Monthly Archives: April 2016
I don’t live for people’s compliments. If I did, I would die when they criticized me.
We all need a compliment or an encouraging word every now and then but we cannot live for those things. It’s far better to be a God pleaser then a people pleaser. God loves you unconditionally, every day, even at your worst. People? People are imperfect so we can’t rely on them more then we rely on God. There are time’s when we find ourselves alone and we have got to fight ourselves out of a corner and back to life, not roll over and die. If we allow our self-worth and self-esteem to be based solely upon what other people think or say instead of what God has already said & declared over our lives then when people deliver a criticism instead of a compliment, we’re gonna get messed up.
The best relationship advice I ever received was, “Don’t settle for Ishmael because God has your Isaac on the way.” At the time I received this advice, I ignored this advice and ended up in the WORST relationship I had ever experienced and almost lost my life. The point is, WAIT ON GOD. Don’t settle, don’t try to help God out, don’t try to hurry Him along, and don’t try to dress up the Ishmael YOU chose and parade him around like he’s Isaac. We can save ourselves a lot of necessary pain, tears, and delay of our promise if we learn to just WAIT.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this bible story I’ll give you a quick overview (strongly encourage you to look it up and read it for yourself it begins Genesis 17) God tells Abraham’s wife Sarah that she’s going to have a baby, she’s already 90 and decides to “help God out” and tells her husband to go into her maid and that’s when Ishmael is born. As you can imagine that didn’t go over too well when the baby got here and there was quite the commotion, and to make a long story short Isaac was born as God had promised and they could have saved themselves a whole bunch of trouble had they had just been patient.
You can waste years of your #life waiting for #God to “fix” someone else & never see it. Often times the thing that needs changing in our situation is us no matter how right or wrong we perceive the other person to be. If a person, situation, or behavior has you stressed out, annoyed, angry, or worried you’re what needs to change. See when we are TRULY new creatures in #Christ we should be manifesting the fruit of the Spirit so when something annoying is going on? You are supposed to respond in His image (love, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control ) and until you do? Whatever is disturbing your peace or causing you to lose your self-control is going to keep repeating it’s self until that prideful you no longer answers the door.
God gives everybody a dream and a destiny. You can’t have the destiny until you pass the pride test. Are you humble with the dream? Can you be happy for other people when they get blessed? Can you still be happy for them although you’re still waiting? Can you still be happy for them when you think you need it? Are you content when you have nothing? Until you can be humble with the dream, God can’t give you the destiny because the destiny can kill you if you’re not prepared (according to God not you) to handle it.
God doesn’t ever run out of favor & blessings. When you see someone else get blessed that doesn’t mean God ran out of blessings, gifts, talents, & favor for you. Once you learn how to genuinely celebrate other people’s blessings, stop comparing yourself and your situation to other people, stop envying what does not belong to you, and stop feelin some type of way because you feel like it should have been you first is when your blessings can start being released.
Perseverance produces character. You can’t persevere without a continued effort to achieve something DESPITE difficulties, failures, or opposition. Too many times we hijack the time table to our blessings because of the way we are responding.