I wonder if there’s anyone listening today who has been hoping for something. You’ve been hoping for a long time, a really long time. And let’s face it, the expected time line for your hopes has already come and gone. Your current circumstances tell you it’s not gonna happen.
What have you been hoping for? Something better. Something bigger. Something new. Something more. Something different. Something to change. There was a time when your hopes were high. You woke up believing it could happen and now it almost seems ridiculous to keep hoping.
Is that you? Well I can’t tell you how happy I am that you’re listening today because God has a message for you.
Here’s what he wanted me to tell you.
This is God speaking here – He says – I AM ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY AND ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT YOU ASK AND THINK THROUGH MY POWER THAT IS GOING TO WORK IN YOU.
Write it down, it’s Ephesians 3:20 – “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
That thing you’ve been hoping for. That thing you used to pray a whole lot about but now so much time has gone by with no change, no improvement, no growth that it seems ridiculous to keep praying about it …. yeah, that thing, well God wants you to know he’s about to do something exceedingly and abundantly above anything you could ever think of. This means he is about to blow your mind!
You should get excited!
How’s he going to do it? Through his power that is going to work in you. It’s going to happen IN you but it’s going to be because of HIS power.
It’s impossible for you, but it’s not impossible for God.
But here’s what’s been happening. Because of the delay, because it was harder than you ever imagined, you’ve slowly started to settle. You’ve started to lower your standards, release your hopes and level down due to circumstances. You’ve convinced yourself you’ll be okay if things don’t change. You’ll be okay if that dream planted down deep in your soul never happens. You’ll just live with it. Ahhhh, you can pretty it up all you want to, but the truth is, that’s settling. How do I know so well what that looks like? BECAUSE I’VE DONE IT IN MY LIFE. There have been times I’ve let the fire die because every time I tried to stir that old fire it was just a painful reminder of all that WASN’T. It became easier to let the flame go out and give up on that hope than to keep trying to fan the flame.
What causes us to settle? Circumstances.
Who here has less than favorable circumstances? You have something working against you. You have a mountain standing in your way. You have a clock that is ticking and the time seems to have already run out. You have a long hallway full of closed doors. You feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked. You’ve just run out. I don’t know what you’re out of this morning – out of time, out of money, out of resources, out of support, out of ideas.
Well girl, those are all just circumstances. Don’t you know your God isn’t limited by circumstances. He’s the God who tells 86 year old Abraham that he WILL BLESS him and Sarah with a baby, stop settling. He’s saying, I get it – circumstances say that baby isn’t going to happen, but I’m not limited by your circumstances. And did he do it? Darn right he did!
Stop dwelling on your situation. Hey listen to me, God is sovereign over your situation. You may not see a way and there may not currently be a way – but God will MAKE a way.
Circumstances may be unfavorable. Your situation may seem hopeless. But my God, your God, can do exceedingly abundantly above everything we ask or even think. Don’t you settle. Stop it. Stop convincing yourself you’re okay if things don’t change. Stop living below your potential. Stop selling out for easy. Today we rise up and believe in something that’s not normal. Something that the world says is too hard. Something the clock says it’s too late for. Something you’ve started to believe may not happen for you.
Circumstances and situations are nothing to our almighty God. Stop looking at all that’s wrong and keep your eye on God today. His power is at work within you, now let him work! Your faith is an open door for God to blow your mind!