I was having lunch the other day with a friend who reminded me of a prophetic word from Dutch Sheets at the beginning of the year. The essence of the word was this: the decisions you make in the next 6 months will define the rest of your life.
Five months later, here we are.
I had to stop and think about my decisions over the last couple of months. I also had to stop and think about the things that I’ve purposely?? left undecided.
I think my record might be a little spotty.
As I began to seek God, I saw both the good and the bad. There was fear and some lack of focus. Raise your hand (hand raised) if you sometimes feel like a dog with squirrels on the brain.
But I can also see some simple choices I’ve made: relationships I’ve pursued, opportunities I’ve initiated. I feel like I’m on the edge of some big things and that’s exciting!
How about you?
Whether you realize it or not, you are at a historic crossroads in your life.
It’s important to recognize this because the battles you face at the crossroads are the fiercest you will ever face. Crossroads decisions are the most important choices you will ever make because they have the power to redefine your life.
The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make
I have a theory that goes something like this: The decision before THE DECISION is the most important choice you’ll make.
Crossroads by their very nature require a choice. Go left or go right. Cross over or stay where you are. You have to make a decision and that decision carries consequences both for you and for the people affected by your choice. There’s a lot at stake and your enemy knows this. Every step you take into your destiny is a blow to his plan for your life. You do realize the enemy has a plan for your life, right? He knows that once you make the decision to cross the game changes, so he throws everything he’s got at you in an attempt to stop your progress.
That’s why transition is such a ____________. (fill in the blank with your favorite choice words.)
When you’re at the crossroads, the battle isn’t over knowing what to do. That decision is pretty clear. The real battle is over the mental games bombarding your mind.
You see all your limitations and wonder if people will recognize that you’re a fraud. But here’s the thing about feeling like a fraud: EVERYONE is a fraud when they first get started.
NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING.
If tearing at your confidence doesn’t work, he’ll hit you with distraction, calculated busyness, or concern for how your decision might affect your family. And if the mental games don’t work, he’ll jump on your finances or your health.
Sometimes, it’s all of the above.
Pause for a second: if that’s you, what in the world is about to happen once you cross?!?!?
The goal is to mess with you so you make the “safe” choice. That’s why I say, the decision before THE DECISION is the most important choice you’ll make.
- You must decide on what you see: limitations or opportunity.
- You must decide on what you believe about your limitations: you may be a fraud, but what does that even mean? And should it stop you?
- You must decide on who you are going to listen to: enemy-fueled doubts, soulish need for approval or the voice calling to you from the other side of the decision in front of you.
- You have to decide if you are going to trust God to give you the strength to cross over despite the attacks on your health.
What Will You Decide?
What crossroads decisions have you been pushing off out of fear, uncertainty or lack of focus? Have you allowed that inner voice that says, “You’re a fraud” to hold you in check?
If that’s you today, I want to encourage you that the warfare has a purpose. The battles you find yourself in today are all about your future. When the heat is on, it’s because you’re at a point of choice that will propel you forward into your purpose.
Before you decide on whether or not you are going to cross over, take a moment and decide on who you are going to listen to.
Decide how you are going to respond to warfare.
Decide on who you will trust to speak to you about what you’re supposed to be doing and who you really are.
Once that decision is made, everything else will be easy. You’ll still have a battle in front of you, but the most important decision has already been made.