A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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Don't Bow Down to Nonsense
Stay At It
If you're doing good things and trying to live right, stay that way. Keep doing those things even if you have to cry and claw your way through. Even when you feel discouraged, stay with it. Our time is coming, but we must not grow weary. It doesn't matter who supports us and who doesn't. Don't give in to trying to fit in with the crowd, because they seem to be having more fun. Trust and believe that when they get home and look in the mirror they don't like how they're living. They know it's a road to nothing. You don't see that part though.
Stay who you are, live right, because eventually people will come to you for advice and prayer when they get tired enough. Just continue to do your positive things no matter the obstacles. If you succumb to the pressure you will be just like them, ordinary, normal, and standing on the corner to nowhere. A good book that talks about this is, The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson. It's a tiny yet powerful book about standing your ground and roughing it out until you get yours. There will be opposition coming at you and some of it will come from insecure, jealous, and miserable people. Wilkinson says some of them may even be family or friends who didn't live out their dreams.
There is a story in one of my favorite books of the bible, the book of Esther. I love the story of Esther, because there are so many lessons to learn from this book. One of the lessons is what happens when insecurity meets jealousy and jealousy meets misery. As you can imagine, it's not a good outcome. Enter Haman, the second man to the king. Haman had so much going for himself, but he got caught up in minding other people's business. He was a trusted official to the king and he had great influence and power, but all of it went to his head. He was arrogant, which lead to his downfall. He became so preoccupied with Mordecai, Esther's cousin, not bowing down or kissing up to him that he spent almost all his time plotting against Mordecai. Haman was also insecure, jealous, and miserable. He didn't like anyone he felt threatened by. In the end guess where Haman found himself? Hanging on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai.
The Haman Spirit
Do you know anyone with the Haman spirit? So insecure, jealous, and
miserable with themselves, they are not happy with anyone else? You ever wonder why your best friend is hardly ever happy for you when you give him great news? You ever wonder why, when great things happen to you, your favorite relative couldn't care less? You ever wonder why, when you are on your grind, just trying to do you, your hang out partners are always coming for you? A reality of life is we will have our Hamans, but we must fight our way through them.
If anyone suffers from the Haman spirit, no one has to. Listen, there is room for everyone to live better than we're living. Success is available to all of us. Maybe some of us have to work through some things in order to get there. If that's the case, just do whatever it is that needs to be done and keep it moving. God is a huge big God who will bless abundantly. We just have to stay focused on who matters (Him) and walk the way He dictates. When we focus first on His kingdom, so much more will be added to our lives. I'm telling you, it's true.
And when that happens, we will get the victory like Mordecai did.
Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post.
How are you feeling today? What kind of head space have you been in lately? I ask, because I'm just wondering if anybody feels like me -- free like me. Free as an eagle. Free as can be. That's right, out with doing business the old stale way and in with a fresh new operation. It's a shifting happening in the atmosphere of Sharon's life and I'm moving on to the big and awesome things God has for me. What do you say for yourself? What are you speaking over your life? What it is for you?
For me, I am no longer afraid to go out in the deep end. I am no longer afraid to fly higher, I am no longer concerned about what I have or do not have, and I am no longer concerned about what anybody thinks or says. Who the heck cares anymore? I don't. Because God tells me he doesn't give me a spirit of fear or timidity (2 Timothy 1:7), but He gives me a spirit of love, confidence, power, self-control, and joy. And I…
Do you know that no matter what you may be going through, you can encourage yourself in the Lord? And the Lord will give you the strength and power you need in order to get through? Yes, He will do it. He did it for David when David probably found it difficult to understand how he would endure. But, guess what? God was with him and God blessed him too. There are so many things I love about David. One of those things is that he encouraged himself in the Lord beyond the challenging circumstances he found himself in (1 Samuel 30:6).
When it seemed all was lost, David didn't give up. When everyone turned their backs on him, he stayed with his vision. When his family and community were taken, he went forth with what God told him to do. David never left the Lord in spite of his circumstances. I love that he did the opposite of what some of us would do, he stayed with God, he didn't run away from God. And he didn't try to take matters into his own hands. He ran towards the order…
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I just want to encourage you to keep looking up, keep following the light, and to keep the plans God has for your life, front and centered. Continue to look up towards heaven no matter what you're going through. If you're not going through anything, then that's good, just continue to ensure your gaze is still on the Lord. No matter where we are in life we have to keep God as the center of our lives and not get too busy for the He, the Father. We must remember that what He did for us and the blood He shed for each one of us to be here today is something to be worthy, something to be praised, and something to appreciate and be grateful for.
Looking up ensures we are looking towards the light, because Jesus is the Light and He sits on high. That's a fact, so…