No Holding Back

Let’s throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles, and run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Heb 12:1).

What holds us back from enthusiastically following God’s plan for us? In my own life it has ranged from “You don’t really mean me, God?” to “I am definitely not dong that!” From timidity to downright rebellion.

There are many other things in-between that hinder us like guilt, or bitterness, or not moving on from past mistakes, or harmful relationships.

The important thing to remember is that God would never give us a job to do without thoroughly equipping us to handle it. It is not timid-sinful-guilty-unprepared-unknowledgeable me, but rather the Creator who makes grace abound giving sufficiency in all things, and an abundance for His good work (2 Corin 9:8).

 

More than Conquerors

You are so valuable that the Creator of the universe and the ruler of darkness of this world battle for you every day!! Although it is spiritual, it is still very real. Just turn on the news and you’ll see it clearly displayed. The weapons are lies and deceit vs. faith and truth.

The most powerful weapon is the word of God—speaking it, absorbing it in our heart, living it. God’s own Son battled the enemy on the mountain, not by His Godly power, but by quoting scripture, the same ammunition that is at our disposal too. It can be used defensively when we’re attacked, or offensively to fortify our heart.

I have included scriptures at the end of this entry as the start of an arsenal to repeat and claim. They’re not magical, but they are powerful:

I can’t ______………..I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength(Phil 4:13).

My life is insignificant…… I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12). He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I can do all the good things He planned for me long ago (Eph 2:10).

God could never forgive my past… I am washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor 6:11).

I am afraid… When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3).

If only I was _______….I am God’s masterpiece(Eph 2:10).
Many of these were already paired by Pricilla Shirer and Nancy DeMoss, but the most meaningful are the ones we find ourselves, those that jump off the page at the exact time when we need them.

Much to Do

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35).

The words of an old song go something like this, “If you’re too busy for God, Brother, you’re too busy.” What a trick of the deceiver overloading us with demands—work to do, texts and emails to respond to, school commitments, church commitments, sports, friends, exercise, and, oh yes, family. Feed your body, feed your mind, feed your soul. And guilt! if we dare let one of those slip.

In her book, Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that God gives us enough time to do what He has planned for us to do. He’s not going to leave out the important people or things, and He knows that we also need to relax and refresh.

Plugging in my phone is an important and necessary use of time—so, also, is plugging into the Ultimate Source of Power to recharge.

To Infinity and Beyond

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 This verse certainly applies to children, and I use it often when writing a word of encouragement on a graduation card. But I’m so glad that this verse has no expiration date. God has plans for our future until we take our last breath in this world, and the exciting part is that He has plans for us beyond that. Our value and usefulness extends into eternity…and that defines hope.