“Can You Say No?”
Life pulls us in many directions. The demands and expectations people put on us can wear us very thin. Regardless, of your position or title someone is demanding or expecting you to do something today. Has someone asked you to participate in something your heart really isn’t in? Do you feel run down by the demands of others?
God wants us to monitor our “yes and no” today! Just because someone has asked you to do something doesn’t mean that you have to do it. Be cautious to what you say “yes” to. The most successful people pride themselves on what they say “yes” to. Don’t allow life to pressure you into making haste decisions. The very thing you say “NO” to can make room for you to say “YES” to something God has ordained for you to do.
Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.
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No matter what’s happening in your life, God wants you to know that it is well with you today! Now you may say, “ it is not well in my finances. I’m struggling. I’m in debt.” That’s okay. It’s not the end. God is still working. Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord your Provider, has breakthroughs coming your way. If all is not well in your health, don’t get discouraged. It’s not the end. God has healing and restoration coming your way. If all is not well in your family or in a relationship, don’t write a child or spouse off. They may be on the wrong course, but it’s not the end. In the end, God promises all will be well.
Remember, our God does not end in defeat. He didn’t say, “Most of the time, I will cause you to triumph.” No, He said, “I will always cause you to triumph.” You may go through difficulties, through unfair situations or through betrayals, but the point is that you are going through. You’re not staying there! It’s not permanent. Defeat is not your normal state. If all is not well in your life that simply means you haven’t made it to your new destination. Stay in faith, keep declaring His Word and keep moving forward because it is well with you!
“Who Moved My Faith?”
A few years back I read a motivational book entitled “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer Johnson. This book describes four characters who live in a maze and look for “cheese” to nourish them and make them “happy”. While looking for the cheese they encounter “change”. One of them successfully adapts to change and discusses the “maze” he went through. Have you encountered change in your career or job? Are you willing to adapt to the changes in your life?
Achieving your dreams or living out your passion requires you to take some risks. God is waiting for us to get out of our comfort zone to achieve greatness! Stop allowing fear or uncertainty to hold you back. If you want a better lifestyle you may have to let go of your current lifestyle. Take a leap of faith and try the alternative route! Go get the bountiful blessings (cheese) God has for you!
Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
“Are You Plugged In?”
My wife and I had a good laugh recently. The reason being she is notorious for not recharging her phone at night and it gave off the familiar sound that the battery was low. It was as if her phone was pleading for help! Much like an electronic device, anytime you don’t plug into your “power” source you will run out of energy/power. Have you been feeling emotionally or spiritually depleted lately? Are you running on empty?
God is the greatest source of power. Prayer is the connection/conduit needed to tap into His Power. Take time out to pray. You can pray during the morning, afternoon or evening. God is never too busy to hear from us. God is waiting for us to “plug” into Him. Today, allow God to recharge your battery!
Psalm 55:16-17 As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
“What Are You Waiting On?”
One of the biggest prohibitors of productivity is procrastination. We all have delayed a task or completing a project at one time or another. However, it is important not to allow procrastination to take over our drive or kill our motivation. Is God waiting for you to run with a vision He has given you? Have you been sitting on your hands waiting to move forward?
There is no better time than the present to do what God has chosen you to do. The very thing you are putting off, is needed the most. God will give you everything you need to be successful. Don’t continue to procrastinate with the gift God has blessed you with. The world is waiting on you!
Matthew 25:24-28 Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord , I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.