Regifting the Gift 2: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Ephesians 4:2, 8

Hold on to this one:

“Do you trust God to do what He said He’s gonna do, even when you fail to do your part everyday?”

Yup–it’s back again. My morning chats with God in that good ol’ WORD! Today we’re gonna focus on Eccles. 4:9-12, KJV:

9“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.” 10“For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” 11“Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?” 12“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

The thing that I had to deal with this morning was my lack of trust. I tend to get hesitant or resistant to move on things God instructs me to do, then make up some excuse for why I didn’t move on it. I used to tell myself that it was because I was afraid of the unknown, fear. And it was…but I’ve grown up some since then from when I first started this journey. God informed me that my hesitancy had nothing to do with fear because He had already taught me that fear comes from the enemy–it’s not of Him, nor from Him. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7, KJV) So that was not the problem.

The problem was that I didn’t trust Him the way I should. (This is where stepping out on faith comes in) And the funny thing about that, is that we usually ask God to increase our faith and He’ll present us with an opportunity to increase it by having to walk through some situations where it seems doubtful and the chances are slim, because that’s where real faith is found. That’s how we increase our faith.

And I knew that—but I kept freezing up… (Remember that quote from earlier? Keep holding on to that)

So the Lord stresses to me in His Word that everything I need to achieve the assignment He’s given me is laid before my feet. I have everything I need—so all these excuses I keep digging around in the hat to try and pull out: ELIMINATED.

“God did not intend for us to be alone. A lot of times He already has someone in place up ahead waiting for your arrival, all you have to do is walk forward.”

Whatever you don’t know how to do, God has someone in place who’s strong in the areas you’re weak at. Whatever you don’t have, God has something or someone in place to provide you with what you need to accomplish the task. If more than one person is needed, God will make a way for you to have the group of people you need to do what needs to be done. “Even the disciples were sent out in pairs. Christ has made you a disciple–He has someone in place for you.”

Now this is where I got cut deep, “Hesitancy shows lack of trust. Do you trust God to do what He said He’s gonna do, even when you fail to do your part everyday?”

Ouch…! 😦

That means when I go to sleep without thanking Him for the day, He wakes me up anyway. And when I choose to neglect studying my Word and leave the house without asking Him for traveling grace, He protects me anyway. The times I act I fool with Him and act like I never knew Him, want nothing to do with Him, and act like He owes ME something—He still loves me…ANYWAY.

“Distrust comes because you know you aren’t doing what you’re suppose to do.” Kinda like a cheating spouse who suspects the one they’re cheating on is doing the same, that’s where my distrust came from. “Man…I know I was suppose to do XYZ…and I didn’t do it…what if He sends me out and everything goes up in smoke?”

The Spirit had this to say to me on that, “God doesn’t operate like you—He doesn’t stop loving you because you go astray, He doesn’t take back promises because you didn’t keep yours, He doesn’t turn His back on you when you act like you don’t know Him. He’s not like you.”

God is not spiteful. He is just, holy, exact, straightforward, awesome and a lot of other great and wonderful things—too many to even name—but He is not spiteful or mean. A lot of us would willing sabotage someone and bring the ship down with us in it if they crossed us the wrong way.

We mess up, but grace was put in place so that we could get that second chance on top of second chance to get it right…but don’t get it twisted—grace does run out at some point.

“That feeling you feel is conviction and you would be wrong to ignore that.” So when you step out of His will and that voice whispers, “You know better. God made you better than this.” That’s what I like to call my tap on the shoulder. God is tapping us on the shoulder and reminding us He designed us to be better than what we settle to be, but often we ignore the tap.

Ignoring the tap is like driving down the freeway, you see the wrong way sign but keep going—driving 100 miles an hour and swerving in and out the lanes. Eventually you’re going to hit someone and seriously injure or kill yourself.

“Listen to what God has for you, be obedient and walk in FAITH.” What God whispered to me right after that was, “The thing about faith is that at some point you have to take a step.” If I’m sitting around worrying and doubting about every little thing, then that’s not walking in faith. That’s standing still and looking at God like, well—You gonna prove it or what? Cuz I’m not moving til You do.

You want to increase your faith? Take a step.

Three things I pulled from studying this:

{NOTE} These are 3 things I got from studying Eccles. 4:9-12; doesn’t mean you’ll get the same thing from studying it, because what God had to say to me may not be the same thing He has to say to you, but I assure you if you seek Him you’ll hear Him say something

  1. God already has the people in place to help you. Move forward.
  2. God is not spiteful, but you have to do right by Him for your sake, because God’s gonna do right regardless.
  3. You don’t have to do everything yourself; you choose to.

#StayTuned for part 2! And feel free to follow me: @jSSberry


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