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Thursday, May 3, 2007




Decisions That Will Impact the Quality of Your Life
In Scripture, God says 331 times, “If you do this, this is what will happen!” The Bible is a book about decisions. God rewards right decisions! With that in mind, Mike Murdock, founder and senior pastor of The Wisdom Center in Fort Worth, Texas, offered several decisions that will forever determine the quality of your life.
You must decide to respect the Holy Spirit.
Respect is different from love. Loving someone means finding that person desirable, while respecting someone means finding him or her valuable. Your decision to respect the Holy Spirit means that you value the One who knows the authentic, original you. He knows your limitations. He knows your capacity. He knows your capabilities. He will ask the least of you and make the most deposits into your life. He knows your assignments in life.
Your decision to respect the Holy Spirit, or placing value in Him, will change your life. That decision will involve spending time with the Holy Spirit. The proof of respect is always the investment of time.
Time is critically important. Time is the only gift God gives you to exchange for His other gifts. He doesn’t give you money; He gives you time which you exchange for money. He doesn’t give you friendships; He gives you time which you exchange for friendships.
Deciding to invest your time in the Holy Spirit is one of the greatest decisions you will ever make. Spend time singing to Him, loving on Him, being with Him. The decision to respect the Holy Spirit by investing time with Him will be seed for the rest of your day and your lifetime
You must decide to make your divine assignment your only obsession.
The second decision that will decide the quality of your life is vital, for everything and everyone is created to solve specific problems. Your watch solves a problem of knowing what time it is. Your lawyer solves legal challenges. Your dentist solves problems with your teeth.
Your body is a perfect picture that everything has a specific assignment. Your eyes solve the problem of sight. Your ears solve the problem of hearing. Your hands solve lots of problems involving reaching, touching, and grabbing.
You were created to solve problems. That is your assignment. And the problems you face are important gates to the future.
Challenges decide relationships. If there were no problems, there would be no reaching, no possession, no quest.
Challenges also decide your rewards in life. Remember Joseph? The Pharaoh had a problem nobody could solve. Joseph said, “I’m assigned for this.” Not only did God give Joseph the wisdom and insight to understand the Pharaoh’s dream, but massive rewards were quickly poured out on the young Hebrew.
What is your assignment on this earth? Your assignment is always to help people with problems.
How do you determine your assignment? Whose problems matter to you? Whose pain do you feel? Whose tears affect you? Whose success stays on your heart? Whose enemies are you willing to confront? Who do you have a longing to protect? What do you love to think about? What do you like to talk about? What do you hate?
Thomas Edison, one of history’s greatest inventors, once said, “My difference from other men is quite simple: other men think of many things all day long, but I think of one thing all day long.”
As you seek God’s guidance for that assignment to solve problems, make that assignment your obsession, and God’s genius will flow through you. God will reward you accordingly, as He did in the parable of the talents.
You must decide to rename the moments of your life.
What is the first gift God gave to Adam? He was allowed to name everything. He could call a giraffe a giraffe. What an amazing power Adam was given—to name the future!
What happened to the thief being crucified next to Christ Jesus? One decided to accept the inevitable—he was being punished for his sins. The other one decided to rename the moment. He said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (Luke 23:42). What was the reward? Jesus said to him, “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (verse 43).
Renaming the moment means choosing another direction. It means allowing God to bring people into your life, and it means allowing Him to remove people from your life.
What you think is a crisis is actually a birthplace for change. Rename the moments of your life.
You must decide to trust instruction from a messenger of God.
Mike Murdock gave a powerful word concerning how the difference in seasons of your life is related to instruction. Time does not produce change, though it may offer a reason for change. Pain does not produce change, though it will probably produce a desire for change.
Instruction causes change. The difference between success and failure is instruction. The difference between plenty and poverty is instruction. The difference between health and sickness is instruction.
Every successful, abundant-living, healthy person has chosen to listen to a messenger from God. Mike mentioned an experience when he was in a service and heard a preacher ask, “Would you like to have a debt-free home?” The speaker went on to say, “If you want a debt-free home, then plant a seed equal to one month’s mortgage payment of your home and write on the left-hand corner of your check, ‘Debt-free Home in 12 Months.’” Mike said the thought hit him that this was a crazy instruction. It was something he had never heard before. Then he realized that God was speaking to him, so he planted a seed equal to one month’s mortgage payment. The result? His house was debt free in eight months.
My friend Mike trusted the messenger of God, and it changed his world.
You must decide to expect a harvest from an uncommon seed that you sow.
Oral Roberts has touched so many lives. When asked, “What is the greatest secret you have learned in your entire lifetime?” he has often said, “The greatest secret is to sow a seed for a desired result, to point that seed, to focus it, to give it an assignment.”
What a powerful principle! It is given throughout the Bible. The widow in 1 Kings 17 had a little oil and meal, but not enough to live for long. Elijah helped her focus on what could happen. She gave an offering, as seed, and she began expecting an unusual harvest from what she had in her cupboard. As a result, she ended up with plenty.
God had a Son, but He wanted a family. He gave His Son to create that family. Jesus Christ came to earth with a specific assignment. We know that heaven is filled with people who joined God’s family through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. God expected a worldwide harvest from the uncommon Seed that He sowed, and to Him be all the glory!
These decisions will impact the quality of your life.
Do you need a miracle in your life? Do you want something better for yourself and your family?
When you ask God for a miracle, He will always give you direction and instruction.
You must decide to respect the Holy Spirit and spend time with Him. You must decide to make your divine assignment your only obsession. You must decide to trust instruction from a messenger of God. And you must decide to expect a harvest from an uncommon seed that you sow.
On This Is Your Day! Mike Murdock was led to pray specifically for three harvests, asking people to plant a $1,000 seed for a specific result:
A strife-free home
—household salvation, specifically of someone in your family who needs to be healed spiritually
Physical healing—uncommon health in your body, which is life’s great prize
Financial favor—receiving profitable preference from someone capable of blessing you
You cannot buy God’s favor, of course. What you do with your uncommon seed is tap into God’s supernatural power through your obedience and faith as you listen to His voice.
Be part of this unusual harvest time!
What kind of an unusual seed are you willing to sow during this powerful season? What are you expecting as you sow that seed? Expectation is what makes the difference. Expectation is your faith wrapped around the seed!
Luke 6:38 tells us, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

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