April 21, 2024


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Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14

Summary: Too often Christians “settle” for a walk with the Lord that is well below what He makes available to His people. There is joy, health, forgiveness, victory, and much more in the great salvation that Jesus has provided for us. Don’t aim too low!

What stops us from receiving God’s best blessings for us? It’s settling for what the world has to offer, which might seem good at first glance, but is far less than God’s best.

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that He came so that we might have life and live abundantly. God doesn’t just want to meet your expectation, He wants to do exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that you can ask, think, or imagine.
Don’t settle for less than what God wants to give you. Stretch out your hands, with great expectation in your heart, and receive every spiritual blessing that God has in store for you. The expectation of the righteous will not be cut off!

All of us have dreams that we are believing for, promises that God has spoken to us. At one time we were excited about them, but too often when it’s taken longer than we thought, because our health hasn’t improved, we didn’t get the promotion, our child isn’t making good decisions, we get discouraged and quit believing for the fullness of what’s in our heart. It’s easy to water down what God’s promise to us, “I don’t like this job, but at least I’m employed is good enough. I was believing for a nice house, but I guess this apartment will do. I was hoping to get well, but I’ve learned to live with this sickness, I guess I’m at least okay”. No, okay is not who you were created to be. Good enough is not what God promised you.

The enemy can’t stop God’s plan for your life, but he’ll do his best to convince you to settle along the way. If you’re going to become all you were created to be, you have to keep a fire in your spirit, there has to be a holy determination, a resolve that says “I refuse to settle for less than what God’s promised me”. You have to make up your mind, you’re not going to be talked out of it, you’re not going to water it down, you’re not going to let good enough be good enough. It may be taken longer than you thought, it may be more difficult, the good news: is it’s not too late, you haven’t missed your chance, what God promised you is still on the way. Not a watered-down version, not a partial healing, not a make-do promotion, not a good enough marriage, know exactly what God promised you. What you were excited about before the delays, before the bad breaks is still in row.

God doesn’t abort a dream, he doesn’t get talked out of what he’s promised, he doesn’t water down what he’s spoken to us. Now, maybe the reason you’re not seeing this favor is you’ve settled, you’ve accepted that your dreams not going to happen, you’ll never get well, you’ll never get out of debt – as long as you think that way it will limit your life. I’m asking you to pull up your stakes, pack up your belongings: mediocrity is not your home, good enough is not your destiny, getting by is not where you belong. You may be there now, but that is not your permanent location. Don’t settle for an okay marriage, okay job, okay health, okay life. Yes, we should be content, but you shouldn’t be satisfied with less than what you know God put in your heart.

But sometimes instead of stirring our faiths up and believing for the best, we move the goalposts back to justify what we’re saying. “I can’t seem to break this addiction, but if I can learn to manage it that’s good enough. I’ll never reach my dreams, but hey, I’m doing as good as my coworker, that’s not too bad”. No, instead of justifying it, moving that goalpost to fit what you think is going to happen, why don’t you leave the gold there and say “God, I don’t see how this can work out, I don’t see how it can get well, how my family will be restored, how can reach my dreams, but God, I know you wouldn’t have promised it if you weren’t going to bring it to pass. I know you have a way where I don’t see a way, so I’m not gonna settle here, I’m gonna keep believing, I’m gonna keep dreaming, I’m gonna keep stretching my faith”. That’s what allows God to do great things.

Don’t reduce it to what makes sense to you, don’t let what you don’t have talk you out of what God does have. Get in agreement with him, “God, this seems impossible to me, but I know you can do the impossible. I’m looking at it in the natural, but I know you’re a supernatural God, you can take me where I can’t go on my own”.

Genesis 15, God told Abraham he was going to have a son. The problem was, Abraham was 75 years old, his wife Sarah was 65, they’d never had children she had been barren all these years, now she had gone through the change of life – it was impossible in the natural. Year after year went by with no sign of a baby. Every thought told them it’s been too long, you’re wasting your time, you’re both way too old, it’s never going to happen.

Finally Sarah said to Abraham to sleep with her maid, that way they could have a baby. She thought that’s the only way it would happen. It was so impossible, she watered down the promise, she reduced it to what she thought would happen.

“For all the promises of God in him are Yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God by us.” {2Corinthians 1:20}
These promises were all made according to the purpose of his own will. We sometimes read, or hear, or speak of the promises written in God’s Word, but do not give them as much credit as if they were the promises of a friend, or of our father, or our brother. If we valued them more, we should believe them better. We have many proverbs to remind us what poor and frail things the promises of men are; but those of which Paul writes are “the promises of God.”
“For all the promises of God in Christ are Yes, and in Christ Amen, to the glory of God by us.”

The Lord really impressed on me that the main reason we aren’t receiving His best is because we are willing to settle for less. Very few are committed to God’s best. We have been influenced more by the world than by God’s Word and “dumbed down” to accept far less than what God has provided. As long as you can live with less than God’s best, you will.
That is a powerful truth.

You have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired before you will aggressively pursue God’s best. You have to have a holy dissatisfaction with mediocrity before you can experience all that God has for you. It doesn’t happen accidentally or automatically. If you don’t pursue it, you won’t get it.

Everything in our fallen world naturally goes from good to bad. Things don’t get better without effort. We have to seek to find, knock to get the door opened, and ask before we receive (Matt. 7:7). We must raise our sights and aim higher. Most people are shooting at nothing and hitting it every time.

Jeremiah 29:11 says,
“I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end [hope and a future.

When the Lord spoke to Jeremiah to write these words, Israel was devastated. The city of Jerusalem had been destroyed, and many people had been taken captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Thoughts of peace were probably the last thing on their minds.

I’ve had people tell me they prayed and believed God but that nothing happened. These scriptures promise otherwise. So, who’s right? I choose to believe God is true. The key is, we have to seek with ALL our hearts. That’s the missing element. We have to reach a point where we won’t live with anything less than God’s best.

That attitude is missing in the lives of far too many Christians. The bar of expectations, even within the church, has been lowered in regards to healing, finances, and more. There is such a fear that someone might be disappointed and, therefore, condemned that many ministers have been teaching people to settle for less and avoid the disappointment.

I am not trying to condemn anyone. We have all been raised in and influenced by an ungodly culture. And nobody learns how to receive God’s best overnight. It’s a process, but we need to begin moving in that direction. I haven’t arrived there either, but I have left and am on my way. God has far more for all of us than we are experiencing.
You will never receive God’s best until you become completely dissatisfied with second best—mediocrity.

We don’t have to limp into heaven, crying, “Praise God, we made it.” We can live a life of victory now. Jesus died to deliver us from this present evil world (Gal. 1:4), not just the one to come.
Moses lived under an inferior covenant compared to ours (2 Cor. 3:7-11). Jesus said John the Baptist was greater than Moses, yet the least New Testament saint is greater than John (Matt. 11:11). Therefore, if Moses was still strong at 120 with good eyesight (Deut. 34:7), why would we settle for less?
Unless you’re willing to stand and fight the fight of faith, you will be overcome by this world. If you don’t stir yourself up, you will settle to the bottom. The world isn’t going to encourage you toward God’s best, and most Christians aren’t either.
Sadly, religion is one of the strongest weapons Satan has to discourage people from believing for something more. Many churches believe that God doesn’t perform miracles today or, worse, that God is the one who wills for our lives to be in such a mess to break us. He sovereignly controls everything. That is not true.
We also have to recognize that it’s all about receiving what God has already done and not about getting God to do something He has yet to do. We don’t need God to heal us; by His stripes, we were healed (1 Pet. 2:24). That miraculous healing power is already IN us. We don’t need God to move; we need to believe what He has already done and learn how to receive.
I encourage you to begin receiving God’s best now!




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