Spiritual laws of price

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laws of priceSpiritual laws of price for spiritual riches

And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ — and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked — I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22)

In order to prosper spiritually it is essential to pay the price as determined by the spiritual laws of price. You will never fulfill God’s purpose for your life if you fail to pay the price. The Lord expects us to count the cost of everything in our lives, according to the passage in Luke 14:28-32.

In order to have a spiritually successful journey through life you must pay the price. In the third chapter of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we read of two groups of materials for edification of God’s work in our lives and in the church: wood, hay and stubble, and gold, silver and precious stones. The most obvious difference between the two groups is the price. For lack of willingness to pay the price, most Christians prefer to build with wood, hay and stubble, because these materials are less expensive.

Everything of value carries a price tag

Normally a price of something involves money, time and energy, pleasure, sleep and relationships. Other times the price involves pressure, criticism, isolation, pain and financial sacrifice. Most people seek wide doors and wide easy paths because they are not willing to pay the price of following the narrow and difficult path or because they imagine that all of the things that God offers are free and involve no cost (Matthew 7:13, 14).

Choose both the pain and sacrifice of discipleship today or you will reap the pain of repentance tomorrow. We cannot flea-bargain the price of victory. You have just as much time as anyone else, so pay the price and make the most of it.

You can achieve anything depending on the price that you are willing to pay.

The Lord told Matthew, “Follow me and abandon everything, including the table on which you charge taxes” (Matthew 9:9). You can predict the future success of the student by the price that he pays in school.

How to recognize a winner:

  • By his commitment to excellence
  • He never measures himself by the mediocre
  • He pays attention to details. The difference between a winner and the second runner-up are the details to which the winner gives attention.
  • He is consistent

Not everyone pays the same price. Each one of us has a different cross to carry.

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23, 24) Therefore, never desire what others have unless you discover the price they paid to get it and are willing to pay at least the same price.

The more you want something the higher price you are willing to pay for it.

The greater your dream and your desire to fulfill something, the greater the price you will have to pay. Jesus said, “To whom much is given much will be required” (Luke 12:48). Many people want the position, but they don’t want the responsibility and the hard work. Each right and privilege implies a responsibility, each opportunity has its obligations; each possession has its price. Excellency costs more than mediocrity.

If you complain about the price, you’ll probably give up before you pay it.

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Either you rule over your emotions or they will rule over you. Never wait to feel good about paying the price, pay the price now and later you will feel good.

Your talents do not determine your success in life, but the price that you are willing to pay to reach it.

The servant who received five talents paid the price to be able to take care of 10. There are innumerable examples of people who overcame their deficiencies. They didn’t have the talent, but they paid the price.

You will be criticized for paying the price.

One of the main reasons people fail is because of criticism. The price to pay to overcome criticism is persistence. Someone will always say that the goal is not worth the sacrifice.

The price never goes down.

Each time you are successful in a challenge, another challenge more difficult and more expensive will arise. God never said that things would be easy. He promised peace (John 14:26), power (Matthew 28:19, 20) an abundant life (John 7:37, 38), but not conveniences. Life is like climbing a ladder. The first rungs are easier, but the last are more difficult.

The real price will increase while the perception of the price will decrease when your desire to improve grows and you become more and more intimate with God.

Everything in life is a preparation for the next step. When an opportunity presents itself, it is too late to prepare for it. The price is not paid at the beginning of the race, but at the end. The price may increase, but our desire to pay it makes it seem like a good bargain.

You cannot obtain something tomorrow that you refuse to pay for today

All spiritual payment is in cash. You cannot attain tomorrow what you refuse to pay for today. You cannot reap what you have not planted. We exaggerate what we have gone through, overvalue tomorrow and undervalue today. It is sad to see someone who has nothing to contribute today, because they paid no price yesterday.

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The Power of Passion

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THE POWER OF PASSION

power of passionWhen we do things out of passion, God releases a certain power to and through us. The game breaker for a fruitful leader is his passion, the driving force of his heart. Whatever burns from within, can be smelled from without. Passion is the fire of the deep desire that attracts others. When we are passionate about something, we attract others to walk with us.

Passion can be wrongly interpreted, but for us, passion is represented by some key attitudes. We don’t manifest all of these attitudes all of the time, but if we have passion they will be present from time to time: fervor, intensity, perseverance and tenacity, pleasure and joy in the work, the desire for innovation and new experiences and dreams of the heart.

Why is passion so important?

  • It is the first step to any conquest
  • It activates potential
  • It influences the life of others and changes them
  • It establishes and maintains our priorities
  • It makes the impossible happen
  • It is a spiritual protection

When we lose passion

We lose passion when we allow the vision to become common and without value. We cannot speak of the vision in vain. Neither should we transform it into the object of jokes or associated it with unimportant things.

We lose passion when we allow routine to dominate us. We must break the power of routine so that it doesn’t extinguish our passion. We accomplish this through the renewal of cycles, by establishing new and higher goals. We must face challenges not flee from them. We must remain outside of our zone of comfort.

We lose passion when we begin to depend on external motivation. This happens when we are fuelled by applause. Our motivation must be to remain in Christ. Competition with others destroys our original passion.

We lose our passion when we permit the apathy of the world to contaminate us. Don’t seek personal comfort as your first priority. We live in a generation void of ideas whose pattern is playing video games, surfing the Internet, watching television and passivity before the world. We want to finish everything rapidly merely to go back to being idle and doing nothing. We feel like we are taking advantage of life when we are not doing anything. This is the death that the devil has injected into the world without God.

How to maintain passion and fervor

  • Believe that passion is decisive in order to grow as a disciple.
  • Reactivate your fellowship with God. If we ask for passion, the Lord will hear us.
  • Walk with people who have the same passion.
  • Recognize the need for spiritual connections. Holy connections protect us.
  • Passion is contagious.
  • Renew the convictions of your calling in order to serve God in this vision.
  • Activate your spiritual gifts.
  • Do not operate in areas to which God has not called you.

HOW TO IDENTIFY CONSECRATED LEADERS

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Consecrated leadersCHARACTERISTICS OF CONSECRATED LEADERS

Those who exercise leadership should understand what spiritual authority is and fear the position that they occupy. The following criterion helps us to recognize consecrated leaders.

Assume responsibility for the flock

Consecrated leaders seek responsibility while corrupt leaders seek authority. Timothy is an example of a consecrated leader that sought the well-being of the flock and not his own interests. His passion was to fulfill his responsibility and not to embellish his position or title. However, Paul said that all of the others sought their own interests and not those of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:19, 20).

John spoke of a certain brother called Diotrephes, an example of a corrupt leader that wanted to exercise preeminence and authority in a forced manner. He is cited as someone who possessed a divisive spirit, spoke with malicious words against his leaders, he manipulated and tried to control others and prohibited the members of his flock from having fellowship with one another. (3 John 9, 10).

As we shall see, John did not encourage the brethren to follow bad leaders (verse 11), but to follow Demetrius who was a model of a good leader. Normally those who seek authority and position treat the flock with harshness and try to dominate the members of the flock. (1 Peter 5:2, 3)

Feed the Flock

Consecrated leaders feed the flock while corrupt leaders take advantage the flock (Jeremiah 3:15; Ezekiel 34:1-10; Micah S 3:10, 11; John 10:12, 13) Above all, a pastor according to the heart of God is concerned with feeding the flock of the Lord. The flock does not exist to serve the leaders, or to satisfy their own purposes and needs. For the consecrated leader, it is the sheep that are important; for the corrupt leader, it is the advantages that he will have. When our principal interest is money, we are rejected by God as leaders. It is a great privilege to be able to renounce any advantage in order to serve the Lord.

Gather the flock

Consecrated leaders gather the flock while corrupt leaders scatter it (Isaiah 40:10, 11; Jer. 23:1, 2) A gentle and meek pastor will always gather the flock, stimulate the gifts of each sheep and will not break a bruised reed. An unconsecrated pastor abuses his authority and scatters the flock, creating confusion and division. A truly consecrated pastor does not hide behind his authority: whenever he does something wrong, he seeks out the sheep, repents and asks for forgiveness.

Lead the flock as stewards

Consecrated leaders recognize that the flock belongs to God while corrupt leaders claim the sheep for themselves (Psalm 100:3; Ezekiel 34:23; 30; 31) The consecrated pastor always remembers that the flock belongs to God. Pastors and church leaders merely work for the Lord. Mercenary pastors normally claim the sheep for themselves, principally those who are rich and well-positioned. Corrupt pastors generally do not succeed in securing the submission of their flock; the most they can manage is subservience. The least a local church or denomination can do for their people is to assure that their leaders are men who have consecrated themselves to the Lord’s flock.