Midweek Push

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
(1 Peter 3:15)

Gratitude: Ready to give thanks or appreciation.

The scripture says be ready to give an answer to every man...

For a moment we want you to think about that old woman, the old sinful self, who creeps up and tries to put questions and doubts into your mind: Who do you think you are? What makes you think they’ll listen to you? Why should you try again? You’re no better than who you were last week…Are you ready to give an answer?

When the devil is out to get you, you have to be ready to pull the answer out of yourself; to find the appreciation, to give the thanks, because there is something that is always going to be fighting against it. However, if you train your mind before the fight, you will come out victorious!

Take for instance a boxer. She or he doesn’t prepare for the fight once they get in the ring. The boxer spends many hours outside of the ring, bobbing and weaving, and learning the moves and techniques to fight against their opponent. They prepare their minds and their bodies to detect and deflect the blow so that they're ready before it comes.

How are you ducking and weaving when that old self pops up? The devil is going to use your old self, your old habits, and your old past to try to keep you in the victimized state. You have to make up in your mind and say, “you know what, I’m ducking that one satan, and start pulling out punches of hope, favor, healing, tomorrow, forgiven, possibility, mercy, accepted, purpose, loved…and he will have to flee (James 4:7).

Stop waiting until you get knocked down before you say God is good, oh I thank you…No, before that victimized woman starts creeping up, you need to reach down and pull out gratitude against satan because you already know his next move! You already know he’s going to try to come at you with where you used to be; so, be ready to give an answer: Well, I’m not there anymore, satan!

Just like a boxer we have to stick and move; don’t stay in your pit long enough for satan to get you. Don’t let him beat you down…sometimes you have to encourage yourself out of the victimized state by pulling out the gratitude!

If we ever want to stop playing the victim, we have to take action on the belief that keeps us victimized. We challenge the belief with gratitude.

If you’re honest you’ve felt like you weren’t good enough at least once in your life. You may have felt sorry for yourself. You may have prayed to God to help you understand why you feel the way you feel about someone whom you shouldn’t have feelings for. You may have even cried yourself to sleep for the bad decisions you’ve made that made you look foolish and hurt your witness. Don’t let satan keep you a victim! Give Thanks!

Start taking inventory of your blessings and be ready to give an answer of gratitude. Also, don’t ask why, ask what. What am I to learn? What do I need to change? What am I to share? What is this teaching me about God? What does this tell me about how God sees me?

As we start pulling out these words to encourage ourselves, think: 
What words of gratitude can I pull out of this situation?

Here’s a short list to help you get started thanking God:

1. Thank you for food, somebody else is wondering where they’ll get their next meal…
2. Thank you that even though my ends barely meet, I have ends…
3. Thank you for family, someone else has no one…
4. Thank you for my health…someone else’s is failing…
5. Thank you that I don’t look like what I’ve been through…
6. Thank you for my home in heaven, someone else has lost all hope…
7. Thank you for recovery from addiction…someone else relapsed…
8. Thank you for my senses that I’m able to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch…
9. Thank you for Jesus wiping away my sins…
10. Thank you…


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2 comments

  1. God Bless you ladies! Your weekly messages give so much hope to the hopeless. You encourage me daily. Your messages keep me encouraged and uplifted in good times and bad times.

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    1. Monique, thank you very much for your kind comments! It gives us great joy to know that the messages the Holy Spirit delivers through us are impacting others! We pray that you continue to gravitate towards hope, knowing that God will never leave you hopeless! We pray you continue to be encouraged by the words that we write and speak, knowing that we are truly being obedient to the Holy Spirit and not boasting about "our" good works! We are so glad you are a a Sister With A Purpose!! Romans 8:28!

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