I’m not the source and neither the owner but it’s mine to manage, and the same goes for you. It’s a good time to manage the miracles.
Now we are on the fourth teaching of the series [gamechanger] and we are back with Steven Furtick. If you have missed the others then check them out now and come back to continue.
Now, let’s talk about complaining because of time by time without noticing I start complaining but it’s not exactly as you may think.
Sometimes complaining is not a sign that we don’t care or that we are not grateful. It’s just that some privilege comes with great responsibility and that responsibility can represent a conflict in our life.
Maybe you have also heard that each victory is preceded by a battle, but the thing is that sometimes we get tired of fighting those battles even if the victory is ours.
So, it’s not a case of ingratitude because gratitude is not an attitude, it’s an action.
Like you, I also thought that gratitude was an attitude, but it’s not. The explanation is in the scriptures where God command us to be grateful, but you can’t command an attitude. So, God is commanding an action, not an attitude.
Those actions of gratitude are the ones that produce the feeling of gratitude.
For example, one thing I have learned to do as a habit is to daily remember whatever happened along the day. Then I find several events on which I feel grateful.
As you can notice I’m not grateful by forcing the feeling, I’m grateful by remembering the details and blessings of each day.
Although, you should know first that God made this day but only you get to manage it.
Are you managing your miracle?
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.Joshua 4:1-9 NIV
Here God uses a principle of parenting which is He gives and we manage it.
The moment we get that idea related to our life, money and so on, it will take some of the pressure off. Because it’s his to give and ours to manage.
The context in the story of Joshua is that the nation of Israel was going through a new management season. Moses was no longer the leader, now it was time for Joshua to lead the Israelites.
Other difference on this new season is that the Israelites will have to mature their mindset.
They will have to manage the miracles which is something that even we have to learn because we have been taught about how to expect for a miracle, how to believe for a miracle and how to receive a miracle, but it’s the first time we hear about managing the miracle.
Although that’s the cooperation between God and humanity, where He provides and we manage.
We usually prefer for God to carry us across the river (metaphorically) when the reality is that He is waiting for us on the other side.
In other words, it’s going to require action from our part.
Now, let’s go a little further on time to understand something important related to those 12 stones of the story.
A forgotten God
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.Judges 2:10 NIV
The whole idea with the 12 stones was to never forget God and what He has done for Israel, but somewhere in the middle, the Israelites stopped telling the story even though the stones were still there.
Maybe the battles consumed their mindset so they only focused on the battles and forgot about the blessings.
It’s vital at this moment for you to realize that the gospel is the story that we should keep sharing. It’s God story but it’s ours to manage, and what a privilege it is.
Everything good that God does in our life comes from our ability to recognize it in the middle.
What I’m also saying is that there’s no doubt that God is doing great things for us, the discrepancy is that we usually are unable to recognize it, especially when we are in the middle of the process.
We need to manage our emotions in the middle because that will determine what happens next in our lives.
Moses died on Mount Nebo looking at the promise land meanwhile Joshua led the people into the land God had promised Moses.
Both have seen miracles but the difference was in how they manage them.
Moses managed the miracles according to his fear and not his faith.
For the new season, the Israelites needed a leader driven by faith.
The victory is from God but it’s ours to manage.
The whole message can be summed up into one word: Manage.
It’s not about feeling or attitude, it’s about action.
If you haven’t already, make this prayer:
Lord, I recognize you as my Saviour since you saved me from my sins and you gave me a new opportunity. Every day I will recognize your grace in me, I will tell your story, and what you do for me every day of my life. My heart is open to change and my mind ready to learn. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Every day you should revive this story and what God is doing in your life, so you would never forget.
That was the whole message.
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Source of the teaching
- Are you managing your miracle? | Steven Furtick | Gamechanger | [Link]