Overcoming the Poverty of Self-Sabotoge
February 01, 2009
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Overcoming The Poverty of
Fear (faith for failure) – Even successful people fail at some level of frequency. A poverty mindset can cause us to self-destruct right at the ceiling of our goal. We can come close and fail in everything from our dream, our diet, our relationships with other people, our job promotion, investments, or businesses. We see the next level but can’t seem to reach it. Why the ceiling?
Snatching failure from the jaws of success – I’ve been slowly learning a new career trading currency and futures over the last year. The experience of most traders is that they decide to try it, learn the simple principles from a successful mentor, experience success themselves, fund their account, and fail in a major way because they broke all the rules the mentor just taught them. After the failure some quit and others go on trying to figure out what happened. In trading, this phenomenon happens in a few weeks; in life it can take a few years or decades for Christians to go through the cycle. It takes months or years to fail in business or a marriage or a job; you can fail in a trading account in an hour. It’s a very enlightening process because our motives and emotions are revealed! Reminds us of Paul – we don’t do what we wanted to do. Something else is driving the bus!
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin… Rom 7:15, 21-25 NIV
How I see myself – Many of us have enough failures in our past that we simply create an expectation or fear that we will fail at our present endeavor. By faith, we create the future we think about because we act on those thoughts and beliefs. I can exercise faith to work for me positively, or against me negatively through fear.
Have you ever justified your lack of success by comparing yourself to others; making excuses with one of the following statements:
*He’s successful because he knows people that helped him
*It’s successful over there, but it won’t work here
*He’s successful because he was lucky – right place, right time
*They succeeded because they have more money than I’ll ever see
*She’s successful because she has more knowledge and experience
*I’m failing because of my ___ pastor, mentor, manager?
Those are really vows of poverty that deny the work others have put into their success. If it’s just work, we could all be successful, couldn’t we? That’s a hard truth to embrace. Those kinds of vows simply betray our fear of trying. We’re preparing a good story in case we fail.
At this level, the solution is to simply change our thoughts, our confession and our actions to produce the right result. With a new belief system, affirmations on our bathroom mirror, and action goals, we can change our life and start a coaching business. It sounds pretty simple, it does take courage, but you and I really struggle, like Paul, to live it out. It’s not that easy – as you already know.
David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Sam 30:6 NASU
…but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Sam 30:6 KJV
How I see God – Although changing what we think, say and do is a popular and Biblical formula for success, many of us can’t implement that recipe because we are internally conflicted at a deeper level with the way we view God. Most of us believe God either knows or controls the future. When someone says, “God is in control” what we hear is “God controls everything.” If he created time surely he must have the power to live outside it? Right? That has been our theological heritage since Christianity was influenced by Greek philosophy about 17 centuries ago. There are two false possibilities floating around in our heads:
1) If God controls the future, I just have to review my past failures and hurts and reconcile the possibility that somehow God caused them. Why try? Most of us wouldn’t go that far with predestination. However we usually do believe in foreknowledge.
2) If God knows the future, I just have to review my past failures and hurts and reconcile the possibility that God didn’t throw me a life preserver while I was drowning. Nearly all Christians believe that God knows the future and has the power to intervene miraculously… but he didn’t do it for me. It makes us feel like He’s too busy to care about our personal life. Earth quakes, famines, and war kill millions… I’m just an ant in a cosmic struggle that I don’t understand. I’ll worship and serve God, but I don’t really trust Him. He’s either causing all that suffering via judgment or He’s allowing it through neglect. I want to go to Heaven, but I’ll keep my distance from God. Sound familiar?
When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Ex 20:18-19 NIV
The Reality – Irrespective of our philosophic theories, God has revealed himself in the Bible as walking through time with us. He rejoices with us in our successes and grieves with us in our failures and hurts. He has the power to control any event he wants to. However, He’s given us a free will and he’s given us access to His power to overcome the enemy and circumstances. He has limited himself to engage us in a relationship and share his plan and vision for the Kingdom… to fill the earth with His glory. He responds to us. He even changes His mind on occasion. The future is largely “open” for our participation in management and stewardship. Do we have the power to change the world? Yes, we do!… Both naturally, spiritually, and miraculously. All creation is waiting for these sons to take their place and become Kings that work with God (Rom 8:19).
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20 NIV
Ramifications – We are more than conquerors; we are overcomers with the power to change the world. You and I are the means by which God has chosen to show himself strong. Paul’s struggle in Romans 7 is the same as ours; he viewed himself as a slave to the law or a slave to sin. Those aren’t the only choices. We can choose to be God’s friend and begin to rule and reign with Him as we walk through time. That’s the message of Romans 8 – relationship.
Can you succeed in your dream without self destructing at your next ceiling? Yes you can. It takes wisdom, work, and a commitment to believe your role in the Kingdom is important. Your dream is personally important to God. He does care about you at a very personal level. In fact, when we stop doubting God and rid ourselves of the self-defeating poverty mindset, we find success comes much easier than we thought. Life is not hard; it’s fun. When failures happen, we’re not surprised, we don’t doubt our identity, and we don’t blame God. We just find a new solution to make it work.
During his campaign, president Obama coined a phrase, “yes we can” that people chanted at his rallies. I believe there is a prophetic quality to that statement that reflects God’s investment in Kings. Yes, we can change the world… through Jesus.
PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading. Whenever we try to articulate a new truth the first attempt is usually somewhat flawed. Feel free to comment.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your life.
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at