8th NOVEMBER 2019“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”- Numbers 23:19
Some people do not believe in themselves as capable of any significant achievement. They do not believe that God gave everybody the power to succeed! They also do not believe that God has any role to play in human endeavors. The reason why there is so much arguments on the role of God in human endeavor is because the nature of God is still lost to many of us. Today’s word tells us that God is neither a man nor a human being. Therefore, God does not have the attributes of man. Neither does He have the moral inclination like a man. This devotional is not to dissect the nature of God, but to remind us that God does whatever He says, and His promises does not fail. In this devotional however, I would like you to have the picture of God as that of Spirit who lives in you; gives you life, light, love, and He is constantly keeping your vital organs working harmoniously. Therefore, without God, you won’t be alive, let alone do anything in terms of creating a good life. Getting God to work for us or to agree with us in the positive things we plan to achieve is not so much of a religious practice or a belief in a super being outside in the space. Rather, it has much to do with our gut, and our readiness to believe that we can do all things by the power of God in us. God has already given us His divine will to succeed in life, but it is left for us to align with His will by believing in ourselves and in our abilities to succeed. Therefore, your belief in God must go hand in hand with a belief in your abilities to succeed. It is only when YOU FIRST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, THAT YOU ARE GIVEN THE POWER TO SUCCEED. Believing in yourself FIRST, shows your readiness to move forward with your plans in spite of every odd on your way. It is ONLY when you are ready to move forward with great plans and ideas that God will swing into action to work with you to achieve your plans. It is true that when God makes a promise, He would fulfil it. Whatever God says He would do, that would He do! But you must be ready to make up your mind to succeed or to move forward to greater heights. When you take a decision, God moves with you simultaneously to manifest your plans.
There are no doubts that sometimes, we move forward with our ideas and yet everything comes crashing down like a pack of cards. That does not mean that God has failed in His promise to help us succeed, but it’s just that once in a while, such is bound to happen for various reasons. One of the reasons great ideas fail is our inability to do our bits properly when nurturing or growing our businesses or great dreams. Everything has a life cycle of conception, birth, growth, maturity and death. When we give birth to a child, we have to nurture the child and give adequate care to ensure that the child grows strong and good. If the child falls sick, we must give the necessary medication to cure him. Also, when the child is hungry, we have to give him food. We also have to give other basic things of life to the child. Without food, medicines and other basic things at the appropriate time, the child might not survive for too long. That in itself does not mean that God did not want the child to live or that God has failed in His promise to keep the child alive. It is basically because we have also failed in our human responsibility towards the child. Same applies to your dreams. You must perform your human roles properly and at the right time, while leaving the rest to God in prayers and supplications. Therefore, at every point in time in the course of manifesting your desires or plans, do everything humanly possible to sustain your dreams. The efforts you put in will determine how far God would move with you.
Today is another day to move forward with your dreams. Believe first in yourself and then ask God to go with you.
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, today, I hold onto your word in Isaiah 41:10 and I declare that all my fears and doubts are gone, and I am greatly empowered and strengthened by your spirit. Father, I decree victory, success, and breakthrough into my life today. AMEN.
FURTHER READING: Isaiah 41:10