This blog does not start out with a Bible verse. The other night, I was eating Chinese food and the Holy Spirit told me He had a message for me in the fortune cookie. I know it sounds weird! But after reading it, it meant a lot to me and I began to meditate on this and how this ministry has gone the past several years. Here is what the fortune cookie said:
“A mighty oak in the forest is nothing more than a “nut” who held its ground”
It is New Years and it is the time everyone is making New Year’s resolutions. They are looking for new ways to make a new start to a new year. There is nothing wrong with that, except I have noticed that many do not keep their resolutions. In three months they have lost interest and they quit the gym, or their diet or whatever else their resolution may have been.
The problem is this, and I am referring back to the fortune cookie. We are living in a microwave-minded society. If it does not work out in our specific time frame or it becomes extremely difficult or challenging, we completely lose interest and con ourselves into thinking, “this is not of God.”
Many of us do not have a “stick-to-it” attitude. We have a tendency to quit when it does not go as we planned and move on to the next great idea. We then develop a habit of repeating this cycle again and again. This is where so many of our problems begin. While we are searching for the next new thing, we believe God changed His mind or forgot what He told us to do. God is not like us! God does not change His mind. If He calls you to do it, He means for you to accomplish it, no matter how difficult it may become or how long it takes.
Let Move On To The Bible
The scriptures, especially in the Old Testament, give us examples of lives of people whom God called to do a specific task or perform a specific purpose for God. We will find that these people, who are called by God, will go through many difficult and very trying times.
I heard so many times in Bible College and from other great ministers who completed their course:
As many of us make plans to make New Year resolutions, I encourage you to look back on your life and see if you have completed what God called you to do. Did you, or did you walk away from His call? Remember, God does not change His mind and if He called you to do it, it means He called you to finish it. He does not change His mind! Get alone with God and let him speak to you. If you need to repent, do it! Then ask him; “How can I finish what You called me to do?” He will answer if you are truly serious in your repentance. Written by Dennis Stauffer