reflects the extent to which you have a clear understanding of who you are and what you most desire. Building your spiritual potential is a voyage of self-discovery; it entails taking the time to learn about yourself and what makes you happy. It's a difficult task, but one that must be completed. If you don't know what you want out of life, you may expend all of your energy in the wrong direction, leaving you unsatisfied when you achieve your objectives.
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What does it mean to build spiritually?
Carving out time and space to explore, cultivate, and replenish one's inner self, to focus with intention on chances for change and progress, and to be open to new ideas, feelings, and ways of engaging with the world are all part of finding and maintaining one's spiritual self.
How does God increase our capacity?
The man told his doctor that he couldn't perform all of the tasks he used to do around the house. He said when the examination was through, “I'll take it now, Doc. Tell me what's wrong with me in clear English.” “You're just lazy,” the doctor said in clear English. “All right,” the man said. “Please give me the medical word so that I can inform my wife.”
We are creatures of habit, and we all want to move around the same way we always have; it is human nature to resist change.
We've become accustomed to our surroundings and have created a routine. Ruts have been described as “open ended tombs.” Ruts, on the other hand, characterize the way most of us live. We get out of bed every morning, dress in the same clothes, walk to the same table, eat the same breakfast, pack the same lunch, put those kids on the bus, kiss the spouse, drive that car to the same job, get off at the same time, drive down that same street, pull into that same drive, have that same dinner, watch that same program, and go to bed in that same bed. Then the next morning, you get up and do it all over again. And you think to yourself, “Well, that's life.” That is not life, my friends!
Someone stated “Insanity is defined as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.” We didn't plan to, yet we fell into a pattern. If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results, which for some implies spiritual barrenness. We didn't mean to be spiritually soft, but we did. When we fall into those patterns, our lives lose their ability to bear fruit for God's purposes.
The people of Israel were facing spiritual barrenness in Isaiah 54. The people yearned for God to intervene in their lives. They were fed up with the same old responses and discourse. They were folks who were sincere in their search for God to nourish their souls.
Have you ever felt like that in church? Have you ever had such a strong desire for God? Things in your life are the same as they were a year ago. You're looking for significance in the grayness that seems to melt together from day to day.
2nd: “Extend your tent's footprint, stretch your tent curtains wide, and don't hold back; lengthen your cords, and reinforce your anchors. 3: For you will disperse to the right and left, dispossessing countries and settling in their desolate towns; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.
God is poised to do something bigger. God has a deeper agenda for your work than you realize. ” Stretch your tent curtains wide to increase the size of your tent. “Do you want to go to the next location where God wants us to go?” Strengthen your stakes and lengthen your cable, for you've spread out to the right and left. Your ancestors will conquer nations and colonize their desolate cities.” The question that God is posing in this scripture is: “Are you willing to mature?”
God wants to do something bigger in your life. God has a greater plan for you. However, in order for this to happen, you must increase your capacity for God. God's primary goal in creating us was for us to have a personal relationship with Him. The second reason God created us was so that he might reveal himself to us. 4:10 in 1 Chronicles Jabez cried out to Israel's God, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my sphere of influence! Allow your hand to be with me and protect me from danger so that I may be pain-free.” And God complied with his desire. According to the book, “The Jabez Prayer.” Jabez's prayer is as follows: “Bless me and give me more land.” It's quite acceptable for you to pray for God's blessing. This, in fact, should be our prayer, in my opinion. The only thing that made it right was Jabez's desire to be exploited to his full potential. His prayer was not about himself; rather, it was about allowing God to expand his sphere of influence.
What is the size of your tent? Isaiah advises in this verse that you should spread out to the right and left. You must leave your imprint on a land that does not yet recognize you. To put it another way, you need to broaden your sphere of influence. That is the truth. What we seed is what we will reap. Your return will be proportional to your initial investment. God will grow your influence when you increase your capacity for God by stretching your faith investment. Showing concern for people and anticipating their needs might help you gain more influence. Expanding our circle of concern is the most effective strategy to increase our influence. Churches that are growing are those who are concerned about their communities. (inside as well as outside the church) That is the Christ's Call. It was essentially to love each other, but he went on to emphasize how easy it is to love others who are similar to you, and then he said, “I'm telling you to love those who you don't like and don't like you.” Pray for those who irritate you, he advises. He's telling you to broaden your circle of concern. Make an effort to demonstrate God's love to others.
How do you build capacity?
That is a statement I frequently hear from world leaders. The demands on their time, abilities, and presence seem to be increasing all the time, as if there's never enough of the leader to go around.
In the line, the emphasis is usually on the more: I wish I could accomplish more. More meetings, counseling, decisions, and vision-casting are all on the horizon. The escalation is in the outputs, the checked-off boxes that make others feel better. We end up overscheduling ourselves to the point of exhaustion, increasing our activity but not necessarily our productivity.
The fact that we're chasing more isn't a bad thing. It's the need that leaders have when they're striving to be the greatest they can be. In my book The 15 Laws of Growth, I call it The Law of Expansion: Your capacity is always increased as a result of growth.
It's all part of our leadership developmentas we grow, our capacity expands, and with more capacity comes increased productivity. However, increasing our productivity does not always imply increasing our impactsometimes, in order to achieve more, we must do things differently.
I cover the two areas where leaders must enhance their potential in my teaching on The Law of Expansion: thinking and action. Let me spend some time discussing how you, as a leader, can boost your capacity for action. I'll talk more about thinking in my blog next week.
- STOP DOING ONLY WHAT YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST and START DOING ONLY WHAT YOU COULD AND SHOULD DO.
The first step toward success is to get good at what you already know, but once you've mastered that, you'll start to see new things you can do. Doing what you've always done improves your efficiency, but it has little effect on your capacity. Doing new things leads to creativity and new discoveries, which leads to new things you should be doingthings that will most likely replace what you've been doing previously.
Let me start by clarifying something: most individuals never anticipate their expectations to be exceeded. You define a floor as what others consider a ceiling, and then work your way up from there. Being a leader who succumbs to the monotony of the daily grind, the same old, same old, may make you efficient, but it will never make you effective. You must go beyond the bare minimum and strive to go above and beyond what is asked of you. Arrive early. Staylate. Pay attention. More kudos. Reward consistently. Be willing to share. Be the leader who delights in a world where leaders are expected to disappoint.
- STOP DOING IMPORTANT THINGS ONCE IN A WHILE and BEGIN DOING IMPORTANT THINGS EVERY DAY.
It's worth doing if it's important. That is the thinking of the leader. Yet, far too frequently, we give our time to the urgent, pressing, or “required” rather than the worthwhile. Doing what isn't important every day does nothing for you or your leadership; it simply wastes time. And doing what's vital only once in a while won't provide the constancy that leads to outcomes. If you want to expand your capacity, you must do what is important every day.
Have you been feeling under pressure as a leader to accomplish more?
If that's the case, I'd like to encourage you to devote time to increasing your capacity to act. Doing the things you should be doing, exceeding everyone's expectations, and doing them on a daily basis is the key to extending your ability in ways you can't yet understand.
I've been saying it for years, and it's still true: our intentions don't make the world better; our intentional actions do. We need to do more as leaders, but we need to do more of what makes ourselves better. We need to improve our ability to take useful and productive action.
How do you know if you are spiritually strong?
The first evidence of a spiritual person is their lack of fear. When you have a fear or a chronic worry, that fear takes over your life and you are unable to be in the present moment. Fear of public speaking, fear of heights, and fear of bugs are the three most common fears among Americans. Many people, however, are terrified of death, rejection, loneliness, failure, illness, or making poor judgments. Spiritual people understand how to yield to forces beyond their control. In this way, they are similar to children in that they know how to ignore their minds and live fearlessly.
What are God-given abilities?
Is there anything you're particularly good at? Do you like to dance or participate in sports? Are you an eloquent public speaker or a charismatic leader? Do you like to work with animals or construct things?
Everyone possesses various talents or God-given gifts in which they excel. Some people, for example, are extremely friendly and relatable, and they know how to make others feel at ease. Some people are gifted entrepreneurs, teachers, musicians, or parents.
These abilities can extend beyond hobbies or even employment. These abilities can be used for God's glory. Using your gifts for God can help you contribute to the advancement of God's kingdom, as well as benefit others and improve the world around you.
What are God-given gifts?
A spiritual gift or charism (plural: charisms or charismata; in Greek singular: charisma, plural: charismata) is an idea in which the Holy Spirit bestows remarkable power. Followers think that these are supernatural graces that individual Christians require (and that were required in the days of the Apostles) in order to fulfill the Church's mission. In the strictest sense, it is a theological word for the special graces bestowed on individual Christians for the benefit of others, as opposed to personal sanctification graces such as the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The word of knowledge, enhanced faith, healing gifts, miraculous gifts, prophecy, spirit discernment, various kinds of tongues, and tongue interpretation are examples of these skills, which are often referred to as “charismatic gifts.” The gifts of apostles, prophets, teachers, aids (associated with service to the destitute and sick), and governments (or leadership abilities) are also associated with various Church ministries. Individuals are given these gifts by the Holy Spirit, but their mission is to build up the entire Church. They're mentioned in the New Testament, namely in 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4. Spiritual gifts are also mentioned in 1 Peter 4.
The gifts are tied to both “natural” and “miraculous” abilities, both of which are empowered by the Holy Spirit. The two primary theological viewpoints on their nature are that they have long since ceased or that they continue (Cessationism versus Continuationism).
What are the 3 elements of spirituality?
In their eternal wisdom, all shamans, healers, sages, and wisdom keepers of all centuries, continents, and peoples claim that human spirituality is made up of three aspects: connections, values, and life purpose. These three components are so strongly linked that it may be difficult to tell them apart. Take a minute to ponder on each facet of human spirituality to determine the state of your spiritual well-being if this is possible. This will be a three-part monthly series, starting with relationships.
Internal (your domestic policy)how you deal with yourself, how you nurture the relationship with yourself and your higher selfand external (your foreign policy)how you relate, support, and interact with those people (and all living entities) in your environmentare the two categories of relationships.
What criteria would you use to assess your internal relationship, and what steps could you take to improve it?
How would you assess your external relationships, shifting from the perspective of domestic policy to international policy?