Pastor George Pearsons
Going Up: God’s System of Promotion—Part 1
Three Vital Keys to Your Promotion
Started on Sundays 04/11 through 05/30 2010
The three keys to promotion in God are:
- Promotion comes from God
- You don't have to run after promotion, promotion will chase YOU down.
Psalm 75:4-7 (New International Version)
4 To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,'
and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns.
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak with outstretched neck.' "
6 No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt a man.
7 But it is God who judges:
He brings one down, he exalts another.
1 Corinthians 12:18 (New International Version)18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
- Promotion starts with the heart
- David never said "I WILL become King!" He simply served Saul faithfully despite the fact that Saul tried to kill him.
Acts 13:22 (New International Version)22After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'
1 Samuel 16:7 (New International Version)
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
- Promotion is NOT a goal it is a result!
- David Reaped the Harvest of Promotion
- Promotion is not something that we seek it is a harvest that we reap
Matthew 6:33 (New International Version)33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
The Character issues are:
- Servants Heart
Psalm 116:16 (New International Version)
16 O LORD, truly I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant [a] ;
you have freed me from my chains.
Luke 22:27 (New International Version)27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
- Humility is NOT "You put You Down"
- Humility IS "You Put You Aside for others"
Proverbs 29:23 (New International Version)
23 A man's pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
1 Samuel 17The three oldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem...
57 As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine's head.
58 "Whose son are you, young man?" Saul asked him.
David said, "I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem."
Proverbs 12:24 (New International Version)
24 Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in slave labor.
Proverbs 20:6 (New International Version)
6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love,
but a faithful man who can find?
1 Samuel 22:14 (New International Version)
14 Ahimelech answered the king, "Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?
Matthew 25:21 (New International Version)
21"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Psalm 26:11 (New International Version)
11 But I lead a blameless life;
redeem me and be merciful to me.
Not pursueing God and His kingdom will cause you to be held back in life. The things that you think matter here matter little in God's eyes. There will be many who were held in HIGH esteem by our christian histories that occupy the lowest ranks of Heaven. Don't set your eyes on being approved of men but of God.
Don't fall into pride on the other side either which is false humility. Don't seek to put yourself down out of the sight of men if that is your calling. Just because you are are noticed of men doesn't mean you won't have a high rank in the Kingdom.
God's kingdom doesn't care if men do or don't see you. God's kingdom is concerned with how God sees you. The hand of the Diligent will rule.