No Excuses

ASKNow that we have looked at one more of God's simple achievement programs - the 3 step ASK system I want to suggest to you that we are out of excuses.

Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. ~ Matthew 7:7 NASB

I was sitting in a prayer meeting a while back, and we started by reading some of the promises of God, and some of the assurance we receive as born again, blood bought, children of the living God. As we prayed, and as I listened to the promises of God, I realized that all my excuses were worthless.

You see, I am the kind of Christian who wishes things were different; different in the world, different in the Church, different in my family, different in my life. But I must confess, I am also the kind of Christian who wishes someone would fix it for me. I pray that God would fix it. I complain that other Christians are not doing enough, and declare that if they would just turn off their TV's and quit playing around, something could get accomplished.

You have to understand that I am the kind of Christian who has a lot of responsibility: family, job, church work. I am too busy to fix it myself. I hear myself say things like:

  • "What can I do?"
  • "God, when I get out of debt, then I…"
  • "When my kids get older, then I…"
  • "If my wife would just…"
  • "If the pastor would only…"

But he (Ben), willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus… (Luke 10:29)

Maybe you, like me, are an expert at excusing yourself. But as I looked at just a few of the promises of God, I saw that there is absolutely no excuse. I try to excuse my sloth, my silence, my lack of impact in the world around me. I try to give reasons why I can't go, and don't have money to send. I try to rationalize away missed opportunities to preach the gospel, or help someone in need.

Here is the problem. When I am telling God my excuses, I am talking to myself. Because if I were talking to God, it would go more like this:

ME: Lord, you know that is not my gift (or strength)
THE LORD: My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

ME: Lord, you know that if I tithe, I will not be able to pay the rent this month.
THE LORD: But I shall supply all your need according to my riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

ME: Lord, you know I didn't mean to look at that, but I just could not resist.
THE LORD: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but I AM faithful, I will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

ME: Lord, I am afraid.
THE LORD: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

ME:I can't:
THE LORD: You can do all things through Me. (Philippians 4:13)

So what excuses are you making? Are you sitting on the side lines of your life and making excuses? Now is not the time! There are no more excuses. God has given us His word, and it is full of promises. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:3-4

…His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The promises of God are designed specifically to enable us to do all the things we know we ought to do. In fact, most of the "oughts" that plague your conscience, are simply the things God is looking for you to step out in faith on His promises and do. [Tweet This] These are the very thing God has created you to do.

No more excuses - just do it!

BenCome back tomorrow - won't you?

Ben

0 thoughts on “No Excuses

  1. noordinaryjoy61

    This was very convicting, Ben. It's so easy to say we're standing on the promises of God when He wants us to do more than just stand. We're all called to walk by faith, with just as much emphasis on 'walk' as on 'faith'.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Joy, I am so honored by your nomination. I find my self pretty pressed for time these days as I am working through a number of projects. I hope you won't be offended if I don't do the whole post and nominate thing. But i am truly honored, and really glad and encouraged that my ponderings are helping.

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  2. jaels

    Okay, so the kid in the front row is waving her hand until you have to acknowledge her. You know I love your lessons, and there's plenty of good stuff here--a few years ago, I had a great experience of the "Somebody should DO something--Oh...I'm Somebody" variety.

    And, there's a tangential flip side (I know the rest of the class is impatiently waiting for you to Dismiss--but I'm talking). I had a revelation, as I've been working on my mega-post/testimony. Sometimes--and especially for women--we take the "do something" messages far further down the field than God intended. We're so zealous and eager to help out and fix, and we can drive everyone/ourselves crazy. What I heard from God, was that--in the recent Valley--the moments of panic only occurred when the question in my head was, "What am I gonna do? How do I...?"

    When I'm panicking, I'm thinking that it's all up to me--what I should be saying is, "So Lord, what are You gonna do? How are You gonna fix this?" I may or may not get an immediate answer--and sometimes He'll point me to something I do need to do; but it dials down the anxiety when we realize Who is Sovereign and in control of our lives. I looked on the Answer Sheet--and it's not me. God bless you, Ben--thanks for letting me jabber!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Oh Jael - So right. You know we are all in different places in our walk, and of course much of the time we do need to stand still and see the Lord - i have talked about that bunches in the Song of Song posts - then there are times when someone needs to pry me out of my big comfy chair where i am doing the veg-o-matic and give me a good swift kick in the (pumba - the kids!) ok butt.

      Please forgive me if you heard condemnation - cuz we have a no parking policy here for that old beast.

      Love you girl - jabber any time.
      Ben

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      1. jaels

        No no no--I heard NO condemnation, Ben. I'm just back to my energetic, enthusiastic student self--monopolizing class time with my nickel's worth of trivia. I get excited when God shows me something, and start itching to share it--your class is a captive audience, of sorts!

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        1. Ben Nelson

          LOL - perfect - the amazing thing about God's word is how many aspects it covers, and how two (or more) seemingly divergent ideas can both be true in the lives of two people.

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  3. Debbie

    Thanks , Mr. Ben, for helping us with His promises and our excuses. Praying to do more doing instead of whining. 🙂 And I loved Jael's comment .. could relate to it , so it was for me too!! A two-fer! God bless you and yours and your walk with Him!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Love discussion classes for sure!
      Thank you for processing what you hear aloud (well, I pretend i can hear your voice anyway). it helps us all to know what we heard.

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