It’s the New Year and you probably have taken the time to set some new goals for yourself. That’s great! But what happens when the year starts to go by and you still haven’t accomplished your goal(s)? What happens when you see everyone else around you doing the things that you desire to do and everything seems to happen so easy for them? Are you going to give up? At that point, it may seem tempting to come up with every excuse as to why you haven’t reached your goal. You may say, “I don’t have this”, “I don’t have that”, “I’m not qualified enough”, or “I’m just not good enough.” Sound familiar?? Don’t fall into the enemy’s trap. He wants you to compare your journey to whoever else, without even understanding what they’ve been through or how they got to where they are. They didn’t give up and you shouldn’t either.
I feel the Holy Spirit saying “work with what you have” and the truth is, you have more than you think. If your vision, goals, and dreams are all submitted unto the Lord, what makes you think that He won’t make a way to bring them to pass? If God has called you to do something, what makes you think that He would leave you stranded in the midst of the process? Some of us never see the end results we desire because we doubt God during the process. We doubt His character, we doubt His love, and we doubt His provision.
What has God placed on the inside of you? What has He put in your hands that you can use to accomplish the task at hand? You may not have the platform, you may not have the connections, you may not even have the money, but you have the Solid Rock on which you can stand, you have the Ominipotent God who holds the hearts of kings in His hand, Jehovah Jireh, the Almighty Provider. Do you not know what you’re working with–better yet, who you’re working with?
When we are not intentional about our prayer life and spending time with God, it can be easy to forget that He’s there. The less time we spend with God, the more we rob ourselves of opportunities to grow in knowing Him. This then leaves the enemy room to enter and feed us lies about who God is, and if we’re not careful, we’ll start to believe those lies. He will feed us lies like, “God is not really concerned with your life” or “God is not for you, He is angry with you.” If we allow these unhealthy thoughts to invade our minds, we will be drawn further and further away from the Lord, away from our destiny, away from ourselves.
What I mean is, comparison is not the only “thief of joy” as some may say. Comparrison threatens to take away our self-worth and our identity if we let it. Comparrison tells us that we are not good enough, that we are worthless, that we will never amount to who we are “called to be”. That is far from the truth! Your identity is in Christ, not in your accolades or accomplishments. God saw so much value in you that He sent his only son to die a gruesome death, to be crucified for your sin while you were yet a sinner! Lastly, you ARE ALREADY who you are called to be! Just because it hasn’t manifested in the natural, doesent mean it isn’t there. Everything that God will ever do through you, will always start inside of you. It’s like your genetic makeup! Some genes are strongly expressed, while others are suppressed. Just because some genes are expressed while others aren’t, does not mean they aren’t there. They are still apart or your genetic makeup and scientifically represent who you are biologically.
Remember this: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phillipians 1:6
God always finishes what He starts in us. He is faithful. According to Deuteronomy 31:6, He promises us, His children, that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Therefore, we must not abandon the process.
As you continue to go forth in your walk with Christ, I admonish you to keep your eyes on Him, the Author and Finisher or your salvation, and no one else! He will keep you in perfect peace and give you grace to accomplish that which He has called you to do. Be encouraged!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9 (ESV)