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Continued from yesterday…

Good morning dear reader. Yesterday we examined how our perspective and the value we ascribe to the Word influence our outcomes in life. We shall take a step further today to describe some other outcome determinants in our control.

3. Action: In other words, what you do with what you have received. It is action that produces results. Action is a proof of faith. It is what separate the indolent from the diligent. It is what separate a visionary from a day dreamer. And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it” (Colossians 4:17 NKJV).

Do something with what you have received. In the story of the talents, it is those that did something with what they received that produced results. Indolence is not the culture of the kingdom. Jesus says “My Father works and therefore I also work.” We have to engage with the words we have received from God. We have to carry out the instructions. It is a wise man that hears and does. This man’s life, no matter the crisis he goes through, will stand the test of time and come out victorious. If you want God to be pleased with you then do His Word. Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23 NKJV).

4. Conviction: The majority are not always right. Be careful of following the path of popular opinion. Watch out for opinions that are often loud but antagonistic to the Word of God and divine authority. Steadfast conviction will help you not to follow the multitude to do wrong.

5. Discernment: It is in the best interest of every believer who desired a great outcome to be discerning. Test every spirit, subject every idea, belief, prophecy and supernatural manifestations to scriptural scrutiny. Don’t allow yourself to be deceived and derailed.

6. Patience: Be followers of them who through faith and patience inherited the promises. For you have need of patience after you have done the will of God, so you can inherit the blessings. Don’t be hasty of spirit. Patience will save you a lot of unpleasantness that hastily made decisions bring.

All of the above are within your control and now that you are aware of them, it’s time you began to determine the outcomes of your life.

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