Greater Is Coming! This inspiring book is filled with personal stories, faith-building Scriptures, and biblical examples of God’s goodness that will encourage you to believe for more. It’s a book that will help you look past any struggle and realize that God can use our setbacks as a setup for something greater.
Today's Word: Oct 01, 2022
You don't have to live worried when negative things happen, try to pay people back, or be frustrated because of a disappointment. Stay in peace. God designed the plan for your life knowing every plot of the enemy against you. He knows every bad break that will happen, every disappointment, and every closed door.
The good news is that God's strategic plan will override every plan that was meant to stop you. The prophet Isaiah did not say that no weapon would be formed against you, but that any weapon formed against you will not prosper. Judas will show up, people will betray you, injustice will come, but it won't prosper. Why? Because God is about to turn things to your advantage. What looks like a setback is setting you up for breakthroughs, for promotion, for vindication, for healing, for the fullness of your destiny. So quit being upset because somebody is against you. What was meant to harm you, God has already designed the plan to turn it for your good.
Friend, no matter how big the obstacle, no matter what limitations have slowed you down in the past—know that your tomorrow is good and in God’s hands! No matter what your story has been, God is writing for your future.
It's easy to get so caught up meeting other people's needs and measuring up to their expectations that we put ourselves on the back burner. There are the demands of work, spending time with your spouse, the pressures of raising children, running to the grocery store, the maintenance of the house, and friends who are counting on you. We develop a hero mentality where we can't let anyone down. We always have to be strong, always come through, cheer everyone else up, fix the problems, and stay late.
We're doing all these good things to try to keep everyone around us happy. The problem is that we can become depleted, drained, worn-out. We're making sure everyone else is a priority, but we need to make ourself a priority. Your first mission is to keep yourself healthy-emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's not selfish to take time to get refreshed, to be reenergized. You shouldn't be so busy that you don't have time to be alone, time to laugh, time to exercise, and time for recreation. You need these things that help you stay in balance.
When Jesus was on the earth, He went around healing people, teaching in the synagogues, pouring Himself into His disciples. Everywhere He went, people made constant demands on His time and energies. Imagine how He felt. As the Son of God, He had this incredible power, anointing, wisdom, so much to offer. Yet at times, when so many people were coming that He and His disciples didn't even have a chance to eat, He said to them, "Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest" (Mark 6:31). When He was tired, He would go away from the crowds and get alone so He could be refreshed. Jesus knew that He had to take care of His temple. No matter how anointed, strong, smart, or gifted you are, you get depleted. Despite all the needs around you, you have to get alone and recharge your batteries.
If the Son of God had to be alone and rest, if He couldn't meet all the demands of the people around Him, why do we think we can go all the time and be everything for everyone? Don't live with that hero mentality and let people make constant withdrawals from you without making deposits that refresh you. When you get rundown, emotionally drained, physically worn-out, it raises your blood pressure, causes you to live stressed, and you'll be no fun to be around. If you're not taking time to get away, you will be living far below your potential. You won't be as good a parent, spouse, leader, or friend. You have to make it a priority to stay in balance. Take care of you.
Some of you, God’s going to use to find a cure for disease that will save people’s lives. Some of you are going to develop software that will impact the world. Some of you are going to write a bestselling book, write music that inspires people, produce movies that uplift. Some of you are going to raise children that will be the next presidents, senators, architects, teachers, pastors, leaders. How is this going to happen? By praying bold prayers, by asking God for the dreams He’s put in your heart. You have to get in agreement with God. Don’t go through life with a small vision, praying small, thinking small. You activate your faith by not only believing, but by asking. Pray big, believe big and God will exceed your expectations. He’ll do more than you can imagine.