Greetings brothers and sisters! I pray this message finds you in peace and good health. I want to testify of God’s faithfulness in my life, the places He’s brought me too and the doors He’s allowed me to enter through. However, I guarantee you that I would not have this testimony had I not been decisive.
Ever heard people say “Oh I’m just going to pray about it” or “I’m waiting on the Lord to make a decision”? I’ll be honest I’m guilty of that sometimes. There is nothing wrong with praying about your situation or waiting on the Lord but sometimes you have to just do it; make a decision. Sometimes we hide our lack of decisiveness behind “oh I’m still praying about it” or unless your Pastor prays over you, you hold back and just stay put. You want God to open the door for you and grant you a job yet you never fill out an application, but you say “oh I’m waiting on the Lord!”
The bible says that those who wait upon the LORD will find new strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Well how can you know the strength that God has given you if you don’t exercise it? Esther made a decision “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Yes she had people praying and fasting on her behalf but of what use will those prayers have been if she hadn’t made a decision. She may have had the intention to, but unless she went ahead it wouldn’t have mattered. It is being decisive that provokes God to release the already existing blessings. Ephesians 1:11 “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
Let me break it down for you as Paul does in his letter to the Romans. First, Romans 8:30 “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Next, Romans 11:29 “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Yes, lines have fallen in pleasant places for you and you have an inheritance. Stop living as a victim instead of the victor that you are. Ruth made a decision of reckless abandonment to follow Naomi, and that decision changed her life and the course of her lineage. She was a Moabite woman who ordinarily would have nothing to do with the Jews, but her decision to pursue after Naomi’s people and God put her in the lineage of David and ultimately Jesus. In Mark 2, Jesus heals a paralytic carried in by four men not through the door but through the roof. They had faith that Jesus could heal their friend, but their faith wasn’t enough, they had to act and so when they couldn’t make it through the door, they went through the roof. They made a decision to get their friend to Jesus no matter what it took. Suppose they had just intended and never acted on it. Intentions put your life on hold while decisions set the ball rolling. Sometimes God is going to wait for you to make the decision and set things in motion before He comes to bless the works of your hands. Faith without works people….dead!
Bottom line, God’s already set you up to prosper; you are predestined for greatness, you just need to make a decision. It is a shame for God to set you up for greatness and for you to miss it because of indecisiveness. Go on people, make a decision. Just do it!
By Ibukun Jaiyeola
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