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Don’t Settle: Pursue God’s Best

We are living in a day where so many Christians have defeated mindsets. We don’t believe God for anything beyond what our eyes can see or our minds can comprehend. So instead of stepping out on faith and reaching for higher ground, we settle for the low hanging fruit and encourage others to do the same.

Whether it be in a relationship, your career or that dream in your heart, if you constantly settle for less, less is all you will ever have.

“It’s not much but at least it’s something” is the biggest statement that keeps us living in defeat. It’s our safety net to default back to when the thought of moving forward seems beyond our reach; but settling for less is not trusting God with your life, it’s allowing fear to control your life. God doesn’t want us to merely exist in this world, he wants us to live – and live to the full. The temporary discomfort that comes from stepping out on faith and stumbling your way through until you take hold of higher ground, pales in comparison to the misery that comes from living in defeat.

God wants more for your life, Jesus declared victory over your life, so all that’s left for you to do is to take hold of your life!

It’s not much but at least it’s something, usually turns out to be nothing at all. If you think about it, we often say that right before we take that low paying job that keeps us living from paycheck to paycheck, or continue on in that unfruitful relationship that keeps us unhappy with low self-esteem. Don’t sell your birthright for a bowl of soup, Esau! Translation…don’t trade in temporary discomfort for a lifetime of misery. Temporary discomfort goes along with the process of pursuing your dreams. It may be tough in the short-term but God will surely bless you in the long-term if you keep the faith and don’t settle for less along the way.


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I pray you found this message to be a blessing and encouraging. Feel free to leave a comment and share with a friend. God Bless!

The Process of Becoming: A Conversation with my Former-Self

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Recently I watched a Bishop TD Jakes sermon entitled I Got There Anyway where he spoke of the hard times he endured in the process of becoming the person God created him to be. Towards the end of the message, he described a visit that he took to the house he lived in when he first started out. As he stood in the driveway, on the other side of destiny, he reminisced on the day he was so down and discouraged that he questioned God. He thought of all the tears he cried, and offered his former-self encouraging words of wisdom.

His powerful testimony led me to reflect back on my own life and all those days where I felt stuck in moments of despair. Knowing now what I didn’t know then, these are the words I would share:

Buckle your seat belt Sabrena, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. There will be times where you feel lost, inadequate and completely alone. You will have to fight to protect the dream in your heart even when it seems unattainable, but hang in there because one day…there will be a transformation – an intimate time with the Lord where he begins to transform your mind and reveal to you all that lies within. You will then emerge a butterfly; still unsure of the road ahead, but a lot more confident because you will know, without a shadow of doubt, that you have been chosen by God and destined for greatness.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. – Proverb 3:5

The road to God’s divine purpose is often filled with moments of despair. It takes a special kind of strength to walk by faith when there seems to be no end in sight…but oh what an ending it will be! If you just trust God, keep the faith, and stay connected to Jesus…you will make it through to the other side.

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