Do you carry around with you hope and dreams of what life “could be” like? Do you see yourself living a certain way, yet never getting close year after year? Are your days ticking by with no real satisfaction? You know there’s more for you, but what is holding you back?
I’ve realized after living almost half a century (ouch) that there truly is a spiritual enemy named Satan, who is after the God-given potential and purpose that we have ALL been given. He never wants you living the life that Jesus came to give - ABUNDANT (John 10:10). The Amplified says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
Can you say that you are living and enjoying life in abundance, to the full, till it overflows? If not, then we need to figure out why.
Are you afraid? Are you procrastinating? Are you unsure? These are just a few of the obstacles that hold us back from ever reaching the life we should be going after and experiencing.
In my study time of the Word, I’ve been looking at Ephesians 4:22-24:
“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life…And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.”
When I’m up against a situation where I might think or act the way I have done in the past that has not brought positive results, I identify it right away and begin to thank God that I have a new nature, a new attitude and a new way of thinking. Rather than thinking and acting the same way I always have in the past, I ask the Lord to show me how to think and act like HIM!
At times I’ve lacked confidence or have been insecure in what God has called me to do. I see other ministers with their charisma and passionate style of ministering, and I can begin to think, “I’m not that good. I don’t do it like so and so…” Then once I go in that direction in my thinking, I start procrastinating and the cycle begins. So, I’ve identified it as insecurity, which in reality is fear. I begin to get in God’s Word and find out what it says about fear, until I’ve built myself back up spiritually to face the enemy head on and continue with my purpose.
I want to encourage you to get alone with God and allow the Holy Spirit to pinpoint exactly what it is in your life that needs correcting and adjusting, so that you can identify and target your faith in the area you know you are struggling in and get back on the path headed to ABUNDANT living.
Face it head on and like Ephesians 4 says, strip yourself of that old way of thinking. I like the way the Living Bible says it, “your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.”
Don’t allow that old way of thinking and acting to dictate the direction your life is going to go in. You want God’s VERY BEST for your life? So make the adjustments necessary to get there! It’s waiting for you, but you have to do the work to ever see it! Don’t be overwhelmed by what needs to be done, be awed by all Jesus has already done for you…just walk towards your abundant life!
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Have a blessed day! Love, Jerriann