“So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.”
We are a little over a week away from the Empowerment Event of the year!
It’s not too late to secure your seat and join the ranks of those pressing into heaven, breaking through barriers, and living beyond the limits!
“The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing!”
Matthew 11:12 NLT
Who you become in the year ahead is contingent upon the decisions you make today.
I urge you, as Paul told Timothy, to stir up the power God has placed within you (see 2 Tim 1:6)—to ask and believe for more than you ever imagined possible (see James 4:2).
Don’t hesitate to step forward and live your best life. Don’t wait to break free and break out of the status quo!
This once-in-a-year opportunity is your personal invitation to live more purposefully, expand your infinite capacity, and become all you have the potential to be.
End this year strong and begin next year better!
As we head toward the end of the year, many of us have our eyes fixed on what’s ahead—and that’s a good thing!
In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I believe will be historic opportunities for the people of God in 2019.
However, I want to invite you this week to pause and take stock of how far you’ve come…
- What has God shown you over the course of the year?
- What setbacks or hurdles have you overcome?
Give yourself—and God—some credit for where you are now!
Whether you’ve achieved some notable accomplishments, or you’re still climbing what feels like a steep hill…
…if you’re here, you’re still in the game either scoring or about to!
And whether or not you feel like you’re the one making touchdowns…
...if you’re walking in the love of God, you’re part of a winning team.
You are in the world to make a world of difference wherever you are standing.
All you have to do is shine. All you have to do is be the light you are already wired to be—either in your place of work, in your family, or on the street where you’re walking, or driving, or doing business.
Wherever you are in the world, you are there to light it!
It’s like that old saying: “Wherever you go, there you are”—wherever in the world you find yourself is exactly where in the world you are called to be the light.
It’s not complicated.
As human beings, we tend to overcomplicate things. But what we are called to do in this world is quite simple: Walk. In. Love.
Love fulfills all the requirements of religion and the law (see Romans 13:10). In fact, there is nothing that matters more. (See 1 Cor. 13:3.)
Our very faith is founded on and works by love. (See Galatians 5:6.)
“The important thing is faith—the kind of faith that works through love.”
Galatians 5:6 ERV
So as we put another year behind us, and begin dreaming about the next, I invite you to examine your love walk.
What kind of faith are you building your life, goals, dreams, and legacy on?
In fact, let’s talk about the integrity of your faith.
“The integrity of the upright guides them.”
Proverbs 11:3 NIV
Integrity is defined as moral uprightness, virtue, honor, righteousness, and good character.
It is also defined as the state of being whole and undivided—not double-minded or “duplicitous.”
This is important, because we are told in James that those who are double-minded will receive nothing from the Lord. (See James 1:6-8.)
I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to receive a great deal from the Lord!
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.”
We can’t expect to have more until we are willing to become more.
Becoming more in the Kingdom of God begins with character. “Of all the tasks which are set before man in life,” wrote 19th century historian, William Lecky, “the education and management of his character is the most important.”
“And, in order that it should be successfully pursued,” Lecky added:
“It is necessary that he should make a calm and careful survey of his own tendencies, unblinded either by the self-deception which conceals errors and magnifies excellences, or by the indiscriminate pessimism which refuses to recognize his powers for good.”
In other words, take stock of who you are becoming: Be willing to speak the truth to yourself in love (see Ephesians 4:15), remembering God is faithful to complete every good work He begins!
“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.”
God will complete the good work He has begun in you by building your capacity to walk in greater degrees of honor, righteousness, and love—by strengthening the integrity of your character.
As you prepare to finish this year strong, think about who you are becoming in the process.
This is your personal brand. That is what will define the legacy you leave, the lives you influence, and the impact you’ll have.
How will God’s love be made known through you…be perfected in you?
“Eagerly pursue and see to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest].”
1 Corinthians 14:1 AMP
Living a life ruled by the love of God is what integrity is all about. It is what opens you up to the favor and blessings and power of God and positions you to transform the atmosphere, environment, and culture around you.
It is how you continually dwell in God’s powerful presence where there is infinite freedom, peace, wisdom, provision, healing, and fullness of joy.
“If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12