In life we are continually bombarded with thoughts of discouragement. We hear the lies that we are not good enough, that we don't have the gifts and abilities that others possess, and if we listen long enough, we will begin to believe that our life isn't meant to be extraordinary. What we must always remember and keep in mind is that everything that God does, He does to perfection. The Lord doesn't create anything without a reason and purpose behind it. After God created the world and all that is within it in Genesis 1, He followed it by seeing that “It was good”. The Lord has perfection on His mind at all times because God is perfect and His creation reflects this truth. But God also wishes for us to be perfect, but it can't happen with ease. The Bible declares in James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (Job 23:10) (Genesis 1:3-31)
Struggles, hardships, difficulties, discouragements are all tools that are used to make us better, wiser and stronger than we were before. When we go through the fire, our resolve becomes as strong as steel. When we stand firm in the midst of the storm, our will to overcome becomes unshaken, and when we simply believe in ourselves as God believes in us, nothing will be impossible to us. The Bible says if God be for us, who can be against us? Our faith must line up with God's Word so that we can be confident in the fact that our life is significant and can be used to make our life and the world that we are living in a much better and brighter place. (Philippians 2:13-16) (Psalm 34:8-19) (Romans 8:31-39)
No matter what is going wrong in your life presently, I want you to know that it will soon pass. You will learn the lessons, become better because of them and you will use what you have learned to better your life in this present time and in your future to come. Don't get discouraged, don't think of giving up, but rather stand up by faith and believe that greatness is within you and will soon be shown outside of you as well. Revive the dreams within your heart that had been lying dormant and dare to reach forth towards the heights of Victory that God wishes for you to stand upon. (Psalm 37:23-29) (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see your life as extraordinary and one that is meant to make a difference that will never be forgotten or erased.
A DREAM THAT WILL CATCH YOUR HEART
That all-too-quotable Yogi Berra once said, “If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” (I think that happened to me once.)
But even if you know where you want to end up, do you REALLY WANT to be there? I'm not talking about traveling now, but where we're going with our lives. Is the dream you are following really that important to you?
Most people are not lazy. They simply have uninspiring goals. They don't accomplish what they set out to do because they lose interest. The dream they are following is simply not that important to them.
But then I think of Dennis Oehler. He ran the 100-meter dash in 11.73 seconds. Record-holder Maurice Greene ran it in 9.79 seconds, almost two seconds faster. So what's the big deal? Maurice Greene has two legs. Dennis Oehler has one. One leg -- and a huge dream.
The truth is -- we are always highly motivated when something means a great deal to us. If I fell into a deep lake and I didn't know how to swim, I would become highly motivated in an instant. Climbing from the lake would mean more to me than anything else in the world. My effort would be no less than astounding and I would suddenly become one of the most excited and enthusiastic persons imaginable.
And that goes for anything that is truly important to us. If we want something badly enough, we will find necessary energy, excitement and drive to grasp it.
Writer Tim Redmond says this about following worthwhile dreams: “There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few that catch my heart...it is those I consider to pursue.”
Is your dream big enough -- important enough -- to catch your heart?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Isaiah 40:28-29 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.”
Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WISDOM OF THE SOUL
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Today’s Selected Testimony: SAND OR GRAVEL?
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry