It is important that we always keep our zeal and desire for life strong. So many times because of the trials and tribulations of life we find ourselves becoming lackadaisical and uninspired to do anything that will add value to our life. What we must realize in these moments of discouragement is that it is normal to question our life’s purpose. It is normal to discount our gifts, talents and abilities because we think we are not able to make a difference in our own lives and in this world. What we must quickly tell ourselves however is that with our own strength we can accomplish very little, but when we add God into the equation and then include our giftings I believe our hearts will become encouraged and our minds will become refocused realizing that we can make a difference and that we have been equipped with the right tools that are needed to elevate our life and the lives of those around us. (Ephesians 1:3-5) (Romans 12:1-6)
It is in getting up again after we have fallen down that we can pick up the pieces, regroup and reinvigorate our desire to succeed and be triumphant in every endeavor that we plan on pursuing. We have to have the confidence that victory will be ours and that defeat will have no place in our life. When we study, prepare, practice and then execute our plans with purposeful intent I believe we will obtain the victory and stand atop the mountain. Being prepared is a biblical command as we read in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Be encouraged to start each new day with purpose. Set a plan for your life that you wish to see fulfilled. Write the vision down of what you wish to have and accomplish in your life and then with prayer, preparedness and focus go out and grasp what you know in your heart should be yours. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to never stand on the sidelines of life, but rather get in the race and count yourself worthy to receive all that God has prepared for you.
I ALWAYS WANTED TO
An old prospector wandered into a small town where he was accosted by a loud, obnoxious and quite drunken cowboy. The cowboy pointed his six-shooters in the old miner's direction and asked, “Old man, do you know how to dance?”
“Nope,” the prospector replied.
“Maybe you'd better learn,” said the cowpuncher. Hot lead kicked up dust around the old man's feet and he began to dance.
Soon, however, the guns were empty. Now the old prospector reached into his saddlebag and pulled out a sawed-off shotgun.
“Son,” he said, “You ever kissed a mule?”
Looking first at the shotgun, then at the spot where the mule's tail is attached to its body, the young cowboy got the message. “Nope,” he answered, “I never kissed a mule. But I always wanted to!”
Desire is another word for wanting to do something. And in real life, desire is not something that can be given by anyone else. If there is something you want to do, it is probably not because somebody is holding a gun to your head. You just want to do it. Your desire comes from the inside.
If you decide you want to improve, if you want a meaningful relationship or more fulfilling work, if you want a rich spiritual life or a healthier body, then the desire must come from your own heart. Nobody can make you want those things. They can support you and even inspire you, but only you can make it happen.
There may be a hundred reasons we think we can't be the people we want to be. But there is really only one. We don't want it badly enough.
It was George Washington Carver, an African American who probably did have a hundred reasons not to change his circumstances, who a century ago said, “Most people search high and wide for the keys to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.”
And that key is labeled “desire.”
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Proverbs 9:10-12 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: I REFUSE TO BE DISCOURAGED
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE LORD ALWAYS PROVIDES
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry