Give God your heart, not your excuses

Give God your heart, not your excuses. God is not limited by your current situation or circumstance. God is not limited by your past. God is not limited by your race. God is not limited by the fact that you only have a high school education. God is not limited by your income, or lack there of. God is not limited by your background. God is not limited by your family history. God is not limited by your age. All of that is irrelevant in God’s eyes. God can still use you, and He wants to use you despite how things look right now in your life. Take David for example. David was a shepherd boy, the youngest of all his brothers, yet God still used him to conquer nations. Take Paul for example. This is a man who used to persecute the church, and kill Christians, yet down the line God still used him to write 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament. I can use my own life for an example. Just a couple years ago I was just a guy with criminal record, a 2.0 GPA in college who had no drive, no direction, and absolutely no clue what I wanted to do with my life. But now God is using me on this blog and on a Christian podcast to do His work. Myself, David, and Paul had a couple things in common. We were all people God brought out of lowly places, people who the world frowned upon. We were people who had situations and circumstances that looked like we were bound for failure, people who didn’t look like they would amount to anything. But God is able, because He is not limited by our situations or circumstances. Man judges based off of outward looks, but God looks at the heart. God does not care about what is on the outside, or the situation you are in. God does not care about race. God does not care about how much money you make. God does not care about how educated you are. God’s main concern is where your heart lies, that’s what He looks at and that’s what He cares about. Give God your heart, not your excuses. Again God is not limited by your current situation, or by your past or by anything else. God can still use you. He wants to use you, but you must do your part right where you are in life. All God needs to use you, is to have your heart fully submitted to Him, to do His will. You can do that right now… It does not matter if you are white or black. It does not matter if you are rich or poor. It does not matter if you are the CEO of the company or if you are the janitor at the company. It does not matter if you are in between jobs. It does not matter if you have a 1.8 GPA or a 4.0 GPA. None of that stuff matters. None of that has anything to do with giving God your heart so that He can use you to become the person that He has called you to be. God has a divine purpose for your life. He has great plans for your life and for your future, plans that are not limited by where you are currently at in life. Don’t focus on your issues, don’t focus our problems. Don’t focus on your situation. Just focus on God. Give Christ your heart, so you can become all that He has called you to be. God is not limited by anything. The world may tell you that where you are in life is where you will always be. Do not listen to the world, listen to God. And trust and know that He has a unique purpose and calling on your life. You tap into that purpose by giving your life over to Him.

Accept the challenge

Mark 1:35
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray.

Luke 5:15-16 15  Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Matthew 14:23
After He had sent them away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone,
Luke 6:12
In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

In these verses we see that Jesus Himself, made a conscious effort to step away from the world to go and spend quality alone time with God. We must do the same thing if we desire to have a healthy and flourishing relationship with God. It is so easy to get caught up in the world, and drift away from God due to life’s every day struggles and distractions. Whether it’s our phones, TV, food, relationships, school, our job, kids, etc. we can’t allow these things or anything else to distract us and keep us from spending one on one time with God every day that we are blessed to be alive. So today I challenge you all to set aside a block of time where it is just you and God. Do like Jesus did, and just take a step away from the world to spend quality time with God. Step away from your friends, step away from your relationship, put down and turn off your phone, turn off the TV, put down the chips, and cleanse yourself of all distractions(internally and externally). Don’t worry about your issues. Don’t worry about your troubles. Go to an isolated place, a quiet place, free of distractions and just seek God. Seek God through His Word. Seek God through prayer. Just focus on God. Focus on getting closer to Him, and being connected to Him for that moment. God rewards those who diligently seek Him, and come to Him believing that He is God (Hebrews 11:6). God desires to move powerfully in your life. He has plans for you that are constantly progressing and developing. Take some today (and everyday) to seek God out for the purposes and plans that He has for your life. With all of the distractions in our lives it is hard for us to hear from God at times, which is why today I am encouraging you to set aside some time to just commune with your Heavenly Father. Speak to God, and listen to what He has to say back to you.

CHALLENGE:

Set aside a block of time today, 30 minutes to an hour to spend with God. Turn your phone off. Turn the TV off. No food. No drinks. No distractions. Just you and God. Spend that 30 minutes to an hour reading your Bible and praying to God. My challenge is for you to do this today, but I believe that if you seek God today with all your heart He will move so miraculously in your life and you will taste and see that He is good and come back for more every day for the rest of your life. I can say that with confidence because that is exactly what happened in my life. I sought God out diligently, and tasted and saw that He was good and now I just cant enough of Him, I pray that you have the same experience in your life.

 

Also visit this link and listen to Episode 15 of the “Put The Word on it” podcast, co-hosted by myself and Pastor Randall G. Knighton of Spirit of God Christian Church in Alpharetta, Ga. This episode we had a special guest join us, Edgar Butler Jr – “The Purpose Coach”. This episode we discuss finding your purpose in life through faith in Christ. We focus on getting started, and the importance of seeking God for purpose.

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-08-06_08-04-16_episode_15_-_gods_purpose_always_wins.mp3 

 

Also listen to Edgar Butler Jr. latest motivational video! In this video Edgar lets us know that all that we have overcome in life by Gods strength was necessary to get us to where we are now and to get us where God desires for us to be in life. It was necessary to build up our faith and for us to go and help build others up. https://youtu.be/W9OAEDmvi4A

Word of the day

Hebrews 3:12-14

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

STOP…Listen…and Obey

Stop…Listen…and Obey. There are things God has been trying to tell you for the past couple of days, weeks, months, maybe even years…Situations He has been trying to warn you about to help you avoid some heartbreak down the road. There are things God has been wanting you to do for Him but you didn’t hear Him because you didn’t stop, wait or listen for His voice. So often in our prayer time we provide God with a list of things we want, things we need, and spend the whole day just asking God for these things, but how often do we stop…wait…and listen for God’s response to our prayers? I realized this was an issue for me this morning. I woke up and hit the floor to pray. I was just going on and on, about what I wanted and I was hogging up the conversation from God. As I was done asking for everything, I was just about to say “Amen”, get up off my knees and go about my day. But I decided to stay there and just rest in God’s presence. I asked Him to speak to me. I stayed on my knees and just waited and listened for God’s response, and sure enough He spoke to me. I’m not going to lie at first it took some time to really make out His voice and what He was saying to me because most of the time I just say “amen” and go about my business. God revealed to me that isn’t how prayer is supposed to work. It shouldn’t just end with me saying “amen” and going about my business without waiting for God’s response. I realized I needed to be still and wait to hear what God had to say to me. Saying Amen and going about my business is the equivalent to walking up to someone and asking them for directions and then walking away before they even get a chance to respond. Then we drive around aimlessly trying to figure out how to get to where we want to go. That’s how it is when we don’t listen for God’s direction…Yes, you did the right thing by asking for directions, but you left before the guy could even give you an answer. Our prayer time should not look like this, but it often does. Prayer is direct communication with God, through Jesus Christ. It’s our way to have a DIRECT conversation with our Heavenly Father. But just like any conversation between two people it shouldn’t be just one person dominating the conversation. If we are the only ones talking it doesn’t make for much of a conversation. That is what God was telling me today and maybe what He is telling you too. WE should not be dominating the conversation when we are in prayer. I encourage you to stop what you are doing and pray to God. Take this time to communicate with your Father in Heaven, to really commune with Him, by listening to what He has to say. Understand there are things that God desires for YOU specifically to do for Him and for His Kingdom. There are things He has been trying to tell you for the past couple of days, weeks, months, maybe even years but you haven’t taken the time to stop and listen. This post would have never gotten written had I not stopped and listened to what God was trying to say to me. The last post that I wrote was on July 7th. I had been wondering why God hadn’t given me a message and He told me today that it was because I wasn’t listening for His response for what to write. Don’t dominate your prayer time or your relationship with God. StopListen… and Obey the Words of the Lord and you will surely be blessed. Trust His Words and His guidance and know that He will never lead you in the wrong direction.

Let me Put The Word on it:

  1. Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
  2. James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  3. Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
  4. Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

Check out the last 2 episode of the “Put The Word on it” podcast hosted by myself and Pastor Randall G. Knighton of Spirit of God Christian Church in Alpharetta, GA. Also check out this inspirational video by Edgar Butler Jr, the “Purpose Coach” about how you are an over comer! Follow Edgar on Facebook at “Edgar Butler Jr. Inspiration” for daily quotes and weekly motivational videos. “Today is your day, don’t hesitate to make it great”- Edgar Butler Jr.

Episode 13: “STOP THE VIOLENCE” http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-07-23_07-21-16_episode_13_-_stop_the_violence.mp3

Episode 14: “JESUS is my Sabbath Rest” http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-07-30_07-28-16_episode_14_-_jesus_is_my_sabbath_rest.mp3

Edgar Butler Jr: “The Week of the over comer” https://youtu.be/_BI2ckd5aU0

Edgar Butler Jr. Inspiration- “The week of the over comer!”

Check out this video by Edgar Butler Jr. on how you are an over comer! In this video Edgar tells us to remember all that God has  brought us through and all that we have over come in our life to make us into the person that we are today because of the strength given to us by God! Follow Edgar on Facebook at “Edgar Butler Jr. Inspiration” to get daily inspirational quotes and weekly motivational videos! “Today is your day, don’t hesitate to make it great!”- Edgar Butler Jr.- The purpose coach