Lifelong Credit…No Payment Needed

Why pay for the work that Jesus already paid for?  This is the thought that popped into my mind yesterday evening, while browsing my inbox.  As many of you know, I have begun to pursue my writing career wholeheartedly this year.  Writing is one of my favorite activities and it is the thing I find myself doing most often.

Over the holidays I used my vacation time to explore various writing opportunities, newsletters, networking groups and pretty much anything that I thought could assist me in developing my writing career.  Like a kid in a candy store, I subscribed, “liked”, joined and followed almost everything that looked SWEET and opportune! If it seemed like something that was going to be advantageous, I took advantage of it. In all of my clicking, what I failed to consider was how full my inbox would become!  I suppose that everyone has returned from their holiday break because my inbox is FULL of solicitations and offers to do this and that! It’s obvious that I may have gone a little “click-crazy” with my mouse over the holidays. :-/

You see, somehow in the midst of my excitement and enthusiasm about writing, I began to think that I needed to pave the way for my writing career. I began to think things like “if I don’t join this ‘XYZ’ LinkedIn Group, I’ll probably miss out on great writing opportunities” and “I better subscribe to these newsletters because this is what all beginning writers need to do.”  I began doing all of this planning on how to build a credible writing career that I forgot to remind myself of who started this whole thing anyway.  It wasn’t me who put the passion and gifts of writing and creativity inside of me–it was God.  And, if my memory serves me right, God gave us a son on Calvary who died so that we would never ever have to bear the burden of planning our future.  Clearly I forgot that my favorite scripture says “For I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11).

In the midst of pursuing our goals and dreams, we all have a tendency to get caught up in the words that society weaves into our minds regarding life and success.  Society tells us things like “outwork your opponent or they’ll outwork you” or “networking is KING” or “you always have to start from the bottom so expect to begin small.”  While there is some truth to each of these things, the overarching truths are: 1-Nothing can outwork the favor and power of God; 2-God is King over all things in heaven and earth; and 3-With God, you are always on top because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world!

No matter what you aspire to do and who you desire to be, God has already paved your way.

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He has paved the road to your dreams with favor, peace, abundance, and love— the only thing you need to do is walk in it. Yes, He still wants you to be proactive (faith + works) and take advantage of opportunities, but He never wants you to feel overwhelmed, burdened or stressed out by those things.  He said His plans are for good and not to harm (Jer. 29:11).  When we become overly-consumed with creating our success, we miss out on creating a rich and fulfilling life with God.  We miss out on the opportunity to hear from him and speak to Him regarding the desires of our heart.

Yes, it is great to be a “go-getter” but always remember, that the favor and opportunity you seek from man, has already been paid for by God.  Why pay for the work that Jesus already paid for?  You have a lifelong line of credit that will never run out.  You don’t need to pave the way to your dreams.  Jesus already paid the price, and the road to your destiny has been paved with victory!

Enjoy the credit!

~ETE

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6 Comments
  • Roselyn
    January 7, 2014

    I am so thankful to God that through you and with words of wisdom he gives you,helps many to gain knowledge to understand his word. A couple of months ago i saw a post on FB that read “I AM HAVING A THREESOME WITH MONEY AND SUCCESS” Yes success is fulfilling, it’s an indication of what one has earned and worked hard for. Even money in its own is fulfilling, it gives one the leverage and opportunity to obtain and have the “material” needs and wants of life. We can all agree that there are great perks that come along with having money and success to fulfill our desires. Let’s put our spiritual cap on and shift the dialogue and see how we can choose the right needs for having a more gratifying and joyful “THREESOME”. If we gravitate our energy on having a threesome involving God and serve mankind, we will be able to obtain emotional and mental stability which is the greatest form of success we can have and build for ourselves. There is nothing greater than favor and peace from God. When our hearts and mind are set on a threesome with money and success, they will rule our hearts and being. Involving God in our ways so it could be God, Me/I and “spiritual success”,building upon this would be an unforgettable”THREESOME” . Just like the threesome/trinity of God the father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today with your message i have gained affirmation that there is a credit available which requires no minimum payment or any payment at all. since no man issues such credit here on earth indicates only God can and does so for us!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 7, 2014

      Roz! You are over here spitting fire today! No, let me change that to “FIYAH”! Favorite part “there is a credit available which requires no minimum payment or any payment at all. since no man issues such credit here on earth indicates only God can and does so for us!!!”

      I promise I almost shouted in my office on that part! Amen, amen and amen! What’s so ironic (a testament to our fast) is that earlier this morning I began thinking similar thoughts regarding helping others obtain emotional and mental stability.

      One of my prayers for 2014, is that God will help us (as a nation) to see & understand that our lives are much bigger than us and that it’s okay to help others without the desire to receive something in return. That we will just live to be blessings to each other and do good to others. I believe with all of my heart that God is going to use those who serve Him & love Him to help spread this message. I believe that it will make a great impact on the world and that 2014 will be one of the best years our nation has ever lived. I just do!

      That status is quite catchy! It’s definitely an attention grabber but like you mentioned, the greatest threesome is the one of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!

      Amen & amen! Thank you for blessing me today sis! Love you!

  • Sharita
    January 7, 2014

    Great post, Erika. I find myself in the same boat sometimes too… Getting all fired up and over zealous while God quietly whispers “I’ve got this… trust Me.”

    Super excited to connect via Twitter. Looking forward to seeing what Might things God does in your life in 2014!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 7, 2014

      You can say that again! Your comments made me think of the song many of sang as kids “He’s got the whole world in his hands…”

      Somewhere between childhood and receiving our first bill in the mail lol, we forget that. We let life take control of us instead of living life with God.

      Thanks so much for reading & commenting today! I really appreciate that. I’m so thankful for our connection. I know God has great things in store for us this year!

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2014

    Erika, I like what you wrote “… We become overly consumed with creating our own success we miss out … With a fulfilling life [with God’s solutions which are not a burden]. I enjoy the clarity of purpose and action that results from the ensuing humility.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 7, 2014

      Amen my friend! God’s clarity and wisdom are truly a gift! In giving them to us, God shows us that He is truly faithful to fulfill His promises to us. We are so blessed to serve a faithful and matchless God. Thanks so much for reading and sharing today! =)

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