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Pitiful or powerful?

Posted by Brandon Patton on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 12:52 PM

"Forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to those things that are ahead!"

Philippians 4:13

I've never met a person that doesn't have something that could handicap them. Not one. Many have been wounded by injustice on the part of another. Perhaps a parent. Maybe by a mate. Or a trusted friend. The wounds are real and painful. They leave scars that run deep. There are others that believe they have been short changed in life. They didn't have a chance to get an education that allows them a certain opportunity. They don't have the natural talents or abilities that others do. They weren't born into a "silver spoon" family. They never got the breaks that others did. Maybe its a debilitating health issue. No matter what the roadblock to your desired future is you have to come to grips with the eternal truth that life is not fair. Never has been, never will be until Jesus returns to earth to rule.  You can do one of two things. You can choose to be pitiful, or you can choose to be powerful. But, you will never be both. Did you notice the word "choose" in there? Self pity is a crippling state of mind and heart that will rob you of your great God given destiny. He can't help anyone that chooses (there's that word again) to lie down in a bed of pity. I'm convinced after hearing hundred of life stories through the years that self pity is Satan's masterpiece to steal our future. If he can play on our emotions by reviewing our unfortunate circumstances he can bury us in our past. I don't care what has happened or what you lack that others have, our great God is the God of restoration! Moses was a felon that stuttered. David was a nobody that had a father that told him he would never amount to anything. Simon was "ignorant (how would you like for God to call you that in His Word!) and uneducated. Yet all of these and many others testify that if you will choose (there's that word) to refuse to give in to self pity and  look up and trust Him with the future you will find that He will not let your past or your limitations  define your future. I don't care what I lack that others have, or what has happened that was not fair, I have a Father that will make up the difference! I stubbornly refuse to live looking in the rear view mirror! If God be for us, who can be against us!

Father , forgive my self pity and give me grace to stop looking back at the past, down at my limitations, around at others blessings and strengths and start looking up to you. Your smile on me is my game changer! 

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