Thursday, November 6, 2008

I am sick of "just getting by".

It seems like God is bringing men into my life who are sick of "just getting by". In fact, I recently met a successful college athlete who broke down because this lifestyle of "just getting by" is eating him alive inside. This young man is not alone. Young men throughout our country are simply floating through life. I believe this is a subtle epidemic in our faith. 

You might wonder why a successful athlete is wrestling with mediocrity. So many men are floating through life because they are afraid to give their all and fail. As long as we give a partial effort we can always fall back on the fact that we did not give our all. I believe the enemy uses this to prevent us from accomplishing devastating work to his agenda. This is unhealthy fear that is fed by lies saying, "you aren't good enough" or "your worth is based off of your success". 

Here is the truth. The truth is that the Battle is the Lord's. When David ran to the battle line to face Goliath he knew that the Battle was the Lord's. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow to a foreign God Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw them in a fiery furnace but they replied, "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire...but even if He does not, let it be know to you, O King, that we are not going to serve your gods of worship the golden image that you have set up." Daniel 3:17-18
When Eleazar took his stand in the barley plot he didn't know the outcome of his battle with the Philistines. Scripture tells us that he cut down the enemy until his hand clung to the sword and, "the Lord brought about a great victory". 

This is why the Evil One plants seeds of doubt in our minds! When men take a stand in a spirit of courage and God brings about great victories. We don't get to be a part of these victories if we decide it's safer to "just get by". 

Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do in word of deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus." God has mighty plans for you. And God will always reward our faithfulness. If you are struggling with "floating" through life I want to encourage you: God has built you for a specific purpose, unique of any other man, and he wants your best. We are all broken. We all fail, but praise God, His power is perfected in our weakness.

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