There's no time for Excuses.


There's no time for Excuses.

There's No time for Excuses
Rick Renner

When I first started walking with God, I was anxious about taking a step of faith. I wanted to do everything God told me to do, but because this faith walk was new to me, I didn't feel confident.

As I began to step out to obey God's instructions, "I'd wonder, Can I do this? Am I doing it the way I'm supposed to do it? Am I sure God is telling me to do this, or is it all just my imagination? " I fretted like this quite a bit, afraid of making a mistake and looking like a fool.

For instance, I remember the first time the Holy Spirit moved on me to give a prophetic word in a church service. The worship service fell silent, and everyone waited for the prophetic word to come forth. I knew I was the one who had the "word." My heart pounded wildly in my chest as each silent moment passed.

I told myself, "If no one else gives it within the next minute, then I'll prophesy." I looked at my watch and waited. I desperately hoped someone else would start prophesying and alleviate the heavy burden I felt, but no one else gave the prophetic word. I prayed silently, "Just a few more minutes, Lord. If no one else gives the word, then I'll give it."

Five minutes passed. My heart was beating harder and harder. Beads of perspiration trickled down my brow. I knew if I didn't give the word of prophecy, I would be disobedient. Finally, with great trepidation I opened my mouth and began to speak the prophetic word to the congregation.

I finally brought my flesh into agreement with my spirit so I could prophesy, but it didn't happen instantly. It took a little time to deal with my flesh and work up the nerve to open my mouth and say, "Thus saith the Lord...."

Over the years, I've found myself facing that same tendency to hesitate again and again. But years of experience have taught me that if I will do exactly what God tells me, His power makes up for all the insufficiencies and weaknesses I feel.

You see, when we feel weak is actually when God's power shows up the strongest (2 Cor. 12:9).

But before I learned that lesson, I made the mistake for many years of asking a lot of "what if" questions - questions like "What if I fail?" or "What if it doesn't work as I expected?"

Questions like these often put the brakes on our walk with the Lord, hindering us from accepting and conquering glorious new assignments God wants to entrust to us.

Too many believers present God with a host of arguments as to why He should choose someone else. They lay their ill-conceived case before God as a lawyer would present his defense before a judge and jury:

  • "I can't speak well enough."
  • "I see that other people are more talented."
  • "I don't think I'm ready yet."
  • "I'm afraid."
  • "I don't know how I'll be able to pay for it."
  • "I'm not handsome enough."
  • "I'm not popular enough."
  • "I don't have enough time to do it."
  • "I'm not the best choice."
Some people don't even try to come up with an excuse. They just tell the Lord:
  • "It's not in my heart to do what You're asking."
  • "I just don't want to do it!"
  • "NO! I won't do it!"
You can argue with God all day long about why He should choose someone besides you. But until you quit fighting and simply surrender your will to obey God, you will never lay hold of your divine purpose in life.

God has a specific calling for you. The spiritual race He has set before you is one that no one else can run. And when you finally step out to obey Him, you'll be so glad you did! There is no greater satisfaction or peace than in knowing you are doing exactly what God has called you to do.

Your flesh may recoil from doing what God has asked because flesh likes to stay in its comfort zone where it isn't necessary to change, grow, and develop. But as a child of God, you can take charge of your flesh!

Tell it to stop its ranting and raving. For too long your flesh has told you all the lame reasons you can't be used by God. It's time for your flesh to stop controlling your destiny!

If you don't step out in faith to do what you know you're supposed to do, you'll miss the whole reason God brought you into this world. You see, He didn't bring you into the world just to take up space on planet earth.

He has something grand and glorious for you to do. And if you miss that plan, you will answer for it when you stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10).

Imagine what a horrible tragedy it would be for you to live out your entire life, only to discover when you die that you missed the grand, glorious destiny God had planned for you. God forbid the thought of it!

Rather than go on living a ho-hum, monotonous, humdrum life that gives you no happiness or joy, turn your faith loose! Jump out into the river of God, and let it carry you to a vast ocean of supernatural experiences and conquests. That's God's idea of a great life!

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