WAIT

Psalm 27:14: Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Proverbs 3:7-8: Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

DISTRACTIONS AND DETRACTORS

DISTRACTIONS AND DETRACTORS

 

TEXT: 1 SAM 17: 1-58

 

1Sa 17:16 Goliath came out and gave his challenge every morning and every evening for forty days.

1Sa 17:17 One day, Jesse told David, “Hurry and take this sack of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread to your brothers at the army camp.

1Sa 17:26 David asked some soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and stopping him from insulting our people? Who does that worthless Philistine think he is? He’s making fun of the army of the living God!”

1Sa 17:27 The soldiers told David what the king would give the man who killed Goliath.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND OPERATIONAL STYLE OF DISTRACTIONS AND DETRACTORS

 

  1. DISTRACTIONS AND DETRACTORS DO NOT WANT YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

1Sa 17:17 One day, Jesse told David

 

All these people who are facing Goliath were season men of battle but yet none of them can match this giant until one day WHEN David showed up!

 

  1. Every distraction that has been holding back my help and helpers for years- TODAY, you are dethroned!
  2. I decree and declare today – that my destiny and goals will rise above all forms distractions.
  3. I announce concerning you ( insert name), every distraction and detractor will be a stepping stone to greatness for me.
  4. All the Goliath distractions that has become part of me and has been harassing me – Send my helpers until I get help – in a hurry.
  5. Every detractor that has been intimidating me for past days and months, this month – shut them up!
  6. Any power – spiritual or physical that is laying claim to my growth and aspiration – incapacitate them!

 

  1. THEY ARE ALWAYS AT ALERT TO HEAR SOMETHING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR PROGRESS!

 

1Sa 17:28 David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him talking with the soldiers. Eliab was angry at him and said, “What are you doing here, anyway? Who’s taking care of that little flock of sheep out in the desert? You spoiled brat! You came here just to watch the fighting, didn’t you?”

 

” heard him talking with the soldiers”

  1. Every weakness in my life that has opened doors for distraction and detractors to afflict me repeatedly- I shut them now!
  2. Father, every ear waiting for a bad news about me – surprise them.
  3. The news that will spread and cause me shame – I cancel it.
  4. Every monitoring spirit, internal and external on assignment to hurt me – I bind you in Jesus name.
  5. Any ear that will hear of my project and proceed to distract me – distract them.
  6. Whatever it will take – shield me from “ears” that has evil heart towards me and my goals.
  7. Every friendship and association that makes me celebrate mediocrity – disperse us!

 

  1. THEY ARE ALWAYS ANGRY AT YOU.

1Sa 17:28 David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him talking with the soldiers. ELIAB WAS ANGRY AT HIM and..

Even if and when they don’t show it, they are secretly angry at the progress you are about make!

 

DANIEL AND THE “HIGH” OFFICIALS

DAN 6:5 THEN THESE MEN SAID, “WE SHALL NOT FIND ANY GROUND FOR COMPLAINT AGAINST THIS DANIEL UNLESS WE FIND IT IN CONNECTION WITH THE LAW OF HIS GOD.”

Dan 6:7 All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.

Dan 6:8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.”

Dan 6:9 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.

 

  1. Every “high” official that is intent on causing me pain – inconvenience them – give them an assignment.
  2. Every attack against my faith in you – fall, scatter and disappear!
  3. Every law or rule that is being planned to be signed or made that will distract me – I cancel it
  4. Every unwarranted anger at me and my family – subside in Jesus name.
  5. Every demonic provocation at my progress, be aborted.
  6. Every spirit of envy circulating around my family , business and ministry – I decree that you will fail in the name of Jesus!

 

Isa 54:17 no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”

 

  1. Every weapon of jealousy and envy detracting and judging me – I condemn you.
  2. I decree ( insert name ), your heritage will not be aborted!
  3. Every arrangement and set lifestyle that intend to make me useless – scatter!

 

  1. THEY WILL ALWAYS QUERY YOUR INTENTIONS NO MATTER HOW LOFTY THEY ARE.

1Sa 17:28 David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him talking with the soldiers. Eliab was angry at him and said, “What are you doing here, anyway?

 

“What are you doing here, anyway?”

” why did you come down?”

 

  1. For every effort that I have made that is being tarnished, fight for me.
  2. From now, my efforts will not waste.
  3. Every detractor and power of distraction that is querying my plans – destroy them irreversibly!
  4. I decree concerning you, (insert name), no man will be powerful enough to rubbish you financially
  5. I decree concerning you, (insert name), no man will be powerful enough to rubbish you emotionally.
  6. I terminate every power of delay that is destroying my intentions and efforts.

 

FOR WE HAVE PRAYED IN JESUS NAME! AMEN!

THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE – PART I PASTOR AUSTIN ESEKE

THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE – PART I PASTOR AUSTIN ESEKE

 

Foundation Scriptures:

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Daniel 6:3 KJV

 

Daniel and his friends had ten times more wisdom and understanding than the others. Daniel interpreted dreams and had an excellent spirit. The king promoted him ruler over the whole province of Babylon. Daniel raised up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They would not bow to the golden image and were thrown into the fiery furnace. Daniel would not stop praying to the one true God and was thrown into the lion’s den. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were delivered from the fire in the furnace. Daniel was delivered from the lions. God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths.

 

  1. 1. What Is a Spirit of Excellence?

 

A spirit of excellence, one anchored to the things of God, is the key that will bring you through trials and tribulations. It will enable you to succeed, have favor, and fulfill all that God has ordained for you to accomplish in your lifetime. How would you like to have an excellent spirit?

Definitions of Excellence: the quality of being outstanding or extremely good, distinction, quality, superiority, brilliance, greatness, merit, caliber, eminence, and mastery.

  1. 2. Having a Spirit of Excellence Will Always Produce Fruit.

 

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16 KJV

Father, we ask You, in the name of Jesus, to help us develop an excellent spirit, one that is anchored to the Word of God.

Characteristics of an Excellent Spirit: great character, integrity, honesty, compassion, humble, teachable, ever learning, great work habits, dependable, meekness, consistent, confident, determination, diligence, adaptability, persistent, goal-oriented, enthusiastic, forgiving, self-disciplined, reliable, great stewardship, generous, grateful, bold, guard your heart, positive attitude, faithful, hopeful, surrendered to God, and Christ-like.

God blesses excellence! Where you find excellence, you will find God’s favor.

  1. We Must Pursue Excellence in All Areas of Our Lives.

 

Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23

See Proverbs 22:29 and Ecclesiastes 9:10

Enemies of Excellence: mediocre, average, procrastinator, low self-esteem, lazy, compromise, low motivation, poor communicator, prideful, complacent, arrogant, boastful, conceited, callous, inconsistent, mentality of grass is always greener on the other side, excuse-driven, unreliable, unforgiving, fearful, negative, doubtful, slothful, easily offended, faithless, rebellious towards God’s Word, ignoring the Holy Spirit, and spirit of religion and tradition.

What Is Mediocre? Average, ordinary, of only moderate quality, not very good, middling, middle-of-the-road, uninspired, undistinguished, indifferent, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, and run-of-the-mill.

Mediocre or average is being the best of the worst and the worst of the best. Are you happy with being mediocre? Do you believe that this is God’s best for you? Don’t conform to average or mediocre just to fit in. God’s best never intended for you to be just average or ordinary.

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 NIV

  1. 4. Apply Excellence in Every Area of Life.

 

Workplace: Show up ten minutes early. Don’t pack up to leave until you’re off the clock. Don’t surf the Internet and play games. Don’t take excessive breaks or long lunches. Do not steal office supplies. Do above what is expected. Work hard. Be a team player. Study to improve your skill set at your job. Keep your work area clean. Have a great attitude. Look people in the eye. Be polite. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Appearance: Whether you wear dress clothes or casual, make sure that your apparel is clean and neat. Take care of yourself. Have proper personal grooming habits, good hygiene, and a healthy diet. First impressions are lasting impressions. You are the temple of the living God.

Vehicle & Home: Take care of your car even if it’s old. Detail it inside and out. Follow through with the regular maintenance of it. Keep your home clean. Make your bed. Wash your dishes. Take out the trash. Keep the yard mowed and maintained. Fix broken items immediately.  If you’re faithful in the little things, God will make you ruler over much.

Stewardship of Borrowed Items: If you borrow something, return it in better condition. If you borrow a car, return it with more fuel. Never use offering envelopes to take notes on. Pay your bills and pledges. Excellence = Stewardship.

  1. Enemy of Excellence: Offense.

 

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10 KJV

The Bible tells us that Joseph did not get offended at his brothers when they mocked his dreams and threw him in a pit. Joseph did not get offended when he was wrongly accused and put into prison. Joseph had a spirit of excellence and would not yield to a spirit of offense. Joseph was promoted to the palace and was overseer of all of Egypt. The entire world, including his family, came to him to receive food during a global famine.

When you’re pressed and in a hard place, whatever is in your heart will come out. Having a spirit of excellence in the pit and in the prison took Joseph to the palace. This process took 13 years. Excellence is a journey; it’s not a one-time event.

Having a spirit of excellence does not make you proud or better than anyone else; it makes you humble and thankful. It’s a “heart thing” – not a hard thing!

  1. 6. A Spirit of Excellence in Your Relationship with the Lord.

 

Pray and study the Word. Talk to Him and praise Him! Don’t forsake the assembly of the brethren; come to church. If you hunger and thirst after righteousness, you shall be filled. There are nine fruit of the Spirit. A spirit of excellence is composed of the nine fruit of the Spirit.

But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all—love]. 1 Corinthians 12:31

A spirit of excellence is always love motivated; God is love.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39 KJV

If you have Christ, you have it in you to have a spirit of excellence.

 

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