Our attitude is very important when it comes to promotion. You don’t have to have a lot of “Degrees” after your name or have a lot of experience in a given area, to be in a position to be promoted. But if you make yourself pliable to the instruction of the Lord, He is able to develop you to the level necessary for promotion.
Isaiah 1:19 says that “If we are willing and obedient we will eat the fruit of the land”. It is possible to have one without the other, but if both aren’t working together, then we don’t qualify for the good of the land. If we have not been eating of the good of the land, then we need to check to see if part of this equation is missing in our lives. Take a look at different areas of your life or ministry. Are you doing or willing to do what God has called you to do? Do you have the right attitude while doing it?
Contentment is one of the key characteristics of a person who is willing and obedient. This doesn’t mean liking everything about where we are right now in our journey; it means that we keep our mind on God instead of complaining about the place we’re in. Isaiah 26:3 says “God will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds on Him”. Peace is contentment, and it does not doubt, complain, or grumble when trials come.
In this verse, mind means framework or imagination. It’s like building a house; after the foundation is set, then a frame has to be built upon it. This determines the boundaries of the house and sets a limit on what is and isn’t allowed. God will keep us in perfect peace if we keep a boundary on our mind and refuse to let it wander.
Keeping our minds stayed on Jesus doesn’t mean that we can’t think of anything else; it means that we stand on guard against the attacks of the enemy on our minds. The minute a negative thought, idea, or suggestion that is contrary to the Word of God tries to penetrate our minds, we reject it right away and give it no place in our mind. The minute we do that, then we qualify for God’s perfect peace -shalom shalom- to reign in our hearts and in our lives.
Isaiah 55:8 points out that there are God thoughts, and natural thoughts. If we do not place a boundary on our thoughts and allow them to run rampant, we will always be thinking on the natural plane. There is a God thought for our family, job, work, and every area of life, yet often times when negative thoughts come from the enemy, we accept them as truth and remain earthly minded.
God will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds on Him. He wants to bless us doubly with an overabundance of prosperity and the only qualifier is that we place a boundary on our minds as to what we’re allowed to think. When thoughts of discontentment come we say ‘no’ to them, and instead trust that in God’s perfect timing, we will fulfill His perfect plan for us. This attitude will ensure that we’re always ready when the time arrives for us to receive our promotion from God!