Have you ever heard or said the expression “Just get a grip?”
Have you ever said, “Well, I can’t seem to get a grip on this situation?”
Have you ever told someone, “You need to get a grip?”
This morning as I was meditating. . .it stirred in me that believers need to get a grip of what’s been holding them back from achieving what God created and endowed them to do. . .and from fulfilling His vision for their lives in 2021.
If you were to look up get a grip in the dictionary. . .you would find two definitions.
“to make an effort to control your emotions and behave more calmly” and “to understand how to deal with something.”
There is one person. . .only one. . .who can help you get a grip.
Many people have friends and/or family will listen to your dilemma. . .but you can’t be assured they won’t judge or talk about what they’ve heard.
Matthew 11:28-30 in the Message Bible says:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Get away with the one who can make your yoke easy and your burden light.
The great thing about the Holy Spirit. . .is that when you talk. . .He listens, answers and directs. . .all without the meter running.
Proverbs 3:5-6 in the Message Bible 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.”
We can rejoice because God will keep us on track.
Jeremiah 33:2-3 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).”
Also, want to share the Message Bible translation of Jeremiah 33:3 which says:
“`I'll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.'”
Praise God, we can have confidence in knowing when we don’t know what to do or handle a particular problem. . .God always does.
Psalm 86:5-7 says:
“In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”
Let me tell you one other thing. . .I really love about God . . . He’s even available on weekends and holidays.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity. . .”
Our Heavenly Father will also teach us how to overcome our past and the adversities of life . . . so you can have a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10 NLT).
Isaiah 41:8 in the Message Bible says:
“Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."
Some people can never get a grip on life. . .because they’re always more concerned about what others think about them . . .even, more so, than what God thinks.
Here’s a fact.
What you think about you. . .is more important than what anybody else thinks about you.
Realize other people don’t think about you as much as you think they think about you.
Here are five things to help you come to grips with how you see you.
# 1 Who’s your Daddy?
Genesis 1:26 says:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. . .”
I like the New Living Translation of Genesis 1:26 which says:
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…”
You’re created like the Master of the Universe. . .that ought to help your self-image.
# 2 Don’t compare yourself to anybody else.
First, there is nobody else like you in the world. God make you to be unique. . .one of a kind . . . nobody else has your fingerprints or voice print. You are not comparable to anyone else.
When I was in high school, I always justified my behavior by comparing myself to other people. I remember saying “at least, I didn’t do what they did.”
Our only measure of comparison should be Jesus. WWJD … What would Jesus do. . . is so much more than a slogan for a bracelet.
# 3 Create a list of the things in your life that you’re proud of. . .regardless of whether they’re big or small.
I’m looking at a book in my library as I type this teaching entitled “Thus Far.” It’s the autobiography of Kelsey Grammer, known as Frazier Crane, from the TV shows Cheers and Frazier. His title suggest he isn’t through being creative yet … don’t you be either.
As you create your list. . .remember the words found in Zechariah 4:10 in the New Living Translation which says:
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin…”
# 4 Write out the list of the things that are most positive in your life. . .character qualities, work habits, etc.
If you don’t see the good in you. . .nobody else will.
Ask those closest to you to help you list your most positive characteristics. . .they should give you an honest answer.
Maximize your strengths.
# 5 Write out a list of the things . . .you need to change in your life.
Not only make the list. . .but create a plan to make the changes which you feel need to be changed.
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you in the way. . .in which you can change. Review the very first point of this teaching.
Remember, change is a door that can only be opened on the inside.
If you feel the pressures of life. . .dog piling on you. . .maybe it’s time for you to step back. . .so you can step up.
Need to get a grip. . .focus on these six steps.
# 1 Rest your mind
Exodus 14:14 in the Amplified Bible:
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”
# 2 Relax your grip
Psalm 9:9 in Message Bible says:
“God's a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive, you relax; you're never sorry you knocked.”
# 3 Reflect on your future
Psalm 119:15 in the New Living Translation:
“I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.”
# 4 Refresh your soul
Matthew 11:28 in the Amplified Bible offers us a “refreshing” that never ends.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]”
# 5 Renew your hope
Psalm 94:19 in the New Living Translation:
“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”
# 6 Rejoice in the opportunities God is giving you today
Psalm 118:24 in the Amplified Bible says:
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I want to end this call with two powerful quotes.
First, anonymous. . .however, that is. . .said:
“Keep dwelling on your Past and you'll never get a grip on your Future.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes said:
“It is possible for you to get a grip on the thing that used to have a grip on you. And instead of it controlling you...you are now controlling it.”BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS