If a man can rob you of your joy, he can rob you of your usefulness.
William Wilberforce was a man who fought 46 years in order to end slavery in England in the 1700s. God laid it on his heart with such a passion that he had no other choice but to continue the fight until there was victory – at least if he wanted to continue to live a life of obedience to God.
There was much opposition to ending slavery, so he probably had plenty of chances for people to rob him of his joy and keep him in a state of defeat and turmoil. I’m sure he thought of giving up numerous times, but God had specifically chosen him for this important job and he kept plodding day after day until the victory was achieved.
There are far too many times in my life that I have let the words or actions of others deflate me as quickly as sticking a pin in a balloon, watching all the air come rushing out, and seeing it fall to the floor.
There are many things in life that you have absolutely no control over, but you can control how you let other people make you feel. They might try to inflict wounds by the words they use, but you don’t have to let those words pierce you to the point of making you give up what God has told you to do, or what you feel you need to do.
There is always someone who will stick a pin in your balloon to watch it deflate if you will let them.
God can see the whole picture, so He usually works in a way that most of us haven’t even thought about. We plan things out in a way that is very logical to us, and He usually does not follow our plans because His are so much better.
The problem arises many times that you are following God’s plan, but someone else either can’t see it or doesn’t want to see it – sometimes they are not even capable of seeing it because of their own spiritual maturity.
If you “know that you know that you know” (my words for being absolutely, positively sure) about something, then you need to follow what God tells you to do and not let others make you give up no matter how persuasive they might try to be. Remember, though, that they key words here are KNOW and GOD.
I don’t mean that you know what YOU want to do, but that you know what GOD wants you to do. It is only then that you will have his power, strength and anointing to carry out the task.
We would have so much more power to win the world for Christ if every Christian would simply ask God what he wanted them to do and proceed with the business of doing it no matter what anyone else thought or said about it.
I can’t promise that what God tells you to do will be easy, just like it wasn’t easy for William Wilberforce, but at the end of the day when you go to sleep you will know that your actions have made a difference for the Kingdom of God.
Will you dare to ask God to show you what it is that you need to be doing in order to make a difference for His Kingdom?
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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