Principles of Success 35 CATCH FIRE!

John Wesley once said that if you catch fire people will come to watch you burn. The most powerful thing on earth is a burning soul. A human ablaze with dreams, with love, with passion, with purpose.

When you look at fire, it is always moving, growing, feeding, That is what we need to be. We need to be ablaze. You need a fire in your soul that drives you, that causes you to feed on the Word, feed on good teaching, worship, dance, engage with people, love people, serve people. You need a fire in your soul to lift your life above the flesh level, to lift your heart, your dreams and everything you are to a higher level.

A lot of people never catch fire, they never think about how they think, they just take their temperature from their environment. We must not be that, we must warm people who come close to us. We must be the influencers, not the influenced.

If you are offended at someone, it’s because you are not on fire. They offended you because they influence the way you think. You should be loving them and influence the way they think.

When you catch fire, a lot of people will now no longer understand you. A lot of people do not understand me, they do not know how I have done what I have done, or do what I do – so rather than try and understand, they just criticize and accuse. The same will be true of you if you burn. Just keep your eyes off your critics, keep your nose in the Word, and burn ablaze for Jesus. Keep getting better results, keep thinking better thoughts.

When you pray a prayer in faith, the results are not according to the faith you have when you are praying, but the faith that you express afterwards when you act like you believe you receive. Act on fire, burn for Jesus.

Principles of Success 34 WANT MORE!

British people are conditioned from birth not to want more. You don’t need this and that, be happy, be satisfied with what you have, rich people are all terrible people, the bosses are just corrupt, you have enough, you have God and that is enough.

All of this is ignorance of the highest level of our true spiritual nature. We are designed for increase, we want increase. We want to continually be more fruitful, more successful and influence, lead and help more people.

When we start to realize that this is our spiritual nature, we then learn how to help others increase and walk in their best life and their success. You need to expect increase, believe in increase, hope of being fruitful.

It’s not easy to hold your mind and heart in a continual place of wanting more, of advancing, of increase. It is far easier to just stay at the same level year after year after year, and just start at the same level, the same wisdom, the same power, the same size, the same income, the same everything. That is not God’s will – we need to dream bigger and want to break every limit and every limitation. Doing that will stress you at first, you will encounter brand new problems, and you will have to expend energy like never before. It’s hard work to advance beyond the normal, so the only thing that will keep you going is a WANT. Why do you think when Jesus teaches the most important teachings on faith, on prayer, on the power of Words ever, He starts with the words “what things you desire”. Desire has to be the drive to advancing. Desire change. Desire more. Desire increase. Desire betterment. Desire abundance. Desire. And let that desire change the way you think, you feel and act.

Your top priority every day of your life is to keep growing. Learn a new idea, read a new Scripture, think a bigger thought. Your second priority is to share something new with others and help them on their journey. You are God’s highest creation, created to create. To create means to bring increase. When people are around you, they should be inspired to dream, inspired to desire more.

Let these thoughts grow and expand and stop feeling insecure, angry, frustrated. Resist thoughts of lack or limitation – not just for yourself, but because that kind of negativity is contagious. Love people enough to dream big and become a pioneer and advance.

Principles of Success 33 You Are Designed to Increase

God made you to be fruitful and multiply and to increase. Pastors should be pastors of growing churches. Businessmen should be increasing the size of their business. Salesmen should be selling more. Apostles should be planting more churches. Our nature should be growth. You should be getting smarter, wiser, more fruitful as life goes on. The entire planet was designed for increase.

You should be driving a better car than you used to, wearing better clothes, having a better house, having more luxury, more knowledge, more enjoyment out of life. You are designed to advance not retreat.

You know this at a spiritual level but so often our soul gets accustomed to retreat and stagnation, and we need to refocus and remind ourselves violently that we are designed to increase.

OUR CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT can go back generations, telling us to settle where we are, telling us that our nation, our city, our community cannot have a growing church. We need to refocus and remidn ourselves – we are designed for increase!

Your spirit is craving increase, and your soul is saying “well, you don’t deserve it, that dreams is probably not from God, you should be content with your lot in life” – you need to understand that you are a spirit being and your spiritual nature is designed to be fruitful and increase.

You are the highest level of creation that can be created, and you are in the image of God, so you are actually designed to create too, reflecting your Creator. You need to get this inside your mind and let that form the images of what you are and what you will be. Stop thinking lack, stop thinking limits, stop thinking of getting to the next level. Resist the problems, shift your perception and grow and advance!

You need to think about how essential this is – that you increase. We cannot avoid it. If you do not increase, you cannot help more people, influene more people, lift more people to a higher level, and your attitudes will not help others increase.

Pastors, never be stagnant. A stagnant pastor makes a stagnant church – that is one that no one benefits from. Always be learning and growing!

Principles of Success 32 Do Not Let the Dream Lose!

Right now in your mind is a battle between your culture and worldview and your dream. Your culture and worldview confines you to what everyone else has done in your surroundings and what you think you can do – and your dreams are trying to break those strongholds and raise your imagination to the highest level so you can dream big and walk in your dreams.

Now you want to walk in your dreams – your spirit wants your soul to grow and prosper, and your life to grow and prosper. Your spirit has deep, God-given desires and wants them to flow through your soul and your soul is blocked with cultural ideas and family ideas and experiences and circumstances that you have built into strongholds in your mind. Now your spirit and your soul are at war – and you cannot afford for the strongholds in your soul to win. You cannot allow your cultural norms, your experience of the past, your opinion of what you can or cannot do define you. You have to let yourself walk in your heart’s desire.

You want to advance – I want you to advance – so start believing you can advance and walk in that right now. When you get that inspiring you and filling your soul – then you will always walk in your dreams. A prosperous soul is true freedom.

You need your dreams to fill your soul. This battle is essential. You have to fight the energy holding you back and get more energy on the spiritual side. Pray in tongues, listen to great preaching, be in church, be in small groups until your mindset changes. Until you see yourself the way God sees you.

And what if you get there and increase your vision to an immense image. Use that as the new normal, and get some more immense images.

Principles of Success 31 Three Steps To Break Free from Restraint

Most people are restrained by their own thinking. They never think any different, so they never have any different results. They are being held bondage by their mind, destroyed by what they do not know, not being transformed because their mind stays same-old rather than renew. You can call it whatever you want – but it is a restraint caused by a refusal to renew their mind.

To break free from that kind of restraint, there are three simple steps (well, simple to explain, never quite so simple to do, but always possible in Jesus’ name). The first step is HAVE A NOVEL THOUGHT. You need a new thought. You cannot renew your mind without a new thought. You need to go somewhere and hear a new thought. Maybe our leadership conference, maybe this blog, maybe a wise friend, maybe a sermon, maybe a book. But you need to get a new idea. Not an idea that fits in your mind, but a new one. Not one that comes from your tradition or culture, but a new idea. A NOVEL IDEA. A NEW THOUGHT. You need one. Nothing else changes at this moment on the outside, but this is the very first and non-negotiable step to change.

Most people novel thoughts, then reject they have had them. They are like when the seed falls on the path, gets eaten by a crow and there is no fruit. The idea went in their head but didn’t hang around long enough to make any change.

So, you need to HOLD ON TIGHT AND NOT LET GO. It can be unnerving to have a new thought, it can be disconcerting. Sometimes it can be plain terrifying. Let’s imagine you are listening to a sermon by someone who planted a church, like I was in 2008, and God spoke to me to plant a church. That was a new thought, and it was not pleasant and wonderful. I had to hold onto that thought and never let go. At times I wanted to let go of that thought, I wanted to ignore every idea that I was called to plant churches.

Finally, you – if you keep steps 1 and 2 well – will end up at the third stage HAVING WHAT YOU ARE THINKING AND NOTICING IT IN THE NATURAL. That’s where we need to be – where things happen in our life. But to get to having it in the natural, you must absolutely change your thinking first and hold onto the new thought.

Get somewhere you hear new thoughts. Hold onto those new thoughts, and watch it manifest. You cannot get a new life without new thoughts, so go looking for the new thoughts, find the godly ones and hold on tight!

Principles of Success 30 Stretch!

There is a difference between you thinking “oh that would be nice” or “I am going to get that no matter what I have to invest in that”. You do not need to know how to get it done, but if you have a dream, you need some determination.

You do not need to know how to get it done, you do need to know that you are going to get it done.

When God spoke to me on September 26th 2022 to plant 100 churches in the UK, I did not know how to even have more locations. In the just 20 weeks since then, we have gone from 12 to 15 locations, starting two locations with twenty people in each, and seeing salvations every time. Not knowing how to do it is not stopping me do it.

But here is the stretch – no one will ever do anything for the Lord until they grasp that they can do it. Not in their strength, but in His strength. That attitude is faith, and it has substance. It is beyond a wish or daydream, it is solid. I know beyond any doubt that the day will come when I am the planter of one hundred churches in the UK. I don’t know how, but I know I will. That is the stretch, you have to know what God says is what will work. Wishing won’t get you there, but an attitude of determination – God said it, I believe it, I will do everything God has called me to be.

Listen to me though – if every goal you have in your iife, if every image in your mind is something you know how to get done, then you do not have immense images. You have limited images. You need some dreams that you want to see come to pass, but you have no idea how to see them come to pass. That is how you walk in your dreams.

Stop accepting a miserable life, a poor life, a life where you are not influencing people, and start dreaming of a life of influence of success of joy!

Your spirit is righteous and pure and love and power. It has so much life that you could not measure it with any scale. Your spirit is utterly limitless. Either your soul thinks that and you start to live a spiritual life, or your soul looks at circumstances, events and senses and you live tied to this earth – the lowest life of all.

You choose – start to think about who you are in the spirit, then dream dreams that match that. Stop being satisfied with living a natural life when you are not natural. You need to have a passion to go deeper, go higher, go furhter. WHY? BECAUSE THAT IS WHO YOU ARE IN THE SPIRIT! IN CHRIST. To stay at a natural level is to ignore what Christ did for you and in you and is restricting Him from doing anything through you. Do not dishonour Christ – stretch for more!

Let the spirit dominate you and start to expect miracles and all sorts of glorious things.

Principles of Success 29 Be the Star

Most people go through life like they are extras in the film of their life. They let the action happen around them, they let life happen around them. You need to make things happen, you need to act with some agency in your life. You need to change roles and get the results you should be getting.

The grace of God is on you for a great and wonderful life, a life of fruitfulness, peace, joy, kindness, abundance, life and goodness. A life where you are the solution to other people’s problems and make the world a better place.

But it really all starts with an attitude. If you are not happy with the results you are getting, you have to change your attitude. You have to decide where God wants you to go, and start walking there. Make some choices – have some agency in your life.

You can hear the extra attitude as it manifests in excuses. “I will start my business when the children have finished school, as soon as I sort this out, as soon as this happens, when I feel better”.

Listen carefully: if you resign as the decision maker of your own life and delegate decision making to circumstances, then all your dreams will die.

You need to be the star of your destiny. God put the power to choose life in your hands, so develop an attitude and start acting like the star of your destiny. It’s up to you to do it, to get it done. If you think you are at the mercy of what is going on around you, you will never have the attitude necessary to trust God, obey God and dominate this planet and do what you are called to do.

You have to be the one calling the shots. You have to be the one saying “I am doing to do this” and then you go and do it. It’s not a weak, wimpy, “I hope so”, it’s a strong action hero “I WILL DO THIS”

When you make that decision, everything changes. When you develop the attitude, I am going to walk in my destiny, and if Goliath gets in my way he will get a stone in my head, and if there is a sea in my way, I will split it, and if there is a lack and shortage, I will bless what I have, sow and reap and see miracles, because I am going to win – that attitude produces thoughts, images, words – and brings your destiny into manifestation and brings you into life and abundance and you end up doing what God designed you to do.

You have to make this decision – you have the power to walk in your destiny, no one else can do it for you. But most people never make that decision and live as extras on their own destiny.

Three things I would recommend all of you do.

  1. Write down your goals. Have a written goal. Whatever comes to mind. You know sometimes I get accused of carnal by setting material goals, but there are two truths that people need to realize. Firstly, money helps you get places and do God’s will. Secondly, money helps you learn how to believe and receive. You believing and receiving a new car or a new carpet – that will actually develop your faith to believe for healings, miracles, freedom, salvations, ministry. So just write what comes to mind. If nothing comes to mind, write down “I will have £10000 in savings by the end of 2023”. If you need to change the number, change it. It’s just something to help you learn how to walk in your dreams. Goals create dreams, dreams create reality.
  2. Tell people you trust what your goal is and ask for them to pray for you and believe in you!
  3. Stop blaming others, stop making excuses. I got a phone call today from someone blaming me for where his life is – no, I am only to blame for where my life is. They are to blame for where their life is. I know you had a rough childhood, but you are an adult now, and being an adult means you take responsibility and you be the star now. SELAH!

Principles of Success 28 How to Change Your Attitude

To get out of the flesh and in the Spirit, there are several things you can do. This one works really well:

  1. Write DOWN SEVEN THINGS that you are very thankful for. It is easier to start with things that are already manifest, but you can do it with things that are not yet manifest.
  2. Read the list over and over saying thank you to God until it starts to impact how you feel. I mean really feel thankful to God. Until your spirit (which is always grateful) starts to dominate your flesh (which is always ungrateful).
  3. If during this process, you start thinking of someone who are you ungrateful for or who gets on your nerves, thank God for them, forgive them, love them and add them to the list and fight your imagination to bring yourself to a place where you are grateful for them too. Don’t try and force yourself to think of someone, just if it happens, do this. Sometimes the person who gets on your nerves more than anyone is yourself. If so, thank God for you. Love yourself! Be grateful for you.

That’s it. Now when you shift attitude, don’t waste that you have done what it takes to be in the Spirit. Pray for people, read the Word, listen for guidance for your life, expect miracles.

Principles of Success 27 Never Stop Being Grateful

Grateful people win in life, ungrateful people lose. In 2 Timothy, Paul puts being ungrateful in the same list as being a boastful, proud, scoffing at God and disobeying your parents. It’s seen by the Word of God as a serious and life-damaging sin. We must do everything we can to be grateful. Being ungrateful for your life, your gifts, your ministry, your salvation, your pastor, your boss, your family, everything is very serious. Being grateful is a power that brings you into a new level of life.

Bob Proctor says that the first step to getting rich is to be grateful, and that the only way to be in harmony with God is to be grateful. The truth is that a good attitude is the most important way of doing everything you are designed to do, and the most powerful attitude is an attitude of gratitude.

If you are frustrated, depressed, flaky – then you cannot walk in your dreams, you cannot walk in your destiny, you cannot be a success – so change your attitude to one of gratitude. Start thanking God for every blessing you have! Everything comes back to the images in your mind, and we need the images of gratitude. It is impossible to have satan fill your mind with offenses and negativity if you are continually giving thanks to God. Nothing improves your attitude than gratitude!

What if you are giving thanks for someone then you remember that they have done something you don’t like? Forgive them. Release it, and focus on what you have to be grateful for.

Everything you have comes from God. Think about that until you are grateful. God is about to give you everything you desire. Think about that until you are grateful. Saying thank you to God is one of the most spiritual and loving things you can do.

I believe in my experience that ingratitude is the greatest factor in keeping someone in poverty. You have been given so many great gifts from God, but then you cut the connection to Him by failing to acknowledge the source of everything you have.

The more grateful you are the closer you are to God.

The closer you are to the God who gives you teh power to get wealth, the more wealth you will have.

Gratitude brings you closer to God. The more you consider that, the more you will realize how true that statement is. This is one of the greatest keys to success, learn it, and live it.

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