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Almost Isn’t Good Enough

How many people look at the dreams in their heart and the goals they have for their life, and they often say, “Well, I almost achieved that goal, or I almost saw the realization of that dream in my heart.” Almost isn’t good enough. The world is full of almost people. They almost achieved their financial goal. They almost achieved their health goals. They almost achieve their relationship goal. I believe that you are a person that’s set apart from the rest. You don’t run with the pack. Anyone can come to the end of the year or can come to the end of their life for that matter, and talk about all the things that they almost accomplished. There’s a guy in the book of Acts, and his name is King Agrippa. He stood before the Apostle Paul one day; Paul preached a powerful message. He shared his testimony; it was so inspirational, so moving, personal and powerful that the king said this, “Almost Paul you persuade me to become a Christian.” King Agrippa was an almost person but almost is never good enough. God doesn’t want you to almost realize your dreams or almost understand His plan for your life. He doesn’t want you almost to get that dream job or almost secure that commitment that you’ve been telling yourself that you’re going to live up to.

We almost went on that dream vacation. Why haven’t you? Plan for it. Prepare for it. It may take a few years of saving money, but do it! Don’t get to the edge of your dreams or your goals and then have to pull away! I’m reading through the book of Numbers in my devotional reading in Scripture, and the children of Israel almost entered the Promise Land. Well almost isn’t good enough. They got to the very edge of the Promised Land, and then they chickened out. They saw how big the walled cities were. They saw how formidable the walls around those cities were. They saw how big the people were. They were giants in the land, and they even said this, “We appeared as grasshoppers to them, and so we look that way to them.” They saw themselves as grasshoppers and so the enemies of God saw them as grasshoppers. There’s a great principle in life the way you see yourself, is the way others will see you!

I don’t believe you’re an almost person. I believe you’re an all-the-way person! When it comes to work or business or school, you don’t almost pass that course. You pass it! You don’t almost pass that test you keep taking it until you do. Why? Because you’re not an almost is good enough you’re an all-the-way person! You go all-the-way until you achieve and accomplish the things that God has put in your heart. Never get to the place where you resign yourself by saying, “Well I almost achieved that goal.” No! If you have to start over, start over! You have to begin again, begin again! If you have to adjust yourself or adjust your goals then do whatever it takes. Don’t be an almost person! There are enough almost people in the world that almost assures you, that an all-the-way person will achieve and succeed in reaching your goals. You need to be a follow-through person. You need to be a person that’s a good closer. That’s a good finisher. Not just a good starter. So warm are the things in your life that maybe you’ve resigned to say almost is good enough? What’s the old saying, “Almost is only good enough in horseshoes and hand grenades?” Well, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I know almost is never good enough when it comes to your life when it comes to the things that you must accomplish before your time is up! We’re allowed only so much time this side of eternity! So, be an all-the-way person in your relationships, at church, in school, if you’re in school, in business, if you’re in business, in sales, if you’re a sales person. You don’t wanna say, “Well I almost got that big account. I almost closed that big sale.” No, be tenacious. Be relentless. Be an all the way person.

You’re God’s Best

-Carl

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Don’t Bite the Hook

A couple of weeks ago a lady came up to me, and she was sharing her heart about how she’s been struggling with resentment. And believe me in the natural she had every reason in the world to be resentful based on what has happened to her, what someone has done to her and her family. She’s trying to process and sort through this thing called resentment. In Job 5.2 (HEV), “For resentment kills the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.

Wow…resentment, in other words, is a killer according to Job. What is resentment? Resentment is bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly. A lot of people go through life, and they are filled with resentment. They resent their parents, or they resent their church, or they resent a friend, or they resent their spouse, or the resent their former spouse they resent their boss they resent their co-workers. Whenever we bite the hook, and sometimes it feels good in the natural to feel resentment, to feel the inner rage against someone because of what they did, it’s like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. Resentment does so much damage inside of us, and when we resent someone, we’re allowing that person to live rent free in our heads in our hearts. There’s got to be a better way. There are people in our country today who resent the wealthy. Whatever you resent you resist and repel in your life. If you resent someone that is successful, guess what? You’ll never be successful. If you resent someone that has more than you, then you will repel you will resist allowing God bringing more blessing in your life. For example, if you resent someone that is thin you may never be thin because what you resent and what we resist we repel from our lives. So resentment has a high cost, it has a great price. Oswald Chambers said, “It’s never the big things that disturb us but the trivial things.” many times when we’re dealing with resentment it’s interesting, it’s the little things the trivial things the small things that someone said we take it as a slight. When I was doing some reading and research about this topic on resentment, you know what all world dictators have in common? They’re full of resentment. They remembered every slight that someone did to them, and they internalize that, and it drives them to reach this pinnacle of power so they can pay everyone back that did them wrong. That’s a horrible way to live your life, but it is the little things that can annoy us. “We can sit on a mountain but not on a tack.” You can sit on top of a glorious mountain but not a small little tack, we jump up. See it’s the little things. As the Song of Solomon says, “it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.” I don’t want your life spoiled. I don’t want your sense of joy interrupted. I don’t want you going through life collecting other peoples grievances, others people’s slights. I don’t want your heart and life filled with resentment. We have to learn to let it go. Don’t bite the hook! Jesus said, “the sins that you retain shall be retained, the sins that you release shall be released.” The power of releasing another human being that has done you wrong, forgiving people forgiving and letting it go isn’t so much about they deserve it but because God deserves it and you deserve it. You deserve to live every day with your heart free from bitterness resentment envy and jealousy. You’ll be healthier. You’ll be happier. You’ll be holier. Don’t bite the hook! When someone’s dangling the hook of resentment, and they baited it well, go the other way. Keep your heart right before God.

Oswald Chambers said, “It’s never the big things that disturb us but the trivial things.” many times when we’re dealing with resentment it’s interesting, it’s the little things the trivial things the small things that someone said we take it as a slight. When I was doing some reading and research about this topic on resentment, you know what all world dictators have in common? They’re full of resentment. They remembered every slight that someone did to them, and they internalize that, and it drives them to reach this pinnacle of power so they can pay everyone back that did them wrong. That’s a horrible way to live your life, but it is the little things that can annoy us. “We can sit on a mountain but not on a tack.” You can sit on top of a glorious mountain but not a small little tack, we jump up. See it’s the little things.

As the Song of Solomon says, “it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.” I don’t want your life spoiled. I don’t want your sense of joy interrupted. I don’t want you going through life collecting other peoples grievances, others people’s slights. I don’t want your heart and life filled with resentment. We have to learn to let it go. Don’t bite the hook! Jesus said, “the sins that you retain shall be retained, the sins that you release shall be released.” The power of releasing another human being that has done you wrong, forgiving people forgiving and letting it go isn’t so much about they deserve it but because God deserves it and you deserve it. You deserve to live every day with your heart free from bitterness resentment envy and jealousy. You’ll be healthier. You’ll be happier. You’ll be holier. Don’t bite the hook! When someone’s dangling the hook of resentment, and they baited it well, go the other way. Keep your heart right before God.

You’re God’s Best

-Carl