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WHAT TO DO AFTER THE VICTORY – PART A

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WHAT TO DO AFTER THE VICTORY – PART A

Immediately after the victory for which you have fought, believed in faith, and prayed will subtly appear one of your most dangerous attacks from the enemy. It will NOT be like the attack(s) BEFORE your conquest: to discourage you, to make you afraid, to cause loss of integrity, loss of a loved one, or loss of possessions. All of which attacks you can defeat … and withstand … by living holy and living a life of faith and trust in God.

But this attack will be so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe. You will not be capable, without discernment from God, of making fine distinctions as to the source of the attack. It will be “covert” and delicately complex. There will be put in place clever and indirect means by the enemy to achieve your downfall: spiritually, socially, materially, physically, and mentally … in that order.

This newsletter is being written to instruct you as to how to “offset” this kind of attack, and to guard against it; also, to augment and solidify your recent victory, and to go on to higher and more productive accomplishments.

King Solomon tells us in the Book of Ecclesiastes that “a threefold cord is not easily broken.” [Ecclesiastes 4:12] There are three things you can do to assure your maintenance of the victory and your own personal integrity. They are as follows:

[] Guard Against Pride

[] Monitor the Victory

[] Plan for the Future

We will now discuss these three aspects.

[] Guard Against Pride

Let us examine some scriptures concerning pride, its effects, and what God thinks about it. It is not my purpose here to comment on each verse, but to provide a general overview of the consequences of pride and the response of God toward it.

“When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” [Proverbs 11:2]

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” [Proverbs 16:18]

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” [Proverbs 29:23]

“But when his [Nebuchadnezzar’s] heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne; they took his glory from him.” [Daniel 5:20]

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” [1 Timothy 3:6] “For all that is in the world, the evil desire of the flesh, and the evil desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” [1 John 2:16]

Thinking in your mind that you were the one responsible for the victory … forgetting that God gave you the victory … is a great insult to the Heavenly Father, and manifests a lack of mature thankfulness. The Lord led you to the people, provided the resources, gave you the wisdom, enabled you with skill(s), and blessed you with the anointing.

You may have temptations to boast about the victory; maybe not in a braggadocios manner, but in a subdued presentation of the victory as “your brainchild” … “your baby” … “your production”. Remember, God is all-seeing, He is watching whether you try to take the glory or whether you give Him the glory. He doesn’t NEED the glory, but He is looking for the character in your heart, that He might use you even more in the future.

Remember, you can have your rewards here on earth … or in Heaven. The Lord Jesus taught us:

“Pay attention that you do not do your charitable donations before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have NO reward of your Father which is in Heaven.” [Matthew 6:1]

“Therefore when you do your charitable donations, do not sound a trumpet before you [to draw attention to yourself and your works], as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Truly I say unto you, they have their reward.”

“But when you do your charitable donations, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does. This way, your charitable donations may be confidential; and your Father which sees your confidential works Himself will reward you openly.” [Matthew 6:1-4]

You don’t get any reward from the Father when you try to draw attention to your good works. You already received your reward; that was to have yourself and your works … your “victory” … seen by men. Like the old saying, “You can’t eat your cake and still have it, too!”

However, if you do your works confidentially (sometimes you can’t keep them confidential), in your heart NOT trying to draw attention to yourself, but wanting God to receive the glory, then you will have your rewards BOTH on earth and in Heaven. In this way you will be able to eat your cake and still have it in Heaven!

This mindset has to be established ahead of time or you will not be able to resist the temptations to boast. If you do fall prey to boasting, Satan will have a “hook” in you called “pride” and try to use it to steal your earthly blessings and to bring you down. His chief objective in all this, however, will be to keep you from being powerfully used by God again in the future.

One way of boasting, and thus giving in to pride, is through the vanity of numbers or size. King David was guilty of this and many innocent people lost their lives. [1 Chronicles Chapter 21] “And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant, for I have done very foolishly.” [2 Samuel 24:10]

Some of the ancient rabbis put up walls around the Torah to keep people from breaking the law. In other words, they had man made laws to act as a “buffer zone” to keep people from getting too close to breaking one of the laws in the Torah (the five books of Moses, the Pentateuch). Maybe it would be wise to make a personal decision not to number people or things (other than for inventory or important purposes and records) as a guard against using these numerical values as a tool for boasting or personal aggrandizement. I’m not talking about being legalistic, but about setting a path for humility.

One way to set up walls to help us guard against pride is to search the scriptures and find out what pride is about, and then do the opposite. For example, when the Holy Bible tells us, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” [Proverbs 29:23], then we can see that it would be to our profit to seek to be “humble in spirit.”

One area of pride, and there are many facets, is in the area of relationships. I’m not talking about immoral, or ungodly, relationships, but about bragging,or even mentally boasting that we know or closely associate ourselves with someone who is well known. I’m not talking about honoring and being thankful of associations with people who have the favor of God on their lives … but about giving preference or showing respect of persons.

James, the brother of our Lord and the first bishop of the church of Jerusalem, taught us:

“For if there come unto our assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, and you have respect to him that wears the magnificent clothing, and say unto him, ‘You sit here in a good seat,’ and say to the poor person, ‘You stand here …’; are you not then showing partiality, and have become judges of evil thoughts.” [James 2:2-4]

The scripture admonishes us in Romans 12:16 to “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” In other words, be of the same mind toward all people, whether rich or poor, politically connected or not, educated or uneducated, whether advantageous to our cause or not. This is another way to guard against pride.

It may take working at as we learn to lean on the Holy Spirit, but it will help us to maintain our well fought victories and also help us go on to higher and more productive accomplishments. Specifically, it will let God see that we are willing to let the metal of our hearts be refined so that He might use us more greatly for His glory!

So far we have discussed the first thing you should do to assure the maintenance of your victory and your own personal integrity:

[] Guard Against Pride.

In subsequent newsletters we will discuss the second and third things you should do to assure the maintenance of your victory and your own personal integrity:

[] Monitor the Victory; and,

[] Plan for the Future.


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CHECKS AND BALANCES OF MARKETPLACE MINISTRY

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CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR MARKETPLACE MINISTRY

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CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR MARKETPLACE MINISTRY

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you lookout not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

This scripture is basically telling us to look for the giftings in those we’re associated with, and to attempt to elevate them (or bring them into prominence, productivity, and power) … even at our own expense.

This, of course, has as a prerequisite that we have contributed to – or are contributing to – their spiritual well being. We want to promote those with spiritual integrity, not based upon what we have heard about them from others, but what we have experienced and know to be true in our own relationships and associations with them.

Network marketing is often likened to discipleship. However any models, business or otherwise, of TRUE Biblical discipleship have to adhere to the SAME core endeavor: to make people more like Christ. We are to make disciples of Christ … not our own disciples. Making our own disciples produces two bad fruits of inbreeding:

Greed; and,
Pretended love.

We are NOT to use people: either in business or ministry. To recruit people and then abandon them because they don’t produce is selfish: it is pure greed. True, some people don’t want to pay the price to develop spiritually or materially. They have simply not learned:

To count the cost; and/or,
To be good stewards.

However, to dump these people, or to relinquish our responsibility to help them because of inefficiency, weakness, or lack of skills on their part is not following the admonition of scripture. We have only to look at the example of our Lord and His relationship to the Apostle Peter. Even after Peter denied Jesus three times, our Lord didn’t forget about Peter’s wellbeing. He had an angel emphasize a personal message to Peter of His resurrection (Mark 16:7).

Humility is both the great leveler and the great standard. If we want to accurately assess our own giftings, and thereby help others to our maximum abilities, we should NOT think of ourselves more highly than what an accurate appraisal represents. We should gauge ourselves based upon the measure of FAITH God has given us. (Romans 12:3)

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Don’t use and dump.

Remember: “You reap what you sow.” Help develop those people in your domain.

Don’t operate based upon selfish desire. Operate out of true love.

Teach people to count the cost of their decision, endeavor, or enterprise; tell ALL the facts.

Be a good steward in your associations which God has arranged for you.

Teach those in your domain the responsibilities and rewards of stewardship.

Measure yourself by the FAITH God has given you and be humble in your self -appraisal.

I trust this teaching has helped you.

Your friend,
Prince Handley


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