Isn’t it amazing in the times that we need God the most we seek Him the least?
Isn’t it amazing to know we need change in our lives but rarely do we actively seek it?
Isn’t it amazing how we allow fear, doubt and uncertainty to stifle our gift?
What’s really amazing is that these rhetorical questions all have one thing in common—flesh. The only times these questions really come forth is when we are operating in our flesh. Your flesh will make you question God, your need to change and your ability to use your gifts. I heard a sermon yesterday from a pastor I love and respect. His message was amazing and simply stated, “You ain’t really a champion until you learn how to defeat yourself. Learn how to kill the inner me and not the enemy.”
When our flesh rises up like a flood anxiety, fear, panic and distress are given a safe but unstable place to reside. The place is safe because it is familiar to us. However, it is unstable because at any given moment a new emotion can be evoked simply because we are operating in the flesh. Since I am a solution-focused strategist here is what you say to yourself when it seems your flesh is winning and you feel defeated:
No matter what storm rages in your life today. No matter how fierce the winds or how high the waves may be. Where you are today is no surprise to God. Heaven is not in a panic and neither should you.
If you need to seek God more but can’t find the words pick up the Bible and just pray to God that He leads you to a scripture that will speak to your situation.
If you need change in your life, find one thing each day that has significant impact. Just one. Not five, not ten just one. At the end of the month you will find that you have made 30 small changes that will then equal one big change.
If you are allowing negative emotions to stifle you gift, remind yourself who the giver of the gift is. God doesn’t give out white elephant gifts. He is an exclusive giver of the gift. Your gift was handcrafted and designed exclusively for you. It’s a rarity. Bask in the ambiance of that fact alone.
Our flesh has to die on a daily basis. Our win in life depends on it.