A Spirit of Excellence
“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an EXCELLENT spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.”
– Daniel 6:3 (ESV)
Remember today that you weren’t created to fit in; you were made to stand out! Set yourself apart and make a difference. Excellence distinguishes and sets you apart from those around you. How can you exemplify this today? How can you go above and beyond the call of duty today?
– Pastor Mason Angelo
Who Are You?
If I were to approach you and ask you “who are you”, the most likely response would be your name. But I am going to ask you now and I want you to seriously think to yourself, who are you? Perplexing isn’t it? I want to hold a mirror up to you in this article so that you can see your true self, not who you think you are, not who others think you are, but who you REALLY are; who God says you are!
We are made in the very likeness and image of God, so if you want to truly understand who you are you must grasp who God is. 1 John 4 tells us that God is love. What is love? 1 Corinthians 13 lists attributes of love as: patience, kindness; not envious, boastful, prideful, rude, self-seeking, easily angered; keeping no record of wrongs, not delighting in evil but rejoices with truth; always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres; never fails. So if God is love, and we are made in the likeness of God, these attributes lie within us, all we need to do is tap into them! When anxiety comes, know that you possess patience! When you feel like you can’t go another step, remember love always perseveres! When someone tries to tell you that you’re a nobody or that you’re a failure, let the Spirit of the Lord rise up within you and know that LOVE NEVER FAILS so that must mean that YOU are NOT a failure!! As a spirit-filled believer, you have absolutely NO obligation to the sinful nature or the ways of this world! Romans 8:9 tells us that “you, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” Romans 12:2 (MSG) says “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” You are not of this world, don’t conform to it! Know your true identity and grow as a son or daughter of the Most High God! You are royalty!
– Pastor Mason Angelo
There is a story told about the philosopher Socrates about how he was lecturing to a group of students around a body of water. One of the students posed a question to Socrates, “When, great teacher, do I know when I am truly seeking knowledge.” Without answering the student Socrates got up and walked over to him. He then pushed the students head underwater and when the student finally tried pushing up for air Socrates let him go. When the student had collected his composure Socrates said to him, “When you desire knowledge as desperately as you desired air to breathe, then you know you are truly seeking knowledge.”
Such a powerful lesson we can learn from this! When we desire God as desperately as we desire air to breathe, then we will know that we are truly seeking Him! Many have become so complacent in the body of Christ that their desire to seek after God has become so weak and anemic. There is such a lack of passion and zeal in the daily lives of many to seek after God. “So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” (James 1:16-18 NLT) He never changes! Every good and perfect thing comes from God and He gave birth to you and I by giving us His true word. We became His prized possession. Somewhere along the way many have lost sight of this; they have turned their eyes away from the Father and shifted their focus into the things that so easily beset them, that engulf them in their busy lifestyles. We need to once again become so in love with Him that we cannot live without Him! He has to be the very air we breathe. We must stop putting so much worry into our daily lives and put more emphasis on allowing time for God in the midst of our days. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (food, drink, and clothing) will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV). This is proof that we need to stop worrying about so many things in our lives and focus on making Him priority number one in our lives. I love how the word “seek” is used here. When you are looking for something, you can sit down and look across the room to see if you can locate an object. However, if you really want to find that object, there’s a need to get up and begin to actively search it out. We can’t just “look” for God and expect to find answers or blessing, we must actively “seek” after Him. Jeremiah 29:13 states “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Notice, we find Him WHEN not IF we seek Him with ALL our heart. It can’t be just a lackadaisical “look”. If you were lost out at sea, wouldn’t you want a search party to come and search after you? How would you feel if they just kind of “looked” for you but didn’t actively search for you? “WOW, who do they think they are?!?!” Right? God is looking for an active search party in this day, a people who are actively searching after Him and who won’t give up! We have to have such a tenacity about us when it comes to our walk with God. I hope that this inspires you to take a look at your prayer life, your worship, your praise, etc. and make the decision to seek after God in a more passionate, tenacious way. We must be more passionate and even more desperate in this day for God to move in our lives and in our world!
– Pastor Mason Angelo
A Notice to This Generation
Passivity has to be our greatest enemy! We cannot tolerate complacency in our generation or in our personal lives. If we’re not hungry for Him, if we’re not desperately seeking Him, He’s not going to respond. Scripture tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us (James 4:8)! We have to be in motion if we expect Him to move in our midst. We have not because we ask not (James 4:2)!! Let’s dive deeper into prayer!! Remember when you were a kid (or now) and you REALLY wanted that one special item whether it was a toy or car or game? Remember continually asking your parents about it and bringing it before them or leaving them little hints? How bad do we really want to see God move in our midst? How bad do we really want to see God change our city? How bad do we want to see our family’s and friends’ lives changed? How bad do we want Him? How desperate are we to see the addict delivered? How desperate are we to see the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf hear? Are we just conveniently serving God when it’s easy and not difficult or conflicting with our lifestyle, plans or reputation; or are we positioning ourselves in a posture of prayer, praise and thanksgiving, worshipping Him and seeking Him desperately for our generation? I challenge anyone who reads this to really take a step back and look at your individual life and not anyone else and allow the Lord to speak to you concerning areas in your life where you can give more, sow more, etc. I know God is dealing with my heart in this issue. Let’s not be dead zombies just walking through normality, technicalities and traditions of our daily lives and let’s pursue the heart of the Father…
– Pastor Mason Angelo