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February 19th, 2009
Categorized under: Precepts of Excellence

PRECEPTS OF EXCELLENCE (PART 4)

(10) DEVELOP A PASSION FOR ORDER

*Order in this context speaks of the right arrangement of things. It is a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose. It means to arrange methodically or suitably. Chaos, which is the exact opposite, implies a state of total confusion or lack of organization. 1 Corinthians 14:40

*God is a God of order and He expects you to operate in order. You must be committed to building a culture of order. Order must be enforced in your whole being: spirit, soul and body. 2 Kings 20:1

*God cannot bless your mess. If you really want to have a place at the top, you must develop a passion for order. With order in place your vision of excellence gets clearer. Proverbs 30:24

- Create and maintain a sense of fulfillment by ensuring that things are done decently and in order around you. Order on its own brings happiness and fulfillment.
- Form habits that will move your life forward. A man’s way of life has a lot to do with his outcome in life.
-Â Practice order by living in a clean and tidy environment. Cleanliness is godly. And it will certainly reflect in all areas of your life.
-Â Allow the blessing of God come upon your work or business by putting things in order. God cannot bless your mess.

(11) PROJECT YOUR JOY

*Excellence and Greatness comes by overcoming challenges that an average man feels is insurmountable. You must employ joy to turn your stopper into a stepping stone. John 16:33, Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:16

*Joy must not be confused with happiness. It is a force of God in your spirit that functions irrespective of situations. The force of joy supplies divine energy for your breakthrough. Nehemiah 8:10, Philippians 4:4,

*Challenges are common to every man, it is the ones that learn to release the force of joy consistently that will excel despite challenges. Joy is the cure, not only to depression but regression. Acts 16:25, James 1:2,3; 1 Peter 1:8

-Â Release the force of joy in you. The Spirit of heaviness is not good for your destiny.
- Keep your future intact with joy. If the devil can’t steal your joy, he can’t keep your goods.
- Refuse to be sad or confused over the challenges on your way to excelling. The situation will not remain the same long after that.
- Turn to joy when things around you are not making you happy. You need a joyful atmosphere for your faith to be functional.
- Rejoice, rejoice, and rejoice! Joy is a command, not a suggestion, and it must be obeyed.

(12) GET OVER THE PAST

* Stop wailing over the past when you should be designing a glorious future. You may not have a control over the past but you sure can determine your future. Philippians 3:13-14, Isaiah 43:18

*You must learn to let go in order to move forward. A good past could be an obstacle to a better future as much as a bad past. Don’t over-celebrate your past achievements. Proverbs 4:18, Philippians 3:8

*Don’t allow your past sins, failures and missed opportunities to keep you from becoming your best. Stay away from the spirit of condemnation. Recognize your real accuser; it is not God but the devil. Hebrews 8:12, Romans 8:1, Revelations 12:10

- Don’t celebrate or cry over your past at the expense of your future. You don’t drive forward by looking at the rear mirror.
- Don’t allow your past to stop your extraordinary future. Your past is already history but you can write the future.
- Be about your present duties as if you never had any disappointment in times past. Your willingness to ignore your pitiful past qualifies you for a beautiful future.
- Repent of your past shortcomings and move on to greater heights. If God is willing to forgive and forget about them, why shouldn’t you?
- Draw lessons from your past mistakes and make something out of them. God can make a ministry out of your past mess.

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