TFTD: Get rid of the Nebuchadnezzar spirit
Happy New Year to you all! I pray that you had a blessed holiday.
Today is January 8, 2016, how is your year shaping up thus far? Typically at the beginning of the year everyone is filled with hope and determination. Somewhere along the lines hope is lost, procrastination sets in and discouragement tramples on dreams. At the start of the year people are motivated. By the middle of the year folks are barely hanging on to their goals and dreams. Towards the end-of-year people are ready for the year to be over. This year, I encourage you to do things differently.
In order to have a different outcome this year you will have to change. Do you have the Nebuchadnezzar spirit? What is the Nebuchadnezzar spirit? I’m glad you asked. While studying the book of Daniel, God revealed to me how King Nebuchadnezzar was a strong, wealthy and a proud leader. He wanted things done his way. Even though King Nebuchadnezzar witnessed the power of God through Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, he still did what he wanted. Even though the king verbally said that Daniel’s God was “Truly the God of gods”, he still did what he wanted to do. Even though the king witnessed the miraculous wonders of God sparing Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego from the fiery furnace, he still did what he wanted to do. The Nebuchadnezzar spirit, is when a person has witnessed and/or experienced the greatness of God and STILL rejects Him personally.
Perhaps you know someone who has seen God work in the lives of others and even in their own life, but they refuse to change and live according to God’s will and purpose. They may have the Nebuchadnezzar spirit. It’s a dangerous position to be in. To have power and influence and remain so proud and stubborn that you overlook God. You can’t continue to live a life contrary to the Word of God and expect to live a blessed life. In Daniel Chapter 4- King Nebuchadnezzar was separated from his kingdom and made dumb and ate with the wild animals until he would acknowledge who GOD was. It wasn’t until that time that God restored his kingdom.
How many chances do you think God will give you to get right with him? How long will you allow the Nebuchadnezzar spirit to cause you to live like a heathen? What does God have to do in order to get your attention? Maybe he needs to strip you of your dignity, position and title. Or perhaps you will choose to change today? The choice is yours.
God is all around you, He is wondering when you will acknowledge Him and live for Him.
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.