Procrastination is not just limited to natural, physical things. Procrastination is a spirit, whose only mission is to keep us from successfully accomplishing all of our goals and realizing the destiny that God has for us. Yes, procrastination can be natural like I discussed last week but it is also spiritual. Spiritual procrastination is perhaps the most detrimental to the fulfillment of our destiny.
Spiritual procrastination is when we “willfully” delay confronting and/or dealing with a spiritual issue that needs to be dealt with. For example, not tackling that pornography and masturbation issue, or not confronting the fact that you do not tithe, staying in an unfruitful friendships, and even our stubbornness and unwillingness to mend strained or broken relationships.
We have our reasons and excuses for not dealing with these issues but whatever our reasons, we must throw them AWAY because if left unchecked these issues WILL delay the destiny God has for us. The Bible tells us that, “…God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV) Yes, God is going to fulfill every promise He made you but how long it takes depends on you! God “…will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” (1st Corinthians 10:13b NIV) This means God is not going to give you more than what you can handle. Yes, that goes for the trials in life but that also goes for the blessings as well. Yes, you tithe but you haven’t taken steps to restore that strained relationship. Do you really think God is going to financially bless you above all you could ask or think? What if God does bless you financially and that person comes to you needing your help and your heart is so hardened against them that you can’t be a vessel for God the way He needs you to be. NOPE! Not gonna work! We GOT to deal with the issue…the longer you wait, the longer it takes!!
For example, God made Abraham a promise when he was 75 years old to make him a great nation. (Genesis 12) Abraham and Sarah were both old and Sarah had been barren her whole life and did not believe that Abraham was going to be able to impregnate her. This issue of unbelief began to fester in Abraham’s household but Abraham did not deal with it. Instead Abraham allowed his wife to give him her maid, Hagar. Abraham had sex with Hagar and got her pregnant. She gave birth to Ishmael. (Genesis 16) This one act delayed God’s promise by 25 years! “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age…Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him…” (Genesis 21: 2,5 NIV)
Do you really want to wait another 25 years to receive what God has promised you? DEAL WITH IT TODAY!!
Thank You for Your patience! You are an all-wise God that knows everything about us and what we can and cannot handle. Thank You for not aborting the promises that You made us. Please forgive us for not confronting the issues that You have been pushing us to confront. We ask that You expose who we are to us. Reveal to us our unresolved and un-confronted issues. Give us a sense of urgency to deal with every matter that is delaying the fulfillment of Your promises in our lives. We praise You for all the promises You have already fulfilled and every one You have yet to. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to DEAL WITH IT!! Whatever IT is, DEAL WITH IT!!
1) Pray and ask God to reveal to you your unresolved and un-confronted issues
2) Make a list of them and seek God on how He would have you to confront each and every one
3) Do what God tells you to do, WHATEVER it is! Fast, go to the altar, go to that person and apologize, erase that person out of your phone and don’t take any of their phone calls or texts, WHATEVER it is, DO IT…Remember the longer you wait, the longer it takes!!!
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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”