Greater Is Coming! This inspiring book is filled with personal stories, faith-building Scriptures, and biblical examples of God’s goodness that will encourage you to believe for more. It’s a book that will help you look past any struggle and realize that God can use our setbacks as a setup for something greater.
Today's Word: Oct 06, 2022
God has made us a new creation in Christ, but He doesn't take away every negative desire, where you're never tempted to be impatient, critical, rude, angry, jealous, or to compromise again. Some people let the same personal enemies the sour attitude, the addiction, the un-forgiveness hold them back for years. Everybody struggles with some wrong desires, but don't excuse them and allow them to stay. That's why the apostle Paul says, "I die daily." He was saying, "When that temptation rises up inside again, I put it straight back in the grave."
This is where the abounding grace of God shows up. You have the grace to overcome. The temptation may not ever totally go away, the desire may be there, but God's grace, His enabling power, will always be greater than what's trying to stop you. His grace is greater than a critical attitude or an addiction. If you deal with the things that are holding you back, God will release the big things that belong to you.
Friend, no matter how big the obstacle, no matter what limitations have slowed you down in the past—know that your tomorrow is good and in God’s hands! No matter what your story has been, God is writing for your future.
I saw a study done at Stanford University that found that a positive attitude can be just as important a predictor of your success as your IQ. That means that no matter how high your IQ is, which you can't control, you have the ability to take charge of your thoughts and attitude and lift your life to new levels.
A study of the twelve spies whom Moses sent into the Promised Land as they're described in Numbers 13 would come to the same conclusion about how powerful attitudes can be. All the spies reported that the land was rich in produce and flowing with abundance. But ten spies came back with negative attitudes and declared, "There are giants in the land. We'll never be able to conquer those people. We look like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we are in their sight." However, Joshua and Caleb tried to hush the bad report. They declared, "If the Lord delights in us, He will bring us into the land and give it to us." They had what the Bible refers to as "a different spirit," an excellent spirit.
It's easy to see how a negative attitude can have devastating consequences. In the shadow of the giants, the ten spies did not remember the miracles that God had done and the good things He had promised. Their bad attitude spread to all the people of Israel and kept them out of the Promised Land. But Joshua and Caleb looked beyond the giants and chose to believe and obey according to what God had spoken. They saw an opportunity to trust Him to fight their battles for them. Forty years later, these two men were still strong enough in faith to lead the next generation into the land.
Do you see how important your attitude is? We formulate our attitudes by the way we think, and how we think is directly related to what's going to come out of our mouths. The Bible says that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45). That's why you can't hide a bad attitude for long. You can try to push it down, you can try to fool people, but eventually it's going to come out in your words or somewhere else in your life, because bad attitudes have legs. They cross over into other areas of our lives.
When you have the right attitude, you can look at your most challenging situation and make it through it by choosing to set your eyes on God's promises. You'll quiet the discouraging voices that come against you by looking through eyes of faith and believing that God will lead you into all He has for you.
Safe is not your destiny. Average is not what you’re called to be. Believe to advance the kingdom, to set new standards. God didn’t give you that talent, that personality, that courage, just to go to work, make a living. You are called for a cause.