Inspirational

PREPARE FOR YOUR GREATEST BREAKTHROUGH

PREPARE FOR YOUR GREATEST BREAKTHROUGH
John 21:1-11

INTRODUCTION

Most of us went through different setbacks.

Not every time is a good time and we experience our own bad times. Depressing moments that will almost bring us to the brink of our defeat and surrender.

And no one is exempted because this are just part and cycle of life season.
We will know that spring is coming only after winter.

Maybe, you are in your winter season right now but mind you; your greatest season is about to come.

Your shift is coming.

But today, let me unfold that our greatest victory will always overcome our greatest defeat.

That our greatest triumph shall be greater than our greatest failure.

That our grandiose comeback is lfar greater than our worst setbacks.

We have to PREPARE FOR YOUR GREATEST BREAKTHROUGH.

THE PETER & THE DISCIPLE

Revisiting the story and experience of Peter and the rest of his fellow disciples, they experience setbacks in their lives.

With all the hopes and aspiration that change was about to come in Israel, that a Messiah was about to deliver them from their situation; that hopes were ruin when Jesus was crucified.

Setbacks. Their faith was messed in a way due to the death of the One they expect to deliver them.
No more miracles, no more teachings, no more healings and their life was not normal and they were hiding and recuperating from the pain of a loss of a Master and a friend.

How many of us have the same experience?

-We experience setbacks due to financial obligations.
-Loss of jobs
-Marital dispute and relationship on the edge of separation
-Business is failing
-Health might we worsening

Name it and only you know, which type of setbacks you are into of which it slowly draining your energy, it slowly wavering your hope and doubt started to be bigger than your faith.

But here is the good news “ Ang nakalaang tagumpay ay mas mainam kesa sa mga karanasan nating nakakapanlupaypay”

Our depressing moment could be turned into a victorious event.

Here are some lessons we could learn from the setback experience of the Disciples:

1. Our Setbacks prepares us for our Greatest Comeback

In John 21:3 Peter and the disciples caught nothing. They toil all night but it was an empty and depressing night.

What if what we do best don’t work anymore? What if our experience failed us and put us into a center stage of shame?

In every setbacks, God has a purpose and reasons.

Setbacks teaches us a lesson to learn, because when we are experienced and know everything, we have that difficulty to accept the lessons.

Sometimes our being experienced is our big problem because we thought we know everything.

Have you noticed that when you know so many thing, you don’t lessen anymore? Because you develop a belief that you are far better than the other. And setbacks are just catalyst to humble us and see ourselves.

To see what is missing, to point what we need to do.

Setbacks prepare us to focus on the next level. It helps us to prepare a strategy.

David was being prepared by fighting lions and bears. Little he realized that these events of fighting lions were just preparations for the biggest kill of his life. Its Fighting Goliath.

It was not about lion but just a preparations.

It’s like Manny Pacquiao gears to fight the Golden Boy Dela Hoya or Mayweather.

Setbacks develops us to focus on the next level.

It should develop our skill set to prepare for the next step.

When you lose your first business, it’s not about the money you lost but the experience you gain. It increases your risk tolerance and evaluate what went wrong.

It’s expensive but losing an opportunity is more expensive.

It is not about what we lost but the experience we gain because every stumbling blocks are just a building blocks in the making.

It’s not about the problems, it’s about you.

It is making us READY.

To teach us to be patient, to teach us to wait. To teach us to trust. To teach us to focus. To teach us to work more and value the time we spent.

It teaches about synergy. Choosing the right people to work with.

Never worry if we are mopping the floor now, or we are cleaning other’s house or we are accomplishing other’s mission because all of these are just preparations.

FOR YOUR BREAKTHROUGH IS COMING.

Maybe your counting other’s money, your breakthrough is coming.
Maybe your taking care other’s children aside from yours, your shift will come.

Like Joseph, setbacks are just doors leading to the next doors. A pit could be a door to a prison, another setbacks but it will lead you to a more and bigger door of the palace.

YOUR NEXT DOOR IS ABOUT TO OPEN. THE BREAKTHROUGH IS COMING.

Because our greatest failures teaches us to use our FAITH.

2. Our Setbacks Should Not Hold Us Back

The presence of setbacks does not man that we cannot bounce back.

Because set backs are just preparations and it is not our destiny.
There is far greater plan, a bigger mission prepared for us to accomplish and no setbacks shall hold you down.

Mr. Sanders of KFC did not allow setbacks and rejection to accomplish what he has to do. Despite hundreds of rejections he received from restaurants refusing his recipe, he managed to win at the end because now, he has thousands of branches around the globe.

When there is problems, there is also solutions.

We cannot rely on our setbacks experience to predict we cannot win.
Like Peter and the disciples, it does not mean that because they toil all night without a catch, means no more fish at all.
We should never give up. Knock the door until the door is open.
We should pray until something happens.
Never give up too soon. Maybe it’s not yet time but it does not mean it is not coming.

3. Maximize Our Resources to the Right Place

Leverage what we have to get what we need.

When God ask us to use our boat, he will give us the fish that we need.

We need to use our talent, our gifts, our skills and to increase our knowledge to harness that gift that are inherent in us.

We have to make use and maximize what we already have to experience breakthrough.

When we ask God for something, God will not give us exactly what we need but rather He will give us the resources to have it.

Are you asking for table? He will not give us round table but He will give us tree so that from tree we could have the wood to make it into a table.

He wanted us to be creative. He is the Creator and He created all things. We have that inherent gifts given to us. The gift of creativity.

We have to maximize our greatest potentials because the gift and blessings are just somewhere in what we have.

What we need is already there but why we cannot see?

IT IS JUST IN THE HOUSE.

Because we have to use our faith and creativity. It is ready available we need only to tap on the right spot.

It is not enough that we have the creativity but the ability to use it when at the proper time and at the right opportunity.

You want to retire and go for good then maximize your resources and cast it on the right spot.

Working as an OFW is already a privilege, a blessing that we have to maximize this opportunity that we have. We don’t just work and spend, learn to leverage and how to increase what you have.

Learn to invest because what you put forward will grow. What you spent is what you throw and never expect to reap anything in return.

Be creative with your gifts and talents, enhance it and nurture it so that it could become open to every opportunity that comes. Because if not, when the door is open, you will not see it. When an investment opportunity to start for a new business, you don’t have the capital you need. Why, because you never maximize your resources and your potentials.

If we manage what we have, we can have more in returns. Because there is a principle that God want us to understand, that God will take away the resources from those who don’t know how to maximize it and it will be given to those who have more.

It is sound unfair but this is what we called unfair advantage. God invest on people who know how to make it grow. God give more to people who understood the principle.

4. Be Ready to Follow if You Want to Receive a Breakthrough

In Jn 21:6 “ So they cast and then they were not able to haul it because of the great number of fish.

Be ready for a net breaking blessings because when it comes, are you prepared to handle it?

To receive a breakthrough, we should know how to follow instructions. We should know how to obey.
Disregard that you know everything, learn how to listen and obey the Word of Directions.

This is what we need.
We may be having the right people, the right net, the best boat but without following God’s principle and His direction, we cannot do nothing.
Because obedience to the Word is a sign of humility.

You allow God to operate in your business, in your family in your community.

Another things is to see what others don’t see. Never look on what eyes could see but rather look at what our eyes could see.

We may not see that the fish is there but because we trust we cast our faith in Him, the breakthrough is coming.

Be ready to receive a breakthrough because it will break your nets. We must be willing to accept help when we need to and share that blessings to others even though we are the one who toil for all nights.

You cannot say to yourself, its mine. I build is up. It’s from my sweat and hardships. Yes but remember that even it’s your sweat, the blessings does not comes from you. Share it so that the net shall not break.

Peter and the disciples ask others boat to help them haul it near to the shore.

Be prepare as some people will hate you when you are blessed. Like Laban, he was not happy for Jacobs blessings. He was envious.
Sometimes your breakthrough will create your enemy but do not be afraid, if God allows you to have it and it’s your to manage.
You can bless the world with our breakthrough.

“His Words are true to doubt that He could give us a Breakthrough”.

May you God open the door for your breakthrough always.

Mikesendon

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Character Formation, Inspirational, Reflection

The Power of A Positive Mind

THE POWER OF A POSITIVE MIND

Matthew 6:25-37

Mind

Is it not that our life could be more peaceful, successful, and purposeful if our mind is not full of clutter, rubbish and negative thoughts?

Because the one thing that should be important in our life, the unique gift we received that should be helping us to be different, to be unique, be fruitful, to be good, to be great, and be successful is sometimes the same thing that is KILLING US.

 

This is a powerful life changing message that will enlighten us how powerful and gifted we are among other God’s creature.

Today I want to share with you that all of us possess and endowed by such a powerful gift that no other creature has, IT’S THE POWER TO THINK.

The subject is so powerful that can change our life if we will only understand the power of having A POSITIVE MIND.

 

UNIQUE POWER

God has given all its creature distinctive characteristics, feature that make it distinct among the other creatures.

The Creator have given them certain qualities they need in order to multiply, to live, and to survive.

Have we not amazed how fast the Cheetah runs? The fastest animal that can run at a speed of 110-120 kph has this nature to help them hunt their prey and escape their predators as well.

When you see a massive elephants, they are so huge that you cannot put them in your refrigerator. Gifted with intelligence and strength makes them different as well.

When you look at a lion, they are mighty than most animal and these animals has no match with the lion. Maybe that’s why they are tagged to be king of the jungle.

When you look at the sky, you thought you see Superman or an airplane flying high?

Nup! It’s an eagle who has a strong wing with an average wingspan of 1.8 to 2.3m and they love to fly above the storm.

This unique power and qualities are innate for them to survive so that when the LION roars, the cheetah could run on the wild.

Lion has no match for cheetah’s speed because it has a powerful legs.

So the Lion look for another prospect and he see ELEPHANT. But the older elephant is so huge and heavier than your car, the lion just stare at him and ask himself, how I could eat it all?

While looking at the sky, the lion see the magnificent bird in the sky with its majestic wings spread throughout, but the lion has no match with it because eagle can fly high taking advantage of the storm.

Now we ask ourselves, if God has given the eagles with a majestic wings, who can threaten them? And a lion is so strong that when it roars the animals flee out of his sight.

If God has given the elephant with weight, an eagle with wings that has the ability to soar, and a lion with sharp teeth and a mighty roar; and cheetah that has a speed with no other; then what do I have to compare with them?

What distinct quality I have to overpower them?

Ahh! God has given me a MIND.

I have the POWER WITH MY MIND.

 

WE HAVE MORE POWER THAN WE THOUGHT

How we could match their powers?

With this mind power, we can’t run as fast as cheetah, but we have the edge to outrun the cheetah by inventing car that moves faster than cheetah.

You can say to Cheetah, “I am not scared of you because I can ride a jeep and escape.”

We don’t have match with the lion’s teeth but we can attack them by using a weapon. We have that geniuses as well to tame them.

We don’t have match to elephant strength but man invented cranes to lift heavy loads.

We don’t have match with the eagle’s wings to soar above the clouds but man develop an airplane and space ship that could fly beyond the stars.

 

WHAT MAKES US POWERLESS

But what is eagle’s majestic wings if we clamped his wings? What good it will do?

The eagle will fall to the ground.

What is the use of a lion’s teeth if you clamped his mouth? We have taken out his power and it can roar no more.

What is the strength of an elephant in a sturdy cage, they are useless.

If God has given them the power to survive with their unique abilities and nature, then for me to survive, then what God has given me is my MIND.

What is the use of our mind if it is powerless?

That is why mind is an expensive and awful thing to waste and many people are wasting these unique gifts and power that we have.

The battlefield is in our mind, because if the enemy has our mind, then we’re like a lion with no teeth, like an eagle with no wings and a cheetah without legs.

It make us useless.

 

MAKE NO THOUGHTS

 In the King James Version, it says that “Make No Thought of your life”.

But how Jesus said make no thought of our life?

It’s quite intriguing because we use our mind to strategize, to plan for the future, and make a goal.

Thinking is our life.

The highest paid person is the one who think.

It’s the Thinker, the movers who are paid well. But how Jesus said make no thoughts of your life?

Jesus is not asking us not to be mindless about the future but how we think about our future.

He is telling us not to worry about our future.

Because worry results in anxiety.

When anxiety becomes more and frequent, it results a bigger problem.

The problem with anxiety is that we are afraid of something not happening yet.

And I am not exempted on that because I also worry.

A person who is full of anxiety repeatedly see the picture of something that make him worry.

But Jesus said to be anxious of nothing.. Make no thoughts..

Maybe what Jesus was trying to expound in the idea of “make no thoughts” is not because we don’t use your mind to think; but the idea of not using our mind against us.

That the power that I have will be the same power to kill me. That the same power I can use to the enemy can be use against my disadvantage.

 

THE MIND AGAINST ME

It says that the enemy come to steal, kill and destroy.

The enemy therefore, his ultimate purpose is to destroy us using all of his devise and skills to manipulate everything and create situations to make us worry.

The enemy understand how we can be powerful if I use my mind power.

It is by our mind that we serve and worship the Lord as we need to love God with all of our mind.

How we could truly serve and love Him if we are not in our right stage of our mind?

He knows how creative I could be if I am on my right stage of my creative mind.

Would it be the enemy is stealing our today by worrying about tomorrow?

Is it that he threatens me with death on tomorrow that I cannot enjoy my today?

All the terrorist activities happening all around the globe is enemies ideology not only to kill you physically but there are more into that.

More people are destroyed and stolen their live because of the worries, the dreadful thoughts it creates in the mind of people.

More people lives are destroyed and disrupted by worrying rather than the number of people killed by any bullet, an explosion or a terrorist attack.

It terrorizes our mind.

We live afraid, we fear death that we don’t enjoy life. We are afraid to go to shopping malls or even ride an airplane.

We are more fearful of losing our job, how will I retire? How will I survive?

We lost sight of today because we are so anxious about the future.

 

 SINGLE FOCUS MIND.

If we go back to the text prior to the text that we read Mt 6:22

The eyes is the lamp of the whole body, do then your eyes is clear your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.

It is in the context that we have two eyes but we can only see one image. Why? Because of a single focus vision.

But if the focus is not clear, the image we can picture out is blurred and not clear

What makes the eyes to be single is FOCUS.

If the eyes is single then the whole body is full of light. If not everything is there but it’s not clear.

Ah, if our mind is out focus, everything is there but we can’t see it clearly.

We gave bad decisions and we cannot see the clear details or picture of what good it should be.

In a single vision, there should be a focus.

Even your camera, the lens should be focus on a center or a subject.

For us to be focus, God is asking as what is the center.

Jesus said not to focus on what are not important in our life.

Is it life more important than food or our clothes important than our body?

It’s a trick of the enemy to bring our focus on the provision rather than on the vision.

To the gift rather than to the giver.

 

DO NOT WORRY

 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

That is why in our prayer, ask God to bring back focus in our life.

Your mind is the cheetahs’ speed, it’s the eagle’s wings and it’s the lion’s teeth.

If we are not focused, the enemy is more motivated to paralyze us in crippling our power.

God is teaching us not to worry because the thing that we can’t do He can do…

Why worry on things we cannot fix. Why worry about sickness you cannot cure?

Why worry on your spouse overseas if you don’t have power over their mind?

Why worry on food you can’t grow? Nor worry of circumstances beyond your power to control.

 

BE ANXIOUS OF NOTHING

To be worry is not to be anxious of what will go wrong.

Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.

What people are talking about you does not matter.

What is important is what you talk and what you say to yourself.

No matter if people say that you are beautiful while you talk to yourselves that you are ugly, what good it brings?

Likewise, even if everyone says that you’re a loser yet you speak to yourself that you’re a winner, their words has no effect on you because it is what you believe.

What you say about you matters.

Life and death is at the tip of our tongue.

We need to choose and that wise decision comes from a clear mind.

The blessings could not be release because of what you say about yourselves.

But when you believe what you say about yourselves, then you’re calling it to your advantage.

Our minds absorbs and process what we say about ourselves.

If you worry, the enemy no need to send a terrorist to attack you because he had already established a cell inside of you.

That cell activates the negativity that could kill you softly.

 

FOCUS NOT ON PERSON BUT TO YOUR PURPOSE

We have to focus on your purpose rather than your person. With positive faith.

Stop thinking that your still single, that your nose is flat, that you are inflicted with HIV (hair is vanishing, that you suffer with AIDS (Acquired Income Deficiency Syndrome), that your color is black or brown…So what?

What is lacking in you will not kill you.

Is worrying will add a single hour in your life?

What’s wrong with you is not wrong with you.

If you think right there is nothing against your way.

BECAUSE YOUR MIND IS YOUR POWER.

Jesus when He said “make no thoughts of your life” is not teaching us to be thoughtless but NOT TO WORRY.

It is by worrying that you become thoughtless.

Worry delays the processing of our decision.

Worrying is thinking over and over again making us restless.

Thinking over and over again without resolving the issues is useless.

Our life could be more productive, meaningful and beautiful if we will focus on our purpose.

Saint Paul says, think of something great, noble, beautiful, praiseworthy and promote excellence and DWELL on these things.

 

DOWNLOAD WHAT IS GOOD

Like a computer, it’s usually corrupted by the virus unintentionally we downloaded in the system.

Sometimes we thought that the software we downloaded is essential to our devices because we were enticed by its function and features.

Later we notice that it starts to buffer, the system becomes slower until it becomes totally crapped.

Our mind is created by God to function as what He intended it to be. However, during the course of our lifetime, our mind is being polluted by the so many things that we put into it.

There is a saying that says, we become of what we eat. In the same manner, we become who we are by what we feed our mind.

A doctor became a doctor because of what he reads and what he feed in his mind, same thing with an engineer, a pilot, a nurse or an astronaut.

Entertain negativity and your thought will be negative.

When I was indulge on reading and watching articles and videos that arouse my sexual lust, my mind became lustful.

That is why we need to guard our mind and we need to be always transformed by the renewing of our mind.

 

LEARN TO UNLEARN

 No one was born worrying.

We have not seen in our lifetime a baby that is anxious of their clothes or the food they will eat.

Worrying is a learned behavior and we learned it from our parents and from the people around us.

If worrying is learned, then we can unlearned it as well.

Be transformed and unlearned the things that are not important in our life and replace it with something worthwhile, that bring excellence.

Now start to speak to yourself, “Do not Worry…do not worry, don’t worry, and don’t worry”.

Say it again and again so until you hear it by yourself.

Speak to your mind.

 

You are special, and may you unleash the power of your mind,

Mikesendon