Kingdom Values 4

“It's not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.”
–Seth Dahl

7. Humility. Humility is not thinking of ourselves as any better or any worse than others, but thinking of ourselves less. Humble people are those with a realistic self-view. To be humble is to acknowledge that without Jesus we can do nothing but with Jesus we can do anything. Humility means that we open ourselves to the feedback and loving correction of other believers. Humility means that we treat every person we come across with the same excellence and honour. Humility means that we look for the “gold” in others, and celebrate their victories. We refuse to speak negatively of others or judge their lives. Truly humble people can’t be humiliated because their pride can no longer be offended.

8. Thankfulness. Michael Ramsden said, “We are not made happy in life by what we acquire but by what we appreciate.” The secret of being thankful is learning to see everything from the Father’s perspective. Knowing that our Father is committed to providing for all of our needs, we can rejoice always and live in thankfulness. We are called to lives of gratitude and royal generosity. Sin is essentially a failure of gratitude. We sin because we do not fully grasp who God is and what He has done for us. When we understand just how committed God is to caring for His children, we can dispel the poverty mentality that besets so many, keeping them prisoners to fear. We should have no fear of lack, for we “shall not want” (Psalm 23). Our Father has unlimited resources at His disposal and has made it clear that everything that is His is ours (Luke 15:31). With a renewed mind, thankfulness comes very easily!

9. Self-control. Self-control is perhaps the least spoken about fruit of the Spirit, and yet it is so crucial for living a godly, peace-filled life. Self-controlled people are powerful people because they know how to say “yes” or “no” in order to protect their God-given mandate. Yielding to the Holy Spirit allows us to dismiss false comforts, to observe healthy boundaries and to learn to live from divinely inspired responses, not carnal reactions.

Danny Silk writes, “When you have healthy boundaries, you stay in control of the resources of your life and manage them toward your priorities.” The most important boundary in your life is the one that protects your secret place, your unfettered gaze at God’s face and His at yours. Truly powerful people are never a victim of “the outside”, the outside is a perpetual victim of their “inside” (1 John 4:4). They live by the Spirit, from the inside out.

10. Faith. Faith is trusting in God’s character – that He is who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do; that His promises are true for us. In faith we can dream big. We can choose to live a life of faith that is prepared to take risks and has hope in the future. In faith we can declare impossible things that don’t exist as though they do. In faith we pursue greater intimacy with our Lord, power encounters, greater revelation and miraculous interventions in our life and those around us.

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” —Saint Augustine

Raw faith lays hold of what is already available by grace. It doesn't get any more complicated than that.

This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing


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