You know when the devil wants to cheat you, he comes with a thought that may look harmless at first glance. He could go…
You know it’s okay to not be okay
It’s okay to have days where you’re not the best version of yourself
It’s okay to make mistakes
It’s okay to have bad days
It’s okay to quit
It’s okay to fail
He’ll say these things to you and not tell you that perpetually being in that state is not okay. Believe this for too long, thinking it’s a way for you to get away and feel a little better about not being okay, failing, making silly mistakes often, quitting when you haven’t even tried and before long you’ll realize there’s really nothing much to hold on to about life.
Making progress and recording testimonies are natural motivators in life. It’s okay to have that kind of life that is more full of the things you want than the things that lie to you that it’s okay when it’s not. The first important step is to vehemently reject thoughts that tend towards failure even though you feel it may make you feel better right now. The false sense of security and warmth doesn’t last but it can cause a lasting damage to your life, marriage, ministry or finances if those thoughts are not dealt with and replaced with what God says concerning such situations.
For example, not very long after I started my business, I told God I want to bring my tithe to church every week. The implication of this is that, “Daddy, whatever happens on earth or don’t, I have to sell my products every week.” Other entrepreneurs may tell me I’m trying to jump ahead of myself and tell me how they didn’t start making much sales until the tenth year of launching their business. Oh dear, sorry. But we get results differently.
So one morning after making this declaration of faith, I noticed that I hadn’t made a single sale for some weeks. So this voice of “comfort” that attempts to keep people small came and told me, “It’s okay not to make sales every week.” I tried to consider that but almost immediately, I realized the thought doesn’t sound familiar and I stood against it with everything on my inside using the word of God. I was energized. New ideas to go about my business came and I got results.
I’m not trying to make light of the fact that we have feels and that some circumstances in life can be quite overwhelming. But don’t go with how you feel. You must always look forward to the right solution and way out, not quick fixes that only appeal to our emotions at the moment. And beyond that, they are devil’s way of keeping you small and telling you to do nothing.
You can’t go about hurting yourself and people with terrible decisions you make when God says he can make you very wise, all you need do is ask.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
You can be the best version of yourself every single day because the word of God says,
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
About your business and finances, God says you should prosper. That you should always have enough to put aside.
On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.
1 Corinthians 16:2
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8