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trainable

1 : the ability to yield to directed growth or development;
the bending, pruning, and tying

2 a : the level of acceptance for instruction, discipline, or
drill b : to teach so as to make ft, qualifed, or profcient

3 : to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill

Spirit

1 : an animating or vital principle held to give life to
physical organisms

2 : a supernatural being or essence: as a capitalized : HOLY
SPIRIT b : SOUL 2a c : an often malevolent being that is
bodiless but can become visible; specifcally : GHOST 2 d
: a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human
being

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“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit
yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must
give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief:
for that is unproftable for you.” Hebrews 13:17

Whenever I hire a new employee, I try to scrutinize
at least three things — their current skill level, their
ability to work with others and their potential to work
at the next level. Having talents, skills and abilities is a
start, but it’s not enough. Being trainable is defnitely
a key factor for employment.

I am a frm believer that this is equally important
for the Kingdom of God. If you are expecting to go
through the Open Door and be efectively used for
the Kingdom, then it is necessary for you to have a
trainable spirit.

I have discovered that many people think they are
trainable, when in fact they are not. If you are overly
opinionated and have a strong personality, that
becomes your “signature.” You may then have a
difcult time actually hearing instruction.

There are also some individuals who see themselves
as humble, laid-back and more on the quiet side —
and in normal day-to-day operations this presents
no problems. In reality, they will give you a quiet

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resistance and subtle defance that is sometimes
worse than the extroverted individual — at least you
know where they’re coming from.

Not everyone is trainable in their current state.
Training requires breaking through old mindsets,
overthrowing established patterns and employing
periodic shifts of a person’s spiritual paradigm. God
needs individuals who are yielded enough to hear
His voice, compliant enough to obey His leaders
and fexible enough to learn what is needed. This is
a tall order and, for some, it may require a personal
revolution.

If you are not able to be broken, you are not able to be
used by God at higher levels. God reminds us that:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and
my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

If you are unable to fow with the move of God,
because you are stuck in your ways — stubborn,
stingy, prideful or insensitive — then you have really
disqualifed yourself from being used at a greater
capacity by God. The Word of God comes to help those
who want to be helped. It is designed to chisel us out

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and transform us into the image of Christ. Jeremiah
23:29 says the Word of God is like a hammer that
breaks the rock “into pieces.”

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is proftable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

Also Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the LORD
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.”

When your “understanding” is in the way of His Will
then not much of a fow can take place. However,
someone who is yielded to God will gladly respond to
His Word so that he or she can get in line with His next
move. This is why your spirit needs to be trainable.
When the Word comes, there can be immediate
change.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

To be trainable you must be adaptable to the Word
of God.

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TRAINING:
wHAT IT DOES fOR YOUR SOUL

Training...

Presents “positive confict” to aid you in
becoming better and developing your
spiritual resolve

Training...

Perfects the gifts, talents, skills and
competencies that you have been endowed
with or have acquired

Training...

Introduces you to new
information and concepts

Training...

Develops you for the purpose that God has
planned for you

Training...

Equips you with wisdom and understanding
through mentoring and instructions

Training...

Enhances your spiritual ability to
discern in and adapt to situations

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A TRAINAbLE SPIRIT

Training...

Aids you in developing healthy patterns and
consistent spirituality

Training...

Ministers to you by purifying your
heart, mind and actions through
perpetual rehearsal

Training...

Provides a “step” method to reach
long-term goals

Training...

Prepares your character and clears your spirit
from unruliness through obedience

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