How much are you willing to commit to greatness? Take an introspective survey of who you are and where you are right now. Don’t become discouraged, this inward examination is not to depress you, but to give you a clear and honest picture of what needs to be done. The keyword here is honesty. Recognize your short comings, acknowledge them and decide what you plan to do about them. Don’t be worried about what the next man may think, if they are honest they need some work. So often we have inflated evaluations of ourselves which hinders our growth because one can never obtain growth in areas in which he does not recognize growth is required. Now most reading this will ascribe this trait to someone else they know without ever understanding that it aptly applies to them.

You have heard that it doesn’t matter where you start, but what matters is where you end up. This statement has some truth to it, but precise anatomization of all the variables indicates that where you start does matter. Where you start does not inhibit you from reaching the acquired goal, but it does provide the indicator of how far you must travel to get there. It determines the distance of travel.

I am here to tell you that you can get there from here. Your introspective examination may not reveal what you wish to be, it may very well uncover some massive deficiencies in character, priorities, personhood and more, but do not fret, the transforming power of the Word of God as it is activated by the power of the Holy Spirit will move in a surrendered soul to accomplish much. Don’t be discouraged by your current position, keep pressing.

My grandfather had a quote that he recited to me quite often. He would say, “Son, I may not be the man I ought to be, but I thank God I am not the man I used to be.” My grandfather would examine himself often in light of the Word of God. Each day he noticed he was not all that he could be, but he found encouragement in the fact that he was not the same man he used to be. Now understand that I am not saying that you should take a position of complacency in your current mess, but don’t become defeated by it. You can rise up out of your situation move forward in the blessings of God. Don’t loose sight of your responsibility to the Word of God (Hos. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Pet. 3:18; Josh. 1:7-8; Prov. 4:20-23).

Understand this; the first and most important responsibility of every believer is the constant, daily, intake, digestion, metabolism and inculcation of Bible doctrine. Successful execution of all other responsibilities is contingent upon proper execution of the first. Too many Christians are on spiritual life support because they daily reject spiritual substance in the way of God’s word. It was Jesus that said “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set your free” (John 8:32). It is also Jesus that said God’s word was truth (John 17:17) Do the math. When Jesus came out of the wilderness to begin His ministry he was immediately met by Satan. How many of you know what Satan used to attack Christ? He used scripture. Satan and Christ entered the battle of “It Is Written”. Satan knows the Word verbatim. How can you battle an enemy with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17) when you have very little knowledge of it? Remember, God calls for the Word to be committed to memory. When you enter the battle, the enemy is not going to wait around for you to do an internet search for the appropriate scripture. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6).

Lastly, don’t allow anyone, including yourself to speak failure into your life. Understand the power of the spoken word. Christ said that there is no such thing as idle or insignificant words. Every word you speak carries power. What you speak is a reflection of what you believe (Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34-37). This passage ends by saying that by your words you will be condemned and by your words you will be justified. When the great revivalist John Wesley began his ministry he told John Whitefield that he was struggling with his faith. Whitefield told him, “Preach faith until you have it.” Whitefield understood the power of the spoken word. Faith comes by hearing, whether you speak it or someone else speaks it. I have been asked why I read audibly when I am reading alone. The answer is simple; it allows my mouth to give confirmation to my ears of what my eyes have read. The information enters two gates of the soul while being confirmed by the third. So, I encourage you to speak power until you have it. Speak victory until it is yours. Someone will tell you that it doesn’t work, but the word of God is clear. When you are not clear, speak the Word. When your confidence is shaken, speak the Word. When your day seems dark, speak the truth of God’s Word. Failure comes through the acknowledgement of circumstances above the power of divine promise. This is your year of true ascension. Rise up and live in your destiny. ~ Bishop Rick Wallace