Life is always going to throw some curveballs in our way to test our beliefs and convictions. It is a lot like the tests students write in school after going through a series of lessons. Your response to the test reflects what you remember after all that you have learned. In the same way we learn a lot as we go through life and then we come across situations that are going to test how well we mastered those lessons.
Consider Jesus Christ’s life as he was led to the cross awaiting his fate. He had one of two choices to make ?turn back on His Word to fulfill His mandate or remain true to His convictions and go ahead with His assignment to save mankind. Fortunately for us we have life today because He decided to be true to His purpose.
In the same way as Jesus Christ we have our own assignments that God Has given us to fulfil. God communicates to us through His Word and leads us by His Spirit in order to fulfil our assignments. In other words what we need to do is clear but the enemy will always try to confuse you in order to mislead you to frustrate the plan God has for your life.
We find this kind of scenario a lot with children and their parents where the child has their own ambition and the parents think otherwise. I’ve seen this happen a lot; in some cases the people that stand for their convictions realize their dreams and the majority of them let others dictate their lives. Even as you follow your convictions it’s important to listen to the right people who will lead you in the right direction, however.
The people who antagonize your dreams are normally called dream stealers. Most of the time they don’t really do it to harm but in their own heads they are trying to protect you. Maybe you’re looking to start a business and no one in your family has ever had success in business and those who attempted to get into business may have failed dramatically. When someone discourages you from going a certain path in your life it’s more a reflection of their own inadequacies than your capability to make the dream a reality.
A lesson I learned from reading material by Dr Edwin Louis Cole is that ministries grow to the level of their leaders. That is a principle of the Kingdom of God. King Saul for example had no one in his army that could slay Goliath the giant. However when David took up the task of doing so many others in his army went on to slay giants themselves.
David was even discouraged by his own brothers but that didn’t stop him from believing the ability of God in Him to kill Goliath. Do not let other people define how far you can go in life. That is what courageous people do. Identify with Jesus and you will experience life at a whole new level. You will begin doing things that you never thought possible to do.
What are you believing God for today? Is it an idea that others think is impossible, a job opportunity that seems unlikely, a relationship you’re thinking of pursuing? Whatever that may be take it to the Lord and He will direct your steps.
Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Be true to what you believe and know that you and God are a majority. Share your comments below of what this means to you or if you’ve had a similar experience.
Be all you can be!