Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. Psalms 30:10-12 (KJV)
I just felt a release in my spirit to give glory to God for a moment. He is faithful and kind. I am thanking him for the recent opportunities that have come my way, for each of them has been a blessing and a learning experience. He is changing things for me and in me.
It is amazing to me how much information is out there for people if they just look for it. If you want to grow and expand your ministry or business, advance in your career, or just present yourself in an improved way, there is someone out there willing to show you how to do it.
Many times there is a cost involved, and that is what throws us off. But I have come to understand that we have to make wise investments in the greatest commodity we have: ourselves. On the other hand, we have to beware of wolves in sheep's clothing, whose foremost intent is to fleece people and leave them high and dry. There are a lot of them out there as well, and I thank God that I have not been taken in.
I am also giving God glory because the more I learn about what others are doing, the more I learn about myself and what I am capable of. This may come as a surprise to some, but sometimes it is hard to articulate who you are and what you can do. I hope that most of you reading this don't have that problem, but if you do, just admit it. Denial doesn't help in deliverance.
Thank God he is delivering me from the worst of all enemies: myself! The doubts and fears that I have given into over the years are slowly being replaced by the God-confidence he has always wanted us to have:
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
I pray today that you, too, will give glory to God for the progress you are making. It may not be at the pace you expected; you may not be at the level to which you are aspiring; but you are making progress. Let the Lord lead you, as the old song says, "All the way from earth to Heaven." He's a mighty good leader!