While mulling over the new dimension mindset topic from last week, I began thinking that it’s really in the battleground of our mind that the struggle mostly takes place. There are several things that get in the way of us moving forward and experiencing the fullness of God’s purpose.
The people of Israel are a huge example of God’s delivering power. He called them His very own, loved and doted on them, but they still allowed their “stinkin’ thinkin’” to get in the way. They became unthankful, unappreciative; grumbling time and time again they took a step forward only to take one too many backward. Sound familiar?
I know in my own life (too many times to count) when I have forfeited God’s blessings and experience of a new dimension because my thoughts and actions closed the door to God’s blessings. Yes, our actions can build a wall and close the door to a new dimension of God’s blessings in our lives.
Here are some obstacles that we can struggle with:
GRUMBLING AND COMPLAINING
As I mentioned above, the Israelites are a biblical example of one complaining group. Not being able to see and count our blessings is a sin before God. “But you don’t know how hard I have it” you might say. That may be true, but in the end when we take inventory of all God’s blessings we really don’t have a good excuse.
We need to learn to practice thankfulness and do it until it becomes a lifestyle. There is power in the tongue, power to bring life or death (Proverbs 18:21). Let’s learn to be outrageously thankful.
COMPARING OURSELVES TO OTHERS
Comparison can be the death of our joy. There will most always be someone that will do it better than you and me. Truth is, when we learn to be content with what God has deposited in us, it is then we will be most effective. We must be content with who God made us to be and not try to copy or be someone else. We may never know what that person had to walk through to get to where they are. God wants to bless me just as much as He wants to bless you. So rather than comparing ourselves to others and getting down on ourselves, let’s speak life and believe who God says we are.
ATTITUDE OF ENTITLEMENT
Entitlement says “I deserve because I am….or because I have done…” But in the Kingdom of God it’s by grace, the unmerited favor of God that we could never deserve. When grace becomes our starting point, we don’t have to work hard to convince God that we deserve anything. It is as we surrender and not strive that God will bring us to a new dimension. Holy abandonment is a doorway to God’s blessings.
BEATING OURSELVES UP BECAUSE OF PAST FAILURES
This is right were the devil wants us to be. If he can get us to live in regrets of the past and remember our failures more than our blessings, he will have accomplished his mission. I’ve yet to meet the one who never made a mistake, who completed all assignments on time with 100% results. If we want to be free from the pain of past failures we must start by accepting God’s forgiveness, but we must also forgive ourselves. We cannot live with the sting of past regrets and be successful in the present. As someone said, “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is the gift and that is why we call it the present.”
Connections are important! That is why it is critical we monitor who we invest our time with. Some connections can become an obstacle to our progress. For example, a sarcastic friends with loose belief system or the skeptical friend who doesn’t believe in God at all, can be equally damaging. Some connections can literally suck the life out of us. We need to find people who will encourage us in our calling and not bring us down. People who will breathe life into us and vice versa.
NOT SEEING RESULTS QUICKLY ENOUGH
We must fight discouragement that comes from not seeing the fruit of our labor as quickly as we thought we should. Some missionaries never saw results until after they died – timing is not in our control. God calls us to move forward, not to look for results and tally the fruit of our labor. It is God who gives the increase. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) Let’s remain steadfast!
Living with no hope is a zombie style life. Hope is the foundation on which faith is built and having no hope is like living with no purpose. God is the author of hope, therefore He wants to infuse hope into our lives if we let Him. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
DON’T MISS THE OPEN DOOR
When we struggle with insecurity, we tend to look for safe opportunities before we move forward with making a decision. Ours is a faith walk and from time to time God will cause a door to open for us to walk through without fully knowing the details on the other side; faith, after all, is the evidence of things not seen. I have missed open doors on my journey because my eyes (lack of faith) were closed. Who knows what blessings I missed.
Make this your prayer: “Lord open my eyes to see what You have for me beyond my physical ability to see. Allow my confidence to rest in You in Jesus’ name.”
By faith we can move mountains. I’m ready to break through barriers to reach my destination, are you?
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.