Mentoring Moment: 10 benefits of having a spiritual mentor

I love this blog. Very timely in my research as I seek God for His direction into this new venture. I believe anyone who reads this will be blessed too.Very simple and concise.

Biblical Patterns for the Christian Life

Proverbs 27:17
17    As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
9    Two are better than one,      Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10    For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.     But woe to him who is alone when he falls,     For he has no one to help him up.

Every Christian needs a spiritual mentor.  Each benefit and are stronger together.  The question is whether or not we will reach out and seek the counsel and guidance of a mentor.  Yes, the benefits are invaluable and provide a lifeline in the sea of life that has far too many storms.  But perhaps you are wondering what some of the key benefits might be of such a relationship.   Is it worth it?

While certainly not all inclusive the following is a short list of key…

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Say No to FEAR

False Evidence Appearing Real! (FEAR) That’s our Fears! So that’s what we are truly afraid of? Really? It’s funny how we can become so afraid of ….. NOTHING!!! Funny and yet interesting huh?

In the book of 2 Timothy 1:7, we are reminded here by Paul that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Yet still we adopt what God has not given us into our lives, holding unto it like it is ours. What Paul was really telling Timothy was that when God created him, He did not craft him with a spirit of fear, but in fact He took the time to perfectly design him with a spirit of POWER,LOVE and a SOUND MIND! One important factor we need to remember as we carry on through life facing “fear” is that God created us out of His own image. Fear was never and will never be a characteristic of our Creator. He is a mighty, powerful God, full of wisdom, knowledge and strength, to name but a few.  The spirit of fear comes only from the devil. It is his duty to stir up this evil spirit in our lives to distract us from whom Christ has created us to be; people of power, wisdom and love.

This spirit will enter our lives, once we allow it to, and will begin to cause destruction. Why though? That’s because nothing of the devil is good. Do you remember his mission? It’s to Kill, Steal and Destroy. Once this foul spirit welcomes itself into our lives, it will first attack our way of thinking; the mind. We begin to attack our own dreams and aspiration by discounting our ability to successfully pursue them. We talk ourselves out doing things we were created to do. We can cook well, but we persuade ourselves out of pursuing studies in Nutrition or Culinary Arts. We are designers and inventively create inspirational designs but we hide behind our computer or home office doors; never giving ourselves the opportunity to share our work with others. This is also being selfish because we are holding our gifts and abilities to ourselves when we were created with them to share, help, inspire and impact other lives. This list can go on and on and we know it. But we are just stuck! Why, because we have allowed ourselves to become deceived by the devil and his lies. We tend to somehow believe everything the devil says to us more than what God says about us.

Let’s get back to the mission of the devil. He came but to kill, steal and destroy. If you allow him he will Kill every dream you ever had, Steal your talents, skills, abilities, knowledge, finance etc. and purposefully Destroy your passion to be that; chief, designer, singer, writer, manager, dancer, blogger, mother, wife, lawyer, actor, technician, entrepreneur,  you name it. If we give him just a small opportunity to invade and pervasively manipulate our positive and powerful mindset he won’t waste any time. When he gets to the mind his mission is to deceive and manipulate how you think, to eventually destroy everything God has created you to be. He does this by making you believe his lies. He would actually encourage you to think contrary to the word of God; for example God words say “I can do all things through Christ who give me strength” Philippians 4:13, the devil will begin to test you and ask you questions like; “you really think you can do that?” Then he continues to negatively interrogate you by stating;” you can’t do that, you are too young, or you are too old. You will fail, can’t you see? Leave it for “John/Jane” to do, he/she does it better anyways. No one will hire you. No one will like you. No one will love you. You will not get that loan approval. You don’t have what it takes to pursue that degree.” He will go on and on just to see how far he can wheel you along with his plan to kill, steal and eventually destroy your purposeful life. Please Don’t Let him!

One of the things I realized about the devil is that, he must really love math/computer science. He always comes up with the “what if” formulas. It’s just so funny how we would at times set our minds and hearts to pursue something great and he comes in with “what if you fail? What if you are not accepted to the school, or for the scholarship?” I have learned and I am still learning that if I continue to allow the devil to hit me with his “what if” equations I swear I will go crazy because I am not a big computer science or math person. When he says “what if …..” I would hit him back using his own tactic; what if I become the best dancer ever? That’s what we need to learn to do. We need to learn to fight and even when we are knocked down; we get back up again and knock the devil off. Playing a little game of kick boxing with the devil will absolutely strengthen us. We just have to never back down because clearly he won’t. When you get knocked off, get up and knock him off in the face, showing him whose boss!

Let me encourage you a little. Do you know what God’s word says? I love this verse the most so I will share it with you. When you fully understand it, you will start living that purposeful life Christ has created you to live. Here I go, 1 Corinthians 2:16 As the Scriptures say,“Who can know what is on the Lord’s mind? Who is able to give him advice?” But we have been given Christ’s way of thinking.” I must state though that to fully understand this verse you will need to read from verse 6-16. The last part of the verse states “but we have been given Christ’s way of thinking,” This way of thinking comes through connection with Christ. Once we have connection or a relationship with Christ we have access to his ways of thinking. When the devil comes up against us with his aim to distract us from what we have been created to do we can raise up our standard against him with our thought life. We can decide to think like Christ and begin to confess positive affirmations over our lives (spoken words are powerful). We can tap into God’s divine wisdom through access due to relationship and declare what is rightfully ours; our dreams, passions, skills etc.  We are Christ workmanship, wonderful are the works of His hands, everything God created is good and that includes you and me! Do not discredit yourselves, destroying your dreams because of false evidence that seem to appear real. God is able to bring everything into completion, so whatever you know that God is calling you to do, step out in faith and do it. Do not believe these lies of the devil, they are not real, they are in fact false. The devil has the unique ability to take false evidence and transform it so that it appears real. He is a master illusionist, but if you decide today to trust God and His wisdom He will guide your heart and mind.

Take the leap and JUMP! Jump out in faith because God promises to never leave and never forsake you! Start that project, start this application, apply to this school, start this business, start this blog, start eating healthy and exercising, start this foundation, start this New Venture! The one you have been holding off for tomorrow !!! Yes this tomorrow which never seems to come!!? By doing so you will not only improve your life but others also. God will be with you all the way! Don’t let the devil kill, steal and destroy your dreams! You are called to live a life with Purpose, so start living it Today!

 

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Hey! Remember you can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength! Just trust His ways and Jump! Someone needs You!