What you build around yourself to keep yourself from getting hurt can be the very thing that will incarcerate you. Let's not be so ‘spiritual’ forgetting what is behind us and reaching for what is before us that we end up not being present in the moment
God doesn’t look over our differences. He created our differences. You’ve just got to love how God made you. Start speaking life to your body. Stop speaking against your body. God always takes you better, not backwards. Don’t kill your future because of your past. God’s got better for you. Better is a process that you have to prepare for. God prepares the place before He prepares the person. God is preparing you for something that is already ready. The reason you don’t make church a priority is because you don’t have sight of the place where God is taking you. You can hear the word and not profit from it by not believing the word. God’s word is His seed. The seed is potent, but your faith is the egg. Your faith has to come down to mix with the word. God cares about faith more than He cares about righteousness. If you don’t have faith, you don’t have profit. Fear hearing good Word that you don’t put into action. You are held accountable for what you hear. God holds you accountable for what you are exposed to but don’t grow from. One of the things that God hates is that which is not profitable.
I count not myself to have apprehended. In other words, I'm not quite where I need to be and I'm comfortable with acknowledging that, firstly; you cannot control life (so we need to be able to adapt when changes come our way.) Secondly; we put too much energy into controlling our image because we are afraid of what people might be thinking about us.
Thirdly; we are too afraid to show that we can be vulnerable and we sometimes fear or retaliate against people for no reason. We are too busy trying to protect ourselves from certain people who really don't even matter. I don't have it all together, but can you love me anyway?
Beware of letting yourself become numb because of all you have been through in life. You can be numb to the pain and hurt, but you also become numb to joy and good times and the excitement life has to offer to the point where every day looks the same. It's like you're the walking dead, numb to time. You're j ust going through the motions and you might even forget what day it is.
What you build around yourself to keep yourself from getting hurt can be the very thing that will incarcerate you.
Let's not be so ‘spiritual’ concerning forgetting what is behind us and reaching for what is before us that we end up not being present in the moment. We can have faith that yesterday is dealt with and praise God for tomorrow, but what about the RIGHT NOW part of time? Can you deal with the fact that you have to count yourself as one who has yet to apprehend what you are going after? There is a sense of vulnerability about not having ‘made it’ yet those people are uncomfortable with. People don't like things that are not finished.
Have you sold your beliefs as realities? Have you somehow convinced yourself that your ‘truth’ is the only truth and everyone else just does not get it?
If you have convinced yourself that you are right and everyone else is wrong, you'll miss the opportunity to learn the lessons that life came to teach you, because when life called the roll for school you were not present. You were either in yesterday or groping after tomorrow and you were not present.
When we can't be vulnerable, we can't grow. If you believe you are right and everyone else is wrong, you'll miss out on being present for the lessons life came to teach you.
In relationships, we can be so hard on people at times while we are in the ‘in-between’ part of our life processes...
"You're imperfect so I'll deny you my love, time, and attention until you are like me." Are you really as great as you portray yourself to be?
It's easier to reach for the ‘sweet by and by’ and ‘someday’ than to deal with the naked reality that ‘I count not myself to have apprehended.’
It takes courage to be vulnerable. Sometimes I'm Superman, but I've got kryptonite too. Nothing in your past is affecting your destiny. So it's ok to forget those things that are behind you. And it's ok to be reaching towards your goals and dreams for tomorrow, but in the meantime, have the courage to say, ‘I count not myself to have apprehended.’
Your fierce need to protect yourself from the ugliness of what could go wrong is keeping you from seeing the beauty of what is going right.
Jesus was heading toward Jairus' house to heal his daughter, but a woman with an issue of blood crawled on the ground, touched the hem of His garment, and received her healing. She received what she needed in the ‘here and now’ while Jesus was pressing forward, reaching for Jairus' house.
I count not myself to have apprehended, so I’m gonna scratch crawl if I have to in order to get what I need. You might have it all together but I don't.
Don't be so busy saving yourself for ‘someday’ that you miss TODAY. ‘TODAY is the day the Lord has made.’ Rejoice and be glad in it! This is the day the Lord wants to deal with your issue
We've got to stop being fake. We've been faking such that we can't tell what's real when it's right in front of us.