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This is Episode 84. This is part 2 in the What is the extraordinary life series? So be sure to go back and listen to part 1 and check out the journal I created that inspired this series called Prayer and Gratitude Journal for Women of Faith: A 3 Month Guide to Prayer and Gratitude that is available for sale on Amazon.
In today’s episode, we are going to discuss 6 of the 12 attributes that we must embody in order to position ourselves to live an extraordinary life. We’ve got a lot to cover in this episode so let’s jump right in!
To get the full benefit of the love attribute, we need to view love from a parent/child relationship. This way we can get a better understanding of God’s love towards us. God is our parent. Just like a physical parent provides and protects their child, God does the same through His word. God created Scriptures so He could explain to us the meaning of life while guiding us to grow into Christ’s likeness.
In order to accomplish this feat discipline must be involved. Whether we know it or not, discipline is a part of love. When a good parent loves their child, they will use discipline in order to try and deter their child from wrongdoings. Well, God is a good parent and this is why He does the same thing. When we persist in misbehaving, then consequences for our actions (“chastening of the Lord; a.k.a. discipline”) will come into play.
At this point and time, we need to keep in memory that our chastening (“discipline”) is done out of love. God said, “. . . As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.” (Rev 3:19). The book of Proverbs (3:10-12) echos these words by saying, “. . . My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Therefore be zealous and repent.”
This is an attribute that oftentimes causes the most confusion. Many of the trials we endure will not make sense. Nonetheless, we are told to count it all joy (James 1: 2-8).
In order to see the joy in our trials, we must have faith that God knows what He is doing and that He will turn our trials into a victory of a lifetime. The only way we can view our situation from the correct standpoint is to stop allowing our emotions to dictate our outlook on life or dictate our actions regarding the matter.
Allowing our emotions to lead us especially when they are not properly trained with the word of God usually leads us to questioning God’s ability and doubting His intentions. When we allow our weak emotions to guide us; especially, during difficult times, we lose faith and start to think that God does not have the ability to handle our situation.
Thinking with our distorted emotions, we take matters into our own hands and mess things up worse then they were before. It is at this point and time that we cannot count it all joy. Whenever we go outside of the will of God, we will not be able to count our trials and tribulations as joy. God will not participate in our sinful acts. Therefore, He will not turn our situation into a dream of a lifetime.
In order to count our situation as joy so that God can turn it into a dream of a lifetime, we must NOT allow our distorted feelings to lead us. We have to allow the word of God tell us how to feel and think. When we align our emotions to the Word of God, then we’ll see our situation change and blessings materialize in our life.
Peace is an attribute that everyone wants and needs in order to enjoy the abundant life Christ came to give us (Joh 16:32; 10:10). Although peace is what we need and seek, many of us are not willing to put forth the effort to attain Christ’s peace. To experience a peace that surpasses all understanding requires us to focus on the word of God and NOT our circumstances.
Focusing on God’s word in the midst of our troubles means that we are daily reading, meditating, and properly applying the word of God to our life. In doing so, Christ will give us a peace that surpasses all understanding. Going outside of God’s word in order to resolve our situation is the reason why many of us do not have Christ’s peace.
The life of King Solomon demonstrates that although we may have riches and possessions without peace (one of the major attributes of Christ), we cannot experience the abundant life.
God sometimes allows challenges/storms in our life in order to help us to develop patience. Patience is another attribute of Christ that will strengthen us so we can work within God’s timing.
We will never know what we are capable of if we do not learn how to handle resistances we encounter in life.
Instead of asking God to remove our obstacles we should be asking Him to give us the strength, courage, knowledge, and wisdom we need in order to develop patience in the midst of our circumstances. It is patience that keep us from working outside of God’s timing. Whenever we go outside of God’s timing, we delay and even derail our destiny; which is the plan and purpose God has for our life.
In order to experience the abundant life that Christ came to give us, we must develop patience. Patience works closely with faith. Having these two attributes actively working within our thought life is what helps us to see God’s presence in and throughout our life. Patience helps us to develop the confidence we need to wait on God. In doing so, we will know that God is with us and is willing to help us overcome the obstacles Satan has set in our path.
Kindness is putting God’s love into action. In Luke 10:25-29 we’re told about the story of the Good Samaritan. A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and he was robbed. The robbers left this man for half dead. A priest and a Levite both came down the same road and went on the other side. A Samaritan saw the man and helped him. The Samaritan bandaged the man and even put Him up in an inn. The Samaritan saw someone in need and He took the necessary actions to satisfy the need.
Demonstrating kindness means that we do not just sit on the sidelines and watch people suffer. God wants us to actually help those who are in need. Good intentions don’t benefit anyone. Only when actions are performed will those good intentions bring the kindness of God into reality. Showing the kindness of the Lord means that we will not be unfruitful in the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will treat people the way God treats us.
People automatically jump to the conclusion of providing financial assistance when they think of the word ‘need.’ Many of us fail to realize that there are many ways we can show generosity toward others. Regardless of our status in life, everyone can show generosity toward others through prayer, wise counselling, etc.
One of the best ways that we can demonstrate generosity is praying that the person in need be given the Holy Spirit for guidance and help during their time of need. Asking God to give someone the Holy Spirit to help them is better than giving someone money. If the person praying is in good standing with Christ, we need only to ask for Christ intervention in a situation and it is done.
In fact Christ said, “Ask and it will be given to you . . . knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
To show that our prayers will be answered Christ stated, “Which of you fathers if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:12-14).
In order for the above prayer to manifest, the person being prayed for must be exerting energy to help themselves (2 Thes 3:10). In other words, we are not to reward the fearfulness and laziness of others.
What we discussed today are the first 6 of 12 attributes that we need to attain in order to live an extraordinary life. We will discuss the remaining attributes in the next episode.
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