daily devotional

I send and receive on average over 1000 texts and messages per day. I get to talk to a lot of women about real life, real struggles and real successes. And lately, there seems to be a theme for many of you. You’re experiencing some success. You’ve had a recent breakthrough, whether from attending retreat or something you heard in church, or you finally took action you know you needed to take. And while you’re excited about your new energy and positive actions, you’re fearful you can’t keep it up. You’re afraid you will slip back into old ways.

So this morning, we’re going to address that. It’s a legitimate fear and issue for many of us. This isn’t our first rodeo. We’ve made progress before. We’ve had a breakthrough. We’ve overcome setbacks and began to rise up to new levels … and then we fall again. One little slip up on the journey and we get stuck, then before we know it all progress has halted and we’re right back where we started … sometimes even worse off than before.

And this creates a literal fear of failure and and equally a fear of success.

But is this what God wants for his girl? Does he want you to miss the joy of making the right choices today for the fear of bad choices tomorrow? What if your history says that’s what you always do?

Ahhhhh my sister … don’t let your history keep you from your destiny.

Isaiah 43:19 – “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”

God is doing a new thing in you. A new thing. You are a new woman. Just because you always slipped up in the past – just because you let yourself down and quit before – just because you wavered on this journey last time – doesn’t mean you’re doomed for failure this time. Your history is behind you, leave it there. Your destiny is before you, GO FOR IT!

God is working in you and through you and he is strengthening you. Can’t you feel it? Can’t you see he is doing a new thing in you? Through your commitment and effort God is creating a new mindset in you. Allow him to change the way you see food. Allow him to change the way you view exercise. Allow him to change the way you treat your husband. The way you spend money, the way you wake up. Allow him to change your attitude, your perspective, your habits. Allow him to do a new thing in you.

Embrace the progress you are making and stop fearing the ability to maintain your progress. God wants you to do the best you can today and trust him with tomorrow.

The enemy wants you to focus on the immensely long road ahead and grow overwhelmed with how in the world you will stay strong through all it will take. You know your situation will not be fixed in one day … it didn’t get broken in one day and it won’t be fixed that way either. The enemy will invade your mind with how miserable biting your tongue over and over will be. He will convince you that eventually you will need to lash out and say it like it is, so whats the point of playing nice today. He will convince you that you’re never going to get out of debt, so what’s one more little $20 charge today? You have 70 pounds to lose, one little cheat meal today isn’t going to derail you … or will it?

The enemy knows you well. He’s been attacking you your entire life. And today he is telling you that the progress you have made won’t be enough. He’s telling you you will never be able to stay on track. He wants to discourage you.

But God wants you to know the truth. The truth is he is doing a new thing in you. It doesn’t matter how you’ve always fell off the wagon in the past. God really doesn’t care about your track record, because he is doing something BRAND NEW and in the process he is making you a brand new woman. Don’t be defeated by your history … be inspired by your destiny. Do the best you can today and God will supply everything you need for tomorrow. Next step sister, it’s right in front of you.

You are on your way – on your way to living up to your potential. On your way to stepping into the life you were created for. On your way to becoming your very best. And God isn’t going to leave you now. Cling to him for willpower. Turn to him for strength. Depend on him for guidance.

No, you can’t do this on your own … but you don’t have to. God’s got your back and he is doing a new thing in you. A new, beautiful thing and it’s all part of his good plan for your life. Trust it and do good today. Your destiny awaits and dang it’s going to be good!