Before I launched my business, I prayed for God to give me a way to see people transformed for the kingdom. I also needed to be bringing in an income and I asked the Lord to give me a way to do both at the same time. I got my life coaching certification and then began to apply myself to learning how to market, serve consistently and grow my business.
There were points when I considered quitting as in the beginning I just didn’t have in place the systems and marketing I do now. Here’s what made a big difference for me and why I want to share this with you today. I had a mindset that hardship was normal not a sign that God wasn’t blessing me. You see, the Holy Spirit is given to us to comfort us and empower us through our communication to glorify Christ. I wanted to do that in my business and I hope you do also.
So, here’s the truth. Most people aren’t used to asking the Holy Spirit for help in their business or asking Him to give them mental toughness until they learn the things that will bring them success. I have seen many people more comfortable with seeing the Holy Spirit as a feminine, nurturing, therapy friend rather than assertive, push you forward, masculine force that surrounds you with favor and downloads an ability to think and act boldly and strategically.
This floaty, feel-good mindset (and there are whole charismatic movements around this theology) is complete idolatry to me and waters down the mindset needed to be an effective Christian. Walking with Jesus means sacrificial living, loving through hardship and not prosperity 24 hours a day! If you’re focus is not militant from the start of stepping into whatever you put your hand to accomplishing, it dilutes your resolve! Today, I want to remind you of who you are and WHO YOU HAVE WITHIN YOUR SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY.
1. The Holy Spirit points to Jesus so he can be glorified. Do you want to know if someone is spirit filled? It’s not speaking in tongues! They are going to be talking about the Lord all the time! In their conversations, in their business. Not God. Not the universe. The name and personhood of JESUS!
2. The Holy Spirit convicts us. This is to make us more successful in Christ! If you’re not getting disciplined or convicted of a lack of love, etc, you’re not being MENTORED by God! God disciplines and convicts His son’s and daughters routinely! The conviction should lead to change in your attitude and your living.
3. The Holy Spirit comforts us when we are discouraged. You will fail and fail, but his job is to assure you of your eternal salvation and point to your identity in Christ. Free from condemnation. He will keep you going through lack, rejection or whatever opposes Jesus from getting glory. This is why if you’re focus is to see people transformed for Christ, you will have the tenacity to hold on in business until you grow!
4. He is the ultimate recon ranger in our life. He is always looking ahead telling us which way to go to bring us victory! Ask for Him to guide you in marketing, clients and service. He will absolutely give you favor and go before you to lead you into greater results.
Lastly, think about this…. John the Baptist was a forerunner for Jesus and he was eating bugs, living in the desert and was beheaded for taking a stand for righteousness. (Sounds militant to me)
Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tested for 40 days without food and water, had to battle demonic forces and was crucified for our sins and then his 12 closest team members were martyred. Some of them upside down, boiled in oil and torn in two. (Sounds militant to me)
Fast forward to modern Christianity. Has God gotten old and feeble? Or is the truth we want a feel good Holy Spirit friend rather than submitting ourselves to the kind of mental toughness training that makes us mighty Christians!
I want you to know I don’t see my heavenly Father as a slave driver or divine police officer. However, I am thankful that he has given me a revelation that He is a person who teaches me to walk in authority and power. I am grateful He told me to welcome rejection and persecution as it killed my flesh and pride. Less of me, more of Christ.
And that is the dichotomy of God. He is the prodigal’s father who throws a feast upon his return with no repercussions and the Father who sends his own son to die an excruciating death on our behalf.
The primary intent I have is to prepare you to rejoice during success and during hardship. An authentic Christian life is going to be full of both. It’s important that you see yourself as a soldier fit for battle every day when you get up.
Here’s what I want you to know if you feel rejected, you’re sick or disappointed right now. If you can look at this it as Holy Spirit led that is intended to help you glorify Christ, you will have the grace to go through your present circumstance.
The last thing you want is to be a normal Christian. Typical Christians can’t do the things that warriors are are asked to do.
I am not trying to offend you but here’s the truth!
It’s normal for most Christians to attend church, equivocate that with spirituality but not understand their real identity and authority which causes their circumstances to be TRANSFORMED.
It’s normal for most Christians to live offended with others and respond to people according to the world.
It’s normal for most Christians to be independent and not understand why covenant, teaming and unity is so crucial to walking with the presence of God.
It’s normal for most Christians to be double-minded, angry and insecure.
It’s normal for most Christians not to be able to operate in a particular zone of spiritual gifting that is genuinely transformational for others.
So the last thing you want is to be NORMAL! You want to be militant and unbending in your focus!
Remember, resist NORMAL. Aim to be DIFFERENT. The light that is very needed in your sphere of influence. Do you want to be an overcomer? Transform lives through Christian coaching? START HERE!