Dangers of Operating from the Stands

Most of the time, when we operate from the stands, we tend to complain about things we do not have firsthand experience for. We base our complaints on concepts. We comment on things we have not actually lived out.

The Greek word “complainer” literally means “one who is discontented with his lot in life. The one who complains is not contented because this is what life from the stands does to you. It leaves you without power, control and responsibility. Thus, it leaves you limited and weak.

David experienced living life both “on the court” and “ in the stands”. He is a mighty warrior. Most of the time, we see him at the frontline, leading his army into victory.

The first and most popular story about David will be the one when he was able to defeat Goliath, the giant Philistine. Here he was, a young shepherd boy, armed with his slingshot, five pebbles, and his faith in the Lord.

There are numerous moments like this when David placed himself on the courts. He allowed himself to do the purposes of God. However, there was one time, wherein he intentionally when he placed himself in the stands.

There was a time wherein he did not go with his men to a battle. He stayed behind. He took himself out of the court. This got him in trouble.

The adultery that David has committed was done when he was off the court. He was idle. He was not in action. The product of being off the court can lead you to sin, even if you are King David, man after God’s own heart. Always make it a point to be on the court.

 

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How are your possibilities directly impacted when you operate from the stands?

Where Are You Coming From?

There are two unique perspectives on leadership that reveals a vantage point coming from a third-person view and that of a first-person. Most of us understand the difference between these points of view. However, few of us understand the significant impact of knowing the kind of perspective you hold and how it determines the quality of our lives.

Life from the stands can only be accessed as concepts, not as they are actually lived and experienced first-hand. Everyday common sense language limits us to speaking about what is actually happening in life from the stands. The spectator can never truly do anything on the court, in the way the player could. When it comes to your life, which role are you playing? Are you simply the spectator, looking over your life, without any power or control? Can you be the player who is on the court, making the plays happen?

On the court, you can actually perform. You take part. You participate. On the court, you are response-able. You can respond to your opponents. You can play to win.

Shifting from being a “content of experience” into being a “context of experience”, you need to shift the perspective you have of your life. There is a need for you to operate on the court, rather than in the stands. In fact, being a context calls you to actually “be” the court by which the game is being played.

Do you see the difference between the two perspectives?

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Where are you positioned in your life? Are you experiencing your life from the stands or on the court?

Biblical Registration

Let us look at Hebrews 11 to reveal conversations of enrollment, invitation, and specifically registration. It is the recipe of faith that the Bible has presented. Let us see how we can apply this recipe in the church today. As we look to these biblical accounts, let us keep an open mind to witness the birth of a church of possibility.

Abel

The Bible tells us, “By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead” (Hebrews 11:4).

Abel registered his offering to God. His offering is the first offering that we see in the bible in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 4:4). Abel brought fat portions of the firstborn of his flock. Thus, the Lord’s favor was upon his offering. Abel registered the Lord.

Enoch

Enoch was one of the men in the Bible who never experienced death. What did he do to merit such a thing? Nothing extravagant. The Bible said, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). The account below shows the fact that he simply walked faithfully with God please the Lord. It registered God.

Noah

Noah preached on earth for 120 years. His intention was to enroll the people into God’s grace and goodness. He preached to the people but they were stuck in the past; they were stuck in their wickedness. He offered an invitation, but Noah only found himself and his family in the ark.

Abraham

When we look at the life of Abraham, we will observe powerful registration conversations. Abraham was called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance. His choice in this registration conversation with God was to go, to leave his homeland. He said, “yes” to God. He stepped out of his comfort zone and by faith journeyed to the Promised Land, “even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

Jacob

Jacob registered himself as the firstborn. Registration has nothing to do with physical status or appearance. Even if biologically, Esau was the firstborn of the twins, Esau failed to register himself to God. Jacob ended up with Isaac’s blessing.

Registration is a spiritual act. Many people register for a class physically. But they failed to do so in the spirit. This is why they fail the subject. They never registered spiritually in order to experience the products of registration.

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What are you registering yourself into?

Choice = Love

Have you ever thought — God would not have the problem of saving humanity from sin if they took away from the Garden of Eden the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, without this tree in the garden, Adam and Eve will not have the choice whether to obey or to disobey God. That would have been a form of manipulation on God’s part. God placed the tree there, He gave Adam a clear command, and they CHOSE to disobey. They could have chosen to obey, but they didn’t.

When we force people to change or agree with us, we take away their worth – who they are and what they have to say. That is manipulation. Everyone is given a chance to choose what they want to have and who they want to be. This may sound good or maybe even bad. However, we should keep in mind that our role is to just really empower people to do what is right. Whether they choose to do what they want or to listen to us, it is still their decision to make.

We were given freedom to choose. We have a free will. God did not intend for us to be robots and just do what He says. We were created to be in union with Him. Just as so, we are to be in union with others as well. In John 15:12, Jesus said: my command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

In an authentic loving relationship, we do not force people; instead, we nurture each other in tender loving care and concern. We encourage and bring each other up in Christ’s love.

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Biblical Enrollment – How Does God Do It?

When we read the Word of God – the Bible – how do we take it in? How do we understand it? When we read it, how do we respond to what is written? We should have a good grasp as this will greatly affect how we perceive the word of God.

Enrollment is a conversation that induces action. Enrollment is the result of “showing” people a larger possibility for themselves (Selman, 2007).

Enrolling people to a specific idea is to make them see a bigger picture of themselves and their future.

We can say that this is one of the things God is really good at – enrolling people – making them see a bigger picture of themselves or of what is going to happen.

Prophecy is a powerful tool of enrollment, wherein God enrolls His people into the possibility that He wants to open up for their lives.

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What is God enrolling you to SEE or to DO today?

The Prophetic Conversations for Possibility

Let’s start off with an activity. Do this with me right now:

Write down three (3) things that you have spoken that has come to reality.

You can share with me your answers in the comment box below, or you can keep it for yourself. But I encourage you to do this activity.

According to James 2:17, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. We should make sure that we act on the impossibilities we might be facing – so that it may become a possibility.

SPEAK A NEW POSSIBILITY INTO REALITY.

When you pursue a new possibility, it propels you toward the possibility you desire. It puts you in the position of being willing to do what is required in order to get to that possibility. This is a positive action that makes you focus more on what is needed than what you feel like.

A good example for this is Paul. When he was getting persecuted, he did not falter to look at the brighter side. In fact, he even said these very words:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and the perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
When we are marked out to finish something, we do not react – but we act on it. We become positive and start doing what is needed to be done. We look at things more optimistically. We become a person of possibility – a person who is better than the person he is before.

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Lessons from Queen Esther

‘Esther’, painting by Minerva Teichert

Today, let’s learn about the story of Esther, the story of a Jewess whose assertiveness leads her to serve God and save her people.  Esther depicted an example of confidence even in the face of adversity. She is a remarkable woman of faith who put herself in danger to protect her people.

Sometime, when Esther was already made Queen, Haman devised a scheme for all the Jews in Persia to be annihilated, and because of his relationship to the King, the later agreed on the plan. However, Esther learned about it through Mordecai who challenged her, saying that being in the palace will not save her from the annihilation, and that if she remained silent of her real identity, the Jews may be delivered but not Esther and her family. He even stressed that her role as queen could be for a purpose for such a time.

In her quest to save the Jews, Queen Esther gathered her confidence to stand in  the inner court of the king’s palace. This was contrary to what was accustomed, for if she did not win the favor of the king, she could’ve been executed for that move. Indeed, it was for that very reason why Esther mentioned that she will perish if she will.

To cut the story short, Esther was given the chance to reveal who she is and to ask favor from the king to spare her and her people from the annihilation that Haman planned.

Because of her assertiveness, a new possibility opened up for Esther, Mordecai, and the rest of her people. In the end, Haman was sentenced to death while Mordecai was promoted.

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Conversations Can Rewrite the Future

While many of us talk about what is happening right now, or we dwell on things that happen in the past, it’s more powerful to talk about what can happen in the future.

When we talk about the past, there is nothing that can be done because it has already done. But when we talk in the future, anything can be said. There is power in future conversations. If conversations can be related to a road, our past conversations are dead ends, while our future conversations are those that have “under construction” signs with them. And when we declare prophetically, that road under construction is built according to the direction we declare it to be, little by little.

Prophetic declaration enables us to rewrite the future. Know that for every problem, there is already a future written about it. Take for example a company that is not reaching its financial targets and whose products don’t sell anymore. For that specific problem alone, the future includes people’s assumptions, their hopes, fears, cynicism, resignation, and lessons learned on past experience.

What would you rather hear someone say, “I am praying for restoration for this family” or “This marriage sucks”; “I forgive you” or “I have been hurt too many times in the past before”? How will this transform the situation y0u are in?

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