12 DAYS CHALLENGE : 12 Things God Doesn’t Want You Doing To Yourself. #4 Is A Mistake. #6 Is Really Dangerous.
Your life was transformed the moment you received Jesus. But it didn’t end there! God wants to continuously provide His favor, abundance and salvation to every area of your life. But in order to be open to receive, you’ll have to let go of the things holding you back.
1. Looking back.
Several reasons why you shouldn’t do this come to mind, but we’ll focus on just one today: It’s very hard to move forward when you’re carrying dead weight.
Your past doesn’t exist anymore. There’s wisdom in learning from the past but that doesn’t mean you focus on the past. Focusing on past mistakes, people who have wronged you or even dwelling on those years where you “once had it good” is just dead weight slowing you down from receiving reimbursement and reward from your Heavenly Father.
Meditate on: Genesis 19:26, Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 43:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Philippians 3:13-14, Luke 9:62, Luke 9:59-60, Numbers 11:1-34, Hebrews 12:1
2. Believing you’re worthless.
You’re not worthless. Believing this is like saying God’s a lousy Investor.
Salvation is a gift from God that we can only receive – it’s not earned or deserved. But God knew what He was doing when He gave up His Son for you.
I love the amplified version of John 3:16 which says God prized, valued and loved you so much He gave Jesus in exchange for your freedom. This is the truth:
A possession prized, valued and loved is not worthless - but prized, valued and loved!
Meditate on: John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-9, Psalm 139:13-16, Genesis 1:27
3. Praying with strings attached.
I think we’ve all been guilty of asking God for help in prayer and then going on as miserable as before we prayed.
That’s praying with strings attached. It’s giving your burden to God during prayer and then pulling that burden right back to yourself afterwards, usually with grief, unbelief and negative words.
So if you’re still holding on to it, can (or will) God take care of it?
Let’s trust God! When we pray, let’s believe the problem has been given to Him and refuse to pull it back. In exchange for our burdens God gives us supernatural peace and solves our problem. Sounds like a good trade to me!
Meditate on: James 5:16, Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:23, 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:25-34, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 Samuel 7:9, Genesis 20:17, Luke 21:37, Psalm 107:20
4. Wanting to be someone else.
Again, multiple reasons, but I’ll highlight just one: You are not who you want to be and you will never be. This is a GOOD thing.
God designed you for a specific, unique, extraordinary purpose; therefore, you are specifically, uniquely and extraordinarily designed.
You’ll never find satisfaction or fulfillment in being someone else because that would simply be contrary to your design.
Satisfaction is found only in Christ. Fulfillment is found when you’re operating in the Spirit, using the special talents, gifts and abilities God has given you to help a world that is deficient, void and fallen.
God desires His people to be above only and not beneath, the head and not the tail, lending to many, not being forced to borrow. God blesses us so that we can be a source of blessing to others as a representation of His goodness and loving generosity wherever we go.
Therefore, you are a blessing from God. Your gifts are also a blessing. Use them, cultivate them, don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Rememeber, even if you think you’re not good at anything or average at everything, you qualify even more for God to use you.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He equips and qualifies the called. You are called!
Meditate on: Ephesians 4:7, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 10:12, Zechariah 4:6, Galatians 6:4, Exodus 20:17, 1 Corinthians 12:7
5. Talking bad about yourself. It’s not humility.
This is not humility and is far from the truth.
Not thinking highly of yourself is just one aspect of humility – included is this truth: we are no longer in ourselves, we are in Christ! In Christ, our old nature has passed away; all things have become new because God has given us a new nature – His nature!
Humility is knowing you are everything in Christ but nothing without Him. Humility is believing what God’s word says about you!
God’s word further describes humility as being meek and absent from yourself. But meekness is simply power under control. And to be absent from yourself is to be present with God.
Therefore, you are in Christ; you have a new nature; you are powerful; you are present with God.
You can’t say anything bad about that!
Meditate on: John 14:23, Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 43:20, Exodus 19:6, Exodus 19:5, Romans 8:17, Joshua 1:8-9, Proverbs 18:21, John 6:63, Galatians 2:20, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 139:13-16, John 15:4, Judges 6:12-40
6. Being depressed for days after asking God for forgiveness.
God is not man. When you ask for forgiveness He forgives you immediately. He doesn’t need a day or two to get over it.
Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for the remission of our sins. He bore the wrath and punishment of God the Father. Do you believe it? Because it’s on that basis alone that we are justified and forgiven. So stop punishing yourself!
John wrote to Christians in 1 John 9:10, explaining that if we do sin, confess. God is faithful and will forgive us. Literally, as soon as we repent He forgives us.
Forgiveness is not based on whether you feel forgiven but on the finished work of Jesus and what God’s word says!
So press forward confidently. God has given you grace to overcome.
Meditate on: 1 John 1:9, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Numbers 14:18, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 44:22, Romans 5:8, Hebrews 8:12, Psalm 103:12, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13
7. Judging unbelievers.
Why do we think it’s so weird and even get offended if we see sin in the world? What’s weird is continuing to habitually sin when we belong to Jesus and carry the very nature and presence of God inside of us!
God’s word says that a) it’s the goodness of God that leads one to repentance b) it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict the world of sin and c) no one can come to God unless God draws and attracts that person to Himself.
Therefore, our main focus as Christ’s representatives and ambassadors on earth is to do exactly what Jesus did: we are to diligently obey God and show the world His love and goodness! God will take care of points ‘b’ and ‘c’.
Meditate on: Romans 2:4, John 6:44, John 16:8, Acts 10:38
8. Running away from God after messing up.
God is there for the good times but He’s doubly there for the bad times.
It’s especially important to draw near to God when you mess up so that He can provide forgiveness, healing and superabundant, empowering grace to that area of your life!
Meditate on: Matthew 11:28-30, 2 Chronicles 7:14, James 4:8, Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 55:7, Numbers 14:18, 1 John 3:19, Romans 8:28, 2 Chronicles 16:12-13
9. Focusing on not sinning.
In God’s kingdom the way you rid of something bad is to replace it with something good.
If your focus is not sinning then your focus is still on sin; therefore, you will sin. But if you’re focus is on Jesus and His loveliness then the righteousness of God will flow through you.
So put off what’s bad and put on what’s good – simply replace bad habits with good habits. That’s what the apostle Paul meant by “putting off” the misdeeds of the body and “putting on” Christ.
Meditate on: Colossians 3:10, Romans 6:11-13Romans 8:13, Colossians 2:11, Ephesians 4:20-25, Colossians 3:5, Ephesians 4:31, 1 Peter 2:1, Romans 13:12, Ephesians 2:1-6Philippians 3:16, Ephesians 6:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:8
10. Being scared of people.
The bible says Jesus made Himself of no reputation. In other words, He didn’t care what people thought of Him; He did exactly what God wanted Him to do 100% of the time regardless of what people said or thought, or how they reacted.
Being overly concerned of what others think will determine just how much God uses you and how much of God you’ll experience. He doesn’t want you to miss out on anything!
Meditate on: 1 Chronicles 15:29, Proverbs 29:25, Hebrews 13:6, Matthew 10:28, Psalm 118:8
11. Being hard on yourself.
When we do this it’s usually an indicator that we’re focusing too much on ourselves.
The solution is to stop and pray – acknowledge that you can’t do anything apart from Jesus and His Spirit empowering you.
Focus on the truth that God reigns and is in control, miraculously rearranging and repurposing all that’s bad for good.
Mistakes are life lessons designed to help you mature and grow in wisdom; therefore, mistakes are just as important as successes.
Relax. Rest in God. Enjoy the journey and learn to love the learning.
Meditate on: Hebrews 4:11, Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 16:3, Isaiah 45:6-7, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 127:2, Psalm 23:2
12. Being unhappy.
Beloved, here’s a wild thought for you: God wants us to party. (What do you think’s going on in heaven?)
In Leviticus 23:40 God says to the Israelites, “Once a year you’re going to party for 7 days straight. You don’t get to be sad or depressed; there will be no complaining or whining. You will be happy. And you’re not going to fake it either. This is a commandment.”
Though that’s loosely paraphrased the original message is the same: be happy.
The actual scripture says they were to rejoice before the Lord for 7 days. That word rejoice is literally translated from the Hebrew text, “to make yourself glad.”
Remember also in John 16:33 Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world!” (Again, Jesus did not suggest this but commanded it.)
Three things are promised here: a) We’re going to have problems. b) We have power to be happy in the midst of them. c) We have power to overcome them through Christ!
Listen, if faith is defined as the substance of things hoped for – the evidence of things not seen, then perhaps joy is the substance and evidence of our faith.
In other words, if we were really believing God would we be depressed?
Beloved, the joy that God gives us is unlike the world’s joy, which is co-dependent on feelings and circumstances.
The joy that God gives us is His personal joy, supernaturally empowering us with abundant happiness and strength!
It’s already been given to you, so as Phil Robertson would say, “Be happy, happy, happy!”
Lift your hands toward heaven and give Him praise. Make yourself glad as you rejoice in Him!
Meditate on: Isaiah 55:12, John 16:33, Acts 2:28, Psalm 118:24, Colossians 1:11, Leviticus 23:40, Romans 12:12, James 1:2-4, Philippians 4:4, Romans 15:13, Proverbs 17:22, Psalm 71:23, Psalm 97:11, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 30:11, Isaiah 29:19, Job 8:21
It’s time to let go and let God!