These days, many of us are interested in improving the quality of their lives. Whether you’re attempting to overcome a sinful lifestyle, improve your walk with Christ, get a job, accomplish goals, or chase after a dream, the key to success is developing a determined attitude. I’ll give you a key that will not only start the engine of your dream machine but also offer the fuel to keep it running despite the rocks and sand that the devil tries to pour into your gas tank. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:17
First, What is determination?
Determination is the ability to make difficult decisions and accomplish God’s goals based on the truths of God’s word, regardless of the resistance that may be encountered. It is the ability to set ourselves toward Godly pursuits, and not allow ourselves to be distracted or discouraged.
Clean up your inner life
Now let’s get real for a minute. I believe that if we focus on the inner life that we are better prepared to conquer circumstances in the outward life that keep our dreams imprisoned in our souls, hidden from the view. The Bible says seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and plenty of desirable “things” will be added. Therefore, we need to be determined to get our inner life straightened out before we concern ourselves with the prosperity. Your first desire should be Christ-like character. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 2:5. Let’s face it. Our determination may very well get us a job promotion, growth and other “things.” But our determination won’t keep us somewhere God didn¬ít take us. It won’t preserve the stuff that God didn’t give us. Be determined to walk like Him, talk like Him, act like Him. Be determined to delight yourself in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.
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What’s your desire? What has God placed in your heart that burns inside your inward parts with a passion? What is that fire that’s shut up in your bones. Simply stated, what are your hopes and dreams? Whatever they are, stop wishing and get determined. See, the difference between hoping and wishing is significant. A wish is a desire for something that seems unattainable. (But nothing is impossible with God.) Someone who wishes makes excuses and sets limits on his mind. You understand that no one sets limits for you but yourself? When you think something is impossible, you are limiting yourself to achieve your goals. if God has told you in some supernatural way that He is going to do something that is completely beyond your understanding, yet so awesome at the same time, believe it! Because remember what He said in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” He will do things that are far beyond what your mind can imagine. In the end, it will be so much better than your own plans!
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You need determination to overcome the resistance. Resistance from your flesh. Resistance from your friends and family. Resistance from the devil. The good news is determined people like you can put your flesh under, respectfully ignore people who disagree with your dreams, and even outlast the devil. Here’s how that resistance should only serve as confirmation that your desires are in line with God’s will. That confirmation should give you joy and full of glory. That joy will revive you with strength. That strength will fuel your faith and activate God’s grace. And that grace will empower you to continue persevering in the face of any opposition. Believe this: God’s grace is sufficient to overcome anything that stands between you and His will for your life. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your promises and who you are in my life. I pray a double portion of determination, patience and strength to wait for all the things that you’ve shown me to come to pass. May my waiting be active and not passive so that I may be doing the things that you require of me to bring this prophecy into fulfillment. Impart to me a spirit of joy so that I can always wait with hope and without complaining. I know that you are able to do abundantly more than I could ever ask, think, imagine, dream or hope for and I pray that your grace and peace will guard my heart and mind as I wait for your perfect timing, In Jesus Name. Amen
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