There will be times that you feel you can do nothing right. There will be times you will feel that you can’t get your spiritual life on track. You’ll feel at times that you are poisoning the relationships you have with others. You will feel at times that you can’t get a handle on the sins that you commit. But that doesn’t mean God is finished with you. Because you are not disqualified to serve God.
When you continue to stumble in specific areas of your life, you can still be used by God. Don’t hear what I’m not saying. You should NOT be content to sin and cause havoc in your life and in your relationships. It is important to admit the sin, repent of it, hate the sin, and put it away from you. But it is OK if you still wrestle with sin in your life. The key is that you keep wrestling.
The enemy of your soul will try to convince you that you are useless to God. The enemy of your soul will try to tell you that you might as well give up and give into the temptation. But you are not disqualified to serve God because of your sin. It’s how you handle it that matters.
Here are some heroes of the faith from Scripture who had sin issues—but God used them nonetheless because they were not disqualified to serve Him.
Have you ever marveled at how some people can persevere through anything? They seem to be able to plow through any obstacle to achieve their goals. Ever wondered why? It’s because they have the power of courageous commitment.
I know some people have a self-confidence that borders on cockiness. But the power of courageous commitment doesn’t have to be based on our own sense of self-importance. In fact, it should be grounded on a firm belief of who God is and what He has called you to do.
Here are some examples from Scripture to show that you too can appropriate the power of courageous commitment.
Soon after my book Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew became a #1 best seller in three categories, my thinking went into a downward spiral. I developed a defeatist attitude about the book, about myself, and about life. After about a day of wallowing in this funk, I realized I had to give myself a talking-to. Because I had to remind myself what was true. I had to remind myself that the book had 30 endorsements. I had to tell myself it received 18 glowing reviews. And I had to say out loud to myself that I thought it was a good book. Because I knew that I can’t believe everything I think.
There will be times that you will have similar situations. You will feel beat down by circumstances—and sometimes you won’t even know why. You will get negative thought patterns stuck in continuous loop and you won’t know how to get out of it. That’s why you can’t believe everything you think.
Because those defeatist days will come, it’s important to know when they will come. Using biblical accounts as illustrations, here are some times to watch out for “stinking thinking.” Because you can’t believe everything you think.
Most people don’t discover God’s vision for their lives. Even if they did discover what God’s vision for their life was, they wouldn’t believe that they could do it. As a result, most people are frustrated with their lives. Because they don’t live up to their God-given potential.
Here’s a simple exercise. Answer the following questions:
- Do you believe that God is all powerful?
- Do you believe that God can use any instrument to accomplish his purposes?
- If God called you to achieve something you thought impossible, could you accomplish it?
That’s why you need to see yourself as God sees you. Here’s how you can find out God’s vision for your life, so you can live up to your God-given potential.
It’s important to have core values of truth and mercy. Living those values will bring about a godly culture in your home or workplace. But how does that work practically? Are there situations when those core values conflict?
God calls you to stand for truth, but also to exemplify mercy (Micah 6:8). And He does not want you to choose one over the other.
Here’s a scriptural perspective of how truth and mercy work together, to demonstrate you do not have to have these core values conflict.
Change is here to stay. And not just change, but constant change. You can count on turbulence in your career. But how do you survive and thrive in the midst of an uncertain job market?
First things first: The God of the Bible is still God today. He has not abandoned you nor forsaken you (Deuteronomy 31:8). Do not let the circumstances you see in the job market tell you otherwise.
As you go through constant change, here are three ways you can prepare yourself for uncertainty in the job market.
It’s great if you can discover what you were called to do when you are young. But most people don’t discover what they’re supposed to do until later in life. But that’s okay. Because it’s never too late to begin again.
Life is a journey, not a destination. It’s not about finding your calling. It’s about pursuing your calling once you find it. It’s not up to you when you will discover your purpose in life. The key is to be willing to take the next step when God reveals the next clue.
Here are three examples from Scripture of people who did not discover who they were until later in life. But they still were able to begin again. Because it’s never too late.
God created you and you are His workmanship—and He has work He wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10). God would not call you to do something and not come through. So don’t limit yourself by telling yourself lies.
When you are limiting yourself, you are listening more to the enemy of your soul than to God. God is not impressed with the lies you tell yourself, even if they sound holy.
To identify where you may be limiting yourself, here are three lies you should never tell yourself.
In your everyday life, how much do you show your faith? Is your faith evidenced by what you do each day? Or do you show your faith only on Sundays?
I’m not asking if you preach the Gospel from the street corner every day. I’m asking if your everyday actions are intentionally a result of your faith.
James says that faith without works is dead faith (James 2:20). James also says that he shows his faith by his works (James 2:18). Here’s how Scripture can help you consider your ways to see how much you show your faith.
Whatever your mind focuses on will be manifested in your life. Because you will get the fruit of your thoughts (Jeremiah 6:19).
Your core beliefs will come out in your words and deeds (Matthew 15:18; Luke 6:45). What you say and do will show what you think about more than what you say you think about.
If you don’t like what you see manifesting as the fruit of your thoughts, here’s how you can change.