“Full Operation”

“Full Operation”
Elder Zelda Williams
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

Have you ever had a day when it felt like everything was going wrong? Or a day when maybe you woke up in a bad mood and couldn’t shake it?  That’s when I say, “Woooooo-sahhhh” and take it to God.  We control our attitude whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.  I love the quote from Bob Conklin which says, “It is not the situation… It is your reaction to the situation.”  We all encounter challenges in life, but the worst thing you can do is complain about it.  The Lord wants to do surgery on us because we’ve got “clogged habits” — like gossip, jealousy, and negativity.  Let him operate.  It’s that simple.

Elder Zelda makes an important point, particularly for born-again believers.  Many times we think because God is using us in ministry that it’s okay to treat people any kind of way.  We take our frustrations out on family, friends, or co-workers.  But, it’s NOT okay.  We have to love God’s people.  If you cause people to walk away from God, you will be held accountable for that.  We should use our experiences/challenges/blessings to draw people closer Jesus, not farther away.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Do you need a blood transfusion?  Let God pump out the bad habits in you, and infuse you with His love and compassion.

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize.  Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Our prize is eternal life and the only competitor is satan (not other people).

Bottom line, we need to have a clean heart.

Psalm 24:3-5 (NIV)
Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.  He will receive blessings.

Something to think about: Jot down a list of “clogs” (or negative habits) in your life and ask God to help remove them.  Some battles are too big for us to handle on our own.  Let God operate.  He has a 100% recovery rate and there’s never a co-pay!

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