Good afternoon! Happy Monday to you all! I pray everyone had a blessed weekend!
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
This weekend I spent some much-needed time listening to God. Sometimes we can encounter so much clutter in our thoughts that we begin to move off course. It’s important to know, the loudest voice in your ear will become the voice you listen to the most. I needed to turn down the volume on the world and turn up the microphone for the Lord because my thoughts were becoming filled with distractions.
During my quiet time with the Lord, He spoke to me about sabotage; self sabotage to be more specific. Sabotage is defined as any underhand interference with production, work, etc. Typically the enemy tries to sabotage your plans or jealous people, family members, or shady co-workers and the list goes on. However, self sabotage is when you are the enemy to yourself and you come against your plans to reach your goals and dreams. Sounds crazy right? Why would you want to sabotage yourself? Why would I want to sabotage myself? It doesn’t seem right, but it happens all of the time.
How many times has God given you an assignment and you are all excited and well on your way to reach your goals then all of sudden fear, complacency, doubt, and anxiety sneak into your mind? Self sabotage has a way of rearing its ugly head in the forms of procrastination, mediocrity, becoming too comfortable, laziness, negative self-talk, uncertainty and the list goes on.
Here are some examples of self sabotage:
- A person set a weight loss goal and is only 5-10lbs away from goal and says, “I guess this is the weight I am supposed to be.” SELF SABOTAGE!
- A person who only has a few more credit hours to complete until graduation and says, “This is too hard, maybe I should take a break.” SELF SABOTAGE!
- A person who has been searching for a new job and has constantly received rejection letters says, “I guess I’m stuck here” and then they stop applying for jobs. SELF SABOTAGE!
- A person who desires to go back to school, but doesn’t have all of the money decides they won’t even apply to school. SELF SABOTAGE!
These are just a few examples of self sabotage, but I know you can think of many more examples. If God gave you the vision, He will make the provision. There is power in the tongue and you have to speak life into your situation. You have to fight daily to maintain a positive spirit. If you believe in what God has promised you then I challenge you to stand on His word! It doesn’t matter what it looks like in the natural. Trust and believe God is working things out in the spiritual. Don’t give up and don’t give in. We (I am speaking to the choir on this one) have to trust in God and remain confident that if He started something in us, He is faithful to complete it.
If God gave you a goal weight to reach then don’t give up just because it gets tough. Don’t go back to the old habits you fought so hard to get rid of. If you are almost finished school then keep pushing. Don’t get discourage because the course load is tougher, you are almost there keep pressing. If you are looking for a new job and you know there is a better position out there for you, don’t get discouraged get hyped up because rejection means you are getting closer to acceptance. If you have a desire to go back to school then fill out those college applications. Step out on faith and trust in the Lord! STOP the SELF SABOTAGE!
Speak life into your situation and stop killing the vision with your words and lack of action. Stand on the promises of God. Pray often and Trust in the Lord!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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