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Fire On The Inside
By Joel Osteen - Aug 30, 2019
When David was seventeen years old, the prophet Samuel anointed him to be the next king of Israel. But instead of going to the palace, David went back to the lonely shepherds' fields. He was overlooked and mistreated by his family. When he finally made it to the palace to serve King Saul, Saul became jealous of David and tried to kill him. David had done no wrong, but he had to live on the run, hiding in caves and spending weeks in the desert. He could have been discouraged and thought, "God, this isn't fair. You had me anointed to be king but nothing is working out." David didn't have a give-up spirit. He didn't feel sorry for himself. He didn't let the circumstances talk him out of it. He had a warrior mentality. His attitude was, "I am not quitting. I am not settling for mediocrity. I know I have greatness in me. I'm going to become who God says I am." One reason David took the throne is he wanted it bad enough.

How bad do you want what God put in your heart? Bad enough to outlast your critics, bad enough to overlook some insults, bad enough to do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening. Do you want it bad enough to keep pursuing when all the circumstances say it's not going to happen? You can't be passive and indifferent. You have to have a holy determination. It's more than just your will. It's a fire on the inside, a passion, knowing that it's supposed to be yours. When everything says it's not going to happen, you kick into a new gear. Normal people would give up, but you're not normal. You want it on another level.

One of the saddest things would be to come to the end of life and wonder what we could have become. "What if I wouldn't have let people talk me out of my miracle? What if I would have broken away from the people who were causing me to compromise? What if I would have controlled my temper, treated my spouse with respect, taken that step of faith in my career and not played it safe all the time?" You don't have to wonder. You can start today. You can still become who God created you to be. The question is, do you want it bad enough? Stir your passion up and make the decision, "I'm going to pursue what God put in my heart. I'm going to go take steps to grow. I'm going to come up higher in my relationships."
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