Obstacles and people won't destroy your vision! I know we like to give the devil credit for most of the difficulties and troubles that we have going on in our lives; but the most deadly weapon that kills our dreams and visions is our attitude!
After a grueling sixteen-month odyssey an aging Paul wrote from a squalid Roman dungeon, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice" (Philippians 4:4). Paul knew two things you and I need to know:
(1). It is not over until God says it's over. Circumstances and people do not have the last word-God does! He is the "author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). With God, quitting is not an option. Whem you quit without His permission you are "AWOL." Futhermore, when you abandon your mission,your assignment, you forfeit His protection and provision.
(2). Nothing can defeat you without your permission-and you don't have to give it. You can't control what happens to you, but you can control what you say and do. That's all you need to control; God will control the rest. You can't control the "handicaps, drama, and persecution" that come your way, but you can control whether or not you'll respond with "frustration, despair and rejection."
You can't always avoid getting "knocked down,"but you can determine whether or not you get "knocked out!" (2 Corinthians 4: 8-9). Refusing to stay down denies your enemy permission to sabotage your destiny. Do you have a God-given dream"? Has God revealed to you the assignment that He has on His heart for you to complete? Then you must refuse to quit and it "will surely come." Have no dream? Ask God for one. Don't know your purpose? Ask God to reveal it to you. Already accomplished your dream? Ask God for another one before you lose the joy and motivation of life. Have a dream so small it doesn't stretch you? Ask God for a bigger one and watch your faith grow! God specializes in things thought impossible. He's a great Big God and he wishes to do "exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask, think or imagine."(Ephesians 3:20). I don't know about you but I have a big imagination.
I'm keeping this blog short today, I have to prepare a message for tomorrow night. Enjoy the balance of your day.
And: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"