Monthly Archives: May 2012

KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR PURPOSE

 

Elijah told the prophets of Baal to pray to their gods to make it rain. He told them to pray harder. Then, when there was no rain he said to them ‘maybe your gods are sleeping. Maybe they haven’t woken up yet.’ After this, he asked the people to fetch him four large water pots – to pour over the decking. Such was his un-shaking and un-doubting faith in God.

 

But this is the same Elijah that fled from Jezebel. He ran and ran and ran – later to be found under a tree.

 

‘Elijah was afraid and ran for his life……….
He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough Lord” he said. “Take my life. I am no better than my ancestors.”

 

1st Kings 19 vs 3 – 6

 

What happened? How did a man of passionate faith and unflinching courage become a man so scared for his life – to the point of being suicidal?

 

When we are filled with the Holy spirit we are capable of achieving anything and fear absolutely nothing.

 

‘Greater is He that is inside of us than He that is on the outside.’

 

1st John 4 vs 4

 

However there will be times when we are not so filled with the Holy spirit. At these times
we’re not so courageous and powerful.
So – there are times when we are up and there are times when we are rather far from up.

 

Elijah was a human being -just like you and I. And like all human beings he too was capable of massive high points in his life as well as huge low ones. It is during the low points in life that we find out who we really are.

 

When things are not going your way; when everything seems so difficult; when you don’t feel that you are capable of achieving your objectives; when everything seems to be conspiring against your progress, how do you react?

 

Let’s be real here. We all experience moments when we feel a little sorry ourselves. Those thoughts that maybe this is not your path; the temptation to try something safer – something in your comfort zone. But these are the moments when you need to cling to your vision of your purpose and your mission.

 

These are actually the moments that enable you to become stronger in your faith; stronger in your resolve, and stronger in your belief in yourself. There is no-one that can claim to have made no mistakes in life. No successful person can claim not to have failed a few times on their way to success. It’s learning from mistakes and failures that help us to grow into the people that we need to be to accomplish our mission.

 

Thomas Edison tried over a thousand times before he got it right. Bill Gates was turned down by IBM. Steve Jobs was more or less sacked by his own company. Barack Obama failed four times to be elected a senator. But the reason we all know about them now is because they never gave up. They made mistakes. They failed many times. I’m sure some of those close to them thought they were nuts to keep trying over and over again. But they held on to their passion. They held on to their vision. They held on to their purpose. They never gave up, until eventually they succeeded.

 

Much later on the Lord said to Elijah, “Go back the way you came, and go to the desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.”

 

1st Kings 19 vs 15

 

Elijah did as the Lord directed. He’d had his low point. He’d had his huge moment of serious doubt. But he kept trusting and obeying God. He didn’t give up. He went on to fulfil his purpose.

 

There will be many highs and there will be many lows.

 

Always keep your eyes on fulfilling your purpose.

 

Always keep going. You will make it.


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The Battle Is In Your Mind

Then he said to me. Do not fear, Daniel, from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel 10 vs 12 – 13

A few years ago, someone gave me an interesting interpretation of the above verses. He told me that the verses refer to the fact that sometimes our prayers, though answered by God, can be held up and delayed by the devil before reaching us. I found this interpretation both interesting and frightening. For it suggested that the devil has the power to block our blessings, thereby in many instances blocking growth and development.

But hang on! Jesus died on the cross so that our sins are forgiven once and for all. He rose again to have power over ALL things. Only God is above Christ. He told us that ‘He will send another’ – the Holy Spirit of God to dwell with us. Indeed the Spirit of God dwells inside of you. You have direct access to the Almighty. You have direct access to absolute power. Indeed by the very nature of the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells inside you, you are also an ‘Absolute Power’ and an Absolute Authority.

The devil has no power to stop or delay your blessings or your great future. But he is an extremely good liar. He can deceive you to the point of reducing you to a state of being at a complete standstill.

The fact is that God heard your prayer as soon as you said it. He sees your heart. He knows what He has given you; what He has blessed you with. It is in line with His will for you to fulfill your mission on earth. That is true success – fulfilling the mission that God placed you here for. But you need to believe it. You need to visualise it. Seeing is believing.

‘As a man thinks, so he is’.

You need to know that it’s yours to go and get. Your blessings, your talents and your gifts are already inside you. You great future is already here. But you need to believe and grab it with both hands.

What the prince of Persia – the prince of the air – the devil, can do is to make you think that the blessings, the gifts and the talents are not there at all. He will try to make you believe that you do not have what it takes to fulfill your dreams – what you were created for. That is what causes the delay is. The real obstruction is your lack of belief in what God has already given you; your lack of belief in yourself.

The war has already been won. It was won on the cross. But the daily battles, the ones in your mind, still have to be fought.

It’s up to you. You can either chose to believe that the almighty has already blessed you with everything you need to fulfill your mission. Or you can chose to believe the lies of satan that you don’t have what it takes.

Today, chose to believe that God has already won the war. Chose to believe in yourself.

Keep Going

David was anointed to be the king of Israel at the age of 15. He then spent the next couple of decades on the run from Saul; in anguish, in turmoil and more or less destitute. Imagine how he must have felt during this period. I’m sure there were many times he felt like giving up. He didn’t give up though. He kept believing. He kept going.

He eventually became king; and a great one too.

No matter what you’re going through right now, remember that life is a journey. You have to go through the necessary stages of your own personal development process. You have already been anointed to be the person you are destined to be. The key is not to give up. The people that succeed and win are the ones that never give up.

Trials and tribulations are what help you to mature and develop into the character and person that God created you to be.

Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up. Keep believing. Keep going.


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