Monday, May 12, 2008

set up to fail [+] Monday E-Devotion

Have you set yourself up to fail or to feel like a failure?  Far too many people, Christians have done just that.
It is one of those cases, at times, where you "can't see the forest for the trees."  Your situation seems endless, like a train wreck and there is no way out.  Yet right in the middle of your problem, worries and pain God shows up and shows off by giving you a huge blessing.
The problem is not your pain and situation.  The problem is your perception.  100% of time God is working (you might not be watching)  100% of the time God is speaking (you might not be listening).  100% of the time God is blessing you (but you don't think you deserve it or that God isn't good any more).
Take a look with me at some key verses THAT OUGHT TO CHANGE the way we deal with ourselves.
Ephesians 1:3  (nlt) --- All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
We are blessed.  Say it, "I am blessed."  All the time.  Every day.  Some are big and some are small, but God is sending His blessings."
Jeremiah 29:11 (nlt) --- "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
God has set us up.  You guessed it.  No fault of your own.  The time has come to give in and see it the way it really is.  God has set you up with HOPE and SUCCESS.  Failure is NOT an option.  Get that!
Proverbs 15:22 (nlt) --- Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
Don't do life on your own.  That is a set up to fail!
Proverbs 22:17 (nlt) --- Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.
Believe God.  Take Him at His word.  Don't do that, it is a set up to fail!
Joshua 1:7 (nlt) --- Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.
Faith is not easy.  It takes preparation to be a person that sets themselves up see success.  But God has prepared us for that.  Are you in on success or failure?  Are you set up to fail or to succeed?


PS --- Praise God for The Community Fellowship.  We announced yesterday that we are hiring our 2nd full time staff member, Susi Fulcher.  Susi will be working with administration, children and big events.  Welcome her by e-mail (she officially begins the week of May 25th).

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