When the Devil wants to cheat you out of something good, 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 knows you can be better. He knows you can have better experiences. He knows this. You should too.
He will say these things to you and not tell you that perpetually being in that state is not okay. Believe his lies for too long, believing it’s a way for you to get away and feel a little better about not being okay, failing, making unnecessary 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. You begin to really get frustrated with life.
Making progress and recording testimonies are natural motivators in life. It’s okay to have a kind of life that is more full of the things you want than being being stuck with wrong thinking that gets you nowhere.
The first important step is to let the word of God dwell richly in you. Reject thoughts that tend towards failure even when you feel it will 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 even finances if those thoughts are not dealt with and replaced with heartfelt confession of God’s word.
For example, I told God not very long after I started my business that I want to bring my tithe to church every week. The implication of this is that, “Daddy, I have to sell my products every week.” Other entrepreneurs may tell me I’m trying to get ahead of myself and tell me how they didn’t start making much sales until the tenth year of being in business and how entrepreneurship is not really like that. But we get results differently. You come into knowledge and application of certain things and it changes your experience from the norm.
So after making this bold declaration of faith, I noticed that I hadn’t sold a single product for some weeks. So this voice of “comfort” that doesn’t stop trying to keep people small told me, “It’s okay not to make sales every week.” Wow! How really comforting! 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 to pray and new ideas on how to run my business came. I started getting results.
I’m not trying to make light of the fact that we have bad days and that some circumstances in life can be quite overwhelming. But don’t go with how you feel. You must always look toward the real solution and 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