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Turn on your television, browse the Internet or flip through the pages of some popular magazines and what will you see? You'll see images of success everywhere. You'll see popular, smiling, good looking people with perfect teeth, perfect hair, fit bodies, big houses, fancy cars, money to spare, happy families, amazing talents, thriving careers and everything else you DO NOT have. Compare yourself to any of them and what happens? You will feel the pressure of not measuring up. Man! If I was just a few inches taller. Man! If I was just a few sizes smaller. Man! If I just had a better job. Man! If I could just do something with these gray hairs that keep popping out. Man! If my knees would just stop hurting me. Man! If someone would just notice me. Goodness! My name is not AIR. I'm not transparent. Give me a chance!

2 Corinthians 10:12(NKJV) - For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Comparison is so dangerous. When you compare yourself to other people it is not wise. Nothing good usually comes out of it. If you look down, you'll feel like you're higher than you really are. If you look up you'll feel like you're lower than you really are. If you look around you'll feel average. When we measure ourselves among ourselves, we measure with a sliding scale which is skewed in whatever direction the world wants it to be. The scale changes suddenly so even if we measure up today, tomorrow we might be big disappointments.

If any of this connects with you, keep reading. Welcome to today's blog. If you enable the audio capabilities of the device you are using to read this message right now you will hear the song, "Pressure" from Jonathan McReynolds playing in the background. Scroll down and you'll also see the video. All I can say is "Wow!" That song has been ministering to my soul for the last two days. The Lord has been using this brother to speak the powerful truth which has the power to bring freedom in every way. He's been assigned to remind me of what really matters.

John 21:19-22(NLT) - Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

Take a look at that fascinating exchange between Peter and Jesus. After Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him, Jesus told Peter how he would die as a martyr. Peter looked around and saw John. So He asked Jesus about John. Jesus' response was classic; "Why is that any of your business? You follow me!" Wow! Jesus made it clear that what He called Peter to do was between Peter and Him and what He called John to do was between John and Him. He didn't want Peter comparing himself to John. That's the Word of The Lord for us too. You be who God created you to be and do what He created you to do. Don't worry about what anyone else is doing or not doing.

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

This topic is close to my heart because just like you, I have had to deal with this in my own life. Let me be real with you for a minute. The pressure is real. Ministry pressure, career pressure, social pressure, etc. abound and have done so for years. Yet, nothing and nobody puts more pressure on me than I do. Everyday I wake up, everything I do, everywhere I go, I constantly remind myself that I could be better and I could do so much better. I'm 35 years old and I wonder, "What have I done with my life?"

When I look around at the kinds of amazing things people have accomplished at my age around this earth I'm reminded that I'm nowhere close to the best. So what do I do? I work harder. I try harder. I think harder. And what happens? Nothing really. I just end up tired. Tired of trying and getting mixed results. Tired of giving it everything yet not getting everything in return. Tired of wondering when I'll finally get invited to join the others at the top. Tired of getting a pat on my back and the customary "Good job. You're the man." Then nothing but the sound of crickets when it's time for something substantial.

I thought the system was "merit-based". At least that's what I was told by those who seem to be enjoying the benefits. If you work hard, it will happen for you too, they said. 🙂 Umm.. really. So, where does that leave me? LOL! I stopped being angry about it a while ago. I can laugh about it now but there was a stage in my life when it was not funny at all. Thankfully, God was with me all along and one day, He decided to kick in the door and turn things around. Now I have a testimony and it's real. If God brought me through the pressure I was under during some of the toughest seasons of my life He can do the same for you.

Psalms 139:13-18(NLT) - You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

Lord, how can I thank you? I know the truth and it cannot be taken from me. I matter to you. I mattered to you while I was in my mother's womb. I mattered to you the day I was born. You made me exactly the way you wanted me to be. I'm not in a competition with random people all over the world. I am in a competition with my best self. Your expectation is that I be the man you created me to be and I do what you created me to do. You laid out all the days of my life in full detail before it started. You spoke the end of it before the beginning. You did it. It was you all along. I love you.

Romans 12:2(NLT) - Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Oh, you're still reading. I just had a little personal time with The Lord there. Now, back to the blog. Don't be a copy of anyone else but let your thoughts match God's thoughts concerning you. Renew your self-image by seeking out your true self through the scriptures. It's time to discover your purpose. Aren't you curious to find out what God had in mind when He laid out the days of your life? Find out now.

One of the greatest sources of pressure is the lack of knowing who you are and what you were born to do. It's easy to measure yourself against other people when you are unable to measure yourself by your best self. If you don't know who you are you won't know what's best for you. Changing yourself to match what you see around you is a fruitless exercise. Find out who you are and just be you. If you need help, we have resources available at Well Done Online.


Don't Set Yourself Up For Disappointment

Don't Set Yourself Up For Disappointment

Jeremiah 17:5(NKJV) - Thus says the Lord: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.

How many people have to let you down before you stop expecting more from them than you should? I once learned that disappointment is very subjective. Your level of disappointment is measured by your expectations. As a result, if your expectations are too high for people in your life you are setting yourself up for disappointment. You don't rely on unreliable people. You don't expect consistency from inconsistent people. You don't expect people to give up their comforts in order to help you out.

You don't expect commitment from people who haven't proven their commitment to you. You don't expect support from people who don't value what you do or who you are. Even when people show you a limited level of support don't expect them to take it to a level that costs them something. Whatever you do, don't set yourself up for disappointment. It's not their fault when they let you down, it's your fault for expecting them not to.

Romans 3:4(NKJV) - Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."

People lie! Some do it on purpose and others don't mean to do it. Don't let anyone play you for a fool. If you put your trust in human beings you are cursed according to Jeremiah 17:5. Those are some very strong words but we must take heed because they are exactly what The Lord said. What does it mean to be cursed? It means that things won't go well for you or you are empowered to fail. When it's put like that it makes a lot of sense. Putting your heart in the hands of people instead of in God's hands is a recipe for failure so you probably shouldn't try it.

A few years ago while complaining to my wife about folks letting me down again and again she responded with the following great advice; "Be thankful for what people bring to the table and don't complain about what they don't". In other words, when they come through for you be happy but don't make an issue when they don't. Just thank God for what you do get from them instead of being disappointed about what you don't get because you could have gotten nothing. People are people and after some time you will learn that human beings are inherently selfish. It is in our nature to look out for ourselves first. Hence, my expectations have been adjusted to match what I know now.

John 2:24-25(NLT) - But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew human nature. No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.

Learn from the example of Jesus. He didn't trust them because He knew human nature. There's no better way to say it. He knew people couldn't be trusted so He didn't trust them. He was smart and some of us need to be as smart as He was. You know how people are. So why do you keep getting your hopes up only to have them dashed over and over? Have you not learned from your past experiences already? The first time they let you down, it's their fault. The next time they do it it's yours.

Jesus was not gullible because He understood people. He knew Judas would betray Him. He knew Peter would deny Him. He knew most of His disciples would abandon Him as He walked alone to the cross. He knew His own people would reject Him. Armed with that knowledge He adjusted His expectations to limit the level of disappointment He felt when people did exactly what He knew they would do in the first place. He loved them to the very end but He knew what to expect. If Jesus didn't trust them, why would you?

Isaiah 26:3(NKJV) - You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Putting your trust in people positions you for disappointment but putting your trust in God positions you for peace. Are you tired of the disappointment yet? I hope so. Put your trust in God and receive His peace!


God Defends His Friends!

Date - Sunday, May 31st, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer


Surrender Your Plans

Surrender Your Plans

Proverbs 19:21(NLT) - You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

I once heard a preacher say; "If you want to make God laugh, show Him your plans." I can count on one hand how many times things in my life turned out exactly the way I planned. Sometimes they did but most times they did not. It took me a while but I finally accepted the fact that I don't have the privilege of making plans that God has to follow. In contrast, He makes the plans and I have the privilege of following them.

For instance, after flying through my tertiary education at a torrid pace I had three degrees by the age of 23. I planned to keep up the pace in my career and make tremendous strides at a very young age. Instead, I ran on the corporate treadmill to nowhere for almost twelve years before God's divine intervention. Had it been up to me, I would have been much further along as a professional. However, during that season of professional stagnation, I made substantial progress as a minister of the gospel. Among the highlights; I established The Cracked Door, wrote five books and along with my wife, started The Body Church. Obviously, God had me right where He wanted me and His priority continues to be what I do for His Kingdom before anything else.

Proverbs 16:9(NLT) - We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

What about you? Which of your plans are you still holding on to even though they're obviously not happening? Note the key distinction between your plans and God's. You must make your own plans happen and God must make His. If both plans are pitted against each other Who do you think will win? Now extrapolate that over an entire lifetime. It could get pretty frustrating, huh? It's like swimming against the current yet you continue to move in the direction of the current just as fast as if you were simply floating. The only thing you will accomplish from that exercise is a good workout.

When I completed my undergraduate degree I planned to attend UC Berkeley in California where I would complete a PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural. Everything went according to plan until UC Berkeley said no thank you to my application. In rapid succession, my Plan B; Stanford and Plan C; California Institute of Technology followed suit. So, I accepted my fate and waved goodbye to my plans to move to California and live the West Coast life. Thankfully, I also applied to my alma mater Georgia Tech and they accepted me for the MSCE program. I tried so hard to leave Atlanta but had little choice but to hang around. The rest is history.

Mark 14:36(KJV) - And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

What's your story? Still trying to pack up and leave where you are and move somewhere on the other side of the country or perhaps the world? Still want to pursue a certain relationship regardless of whether or not it's in God's plan for your life? Still attending a church because you like it instead of finding where you fit in The Body of Christ? When your plans and God's plans are the same you can be assured that they will work out well. That's the best and most efficient way to live. Surrender your plans today.

Jesus showed a momentary display of human weakness when He thought about the possibility of not going to the cross. However, He quickly corrected Himself and accepted God's plan for His life. Hence, there's room for your human nature to struggle with the thought of putting your dreams aside to complete God's dream for your life. However, when you're finished struggling, the end of your struggle should match that of Jesus. You should declare from your heart, "Not my will but Your Will be done, Lord." He accepted the Will of God for His life and carried out what The Father required of Him. The struggle was over for Him. It's also over for me. I want to do God's Will. What about you?


Don't Be Shaken By Bad News! Only Believe!

Don't Be Shaken By Bad News! Only Believe!

Mark 5:35-36(NKJV) - While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

For a moment things looked quite good. Jesus was on His way to the ruler's house to heal his daughter. All would be well. There was nothing to worry about. Things were working out perfectly. That was, until he received the only news that could have spoiled everything. His daughter was dead. They were too late. His heart sank and Jesus noticed. Immediately, sensing his fear, Jesus made a profound statement that would change the course of what seemed inevitable, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

Welcome to today's blog. If you haven't done so already, read yesterday's blog; "God Knows Best!" This week we're reminded to trust God and today our emphasis is on doing so even when we receive bad news. Think about it. Nothing kills a great day like some bad news. You may have been on a blessing streak riding high from victory to victory but all of that goes out the window when suddenly something goes terribly wrong. Bad news just has a way of stopping your positive momentum like a brick wall.

When bad news struck the ruler of the synagogue, thankfully Jesus was right there with him. In response He presented a two-pronged solution for handling bad news;
1) Don't fear.
2) Only believe.

1 John 4:18(KJV) - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Fear becomes a huge problem whenever we hear bad news. Romans 10:19 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God. In the same way, fear can also come by hearing and that's one reason why bad news is so dangerous. So much so, that Jesus instantly released an encouraging word to the ruler of the synagogue to counteract the bad news and put an end to fear. So what tools are available in The Bible to help us win the war over fear?

The first is perfect love which has the power to cast out all fear. What's perfect love? Simply put, it's The Love of God. As a result, we must receive and be sure of God's Love for us if we are to defeat all fear. It's not a very complex solution but it's an effective one. The moment we receive bad news, our next thought should be to remind ourselves of God's Love. It doesn't matter how bad it sounds, never let it cause you to question God's Love because without it you are incapable of combating the powerful grip of fear.

2 Timothy 1:6-7(AMP) - That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Another Biblical tool available to combat fear is the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. This approach looks at fear from a purely spiritual perspective. In this case, it's referred to as a spirit of fear and The Bible clearly states that it does not come from God. What does come from God is the gift of The Holy Spirit who provides us with power, love, a well-balanced mind, discipline and self-control. Therefore, when fear strikes, respond by stirring up the gift of The Holy Spirit inside of you. Respond to bad news with instant prayer, worship, praise, singing and/ or talking in tongues. Otherwise, just find an atmosphere where The Holy Spirit is active like your local church. In that way, you stir up the gift of The Holy Spirit and cast out the spirit of fear. A perfect example of this took place in Acts 4:29-35.

Acts 4:29-35(KJV) And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

When their lives were threatened, they prayed for boldness and how did God respond? He filled them with The Holy Ghost. Armed with such a poignant illustration, it should be obvious to us that we need a fresh infilling of The Holy Ghost whenever we feel afraid. It's The Holy Ghost who will give us the boldness to keep believing God in the face of bad news.

Psalm 27:13(NKJV) - I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

If you let bad news cause you to stop believing God you have been defeated. There's not much you can do if you remain in that position. Jesus ensured that the ruler of the synagogue kept believing right after he heard of his daughter's death. That's truly because it was his only option. If he stopped believing, his daughter was not going to live again. When we're stuck in a terrible situation and we need a miracle from God to get us out, all we have is our faith. Therefore, we cannot lose heart and stop believing. Don't be shaken by bad news! Only believe! We'll continue from here tomorrow.


God Knows Best!

God Knows Best!

Proverbs 3:5-6(NKJV) - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Do you trust God? Before you say a religious "yes" just think about it. Trust comes from your heart. What you know definitely feeds into it but in the end, how you feel in your heart is what matters. You may know that God can be trusted but is your mental position supported by your heart? Can you say with complete confidence that you trust The Lord with all of your heart? That's the issue we need to address today because until you fully trust God, He can't direct your path.

Yesterday, we kicked off a new blog mini-series with "Embrace The Process!" Several people indicated that it was The Word of The Lord for their lives and for that He gets all the glory. While sitting through a meeting yesterday I thought about today's blog. God spoke to me and said to write, "God knows best!" Perhaps, you need a reminder of that because if you can just believe it, you would be willing to trust Him.

There are two major reasons why we would trust anyone. The first is that the person has our best interest at heart and the second is that the person knows what he/ she is doing. When you know someone really cares about you, it's easy to trust that person because at the very least you know the person would not do anything to intentionally harm you. In the same way, you know that God loves you so if He does anything or asks you to do anything you can trust Him. You can be sure that if it comes from God it's only for your good. Yet that's not all. You also need to believe that God knows what's best for you. Hence, you can trust Him not only does He care for you but He knows what He's doing.

2 Samuel 22:31(NKJV) - As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

God's way is perfect and His Word is proven. He doesn't make mistakes and His track record is unblemished. There's nothing else He needs to do to prove to any of us that He deserves to be trusted. In fact, He is a shield offering protection to whoever chooses to trust Him. Are you one of those people? Again, think carefully before you respond and be completely honest. Do you think that God needs to do something to earn your trust? Absolutely not! If He doesn't have it already He is not to blame.

So what does trust really look like? In the context of our relationship with God, it looks like obedience and patience. Obedience when we trust His instructions and patience when we trust His actions. As we learned yesterday in Hebrews 10:36, those two go together. After you have completed your obedience you still have to be patient as God brings to fruition His promise. Your trust in God is demonstrated in your obedience and patience throughout the process.

Isaiah 46:9-10(NLT) - Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.

What has God done in the past for you? Try to remember some of those testimonies. Has He not come through for you before? He alone is God. He deserves your trust and rightfully so. All that He says now is from the vantage point of the future so you can trust anything He says. He knows what's coming so He prepares you now with wisdom to make the most of a good situation or avoid a bad one. Regardless of what you choose to do, He will eventually do whatever He wants. Yet, it's His heart's desire for us to be participants in His Will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

This should give you comfort. It does for me. When I am assured that I have followed God's instructions I know that my future is secure. If He tells me to do something He already knows why and has played out all the options in His head. By His very nature, His instructions are the best options available. For instance, in 2 Corinthians 6:14, Apostle Paul says don't be unequally yolked with unbelievers. God knows that if you do so, there is pain coming in your future. He tells you now so that you would avoid it. On the other hand, disobedience puts you on a collision course with disaster. Don't let it happen.

1 John 5:3(NKJV) -"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."

It's not a burden to obey God so why not just do it. God knows best!


Embrace The Process!

Embrace The Process

Philippians 1:6(NLT) - And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

I've developed a brand new philosophy. Whatever The Lord has placed on my heart is what I will write about and that's it. As a result, if He keeps telling me the same thing over and over, these daily blogs will reflect that. Obviously, He has a Word for someone out there and He's saying the same thing in different ways over the last few weeks. Nevertheless, let's get right to it. When God starts something He will continue it until He's completely finished. What does that mean? His good work in your life is not something instantaneous but it's a process.

Embrace the process! Even though God has the power to do anything He wants in an instant He chooses to work through processes that take varying periods of time. For instance, you may receive a Word from God today concerning His plans for your life but that doesn't mean it will happen immediately nor will it happen independent of your actions. Attached to God's promise is a process. Therefore, whether or not you go through the process determines if you ever get to see the promise manifest in your life.

For 4000 years there were prophecies concerning Jesus and what He would accomplish on the cross. Yet, when He came to earth, He had to actually decide to go to the cross for any of it to happen. How do we know that? We read the account in Matthew 26:36-46 of Jesus making the tough decision in the Garden of Gethsemane to accept God's process of redemption even though He momentarily didn't want to go through with it. God's process for Jesus included taking the sin of all humanity on His shoulders and dying on the cross. Outside of that, nothing else would work to break the curse of sin and death that was initiated when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Jesus embraced the process and now we're free from sin.

Hebrews 10:36(KJV) - For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Many people receive a promise from God, then sit around waiting for it to happen. What they don't realize is that they only receive the promise after they have done The Will of God. Obedience, not time is the controlling factor. Only after obedience is complete, does time become the controlling factor. You can't wait for the promise to manifest before you do God's Will because the clock doesn't start until after your obedience. Therefore, it's important to evaluate the true circumstances behind any delay in the manifestation of a promise from The Lord.

So where are you in the process right now? Perhaps you are waiting for a Word from The Lord. Maybe you've passed that stage. Perhaps you already received The Word but have done nothing with it yet you are waiting for it to come to pass. Maybe you are even further along. Perhaps you have already carried out God's instructions that are attached to His Word. If that's the case, you are in a good place because now that you've done your part, God's on the clock. Just be patient. When He makes a promise and you go through the process He delivers on His promise at His appointed time.

If you're single and God promised you a spouse, there's a process. If you're unemployed and God promised you a job, there's a process. If you're poor and God promised you wealth, there's a process. If you're sick and God promised you health, there's a process. When God makes a promise, that's the beginning of His good work in your life. However, He will continue that work through a process until it is complete. Only then, can the promise you received by faith become tangible. As a result, whatever it is that God requires of you, just do it. Don't delay or block God's promise by delaying or withholding your obedience.

Here's a simple example. When The Children of Israel were on the brink of entering The Promised Land for the first time in Numbers 13, they didn't follow God's instructions because they were afraid of the giants that stood before them. As a result, they forfeited the promise and God waited for all of them to die before their children were given another chance. God's promise came with a process and they didn't embrace it because of fear. We should all learn from their example and do better.

What's the process attached to your promise? Embrace the process and you'll get the promise.


Why Be A Friend Of Jesus? - He Listens To His Friends

Date - Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer


You May Feel Tired But Don't You Ever Quit!

You May Feel Tired But Don't You Ever Quit!

Galatians 6:9(NKJV) - And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Today is another installment in our blog series on "The Will-Power of God". Let's now continue building from yesterday's blog; "Unleashing God's WILL-POWER". Even though these thoughts are being presented in a particular order it doesn't necessarily mean I received them in that order. To be perfectly honest, what you are reading now is the first blog that spawned the series. I started working on it earlier this week before I switched gears and completed the others.

The premise for today is simple. Don't quit regardless of how you feel! Even when you are doing that which is good you could feel tired and completely drained sometimes. Anything you do can have a very high emotional, social and/or physical cost. Nonetheless, that's why Galatians 6:9 exists. Don't get tired of doing what you know God has asked of you because there's a big harvest awaiting you if you are consistent long enough to receive it. There is a due season for your life and only at that time will God release your harvest for the seeds you've sown into His Kingdom.

Isaiah 40:30-31(NKJV) - Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

It's normal to feel tired. There's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. As the scripture says, even youths get tired and young men fall. I can't speak for you but I thank God for that because I feel really tired sometimes. I need to know what to do when it starts becoming too much and what better place to look for answers than The Word of God. So what's the answer? Wait on The Lord!

In this moment I interpret waiting on The Lord in two ways. First, just like we saw earlier in Galatians 6:9, God wants us to remain faithful and consistent while we wait for Him to reward us. Therefore, even if you feel really tired right now, your decision to wait on The Lord is a demonstration of your faith which causes God to respond with supernatural strength.

The other way I interpret waiting on The Lord right now is to stop striving to make things happen and wait on The Lord. We should save the energy we are expending running on an emotional treadmill to nowhere and focus it on The Lord. Perhaps the fatigue is a sign that we need to rest and wait on The Lord to move us forward. While we do so, He will renew our strength.

Hebrews 10:35-38(NKJV) - Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: "For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."

So, what's the bottom line? Even after you do God's Will you still need to be patient. There's always a gap in time between when seeds of obedience are sown and the harvest of God's goodness is reaped. Don't push yourself into the ground trying to make anything happen that only God can make happen. Focus your energy on doing what He asked you to do and don't add to or subtract anything from it. Last, don't ever backtrack on what you started for The Lord. That gives Him no pleasure.

Luke 12:42-45(NKJV) - And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

Develop a reputation of faithfulness in the eyes of God. Be faithful regardless of how you feel. Be confident that God will deliver on His promise to you. He will reward your faithfulness. You may feel tired but don't you ever quit!


Unleashing God's WILL-POWER


Welcome back to our latest blog series on God's Will-Power. We've studied God's Will and we've studied God's power but two days ago God started talking to me about the combination of the two in His Will-Power. If you were here yesterday you would know that this is a continuation from yesterday's blog; "The Will-Power of God". The point that God's been stressing is that His power is tied to His Will so if He wants something to happen His power is available to make it happen. Armed with this knowledge, if we want to effectively and consistently walk in His power we must choose to walk in His Will.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11(NKJV) - There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

If you look carefully at our main scripture for today you will see some important facts about God's gifts. First, spiritual gifts are really the manifestation of The Holy Spirit. Second, when He gives a person a gift it's not just for the recipient but for the profit of everyone. Third, He gives out gifts according to His Will. What does that mean? If you have a gift of any sort it's because God wants you to have it. He gave you the gift for a reason and that's to benefit everyone else. Again, though He gave the gift to you, it's actually not just for you. Hence, every gift of God comes with a responsibility to use it so that others can profit from what God gave. You can't choose to sit on your gift because by doing so you rob the rest of us from benefitting from it.

Romans 11:29(KJV) - For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The Bible also says in Romans 11:29 that God's gifts and His call on your life are without repentance. This means that once He gave them to you He won't take them back. There is no gift exchange in God's Kingdom. He distributes gifts and that's about it. However, as we saw earlier in the blog, even though you get to keep your gifts regardless of what you do with them you are expected to use them. Romans 11:29 also means that God's gifts and His call on your life go together.

So if God gave you a gift there are strings attached because He also called you to do something very specific with it. Therefore, God won't call you to do something you are not gifted to do and He won't gift you to do something He didn't call you to do. Simply put; God's gifts are given to people according to God's Will to empower them to do His Will or carry out His call for their lives. Now that we understand this, let's get to the bottom line. People run into problems when they use God's gifts for something other than His call on their lives. In other words, they try to separate God's gift from His call. Strangely, God doesn't just cut off the gift because it's without repentance.

He also doesn't always cut off the power behind the gift which is not necessarily a good thing for those involved. At least, if God cuts off the power behind your gift when you're not using it the way He wants you to, it will act as a wake up call. The frustration that comes from being ineffective should drive you to your knees. Sadly, if you are allowed to continue to operate in God's gifts with His power behind you when you're outside of His Will this is what eventually happens.

Matthew 7:21-23(KJV) - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Look at that! Many people can prophesy, cast out devils and do many wonderful works but be outside of The Will of God. Unfortunately, this causes confusion during their time on the earth because they assume that as long as they can operate in God's power they are in proper standing with God. This is why God's been talking to me about cutting off the power for some people who get out of His Will. We can consider that to be His mercy. We rather it be obvious now that something's wrong than live in deception all the way to the judgment seat of Christ then get blindsided. Who wants to show up before God expecting rewards and end up receiving punishment?

In sum, God's cutting the power from those who are out of His Will and that's good news. If a man is not in God's Will he doesn't need to be operating by God's power anyway because that's dangerous. It's dangerous for the people who are doing the ministry because they could end up in hell and it's dangerous for the people receiving the ministry because you never know what you could be getting. It's time to unleash God's Will-Power! It's the dimension of His power that's only available when you do His Will.

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