You may have heard the joke about the old Australian man who was given a brand new boomerang for Christmas. Unfortunately he nearly went crazy trying to throw his old boomerang away.
Life can be like that sometimes. Have you ever tried to throw away an old bad habit or a self-defeating addiction? You must be persistent and consistent if you are to achieve any success.
Think about some of these famous people who were very successful:
- Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Walt also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
- Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, flunked out of college and was described as both unable and unwilling to learn.
- Michael Jordan, perhaps one of the greatest basketball players of all time, didn't make his high school basketball team his sophomore [second] year.
- Beethoven’s teacher called him hopeless as a composer.
- Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and become Prime Minister until he was 62. His greatest contributions came when he was a senior citizen.
- Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded.
It's true that WINNERS NEVER QUIT AND QUITTERS NEVER WIN! God sees no limits for you today.
Jeremiah 32:27 I am the Lord, the God of every person on the earth. Nothing is impossible for me.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think about everything God has done for us, His people. We can always find things to get angry, disappointed or confused about, but God has blessed us in many ways and He doesn’t plan on stopping!
God wants to open doors for you that no man can shut, His infinite power has no limit.
God wants to shower you with blessings and nothing can stop Him. Expect big things from God, because He is all-powerful and He loves you!
Even so some people are just worriers. I know people who would win the world championship at worrying. They worry if they have nothing to worry about.
Do you realise that: -
Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.
Worry is gathering bundles of twigs to build bridges you will never cross.
If worrying were an Olympic sport, most Christians would get the gold medal.
When we pray for truth and genuinely mean it, God always answers. Once we see the truth (cause) of our problem, we usually know what we need to do about resolving it.
As God's Word says in Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Get a deeper hunger for God's Word.
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.
Perhaps your daily Bible reading has become more like duty than desire?
God says, "Crave pure spiritual milk… that… you may grow."
This word crave means 'asking earnestly, longing eagerly, feeling in great need of.'
So here are some suggestions to help you hunger for The Word:
1. Ask God to meet you in the Scriptures.
As you read expect Him to show up. Remember, your goal is to build a relationship, not turn in a book report!
Matthew 4:17 The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
As you read become aware that Jesus is present. Ask Him to wash your mind - even if the cleanser stings a bit. Expect to be moved by His love for you, convicted of some sin or prompted to make changes in your life.
2. Read your Bible with an expectant heart.
Be vulnerable! What you're after isn't information but transformation. Being unchanged by your Bible is worse than having no Bible at all!
Jesus said in John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
3. Meditate on a brief passage or a word.
This may mean adjusting your attitude from getting through the Bible to hearing God speak to you.
Success isn't in the number of pages you read; God doesn't have a big behaviour modification chart on His refrigerator and each time you read another chapter you get another gold star.
Your goal is not to get through the Scriptures, it's to get the Scriptures through you!
If you're serious about deepening your hunger for God's Word, take a moment and re-read today's MID WEEK FAITH BOOSTER several times until it sinks into your spirit.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks teaching. Have a wonderful week and be blessed.