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What do you desire to accomplish for the Lord? I can tell you that writing feels like an everlasting assignment to me. I love to write and express my thoughts on paper, laptop, napkins, or whatever is handy at the time of inspiration. I didn't always feel like this. I had to seek the Lord on what would give me a lifetime of fulfillment. Believe me I tried a lot of things, but when I began to write for Jesus I fell in love with this work of faith.
Like all things worth doing, writing can be a challenge. Finding the time to write, overcoming the distractions, and staying focused are just a few. I get through all obstacles by summoning my determination. I remind myself that I have to be like Daniel. Daniel 1:8 shows us what it takes to achieve success in times of opposition,. "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself".
One of the greatest weapons we have against any adversary is determination. Purpose in your heart, as Daniel did, that no matter how tempestuous the waves of life get you will not defile yourself by failing God through disobedience. As God did for Daniel, He will release the power of favor over your assignment as a covering of protection, provision, and promotion.
You must prepare yourself for the rejection of men. It would be nice to have everybody patting you on the back saying "Go ahead brother. That's an awesome idea! What can I do to help you?" That just not going to happen. Everything you do for Christ will fall target to the darts of ridicule. Family, friends, and associates can be your harshest critics. Don't worry about it though. It may hurt at first, but continue to do as Daniel did when he knew his work for God was being scrutinized. "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime", Daniel 6:10.
Daniel knew men were conspiring against him. Daniel knew men were ignorant to the task God gave him. Daniel knew that if he remained faithful and obedient he would come under attack. Did he crawl somewhere and hide? Did he go to God and complain about how hard the assignment was? No! He opened his window for all the despisers to see that he was still going to do what God said do and praise Him in the process!
I've done door to door sales, and let me tell you it took excitement to convince a total stranger to listen to my pitch, let me in the house, and give me a check or cash on the spot for a product they wouldn't get for 2-3 weeks. I did that for three years. Everyday I was in the marketplace without zeal I had few or no sales.
There's a saying in the sales profession, "When all else fails enthusiasm sells". This rule applies to the work of the Lord too. If you can't present Christ in an exciting and fresh way you will not gain the attention of the hearers. In the book of Acts chapter eighteen there was a man named Apollos described as being "mighty" in the scriptures. He had a strong spirit of influence when it came to delivering the message of God. His presentation and the impact he had was admired so much that Paul spoke of him highly (1 Corinth 3-4, 1 Corinth 16:12, Titus 3:13). The results he experienced were certainly not products of a dull and boring attitude.
You can be mighty in the work God has given you. Don't be afraid to display your zeal. Conquer your reluctance with enthusiasm. A zealous heart will increase the impact you hope to achieve.
When Peter was in jail waiting to be executed God sent an angel to deliver him. Acts 12:1-11 demonstrates the need for urgency and action. When the angel appeared he began to give Peter specific instructions. Peter was in such awe of the entire rescue that he thought it was a dream. It wasn't until he got outside the prison that he realized his miraculous escape from decapitation.
Had he been to lazy to get up when the angel said "arise", he would have missed out on his deliverance. If he accepted his sentence as a permanent condition when the angel said "gird thyself and bind on thy sandals", he would have perished. When the angel instructed "cast thy garment about thee, and follow me", Peter did what he was told even though he thought it to be unreal. In the end, God showed him that no matter how the enemy tried to stop him from reaching a goal God would provide the means to not only escape, but excel.
When God orders you to move get in a hurry. Your lack of urgency may cause you to miss out on an astonishing manifestation.
When you get an opportunity take full advantage of it. Getting all you can get doesn't make you greedy as long as your integrity is not being compromised. The Bible teaches that many times "we have not because we ask not". Don't be afraid to expect more.
In Genesis 18:20-33 God told Abraham He would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He offered to spare the city if Abraham could find fifty that were righteous. Abraham asked God to reduce the number from 50 to 45, from 45 to 40, from 40 to 30, from 30 to 20, and from 20 all the way down to 10. God agreed because he loved Abraham, and because he asked.
Expect the best and don't be fearful in asking for more. You just might get it. He's that kind of God you know.
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