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After years of being a doubter, I finally decided to believe God at His word.
Imagine telling a friend of yours how you are going to do something for him, help him, or serve him in some capacity. Could you imagine your friend saying, “I don’t believe you. Even if you’ve done it before, I still don’t believe you”?
It would probably hurt your feelings.
You just want to help your friend, but he doesn’t believe you. He says, “Your word is not good enough.”
Every time we doubt God’s word, we are telling Him the same thing. We say, “God, I can’t believe you at your word.”
When we can’t believe God at His word, we really miss out on what He has for us. God still does what He says He’s going to do because His promises are irrevocable, but we miss out on the joy of the relationship.
What if you continued to do for your friend what you promised, but your friend still never believed you?
Think about God from this perspective: He’s just looking for someone to believe Him at His word. Are you that person?
A few weeks ago, my son was playing around one of my wife’s file boxes. He noticed a fly that kept landing on the file box. Suddenly, he started shaking the box and flipping it over.
My wife, who was startled by what Aaron was doing, said, “What are you doing, Aaron?”
Aaron replied, “I’m trying to get this fly off of the box,” while he violently shook and turned over the box (he’s 4 by the way).
My wife said, “Don’t worry about it, the fly can’t hurt the box.”
The Fly Can’t Hurt the Box
How many times do we get shaken in our lives, thinking that the fly’s of this world will hurt us?
As I thought about this situation it reminded me of how easy it is for us to focus on the little nuances of life that try to shake our confidence in the Lord. I bet if we stepped back, we would realize that much of what we think are dangerous things to be worried about, are simple distractions from fly’s.
Isaiah had a clear picture of who this fly really is. In Isaiah 14:16-17, he says, “‘Those who see you will gaze at you and consider you, saying: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of the prisoners?”‘”
If we begin to focus on the Creator and who He is, we won’t have time for the fly’s that buzz in and out of our life. So the next time the fly lands on your file box, don’t worry about it, he can’t hurt your file box.
The other day we were in the drive-thru at the bank, depositing some money. My four year old son knew that when we went to the bank, his chances of getting a lollipop from the teller were pretty good.
So, unashamedly, he started asking for a lollipop.
His experience had taught him that if he asked for a lollipop every time we went to the bank, he would get one.
This intrigued me because he was so bold in his asking (my son is usually pretty shy).
He didn’t think to care if his asking was rude or inappropriate. He wasn’t afraid that we would say no or the bank wouldn’t let him have one.
He didn’t have any of the experiences in life that would tell him otherwise.
I believe that most of the time we are too afraid to ask God for what we really desire.
What do you desire that you haven’t asked God for?
Take a chance and ask God.
You never know what He’s going to say until you ask Him.
Christian Business: Overwhelmed with Tips & Techniques
What can you possibly do with all of this information?
Don’t get me wrong, tips and techniques can be great, but when you start getting them from everyone they become overwhelming and confusing.
That’s why we need the spirit of peace to combat this confusion. Peace comes from knowing who God is and what He is up to. Jesus said that He only did what He saw the Father doing, and speak what He heard the Father speaking.
How can you apply Jesus’ example to your business?
My name is Mark Santiago and I am a Figure-it-out-aholic. It’s been three days since the last time I tried to figure it out.
It’s been tough, but God has helped me through it.
Every time I didn’t know what to do, instead of asking God, I would just try to figure it all out.
I was addicted to figuring it out. I didn’t like having to always figure it out, but I felt like God probably didn’t want to tell me what I should do. Basically, I thought that it was up to me to figure everything out.
One day, I decided enough was enough. It was time for me to stop figuring it out and start asking God…
And you know what? He actually answered.
I started asking Him the questions and He started answering me.
Now, every time I have a problem to solve and feel like I’ve got to figure it out, I start asking God.
After all, God is the only One who has it all figured out.
This week, instead of asking God to bless your business, ask Him to be IN your business.
Ask Him to reveal the customers that you should be focused on. I guarantee He’ll reveal a strategy you hadn’t thought of before.
When we have hope in our lives it inspires us to do great things, to accomplish greatness. But, often times our hope is not in Christ, but it is in the things of the world.
So what happens when the hope that we have fails? What happens when we stop accessing hope for our lives and businesses?
You stop doing the things you know you should do.
You start to question everything you heard from the heart of the Father.
You listen to everyone but God.
You struggle for answers.
You forget who you are.
You stop believing.
How do you stay in hope?
You remember who God is and what He’s done.
You stay in His word and His promises.
You remember who you are as a Son.
You start believing Him at His word, not your experiences.
You are filled…
Your life and your business are essential to God’s plan for the earth. Don’t ever forget that. The dream that he planted in you shall come to pass.
Hope in Him and He will never fail.
When a thought comes into your mind do you automatically agree with it? Or do you stop and think, “Is this from God or the enemy?”
You have the ability to agree with those thoughts or disagree with them. What you choose to agree with will become your actions.
Begin choosing the small thoughts you will agree with and you’ll start seeing big changes happen!