Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Coulda... Woulda... Shoulda...

The time for making excuses has passed. If there have been things that we've delayed due to our own choices, we cannot blame anyone else for the areas in our lives and ministries that have gone lacking. If we are still talking about losing 20 pounds an entire year after we first realized the need, we have impeded our own progress. If we sensed the urgency, but neglected to take additional dance classes to increase our vocabulary and sharpen our technical skills, when we find ourselves doing the same old dances the same old way we cannot point fingers elsewhere. Failing to study the Word of God will render us powerless. Time is too precious to waste.

Allowing many years to pass by and regretting missed ministry travel opportunities, potential friendships, and fellowship is only woeful when we know that we have allowed fear to prevent us from enlarging our borders. We cannot simply sit by the sidelines and wait for someone to offer us the opportunity of a lifetime. When we are found faithful over a few things, He will make us ruler over much. If we are not ruling over an area of our lives, this is an indication that we have not been faithful in that area.

With God, nothing is impossible. Faith pleases Him as well as our obedience. If we have been guilty of self-sabotage, we can walk upright today. Growing in movement ministry has little to do with us individually. Although we can grow concerning the things of God, the goal is for us to preach the gospel to every creature by going out and spreading the Word. When we lift up Jesus, He will do the drawing. If we delay in going where He is sending us, we may miss the opportunity to bring glory and honor to His name. When He asks us for an account of what we have done, we want His response to be "Well done."

Genesis 4:7 (NKJV)
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

Mark 14:8-9 (NKJV)
She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.

John 8:39 (NKJV)
They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.

2 Corinthians 13:6-8 (NKJV)
But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

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