Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires;
God will satisfy them fully! Matthew 5:6 CJB
Each year I ask God for my word for the year and He always gives me one. My word for 2019 is YES and it’s actually an acronym for: Your Expectations Satisfied! God is saying to ASK—A-ask, S-seek, K-knock because this is the year of YES.
I don’t believe that means everything I want will simply be handed to me; I believe it means I need to SAY yes as much as I want to HEAR yes. I KNOW I will have to do my part, but I believe that He is speaking to me that if I will partner with Him, ask Him what His desires for me are and say Yes to Him, then I will be fully satisfied in my expected outcome of doing those things. So, I have determined that this year I WILL answer with a YES to each opportunity that comes my way from Him—EVEN if it comes disguised as a challenge or hard work.
In fact, I have already begun to take steps toward one thing I KNOW He has been calling me to for years, but I haven’t pursued it because I have felt unqualified—not good enough—not talented enough in that particular area. However, in spite of those feelings, the draw has only gotten stronger. I know if I don’t answer the call with a yes, I will eventually have to answer to Him for my disobedience. That is a heavy thought that propels me to move forward towards it even though I still struggle with feeling incapable and unqualified.
This morning, I saw this quote from Steven Furtick that really struck me:
“As soon as God tells you what He wants you to do, the enemy will start telling you why you are unqualified. Learn to identify the lies of the enemy. Don’t let Satan plant insecurity where God is growing your destiny.”
WOW! That is EXACTLY what I’ve allowed by rehearsing and repeating “my” opinion that I’m not talented enough and by excusing myself from service in this area because of that lie! The word of God says that Satan is a liar and the truth is not in him, so if he’s saying something, it can’t be true! And if he’s telling you that you don’t have what it takes, you can rest assured that you, in fact, most certainly DO have it!
2 Peter 1:3 tells me God has given me all things that pertain to life and godliness. I already have everything I need to be and do everything He is calling me to! He doesn’t make mistakes and He doesn’t call us to fail. He created me to fulfill His purpose for my life. He didn’t create me for something and then forget to give me the capability to do it! According to 2 Tim. 3:17 He has equipped me for EVERY good work that He has called me to! Now, I might need to work to sharpen my skills, but I can do so confidently knowing I am fully capable!
So WHY have I felt unqualified? I know why. It is because I have believed the lies of the enemy and I am realizing this is something that goes all the way back to my teenage years, but NO MORE. I have a choice and TODAY I am choosing to turn from those lies and believe what God’s word says instead of what the enemy says. 2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us that we are to:
“destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God; and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (ESV).
I’m choosing to renew my mind from this day forward to no longer allow those thoughts that contradict God’s desires for me and I am going to believe the truth of His word and fulfill my purpose! I now KNOW the truth and I’m going to use that truth to break free from the chains the enemy has had me in to keep me from my destiny! This year I am saying YES to God’s call in every area and I know I will be fully satisfied in the outcome!
So how about you? What have you been saying “no” to that God wants you to step into? What lies have you been rehearsing that are keeping you from finding the satisfaction that comes from fulfilling the purpose you were created for? Why not make this the year you say “YES” instead?
Featured photo by: Allison Mims