There’s hope in the not-yet -Stop letting your circumstances define you
Are you letting your circumstances define you?
Do you keep asking God to change those circumstances?
And it feels like He’s saying, “Not-yet”
Okay, before we start, you need to know something about me, I’m a dreamer
But I was challenged the other day
I mean, seriously challenged, about some thought patterns that had crept into my thinking
I was letting my circumstances define who I was
THERE’S HOPE IN THE NOT-YET
So, all last week at my day job
I was throwing my own pity party
Praying to God to change my circumstances
And He led me to Isaiah 42:9
“Look here, what’s done is done and gone. The now is new, and there’s hope in the not-yet. I will tell you what’s to come, even before the events are brand-new”
I re-read it – again and again
“There’s hope in the not-yet”
I’m sure God whispered, “You’re welcome” in my ear
But then I suddenly felt mad
Not at God, but at myself
I realised I was letting my circumstances define who I was
And I was mad at myself for letting it happen
So, here’s the skinny
I needed to stop beating myself up about my present circumstances
And focus on the “not-yet”
Because that was my hope
I needed to stop letting my circumstances define me
And start thinking differently if I wanted to level up
Into all God has in store for me
Because if I wanted to see a change in my circumstances
I had to let go of what happened in the past
“What’s done is done and gone” (Isaiah 42:9)
And now I needed to look forward and keep moving forward
Into the promise God gave to me
Preparation for your promise is key, my friend
If you want to see longevity in your calling
Believe me, only the Devil shows up to your pity party
Bringing his dodgy, two-bit operation bag of tricks
Where he’ll suggest that you wallow in your victim mentality for weeks on end
Until everyone avoids you
And when your dog gets up and walks away when you enter a room
I know what you’re saying
“Okay, smarty pants, what’s the solution?”
Alright, I have a few practicals to get you going
Firstly, the natural realm
What are you doing every day that helps you reach the promise God gave you?
Are you searching out Webinars
Or hanging around people who can help you get to where you need to be?
Everyone has a dream
But if you’re just talking about it and never actually taking steps to reach it,
You’re just fooling yourself
Whatever God has called you to do
Make sure you do something every day that gets you towards that goal
Secondly, the spiritual realm
What are you doing in your Christian walk to help you reach the promise God gave you?
Are you praying and praising God about what He’s going to do in you and through you?
Are you reading God’s Word?
Come on, seriously, do you want to be exactly where you are in a year from now?
I didn’t think so
No. More. Excuses!
Ask God to renew your mind
To renew your thinking
Stop letting circumstances define you
And focus on the hope of the “not-yet”
Because God IS faithful
And His promises over your life
Are YES and AMEN!