Is your excuse good enough?
Welcome back to Faith Matters, you won’t believe what happened to me the other day. I was driving to work and the car started acting up. I got downtown and then all of a sudden when the light turned green I stepped on the gas and the car wasn’t moving. Talk about a little scary. It had a delay before it started moving. The engine started making some noise and I started praying. I made it up to the 5th floor of the parking garage and left it there. I took some time off of work so that I could take it into the dealership to get looked at. When proceeding down the garage the engine light decided to come on and I was having a problem getting the car to respond properly when I hit the gas. I pulled over and called for a tow truck. The tow truck driver couldn’t find me even though I gave him the exact street and location. Once he got the car in tow we drove to the dealership so they could take a look at it. I needed a rental and the guy said they didn’t have any more rentals. I was like okay no big deal; he had to drive me to another location to get me a car. We get there and the car was dirty, he asked if I wanted it washed and I said no that is fine, I am an easy going person. He then checked the gas and there was only 1/8th of a tank. I told him I would need some gas because it is hard to bring back a rental with no gas. He took it to the gas station and brought it back for me. Finally, 3 hours after leaving work I was able to go home. Most people would have lost their lid, but I stayed calm, listened to my Christian music, and read my Bible verses about patience. Now what happened to me that night you will have to wait until the end of this podcast to hear about.
First, let us open up with prayer because in prayer we can be at peace with the Lord. Heavenly Father I have had a long brutal day, but because of Your word and Your promises I can still be at peace. Bad things can happen all around me, but I look to keep my eyes fixed on You during these storms so that I don’t fall into the ocean of despair. Lord thank you for saving me today from what could have been miserable and turning it into something awesome. Please help me as I share today some more of my personal testimony and how You have worked in my life. Let my words touch the hearts of those who are listening. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
The other day I was having a conversation with one of my close friends Jimmy and something he said sparked my desire for this message. Jimmy and I have been like two swords that constantly are sharpening each other for the glory of God.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
I don’t understand it, but countless times I have said something to Jimmy that has inspired his sermons and he has said something that has inspired my sermons. I have learned to stop asking and just trust that God wants to use it in a big way. At first I had that casual thought, maybe it was a coincidence, but it happened repeatedly and too many times to be a coincidence. It was a God thing and no other way to explain it.
Jimmy was telling me that he wanted to do a podcast about worrying being a sin. Which he just recently released so if you haven’t heard it please message me and I will send you a direct link. If you are online reading the notes later then I will add it in for you.
And with that simple statement Jimmy caused me to think about what type of excuses that I have created to cover my own sin or to try and avoid what God has called me too. I am not going to dig into Jimmy’s topic because I will let him bring that to light, but I do want to discuss excuses and how we let them creep in and take over our lives.
The definition of excuse as a verb is:
Attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify.
release (someone) from a duty or requirement
The definition of excuse as a noun is:
a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.
a poor or inadequate example of.
How many times have you come up with an excuse to defend yourself or justify to God why you can’t do something? I can tell you many times that I gave excuses to God because I didn’t want to do something.
Let’s flash back to my college years when the weekends were my down time. Almost every single Sunday morning I told God that I was too tired to get up and go to church. I wanted to sleep in and relax. Do you want to know why I was so tired? There was this awesome game that came out called 007 Goldeneye and me and my roommates would stay up to 2 or 3 in the morning playing 2 vs. 2. We had such a great time, but in doing so I decided I had to cut God out of His time so that I could enjoy myself.
What about the many times that God called upon me to give more money for the missionary that was visiting our church? How about the times that God told me to pay for someone else to attend a conference? I never liked giving up my money and if I am being completely honest I was stingy and didn’t feel like I had too. Now imagine, by me saying no and not providing like God wanted me too, I could have been holding back a blessing from someone else. So instead of me being a part of a blessing, instead I became this empty vacuum. I could have been excited and blessed to help someone else, but instead I was being greedy and only focused on me.
Now you may be in that same boat that I was, only concerned about me, how will I make it through, who is going to pay for me? You see when we give a little, God can give more. Since changing my attitude I have learned that the more I give the more God gives and it blows my mind. I have seen it countless times over the past years and I had absolutely no way of explaining how it happened other than God is good.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
You may be asking yourself, well how does God do this? That part I can’t explain, I always just say #GodsMath You see God can do whatever He wants whether or not it makes sense to the human mind. Trust that He will provide and take those negative excuses and discard them. It is the excuses that are holding us back from seeing God’s blessing.
What other excuses have you personally given God to try and avoid answering God’s call? Stop and take a moment to reflect on your life personally. I challenge you to take that excuse that you have been giving God and make it a reality. See what other plans that God has for you lined up. You see how can God continue to give you new challenges if you haven’t conquered the first one? How can God trust you to work through the storm if you are too afraid to step into the boat? Make today the day that you change from saying no to saying yes Lord, use me!
At the beginning of the podcast I mentioned that something had happened to me that night when my car had to be taken in and I received the rental. Later that evening after dinner I got a message from someone at the radio station in Green Bay Wisconsin telling me to tune into the station. They were actually playing my wife’s song on the Q90FM in Green Bay. I was speechless; humbled by the fact that God had opened that door. You see I tried to open that door myself on several occasions and God kept the door closed. But on the night of the worst day I have had in a while God came through and delivered a blessing for my family.
I share this story with you because I could have given up on Christian Music. I could have given God yet another excuse and said it is too much work, I don’t have the time, God nothing is happening, but instead I stayed the course and continued to share the gospel even if the music didn’t go any farther than YouTube and iTunes. I put all my faith and trust in God to lead me where He wanted me to go.
So today I beg you, no more excuses. God could be waiting to bless you but yet waiting for you to answer His call.
Heavenly Father I thank you for the blessings that You provide. I thank you for opening my eyes to Your ways and Your perfect timing. I may want it now, but You alone Lord know when the perfect time is. Lord, I pray for anyone listening that loves to provide excuses, I pray that You will rid their minds of these excuses and plant in them a willingness to see how You will change their lives for the better just by answering Your call. Lord please continue to use me in any manner that You see fit. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
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