4 Key Steps to Your Next Level
Self Defeat is a sneaky enemy you can’t see until the damage is already done. The heartbreaking issue about self defeat is you are your own enemy in disguise.
Sabotaging actions, behaviors, attitudes, and responses usually are on display when you are on the brink of your break through or your next level. Your next level is dependent on a few things:
Self sabotage is not a devil. It is fundamental thought patterns which are erroneous and have to be adjusted. For example:
Comfortability is a threat to greatness.
Comfortable, complacency, “peacefulness”, all of these states of being are threats to what it takes to go to the next place God has assigned for you. Our brains are wired a particular way for it to war against anything that seems like a threat or will put itself in danger such as: undue stress, undue tension, or a threat to its peace. When it comes to always wanting to be comfortable automatically you are preparing yourself to sabotage every effort to pay the price to get to the next level. When it comes to prayer, Prophetic Intercessors do not thrive on comfortability. Prophetic intercessors have learned to pray through harsh conditions, through trials and tribulations, through hell and high waters, only because they understand through extreme conditions breakthrough occurs. It is when the intercessor is comfortable they become a threat to their own assignment.Breakthrough is not for the weak-willed, weak-minded, or weak-hearted.
“Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6)Awareness is being conscious and alert of your surroundings, and conscious enough to know what needs to change, when it needs to change, and how it needs to change. Unawareness causes more damage to the body of Christ than an enemy with easy access that will walk through the front doors with guns blazing and here’s why: Those who are unaware will always sabotage the success of any dream or vision because they do not have the appropriate knowledge, understanding, alertness, and instincts to act on what is required to make the vision come to pass.When you are called to intercession and especially prophetic intercession, you have to take responsibility of being aware of everything that is required for you to be aware of. Not knowing isn’t the problem, not wanting to know is the problem. –When it comes to your breakthrough, –When it comes to your next level–When it comes to your assignment in GodYou have to want to know everything there is pertaining to your purpose, your assignment, and your destiny. You have to work to know what is required for you to know. Many times we have to get away from waiting on God tell us, and seek His face and become more aware of His presence, and what He is calling us to do.
“Understanding is critical when it comes to your next level. In all thy getting, get understanding“ (Proverbs 4:7).Understanding is not a basic knowledge but the comprehension and the thorough grasp of a concept. You have to get understanding and many times as Christians we pray prayers just for things to fall out of heaven and it doesn’t work that way. God requires that we understand and a lot of times that is a foreign concept to people.
Trusting God doesn’t mean that you become dull and ignorant because you are going to give everything to God. The lack of understanding, the lack of searching for understanding, sabotages our success and our ability to stay in our next level.
When you do not know how to maintain and sustain, then it gets taken away. Therefore self defeating actions in not obtaining the comprehension for the next level that God is pulling you into, you must put in the work to understand everything that entails of that level. When you don’t understand what is required for you to understand, you are a liability to the vision God has given. Ignorance is not an excuse. Ignorance is a self defeating attitude, attribute, and behavior that will cause ultimate failure.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11)Purpose is defined as the reason something exist. Purpose has to be well understood and comprehended. You can’t get to another level in anything if you don’t know why it exist or why you exist to get to the next level. A lot of times we stay in comfortable situations because we still are trying to figure out why we exist. When you do not know why you exist and for whom you exist for, you will sabotage any progression when it is time for you to make sacrifices for the purpose of which you were created.
“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17)All the previous steps leads up to action. The problem in our society will only be solved when we as Christians are willing to act on the things God has created us for. When you know to do well and you don’t do well, that is self defeating behavior.
Fear to act is the greatest threat to your progress in purpose than the enemy standing in your face trying to kill you.
When you know your purpose, and you understand why you exist, when you know what to do and are aware of where God is taking you, if you don’t act on it, everything will fall to the ground. Faith with your physical action will always result in failure. You have to act despite what you think, despite what you feel, despite sometimes what you believe. You have to act according to what you know God has said to you.Intercessors have to do more than just pray for answers to come out of the sky, at some point they will have to realize that becoming your intercession is a lot better than just constantly speaking your prayers to God who is waiting on you to act. One of my favorite scriptures in the new testament is when James says “I will show you my faith by my works!” (James 2:18). That is a powerful statement. Only when we are willing to do all that we can, that is when our faith begins to show up. Until next time,