Midweek Push

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I Should’ve Had A v.8

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)

Have you ever wrestled with making a tough decision; decision that not only affects you but has an affect on those around you? You truly are not alone; I’ve been there. The last few months have truly been a period of wrestling for me, i.e. should I follow my God-given purpose or go back to unstable Corporate America, should I stay in Charlotte or relocate, should I change my spiritual assembly or should I stay put? Those decisions were tough for me and I found that the more I struggled to make a decision, the easier it became for satan to attack my mind.

Satan was very subtle and he used anything to take my focus off of God. He knew that I could make more money in Corporate America so he had me focus on money versus God’s mission. He had me focusing on relocation because he knows God has brought me to Charlotte for a reason. He knew how strong my relationships were at my previous congregation, so he had me focus on people instead of God’s leading. Satan wanted me to think on every reason not to trust God, and in the beginning of this time of evaluation, he was successful. I thought on everything EXCEPT Philippians 4:8. I should’ve had a v.8!

I didn’t recognize satan’s influence at first, but after a while it became evident that he had taken control of my mind. I began to magnify my problems and minimize my praise. I found it easy to complain and not pray. I became very passive about making tough decisions and discounted God’s purpose. I found more time to listen to the “me, my, & I’s,” and spent less time in God’s Word! In a matter of days, satan had changed my once optimistic position to a totally pessimistic outlook about everything. I couldn’t find the good in anyone, not even myself.

What I failed to do during this time of tough decision was to trust God. I relied on my instinct, my comfort, and my friends. Once I recognized the error in my ways, I was able to see God in the midst. God had given me the answers a long time ago, but I couldn’t see outside of myself. I now have a new found love for Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” When I began to transform my mind (literally by the minute), I noticed satan wasn’t after me as much. He began to flee!

Paul encourages each of us in Philippians 4:8 to think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. That verse eliminates all forms of negativity. It pushes us out of our comfortable way of thinking and forces us to think like God. When I began to have my daily v.8, I was able to see God’s answers come to fruition. As of now God has kept me out of Corporate America, and placed a strong women’s ministry in my hands. He still has work for me to do in Charlotte, because as of today, He has me here. He also made it easy to step out on faith to search for a new place to worship and serve Him in spirit & in truth. Having the v.8 attitude creates a less stressful decision making process.

I now wake up every morning and make sure I have my v.8! I’m so thankful God promised not to leave me nor forsake me; even when I relied on everybody else, He waited for me. I am confident He can do the same for you. If you’re wrestling with making a tough decision, don’t learn the hard way like me; take the easy way out. Have a v.8 and Trust God! Will You?

Shanita R. Jones

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  1. God most def has a purpose for you, Shanita. Anyone who needs a word of encouragement, should read this immediately.

  2. Tameka, thank you for the encouragement! I truly pray that this message helps others as it has for me!

    Shanita :-)

  3. You are a powerful laborer for his Way. I'm sure we now have a better way to look at the phrase I should have a v8. Outstanding!

  4. I really needed this encouragement today. thanks for giving this mid week push

  5. Thank you for your feedback! God is truly working through us! We are thrilled to know that you were able to benefit from this Midweek Push! May God continue to bless you on your journey, as we will continue to pray for you! We may not know you by name, but God sure does! Remember to rely on Romans 8:28 & Philippians 4:6-7, that just happens to be two of our favorite scriptures! To God be ALL the glory!

  6. Recommended word from a friend that didn't know what to say, but knew where I could find it. A definite purpose for you and me thanks.

  7. Hey Friend,

    We are so thankful that you stopped by, more importantly found something on the website to be of help to you and your walk with Christ! God always gives us what we need. We will be praying for you, God knows you by name, we know you in spirit! Just know that you are loved! We pray that you will continue to look to Jesus from whence cometh all of your help!

    Because of Him,

    Sisters With A Purpose


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