Remember when you said you were going to go back to school, become debt-free, lose weight, buy the house of your dreams, start going to church, write the book you wanted, be content with what you have, stay off drugs, or even just clean the house? Do you remember that? Well, what happened? Did you become less able to do it? Did you lose your potential? Was there something physically stopping you?
Where am I going with all these questions? Funny, right? First, I want to say, no you have not become less able, you have not lost your potential, and I am pretty sure you are not tied up on a chair and can’t move. So, the real question is what’s really stopping you?
It can be a series of different things for all of us. Perhaps fear, lack of money, not setting priorities, wasting time, doing too much at once, or simply failing to just get started. Yes, it may be one of those things, BUT, ultimately it is because you have not made the DECISION to do it.
I don’t care about all the obstacles that come up against us, or all the odds we face when we DECIDE to do something. I believe that many of us have not decided to do what God has called us to do. We have not decided to fulfill our dreams. We have not decided to walk in God’s purpose for our life, and we have not decided to commit to anything we have said we are going to do.
Now this is a little strong, but bear with me. It gets better, I promise. We have all been chosen by God for greatness, and God is so good He wants us to fulfill our dreams. He does not want us stuck in the same routine our entire life. He wants us to be happy, as we walk in His will.
Every person God used in the Bible had all the potential to do what He had called them to do. Most of them had excuses, such as Jeremiah and Moses. They felt inadequate to do what they were called to do. Jeremiah 1:7-8 says, “But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.“ You see, he was limiting himself, when not even God was putting any limits on him. Moses did the same thing. BUT, when they decided to stop making excuses, God used them in endless ways, so much so that they are two of the most spoken about characters in the Bible.
Here’s the other part to the point I want to make. There is a difference between intent and decision. Intent is a desire to do something for a purpose, or the thought of doing something meaningful. Decision, on the other hand, is an action. It is making one’s mind up, and doing it. So, intent has no power. Decision does.
God wants to help you accomplish you dreams. God wants to use you, and bless you, but you must decide and make up your mind that no matter what, you will follow God’s plan for you. It is when you decide and step out in faith that things start happening, and doors start opening.
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” He is faithful, and I guarantee you if you decide to let Him help you, He will do it. Jesus Christ not only intended to come and save us. He decided to come and save us. It is because of that decision that now we are able to live a life free of hurt and pain, and as I said on my last post, free from our past. Live in the power of a decision.