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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
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Understanding God's Delays

Posted 02-25-2022 at 10:41 PM by Albert Finch

The reasons for delay in your life are actually choices you have total control over?

Reason #1 – Pursuing the Promise Instead of God

If you have been in a pattern of delay for weeks, months or even years, ask yourself, "Have I been chasing something that is related to God's purpose for my life?"

For example, if you want something or need something, is it possible you don't believe you've already received it (Mark 11:24)? God promises in Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

He is faithful and trustworthy. He says what He does and does what He says. God has promised you that He has ALREADY given you all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Why not believe God at His Word

Reason #2 – What You Magnify Will Manifest

The more you magnify anything, the more it continues to manifest. What you feed will grow. Instead of magnifying the delay, what you can do is choose to be content and thankful for what you already have.

Complaining about the delay can stop what we desire to happen in our lives. Be intentional from now on and choose to be content at all times.

1 Timothy 6:6 reveals a KEY to our breakthrough: "Now godliness with contentment is great gain."
Just like complaining is a choice, being content is also a choice.

Reason #3 – Doing It Your Way Instead of God's Way

If you truly want to follow His lead, then take Jesus' advice in [b]Mark 8:34: "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."

We can say we want to follow Him, but are we willing to deny ourselves? The more we obey Him, the less our will is going to come to pass. The more we obey God, the more we die to self. Either more of God's will is coming to pass in our lives or more of our own will. It's our choice.
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