Managing Your Life

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Laws are needed to manage one's life. Laws are not optional. Disregard laws, and you can find yourself suffering from the worst plague imaginable: ignorance. Managing Your Life reveals the twenty-one laws of life that connect us to our Creator, enriching our lives with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The lessons in this guide will empower everyone to take spiritual control of their lives by reconnecting to God. Humanity must stay connect to its original source, its ...
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Laws are needed to manage one's life. Laws are not optional. Disregard laws, and you can find yourself suffering from the worst plague imaginable: ignorance. Managing Your Life reveals the twenty-one laws of life that connect us to our Creator, enriching our lives with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The lessons in this guide will empower everyone to take spiritual control of their lives by reconnecting to God. Humanity must stay connect to its original source, its Creator, in order to maintain itself.

Thousands of people believe that the accumulation of material wealth is really important. They strive to make money hoping to achieve what they believe is success. Managing Your Life explains what is essential to living in Him. This life is called abundant life, and it is far more than the accumulation of material possessions. The best things in life cannot be bought with money. Prosperity is the result of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, which only comes from God. Managing Your Life tells the story of the highest achievement for which humankind should strive for true spiritual enrichment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781462027286
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 0.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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Managing Your Life

Twenty-One Laws of Spiritual Enrichment
By Paul A. Thomas

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Dr. Paul A. Thomas
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4620-2728-6


Chapter One

Managing Your Life through God's Perspective

Your life is precious and should not just be endured. God is the author of life. He never planned life to be mundane and disdainful. Jesus said in St. John 10:10, "The thief cometh not but for to steal and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." This is the paramount reason the Son of Man came into the world. Agony, suffering, and death came through Adam, but Jesus brought life and peace. Adam disobeyed God: Jesus obeyed God and brought life to this universe. The life Jesus came to bring is eternal life. We always look for eternal life to come after this present life, when we go to heaven. However, eternal life should begin here and now and proceed to the next life. Eternal life is really an unending cycle. This present life, which has tests, trials, heartaches, and pain, must be managed. We must recognize salvation is not just saving us from sins but also from the spirit of death. More people die before they die; their lives terminate before their heart stops beating. They fail to recognize life is never owned: it is managed.

Life is like a business, such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, or any other retail chain. They have managers to operate the store, but they are not the owner. The manager is always accountable to the owner. Owners who operate a business are responsible for inventory in order to properly run the business. Life is very much like a big business, and life must be managed as well. We will never own our life; God is the owner of life. He has chosen us as managers, who will always be accountable to Him. Life is a big responsibility, so we cannot operate it with a slack hand and lackadaisical attitude. It is easy to lose control.

Managers often hire associates who disregard the high cost of maintaining the overall cost of the operation. They have no concern for the owners' investment. These associates will bring down the quality of the business: they are a liability. As it is in the natural business, so it is in the spiritual business of life. We bring people into our business or into our assignment who disregard our sacrifices and our spiritual labor. Just as Abram brought Lot into his business, Lot never worked. Lot became a liability. No business is any stronger than its associates. Your associates are assets or liabilities. They can enhance your business or destroy it. Those you select as your associates can bless or curse your life. Remember: trust must be earned, as it is not a gift. As referred to in Proverbs 25:19, "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." Deception is Satan's number-one weapon he uses to destroy our life. What you don't know can hurt you, and whom you don't know can kill you.

Genesis 4:1 reads, "Now Adam knew Eve his wife." The word "knew" is used many times in the Bible. This knowledge means intimate knowledge. When we use the word "know," I want to borrow the term "intimate" not in the sexual sense but to know a person deeper than surface level. We allow too many people to become associates in our business. These associates do not have our business at heart: they have their own agenda. In a business, it is dangerous to have an associate in a key position who does not have any regard for that business. Their concern is only for themselves. Selfish associates are prevalent in our world today. They have little or no regard for others. These people fail to realize that selfishness breaks a cardinal law: self-denial.

Self-Denial

Self-denial is a law that should be first in building strong relationships. This law always brings bountiful returns. This law builds a strong business. Suppose every employee or manager and every husband and wife were to make self-denial their number-one rule in thought and action. What a different world we would live in! Jesus' earthly life was governed by self-denial. His whole life was one of self-denial. He gave up His throne in heaven to accept a manager's position. He gave up His kingship to become a servant. He gave up His life that you and I might have abundant life. Without His self-denial, there would be no salvation.

The law of self-denial requires a renewed mind; it is the mind of Christ. The Bible states, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). In another scripture, we read, "Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits" (Romans 12:16). It is easy to spot those who are unwilling to deny themselves. Unfortunately, they make up the majority of people in our world today. Even those who are supposed to be followers of Christ are often selfish.

The only way to manage life effectively is by following the steps of our Savior. For three and a half years, He became a pacesetter. He chose to manage His life as a servant. He chose to serve a generation of people who failed to recognize Him, because He did not come to overthrow the Romans' control over Israel. His own people did not know His example, and they failed to know Him. "He came unto his own and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man but of God" (St. John 1:11–13).

Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding

There is a knowledge that comes from God. This knowledge surpasses all other knowledge. By itself, knowledge is incomplete. Wisdom and understanding must work with knowledge. The book of Proverbs emphasizes the importance of these three pillars. They cannot be replaced in managing your life. They bring clarity to life from God's perspective. When we see life from God's perspective, what seems to be a mountain is really a hill. What appears to be a lion is really a lamb, and what appears to be a river is really a stream. What appears to be an obstacle is really an opportunity. When we see life from God's perspective, we see people and circumstances differently.

Our thoughts are crucial to managing life from God's perspective. When we live by the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God, it releases a powerful force we desperately need to manage our life. Life is not just another day. It is Zoe. Zoe is a Greek word that means life. Zoe is God's life on God's plain. Life on a human plane causes people who do not know how to acquire knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God who is our source of life. Myriads of people cannot go through their day without drugs, alcohol, and so on. Many professed Christians substitute a superficial life for God's life. Without the knowledge of God, ignorance produces bondage. Addiction is human bondage.

Many people become enslaved to materialism. They become enslaved to cars, houses, boats, and so forth. Materialism causes people to become enslaved to money. Money that comes through our selfish pursuits will not bring prosperity. Solomon did not ask God for material gain. Money was not his prayer request. He asked God for wisdom and knowledge.

2 Chronicles 1:7–12

In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.

And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.

Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

Right prayer requests can release the favor of God, which brings what I call a "supernatural bonus." Solomon did not ask for wealth and riches. He did not ask for the elimination of his enemies. He asked for the powerful pillars of life, which are wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. He understood these dynamic pillars do not come automatically. They do not come from secular education: you can graduate magna cum laude but still be foolish.

Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding equip the recipient to see beyond what is seen, to perceive (understand), and to discern. We need the ability to discern people, circumstances, and situations the way God sees them. These powerful pillars must come from God alone. The knowledge that comes from secular education can never replace the power of God's wisdom and knowledge. This wisdom and knowledge sees beyond the visible.

The three pillars we are discussing come from the righteousness of God. You and I will never deserve these pillars, but out of God's mercy, He gives them to us liberally. It is a gift of God. If you had to work for it, it is wages not a gift.

People believe in long hours of prayer and long fasts. They believe this will honor God. However, it all amounts to works of the flesh. I am not knocking fasting and prayer. What I am saying is wisdom, knowledge, and understanding from God surpasses all our efforts to please God. (See Romans 5:4–5.) We cannot please God by the exertion of our feeble efforts to do His will. Gifts are without merit.

Demons wish they had the wisdom and knowledge of God. The Bible states had the principalities of satan knew what the crucifixion would do, they would have never crucified the Lord of Glory. Ignorance is the greatest weapon satan has in his arsenal. Ignorance destroys relationships. It makes us misunderstand God's will and purpose for our lives.

Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are crucial. God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. We as humans will find ourselves always in need of our God. He is the expert in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. As we discussed earlier, life is a big business. One thing strong businesses do, particularly when they have branches, is stay connected. Banks become subsidiary to one another. Jesus said, "'I and my Father are one'" (St. John 1:11–13). Businesses know the power of connection by connecting to wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. We, as believers, must draw from the wisdom of successful businesses.

Self Examination

How did this law speak to you? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________

What goals do you have as a result? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________

Chapter Two

The Law of Connection

The Law of Connection can work positively or negatively. Amos 3:3 asks, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" This scripture is a question God asked backslidden Israel. I wonder is unity divisive. The Law of Connection is fulfilled by one word: agreement. Agreement makes us one. A wedding is a celebration of covenant agreement.

The Law of Connection shows our inability to fulfill God's will without Him. Humanity is incapable of doing anything without Him. Death is separation from your source. Everything must stay connected to its source to live. If you catch a fish and keep it out of the water for a length of time, it will die. Cut an apple off the tree, and it will eventually decay. Animals must have food and water, or they will die. Death and life are determined by connection.

Humankind is different from the animal kingdom. Man was created a spirit being in the image of God. When God breathed into man, he became alive. He formed Adam from the dust of the earth. Therefore, man cannot live without God and without food from the earth. If man separates himself from God or the plant kingdom, he loses his connection. Humankind's DNA connects him to God. Connection is like electricity. You have it, but until you connect to it, you have no power. Without our connection to God, we lose the ability to know our identity as well as our inherited ability.

God created man as his manager in the Garden of Eden. When Adam separated from God, he committed high treason, which carries the penalty of death. Adam was disconnected from his management position and became a slave to sin. Since God is love, He never desired man to be a slave. He created man to be His manager on earth, and the position Adam held gave him recognition and authority. The snakes were not poisonous; the lion was not ferocious and neither the bear. Every animal, and the earth itself, respected man and his authority. The earth yielded her fruit without hindrance. By virtue of man's connection to God, everything submitted itself to Adam as God himself. The wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of Adam were supernatural. When we are willing to be reconnected, we will flow in the three pillars of life, as this brings divine recognition and empowerment.

We must disconnect from the thief (satan). His desire is to steal, kill, and destroy as noted in St. John 10:10: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Every problem we see in our world today is because man disconnected from his source. Connection was revealed when Israel called on God. He heard their cry and brought them out of Egypt, a type of bondage. It also reveals punishment for disconnection. Punishment is the result of rebellion.

The knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God are awesome. God's knowledge is incomprehensible. He knows how much hair is on our head. He knows how much sand is at the seashore. He knows how many fish are in the ocean, rivers, and lakes. His knowledge is combined with wisdom and understanding, which makes God superior to other gods. God is so powerful that if there were not any fish in the sea, all He has to do is speak it forth, and in a fraction of a second, there would be fish in the sea. God's word has creative power. No other gods had creative power. If they did, they would have never died. God is self-sustaining. Nothing and no one else can declare self-sustaining power. That is why Jesus declared in St. John 2:19, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy the temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Resurrection power! Mohammed could not raise himself from death; neither could Buddha. Who would not want to connect to a God who has power over death, hell, and the grave?

I remember a sermon by the late Dr. E. V. Hill. He used an illustration about his friendship with Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was running for president at that time. Reverend Jackson asked Dr. Hill to accompany him on a trip. As they were boarding the plane, the two were separated by the crowd of Secret Service men and news media. When Reverend Jackson looked out and saw what was happening, he spoke up and said, "He is with me." Now that is connection! Can Jesus say he or she is with me to the powers of darkness, to evil spirits, and so on? I want to hear Jesus declare, "He is with me." You can know famous people, but the powers of darkness and evil spirits only recognize God. Are you connected to Him? Even death itself recognizes Him when Jesus declares, "He is with me."

Self Examination

How did this law speak to you? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________

What goals do you have as a result? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________



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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1....................1
Managing Your Life through God's Perspective....................1
Chapter 2....................8
The Law of Connection....................8
Chapter 3....................12
The Law of Obedience....................12
Chapter 4....................17
The Law of Enemies....................17
Chapter 5....................21
The Law of Assignment....................21
Chapter 6....................26
The Law of the Anointing....................26
Chapter 7....................33
The Law of Humility....................33
Chapter 8....................37
The Law of Favor....................37
Chapter 9....................44
The Law of Vision....................44
Chapter 10....................48
The Law of Achievement....................48
Chapter 11....................51
The Law of Discipline....................51
Chapter 12....................54
The Law of Giving....................54
Chapter 13....................61
The Law of Prayer....................61
Chapter 14....................69
The Law of the Word of God....................69
Chapter 15....................73
The Law of Timing....................73
Chapter 16....................78
The Law of Reproduction....................78
Chapter 17....................82
The Law of Love....................82
Chapter 18....................87
The Law of Words....................87
Chapter 19....................92
The Law of Change....................92
Chapter 20....................97
The Law of Success....................97
Chapter 21....................102
The Law of Integrity....................102
Conclusion....................108
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