New King James Version)
27  This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot.
28  And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
29  Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.
30  But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31  And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.
32  So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

  • Terah was going to lead his family to Canaan (The Promise Land) from Ur of the Chaldees.
  • He got to Haran, it felt like home, Ur, and settled.
  • This is good enough, it’s not what I wanted, but I can survive here.
  • Excavations shows Ur and Haran had very similar cultures and temples.

Genesis 12:1-4 (Amplified Bible)
1  NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.
2  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].
3  And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].
4  So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.

  • Abram was not content. he wanted to get on with it.
  • As soon as his father died, God called him to fulfill his destiny in Canaan.
  • He obeyed and rushed into Canaan, trusting God will make him richer than he could’ve been in the city
  • he wasn’t willing to settle for the easy city commerce but wanted something greater.
  • God gave him a picture of being a great nation and walking so blessed that he would be a blessing
  • When you trust your dream to God He will make it happen.

Swiss Alps

There is a famous mountain climbing resort in the Swiss Alps that caters to businesses. They encourage their employees to climb the mountain and build team spirit. They meet at the bottom of the mountain for a pep talk and can hardly wait to climb to the top and take their victory photo together. About halfway up the mountain there sits a beautiful alpine restaurant with a breathtaking scenic view. About noon, the weary hikers trail into this restaurant, take off their hiking gear, sit by the fire, eat a delicious lunch, and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

Interestingly, after they are well fed and comfortable, less then half continued to climb to the top. The story revealed that this majority who decided to stay are not incapable of climbing to the top nor is the climb too difficult for them; its simply that they have tasted a bit of success and decided that it’s good enough, they are satisfied with what they have accomplished.

  • I fight this same tendency… And so do you.
  • James 2:23 (New King James Version)
    23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
  • Terah could have been known in the Bible as “the friend of God” rather than his son Abram.
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