Don’t Force It!

In case you can’t tell, I absolutely love writing. It has been a passion of mine for many years. I love to express my thoughts in written form, especially with the prayer that God will use this writing to encourage people.

As a writer, we often get writer’s block. We yearn to put our thoughts into written form, but nothing flows. Sometimes we attempt to force something that ends up being a total flop. This initial thought led to other aspects of this subject.

We can be great at trying to force things. We try to force relationships to work that were bad news before they ever started. We try to force our skill set to match a job we are not meant to have. We try to force people to like us when the truth is that they are not the type of people we want to have as connections.

I want to go back to this thought of trying to operate outside of our skill set or area of giftedness. In the church, we try to spiritualize it. We say, “I’m just being available to God because God wants my availability rather than my ability.” Does God intend for you to be frustrated as you attempt to do something for which you are not suited? If He has not called you to do it and you are simply trying to fill a void that a committee begged you to fill, you are spinning your wheels by wasting your own time and potentially doing damage in your local church. When I pastored a church with committees, I told the nominating committee that I would rather pull the plug on a ministry than put the wrong person in it. Some people thought I was blasphemous while others saw that I was ultimately doing some damage prevention.

Maybe you are reading this and you are trying to force something to happen. It may be a new purchase, a new job, a new business, or a new relationship. I can promise you from personal experience that God will begin to work when you let go. He doesn’t need our help. Jesus proved that when He said to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation 3:8, “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” God doesn’t ask you to be forceful; He asks you to be faithful!

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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