Perspective

Rain can be so peaceful. Yes I know, some may not agree and that’s ok. Every person has their own perspective. That’s what makes them special.

To some, rain can trigger sadness, depression, tragedy. Whereas, to others the drops from the heavens can represent growth, new seasons or refreshing.  You get what I’m saying?

Either way, respect the perspective of others. This doesn’t mean you have to agree. Sometimes my views might be based on my biblical principles, my experience or my history.  Whatever the case, just agree to disagree and respectfully move on.

No More Excuses…IT’S TIME TO MOVE!

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge and dedicate this post to my wonderful pastor, Apostle Diane Washington of the Trinity Deliverance Church in Detroit, MI.  She is such an inspiration to me and I am grateful that God has placed her in my life.

Well, here we are again.  For those of you that have chosen to join me by reading this post, I say, “congratulations.”  Why you ask?  My prayer is that after you read this, it will cause you to MOVE; to become mobile; to place you in a forward motion toward fulfilling your destiny.

WARNING: this message might cause you to be propelled rather quickly into your destiny.

Please make sure that you are sitting in a quiet place so that you can meditate on this message.

Now, this message is a little longer than most, so please be prepared and give yourself some time to truly read and take it all in.  First, before we get into the message, there’s something that I need you to do.  I want you to go and get two pieces of paper.  OK, I’m waiting…go ahead.  On one sheet, I want you to write down WHAT YOU THINK YOUR PURPOSE IS (INDIVIDUALLY, IN YOUR CHURCH, ETC.). Next, write on the second sheet of paper, IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE, WHY YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT WALKING IN YOUR CALLING?  WHAT EXCUSES DO YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE FOR NOT WALKING IN YOUR GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE?  At the end of this message, we are going to take a step of faith and literally throw out the paper with all of the excuses in the trash (literally).  We are throwing all EXCUSES in the trash, and the only thing that will remain is our God-given purpose.

One thing that I’ve learned in my 40-something years, is that when we stay too long outside of God’s will—not walking in our God-given purpose, we can become a hindrance. Not only to ourselves, but to others as well.  We never know what will flow from our obedience to God.  Our YES to God, could be tied to the deliverance of a person, or to the deliverance of a nation (Like Esther).  God worked through the life of this one young woman to save the Jewish people from total annihilation.  In the book of Esther, it explains how God chose to use a peasant girl from a nation in exile to be queen by a powerful Persian king.  In the book entitled, “Finding Favor with the King,” the author points out that King Xerxes passed over as many as 1,459 other candidates from other nations and Persia’s own 127 province-nations to select Esther (Tenney, 2003).  As we see at the end of her story; God CHOSE Esther to be a part a much larger, and important purpose—TO SAVE A NATION.  Remember, with God there is always a larger vision associated with you.

Listen, there is purpose on the inside of you ready to come forth.  For a moment, let’s think about all that a pregnant mother and the baby goes through for nine-months.  Ladies, do you remember how you felt when you knew it was time for your precious baby to be born.  I don’t know about you, but I was uncomfortable, tired, ready to PUSH, afraid, and excited all at the same time.  There are so many risks associated with a child staying in its mother’s womb past 40 weeks.  We know that waiting too long could cause harm to the child and mother.

With that said, I would dare to say that the reason why so many saints are frustrated and discontented is because they are past their due date.  Your purpose is ready to be birthed and you are not pushing.  During pregnancy for some mothers who were a little past their due date, were encouraged to walk, which for some would bring on contractions leading to a normal delivery.  Well…it’s time for US to MOVE…we are way past our due date and it’s time to move…IT’S TIME TO PUSH.  If we don’t, there’s a possibility that the (THE VISION) might be delayed and even die.  It’s time to get to work…MOVE….MOVE.  It’s time for us to envision ourselves MOBILE.

What causes us to avoid walking in/fulfilling our purpose?

Are you Running? We know our purpose, but we’re running: Read Jonah, Chapters 1-4; Loss of faith, so I’m going to help God: Sarah (Genesis, Chapters 16, 18,  20-22); Regrets; Fear; Blame; Pride; Failures; Past hurts or wounds; Afraid that you’ll succeed, which bring more responsibility and accountability…and the list goes on.

Now, most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah.  In Jonah, Chapter 1 (when you have a moment, read all 4 chapters), we know that Jonah knew his calling, but was running from God.  Jonah is commissioned by God to preach repentance to the Gentile nation Assyria and its capital of Nineveh, because the people were very wicked.  Jonah hated this idea because Nineveh was one of Israel’s greatest enemies and he wanted nothing to do with preaching to them.  This was an especially hard assignment since the Assyrians had a brutal and oppressive reputation.

Sometimes God will cause us to go a route that we didn’t plan, or like or understand in order for us to learn a lesson (to get out of you whatever it is that will hinder the fulfillment of His plan).  But the sad part is, there’s a possibility that we may never learn the lesson (read Chapter 4). It is totally left up to the individual.  Again, What is it going to take to PROPEL you into your PURPOSE?  Will it take a great fish like Jonah to propel you into your future?  Will it take a 40-year wilderness journey?  Will it take another test? God forbid.  Just say, YES. 

There are so many other reasons you might have.  But whatever the reason or excuse, I’ve learned that excuses can cause us to develop distorted thinking, which causes delays, which causes regrets, which causes resentment…and so on and so on.

Our disobedience has CONSEQUENCES:

Let’s look at Moses for a moment.  In Numbers, chapter 20, we read that there was no water for the congregation and they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.  Throughout their (the Israelites) wilderness journey, they continued to murmur and complain.  In verse 3 it reads…‟If only we had perished when our brothers perished [in the plague] before the Lord!” (AMP).  Further along, the Word shares with us that Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the Lord in prayer.  They needed to get instructions from God, and He answered them.  God gave them specific instructions to take the rod, assemble the congregation, speak to the rock in front of them, so that it will pour out its water.  But as you read further, you can hear that Moses sounds angry as he called them “rebels” and struck the rock twice [instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded].

He raised his hand [in anger] and with his rod he struck the rock as the Lord had commanded].  The water poured out and the congregation drank, but the Lord shared with Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as Holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Moses allowed the (OTHER VOICES) to get him off course; ultimately, the consequences were that he and Aaron would miss out on The Promise.  Wow!  Let’s ponder on that for a moment.

We could continue to go on with this discussion with so many examples.  But let’s stop for a moment as we prepare to TOSS AWAY OUR EXCUSES.  God has called you to be a part of HIS PLAN.  Will you refuse, will you make excuses or will you say YES?  Understand that the life that God has given you is not your own; we are all His children and we belong to Him.  When we pray, “Lord let Your Will be done in my life,” do we really mean it? When we say, “He is the Lord of our lives,” do we really mean it?  Ask yourself, when I say “No” could it be possible that I could become a hindrance to God’s plan?  Yes, I know what you’re thinking.  God can use any one of His children to get the job done, and I would say that you are correct.  But He has made you unique, fearfully and wonderfully made, different from anyone else, and He has a special purpose just for YOU.  He wants to perfect you in this journey and He has promised that He’ll never leave or forsake us.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  As I have always said, in the end, We want God to get all of the Glory!

I don’t know what or who your God-given purpose is attached to, but you better believe that your “yes” or “no” could possibly impact the life of one person or a nation; a neighbor or a neighborhood; a family member or an entire generation.  There really is peace in the “YES” because we know if we are walking in His purpose, the outcome assuredly will be good.

ALRIGHT!! DO YOU HAVE YOUR EXCUSES WRITTEN DOWN?  GET READY!! NOW LET’S TOSS THE EXCUSES IN THE TRASH, AND PICK UP OUR PURPOSE AND RUN WITH IT.  LET’S MOVE FORWARD AND ADVANCE GOD’S KINGDOM.  WE ARE NEVER LOOKING BACK.  NO REGRETS, NO EXCUSES!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!

While putting this message together, I kept hearing this song in my spirit. Listen and be encouraged.