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Change Agility: Tolerance for uncertainty and ability to lead change.
To walk with God intimately, your threshold for ambiguity needs to be high. I have had to take many baby steps of faith, trusting God for the next step or move. I just act as He says to do. I used to be the logical one, asking questions, testing the waters not sure if I was ‘hearing things’, wondering if I was crazy but as I exercised my faith and my obedience, I see my spiritual hearing develop and my propensity to obey and move increase. Many times I have obeyed, I find that I have led a change, small or big but I became God’s ‘feet on the street’ regarding many a specific situation.
Walking with God requires His leading and our response in obedience and right timing. Remember Paul said in Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This is where I struggle the most. I still doubt, I still debate but as I desire to please Him, I see God helping me, empowering me to succeed, to lead change. “
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
Results Agility: Our preference for how to get things done.
How do I make things God has told me happen? How do I achieve results? Movement, massive action, according to one my favourite life coaches Tony Robbins, taking steps in faith and by the Spirit who is leding you is the ONLY way. I tried many times to do it my way in bit sizes, ruminating, reflecting and constantly procrastinating; not making decisions on what I know God had instructed in my prayer closet. Procrastination has killed many a dream, many a purpose and I have almost been a victim of its evil clutches. Yes, I use such a strong term because this is the enemy’s ploy in this day to distract, derail and destroy destinies.
Many distractions – entertainment, social media, social calendars – are taking root and making us lose focus, lose momentum and lose sight of our purpose and in the end, ultimately we lose track of God’s plans for our lives. After we have prayed, heard, meditated, and reflected we must MOVE; we must ACT; we must get Gods’ results…God’s way!! Stop planning, analyzing, over preparing, MOVE! Sometimes or should I say all times, we must do it by force. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matt 11:12)
Self-Awareness: This is the interest in self-reflection & learning and extent of doing this.
How well do I know myself – my strengths, my struggles, especially the private ones? Do I know my triggers? Do I know how to avoid them? Knowing one’s self is so critical to success in achieving the purpose that God has given you. The minute you decide to open your mind to possibilities of what God has told you, made up your mind to change, to move, achieve results, the enemy goes into action to strategize on how to derail you and he does this only through you. The only thing that will be a successful counter strategy from you is your self-awareness or lack thereof. The enemy will only come through your struggles or temptations. Satan counts on this and most times he is right and succeeds. But once you gain strength in the knowledge of self, you can avoid and annihilate this. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (James 1: 14)
According to 1 John 2:16, our private struggles, no matter how spiritual we are or how ‘holy’ we are, fall into 3 categories – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Which is yours? Pregnant pause! Hmm… Whatever your battle, remember He told us, “
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:13) Plus, He has made a way of escape: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor 10:13)
For me, I have had to increase my self-awareness, understand the spiritual insight and consequences of my struggles and the strategy of the enemy ,and God empowers me daily to avoid them. I pray the Holy Spirit will support me and keep me spiritually agile till our Lord returns or takes me home.
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