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There Is a Right Time

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There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth (Ecclesiastes 3:1, AMP).

A right time to hold on and another to let go (Ecclesiastes 3:6b, AMP).

I think one of the hardest decisions to make in life is whether to hold on or to let go. Maybe it’s easy for you to let go of old clothes, but sometimes it’s not easy to let go of your adult children or a house or a relationship.

When I think back to some of the decisions I’ve made, there were times I held on when I should have let go. Then, there were times I let go when I should have held on.

Lord, teach us to know the difference.

Be Ready

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The bible speaks of ten virgins who heard that the bridegroom was coming. Upon hearing this word, they took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

I don’t know long it was between the time they heard and the time of manifestation, but at midnight while they were sleeping, someone cried out, ‘The bridegroom is coming. Go out to meet him.’ 

A door had been opened for them, but they were only given a span of time. Five of them were prepared for his coming, but unfortunately five of them were not. The lamps of the foolish virgins had gone out and they had no more oil. And while they were looking for oil to buy, the bridegroom came and the door shut (Matthew 25:10).

If what God told you hasn’t manifested yet, it is not because He lied or has forgotten about you. Perhaps the reason why you haven’t gotten it is because you aren’t ready for it – yet.

Let’s say, for example, He promised you a promotion or a spouse or a home. God will always give you enough time to prepare for He has promised. Then one day, when you’re not expecting it, a door opens.

But you got angry at your manager and quit your job.

Or you got tired of being alone and went back to your ex.

Or you stopped looking at homes only after looking at three because it seemed like the process of buying a home was too difficult.

Then, the door shut and the time had passed.

No promotion, no spouse and no new home.

I’m not telling you that another opportunity won’t come. It will because God is ready to give it to you, but you must be ready for it.

When God told Noah that a flood was coming, Noah believed and prepared for the flood.

If you believe that God has already done or is going to do what He said, then prepare like you believe Him.

Be ready.

Season of Joy

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My mother passed away on Thanksgiving Day forty five years ago and this will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my dad.

I will be fine, but for some people, this can be a difficult season and time of the year. If it is at all possible, please invite someone over for dinner or take them a plate or call them to make sure they are okay.

May this holiday season be a season of joy and blessing for you.

Need Versus Want

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I never understood why this individual asked me to be in a relationship with him.

He only talked to me when he felt like talking to me.

I only saw him when he wanted to see me.

When I wanted to talk to him, I would call him, but he wouldn’t answer his phone.

How could he go days without talking to me?

How would he get to know me if he never spent time with me?

He told me a couple times that he needed me, but he never made me feel like he wanted me.

I soon realized that once he got what he needed, he wouldn’t need me anymore – until he needed something else again.

Unfortunately, this sounds like the type of relationship that a lot of Christians have with Christ.

We know that we need Him, but do we really want Him?

There’s a difference.

God Will Make It Happen

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At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen (Isaiah 60:22, NLT).

I don’t know when it’s going to happen or how it’s going to happen.

I just know Who is going to make it happen.

God is going to make it happen.

Not you, but God.

He is going to get the credit and He is going to get all the praise.

This time when you boast, you will boast in the Lord.

Take a Chance

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The woman with the issue of blood was in her condition for twelve years.  According to law and according to man, she shouldn’t have been in the crowd to see Jesus, but she heard about the miracles he performed and she wanted a miracle.  Some of us have been in situations longer than twelve years and we’ve heard about Jesus, too. We hear about him at church, on television or reading the bible. But the difference between her and some Christians is she believed what she heard and acted upon it.

And it wasn’t easy. She pressed through the crowd, she pressed through sickness, she pressed through her feelings, she pressed through what people might say or think and she went after what she belonged to her – healing, wholeness, and peace (Mark 5:34).

She followed Jesus and she kept following him. There were many distractions, but she kept moving in his direction. She didn’t give up. She didn’t feel sorry for herself. She took action. She didn’t wait for him to touch her. She touched him.

Some of us are waiting for opportunities to fall into our laps, but you have to get up and go get it. You must pursue it and stop making excuses for why you will never have or never be.

You have a choice. Don’t choose to stay where you are. There is better for you. And don’t compare your life with others. We are all going through something, but know that if we’re going through something, that means we will also come out of something.

Move forward. Press toward what you are believing God for until what is intangible becomes tangible and what seems impossible becomes possible.

Some of us are still waiting for the right time. The moment you don’t feel like doing something is the best time to do it. If you wait for everything to be right before you do something, then you will never do anything.

Learn from the example of this woman. She took a risk. According to religious laws, she was unclean, which meant she would contaminate anyone she touched. When Jesus asked who touched him, she was ‘fearing and trembling’ (Mark 5:33) because she didn’t know what Jesus was going to say or what the crowd would do to her. She didn’t know how things were going to end, but she just took a chance and that day she became whole.

So, keep pushing and keep pressing. Don’t give up. And even if you’re afraid of what may or may not happen, take a chance anyway.

Stop Trying to Fix It

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Underneath my car is this thing called an undercar cover or shield and let’s just say that thing has been through a lot.

One night, I got too close to the parking lot bumper and the cover split in half, but someone from my church came over with their tools and fixed it for me.

Then another night, an animal ran in front of my car as I was going home. Again, it tore the engine cover. I did everything I could to hold on to that cover. I even used duct tape.

Well, some time had passed, but I eventually ordered a new engine cover. The parts and labor was a little over $200.

My car was finally fixed and it looked good.

Then, one day as I was driving to the movie theater with my son, I saw something in the road. It looked like Spanish moss. But, instead of swerving to the right or left, what did I do? I drove over it and apparently it got caught in the cover and pulled it as I was driving. The next thing I heard was the sound of something dragging on the highway.

My new cover was damaged again and that was money that I couldn’t get back.

So, I let the cover drag as long as I could because I wasn’t getting this fixed again. When it was time for my next oil change, a young man (from a different auto shop) looked at the cover for me.

Minutes later, he comes in the waiting area holding the cover over his shoulder. I’m waiting for him to tell me the price of the parts and labor, but he says nothing. So I said, What is it going to cost?

He said, Nothing. You don’t need it. You can drive without it.

And you know what? He was right. I was trying to fix something that really didn’t need to be fixed. I didn’t need the engine cover to drive the car and it didn’t stop me from reaching the places I needed to go.

Why am I telling this story?

Because sometimes we try to fix situations that God can only fix and we try to change people that only God can change. We try to get to certain places in our life, holding on to things or people that was more of a burden than a blessing. And the enemy will use ‘what we think we need’ to get us off course, to keep us going in circles, to pull us away from the voice of God and to lead us in the wrong direction. Such distractions have cost many of us too much time and too much money.

I learned three things from this car as it relates to my life:
1) I can’t fix it.
2) Not everything needs fixing.
3) There are some things that only God can fix.