• 3 Requirements for Growth

      Luke 14:28-29 TLB

      "But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if he has enough money to pay the bills? Otherwise he might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh! 


      3 Resources Required for Growth


      1. Emotional Resources – Emotional IQ – Emotional Intelligence


      The mark of a child is uncontrollable emotions


      If barely getting by at this level, stressed, depressed, having to prop yourself up with prescription drugs, food, sex, shopping, alcohol, gambling to fake your way through life then you’re emotionally bankrupt!


      Proverbs 14:30 Msg

      A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones


      The more you say things like “That ticks me off” or “They made me so angry” or “??????????” you’re empowering people and things to govern your emotions. You’re not in control, others are! 


      Skill, Knowledge & Intelligence are not enough to sustain you at the next level; they can get you there but not keep you there.  


      • The Higher you go the greater the potential for losing yourself
      • The higher you go the thinner the air gets. You must have emotional strength and maturity to keep you anchored and growing!


      You have to GROW UP emotionally if you want to GO UP in life!


      1. Spiritual Resources


      The real battles of life are not even against natural things, but supernatural.


      Eph 6:12-13 NKJV


      For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…


      Higher levels… Bigger devils! 


      You only get the right spiritual resources in one place… Jesus said… My Words are Spirit & Life John 6:63


      Why is this critical to understand?  We are all triune beings, it’s what sets us apart from the animal kingdom, we are SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY. 


      Most people only feed the last of two of the three and leave their spirit emaciated


      Pr 4.20-4.22

      I listen to God's words; I bow my ear to what God says. I will not let God's words depart from my eyes; I will keep them in the midst of my heart. They are life to me and health to all my flesh. 


      Many in church are spiritual anorexics = Love the taste of the moment, but regurgitate it before it has enough time to nourish the Spirit


      1. Relational Resources


      Everything you are, Everything you’ve become and

      everything you have yet to be is connected to your friendships


      Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. (Proverbs 13:20 Msg)


      Everything you’re becoming is flowing through the conduit of Relationships.


      • Life will never make sense until you figure out your relationships… with God and others
      • Satan knows that and so his primary objective is simple… Not out to make you a heroin addict or thief, murderer.   Just mess up your relationships with others… and he wins. 


      “The quality of your life will never

      Rise above the quality of your friendships.”


      • When God wants to move you forward in life He will introduce a new Relationship
      • When Satan wants to hold you back or throw you off… Introduce a Wrong Relationship. 
      • It’s your ability to discern who you’re spending time with that determines the direction of Favor or Failure going on in your life.


      You can link your worst days and your best days to friends who were influencing you…


      God knows that your life is the expression of your level of thinking so He will often set up relational connections with higher thinkers to influence you.   MOST HAVE TO BE THE BRIGHTEST…


      To have Next Level Conversations you have to

      Enter the arena of others who know more than you.

      Conversations Create environments and environments determine your growth


      Don’t allow the enemy to seduce you into disconnecting from the right people; your future depends on it.


      Many forfeit the plan of God by taking offense to distance. Offense will dumb you down and keep you in spiritual infancy!


      God may have to move someone in your life in order to posture him or her in the place that will eventually promote you. Be careful of your response, a burned bridge could alter your path.