It can be quite easy, and sometimes convenient to get comfortable in the everyday ritual of life. Get up, dress the kids, go to work, pick up the kids, fix dinner, and go to bed. Repeat. Certainly, there must be more to life than this!
Settle means to agree to something that is less than satisfactory, gradually sinking in weight (imagine sugar in tea). It is dated silence. Now, that last definition shook me. What are our lives saying, if they are speaking at all?
Several things come to cause us to settle in where we are. Laziness, no zeal in our spiritual walk, wrong priorities, carnal relationships, denial, and fear. These are all darts that come to stifle and hinder our progress and destiny in God.
How to Regain Your Momentum?
1. Recognize the need to grow(1 Peter 2:2).
So many times we want to brush off the reason why something has not happened in our lives, when it is no one’s fault but our own. God has done everything He is ever going to do, and He gave all power to you and me. The only reason there is a problem in our lives is due to not having understanding of what God’s word says about it.
2. Stop Making Excuses.
(Luke 5:4-6). Having just enough is never enough! Excuses are blinders to keep you from seeing your destiny. It’s reason, rooted in pride, to accept a self-justified mistake, only to keep you from moving into correction’s benefits.
3. Don’t procrastinate (Genesis 12:1-3).
When God speaks, it’s past time to move! Put yourself in a position where God can expand you and cause your dream to come true. Step out in faith and see what God won’t do.
4. See yourself succeeding (Ephesians 3:17).
How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself broke, defeated, hopeless or can you with the eyes of faith see success, increase, and promotion? Your thinking literally shapes your living.
5. Never go back (Colossians 3:2).
I can’t stress enough, looking back hinders forward progression. In Genesis 19, Lot’s wife ignored God’s instruction, forsook progress and turned around to what she’d left behind. We are told she remains there until this day. You must drop past memories, past hurts and failures, and even past success if you want to move forward in what God has for you. Yesterday is gone. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
Perhaps there’s a past due note that speaks of stoning you, maybe there’s a doctor report that says we need further testing and may need to operate; or perhaps a NSF letter is sitting on your kitchen table along with a “you can’t start school until this is paid” report, but like David, you are going to have to stir yourself up in the Lord by way of remembrance. Know that because God is for you, no one can be against you. Refuse to settle where you are, do not settle for what it looks like, because you have seen your end, and it is good, saith the Lord! So, if what you see is not what you’ve seen, then what you see is temporary! Go forth in what God has called you!