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Ambition--
 
Best Christian Reason For Living
What ambitions have you had in the past? Or what goals have you had in your life? What didyou want to be and what did you want to accomplish?Before I moved to Germany from the USA, I had the hope to experience a 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,Ephesians 5 marriage for the first time and to develop a wonderful fulltime Internet ministry.The former did not happen and the latter happened for 7+ years. Now my ambitions for GreatCommission ministries are keeping me busy fulltime +. I am so thankful to be back in myhomeland and not have to rely on a translator. But since October 4, 2010, I met about 200individuals and at least told them my culture shock about Albuquerque people hoping that theywould be more thankful for others. Some of them seemed very ambitious, but most of theelderly I have met and observes are just in survival mode. I thought about why and felt sadwhen the Holy Spirit told me that most of them had been hard workers in most of their lives before retiring. One was asked “How has he been doing? He replied, “Nothing special. Justcruising each day.” But does hard work require being ambitious? And does not being able tocontinue doing hard work prevent individuals being ambitious in new areas of activity?
 Note:I wrote this on December 28, 1994 from the basic ideas I received from the Holy Spirit (at about 3:30-4:00 A.M.).
“Ambition” means “strong desire to succeed or achieve something”. Worldly or materialistic-thinking individuals are ambitious for wealth, power, or fame, at least enough to persuade someone to love them or keep loving them. Construction workers, artists, computer  programmers, engineers, architects, teachers, athletes, police detectives, paramedics, and doctorsare usually the most ambitious individuals to succeed in using their special talents to build,design, solve problems instruct or win. Sometimes I have envied individuals who told me whatstructures they had helped build and some others who showed me crafts they had made. I couldnot show anything of my accomplishments in teaching and curriculum development which wasas impressive. But I was wrong doing such thinking. Why did I choose to be ambitious in theeducation field? The general question should be, “What kinds of ambition are God-pleasing?”In other words, “What should be the purpose for living, desires, and hopes of a true Christian?”What should we each be ambitious about?I believe the answer to the just mentioned questions is best stated in Matthew 22:37-39.“Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with allyour mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'“ Are you ambitious for doing such unselfish love? Have you had goodexperiences in sincerely (not superficially for pleasing others) loving God via prayer andworship, as well as when meditating on His Word in the Bible? If you have, each time you were blessed with the divine peace and joy that Romans 14:17 says is two-thirds of “the Kingdom of God”. Also, after such unselfish and focused times of loving God, didn't you feel also likeencouraging or/and helping at least one other person without expecting anything in return? Thisis why the “Two Great Commandments” were spoken in that order. God wants each of us to beambitious in loving Him and also unselfishly loving others, especially by ministering to them asthe Holy Spirit guides. Yes, after each time you truly at least think how thankful you are for  past blessings and protection from God and His promises for true Christians' future, you willexperience special peace, joy, and later inner urgings about what to say or/and do for others.Don't you feel so good to be alive when you see good results after your efforts to encourage,serve, teach or/and unselfishly do other forms of unselfish love for others? Do you feelanywhere near as good when you solve a computer problem or get a paycheck or see a funny (or romantic) movie or eat a very delicious meal (or dessert) or are affectionate with someone for your pleasure? I hope your answer about such “blessings” in the last series is “no”. Now will
 
you make loving God your main ambition, if it is not already? Unselfish, God-pleasingambitions will always result from such love, guaranteed by God's Word in the Bible.
 And now I am living the following again:
The Prayer of Jabez for You to Use(compiled by Bill Stevenson-- May 31, 2001)
 Note: Quotations are from the book “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson.
1.“Oh, that You would bless me indeed”-- Oh compassionate, generous God please bless mewith Your wonderful, unlimited goodness that only You have the power to know aboutor give to me. Of course it is up to You to decide what the blessing will be, and where,when, and how I will receive. I trust You completely, wanting nothing more andnothing less than what You want to give me. I seek Your blessings as the ultimate valuein life because I just want to say and do what You want. I am so thankful for all of the past blessings from You. My life is Your’s and I want it to bring more glory to You onEarth.2.“and enlarge my territory”-- God Almighty, enlarge my life so that I can make a greater impact for You. “O God and King, please expand my opportunities and my impact insuch a way that I touch more lives for Your glory. Let me do more for You!” I want tolive out my faith much much more for others. I want You to give me “divineappointments” for doing the good works that You already have planned for me to do,ministering to those in need of spiritual encouragement, counsel, or/and exhortation. Itrust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance and Your divine strength and wisdom. With Your love, eliminate all fears that come into my mind in these new experiences and give meYour courage. I will praise You for the miracles that happen during and after myministry opportunities.3.“that Your hand would be with me”-- God, I need You so much in order to live for Youmore and more. Please release Your power to accomplish Your will, so that You will beglorified through seeming impossibilities of future ministries for me to do. Sustain andcontinue the great things that You have begun in my life. “Father, please do this in me because I can’t do it alone. It’s too big for me!” I will step out in faith withsupernatural enthusiasm, boldness, and power to do and say whatever the Holy Spirittells me. I want to depend completely on You, Abba Father.4.“and that You would keep me from evil.”-- God, the great Protector, I ask for safekeepingfrom evil. Because I easily trust others, especially those who seem friendly and respectful, Iam easily taken advantage of or mislead. I only want to say and do what pleases You andlearn/remember only eternal truths. Adam and Eve and many other believers in You in theBible were deceived about eternal truths and I have been too many times, so help me via theHoly Spirit, the Bible, true Christian friends, and Your angels if necessary to keep me on thenarrow road of righteousness to Heaven. “Lord, keep me from making the mistakes I’mmost prone to when temptation comes. I confess that what I think is necessary, smart, or  personally beneficial is so often only the beautiful wrapping on sin. So please, keep evil far from me!” “Lord, keep me safe from the pain and grief that sin brings. For the dangers thatI can’t see, or the ones that I think I can risk because of my experience (pride and careless-ness), put up a supernatural barrier. Protect me, Father, by Your power!” “Lord, keep mesafe from temptations that pull at my emotions and my physical needs, that call out to mysense of what I deserve, what I have the ‘right’ to feel and enjoy. Because You are the truesource of all that is really life, direct my steps away from all that is not of You.” Finally,God, I know that You can’t protect me completely from the wiles of the spiritual and humanenemies, so please help me put on the Ephesians 6:10-18 spiritual armor by reminding me

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