Good Evening my brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray you’ve spent the week living intentionally and with purpose. Can you believe January is already over? How are you guys doing with your 2019 goals? Have any adjustments happened with your vision for this year? They have for me. Lol. The overall vision is the same but the path in which it’ll happen has slightly changed. With thirty-three days in the books Yahweh has already slowed me down. Many of you know I finished my Vision Board a week or so before the new year. My goals cosisted of growth in my relationship with Christ, my marriage, my brand, this blog, and a list of other ventures. The more I attempted to reach these deadlines that I set for myself God was directing my attention to the journey that has to happen before I reach the destination. I guess you can say my EGO was getting the best of me.
I was listening to a podcast the other day and the guy referenced his EGO getting in his way. Now I’m not someone who relishes in my own accomplishments. All glory be to God for anything that he has strengthened me through or allowed me to obtain. As the podcast continued he mentions that a pastor told him that when we have a big EGO we are essentially “Edging God Out.” #MindBlown Had I Edged God Out in my bedazzled Vision Board and 2019 Goals? Couldn’t have I thought. I mean He is in the midst of every goal that I have for this year. The more I talked to Yahweh about it He began to reveal to me how my EGO was getting in the way.
Even though my vision was from God I didn’t account for the time needed to prepare for the vision. I started the process but had no expectation of the next steps which left me doing what I thought was necessary. I was leaning on my own understanding. Even for God’s glory. I found myself making all these plans that glorify God but in the same moment, I was edging him out of my preparation process. There is nothing in this world that we will do that doesn’t require seed, time and harvest. If God has planted a seed in you there is no skipping the “time” that is needed before the harvest.
Maybe Christ has given you a vision to write a book, start a credit repair business, an apparel shop, or become a life coach. There is absolutely no way to bypass the necessary journey that you have to take in order to flourish in your God-Given area. There are levels that require our participation as we are on our journey to becoming who we were created to be.
You can find preparation thorughout the bible,
“Put your outdoor work in orderProverbs 24:26
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.”
So what’s the takeaway? Start. God has given you a vision for your life then start. Start the process and allow Yahweh to guide you through each and every step. God isn’t our phone a friend when we are stuck. His place is in front of us before we even make the step. I spoke about being in the process of writing my first book. I had the opportunity of attending a Master Class that focused on “Writing Your First Book & Self-Publishing.” I learned so much that I had no idea about prior to taking the class. The knowledge was necessary as I journey to becoming a first-time author. Don’t allow your EGO to Edge God Out of your preparation process. Blessings.
Update: I went to a Christian Women’s Bible Study last night and it truly was a release for me. I really underestimated how much I missed being able to fellowship with other Women of God. Right at the end, they asked us to write down what we were hearing from God. He simply told me, “Go and be free TRULY Tiffany.” It was as if I still had a spec of my past self in my heart and in that moment Yahweh released me from it. Glory be to God.
Also, I just booked my first speaking engagement of the year. I am so honored and excited about the event. The subject, “There is Beauty in The Vision.” What a befitting topic. Details coming soon. Love you with the love of the Lord.
8 thoughts on “Don’t Let Your Ego “Edge God Out””
Amen!!! “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing…James 1:4
Amen, Brother. What a great and on par scripture.
The verse from proverbs reminds me that God gave us work before giving us any gift or blessing. The work is the preparation to release the ability of the gift. Thank you for the encouraging post.
PS. You’re going to a place that your past is no longer invited to attend so continue to keep God first and he will free you from anything of this world. Enjoy fellowship because one thing I know is isolation gives the enemy an easier opportunity to put up a false image. God blessed.
Amen. It’s always so comforting reading your responses. There is always added insight when I read them. Thank God for freedom. You really hit the nail on the head. The enemy loves to keep us isolated. He wants us to feel like we’re the only ones who have gone through something. It’s the false image that you spoke about. Thank the Lord for showing us the enemies tricks. Stay Blessed, Man of God.
This is exactly what I need right now!! Thanks for this!
Amen, Sis. God always sends us what we need when we need it. Be encouraged.
Girl! This is good stuff right here! That thing that pastor said about EGO meaning edging God out is profound. At the heart of pride is telling God we don’t need Him. Of late, God has been revealing my prideful heart to me in a way I never thought of. I am grateful that He is pruning me in this manner because in the end, I will be refined and ready for the next season He is taking me. Thanks for this post. I pray we stop edging God out.
I felt the exact same way when I heard it. You’re so right. A prideful heart is saying we don’t need God. Who are we that we won’t need God? Smh. Thanks for replying to the post.