Favor is a stroke of genius in the midst of stillness to spark movement. —Author JAE ELIZABETH
Have you ever been in the presence of someone else and been tempted to let them diminish your light so that you can make their light brighter?
Ultimately, this will not work because God is the giver of life and of light. Each man has to ask for God's light; you are not God.
God has given you inner light and the ability to share the good news with the world. When we deny God's blessings in our lives, it hinders the gospel because Jesus admonished us to let our light so shine before men and to not cover our light. There is a whole world out there that is hurting and needs to hear Jesus' teaching of hope, redemption and forgiveness. Be lifted up and inspired to share the hope that lives in you and embrace the fact that God's favor will give you the financial capacity to do so.
Excerpt from Jae Magazine Fall 2016 Issue, Confession Point on Receiving the Favor of God in Finances: II Corinthians 6:2 “(for he saith, At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee, And in a day of salvation did I succor thee: behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation):” Full financial scriptures available from In Defense of Stillness by Author Jae Elizabeth. Available for purchase wherever books are sold and in our online shop.
More than ever, we have access to technological advances like social media that increase our influence among others, even those whom we have never met.
How can we use our resources and influence to better mankind? It begins in integral steps of honoring God in our individual lives.
By studying the word of God and doing what it says, we can actually begin to take on the great and loving characteristics of God. This is essential in embracing and seeping in the majesty of all-mighty God.
The principle of influence states: "Honor works like a ripple in water. Aggregate drops can move mountains and provide refreshment."
Have you ever heard of the saying, "A bad apple spoils the bunch?" The opposite is true. We are greatly influenced by good acts. Excellence begets excellence and is like iron sharpening iron. We can be condemned by our bad acts and stay in that vein. But we serve a God that is a good God, and wants us to move forward and enjoy life. It is part of our purpose because he created this planet for us to honor him in it and to enjoy its surroundings. Don't let a mistake cloud that purpose to the point where you do not move forward.
The next time you make a mistake, as all humans do, take time to seep in God's majesty. His mercy is one of his characteristics and can overcome any mishap or misfortune you have experienced. His mercies are new every morning.
Excerpt from Jae Magazine Fall 2016 Issue, Confession Points on Wealth, Honor and Influence in Finances: II Corinthians 8:9, 24; 9:13; 10:16. Full financial scriptures available from In Defense of Stillness by Author Jae Elizabeth. Available for purchase wherever books are sold and in our online shop.
We are commissioned to teach others that which we have learned. --AUTHOR JAE ELIZABETH
Have you found in your life that the longer you live on earth, the more curious you become? Do you wake up in the morning curious about starting the day and cognizant of what will become of it? Do you struggle to keep focus on the tasks ahead because there are a variety of roads to explore? Do you find yourself going down various paths when you have an assignment to complete?
We often beat ourselves up about taking these "rabbit trails" in life. We even label people and self-medicate to combat these distractions. But by taking off the condemnation of our imperfection, we can recognize that we are innately created by God to be explorative and curious. In fact, this inner curiosity is indicative our need to connect with the people in the world and venture out. God put that curiosity in you to reach out to others.
When you feel distracted, sometimes that is just an indication of our need to witness. Think about the last time you acted upon your curiosity and the Lord led you down a path to blessings. After all, our connectivity is forged through our common struggles and when we help people, we help ourselves. What opportunities have presented themselves to act out on this curiosity? How can you leave your comfort zone to tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ? How can we help our fellow man?
Trusting that God orders your steps is the beginning of going forth and exploring all that he has for you in this earth. Next time you feel pulled away from a project, pray and discern if it is truly a distraction from the enemy, or a sign you need to connect with others. As you share the good news with others, be encouraged that he who refreshes others will be refreshed himself.
Excerpted from Jae Magazine Fall 2016 issue, Confession Points on Having the Financial Provision to Spread the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: II Corinthians 2:12; 3:6; 4:1-3, 5; 5:20-21; 6:1, 4; 11; 8:16-20, 23; 9:13; 10:13-16. Confession Points on Experiencing and Providing Safe and Pleasant Travel: II Corinthians 1:15-16; 2:1, 3, 12, 14; 5:20; 8:17-20, 22; 9:9; 10:13, 15-16; 12:14. Full financial scriptures available from In Defense of Stillness by Author Jae Elizabeth. Available for purchase wherever books are sold and in our online shop.
Do you ever work on something and get lost in the moment? Have you ever enjoyed doing something so much that when you enter the zone, you focus on that and nothing else? Do you run out of energy and momentum, or do you push through and complete the project?
It can be challenging to maintain a posture of excellence when you are working on something that isn't thrilling. But we are all called and admonished to do this work unto the Lord, and to do it to the best of our ability.
Integrity involves your actions of good when no one is watching. Even if you are underappreciated at work in a high-powered career, or underappreciated at home as a homemaker, be encouraged. Your identity is not tied to the work you do, but your integrity is tied to who you are.
Do all things with enthusiasm and excellence, and do them for the glory of God.
Jesus was a carpenter. It was difficult work, challenging and at times tedious. He had all of this wealth of knowledge, talent and skill- he was God in the flesh. Yet he was tasked with building and maintaining houses, manual labor. In fact, Jesus' ministry did not begin until he was 30 years of age and lasted for just 3 years. Yet this carpenter and carpenter's son of Joseph had a greater impact on the world than any other human being before him or after him. Just as Jesus was challenged to exercise meekness, even though he was all-powerful, so should we exercise restraint in believing that we are above other people or certain kinds of work.
The important thing to remember is that excellence is the key. No matter where we start, what is important is that we finish and finish the journey with integrity.
Be lifted up and encouraged to go forth and embrace excellence as a way of life and daily practice.
Excerpt from Jae Magazine Fall 2016 Issue, Confession Points on Maintaining Excellence in Employment: II Corinthians 1:24; 3:1-3; 8:4, 17; 9:1-2, 12-13. Full financial scriptures available from In Defense of Stillness by Author Jae Elizabeth. Available for purchase wherever books are sold and in our online shop.
When you operate in a spirit of excellence, God takes notice. --AUTHOR JAE ELIZABETH
Because the earth is not flawless, God and I together create a space in my heart for the forgiveness of human faults.
Think about the seasons in your life. Everything has a season, a time and a purpose under heaven that God sets in place. Understanding this gives you a sense of stillness when a season comes to an end and you need closure in your life. The season may change and touch any or every area of your life. At first, you will have to adjust to the change. We all do. This is where extending forgiveness to others is paramount to experiencing a smooth transition as seasons change. What areas do you need closure in your life? In what ways has God been merciful to you in your life, and how can you extend this lovingkindness to those who interact with you?
The Principle of Mercy states: "Because the earth is not flawless, God and I together create a space in my heart for the forgiveness of human faults." This includes the faults of others, and even errors you have made.
Who hasn't lived on earth and made mistakes along the way? We are in need of a saviour, and just as Jesus forgives us, so should we forgive others and ourselves. Forgiveness allows true closure to take place. Therefore, whether that season change is by choice, or by an unexpected event, you can choose the path of stillness. May being equipped with this knowledge refresh your soul.
Excerpt from Jae Magazine Anniversary 2016 Issue, Confession Points on Obtaining Debt Cancellation: Proverbs 11:15; 18:18; 22:7, 26-27; 27:13; 28:8. Full financial scriptures available from In Defense of Stillness by Author Jae Elizabeth. Available for purchase wherever books are sold and in our online shop.
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