You’re In The Way

Sometimes you’re biggest obstacle to achieving opportunities is yourself!

As I was talking to a friend the other day about life and what I believed the Lord had in store for myself and my family, I was telling him how I felt about a couple things. During this conversation, he just looked at me and said “you’re in the way.”

That phrase has stuck in my head for some time now and I have realized how much truth was in the statement.

You see, he made that statement in reference to why I believe I’m not in God’s perfect will for my life. I’m in the way of being where I should be, doing what I should do.

“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As I was thinking about the phrase “you’re in the way, I thought about the verse above, Galatians 5:7. Paul is asking the church of Galatia who hindered them from obeying the truth. Paul was asking who slowed you down? Who held you back? Who made it difficult for you to obey the truth?

When I read this verse, I think of many different things, many different people who have slowed myself and others down in the Christian life? So much work for Christ has been left undone and unfinished because Christians have been hindered from obeying the truth and following after Christ.

When I read that word “who” in Galatians 5:7, almost always, the first “who” I think about is myself. The person who hinders me from obeying the truth and doing what I should and need to be doing is myself! I’m in my own way!!

When I start to think of how I hinder myself, I think of three things. These three things, I think are a common problem among many Christians. If we are all honest with ourselves, we can all probably say that we hinder ourselves in some way.

The first thing that I get in my own way is my lack of trust in Christ. Yes, I trusted Christ as my Saviour and I trust that I’m always saved through Him. Yes, I trust Him with different aspects in life…but that’s the problem, I need to trust Him in ALL things! When I try to figure out life and do it my own way, I’m just proving that I lack trust in Christ to lead me and guide me where I should go.

The second way I see how I get in my own way is through the time that I waste on a regular basis. When I think of all the time I waste doing things that have no impact on eternity makes me sick! Playing games, sleeping, watching tv, just generally being lazy has put me in a spot where it’s time to kick it in to high gear if I’m ever going to accomplish anything for Christ!

Lastly, one of the main areas I see where I hinder myself, is that of living in the past. I always think about what I used to do for Christ and the success and blessings I’ve seen. I also think about the times where I have failed my Heavenly Father and have let Him down. If I’m always focused on the past, I’ll never be able to see what the Lord has for me in the future!

Here are a few verses I have been using to encourage myself in each one of these areas.

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Redeeming the time

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Looking ahead to the future

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Although I wrote this from a spiritual aspect in fulfilling God’s will for your life. You can take these points and use them in your life to achieve whatever goals and dreams you have.

——————————————————————————————————————————

Thanks for your continued reading! If you would like to support us but love shopping on Amazon more, just click on this link to shop! When you do, we get a little kickback, it is just something that helps keep this blog going!!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Listen to the Counted Faithful Podcast!! You can also support us by supporting the podcast!!

***********************************************************************************************************

2020 Vision

Cliché right?

I am sure that we will hear the term “2020 vision” quite a bit throughout this year.

Too be honest, I have already taught a Sunday School lesson on this subject and at our church’s watchnight service, we heard a message with the same title.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18

I honestly didn’t really know what 20/20 meant until I looked it up the other day. Here is a basic definition of the term 20/20: 20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. … If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.

To be honest, that definition of 20/20 vision has nothing to with my thought today, I just thought it was interesting since I never knew what it was.

I’ve heard this verse used many times when it comes to soul winning and reaching the lost. When you don’t have a vision to reach people for Christ, people will perish. It is a great application of the verse but I want to look at it in a different light.

We could say, “If I have no vision, I will perish.” Now we may not perish physically but we may perish in our life in the sense that we will never achieve or amount to anything.

I looked up the definition of vision:

– the act or power of seeing

– A thought, concept or object formed by the imagination

– The act or power of imagination

Bible def: from a sight (mentally) that (is) a (dream) (revelation) or oracle

Of course we know vision means to see, but it also means having a thought or concept. You can look at people that have succeeded and you can see that their vision, their thoughts and/or concepts became reality!

In 2020, we don’t have visions that the prophets had during Bible times. The reason is we have what God wants us to know in the Word of God, the King James Bible!

We can and should have goals for our lives!

We should have daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and life goals. There should be goals for all aspects and areas of life!

Without goals, without a vision, we have no direction, no destination and definitely no determination!

What is your vision for 2020?

Do you have one?

Do you have a direction you want to go?

Or are you just going to go through the year aimlessly and hope your better off at the end then you are now?

Set goals!

Be determined!

Don’t be afraid to fail!

Keep pressing on no matter how hard it gets!

Don’t perish in 2020 due to a lack of vision!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Thanks for your continued reading! If you would like to support us but love shopping on Amazon more, just click on this link to shop! When you do, we get a little kickback, it is just something that helps keep this blog going!!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Listen to the Counted Faithful Podcast!! You can also support us by supporting the podcast!!

***********************************************************************************************************

It is my dream to one day be creating content full-time, inspiring and motivating people to be faithful to Christ through different streams of media.

Please consider making a donation through PayPal.

—————————————————————————————————————————–

We appreciate your support!

Being A Confident Christian

“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

Last night, my wife and I were talking about the subject of being confident and what it means when it comes to serving the Lord. Then today, this verse shows up as the verse of the day and I got to thinking some more about the subject of being confident.

As you have probably noticed, this blog is ad sponsored. I am an Amazon affiliate and any time you click on this Amazon link and purchase something, I get a small commission from it. Audible is the audio app by Amazon. Right now, when you sign up for a 30 day free trial, you can get 2 FREE audiobooks! Also when you sign up for a free trial you help me out immensely!! Go check it out!!! Thanks for reading and thank you for your continued support!!

God has call each one of us to a good work. He has something that He wants each one of us to fulfill and accomplish in our lives. Paul is telling us that if we have been called, we can be confident in knowing that God will help us carry out that work.

I have a few areas that I believe that we should be confident in, and have confidence in Christ that He will help us in these areas.

The first is Salvation. I am confident in Christ that He will save me if I put my faith and trust in Him. When I accepted Christ as my Saviour, I was unsure about His power and ability to save me. I had complete and total confidence in His Word that what He said He would do, He would do! We can have confidence in salvation through Jesus Christ!

Next we can have confidence in our Soul winning. We can have confidence in telling others about the saving power of Jesus Christ! It worked for us, why won’t it work for someone else. Telling other people about Jesus Christ and how He alone can save them is the number responsibility of every single Christian! There is no need to be scared or intimidated by the world, being a witness is a good work, and we are to be confident in what we are called to do!

We can have confidence in our Service. I like to think that being a soul winner and being a servant are two different aspects of the Christian life, yet we are called to do both. If God has called you to serve in some area of church, and I believe there is a place for everyone, you can have confidence that God will help you in that service, in that good work. Too many Christians sit idly by for whatever reasons, but I think one of the big reasons is they lack confidence. We have to realize that whatever God has called us to do, He has equipped us to perform that good work, and we can find confidence in Him.

Then lastly, our Standards are something we can take confidence in. I look around and I see a lot of Christians giving in to worldly fashion and worldly living. They have lost confidence in the standards that God has given to us in His Word. We are called to look different, be different, act different and talk different than the worldly crowd. When I see Christians that are dropping their standards, I see people that have lost confidence in God and what He can do if they live according to His Word. Be peculiar, be confident in being different!

Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you can find confidence in Christ to fulfill His will for your life!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Thanks for your continued reading! If you would like to support us but love shopping on Amazon more, just click on this link to shop! When you do, we get a little kickback, it is just something that helps keep this blog going!!

***********************************************************************************************************

If Amazon isn’t your thing, then head over to our t-shirt shop to get your very own Counted Faithful t-shirt!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Listen to the Counted Faithful Podcast!! You can also support us by supporting the podcast!!

***********************************************************************************************************

It is my dream one day to be creating content full-time, inspiring and motivating people to be faithful through different streams of media.

Please consider making a donation through PayPal.

—————————————————————————————————————————–

We appreciate your support!