My plan tonight was to teach on COVID-19 otherwise known as (Christ Overcomes Virus & Infectious Diseases) Joshua 1:9 but God directed me to teach this message instead.) Maybe, it's for you.
Over the years, I’ve counseled so many partners to wait for the Isaac God promised because they don’t need to impatiently substitute an Ishmael in their lives.
It’s always best to wait for God’s best. . .because life is too short to do anything without God's best.
Recently, I came across a quote which not only fired my imagination but confirmed the advice I’d given over the years.
“It's best to wait for the one you want than settle for one that's available. Best to wait for the one you love than one who is around.”
As I was meditating on waiting for God’s best. . .I began to type the “Experiencing God’s Best.NOW.”
1. 20/20 Vision
I’m a great driver. . .probably have driven close to if not over, a million miles.
For several years, driving at night was a challenge for me. Truthfully, I couldn’t read a sign until I was right up on it.
My difficulty wasn’t with depth perception but blurred letters. That’s not a big problem if you’re driving in familiar territory but if you’re in different states. . .it’s not cool.
I finally relented and got glasses for night driving. The difference was immediate and amazing. I now had 20/20 vision at night.
Unfortunately, many believers are traveling with blurred vision even though their natural eyesight is perfect. If you know what God wants to do in and through your life. . .then you’ve got 20/20 spiritual vision.
Some hesitate to take corrective responses. . .because they’re unsure of their purpose and His vision for their lives. And sadly, some just aren’t sure how to make things happen.
Please write this next statement down. . .and get it engrafted into your spirit.
Once you understand what God is leading you to do with your life. . .then you’ll find a way to make it happen.
But you must stop traveling with the herd. . .going wherever life or your current circumstances take you.
If you decide to go with the flow. . .you’ll be floating downstream with dead fish and debris from everybody else. Winners swim upstream.
Proverbs 29:18 says:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for vision is chazown (H2377) which means:
“vision, oracle, prophecy (divine communication).”
This literally means a revelatory unction and direction from the Lord. When you have a vision, it is personal . . . it’s unique to you. . .something that’s God ordained and visualized to be a part of your life.
How can you correct your spiritual vision?
The answer is found in 2 Chronicles 20:20 in the Contemporary English Version which says:
“. . .Listen my friends, if we trust the Lord God and believe what these prophets have told us, the Lord will help us, and we will be successful.”
2. Dependent on God. . .independent from everyone else
Do you want God to take pleasure in you?
Then you will need to depend on Him.
Psalm 147:11 says:
“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
The Message Bible translation of Psalm 147:11 says:
“Those who fear God get God's attention; they can depend on his strength.”
So, if we want God to take pleasure in us. . .we must depend on His strength.
Proverbs 3:5 in the New Living Translation says:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
We must be dependent on Him. . .trusting His instructions. . .and not our own ability to figure things out.
When you become totally dependent on God. . .you will be independent of everyone else and what they think.
The Message Bible translation of Proverbs 3:5-7 says:
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!”
God wants us dependent upon Him and His Word. . .for our direction, protection and prosperity…for literally everything in our lives.
Lamentations 3:25 in the New Living Translation says:
“I say to myself, `The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!’ The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.”
We may face dire consequences. . .if we aren’t dependent on His Word and obedient to His instructions.
Deuteronomy 30:15 in The Living Bible says:
“Look, today I have set before you life and death, depending on whether you obey or disobey.
Not only should we be dependent on Him. . .we must give Him the glory and honor He deserves.
President Harry Truman once said:
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
Sounds nice but I believe. “There is no limit to what you can accomplish when you give God the credit.”
3. Understand work is a good four-letter word
I believe in dreams. . .in fact, I believe in day dreaming. . .but I also believe in working, pursuing goals and making my dreams come true.
Proverbs 12:11 in the new Living Translation says:
“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense…”
Proverbs 12:14 in the New Living Translation points out that hard work creates an inner joy with benefits.
“Telling the truth gives a man great satisfaction and hard work returns many blessings to him.”
Proverbs 12:24 in the New Living Translation says:
“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.”
Initiative is not a criterion for your wants but it is a requirement for prosperity.
Proverbs 13:4 in the New Living Translation says:
“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”
Verse after verse proves that hard work is beneficial to you.
Proverbs 14:23 in the New Living Translation says:
“Work brings profit; talk brings poverty!”
Proverbs 16:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed.”
One final verse.
Proverbs 16:26 in the Message Bible says:
“It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.”
If you don’t have an appetite for hard work. . .you’ll spend your life hungry for what might have been.
4. Scriptural confidence in who you are and what you can do through Him.
Scriptural confidence sustains you when no one else is around or it seems there’s no way out of the mess you’re in.
Never put your confidence in things. . .for they will rust or wear away.
Never put all your confidence in people. . .for they will disappoint you.
Psalm 146:3-4 in the New Living Translation says:
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.”
There is One who will never let us down. . .or forsake us.
Philippians 3:3-4 in the New Living Translation says:
“. . . We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!”
Never allow adversity. . .the turbulence of your circumstances or the words of another shake your confidence in His Word.
2 Corinthians 7:16 in the New Living Translation says:
“I am very happy now because I have complete confidence in you.”
We can have complete confidence in our Heavenly Father and His Word.
2 Corinthians 3:12 in the New Living Translation says:
“Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.”
I’m going to make another statement that I want you to write down and remember.
Whoever you spend the most time with. . .is the person you have the most confidence in.
Hebrews 11:1 in the New Living Translation says:
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
This would be a great place to shout HALLELUJAH!!!!
5. Readiness to change
One of my favorite songs is “A Change Is Gonna Come” written by the late Sam Cooke.
My point in mentioning the song is not to review the lyrics or Cooke’s motivation for writing it. . .though both are interesting. However, I just want you to know. . .change is gonna come in your life. . .one way or another.
Either you will precipitate the change for good. . .or circumstances may change things for the worse.
There is one absolute when it comes to change.
God does not change. . .never has. . .never will. . .but you can change things when they need changing. . .and you should.
Malachi 3:6 says:
“For I am the LORD, I change not. . .”
By trusting God. . .obeying His instructions. . .good change is coming in our lives.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says:
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
The Message Bible translation of 2 Corinthians 3:18 says:
“And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
Obeying the Word. . .will change your circumstances for good.
Acts 26:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.”
What changes you and the rest of the world. . .the truth. . .the Word.
Colossians 1:6 in the New Living Translation says:
“This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.”
When all is said and done. . .will it all be said and done. . .or will the fruit of your life keep talking and doing. . .long after you’re gone?
6. Make wise decisions.
First, this is a decision you make.
Job 22:28 in The Living Bible says:
“You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.”
If you’ve been living in the land of not enough. . .occasionally traveling through life with just enough. . .then you need to decide that today. . .things are going to change.
Second, you must make a decision whom you will serve.
1 Corinthians 2:2 in The Living Bible says:
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. “
Third, you must decide walk in His ways and keep His Word.
Deuteronomy 26:17 in the Amplified Bible says:
“You have [openly] declared the Lord this day to be your God, [pledging] to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes and His commandments and His precepts, and to hearken to His voice.”
Fourth, when you act on your decision. . .things begin to change.
Genesis 24:42 in the New Century Version says:
“Today I came to this spring. I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, please make my trip successful.”
Fifth, things change today. . .by the decisions you make or fail to make.
Deuteronomy 30:15 in The Living Bible says:
“Look, today I have set before you life and death, depending on whether you obey or disobey.”
Sixth, once you make a decision. . .He wants you to keep it.
Deuteronomy 6:6 in the New Century Version says:
“Always remember these commands I give you today.”
Seventh, decide today. . .how you will use your time and who you will serve.
Psalm 90:12 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.”
You decide. . .not somebody else. . .not the passing of time on a clock. . .you decide what you will do with every minute of every day God has given to you.
One more thing, you may not have what you want. . .because you don’t yet know what you want out of life.
Do you have what it takes to turn your TV off. . .mute your cell phone. . .put your computer in sleep mode and either review or create goals for your future success?
Now that would be. . .a wise decision.
7. Never make excuses. . .accept responsibility for their actions.
“It’s not my fault.” “It wasn’t me.” “I didn’t do it.” “Nobody told me what to do.” “How was I supposed to know?” The list could go on and on. . .but I think you get the point.
I’ve said for years that. . .if you’re good at making excuses. . .you’ll never be good at anything else.
The moment you accept responsibility for your mistakes. . .is the very moment you begin a journey toward success.
I could write a great deal about responsibility but all I need is just one scripture.
Genesis 17:9 in the New Living Translation says:
“[The Mark of the Covenant ] Then God said to Abraham, `Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility.’”
Your responsibility is to accept the terms of your covenant with God.
Your responsibility is to READ YOUR BIBLE…DO WHAT IT SAYS.
This is not a Sunday responsibility . . . or one for personal emergences . . .no, obeying God’s word. . .is our responsibility 24/7.
Matthew 24:45 in the New Living Translation says:
“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.”
If you want to experience God’s best. . .you must learn to take responsibility for your actions and/or those of the people under your supervision. The buck stops with you.
One more thing.
Neither failure nor success is an accident. Either eventuality is the result of the decisions we make or the actions we take.
Psalm 37:4 says:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
When you give Him your best. . .He will give you His best.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS