It’s Part of the Process
Wouldn’t it be nice if every vision and dream that God showed us came to past immediately? I know it sounds good, but do we really mean that? Are we actually ready to instantly walk into the vision that God has laid out before us or do we need some time to prepare so that we don’t mess up our blessing? Come on, let’s be honest, our greatest accomplishments have really come as a result of the challenges and trials that we have persevered to overcome.
Men, let me take you back a few years. Do you remember that one girl who was so fine that you just had to get those digits? Smile. You encountered some initial opposition because she was playing “hard to get” and after a short time you wondered if she was really worth all of the work you were going through to gain her attention. Then one day her friend told you that she liked you too and you found a second wind! You remained relentless in your pursuit, used a little more charisma on her, and as a result you finally got the phone number. The truth is that you were so happy about getting the number that you forgot about the rejection or frustration you felt during the process.
Likewise, in life, there is a process that all of us have to go through in order for us to fulfill the dream and vision that God is calling us to. We must realize that nothing great happens overnight. Instead, we must pursue our dreams daily. Sometimes we don’t understand the what, the why, or the long wait, but we know that God is not surprised by any of the things we are going through. Let me assure you, God does not want us to worry, wrestle, or wander.
I have to be honest there are times that I get concerned because it is appears that God has forgotten about me. Even though I know in my heart this is not the truth, the enemy is always telling me lies because he wants believers to worry. I have truly had to stand on God’s word, not depending on man or leaning to my own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6). I trust that God is faithful to His promises. I trust that God honors His word. Therefore, when worry and doubt try to settle into my mind, I force them out with a spirit of praise.
We can’t win any of our battles in life in our own strength. We need the aid, wisdom, and protection of God. This is because our battles aren’t natural feats, but supernatural undertakings. Without God’s protection, we are easy prey before Satan. Too often God gives us a vision and we think that means that it’s our job to make it come to past. We wear ourselves out wrestling with every opposing force that comes our way because we think that if we fight harder we will win. In reality, the goal is not to fight harder, but to fight smarter. Our weapons are not carnal like those in the world (2 Cor. 10:40). This is a spiritual battle so it will take a spiritual mentality to win.
No one likes to wait in line. We all feel like we have better things to do than to wait. It’s easy to become distracted when the waiting takes too long. Sometimes we lose our interest during the waiting period because we confuse waiting with stagnancy. Waiting on God doesn’t mean that you do nothing. As you are being still, you should be praying, fasting, meditating on His word, and serving others. Wait means to remain in a state of expectancy for God to move on your behalf.
Here is how you can begin to embrace the process:
Write- I believe God’s instructions are to write things down. It’s time for you to write that vision and hold on to the plan God has given you. Keep a pen close by as He gives you greater insight. Every struggle is an opportunity for growth; write down them down so that you can check them off once God brings you through. There is always a teaching moment before your next level.
Walking—We have to keep walking in faith. Don’t stop. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because God is with me. Remember, there are no shortcuts, to your destiny.
You are too close to reaching your goal to give up now. Quitting it is not an option. It’s time for you to strap up and get ready for the fight. Remember, people are not your issue (Eph. 6:12). Gird up your loins and get busy. Remain focused on the purpose and surround yourself around insightful people.
In conclusion, I tell you this, if you keep your faith on the prize, you are going to WIN!! Do you hear me? You are a Winner through Christ Jesus! I look forward to celebrating with you at the finish line. Don’t fight the process….Honor the Process!!
Don’t Let the Devil Steal Your Praise: It’s Time to Get Your Praise On! (Gal. 5:16-17)
By: Pastor Chris
If you want to have joy, you have to fight for it. Every day you have to make a conscious effort to wake up in the morning with an attitude of gratitude. The bottom line is that the enemy is after your praise. Why? Because by keeping your mouth closed, you remain silent about the victory that God has already given you through Christ Jesus. When you praise God, you bombard heaven with a bold message that results in the heavenly angels warring on your behalf. (Ps. 103:20 ) There are four things that are imperative to praising God through any situation.
Quote God’s word that deals with the situation that you’re going through until it becomes “Ramah” or you have an “Aha Moment” when the relevance of the word begins to click with your spirit. Put God’s word on your dashboard in the car, on the computer screen, put it on your vanity mirror, write it on the palm of your hand, challenge your kids to memorize it, write it on your forehead (smile), do whatever it takes to declare God’s word in your life. YOU’RE AN OVERCOMER! SNAP OUT OF YOUR PITY PARTY. PUT A PRAISE ON YOUR LIPS!
Rest in assurance that God hears you when you pray. (Ps. 40:1). Not only does He hear you, but be assured that He is with you. He is omnipresent. He inclines his ear every time you call because he is attentive to the cry of His children. Like a mother when she hears her child crying, God is going to respond. When my sons were younger, I can recall my lovely wife almost darting out the room to see what was wrong when they were crying. That’s how much God loves you. He comes running when you’re crying.
Visualize yourself coming out. (Ps. 40:2) You have to see your victory and declare it. Keep speaking it. I don’t care how dark or gloomy the night is, day break is coming. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy is coming in the morning. God sees and knows and He has your best interest at heart.
You have to get a new song. (Ps. 40:3) A new song represents a sense of refreshing and revival. Right now in the midst of your horrible pit, God is setting you up for a great testimony so that you can be a greater blessing to others. There are people watching who are going to see you win in the end and declare the glory of God because of your faith. Now you must pray and ask God to give you a new revelation in the challenges that you’re facing.
In conclusion, don’t let the devil trick you into sitting on your praise. As a matter of fact, stand up right now and give God praise wherever you are reading this blog post. Find a new praise partner this week. Do whatever you have to do to get your praise on. One thing I know for certain, God is going to cause you to triumph. Every test is an opportunity for God to gain the glory in your life. Be encouraged!