“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. (Luke 14:28-29 NLT)
Today, I wanna look a little deeper than not having enough money to construct a building. I wanna look at the process that comes with the promises of God and whether or not we have enough energy, faith in God, trust in self, or enough positive stimuli flowing in and out our lives to get the job done!
A lot of us take on a defeated mindset when we don't feel our prayers are being heard or answered but have you counted the costs of the process that must occur for the promise to come into full fruition? When God is ready to bless us we have to make room! Sometimes that means getting rid of the unnecessary stuff! Even if we like it. Sometimes it means dealing with multiple forces that don’t want you to get what He has promised. These things don’t always feel good!
As I cried out a few nights ago God used a simple music playlist to remind me of the prayers I prayed about a month ago. I sat and listened to the songs and I was surprised I
would pray such things! That's what happens when you pray in spirit and truth! The prayers line up with God’s will and are said boldly with intent to serve our mighty God regardless of what the flesh might encounter.
In my moment of weakness the petitions I made seemed stupid! Like seriously Mel, why did you pray that? And the answer was simply because while I rested in God’s presence I had confidence in Him. I trusted Him that no matter what I went through in order for those prayers to be fulfilled that He would care for me. That no weapon formed against me would prosper. That He would complete His work in me until the day of Christ. There in His presence, I believed in Him, His word, and His ability!
It was the moments that I allowed myself to sit too long in my situation, in my feelings, in the devil's lies, in the moments of pain and burning away of those things that mean me no good that it felt dumb, and that I should have watched what I prayed.
This is why we have to keep our eyes on Jesus and think about things above far more than anything else. When we are watching Him our faith level can remain at a constant. We aren’t worried about what we are facing because we can see Him, be led by Him, and experience Him.
I allowed for what was going on around me and within to overshadow the promises that God had made to me because of my prayers. This caused me to believe that He was either going to tell me, “just kidding” or prolong my destiny. But the reality is, just because I allowed my mindset to slip up doesn't mean that He allowed His promise to. He is not a man that He should lie. His part of the deal will always remain consistent.
I had a choice to make. I could either rest in the same comfort of His arms I rested in the days I made my requests known to Him and I declared my unshakeable never ending love for Him. Or I can trust Satan, the lies he tells, and his smoke screens.
The first will sustain me as I travel down this road of process to the promises that God has made to me. That all that I ask in His Son's name will come to pass. The second will swallow me up in defeat and spiritual, emotional, and possibly even physical death if the enemy has his way.
Count the costs. Not to avoid those big “scary” prayers or to avoid traveling the road to promise. But count them so when the blows to the face from the various storms you encounter begin to hit, you won't be knocked over. You'll understand why, you'll be able to block correctly, and keep your peace, joy, and enthusiasm at the same time!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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