by Lawrence Powell
I can do this! Those are four little words, but they carry a lot of weight when you choose to do what is right in God’s sight. For instance, Matthew 5:44 tells us to “love your enemies. Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Those commands may seem hard, but 1 John 5:3 tells us, “His commandments are not burdensome.” Let that sink in a moment: His commandments are not burdensome! In other words they are not irksome, oppressive, or grievous!
God does not ask us to do hard things; He asks us to do impossible thingsthings that cannot be done outside of Jesus Christ. But whenever God asks us to do something that is impossible, He also anoints us to do it. He provides the will, the means, and the grace to do everything He commands us to do. His anointing will break through every obstacle we may encounter.
Wayne Stiles said this: “We won’t experience the joy of God’s power if we keep running from impossible situations.” If God asks impossible things of us, He plans to do the impossible for us. God will lead you and guide you in such a way that transformation is the end result. God may allow you to go into a fiery furnace, but you will come out with a testimony, fireproof and triumphant!
What happens when we avoid hard things? The answer is, hard things come to us. Have you ever tried to escape something that was difficult only to run right into it? There’s a class that you’ve got to take in the school of the Holy Spirit, and that is Hard Knocks. But look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I can do this!”
Difficulties arise because we need to learn to confront life from a different perspective that comes with a new set of values. When we walk contrary to the way of the world, there will be difficulties. Our friends won’t understand us. It’s as if we’re speaking a foreign language. We’re talking holiness; they’re talking ungodliness. We’re talking righteousness; they’re talking unrighteousness.
Difficulties also exist for our growth potential. God will stretch us: This can be painful at times, because it requires leaving our comfort zones.
Scripture is full of examples of people who didn’t want to do what God told them to do. Moses struggled with God’s command to confront Pharaoh about freeing the children of Israel. And Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh, so he purchased a ticket to somewhere else. He ended up in the belly of a big fish until he repented. Then God delivered him, and he went on to Nineveh.
Jesus said, “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls; for My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Note: “My yoke is easy”…but it’s still a yoke. “My burden is light”…but it’s still a burden. The good news is we don’t have to carry it alone.
Here are five things you can do through Christ, when faced with difficulties:
1. Be determined to do God’s will: When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:30-46), He struggled in regards to the bitter cup, wrestling with the purpose that the Father had set out before Him–so much so that blood, like drops of sweat, poured from Him. Yet He said, “Not My will, but Your will be done!”
2. Obey the Lord, no matter how silly or difficult it may appear: In 2 Kings 5:1-14 we read about Naaman, a valiant man, a champion among his people. The Bible says Naaman was a leper. He was also a proud man. He had heard about a prophet in Israel and decided to go to him for a healing. So he left with his entourage to see Elisha and when he arrived at the place where the prophet resided, Elisha didn’t even come out to greet him. Instead, he sent his servant who told him, “Go down and dunk yourself seven times in the Jordan River.” When Naaman heard those words, he was insulted! Dunk in the dirty Jordan? Are there not better, cleaner waters? He was doubly insulted that the Man of God had not come to him personally. But thank God, He always has someone with good sense in the midst! As Naaman turned to depart in his anger, some of his servants said to him, “This is a small thing that the Prophet asks of you, to go, dunk in the water. What have you got to lose?” So Naaman humbled himself and did as he had been instructed by Elisha…and he was healed!
3. Keep your eyes on Jesus: Hebrews 12:1-3 says, “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” Everything within you might be fighting to do the right thing, while everything that is wrong is pulling at you: Tell that person off! Lie to your brother! Cheat on your taxes! But just declare, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” When you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will never go astray!
4. Expect God’s grace to do what God requires: In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul speaks of his thorn in the flesh, a problem that troubled him night and day. He went before the Lord three times and asked, “Take this away from me!” But, instead, the Lord gave Paul a revelation. And that revelation is just as valid for you and me today. God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” God’s got grace for everything you and I might encounter in life. And that grace, my friend, is all sufficient!
5. Enjoy the blessings of faith and obedience: James 1:22-25 says, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” The blessing comes not just by hearing the Word, but by doing it. And when you do the Word, you will enjoy the blessings that come from the Lord!
These principles will help you live victoriously in whatever situation you face. When difficulties come–and they will–stand on the promises of God. Declare “I can do this!”
How to Stop Holding Yourself Back
|You’re throwing the fight.
You aren’t giving your best.
You’re making excuses and taking the easy way out.
I can tell.
You see, thousands of clients have gone through my various coaching programs.
And I know when a person has real marketing problems…
…and when a person has self-sabotage issues.
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In fact, and he won’t mind me saying this, our good friend, Craig Ballantyne, is one of those people. That’s right, Craig himself still has self-sabotage issues.
And you do, too.
I call this self-sabotage issue, “the E-brake problem.”
But it’s not your fault.
Let me explain.
I could give you and Craig a brand new Ferrari, but if the Emergency brake (the E-brake) is pulled, then it won’t go faster than a Honda Civic.
That’s because the car has been neutered.
Likewise, most people have a neutered subconscious mind.
They are holding themselves back.
They’ve got the E-brake on.
You might have a great idea and a hungry market that needs your help, but if you’ve got the brakes on, you’ll never get where you want to be.
But the only way for you to succeed and play up a level is to drop that E-brake.
You have value to add to the world.
You have lives to change.
You have the ability to make a massive impact on the lives of millions…
Just like Craig.
That’s one of the reasons he hired me as his coach — even though we’re business partners.
Craig was wise enough to know that he needed help.
He needed a mentor to guide him and to stop himself from holding back.
You need help releasing the e-brake, too.
It might be that you’re afraid of criticism, afraid of what other people might say, afraid of what your family might think, afraid of failure, and even afraid of success.
Instead of going all out, you hold back because you’re being selfish and protecting yourself from what others think.
So how do you drop the E-brake and accelerate down the road to success?
The answer is that you need to change your belief system.
For example, you might have a negative money mindset that your parents put in your head.
Perhaps they told you that money’s bad, money’s for the rich, that other people have success and we don’t, that we’re the working class and will never be anything else, or that the rich have knowledge that you don’t or ever will.
That negative belief system can be crippling.
It’s one that has held back Craig.
He’s slowly overcoming it, but let me tell you, the anti-abundance chains can be a heavy, heavy weight.
Our childhood experiences shape us, and they shackle us.
You might know the feeling.
There are other pains from the past that can keep us in a mental prison.
You might have been on the receiving end of a cruel comment from a schoolteacher.
Or you might have been abused like I was as a little boy.
Bad things happened to me when I was just a 4-year old kid in Armenia before our family immigrated to America.
Because of this trauma, I found a million reasons in my life to fail at things.
I failed at things on purpose.
Procrastination was one of my bad habits ten years ago before I released the brake.
I’d have a good idea and set aside for “the future,” and then never get around to it.
I went broke in my first business, an online supplement company because I didn’t feel deserving of success.
I didn’t believe that anybody would even want to hear from me.
But the truth of the matter is I had the knowledge to help people and yet I was too afraid to share it.
I pulled my punches.
I threw that fight.
It took years for me to get over it.
But eventually, when I started to work on my personal development, changing my belief systems and cutting out the negative people in my life, I was finally able to break free.
I gave myself permission to succeed.
The time had come to stop holding back, to go out and add massive value to the world, to be an evangelical believer in the message I am here to share.
That’s how I dropped the E-brake.
If you’re like I once was, you need to change.
When you drop the E-brake, ideas flow to you and all of a sudden you magically have the courage to take action and overcome the bad habit of procrastination once and for all.
Listen, you have an obligation to get your solution in the hands of as many people as you can so that you can make a change in their lives.
That is how you will free yourself — by first believing in yourself, and then giving of yourself to the world.
It’s the message that I’ve told Craig over and over again, and I can see him believing in it now more than ever.
And let me tell you, he’s a great student.
Everything I instruct him to do, he does.
He takes action.
He works on the skills he needs to improve.
He practices his presentations more than ever.
He asks for feedback.
More important, he is man enough to accept the constructive criticism and then goes back to work on his weaknesses.
And you can too.
Release the brakes.
It all starts with the belief you have a unique gift to share with the world.
And then you need to take massive action.
You don’t need more education.
You just need to take what you know and do it.
You just need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.
Add your value. Sell your message. Do the work.
Get feedback. Fail forward.
And do it again and again.
Each time you do, the E-brake will drop lower and lower…
…And you’ll go faster and faster.
This approach to life is working for Craig, it worked for me, and it will work for you, too.
About the Author: Bedros Keuilian is the embodiment of the American Dream. Arriving in the United States from the communist Soviet Union back in 1980, his family went from being broke to eventually adding value to their new community. Today, Bedros helps over 45,000 fitness experts grow their businesses. Bedros knows the American Dream is NOT dead, because he is living it right now.
5 Ways Mobile Apps Helps You Improve Business Revenue
By Urvish Shangvis
1) Acquire More Customers:
A Mobile App is an effective and efficient medium to connect with customers. Asking desktop users to download a mobile app, helps acquire new customers. Offering a 10-30% discount to new mobile app users on their first order, will make them repeat customers. Research indicates that users prefer mobile apps to a mobile or desktop website, as mobile apps can be accessed offline too. Users spend more time on a mobile app than a mobile or desktop site. Mobile apps can help you gain new customers, by running various offers and discounts.
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