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Why Changing Your Habits Is Important For a Kingdom Leader and Entrepreneur

by Tereciah on December 2, 2012

Can you believe it’s December already?  Where I’m located in North Carolina there’s still a bit of greenery on the trees and the weather alternates between “Jeeze, its cold!” as we dash from our homes to our vehicles, to “Gosh, it feels great today!” as we stroll outside without a jacket. No, I didn’t interrupt your Sunday to talk about the weather, but I do want to talk to you about changes.

Several years ago when I started putting my faith into action to touch the lives of individuals to help them move from where they were to God desired and needed them to be, He would show me visions of what was possible for my life if I kept trusting Him.  For two solid years God gave me these dreams, visions.  I would go for walks and as we talked (yes, I talk to Him as I do a friend), He would show me things.  I would try to explain to others what I knew God had in store for me but to be honest, I don’t think they truly understood.  Then in 2012 they stopped coming.

I knew in the spirit that it was God’s way of saying to me, “I have shown you what is possible if you trust me.  Now it’s time for you to walk in faith and manifest it.”

That’s where the change came.  For every new level I encountered and overcame, I had to change.  Change my thoughts, actions and beliefs.  Change my desires, my friends and my will.

In order for you to live your life of purpose and fully manifest all that God has shown you is possible for your life, you need to make some changes; radical changes.

Doing the same thing and expecting different results is fooling yourself.  It’s time to take a look at what you did or didn’t do this year and areas of your life you need to adjust.  Let this December be more than just gift giving and holiday cheer.  Let it be a beginning of new changes to come.

Below are a few key areas that Kingdom Minded Ministers and Entrepreneurs should consider when they are deciding to make changes in their life. They’ve got to:

Change – Habits

There’s a saying that old habits die hard.  Well, they die hard because they are old habits; get it?! You’ve been doing the same thing for so long that it has become a part of you.  The word habit is defined as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it becomes almost involuntary.”  You’ve got to acquire new habits.  Where are you off?  Do you find yourself going to bed too late?  Perhaps you need to work on your finances, get new friends, a new mentor, change the way you eat or work less hours at your job.

Maybe your change is more spiritual and you need to develop “Habits of Holiness” – Reading of God’s word on a consistent basis; Worship Time, Quiet Time and a Time of Fasting.  Simply put my friends, we cannot go to the level we want, desire and where God needs us to be if we do not first master our flesh.  Our habits in those areas have got to change – for the better and only you know what those changes in those areas are.

Change – Thoughts and Attitude

It seems like these two always seem to go hand in hand, and they should.  One affects the other.

It was only early last week I woke up, got on the bathroom scale and before I could even get out the house I had a stinky attitude, which to be honest, I allowed to ruin my day.  After I allowed myself to be miserable and have self-defeating thoughts, this week when I weighed myself, instead of having a hissy fit because the pounds weren’t dropping fast enough (I actually gained a few instead of losing. Can you see why I was a teency-wheency upset?) I told myself that those extra pounds were muscle because of all the toning I was doing along with the walking.  My day went great!

See, our thoughts controls how we see ourselves, what we think we can accomplish and how far we can go in life.  They affect our attitudes.  When we don’t renew our mind daily with God’s promises, we can allow self-defeating thoughts to bring us down and cause the assignment that God has placed in our hearts to deter or wither and die.  We can cause our purpose to become bankrupt with negative emotions and broken with lack of faith.

Change – Identity

I think this area is very important.  As we strive to live a life of purpose and put God at the forefront of all we do, you need to determine who you are. When I say change your identity I am referring to you determining who and what you are really going to stand for.  Does being accepted by the world seem more important than living a life in a Christ like manner?

How do you truly see yourself?  Who is the true “authentic self”?  Stop trying to fit who you are into the image of the world.  If you are called to be a Kingdom Entrepreneur, fine, do it.  But do it not according to the world but according the God’s word.  You can do business, be wildly successful, serve God, help others and tell people about God.  It’s not an either or situation, you don’t have to choose.  Some people may say that there is no need to blast to the world their beliefs and I would have to agree with them.  They don’t.  But others should be able to recognize something different in how you conduct business, treat others or unapologeticaly stand by your beliefs and convictions.

You can minister and teach to others without the need of a pulpit and a microphone.  The world says the two – business and God, or success and God, or wealth and God, shouldn’t go together.  Well, that’s a lie.  Know who you are and stay true to yourself.  Don’t try to be like anyone else to fit into the mold that they have already carved for themselves.  Carve your own mold and be a “world changer, a difference maker” be the leader God has called you to be in your area of gifting and establish the greatness He has already placed within you.

Make a list today of areas in your life mentioned above that you desire to change.  Go to God with them and pray over them.  Then you have got to make a concentrated effort to start that change, a change that can become a habit; a good habit.  The year is almost to an end, what a wonderful way to bring the year to a close and get you ready for the next.  A wonderful change!

Stand firm, stand strong, do not despair.  You are more than a conqueror!

Be Blessed in all you do!

To your greatness!

© Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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Felicia Anderson December 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

thank you for the wisdom shared in this comment. you are so right , we can only walk in God greatness, if we are walking in the spirit with him.

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