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Charisma and Character

Someone said here recently that stuck out to me. They said charisma will get you to a place, but character will keep you there. I recently looked up the meaning of charisma. The Webster Dictionary says this. It says that that it is a special magnetic charm or appeal. I scrolled down and it said that charisma in the Greek translate to gift or favor.

This struck a chord in so many ways. Let me explain. I believe that God has a great plan for each and every one of us. I believe that knew us before we were ever formed in our mothers’ wombs. He knew where we would be placed at in this world. He knew our personality. He knew what we had to offer the world. Our gifts. He knew the opportunities we would have to use every gift. Some synonyms listed for this word are force field or magnetism. When used right are like a magnet to those around us. The blessings he has in our paths are to be used as a magnet for those around us.

The magnet in the gift or the blessing is God. It’s His holy power behind it. It is not us. It is not us that obtained it, it is God who gave it to us. There are so many cases where charisma, appeal to the things of God, gets us to a blessing He has for us. It gets us into a position to use the gifts He put in us. We get excited because we finally received the promise. We finally see Him working. We want to stay in this position, in this blessing. We don’t want the excitement and glamour that we are in the midst of to leave.

Excitement is great. Glamour is thrilling. What happens when the pressure comes though. The news no one wants to hear is that there will be obstacles in this earth. Especially if you are walking with the Lord. If you are stepping out into using a gift God has put inside of you, things will come up. God promised us so much in his word. It is chalked full of promises. Deuteronomy 28 says a lot. That we would be blessed and everything we put our hands to will be blessed. We love to hear those words. To reminisce on God’s promises and what he could do for us and wants for us. This is great! We should think on them. We should remember His Word! In the glamourous times and in the pressure.

Satan is, for real, here to steal kill and destroy. He wants you to feel hopeless. He wants you to feel disappointed. He wants you to doubt the word of God. He will orchestrate scenarios that is specially designed for you. He knows you and has been studying what triggers you. We are to be on guard though. We are to build our character to be more like Jesus. CHARACTER is what will keep you in a place of victory. When I think of the character that we need to develop, I think of the attributes of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what the attributes, or fruits, of the spirit are. That are love, joy, peace, forbearance (forgiveness), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are what we want to grow in our life. These are what will keep us in a position where God can move through us and for us. Which is where we want to stay.

The Spirit in us is in constant communication with God. I know we are all human. We will have bad days. We will have moments. Thank God for his new mercies every day. Even when we do have a bad day, I believe that we should learn how to get back up as quick as possible from those days. We do not want to give the enemy a foot hold. Those days that did not turn out the way you wanted it to, the relationship that went bad, the fight with a friend or spouse, the customer who just got under your skin at work. Don’t let those moments steal the joy that God has for you. Don’t let one bad moment turn into a domino effect.

The scripture above Galatians 5:22-23 states that flesh is in contrary to the Spirit. It tells us a list of actions that come from acting in the flesh. Sexual immorality, impurity, hatred, discord, jealousy, anger, drunkenness is just to list a few. These are things that we turn to for self-gratification in a moment of weakness. These are things that will make us feel better in the moment when we may feel hopeless. We try to condone these actions because of how we were feeling now. Jesus said in John 14:15 that if we loved him, we would keep his commandments. In other words, we would keep his word close to our heart. We would meditate on it day and night (as the word says we should do). We then would learn how to truly love him, ourselves, and others. The overflow of this meditation would come out of our mouths to others. It would overflow into everything we do are, because we would stay in a state that God can move. We would stay in a state of love. We would stay in a state of discipline. Our character would be growing and consistent. Growing this kind of character takes consistency.

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