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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flying with Thursday's Word: Excuse by Brenda Smith

Thursday's Word
Jonas Nilsson Lee


WORD:  EXCUSE
DEFINED: To seek or obtain exemption or release for oneself.
SCRIPTURE: “ And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!” –Joshua 24:24

God doesn’t want us to merely sit around dreaming about things we can do and be. That’s a good place to start, but a poor place to stop. God wants us to turn our dreams into action. We all have untapped gifts and talents inside us, and the way to develop our potential is by stepping out in faith and making the most of every opportunity. It’s not how much you have, but it’s how you use what you have that matters. Are you making the most of the gifts and talents God has given to you?

God is not moved by excuses.

He’s not inclined to help us when we feel sorry for ourselves. No, God is moved by faith. When we step out in faith and use the talents He’s given us, we show that we trust God, that we believe He will bless our actions and cause us to succeed.

Sometimes God presents opportunities that look insignificant, or rather ordinary. Perhaps you don’t see how they fit into the big picture for your life. But if God is asking you to do something, He has a purpose for it. You just need to be faithful, and when you’re diligent in handling the little things, God can increase and promote you to larger responsibilities

By being faithful with what you’ve been given. You may think you’re working at some meaningless job, or you’re just raising your kids, or you’re doing something that seems ordinary, it’s not exciting; you can’t see where it’s leading you. Let me encourage you to be faithful. Stick with it. Give it your all. Keep a good attitude, and God will increase you. If you will be the best that you can be right where you are, God will promote you and give you more.

Understand that those silent times — those times when God is doing something in your life that doesn’t seem to make sense — those are times of growth. God is working on your character. That’s when God is preparing you, and if you’ll be faithful and pass the test, you’ll be ready for promotion.

May God continue to bless you all.

Brenda C. Smith

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