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Question – Sola (Nigeria): How can I be more effective at my job?
Answer: Well, there are several things that you can do, because irrespective of the job you do, God wants us to be effective in everything. You should become an effective person, not just at your job. If you are an effective person, you will be effective in everything. So, you’ll have to develop an effective personality and I want to give you just a few thoughts to do that.
Have a clear focus. Focus on anything that you need to do or that you want to do or that you should be doing. Focus! If it’s your job, if it’s your assignment, whatever it is, have a clear focus.
Have a clear understanding of the subject matter: An understanding of your job, an understanding of your timing, an understanding of whatever it is that has to do with your expectations. What is your expectation about your job? What is it about your assignment? What is it about the expectations? Have a clear understanding. Do you understand the job? The job definition? The requirements? Do you understand it? Do you understand the requirements for this project? What do you understand? So, number one is to focus on it and number two is to understand it. That’s why I said understand it.
3. A clear determination for real success [lasting success]
You’ve got to be determined. You’ve got your focus, your understanding of the subject and then the determination. I can imagine that you want to be successful and that’s why you’re asking, that’s why you want to know. So, determination! Read Morefaith, fear tagged by qatranscripts
Question – Elisa (South Africa): Dear Pastor Chris, how can one overcome fear, panic attacks and anxiety?
Answer: Well, the three of them are closely related. You become anxious when you don’t know what lies beyond a certain level, a certain limit. You have panic attacks because of the anxiety and fear because of what you know—really, “think”—because of the conclusions you make out of your anxiety.
The Word of God tells us “Be careful for nothing; [and that means have no anxiety about anything] but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” and then he says “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall garrison your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” [Philippians 4:6-7]. So, have no anxiety. He tells you! Now, if you couldn’t stay without having anxiety, if you couldn’t stay without being anxious, he wouldn’t have told you to not be anxious. He knew you could be without anxiety and that’s why he said so. So, God only tells us what He knows we have the capacity to do. So, have no anxiety; be anxious for nothing, but let your heart become stable in prayer, in supplication, in thanksgiving.
Next, you know fear which is the mother of all of this, of the panic attacks, of the anxiety: fear is actually faith in the ability of our adversary, faith in the ability of failure to destroy us, faith in the ability of darkness and evil to hurt us, faith in the ability of all the negatives to stand against us and defeat us. That’s what fear is. It is faith in the negative. So, how do you conquer fear? Because fear, like I said, is faith in the negative, to conquer fear you have to have faith in the positive, faith in God’s word. Now, you can’t have faith in God’s word if you don’t know it. Read MoreChristian living, sin and transgression tagged by qatranscripts
Question – Franklin (Ghana): Dear Pastor Chris, biblically, what is the benchmark for the definition of sin?
Answer: I’ve taught in good detail on this subject and the title is “The Concept of Sin” and I’ll ask you to get the tapes or ask for the CDs, audio CDs or DVDs. They’ll be of immense benefit to you; all the details are in there, and you can study more about sin and what the Bible really says it is. The title is “The Concept of Sin.”
But, I’ll just give you a little idea of what this is, and that will begin to help your personal study. I’ll read you a few scriptures. The first one will be from Romans chapter 14. In discussing what to eat and what not to eat and whether eating food made for idols was right or wrong and so on, Paul made a conclusive statement that is very enlightening: “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” [Romans 14:23].
Now, that’s the first thing you have to understand because we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us “…we walk by faith, not by sight”. The Bible says in Romans 9:8 that those who are the children of the flesh [which means the children of the senses] are not the children of God. Those who are the children of God are the children of faith. The Bible says that we are the children of faith because we are the children of faithful Abraham. So, we walk by faith.
The bible says “Without faith it is impossible to please God” [Hebrews 11:6]. That tells you how important faith is–-without it, it is impossible to please God. You can’t please Him without faith, no matter what you do. So, you need faith and faith is encapsulated in the gospel. When you hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, faith comes with it. When you accept the gospel, faith is automatically imparted to your spirit from day-one that you gave your life to Christ. That’s what the bible tells us in Romans chapter 12, when you read from verse 3: “…God hath dealt to everyone the measure of faith” [Romans 12:3]. It’s that seed of faith that’s in the gospel. So, that’s the first thing you need to know: that anything that is not of faith is sin. That establishes it. So, in your walk with God, you must walk with Him by faith because whatever you do outside of faith, God says it’s sin.Christian living, being filled with the HolySpirit, the HolySpirit tagged by qatranscripts
Question – Believe (Nigeria): Pastor, thank you for this great opportunity. My question is what does one need to do to be continually filled with the anointing, especially after a service or any meeting, because most times when I am in such meetings, I feel the anointing so strong, but the moment I leave it’s like it reduces.
Answer: Well, that’s to tell you, you’ve got a responsibility in this. If you study in Ephesians chapter 5 verse 18, it says: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” and in the next verse, it tells us what to do to be filled with the spirit continually. Now, I’ll give you that as homework; I’ll give it to you and you’ll just meditate and practice exactly what it says. Ephesians 5:18-21: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Now, we have a teaching on this, and you can place your order for the message “Be Filled With the Spirit.” What we’re teaching there is that you can be continually filled with the spirit, everyday. So, this wouldn’t stop in the meetings, it would go with you everywhere. It’s a life we’re called to live. Actually, that verse I quoted to you really says “…be being filled with the Spirit.” That’s the literal meaning, which means it should be an unending experience. Read Moredreams/visions, spiritual gifts, the HolySpirit tagged by qatranscripts
Question – Benson (Kenya): Dear Pastor Chris, thank you for your inspiring message, I’ve learnt a lot through this session. I’ve been dreaming dreams in which most come to pass. It started before I got born again, and it’s still there. Now, that I’m born again, is it a gift of the Holy Spirit?
Answer: Not necessarily. People have natural talents, that they’re able to interpret dreams. Some are gifted to be able to do that, but when you become a Christian and receive the Holy Spirit, you receive what we call ‘Higher Gifts’ – higher gifts than dreams. That’s why when you study in the New Testament, after the death of Jesus Christ, you hardly find any dreaming there. Instead, Christians were given the ability to have visions – visions are stronger than dreams, more real than dreams. In fact, He told us “In the last day, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” [Joel 2:28]. [It's] letting us know that the dreams will be fading away; the dreams are going with the old generation. Visions are coming in with the new generation. So, there’s a big difference.