After much time spent on releasing our second book “Qualities of a Conqueror Vol. 1” and experiencing real change personally, the Lord God Almighty beckoned me to write here. God willing ConquerorShots will regularly coincide with our “#TellUrSelf tweets.” Ultimately you will experience spiritual delicacies to enhance your experience living the Conqueror Lifestyle. Our goal is to make it easier for you to get familiar with our Christian brand through our books, ConquerorShots, upcoming workshops and teaching materials and more all to enhance your walk with God through Christ Jesus one day at a time.
Psalm 136:26 NET BIBLE Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his loyal love endures! If you have never read this chapter we suggest you do so and make it a regular reading for your personal gratitude prayers. Giving thanks, i.e. gratitude, is a necessary daily experience children of God, MTaCs, practice. We learn that in giving thanks we find the production of the fruit of the Spirit manifesting in amazing circumstances. God, who created the Heavens and the Earth, you and I and everything we appreciate while we are living day by day, is worthy of our daily gratitude because of His loyal love. The NET Bible uses the word loyal so perfectly here. No matter what we do, or do not do, in the way of service to God and others, God’s love for us NEVER changes! He is the most loyal love I have ever known.
When we put emphasis on gratitude for the material, human accomplishments – education, money, success, children, spouses, careers, houses, land, cars, boats, vacations et al – we are subject to the evil of deception and confusion as we focus on the Earthly rather than the Heavenly. This is where the application of “Humble Thanks” is best realized. When you are in spiritual acceptance of your NEED for a Savior, and Jesus Christ is REAL to you, you willingly humble your human nature under the authority of God.
By regular confession of sins, transgressions, iniquity, guilt,shame and fear before Him in prayer and thanksgiving for the simplest of blessings you come to realize through your need for His providence, you will humble yourself under God’s mighty hand for His continual protection and power in your life and the lives of others. The air you breath, the blood running warm in your veins, the activity of your limbs and your mind being sane and at peace become blessings of enormous praiseworthiness.
In humble thanks to God’s loyal love which endures through any and all human conditions, your gratitude will always be acceptable to God and it will reflect His love off of you into many other lives, situations, circumstances and conditions here on Earth. Heaven is our home but the Earth is our training ground. Be humble before God as your realize your spiritual training. Every scripture in Psalm 136 KJVends with “His mercy endureth for ever” to emphasize that all of the human accomplishments acknowledged in the list exist because of the eternal endurance of God’s faithful, goodness and kindness towards His children. Give humble thanks daily and create your own list – IT WORKS!
Here at Conqueror Ministries we love sports. Athletes depict the Conqueror Lifestyle so brilliantly. Last nights game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami was no exception. At the top of the game the commentating focused on prior dialogue between Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant.
The emphasis was on D.Wade’s wrist bands titled “note to self(see them here)” about comments KD made about replacing Wade in the top 10 list with James Harden. KD’s palpable drive to overcome his 2nd place status to the Heat in the finals and the MVP award to LeBron James. The reference inferred KD’s inferiority to the Heat. My attention to the game’s outcome heightened when, during the pregame interview with KD, he referenced Proverbs 27:17 “irons sharpen iron” as a way of spiritually demonstrating his appreciation for the heightened camaraderie between the Heat players and he. We applaud Kevin Durant’s response. People can motivate people to rely on God’s sovereignty.
Proverbs 27:17 (NASB) Iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens another.
The game did not disappoint.The Thunder experienced a 20+ point deficit in the first quarter before taking their place as leading scorers. The fact that the Thunder faced the stellar starting five – Wade, Chalmers, Bosh, Battier and James,- who were responsible for the championship win in 2012, made it seem that once again Miami was not going to lose an important game at home. Why was this game important to the Heat? Simple. They all have egos that demand a win against the #1 Western Conference team to supersede their #2 Eastern Conference standing. It is obvious that the team is without their other star player, Russell Westbrook. Therefore, the Thunder’s vulnerability to the Heat’s starting lineup was a prime opportunity to establish momentum in their efforts to move to #1 in their conference. However, the Heat failed miserably.
I am certain that the 2 stars Westbrook and Durant are sharpening other iron on their own team as well because the sudden rise of Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb, both sharp as tacks on offense and defense. And the veteran Derek Fisher just seemed unstoppable in his 3 point shooting. Ibaka and Sefolosha were both defensive dynamos as the Heat struggled in a cycle of turnovers that was ongoing throughout the second half. As the Thunder’s went on to win it 112-95, Kevin Durant emerged once again as the star scorer with over 30 points. His leadership qualities as a Conqueror made the post interview with Doris Burke a stellar MTAC moment. When she asked Kevin “what goes into a streak of winning like you have had over the last 12 games,(see it here)” Kevin’s response was humbly “God – Jesus Christ.” Doris was waiting for Kevin to take the credit for his athleticism and the victorious outcome and Kevin’s motivation to BE HONEST AND GIVE JESUS CHRIST THE CREDIT HE DESERVES shut out any opportunity for vain egotism to prevail.
Christians and MTAC’s worldwide watching this post interview should appreciate this opportunity to see the Conqueror Lifestylein action publicly last night. If you missed it, check out the link above. Kevin Durant gave us our Conqueror Shot for the day.
Your honesty with yourself about your need for your Savior, Jesus Christ, should always be on display.