In my previous post I shared with you “10 keys to tackle every problem“. Not only should we learn to overcome our problems, but we must also get rid of the bitter roots it leaves behind in our hearts.
Bishop Jakes recently put that so well, “If you hold on to history, you could lose your destiny.”
The truth is quite simple yet
we struggle to believe it. The fact is that we cannot hold two things at a time. We have to let go of something in order to hold on to something greater. [ClickToTweet]
Problems come and go but here are six bitter roots they may leave behind in our hearts:
1. Removed Confidence
One of the biggest blows a problem brings to a person is to rip apart his confidence. Failure tends to scream at you that you failed because you were not made to do it. So in a way we tend to assume that it declares our capacity of our future. But in reality failure does not tell you what beautiful things tomorrow has in store for you. Because your tomorrow is in the hands of Jesus, failure cannot declare your fate. [ClickToTweet] The Word of God says in 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” We have only failed when we fail to let failure be our stepping stone to a greater destiny in Christ.
2. Fear and Anxiety
As a result of the problems we have faced in the past, all kinds of fears try to invade our heart – Fear of failure, fear of tomorrow, fear of disaster, fear of the unseen and more. We wonder: What if something wrong happens? This fear of the unknown shakes our heart.
Today, simply obey the revealed Word of God and the hidden will of God will be revealed to you in the process. [ClickToTweet] The Word of God says, Psalms 37: 24, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
3. Reduced Passion
This is one of the favourite schemes of the devil. He will disappoint you over and over again in order to suck the passion out of your heart. The devil knows what a threat you will be to his kingdom if you were to burn with the flame of God in your heart. And many times we allow the discouragement to be mediocre and put up with whatever we have. It tends to take away that passion to lead and make you happy to be just alive.
If you are that person who has lost that passion for God because of repeated attacks, I want to encourage you to rise up today. The Word of God says, Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (NIV) Get back into action!!
4. Increased Intimidation
Oh, coincidentally we happen to live on a planet full of people. What better way to discourage you than to put fear of man in your heart on your way to your destiny. Don’t let your past experience with people fill your heart with fear to face them.
The Psalmist says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” You are not facing people alone. The Lord watches over you. When we don’t fear God, we’ll have to fear people. But the fear of the Lord removes the fear we have in man. God with us is all what we need. Stay hidden under the shadow of God and no man can intimidate you.
5. People’s Opinion
Human opinion is like a collection of pebbles. They mean nothing. [ClickToTweet] Humbling oneself is not the problem but the humiliation that comes with the problems is what gives the big blow to our ego. What will people think? Are they laughing behind your back?
In the process of trying to make our impression we forget to remember that those who love us for us will forever love us. They don’t need to be bought over by our success. [ClickToTweet]
6. Questioned Integrity
Have you failed so bad that you doubt you can ever do things right for the right reason? Like Paul who says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15
What is more important than living in the fear of failure is that we rise up to pursue God. First understand that it is the righteousness of God and not our own that sustains us. At the same time we are not made to live in a state passive nature. We ought to be pursuing something. If it is not God, then we are found in pursuit of the world. Choose to rise up today instead of entertaining doubts and uncertainties of a weak heart.
So gather strength again and pursue pleasing God. Let everything else be put behind. Be blessed!
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