“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV
There are so many believers in the world who let life happen to them, not knowing they are in a position to affect change.
There are so many gifted and talented people living miserable lives because they are confined by restrictions imposed upon them by others.
The days of restricted living are over.
Dare to go beyond the boundaries and expectations of others.
Dare to stretch past the walls and barriers that have been imposed upon you.
Dare to imagine and ask for more.
Dare to “do immeasurably more…according to His power that is at work within us.”
Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Dare to defy the status quo!
Your destiny is attached to the decisions you dare to make every day.
If you want to live into the immeasurably more that God has for you, you must learn to adopt a make-it-happen mindset.
Your destiny is contingent upon your decisions.
When we talk about destiny, we’re talking about where a person ends up at a future point in time based on the decisions they make now or have made in the past.
I am always surprised by the numbers of people who don’t have a clue that they can “decide for a change”—that they can change anything the moment they embrace their identity as a divinely-ordained change agent.
You are divinely created to create change.
You are a creative being with the power to imagine new outcomes—and endowed with the divine agency to act on what you’ve imagined.
You’ve probably heard me on a number of occasions describe the three types of people I’ve observed:
1. Those who watch things happen
2. Those who ask, “What happened?”
3. Those who make things happen
History is made by those who make things happen. Change is made by those who make change happen. Success is made by those who make success happen. Wealth is made by those who make prosperity happen.
A difference is made by those who make a difference happen.
Life is never fair; success and prosperity happen on an uneven playing field.
I used to think the playing field was level—that we are all given the same opportunity because we are all given the same number of hours in a day.
But the field is never completely level, and you will trip if you fail to see it for what it is. You need to run toward the end zone with your eyes wide open so you don’t stumble when you encounter a dip—let alone a defensive tackle.
You must be quick to adjust to make the goal.
We’re living in a world where we hear a great deal about discrimination—where we hear about marginalization, injustice, and inequality.
Most people believe that these are the types of things that determine their destiny.
However, it’s not inequity that determines your destiny, but how you react; it’s how you respond to the obstacles you encounter that determines your future.
This is how you defy the status quo.
You take action.You learn not to be reactive, but to be proactive.
It takes courage to go against the status quo—to go against tradition or the socio-cultural constraints of a nation; to speak up against unjust legislation.
It takes courage to proactively stand and speak out on behalf of those who haven’t yet found their voice.
It takes strong inner conviction to disrupt the status quo.
We’re living in a time when believers must step up and disrupt!
Now more than ever we need God’s people to shake the world awake—to disrupt a world asleep to the need for justice and mercy.
We can no longer stand idly by watching from the sidelines. It is incumbent upon each of us to defy the status quo in our lives and in our nations.
The days of living bound by restrictions are over.
Purpose and destiny have the power to propel you beyond the status quo.