We can do whatever we want. While this statement is true it’s not always the best decision for our life. We all have a destiny on our life which means we can’t just go about doing whatever we want. I love in 1 Corinthians 10:23 where the Bible tells us, All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s beneficial for you. I tell my kids this all the time! What about those particular things that you know aren’t beneficial and you feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit telling you no or to stop but yet you do them anyways? Those little compromises along the way can eventually make you forfeit your destiny from God. Have you ever found yourself saying, as long as nobody knows about it, it can’t hurt anyone? Or what about the famous, everybody else is doing it? Just because others are doing it doesn’t mean that’s the standard God has put on your life for your calling. The truth is, any secret or lie will always catch up with you. The secret places that your going will end up being a public battle. Whatever you don’t deal with in your life will eventually deal with you. I want to encourage you that if you find yourself dealing with something, God is always faithful to forgive when we confess to Him. If you keep holding back it will eventually affect all areas and relationships in your life. His grace is greater than any secret you could ever have! Let God refresh you and bring light to any area of your life that you are holding back from telling others. And you’ll see, just as His word tells us, old things have passed away behold all things have been made new!
Waiting is never fun. If you think about it we are usually always waiting on something. Whether it be at the doctors office, waiting for a phone call, or a step farther, waiting on God’s promise. One of the hardest parts of being a Christian is not receiving a promise from God but waiting out that promise. Most people in the Bible waited several years to see their fulfillment, even Jesus did! He waited 30 years to begin His ministry and He was the son of God. I can guarantee if He had to wait, so will we! As my favorite Joyce Meyer says, there are no drive through breakthroughs! We will all have to wait at some point and here’s what you can do during that season:
Be faithful to the last thing that God told you to do. If you want to know what God wants you to do today just listen to the last thing He told you to do. Maybe for you that is to start working out again or to start serving in your church. Whatever it is, you just have one responsibility and that is to be faithful in the last thing He told you! Everyone that gets promoted is found first being faithful in what God has told them to do.
Remember what God said. When you find yourself in a waiting season it is so important to remember what God said. God does not forget you for a single moment! Remind God and declare daily what He has promised you.
Don’t define what God will do next by what is happening now. So often God is doing a new thing in our life and our waiting season is coming to an end but we don’t see it because it doesn’t look like we thought it would. Sometimes it’s not going to happen like you think. In one moment, God can change everything!!
Friend, whatever season of waiting you are in, I want to encourage you to keep pressing on, your breakthrough is closer than you think!
Having your heart checked is a common thing when going to the doctor. It’s so important that no matter what your symptoms are they will always check your heart first. What if when we started feeling insecure, offended, bitter, and so on, we stopped to check our hearts. Maybe that relationship you are worried about would be restored, or maybe you could find peace for that co-worker that got promoted instead of you. What makes our heart the most toxic is walking in unforgiveness and bitterness. And if we aren’t careful we’ll find ourselves walking offended by something that we didn’t even know offended us. How can you tell if you need to check your heart? Ask yourself these questions:
- How do you respond when people get promoted?
- Do you avoid going places where people who hurt you are?
- Do you continuously find yourself being judgmental and critical of others?
These questions alone will help you see if there is an area you need to work on. If we don’t work on it we end up being offended by things that in turn only hurt us. And here’s the thing, offended people are selfish, negative, and they miss God’s plan for their life. That’s just what the enemy wants. So here’s how you can get your heart in the right place if you find yourself feeling offended or bitter:
- Pray- the first step into getting a healthy heart is recognizing you can’t do it alone.
- Study- there is power in God’s word, study on the issue that is battling in your heart.
- Move on- every time the enemy gives you a chance to be offended, don’t take it.
Friend, whatever is battling in your heart it’s not worth the plan and destiny God has for your life! It’s time to move on to all that God has for you!
God can fully function on his own. However, He chooses to labor and partner with us. He wants us to be a part of what He is doing and what He is building so much so that He gave us the keys to do it! Matthew 16:19 tells us, I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. The keys of the kingdom mean that we have access to God’s house. This kingdom does not lack and has everything you need and more! The main thing we forget is that we actually have to use them. Just like any other key, it won’t work or unlock something without using it. We are not called to be spectators of this Earth, He wants us to be participators! So many people are waiting on the sidelines for God to show up, and I want to tell you friend that Christianity is not a spectator sport. God calls us to be co-laborers with Him, not to stand by and watch. We are supposed to bring Heaven to Earth and we do that by what we are saying and what we are praying. How many times in your life has a storm shown up and all of the sudden we forget all that God has done when we have everything we need right there in our hands? These storms in our life can reveal some truths:
- It reveals wrong thinking. Jesus never tells us what the journey will be, He just tells us what the end result is. When we let the storm become the main focus in our life it changes the way we see Jesus, and in return our focus is on our circumstance.
- It reveals true motives. Why you are doing what you are doing is more important than what you are doing. It’s easy to serve God when everything is going right, your true motives show up when everything is not going the way you planned.
- It shows endurance. If we can’t follow through with basic requirements how will we in the midst of a battle. Are you willing to go the long haul? Are you willing to be with Him when things aren’t always great? Negative circumstances in the battle reveal if we have endurance for the long haul!
Friend, whatever storm you are facing, no matter what your circumstances look like I want to declare over your life that you have the power of Jesus behind you and the keys in your hand! Press on!
There are good leaders and there are great leaders. Whether you are leading in your home, at your office, or maybe at church, you have a responsibility as a leader wherever that is. The book of Genesis has several principles that I believe we can get out of it to guide us from being good leaders to great leaders.
- Genesis 14:18-19 / Leaders are always ready to give a blessing and also receive one. Leaders are generally giving things away, that’s part of leadership. What I love here in this verse is that not only did he give a blessing but he was willing to receive one as well. We have to remember as leaders that just as much as we are always giving to others we have to take the time to receive for ourselves as well. I want to tell you right now, as a leader, it is okay to say that you need help. Don’t be afraid to reach out and receive what someone is willing to bless you with!
- Genesis 26:17-18 / Leaders have to draw from the past. The difference between good leaders and great leaders are those who look to the past and reflect on those who have gone before them. To notice their successes and draw from them. Just pick up where they left off!
- Genesis 25:30-31 / Leaders always know what’s most important right now. If you want to be a great leader you have to keep your eyes on what’s the most important thing not whats the urgent thing. We have to be careful to not fill the most immediate need that we miss what’s important for the long term goals. Identify what’s most important and stay focused on achieving those goals.
- Genesis 38:26 / Leaders admit when they are wrong. If we are going to do great things for God, we have to have a willingness to take responsibility when we are wrong. The difference between the people who lead and the people who follow are those who are able to say “I was wrong”. People don’t follow you because you are perfect, they follow you because of your transparency to admitting when you mess up.
- Genesis 41:15 / Leaders dream and help others with their dreams. A great leader helps others get to their dreams even when it looks like their dreams aren’t happening. Be faithful at helping others flourish and get to the next level all while having a dream in your heart as well.
Friend, it’s time to take yourself from being a good leader to being a great leader!