Excuses


And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19 NIV


And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19 NIV

In the Bible a gate means opportunity and a key means authority. There’s a passage in John 5 about a man who’s been “ill” for 38 years. This man is sitting by a healing pool, near the Sheep Gate, and Jesus learns that the man has been there a long time. So, Jesus walks up and asks, “Do you want to be made well?” Immediately, the man spouts off several excuses as to why he’s not well.

Let’s repaint this picture: A man with some kind of illness is sitting near an opportunity, but doesn’t take hold of it. Instead, he just sits near the opportunity, making excuses as to why he hasn’t done anything about it.

Excuses… Almost everyone has made at least one. Most excuses are rendered as a result of a “why” question. Such as: “Why didn’t you?” Excuses are made to avoid blame, judgment, or responsibility. The logic (or lie) in the mind tells you that if you have a valid reason, no one can blame or get mad at you when something doesn’t get done. So what happens when you begin making excuses to God?

When you don’t make something your priority, it can become your need for an excuse. God has given each of us a project. He’s given you an assignment that He wants you to complete. As you begin to step in His direction and plan for your life, He will provide for you the things you need to complete the task you have been given. All you need to do is trust His plan, and do your part.

Prayer Focus

  • Pray that God would become the priority in your life.
  • Pray that your God given assignment would be made clear to you.

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