What Is Your Focus? Possibilities or Challenges?

If you ever try to tell me why something cannot be done, you may find that I can be pretty dense. I tend to be headstrong. If I have an idea, you may get me to question it, but if God gave it to me there’s no chance I will budge.

How about you? Do you focus on the possibilities or the challenges?

When I was younger – even just a few years back, if something seemed to be an insurmountable challenge, I would not want to attempt it. If I had to learn to do something extremely difficult, or if I had to overcome a fear of something, it would take God a long time to get me moving. Sometimes it took years.

To get me going, God deals with me in 2 ways. Either He sends plenty of whatever I am afraid of to push me beyond my fears, or He sends the answer to whatever excuse I have holding me back. As soon as I stop making excuses and face my fears, we can get on with whatever God was waiting on me to do.

After I recognized the pattern, I adopted a new strategy that been working pretty well.

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2 Corinthians 5:7

Here are three additional verses that speak more specifically to what may tend to hold you back or trip you up.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

You do not have to walk by fear, and if God intends for you to do it, He will provide. Romans 8:28 is for when you have no clue what God is doing. Honestly, sometimes not knowing is a good thing.

I was recently asked about my plans for something. The only answer that I could give was that I will walk through whatever door God opens. I will even walk through fire if He tells me to.

God permits us to pass on doing what He asks. At times, He permits us to force things into existence. Walking with God and following His lead is to learn to do neither pass nor force. It is to be where He wants us to be and doing what He wants us to do. It is not dragging our feet nor rushing ahead.

What will you do? Will you run ahead? Will you lag behind? Or, will you walk with God?

LIFE APPLICATION

Today’s challenge is to work the plan God gives you and not your own. Be wise enough and clear headed enough to know the difference. Understand that just because you think you can’t doesn’t make it so. And just because it sounds like something you’d want to do, it doesn’t mean that you should do it. Attempt to walk with God. Don’t run ahead of His will for you, but don’t drag your feet either. Be encouraged. His timing is always perfect!

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