You Can’t Talk Me Out of My Destiny
Have you ever heard a message and known immediately God was speaking directly to you? I listened to a message on Sunday that really resonated within my heart. I was listening to Pastor Steven Furtick from Elevation Church, and he said something so profound I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Pastor Furtick asked the question, “How many times do you talk yourself out of doing something, rather than talking yourself into doing something?” Whoa! Guilty as charged! It is so easy for me to talk myself out of doing something, or to procrastinate until the very last second. I don’t do this all the time, but I can’t help but think of all the blessings I have missed out on as a result of talking myself out of doing something. Chances are my book would be done if I hadn’t talked myself out of finishing it to take time to “build a bigger platform”. Chances are I would be close to meeting my weight goal if I hadn’t allowed my fear of failure to take over. There are a ton of things I could have completed by now if I had only talked myself into doing them rather than talking myself out of them – mostly because of fear.
I know I am not alone in this thinking. It is so easy to give up rather than to keep fighting for the destiny to which God has called us. My “aha” moment was recognizing that every second I spend talking myself out of doing something for God, I’m allowing the enemy to steal the destiny God has designed for me. You can’t be a blessing for God when you are permitting the enemy to reign over your mind.
As I searched my heart to see why it is so easy for me to talk myself out of things, the reality is I am like the Israelites who wandered in the wilderness for forty years. It is the fear of the unknown. Yet, if God is with me all the time, what do I have to be afraid of?
I have been blogging at Jesus Glitter for over a year. I know God has been asking me to reach out further and expand this ministry, yet I keep talking myself out of it because there are financial ramifications if I do. Another reason is, what happens if it doesn’t work? See what I mean? It is so easy to talk yourself out of doing what God is asking you to do! I don’t want to be that person. I want to be an example of pure faith and break the barrier of fear. So, I am done living my life in a way that I question every move I make. I am trusting God that He will complete the work, but I have to be willing to start the work and see it through, knowing there will be bumps in the road, but God is with me!
Get ready for some exciting changes for Jesus Glitter! Just like Joshua, God is calling me to be strong and courageous! Jesus Glitter will always be about sharing stories for His glory, but it will also be about empowering your soul physically, emotionally and spiritually and encouraging you to live out your life as the sparkle God is calling you to BE! My mindset isn’t going to be about how many subscribers I can attain or how many followers I can get from FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, but how many lives can be impacted by the heart God has placed within me.
I don’t want to write on the “hot topics” or follow algorithms to boost my presence. I want God's presence within me to boost HIS presence. Click To Tweet The more God shines through me the more Jesus Glitter will be seen. I don’t know yet how all the pieces of this will work, but I do know this – I have the most important piece which is peace in my heart and no one can talk me out of it….not even me.
What about your life? Are there things God is calling you to do and you keep talking yourself out of it? I want to encourage you to free your soul and talk yourself into changing your thought process so God’s work can shine through your life. Life is too short to be wasted on the “What if’s”. Every second wasted wondering is another second away from allowing God to complete His work through you.
There are days I already feel like I am running on borrowed time. I have wasted enough! Instead of wandering away from my destiny, I want to run as hard and fast as I can toward it, because I know there are lives depending on the work God has called me to do. I bet you can say the same thing too!
Let me leave you with this challenge. Ask yourself, what you have been talking yourself out of rather than talking yourself into? How is it affecting your relationship with God, yourself or others? Is it keeping you from fulfilling your destiny? No one can answer these questions but you, however I’m sure you already know the answers. If you can’t be true to yourself, it makes it very difficult to be true to anybody else.
Be prepared because if it isn’t yourself trying to talk you out of something God is calling you to do, it will be somebody else. Stand strong, Be Courageous and Do Not Fear!
Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”