I declared in Jesus’ name I am prepared for a new day. I leave my mistakes and disappointments behind. I have brought them all to the feet of Jesus. My heart is full of repentance and I will receive the latter rains in my life.


The above words were a hard lesson for me to learn. I had been a pretty rigid guy with strong opinions until those words challenged me to evaluate my heart.

You see, God is looking for you to learn to roll with the punches, because life throws a lot of them, especially when you’re trying to advance the Kingdom. The devil is looking for an opportunity to sucker punch you away from bringing heaven to earth, so he messes with your plans.

The next time all hell breaks loose and your well-planned day, event, mission trip, Sunday School lesson or your outreach doesn’t go the way you planned, don’t throw a fit and quit! Don’t blame others or stomp around making angry excuses. Bless yourself and others by being flexible.

Look at the pros and cons to flexibility:

Pro: You can have peace in any situation.
Con: You give up control of that situation.

Pro: You remain an effective witness even though a situation didn’t go the way you planned it.
Con: You will look bad and be a poor witness if you throw a fit or get ugly.

Pro: You keep a good relationship with Godly people who do things well.
Con: You don’t get to chew somebody up or verbally slap them around.

Pro: You remain in the presence of the Holy Spirit and don’t run Him off through “corrupt communication.”
Con: Your feelings are not known to all present.

That list of cons haunted me when I first wrote them down. How many times I had been guilty! But that’s not me anymore. I know when things fall apart and don’t go as I had planned, something better will come out of it!

How about you? Could you use more peace and an effective witness through learning to roll with the punches?

 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:29-32

From my book: Soul Invasion


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