Hey loves hope you’ve had a great weekend!
Today’s topic took sort of a drastic turn as what I had originally wanted to talk about got swapped in for something a bit more urgent. It’s just been really pressing on my spirit to talk you about staying strong and not giving up!
I remember in a previous post, Moving with Urgency, I had talked about the importance of moving when God says to move!
- A ministry to start?
- A book idea in mind?
- A show/movie to produce?
- A business plan to execute?
Your time is now!!!!
Do Not Abort the Mission!
So this past Saturday, I was surfing through YouTube, and happened to come across a video (one I may add, that I have been seeing repeatedly under the recommended section). It was titled “You Cannot Afford to Die” by Dephne Madyara. Something about the name just told me “hey, this is the video God intends for you to see.”
How many of you feel like your life took an unexpected turn?
Perhaps it could’ve been?
- Pressure at work?
- Leaving your job?
- Moving to a new city?
- Facing discomfort with peers/friends?
- Losing closed ones in your life?
Whatever the scenario may be, maybe you simply just didn’t expect for things to happen the way they did.
I want to let you know right now, that this is okay.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, KJV)
Not every single person or situation is meant to last long term. In many instances, whoever or whatever is placed in our life God uses for a seasonal (or temporary) purpose. Perhaps it was to teach you structure, to increase your faith or to prepare you for your call. Either way, it can no longer serve its purpose in where you are headed. This is not God’s way of punishing you but rather advancing you to the next stage.
As Daphne said, it can be so easy to become wrapped up in our emotions. The enemy has a clever way of deceiving us, releasing imaginations (unwanted/unpleasant thoughts) in our mind to make us feel worried, anxious or fearful.
For this reason, it is important that we remember God’s promise for our lives. He is an intentional Father, and so we must be mindful of what He has said (as well as what we asked for). If He’s promised you good health, close friendships, wealth, prosperity…you have to be ready for the challenge!
Our Father is a loving Father, we must remember this. He cannot give us something we aren’t prepared for. So when you are facing trials, know that you are being disciplined. How else can you handle the prize? You have to be sharpened first, giving honor to the Giver.
It’s not always going to be easy walking in alignment with God’s Will. For the fight we fight is not physical but spiritual. This is why it is important to maintain a consistent prayer life and bible study.
Soldiers who prepare for battle understand that their persistent efforts are needed to win. You cannot enter a war zone unarmed, you will be crushed. And the same principle applies to believers.
As disciples of Christ, we cannot afford to walk aimlessly with no protection or guidance. In fact that’s asking for death!
Have to stay vigilant, with your eye on the prize.
If God said this unknown territory would be given to you (again this is personal and can range from anything), then understand it is still for you.
It is not about what they think, and it certainly is not what you no longer believe it to be. It is a covenant (agreement) established by God, Himself, so what He says goes…period!
Don’t become so people focused or emotionally led that you abort the mission. God still has a plan, and you are very much apart of it. Just continue to read up on verses and even stories in the Bible pertaining to your situation. Speak affirmations unto yourself, and declare the victory as if it is already in your hands!
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8-9, NIV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11, NIV)
**Honestly that entire chapter perfectly illustrates what our spiritual armor looks like**
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16, NIV)
“When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” (Hebrews 6:13-19, NIV)
**Feel free to insert your name where you see “Abraham, thank you Michael Todd for that tip!**
Hope this message is a blessing to you! If you feel you are going through a season of testing or have a testimony to share, please share in the comments below. Never be afraid to shy away from your story, you may just be the answer to someone’s prayer!
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