I used to be like that. My motto was, “If you don’t expect anything good to happen, then you won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t.”
I used to be like that. My motto was, “If you don’t expect anything good to happen, then you won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t.”
I pulled up to a stoplight the other day and was feeling pretty anxious about getting to my destination the quickest way possible. I didn’t want to sit there; I was getting impatient that I was the first car stopped at this red light. But then I saw an opportunity to take a shortcut and not sit at the poorly timed light. The urge to keep moving and not wait for the green light had taken over any chance I had of sitting there another second. I looked over to my right and saw the perfect opportunity to cut through a gas station and a few parking lots, as there was no traffic or lights to stop me. I was on a mission. My mission was to save time until I was sitting at another light waiting to get back on the road. Sure enough, the cars that were behind me at the first red light were passing by one by one.
This reminded me of our relationship with Christ and what begins to happen when we become impatient trying to replace His timing with our timing. I have noticed in my life that when I try to take my own steps, it often sets me back farther than had I remained patient in the process. We often feel like we know the timing of everything and the route we need to take to reach our destiny. Our destiny for us isn’t God’s destiny for us. God may call us to something we never thought imaginable. Do we accept the challenge to remain patient in the process of His calling? We honor God when we live with patience. We show Him that we are willing to submit to His plan and not our plan.
Think about Job and how everything he owned was destroyed along with his children. However, he remained patient knowing God had a plan for his life.
We know that Noah had some patience. He waited 120 years for God to send the flood!
Think about Jesus, knowing He would be crucified but still exemplified patience leading up to His death on the cross. Jesus remained patient with His disciples teaching them all the way up until His death.
Are we speeding through life trying to reach our own destination by any means necessary? Or are we remaining patient where God has placed us and following His lead? It is easy to say, “Why did I not get the promotion at work over this person?” or “Why do I have to respond to the authority of my boss?” We have many questions we ask and we often try to answer them on our own. Let God prepare us. He is developing us along the journey. He will show us how He used that waiting period to strengthen us for His glory.
Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
James 5:11 – Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
The tongue is a small organ in our mouths that allows us the ability to speak. It’s a powerful weapon that as human beings we may know about but don’t use properly. We can speak hope, encouragement, and life into people instead of doubt and discouragement into people’s lives.
I think that it has something to do with the way we as people speak to each other. We’ve all been told by parents, teachers, and, even our friends that it’s how we speak to people that produces results.
Have we ever stopped to ask ourselves why we speak to people the way that we do? Have we ever stopped and wondered how a person’s life would have turned out if we chose to speak life into that person instead of insecurity?
The power to lift someone up and knock them down all stems from the tongue. In the Gospels and Paul’s letters, we are told that our tongue is a weapon, but how do we employ such a weapon so that it changes people to go out and speak their opinions and be heard? As Christians, how can we use the power of our voice to affect the world for Christ?
Use your tongues to impact lives not destroy them.
As Christians, we can use our voices to affect positive change in the world, but we must be willing to speak out and bring life and hope to others. Nothing can change unless we use the voice that God has given us to change the world.
Throughout my own life, I’ve had no problem speaking my mind, but I have had trouble learning to control the emotion behind the words because as people; our emotions and our words can have a tremendous impact.
Throughout my high school life and even as I continue my college education, I’ve learned that how I speak to people can really do some good. Life, Death, Anger, Frustration, and Hope are all tied to the power behind our tongues.
I’ve gathered a list of some of the lessons that I’ve learned and am still learning when it comes to the power of our tongues. I pray that something is said that encourages you to use your tongue to uplift, encourage, inspire, and impact lives for Christ.
We’ve all heard the Scripture from Proverbs 18:21 that talks about how life and death are in the power of our tongue, but how do we produce life from the words we speak?
Well, for starters, we as Christians can speak life into someone by just being there for someone, by helping them through a situation. Just by helping someone through our words can bring life to someone’s life.
“A wholesome tongue is the tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:4 (NKJV)
Also, what we watch on TV on our phones can also affect how we talk with people. As people, especially as Christians, the words that we speak can produce life if we choose to watch things that give us encouragement.
The words we speak can bring life, hope, and sometimes peace to someone, but they can also bring death, despair, and even discouragement to someone if we don’t learn to control our frustrations.
Our tongues are powerful weapons that can be used in the kingdom of God. Are we going to speak life into our situations or are we going to speak defeat in our lives?
The words that we speak to people can become motivated by our emotions, but have you ever taken the time to ask yourself why you suddenly feel so “fired” up about something that is minor?
Have you ever asked yourself the question: Do I respond to situations in my life that are at a “Level 2?”
Our spiritual temperature is the indicator of where we are in terms of our relationship with Christ. Do we have a spiritual “fever” that could be affecting the way we speak to people?
If we as Christians can determine our spiritual temperature, we can then determine how we are to approach people. We should approach people with a heart of love not a heart of indifference.
Not speaking down to myself is something that through reading God’s Word I’ve been able to overcome.
Why do we let either the Devil or our own insecurities get in the way of speaking life into our situations?
Ephesians 4:19 (NKJV) says, “ Let no corrupt word proceed out of mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
No evil thinking should proceed from our lips. The negative thoughts we have should be pushed to the side in favor of thinking “God says that I am more than a conqueror”.
The problem with us as humans is that we don’t know how to control our tongues. Our tongues have the incredible power to do good if we learn to control our tongues and speak life into our situations instead of death.
Likewise, what we watch on TV or our phones can influence if we are speaking life or death in someone’s life.
I do not know about you, but in the heat of a conversation, I am generally more tempted to emotionally respond, rather than rationally respond. The way we respond to people and situations, has more power than we may realize. It has the power to build a strong foundation and relationship and it has the power to destroy relationships. A response can cause a relationship to grow stronger, or it can cause someone to become defense and have their guard up every time we enter a room. In this article, we will address how to function and grow through our emotional responses in a healthy way! The final goal should always be to show people the way to Jesus, not revenge to justify our emotional response.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” – James 1:19-20
There are a lot of moments where God is prompting us to slow down and take a moment to process and discern the situation, before jumping to a conclusion or response. We cannot allow our emotions to rule our day, or get in the way of what God is trying to do through us.
1. Take a deep breathe before responding. We hear this all the time and laugh when someone says to “count to ten” but it is honestly one of the smartest things you can do. It works in the heat of the moment. When you take deep breaths, you are pushing more oxygen to your brain. This gives you a clearer perspective on things, producing a better thought process in the moment. The more clarity in your situation the better.
2. See both sides of the situation. Take a step back, emotionally and hypothetically. Removing yourself from the situation, gives you perspective from both sides of the situation. If you know you tend to respond based off of emotions, it’s best to eliminate them. View both sides of the situation, to ensure a rational response, through using wisdom and discernment.
3. Humble and submit yourself. As much as you may feel like you do not owe the other person something, whether you do or not, you do owe it to God. We must honor and love others. We are called to love God and to love others. If you truly strive to serve God everyday, you will humble yourself and simmer your emotions. This will allow you to love others through a simple act of kindness. No matter if they deserve it or not, loving someone can be the best way of representing Jesus to others.
At the end of the day, know that you should always pray about things more than you talk about them. If emotional and unjustifiable responses are things you struggle with, I encourage you to take it to God. Above all else, always take it to God!
“…Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” -James 1:22
Humbly accept God’s word, allow it to plant in your heart, and allow that harvest to save your soul; for that’s the power God’s word has in our lives!
How many times in your day do you feel like you were rushing around trying to put out one fire after another? How many times during the day are you actually at peace with yourself and you don’t feel like you have to hurry up to get to the next task on your list?
If you can go day in and day out without feeling the need to be rushing around from one fire, to another task to satisfy a need for someone else, to accomplishing something that you forgot to do yesterday… I applaud you. But that is not me! If you are like me and many others we have not figured out how to appropriately manage our time and our stressors. Thus, rushing around is all we know. It’s not healthy, but hey…we have made it this far, right?
From solving home issues, rushing to get my work done before deadline, trying to finish some personal assignments, the list doesn’t end. Managing personal health problems, drama at work, stress with significant others, bills, say what? We all have stressors and pressures in life. These struggles and different types of anxiety, can attack us from all angles of life. As someone who suffers from stress and anxiety, I know how important it is to keep the right perspective on things. Easier said than done though, right?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NIV
Also, easier said than done. It’s easy to think we can bottle up all the things in life that consume our thoughts, place them in a box, take them to God, set them down and walk away. Never giving another worry about them. I’m not too sure that’s what this verse calls us to do. You see, God wants us to take action. The action isn’t hanging it over to him to fix and not doing anything about it ourselves.
“So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 NIV
We are not promised that God will solve our problems and we won’t have to pray, follow His word, or change some of our own behaviors. Giving our worries to God does not mean we are absent of having to make personal adjustments.
Here’s an example:
Having a full-time job, donating time to volunteer activities and other obligations at church can be hard to manage when it comes to time commitments. I send up all the prayers I can think of, beg God for a solution. While I do these things, I continue to cram my schedule and nothing changes. I pray harder, I get plugged in to the right communities, I surround myself with friends who have the same values, but still my prayers go unanswered.
Here’s the same example with a much different viewpoint:
Having a full-time job, donating time to volunteer activities and other obligations at church can be hard to manage when it comes to time commitments. While I send up prayers to God, I get organized and prioritize my schedule. Looking at the commitments I have made, I decide which ones I should prayerfully consider stepping down from. Seeking wise counsel, God begins to reveal to me which priorities are most important and advancing His kingdom. Then it becomes very clear what should stay on my schedule.
My first moments awake I spend with God. No, this was not always the case. I used to be so wrapped up in my work and social media, I would check on those things first. Now, before my feet hit floor (or at least while I’m brushing my teeth or in the toilet) I am spending time in the word. I’m reading, or listening to my daily devotional and praying for different areas in my life.
My last moments awake I spend with God. This too wasn’t always the case. Don’t tell anyone, but I have several shows I like to watch, but because I don’t have time (no pun intended) I downloaded them on my phone to watch later. I used to spend the last hours of my days watching TV. Not anymore. A very close friend of mine told me about an app that will help me in reading inspirational stories, which I have been using. If it’s not that, I’m listening to worship music as I drift asleep. This forces me to relax my mind and make every attempt possible to close out my days peacefully.
Seek wise counsel and identify the things in your daily life that are creating the most stress in your routine. Ask yourself, or even write down the pros and cons of that activity. If there are more cons on the list and you’ve gone to God in prayer over them, ask yourself if that particular thing is truly necessary to have you all worked up over and rushing around to accomplish on a regular basis.
Trust your day is going great guys.
So this morning I was really bothered about my future and what and what am yet to be done around me. I tried distracting myself with house chores and stuffs but to no avail. Later on, I picked an old jotter of mine and started reading. The first thing my eyes sighted on was a topic about being patient and not pride.
It is impossible to enjoy waiting if you don’t know how to wait patiently. Pride prevents patient waiting because the proud person thinks so highly of himself that he believes he should never be inconvenience in anyway.
Although we are not to think badly of ourselves, we are also not to think too highly of ourselves. It is dangerous to lift ourselves up to such an elevated place that it causes us to look down on others. If they are not doing things the way we want, or as quickly as we think they should be done, we behave impatiently.
“A humble person will not display an impatient attitude”
Am so relieved right now, I hope you are also???
We live in a quit society. I’m guilty of it. You’re guilty of it. We all are. The moment something becomes boring and mundane, we often check out and move on. Let’s face it, life is amazing. There is so much going on in the world at any given moment. They literally invented an iPhone 8, skipped the 9 and made the 10, same as Samsung within 15 minutes of each other. It’s overwhelming. It’s also stimulating. This makes it so much easier to move on when the stimulation stops.
When we first come to Jesus, I believe all of us are fired up initially. We have this peace that surpasses anything we’ve known. We feel grace in ways we didn’t even know possible. It’s electric. (Boogie woogie woogie).
We become emboldened and begin to share our new-found faith. We are then often discouraged by those tenured in the faith who will say the fire will fade and we won’t always have the same passion and vigor. I specifically was told by a friend shortly after I had a fresh encounter with Jesus who told me to enjoy it because it wouldn’t last. For those who keep the faith and keep the fire, they are eventually labeled as ‘radical’ or not your average Christian. They believe God still interacts with us daily and still seeks to dwell among his people. Others who may have become jaded and tired, believe God doesn’t work as he once did. They may not say it, but the way they live it says it all.
The initial command from Jesus to all of us is “Come, follow me.” Many of us immediately drop everything to follow him, but once the road becomes narrower, or harder to climb, we may take a break or find a detour. We convince ourselves as long as we get to our destination it doesn’t matter if we followed Jesus exactly as he led. If we were really honest with ourselves, most of our personal goals would be to make it to Heaven. The goal of Jesus though was to bring heaven to Earth.
God asks you to pick up your cross and follow him. This isn’t the cross you will be crucified to for your own sins. Jesus would never ask you to climb on the cross. There is only one perfect offering and sorry, it’s not you. We are called to bear the burdens of each other. To lighten the load. When we carry the cross, we’re carrying it for friends and family who aren’t yet able to carry their own. It may have become too heavy or they may have not known it was there. He then wants us to carry it to the top of the mountain, stick it in the ground and allow him to climb on it.
God wants us to be the match maker. He’s not asking you to save the world for him. He’s not asking you to heal anyone. All he’s asking you to do is make an introduction. God wants us to live for Him, so he may continue to be introduced to as many people as possible. His will is that everyone should reunite to him.
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Do you find yourself making it your job to control things? Do you stress out about things that you can’t control? If you’re anything like me, it’s more often than you would like to admit. God reminds me ALL THE TIME that He is the one in control, not me. Can we control everything that goes on in our lives? No. Letting go is something I still work on daily.
When we take control of our own lives, things are never as good as when we let God have control. If we are controlling our lives, then we are the ones making decisions about our lives instead of aligning ourselves with the will and the word of God.
We can not do the devil’s job for him. The devil wants to come in, cause division in all areas of our lives, in the lives of those around us, and in the Kingdom. If the devil can get us to do his job for him, he can sit back and watch us crumble.
If we are under stress and anxious, we are not trusting God. When we trust God and focus on His plan, we will be overwhelmed with a supernatural sense of security and comfort.
At the center of division is the problem of control. Division between people happens when both sides are fighting for control and neither is willing to fight for unity. When we fight for control at the expense of unity, we are doing the devil’s job for him.
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.” Luke 11:17 NIV
Christine Caine says “delayed obedience is still disobedience“. When we take things into our own hands, we are telling God that we think our plan is better. We eventually always come back around to His plan because His plan for us is always better. There is not a better example of this than when I avoided serving in the kids ministry at my church. I used to work as an Assistant Director of a preschool in town. At church I did everything I could to avoid serving in kids since I worked with kids every day during the week. Guess what? I now serve on staff with the cKids team at Celebration Church. By delaying my obedience because I was trying to control things and do things my way. I spent two years avoiding the exact place God wanted to place me.
What have you tried to have control over that didn’t turn out well? The good news is, it is never to late to hand it all over to God! Do not take on things you were never meant to carry. God is waiting and willing to take it back.
By: Joel Osteen
You will rule over your enemies.
When is the last time you thought something, and never actually did it? If you’re like most of us, it happens almost daily. There are many things we think or want to do that we never actually do. Maybe you’re single and you pass someone you are initially attracted to and you say to yourself, “I’m going to talk to that person.” But then you just keep walking past, making excuses not to. Or maybe you are in a job and say, “I’m going to quit and start my own business,” but the fear of that keeps you from taking the next step.
Now, in either one of these scenarios, what would happen if you told a friend of yours the exact same thing. By simply bringing another person into the discussion and speaking it out loud you most likely feel obligated to do it.
There is a great power in words. Not written words, or thought about words, but SPOKEN words. I’m not saying that there isn’t power in written words or thoughts, but there is something different and powerful about speaking the words out loud.
Psalm 33:9 – “For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.”
Joshua 6:20 (Battle of Jericho) – “When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.”
Genesis 1:3 – “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”
Throughout Genesis 1, every time God put something in existence the Bible reads, “And God said,…”
Have you ever seen someone talking to themselves to get ready to do something? By simply speaking positive words to yourself, it can give you a different mentality.
The scary part here is that you can just as easily have words affect you negatively. Maybe you have one of these friends: the friend who is always negative and always tells you how bad everything is when you talk to them. Wonder why things are always going poorly for them? They keep convincing themselves by speaking it out loud that things are bad. And a lot of the times it affects you as well. You have to speak positively into your own life and others.
When people say you can’t do something, you can easily combat that with YES, I CAN, or, better yet, YES, GOD CAN. It seems pretty simple, and maybe a little cheesy, but you can never have too many positive words spoken into your life.
Find those people that will speak positively to you, and make sure you are speaking positively to yourself and to anyone you speak to.
Do you know what your gifts are? Better yet, do you know how to use them? Even better – are you using them? God endows us all with talents that can be used to build His kingdom. You may be wondering what yours are, or if you even have any. Let me assure you that, yes, you have gifts and the Lord wants to use them! You can use your gifts in several facets, both in and outside of the church building.
Unfortunately, there’s a few myths that float around when it comes to using our God-given gifts. Let’s combat them here.
The bible clearly states that each of us has a unique gift. Romans 12:6 says “we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” The scripture doesn’t stop there, but urges us to actively use these gifts. 1 Peter 4:10-11 says “as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” The word “serve” in this text means caring for the needs of others as the Lord guides in an active, practical way – literally, “kicking up dust” because one is “on the move.”
1 Corinthians 12:14 says “Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?” In this scripture, we see firsthand how each gift – no matter what position – is equally valuable. Sometimes we think that “real” gifts are designated for a stage. How wrong that is! Your gift – no matter how visible to others – is without a doubt important to the edification of the church.
If we don’t use our gifts from a foundation of love, they mean nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging symbol. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” The primary use for our gifts is to serve one another in love. It’s important that we never lose sight of this foundation. God does not give us gifts for us to boast, but for us to wear humility and put our brethren before us.
After reading this, I would urge you to pray to God and ask Him to reveal how he wants to use your gifts. You are called to actively serve and strengthen the body of Christ. We need you – so get moving!
A 65 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken tot he hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near- death experience. Seeing the Lord standing, she asked, “Is my time up?” The Lord said, NO, you have another 33 years, 2 months, and 8 days to live. Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have various types of surgery on her body to look younger again. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was discharged from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God again, she demanded, “I thought you said i had another 33 years? why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the Ambulance?”
God replied: I didn’t recognize you!
What a pity! The Holy Ghost wants you to know that “No matter what Good has spoken or promised to you, they will never manifest if you do not keep your part of the deal, since every promise of His has a condition attached to it. Yes, God is Almighty but He needs to work with you to bring His plans and purpose to pass.
May we not miss our opportunity of abundance blessings from God by our own ways in Jesus name.
Jesus preached an absolute fidelity to the truth. We as His followers are told in Ephesians 6 to “gird our loins with truth“: wrapping your innermost core with God’s word and definitions. Why is this important? Because our innermost core is essentially our identity. If your self-perception is on point and your deepest sense of identity is aligned with the truth of God’s word, you will not lose course. You will be able to weather any storm.
In case you haven’t noticed, there seems to be a little bit of a crazy, waywardness among the world right now. In a fit of lost self-identity, everything now goes as acceptable. Any resistance to this “freedom” is fought with assaults against the identity of the one with an opposing view. Any slew of negative adjectives recently thrown at the Church begins to fill the mind.
In a misguided effort to be relevant, we’ve become too sensitive to the opinions of the world about us. We’re sacrificing some of the core of our identity and what God defines as right and wrong. We have placed parts of our identity in who the world thinks we are, instead of who God says we are.
Many believers even think that if they win approval from the world, then they are being relatable and serving Jesus better. The only issue is, I think Jesus may or may not have said something to the effect of knowing you’re on His approved course when the world is by and large persecuting you for your beliefs, not silently approving of them. See Matthew 5:10, 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 Peter 4:12-14, etc. Persecution is the sign of doing something right in God’s eyes.
So as an effect, the church can no longer deliver the truth because it too is now struggling with identity. We take our cues on our identity from a world that knows its own so little that it’s confused about whether or not it is okay to be male or female. You, chosen warriors, do not drop your spiritual armor and your mantle to the ground. Do not drop it just because of the constant jeering and pressuring about your identity from the world. The world is in such a dire state it does not know how to even spell the word anymore. That is incredibly silly, akin to a ship captain with a working compass changing his course because some wayward boats are continually wandering pressure him to do so.
Our past does not define us. The thoughts of others do not define who we are. Our own thoughts about ourselves do not even define us. Thoughts, past actions, and the labels given by others are not the elements defining our true identity. Words from a true authority are what defines us. Specifically, the words of Jesus over us. When you acknowledge who Jesus is, He will in turn acknowledge who you are. When you define Jesus as He really is, He defines you as you really are.
In the nonessentials, sure be relevant. But in the core, unmovable truths of God, be unrelenting. The world *needs* that in the church, whether they realize it or not. It is the “salt” Jesus calls us to be. Some may brand a swirling, uncontrollable global state of “do whatever you want” sin as fresh and freeing, but it’s not. It’s actually ancient, and stale. The most overplayed tune of all that just keeps trying to rebrand itself throughout millennia. Galatians 5 calls it repetitive and joyless.
Always fresh and original the deeper you delve into them. Jesus offended a lot of people and never traded in His identity to the endless pressure against it everywhere He went, and He never tried to be fresh or cool. He still ended up being the most refreshing, original, and magnetic being to ever walk the earth.
Jesus came only to heal the sick. Someone can’t know if they have cancer until they go see a doctor and become informed. Nor can the world know it too is sick unless someone tells them the truth. A doctor can’t heal someone who never comes in for treatment because they’re oblivious to their dying condition. And Jesus truly is the one and only great healer.
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You develop new beliefs by taking actions consistent with those beliefs. You act as if you already believe that you have these capabilities and competences. You behave like a positive, optimistic, and cheerful person toward everyone. You act as if your success is already guaranteed. You act as if you have a secret guarantee of success and only you know about it.
You realize that you are developing, shaping, and controlling the evolution of your own character and personality by everything that you do and say every single day.
Since you become what you think about, you should only say and do what is consistent with your self-ideal, the person you must aspire to be, and your long term future ideals. You should only think and talk about the qualities and behaviours that are moving you toward becoming the person you want to be and toward achieving the goals that you want to achieve.
Your beliefs are always manifested in your words and actions. Make sure that everything you say and do from now on is consistent with the beliefs that you want to have and the person you want to become. In time, you will replace more and more of your self-lomiting beliefs with life-enhancing beliefs. Overtime, you will completely reprogram yourself for success. When this occurs, the transformation that takes place in your outer life will amaze you and all the people around you.
We’ve all been there. After praying feverishly about something big and audacious, God sometimes gives us exactly what we asked for. Whether we’ve been granted permission to adopt a child, been given a promotion into management, or been selected for a full-time overseas mission, being a good steward with God’s trust becomes paramount.
That’s why it’s very important to follow-up an answered prayer with an additional plea to God’s ear—asking for the wisdom and courage to endure. If you’re in that phase of life right now and don’t know what to pray about, let’s pray right now together:
Thank you for answering our big and audacious prayers. We couldn’t be more grateful of your provision.
At the same, we’re scared. We don’t want to ruin what or who you’ve given us. We want to be the best we can be with the gifts you have given us, but we don’t trust ourselves.
So we ask for wisdom, strength, and humility to carry your blessings well. We may not trust ourselves, but we trust you. Please give us the ability be like you as we take in a needy child, lead people at work, receive a large sum of money, enter the full-time mission field, and etc. Let our presence decrease and your presence increase.
With all glory to you and in Jesus’ name,
In addition to follow-up prayer, we should meditate on scripture during a season of increased responsibility and increased trust. There are several verses in the Bible that are great for this, but we are a few highlights:
2 Corinthians 2:14 – But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. (ESV)
Colossians 4:2 – Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (ESV)
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