Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Don't Bow Down to Nonsense

Stay At It

If you're doing good things and trying to live right, stay that way. Keep doing those things even if you have to cry and claw your way through. Even when you feel discouraged, stay with it. Our time is coming, but we must not grow weary. It doesn't matter who supports us and who doesn't. Don't give in to trying to fit in with the crowd, because they seem to be having more fun. Trust and believe that when they get home and look in the mirror they don't like how they're living. They know it's a road to nothing. You don't see that part though.

Stay who you are, live right, because eventually people will come to you for advice and prayer when they get tired enough. Just continue to do your positive things no matter the obstacles. If you succumb to the pressure you will be just like them, ordinary, normal, and standing on the corner to nowhere. A good book that talks about this is, The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson. It's a tiny yet powerful book about standing your ground and roughing it out until you get yours. There will be opposition coming at you and some of it will come from insecure, jealous, and miserable people. Wilkinson says some of them may even be family or friends who didn't live out their dreams. 

There is a story in one of my favorite books of the bible, the book of Esther. I love the story of Esther, because there are so many lessons to learn from this book. One of the lessons is what happens when insecurity meets jealousy and jealousy meets misery. As you can imagine, it's not a good outcome. Enter Haman, the second man to the king. Haman had so much going for himself, but he got caught up in minding other people's business. He was a trusted official to the king and he had great influence and power, but all of it went to his head. He was arrogant, which lead to his downfall. He became so preoccupied with Mordecai, Esther's cousin, not bowing down or kissing up to him that he spent almost all his time plotting against Mordecai. Haman was also insecure, jealous, and miserable. He didn't like anyone he felt threatened by. In the end guess where Haman found himself? Hanging on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai.

The Haman Spirit

Do you know anyone with the Haman spirit? So insecure, jealous, and miserable with themselves, they are not happy with anyone else? You ever wonder why your best friend is hardly ever happy for you when you give him great news? You ever wonder why, when great things happen to you, your favorite relative couldn't care less? You ever wonder why, when you are on your grind, just trying to do you, your hang out partners are always coming for you? A reality of life is we will have our Hamans, but we must fight our way through them.

If anyone suffers from the Haman spirit, no one has to. Listen, there is room for everyone to live better than we're living. Success is available to all of us. Maybe some of us have to work through some things in order to get there. If that's the case, just do whatever it is that needs to be done and keep it moving. God is a huge big God who will bless abundantly. We just have to stay focused on who matters (Him) and walk the way He dictates. When we focus first on His kingdom, so much more will be added to our lives. I'm telling you, it's true.

And when that happens, we will get the victory like Mordecai did. 





Monday, December 28, 2015

From Pain to Gain

What I Know Now

When we've gone through the fire and when we've gone through the storms, although the pain still grips us and still lingers, we must be happy and we must be healthy. Those are the ways we will be able to help people see the light. Those are the ways we will be able to reach and teach people. Those are the ways we will be able to help people. That's our mission and it looks different for all of us based on our pain.

Our pain is for everyone else's gain. 

Our pain is not for us to wallow in self-defeat, be depressed, or feel sorry for ourselves. Who will those things help? Take that pain and run with it. God's got you. He always had you.

My mission (because I have decided to accept it), is to let people know that since God brought you through it, He did it for a purpose bigger than you. My pain is deep yall and I also hurt for other people now more than ever. I want hurting people to know that God allows "bad" things in order to teach us great things. Then we can take those great things to teach and help others. It's like dominoes with people falling forward.

God is not mad at you for bad decisions and He is not a God of punishment, because that would contradict His dying on the cross for us. He took our punishment already, so now we don't have to suffer anymore. He stood in the gap for us already. Now we are covered by His grace. That's right, those mistakes we made, guess what? They weren't made to harm us. Why? Because God already knew about them before they even happened, yet He allowed them. Why? Because He wants greatness to come out of us. Why? Because people will listen to us. Why? Because we are now the experts, the pros, the champions. Why? Because all that hell we went through, God wants us to teach and help others. And He wouldn't give such an important mission to a novice, an amateur, a wimp. He only wants the best to do His business. And if He brought you through it, get ready.

Accept your mission. 

So, in a nutshell? God is a loving God. He is a strategic God. And He's God all by Himself. Respect that. And know this: He is never wrong and that evil that was meant for your harm, watch what God will do with that.