In the book of Daniel, Daniel sought God fervently because of the dilapidated state of His people and homeland. He went before God with all of His heart and as a result God heard and sent help on Daniel’s behalf. “While I was pouring out my heart, baring my sins and the sins of my people Israel, praying my life out before my God, interceding for the holy mountain of my God-while I was absorbed in this praying, the humanlike Gabriel, the one I had seen in an earlier vision, approached me, flying in like a bird about the time of evening worship. He stood before me and said, Daniel, I have come to make things plain to you. You had no sooner started your prayer when the answer was given. And now I’m here to deliver the answer to you. You are much loved! So listen carefully to the answer, the plain meaning of what is revealed…” (Daniel 9:20-23)
Some people say why are you going to JUST pray about it, DO something about it! As a believer it is always best to talk to God first before you move on a situation. It is not lazy or fool-hearted to pray about something. When you pray heaven responds! In this example as soon as Daniel began to pray God sent an angel to fight demonic principalities on Daniel’s behalf. The angel was able to provide much needed comfort and direction for Daniel. I think I would rather go into a fight with heavenly hosts having my back then going into a gun fight with a knife.
Also did you notice that Gabriel came “flying in like a bird” during evening worship. That is another key. Make sure before you go into prayer enter into the Lord’s presence or “courts” with sincere praise (Psalm 100:4). At times we may not feel like praising or even cracking a smile but make every effort to have a thankful heart and a praise on your lips, there is always someone who is hurting more than you.
Colossians 1:17 “And He himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).”
When you feel overwhelmed and you feel that you can’t go any further, remember who truly is in control. It is definitely not us, It’s GOD. When the familiar emotions of being overwhelmed or frustrated comes over us it is God reminding us that we need Him to steer the ship of our life and things may be getting out of His order, He needs to be first and in the driver’s seat. He shows us that we need something greater than ourselves. Why is it so difficult to reach up? Why is it so difficult to admit that you need help? Let your guard down and be vulnerable to God, He has told us that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), only He the creator of the universe can make that promise, only the One where all things consist and cohere can make that guarantee.
Say these words to yourself out loud when feeling overwhelmed or frustrated: God has everything under control even when I don’t or when I can’t control myself. I am reconciled to God because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, everything is in Him. Wonderful things are in store, I won’t miss them!
Our enemy (Satan) wants to steal God’s hope and promises from you and attempts to do that with our reactions to our emotions. Just because you feel a certain way doesn’t mean act on it, practice self control with your thoughts, actions, and words. Words and what you believe to be true play a big part in your success in life. Keep the above scripture in mind and remember who is really driving the ship of your life.
Work within your skill set
KEY TO SUCCESS: Ask God to let His will be done in your life.
God will use and develop YOUR skills. Don’t look at what others are doing. God will use the resources around you, and build on those things. Things that were around you the whole time that you were blind to, He will put a light on them and help you to take steps to develop those things. Opportunities that were around you the whole time, He will illuminate! He tears down our egos in order to develop us. We cannot be great without Him (John 15).
Through great tragedy He can bring to light an ability that was within you, that you overlooked. Without the tragedy your eyes would have never been opened and you would have never sought other alternatives. Qualities that God has allowed others to see in you since childhood and you have not seen within yourself, God can make those things important to you and help you to build upon those attributes.
An example: Just like God has given some great singing voices to some and through much practice their voices are developed and that gift brings crowds into praise and worship. What is your gift? What have you not developed? What is God showing you now? Develop it! Put it into God’s skillful hands and watch it grow and mature you. Your gift will make a way for you, trust God….only God has the appropriate skill set to help you develop the seed HE has created within you.
The best way to develop gifts is to go out of your comfort zone, in thought and action. If you allow, God will take you out of your comfort zone to bring the best you out. Don’t be afraid when you leave your comfortable place, the Lord can sustain and protect you during your growth, He will not call you to do something and not support you. God has the key to unlock the gifts and stir them up on the inside of you (2 Timothy 1:6-7). He is the master locksmith, who holds the keys of your success. God knows your needs, desires, frustrations, etc. Remember He was in our human condition at one point and fully understands that we are dust. He is fully aware of our weaknesses and struggles. When opposition comes He knows how to help you through, He is your Heavenly Father. Your experiences and growth will in turn inspire others, you will have a testimony to share to inspire others to walk closer with Christ.
God wants to be close to you and speak to you on an everyday basis. I believe when we get into the hustle of life it drowns out His still, small voice when we are not tuned into his wavelength. In order to be tuned into Him on a daily basis we need to read His Word and spend time in prayer. There is no minimum or maximum amount of time that is required, just set aside time for Him. He made time to wake us up every morning, we can absolutely give Him 5 minutes. God is so good that He will allow us to go day after day, going and going, never speaking to Him. He’ll hand us blessing after blessing and sometimes we don’t even thank Him. He wants a connection with us, the more time you spend with Him the closer He will be to you (James 4:8), the stronger His voice will be in your life and His influence on everything you do.