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Think Before You Drink

There are many topics that can cause a shift between believers. Though the Spirit is one, the personal convictions vary and differ among the Brethren. One of them is drinking.


Before encountering Christ, I drank like a fish. Alcohol was definitely one of my vices as I indulged in underage drinking. From four Locos--to dry gin--to Everclear, baby girl swam like Nemo.


10 days after turning 21, I got saved.

I got saved.

*ques harp*

My friends claimed that I was officially legal to drink, but my thirst for alcohol was severed and thrown into the pit of hell.

I wish this was the case for others. Some people drank before being saved and continue to do so after. Some drank liquor before being saved, but after Christ, stick with wine and/or a drink once in awhile. Some don’t make their convictions known to others but drink in the privacy of their homes. All in all, God sees the heart of all believers in regards to alcohol.

Recently, I began to accept that the body would remain in disagreement on this topic and that it was okay if the body differs on this, that each Believer was entitled to their own personal revelation and conviction from the Lord. Either way, I would not advocate for anyone who is a believer to not indulge in drinking. I can not expect you to take my personal convictions as your own, but do you mind hearing me out?


Here are reasons why I would not advise one who is saved to drink

Out of season

When I say out of season, I do not mean it is out of season to still drink malt liquor just for a cheap buzz post-college. When I say out of season, I am referencing to Paul’s instruction to Timothy.

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
— 2nd Timothy 4:2

As believers and witnesses of Christ, we are called to do the will of the Father at all times. That means being a vessel when you are in and out the church. That means being an ambassador of Christ when you're around your community and when you are surrounded by unbelievers. That means being a light when all eyes are on you and when you are alone in the privacy of your own room.

However, being ready in and out of season can be hard to achieve if you are under the influence of alcohol. If your judgment and natural senses have deteriorated, how much more will your spiritual sense be impaired? This makes you ineffective to be used unless God wants to minister to other individuals with your decision to drink.

The Real Deal

The devil always tries to emulate the Kingdom. From love to happiness, the devil offers us cheap imitations of the real deal. And we often fail to take a closer look at the imitation and buy the illusion. Imitating the Holy Spirit is one of the devil’s tactic. His version of the Holy Spirit is drunkenness.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit
— Ephesians 5:18 NJKV

The word is clearly advising us to choose being filled with the Holy Spirit over being drunk with wine.

“But the word said “ ‘drunk’ with wine”

Yes. It does. Because that is the purpose of consuming alcohol. People think that you can drink alcohol without being lit, which I believe is partially false. You may not be “one olive away from a margarita,” but regardless you are impaired to some degree when you consume a substantial amount of alcohol. You are either under the influence or not. Just because you have built a tolerance to it, does not negate the fact that you under the influence of alcohol. You are not immune to intoxication.

Let’s be real. Do you “sort of’ have sex or do you actually have sex”? Imagine telling this to a significant other. No one will buy that you “sort of” had sex with another person. Either you did or you didn’t.

Can’t coexist

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
— Luke 1:15 KJV

John, the Baptist, was destined to lead the way for the coming of the Lord. Before he was in his mother’s womb, his life had key guidelines to follow in order to ensure he accomplished his destiny and he became the man God desired him to be.  

John couldn’t partake in the manner of other men, for he carried destiny.

But let's see what the word had to say about this John.

Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
— Matthew 11:11 NJKV

If we have the same potential to be greater than John, the forerunner of Jesus, would alcohol enable us to do so or hinder us?


Now that I’ve presented my case and provided valid scriptures as evidence, you have to make the final verdict? What would it be?


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Written By Feyi Bab-Oke


And Jesus looking on them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Mark 10:27

If you are anything like me, you are getting ready to go back to school. And if you are anything like how I used to be, you are currently feeling stressed and anxiety is becoming your best friend. “USED TO BE??” Yes, you read that correctly, used to be, because the Lord has revealed to me a couple of tips that will ensure that you’re living free of stress and also fulfilling the incredible potential He has placed inside of you: the Limitless® Life (1). Now let’s get to the tips.


1. WARNING this is only applicable if you are a born again, child of God. If not, please pause. Open up John 1:12, Romans 3:23-26, Romans 10:9-10, and 1 John 5:1-5. Pray and confess your sins to God asking Him to forgive your sins and change your mind about them. Now invite the Holy Spirit into your heart by faith and determine to live with Jesus as the Lord of your life.


Make your Requests Known

Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6 (HCSB)

The first key to being stress-free and living out God’s purpose for your life is to prayerfully plan. In the place of prayer, we are able to communicate our desires to God and allow Him to properly guide us according to His desire and purposes. Proverbs 16:9 says “A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps” The Lord isn’t able to direct your steps if you never plan on going anywhere. It is also important to make your plans and requests known to trusted, Holy-Spirit filled friends/advisors/mentors/pastors so that they can help to keep you accountable along the way, and also offer good counsel and prayer. No one is an island, even Jesus had the Father, Holy Spirit, and 12 disciples.

Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 15:22 (HCSB)

Fix your Eyes upon Jesus

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.

Hebrews 12:2 (HCSB)

Who was the most successful man who ever lived? Jesusduh (this IS So what better example for us to follow, if we desire to be successful

and excellent. There are many things that can cause us to lose focus, and these things may not necessarily be “bad” in nature, but ultimately they are not beneficial. They will only bring unwanted and unnecessary problems into our lives in the long run, so cut them out. So how do I observe the life of Jesus to imitate it? Good question.

“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 (HCSB) 

This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.

Joshua 1:8 (HCSB)

It is in the Word of God that we are able to understand His divine will for us and also to receive encouragement, comfort and peace when storms arise. Everything else is variable, the Word (Jesus) remains constant. Include it in your equation for success.

  1. Work Hard and Give Your Best Effort

“Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches.”

Proverbs 10:4 (HCSB)

“Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap” Galatians 6:7 (HCSB)

I speak from experience (good and bad) on this one. God has set up different laws in the universe that must always be honored. One such law is the law of sowing and reaping. As Paul makes it clear in Galatians, you only always reap what you sow. If you believe that God has given you dreams and a vision for the future, He didn’t just do it so they can remain that way. He desires for you to act upon them and give your best effort knowing that it is Him who determines every outcome at the end of the day. The type of person that God uses is the person of action.

For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”

Philippians 2:13 (HCSB)

  1. Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB)

I feel like this one goes without saying, but it is very important. You don’t know what lies ahead of you, and God may make it clear, but often He doesn’t because He wants us to develop our trust and reliance in Him. Why is it so important to God that we trust Him? Because trust is an evidence of love and is birthed out of relationship. And this is what God desires from us more than anything, He came all the way down to earth and became like us for this sole purpose.

This is the most IMPORTANT," Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

Mark 12:29-30 (HCSB)

We need faith (trust) to relate with our unseen Father, and without we can never please God or receive anything from Him. Faith is born in our hearts by the Word of God and initiates action.

“Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham's faith, God counted him as righteous.

Romans 4:20-22

I pray that these tips have encouraged and enlightened you. I believe that these tips will not only help you have a successful school year (or work year), but more importantly they will help you to grow in your relationship with God and move you closer to becoming the person He has recreated you to be. Always remember, Jesus died and rose again so that With Him you can live a Limitless® Life. Remember, "With God, ALL things are possible"


2. See point Number 2

3. See point Number 3

4. Once again, certain restrictions apply; refer to footnote 1

Feyi Bab-Oke loves Jesus. He also likes sports, sneakers, making people laugh, and good food. He is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia and serves as a leader in Bethel Campus Fellowship. He aspires to positively impact everyone he meets and give them the tools to go out and do the same. He is one of the creators of the Limitless® Life and believes that with God, ALL things are possible!

Let Go: The Innate Human Syndrome

I am sure we are all familiar with the story of Adam and Eve. Through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin was introduced into the world. Hence why everyone born after them, has the innate habit to sin. But indirectly, we also inherited this subconscious desire to play God. Most times when we play God, we are striving to “assist” Him with a promise He has spoken concerning our lives.

Eve had the desire to be like God. If she didn’t, hearing that the fruit could make her like God wouldn’t have enticed her to eat it.  

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Genesis 3:4-6

Through her disobedience, we not only inherited the nature to sin, but we now have the innate desire to play God. Follow me as we travel down the family tree, scoping the oh so common trend.  

God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation. Cool! The only problem is Abram has no kids! Don’t worry! His wife (aka half sister) decided to play God and gave her maidservant to Abram. But there was a plot twist. The promise STILL WOULDN'T come through Ishmael. Ouch! When playing God backfires (Genesis 16 & 21). But since it’s an innate characteristic, they weren’t directly trying to play God.

Next up: we have Israel, the man formerly known as Jacob. The deceiver, not the jeweler. God told Rebekah that Jacob, although he was the younger twin, would rule over Esau. Cool! The only problem is Isaac had to bless his sons with their birthright. Have no fear! Mama Rebekah is here! She helped Jacob pretend to be Esau, so his near-death father could speak the firstborn blessings over him. We all know, we sow what we reap, so we weren’t surprised when Jacob got deceived and scammed by his uncle. Must run in the family (Genesis 27).  But since it’s a natural trait, they weren’t aware of the consequences of their actions.

Lastly, we have up to the block... YOU!

Have you been playing God lately? Have you taken it upon yourself to fulfill the desires God placed in your heart? Are you fully trusting God to keep His word?

If you find yourself playing God, before you act, ask yourself these questions:

1. Are these faith-based actions or actions done from a place of worry?

Before you act, test the motivation behind the actions. Acting from a place of worry just personifies your lack of trust in God and/or your lack of awareness of God’s plans for you. It’s okay to not always know ALL of God’s plans, but it's not beneficial for you to continue this journey without faith in the One who guides you. It can only lead to further setbacks and detours.   

“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death”

Proverbs 14:12 NLT

2. Will it align you with God’s plans for your life?

Our actions can either move us closer to God’s plan for our life or derail us. And to some extent, keep us in the place of complacency. Before you act, make sure this is the will of the Lord and it will align you with His plans for you, not your plan.

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

Proverbs 16:9 NLT

3.  Do you trust God or is your faith wavering?

We should really examine the state of our hearts before we act. Because out of our hearts, flow the issues of life.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

Hebrews 10:23 NLT

We must examine our hearts in order to ensure that we are producing Christlike actions. Before we act, we must see if we are acting in accordance with God’s will for our lives or looking for another way to fulfill His promises to us through carnal deeds. Unlike Eve, we trust God would order our steps to ensure the manifestation of His promise. He orders the steps of the righteous and as long as we remain righteous in His eyes, the path is paved for us to strut down.

In The Making: Embracing the Process Part Two

Imagine, you’re about to go a long journey. You’ve known about the trip for months, maybe even years now and you’ve been preparing ever since.You have the finances for the trip and your bags packed. You’ve told all the people you need to tell goodbye, so you’re off. You begin your journey and a couple days in, you realize that though it looks like you got everything checked off on your list, down at the bottom one thing is left unchecked; you failed to prepare spiritually. Last week, we published an article about the deep desire we have to go out and do the Lord’s work. Whether it be missions, becoming a pastor in a church or a leader in ministry, we have such an eager heart to go that we never rest in the reality that God wanted to prepare not only the resources, but our spiritual life in order to be ready for the journey ahead.

In the Christian life, about 80% of our walk is about the preparation and growing stages in our life, while the other 20% is the application of what we’ve learned (don’t quote me on this). However, we love to run and be “ready” for the 20% while we’ve only cultivated about 30% of the process. God calls us to embrace the process so much more because it’s during this time that we’ll learn, growth, be challenged, and become what we need to be when it’s time to pursue our purpose.

So cheers to the process.

Is Your Heart Prepared?

Before we can even be ready for the journey ahead of us, we have to make sure that our hearts are prepared for what God is going to do. Jesus dropped one of his famous parables, which of course no one understood at the time, but said:

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

While God is preparing and ripening us for the harvest, He plants little seeds of faith along the journey in efforts to grow and strengthen our spiritual life to grow and to learn His heart. Although when we are in the process, things aren’t always easy. We face trials of many kind. If we’re not careful, our hearts can become hardened to what God wants to do. As Jesus mentions, the soil in which He is sowing into is our hearts, and often times when we are not careful, and we let the things we face during the process distract us, the Word that God is trying to get into our hearts are choked up or tossed away in the wind.

How is your heart? Are you focused on ensuring it is “good soil?” Making sure that you are taking heed to the Word and allowing it to flourish in your life? In other words, when a trial comes, do you run to God to seek peace or do you go to complaining about life? When a circumstance doesn’t look like how YOU wanted it do, do you run and hide in our own coping mechanisms, or do you chose to trust in God. In the process, your heart is the most important part of the process because that is where God’s Words for encouragement, peace, faith, and wisdom are all stored, but if you are constantly being tossed to and fro by the circumstances of life, your heart will never truly be ready to be “good soil.” Just as a farmer cultivates his land for the sowing season, you must also cultivate and prepare your heart for what God is going to bring to you.

Which leads me to my next point….

Are You Ready to Be Challenged?

Have you ever prayed an OC prayer and thought, “Dang, it’s about to get real?

We so often pray things like “God use me for your glory,” “My life is not my own, I will do anything and everything for your kingdom” or “God, I’m ready; mold me into the person you’ve called me to be.” You know God is faithful to answer our prayers right? And that you just literally asked the most realest, challenging prayers of all.

I just want to say one thing: GET READY.

Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Oh wait….I’m not done..

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:2b-5

Wait, one more….

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

1 Peter 4:12-14

I promise I’m not trying to scare you, but what I want you to do is look back at these verses. We’ve all seen them before, but we do not really grasp what it actually means. Paul and Peter were writing these letters in chains in jail about to be killed for the name of Christ. In this process of God cultivating and preparing us for our purpose, God is ensuring that our faith to be made strong because contrary to what the world and some bible teachers tell us, there is no question that we will go through trials of various kinds. Whether you are rejected by your family members, fired from your job, or persecuted for the sake of Christ, this is no small thing. God wants to prepare us for the reckless, boundless faith that comes in serving Him so He takes His time to prepare us because, as mentioned, things will get hard. But the beautiful thing about these verses is that in the same breathe, each of them speak of the glory that is to come. No, our trials will not last forever because on the other side, we will reap eternal rewards, like peace, joy, strength, character, and perseverance. Those are the rewards and fruit that we need in order to be prepared for the journey ahead and no one knew this more than Christ. He spent His whole life preparing for the cross and He still asked God to take away His own purpose, so how much more will we need ensure we are ready for what is to come?

Do not get me wrong, God loves when we pray those powerful prayers because it means that we are completely willing to forsake ourselves and live for Him, but He also does not want to sell you a dream. You will be rejected by others, you will face spiritual hardships, and you will feel the pressure from others. Jesus says:

Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

John 15:20

The life we are called to live is not an easy one, but  the surpassing joy that comes in following the will of God is irreplaceable. So yes, it will be hard, but it will be completely worth it.

Are You Connected?

I am the true vine…..Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that bear fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot  bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

John 15: 1-4

As we live in the process of growing, being prepared for our destiny and more, Jesus practically calls us ineffective without him. Sometimes in the making, we become so wrapped up in the different things that are happening, especially the trials, that we begin to think it’s by our own works and deeds that we will reach the end. As seen in John 15, it says we cannot bear any fruit unless we abide in Him. The fruits that we bear in the process, the small moments, the moments that we encounter victories it is only possible if and when we stay connected to Christ’s calling for our lives. You already know what it looks like when we try to do things on our own, and the bible tells us stories all the. Sarai was impatient and had her husband sleep with a whole other woman (ladies how many of you would even think “oh heck no,”), the Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness when they were only meant to spend two weeks, and Peter took his eyes off of Christ during the storm and almost drowned.

What do all these stories have in common? They all left the presence of God and began to rely on their own works and they ended up failing and completely deterring their destiny because they did not abide in the vision that God set before them. In verse 5, Jesus says:

“For apart from me you can do nothing”

You thought He was kidding? Think back to all the times when you tried to do things apart from God. How did that go?......exactly. God is the one who creates the vision for us and leads us to the blessing, but when we take the process into our own hands, we’re saying, “God thanks for the vision, but I got it from here.” Then we go, mess up, and then run back to Him. Let me save you the trouble by saying, trust Him because He’s a trustworthy God and He’s proven Himself to be before. Remember when He saved you? That’s a big one, but remember,

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

When people hear the word “process,” we never really think about all that is about to come or what it entails and often we flee from being in that season. We just know that it takes a long time and that at the end of it, something is produced, but I want to encourage you to embrace the process. Feel every moment of excitement, triumph in your victories, and the things you learn as well as the hard trials, the moments of doubt, and the times you could do nothing but lean on God. Those moments, the good and the bad, is the “stuff” we rarely think about but are the things we actually need in order to fulfill the purpose, calling, or next season that God has called you to. Wherever you are in the process, I want to encourage you that God sees you, is with you, and is working all things your for your good. Remember this:

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4


In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-9

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In the Making: The Process, Part One

A couple weeks ago, we dropped an article that talked about the importance of being ready to go before we enter into a season of reaping. This can be anything. It can be where God is calling you into ministry, calling you into your purpose, or whatever, but wherever that place is that we want to "go,” the reality of life is that we are always going through a process and at every step. God's purpose for us is to thrive in that process, wherever we are. But as we live in this generation, we hear the word "process" and cringe because it means that something takes time. We’re so used to things happening quickly; God forbid my Instagram feed doesn’t load all the pictures that I want in less than 10 seconds, and don’t even get me started if my messages don’t send in .5 seconds on wifi and then it has to send like a regular text message like the rest of the world (aka Androids).

In this time we live in, everything around us is completely opposed to anything that takes time; we want things and we want it now, but that’s just not the way God works. Believe it or not, no matter where you are in life, God is cultivating and growing you into another season so I have some bad news for you: the process is inevitable. We can't avoid it. We can't run from it or stop it; it's coming. Now it's not as scary as it sounds. The greatest victories come out of the process, but it can also be a time where a lot of pruning, trials, and mistakes happen, but if we fix our gaze on the right thing while we are in the process, it can be one of the most life changing times of your life. So, at the end of the day, we have a choice to make when that process begins: you can either sink or swim. I'm going to give you some points so you can swim and live to tell people about it.

Develop Your Roots

Want to hear a somewhat useless fact? Throughout out the bible, Jesus used a lot of agricultural metaphors because they lived in the agricultural age, and it was what people identified with the most. Why does this matter? Well after farmers planted seeds for their crops, they had to wait months, even years before they saw any fruit. They had to tend to their crops, toiling, watering it, pulling out weeds, and hoping that at the proper time, they will reap the fruits of their crops. Isn’t this just like our lives though? God plants a seed, a vision, a dream in our hearts but we don’t immediately see that vision come to fruition immediately. We have to wait weeks, months, even years before it comes to pass.

In the time from when we receive our vision to the time we see it coming to pass, growth happens in our lives and often times, this growing that we have to do happens internally. Just the way that a seed has to build and develop a root system, we have to develop different qualities or characteristics in our own lives so that we have a strong foundation. The roots are the strongest part of a tree. If a tree doesn’t establish roots first, there’s no way a seed will be able to make it above the soil. The roots are the sustainable, necessary parts in order to thrive. So things like your prayer life? It’s building your faith. Being in the word? It’s building your knowledge and wisdom. Spending time in His presence? It’s establishing your intimacy. Serving at church? It’s teaching you humility and serving like Christ did. These are just some of the ways that God builds us internally. When these things are established and solidified, more can be built upon it. There’s no way you could be in a situation and withstand your faith being tested if you never had the understanding of faith to begin with.

Don’t Rush The Process

A process is called a process for the reason. These things take time and that means there’s no way we can rush it and get the same results. Think about when you try to defrost a chicken the day you want to eat it, or when you try to put something on broil in the oven but then you forget about it and it’s all burnt, even better...imagine over-watering a plant. Is the outcome ever good? I don’t need to answer that question because you know. When we try to rush things that actually need time to develop, we end up ruining everything!

Things always need time to develop and when we try to rush things, we end up skipping steps that are crucial to our growth. If God gave you a vision to become a missionary but you felt like serving at your church was too much of a “commitment,” how can you be an effective minister of the Gospel? In the same breath, how can you want to be in a relationship when you barely have functioning friendships? And you run from conflict? How can you want to be rich but you don’t even titheeeeeeee. Moral of the story: you cannot skip the important parts of the process. Each circumstance, each mistake, each trial is meant to push you to thrive, not to cower back in fear. If you try to avoid those parts, you’ll never be able to see that vision God gave you come to life. The process reveals the thing he's trying to release to you, and we skip over that, we don’t get what we need to thrive...which brings me to my next point.

Thrive, Brilliantly

God knew that a process was going to happen for each and everyone of us, but He never meant for the process to kill and defeat us. He is not in heaven eating popcorn, watching to see if we made it through all the hoops in front of us, like we’re in a movie. That is not the God we serve. On the contrary, He is completely rooting for us and wants us to thrive as we move through the process.

“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.”

2 Peter 1:3

We serve a loving, wonderful, powerful God who delights to see us move closer to our dreams. It’s the reason why He gave us that vision, dream, or passion in the first place. He wants you to know that not only is He on your side, but He has also given you all that you need in order to be fruitful and to be successful. It is important to remember that whatever He’s calling you to, the fruit that will bear is meant to be eternal. He’s not giving you a vision for temporary things, no! He wants you to walk in the fullness of His calling. He gives us the strength necessary to walk out the vision long term, and when we release everything to Him and allow Him to be the one who waters, grows, and tends to our weeds, we come out bearing fruit, and fruit that lasts.

This blog was deeply and directly inspired by Banning Liebscher, who wrote the book “Rooted,” which directly speaks on thriving in the process and podcasts from his church, Jesus Culture in Sacramento!