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Winning the battle over apathy

17 December 2023 ‘Stir up the gift of God which is in you.’ 2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV

Paul told Timothy, ‘Stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.’ That Scripture means, even though you’re gifted, you can become apathetic if you don’t keep doing the right things. ‘Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away’ (Hebrews 2:1 NKJV). The word ‘drift’ is not only slow and subtle, it’s deadly. Let’s look at two of the things that can rob you of your passion, enthusiasm, motivation, and focus. 1) Lack of goals. ‘Without a vision the people perish’ (see Proverbs 29:18). What used to make you feel inspired and enthusiastic? What destroyed your interest in it? Is it a desire you could revive? Put it down in writing. Ignore the potential cost or reasons it might not work. Just indulge your mind in the luxury of feeling optimistic and excited about something, even a small thing. 2) Wrong goals. Are you chasing a goal that you feel was forced on you by someone else? Or like Jonah before he was swallowed by the whale, possibly you’re rowing against the tide of God’s will for your life. Check with Him and see if this is what’s going on. Did God really lead you to treat yourself with that extravagant item that’s now led you into debt? Or maybe the time has come to an end for a goal that was part of God’s plan for a specific season of your life. Moving on is sometimes difficult, but there’s even more joy and peace in knowing that you’re in the centre of God’s perfect will!

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Hope for the future Tuesday 27 February
Try to be more flexible Monday 26 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (3) Sunday 25 February
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Armed for spiritual warfare (1) Friday 23 February
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