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COMMIT AND RECOMMIT
Why is it significant to Commit and Recommit? It is significant because life will inevitably give us experiences that are out of our control, and yet it is up to us to determine what and how they will have significance on our lives. We can either use them to negatively define us or to empower a greater story of courage and awakening.
In this lesson we discuss a very deep, meaningful and sacred topic of commitment and recommitment. What does this mean? In life we will have set backs, trials and tribulations that will throw us off from time to time which keeps us from God’s vision for our life. So, when that happens we can either do three things 1) Give up, give in and quit or 2) Get distracted and discouraged or 3) Commit and Recommit to getting back up, dusting off, and pressing onward towards our vision again and again and again. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14.
Remember we will fall and miss our mark from time to time. “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again.” - Proverbs 24:16. Therefore, be encouraged God will NEVER leave you or forsake you no matter how many times. “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” - Deuteronomy 31:8. He will be there to help you and pick you back up, like a good father does. There are no mistakes. There are only learnings. You are a Child of the Most High God, a Royal Priesthood and an Ambassador for Christ. Therefore, do NOT set unrealistic expectations for yourself or others. Expectations are selfish desires where there is no agreement with the person(s) you placed an expectation (outcome or result) with the others.
Your vision is filled with everything that means something to you and it is the blueprint and road map (lesson 1) to a fulfilled life given to you by God. We are all on this journey together. For us as authors for this book we ourselves describe in detail (in our book) how we have faced numerous challenges, trials, and tribulations which almost derailed us. I know for myself I felt frustration, disappointment, shame, unworthy, guilt, overwhelmed, exhaustion, unmotivated, sadness, etc just to name a few. And yet, God provided my co-authors to remind me, encourage me, uplift me, and at the same time correct me, rebuke me and keep me accountable. This then allowed me to “recommit” myself to this amazing blessing My Agreements with Me for Believers. “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” - Proverbs 27:17.
Tip #1 - You will fall down. You will have trials and tribulations but know God is with you. He knows your purpose. So get back up! And press on-towards your vision.
Tip #2 - There are no failures or mistakes ONLY learnings. You are a child of God. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” - Romans 8:31
Tip #3 - Just like forgiveness, commitment and recommitment can be instantaneous. It’s just a matter of how long you intend on holding onto NOT doing either.
Tip #4 - Always choose “Above the Line Thinking” from lesson two to help you switch your limited beliefs or negative thinking and emotions before they derail you from your God’s vision for your life.
Going Deeper in the Word
As a believer we are compelled to give credit where credit is due. Therefore, we must acknowledge and commit everything we do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help us.
When we discuss commitment and recommitment as a believer we must consider our decisions in advance, irrespective of our situation or circumstance. It is our solemn vow to keep our promise, our word to God, ourself and others.
There is power in our commitments and recommitments. God will reward those who diligently seek Him and not those who seek Him only when it benefits them selfishly. God rewards those who are committed.
We will have set backs and obstacles but NOTHING is too big or too strong or too much for God. Let GO and Let GOD! Stay committed to him and he will see you through. And if you do stumble and fall, RECOMMIT!!!
1 Cor 6:18
1 John 4:19
“We love him, because he first loved us.” God demonstrates his commitment by loving us first even when we don’t think we deserve it.
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” When you are committed to any relationship you are demonstrating your ability to commit to someone outside yourself. This is a perfect example of love.
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” When you commit or recommit to set aside your selfish desires for another you demonstrate commitment. And when you fall out of this behavior and decide to reengage you demonstrate your recommitment to a selfless act or desire.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” This is the ultimate demonstration of selfless commitment or recommitment to another human being.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
“Commit thy work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
2 Tim 3:16
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for corrections and for training in righteousness.” When you are committed to God regardless of outcome or circumstance you continue to walk in righteousness.
First off, when someone decides to commit or recommit it is with 100% intention and integrity to see it through. It is that determined focus that ushers in one’s most purest energy and effort to see it to the finish. This could be a marriage, a contract and promise or a vow. The very definition of leadership is the ability to influence others. And in order to influence others you must first have trust. Only then, would you be able to lead others, or yourself for that matter.
Statistics show that people follow leaders who are “committed.” Yet, human nature will often fall short of a commitment. It is at these weak and low moments one must recommit. And when we do, a trusted leader finds in that moment humility and courage to admit their shortcomings, dust themselves off and get back up again. “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.” - Proverbs 24:16.
Moment of Truth
My moment of truth, of what commitment and recommitment looked like was during the process of writing this book. It has been a long three years. And I found myself after our first year, I was tired and burnt out, and found myself discouraged. And instead of articulating that to my co-authors, I trusted I could handle it myself, my way. So instead of getting support, I found myself being lazy and looking for short cuts. Instead of creating my original work for lesson exercises, I decided to use other people ideas. Why recreate the wheel? Right? Sounded good in my mind. And although I had good intentions of citing their work, I failed to go back through and cite their work. And fortunately, my carelessness was identified by my co-author and book editor during the second edition of our book. This was a HUGE moment of questioning of my integrity. I quickly found myself wanting to defend and justify my intentions and actions, but the truth was I couldn’t. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” - Proverbs 21:2-3.
I was extremely embarrassed and ashamed for having my integrity called out but the truth of the matter was I was out of integrity. We have a saying, “Often harsh, always fair, based on results.” The results of my actions demonstrated I was NOT committed to what I said. Nor did I come out and ask for support when I found myself weak and discouraged. I allowed myself to NOT even consider a RECOMMITMENT to this project to stay in integrity. Not a day goes by I don’t think about this weak moment. But I’m sure Adam & Eve could say the same thing. But thank God for God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness and allowing me redemption by making wrongs right by “REWRITING” those areas and making it my original work bringing me back into agreement with myself, my co-authors, you as the readers, and God.
I say all this, not to defame our work, or my integrity, but to say I am NOT ashamed of bringing darkness into the light and exposing it for what it is. I made a huge mistake and just like all COMMITMENT and RECOMMITMENT moments great or small it’s the most important decision you will ever make to keep you in AGREEMENT with yourself, others and God. I am no longer going to walk in darkness and hide my fears or be too embarrassed to ask for help when I need it. I love you LORD!
I have since RECOMMITTED to myself, my co-workers and to you the readers and God to acknowledge when I need support, feel overwhelmed, tired, tempted and non committal. You see, I believe we all face these type of moments throughout our lives, I know I did and all I can say, is the TRUTH will always set you FREE!!! It did me. “And ye know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” - John 8:32.
Thank you for the opportunity to share with you a vulnerable moment of truth and pray it will be a blessing to you along your journey.
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