Discernment is very important to have in this day and age. It’s a precious gift from God. With so much chaos going on in the world, this is not a time to be sleep. We must be on guard at all times. Don’t allow your pride to deceive you in handling things your way. God always knows how to handle things better than we do. (That includes vengeance) Satan is very crafty. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. Always stay in prayer, even when you don’t feel like it or have to. Mathew 26:40-41 says, And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
This scripture is interesting because it always surprised me on how people can be sleeping in the presence of Jesus. Are you sleeping when God is calling you to pray, fast and obey? Are you sleeping when you hear his voice of instruction? Sleep can cause you to miss out on the biggest blessing that can come your way. Wake up and arise! For you must be prepared and ready for what’s on the way. His strength and power will keep you in perfect peace.
You are who you think you are. The bible says as so a man thinketh, so is he. If you think you are going to make it, you will. If you think the opposite, then so shall it be. You will always go in the direction of your thinking. What thoughts and seeds are you planting in your mind? In order to move forward, some of us need a new mindset if we are going to the next level. Without a new mind, we are not able to receive the things that God has in store for us. Our thinking is so important that it determines how far we can go in life. Excuses and justifications are hindrance to the soul. They are limitations placed upon you. Remove all of the heavy armor, weights and burdens off of your thinking. Not only will you feel better, but you will live better. Think about the process when you are getting a room in your house renovated. The old material must go in order to make room for the new. The same applies to your thinking. You must make room for the new. The old thinking must go. The only thing thats holding some people back is their mindset. Renovate your thinking so you are able to go further in God. With God there is nothing that will hold you back. Renew mind, vision and life.
Who are you? It’s a question that people ask even until the end of their lives. It’s not a question that can be easily answered despite the life experiences that one must go through and endure. It’s not answered by popularity, your past, riches, nor flattery. It’s not something you can seek from the pleasures of this world, which will surely fade and give you unrest. The pleasures of this world will deteriorate your soul as a moth destroys clothes. You can have everything going on from the outside and still feel absolutely empty on the inside. You can look like you have the perfect peace, but your spirit may be broken into pieces. Everything is not what it appears or seem. Your worth cannot be defined through material things and other people’s affirmation. You have to find who you are and not through the words of other people. You are who God says you are. Once you know the truth, it shall set you free. Please know your worth and who you are. Do not compromise your dignity, value, honor, respect and integrity. Only God can give you the answer if you seek him above all else.
It is written in Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
As so it was with Moses, the Lord will guide your footsteps and directions all of the days of your life. He has the answers to the question, Who are you? No one else has the key to unlock that answer.
When God has place a special calling upon your life and when he has blessed you with the crown of favor, can you handle the opposition that will come with it? With every opportunity comes with opposition. There are challenges that comes with being chosen. Some people will do anything to tear you down. (Sometimes even the people closest to you, take Joseph for example) It is an indication that God has selected and hand-picked you as his own. It is an honor from God. Hate, envy, and bitterness are spiritual cancers that has the power destroy blessings. Are you strong enough to deal with the conflict and challenges of being hated for no reason? Are you able to brush off the dust of betrayal, rejection, lies and deceit? It takes the spirit, strength & wisdom of God to stand in the midst of the battle that’s not yours. Everything does not deserve your attention, time and energy. Do not give them any power. You are on another level. When the hand of God is upon your life, a response is not necessary. It will all be taken care of in due time. Real discipline is not giving into your feelings. Allow God to be your vindicator over ALL situations. He will show you what to do in the midst of pressure. Trust in him who will never fail or forsake you. Through trails and persecutions, he shall always be there even until the end of time.
It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. The number of an item may not equal or measure up to the richness of quality. Quality takes more time to produce. Sometimes quality may be more expensive. For example, a store may have a sale on t-shirts that’s 5 for $20. (Which is a good deal) Although the sale is a great deal, the quality of the material may easily diminish. Another shirt in the store may cost more money for only just one however; the thread will last longer and the material will stay in tact. You don’t have to purchase extra t-shirts because you have quality material that will last (Not to mention that it can be more expensive to purchase an quantity of material, because the material does not last)
Are you investing into more quality in your life? One good friend is better than 10 people who are not truly your friend. A great spouse is better than multiple relationship partners who have no substance but provide only emptiness at the end. Quantity does not compare to the value of quality.
Do not compromise or settle for less in any area of life. God does everything with excellence, order, decency and quality. Allow him to make quality decisions and choices in your life that’s filled with his spirit of wisdom. God’s vision for your life is HD. Remember quality over quantity.
God can always fix what’s been broken. He is the ultimate restorer and healer. He can restore everything that you lost. Your experience will never be wasted. Everything will come together for the good. That means every mistake, wrong doing and trial will be used for your advantage to glorify his kingdom. It is written in Joel 2:25 that I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. He can restore back your joy, health, dreams, relationships and finances. He can restore the years of drought into the years of plenty. Your experiences are never about you. It’s about helping someone else to become set free from the same challenges that you endured. God will always use what you been through as a testimony to others. Open your mind, heart and spirit to receive him today. He shall give you double for the trouble. He shall give you beauty for your ashes.
Before the foundations of the world, God had already planned out your life. Do not stress the details or the minor things that do not matter. When the appropriate time comes, your gift will make room for you. Hard work and pressure will come along the way, but do not see it as a “job”. Envision it as an assignment. Envision it as purpose. Envision it as a mission. He will not withhold any good thing from you, for what’s for you, is for you. Don’t over think and analyze things. Just allow your gift to flow. Don’t taint your gift through the feeling of worry. The Bible says Worry Not. Faith and worry cannot reside in the same place. Allow your gift to flow from your spirit, not by what other people want. If you stay true to who you are, you are saying to yourself that you will allow God to take control. Allow him to be your guide and direction in the midst of frustration and confusion. You were not meant to figure everything out. God has you right where he wants you. He is all-knowing and omniscient. He knows what to add and take away in your life. He knows where to place you as well the timing. Allow your gift to flow from the seeds of God’s love, righteousness, purity and faith. Let God be in full control and watch him move in your life.
Sometimes God puts you in certain situations to prepare you for where your going. Sometimes he puts you in particular situations to measure your growth. Trials also brings you closer to God, for it is a blessing to suffer for him. Have you measured your personal and spiritual progress? Everyone has imperfections but it does not mean we should not strive for perfection because it is written in 1 Peter 1:16 (KJV): Be Holy for I am Holy. How far have you come along? You may not be where you want to be, but you are not where you used to be. Not giving into the flesh takes discipline and power. Delayed gratification is better than instant gratification. Do not give into the impurities of your heart. Do not give into any sins of the flesh or spirit. There is a reason that God chose you, for it is written in Luke 12:48: For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. When you are called and chosen by God, the path you walk will be narrow. Everything you have endured will pay off in due time. Think about the next time when you are in a tempting situation, Is it Worth it? Is it worth losing your temper, honor, virtue and dignity over something or someone who isn’t worth it? The price of sin is too high to pay for. God will honor and reward you for doing his will. He is not a man that shall lie. His love is unmeasurable and he will lead you on the right path. Do not allow anyone to sacrifice your honor. It is better to suffer for the sake of righteousness than for the sake of doing wrong. When looking in the mirror in the depths of your soul, ask yourself, is it worth it?
Stop worrying and concentrating on things that do not matter. It’s a waste of time and energy. Allow things to fall in place during its proper timing, for timing is everything. Anything or anyone who does not have anything to do with purpose, is insignificant. It is nothing more than a distraction. That’s why it’s important to guard your heart’s affections. Focus on your progress and growth. Great things take time and not overnight. Focus on what really matters. Be not alarmed by what hasn’t come to pass yet. You are on schedule. Don’t focus on anything that is not going where your going, for everything does not deserve your attention. Remember to focus on what matters. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but his word shall not.