My goodness! I just read the most inspiring quote by George Washington Carver:

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

Wow.

Jesus said “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23) encouraging a father who had went to the disciples for assistance with his son. Unfortunately the disciple did not think of the cost to be like Jesus. Jesus had already given them authority to do exploits in chapter 3. What happened? Jesus said we need to add some of our own works, in this case – prayer and fasting.

Christ has given us the wisdom and ability to do many things in this life to better our situations and status in life. It is our responsibility to use what God has already granted us with, and ‘work those gifts and talents’! It can become a habit to make excuses why things are not the way we ‘wish’ for them to be – but let me repeat the words of Christ “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” That is not just spiritual, that can be physical, mental, in education, on your job, in your home and so on.

I think too many times we associate “difficulty” with not meeting God’s approval. Resistance is good – it builds muscle, it strengthens teeth. Being in the Will of God is more than just things going smoothly. Even things in the Will of God pertaining to your life will have its challenges, that’s why we need Christ’s strength, guidance, voice.

We can do NOTHING without HIM, acknowledge that. There are somethings YOU will need to do for YOURSELF, calling on Christ for help and support. Your best effort is needed on every aspect of your situation, life and endeavors. God’s assistance is always needed for SUCCESS, but He wont take the test for you, He won’t seek opportunities for you, He can’t manage your finances for you. Don’t make excuses, make your ‘bestest’ effort!

Be Encouraged

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