Raising The Bar
A journey of moving from simply being good to being the best.
In all sphere of life, and certainly in the Christian life too, we need to be inspired, challenged and given a vision of something better, grander and more challenging. This is obviously true in the sporting world where the phrase “raise the bar” comes into play.
Whether it is the pole vaulter or the high jumper, the bar is raised so that an even greater sporting accomplishment can be attempted. And all great athletes crave this: they don’t want to settle for second best, or that which is easily obtainable.
They press on for the best, and in this case, the highest. They are not interested in the ordinary, but want to be the very best in their sport, and raise the bar even higher. They want to lead the way and set the standard. Life is meant to be like that, especially the Christian life.
Christians should not be ordinary or average in any endeavor in life. We have great potential inside us. There are things God wants each of us to do that no one else can do. And through Christ, we have been given everything we need to be successful. However, too many Christians have become satisfied with where they are and never go any further. Some never come close to achieving their potential.
We don’t have to settle for average. Living an average life is like talking on a cell phone when it only has a couple of bars on the screen. It isn’t receiving a very strong signal. The phone is operating, but it cuts in and out or drops calls completely. God wants us to raise the bars in our lives. He has a way for us to live on a level of full bars.
In year 2017 we need to raise the bar. Indeed, with Jesus Christ as our ultimate standard, and his command that we be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48), every single Christian has to continuously set the bar as high as it can go.
Welcome to year 2017
Grace to Stand Tall
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. Psalm 20:7-8
What does it mean to stand tall? To stand tall means to be brave, bold, courageous and a valiant champion. Grace to stand tall is the supernatural ability to have and maintain these attributes and even more. It’s the ultimate power and backing from God to be and stay above anything that may want to limit one’s capabilities.
The Psalmist said in Ps 92:10; “But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil”. The ox’s horn is said to be very high and strong. David looked at all situations roundabout and saw that in spite of all the activities and forces of the enemy going on around him, God gave him the supernatural ability, the grace to remain above the fray. He described his victory over forces pulling him down as that of the elevation of the horn of a wild ox. It was a simultaneous exaltation to glory and honor with the destruction of forces pulling him down.
This simultaneous victory comes only by grace and the Grace of God.
God has declared this year The Year of Standing Tall, accompanied with it is the grace to stand tall and remain tall in all areas of life.
Spiritually, standing tall means standing above sin and unrighteousness. The grace to live holy and pure. It also means rising above the forces of the enemy. Anything that struggles to overcome one’s victory in life is an enemy.
Physically standing tall means that in your career, business, health, finances, marriage, family you will always be victorious, defeating anything that wants to take your joy away.
God has also promised that there will be a constant flow of oil in order to remain above and not beneath. The oil signifies the Spirit of God, His gifts and graces. Even when a wild ox has its head bowed down to drink water the head always remains elevated. This is the grace of God. In all your endeavors this year, even when the enemy tries or threatens with failure, struggle, sickness, divorce or grief like the head of a unicorn and by the grace of God you will come out victorious.
That is why Ps 20:8 says, “They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright” ESV. This is an establishment of God’s power and glory on you to make you stand tall in the new year.
As you go into 2016 I pray that God’s grace to subdue nations will rest upon you.
Welcome to 2016 the Year of Grace to Stand Tall.
Realm Of Ultimate Greatness
Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great.
What does being great mean? “Why would I want to be great?” you might ask yourself. Greatness is living up to your full potential in Christ Jesus in all endeavors of life. and that is His will for all true believers.
Our God is a God of greatness. He is described as the greater than the greatest as well as the one that is higher than the highest. In fact, He is the most powerful God, the El Shaddai. He knows and understands greatness. He can also make someone great. Those who closely associated with Him experienced greatness. However, our God can do far more than this if we know how to walk with Him and claim our rights.
In most instances, people often hold on to what is good and miss out on the better and the best. Some have experienced a measure of success and tend to settle for the minimum while the maximum is begging to be possessed. The tragedy of this situation is that, those who have achieved just a minimum level of prosperity conclude that there is no better level to attain. Some people climb few rings on the ladder of progress and settle down, whereas the Almighty God has planned to take them to the highest level of wealth attainable.
However, how do you get to your next level – the realm of Ultimate Greatness? Elisha’s Surrender (1 Kings 19:19-21) Abraham’s Sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-18) and Jesus’s Service (Mark 10:35-41) is required.
Elisha in 1 Kings 19:19-21 exhibited great surrender,sacrifice and Service. He traded his level of achievement for a higher one by allowing God to have His way in his life. Elisha decided to surrender sugar for honey. On the day the mantle of Elijah fell upon him, his destiny changed. God brought him to the Realm of Ultimate Greatness. Elisha knew that to receive ultimate greatness from God, he needed to surrender what he was holding on to. You must offer God what appears to be your best at the moment, so that He can give you what is better than your best. How will God give you the best He has in store for you? I know that God can do anything just to bless you. Whatever He has promised, He definitely will fulfill in year 2015.
Mercy Seat Chapel welcome to 2015 the Realm Of Ultimate Greatness.