Love you all, praying for you.
Have you ever thought about the most valuable skills in life? Here’s one – Anticipation. The greatest investors know how to anticipate, the greatest quarterbacks, or defensive backs – have developed the skill of anticipation. Even the Bible talks about the men of Issachar who understood the times, and understood what the people of God should do. Every successful business with longevity has developed this skill to be firmly positioned in changing times. They can sense where the consumer market is going and adjust their plans accordingly. Great anticipation helps you plan ahead - which is what prepares you for success. To Anticipate is to have a sense of what is coming – so you can be prepared, and succeed where you or others have failed. The Seattle Seahawks in the final seconds of the Super Bowl, marched down the field, stopped just short of the goal line with seconds to spare. Everyone knew the final play in the waning seconds was going to be Marshawn Lynch up the middle smashing over the goal line for the winning touchdown. They hadn’t stopped him the entire final drive. But as the Seahawks came up to the line of scrimmage – with the world on the edge of their seat. Malcolm Butler the Defensive Back of the Patriots noticed something. Something looks awfully familiar, I know how this story ends. And the moment the ball was snapped, he sidesteps the pick block, steps right in front of the receiver waiting on the ball already in the air, and intercepts that game winning pass. With that one instant of anticipation, he forever changes Super Bowl History, and gives Tom Brady a ring he wouldn’t have had. The Patriots have another ring to add to their collection, and the team that had them beat – had to walk away empty handed. That skill of anticipation made the difference between Super Bowl Champs and maybe next year. In the game of life, the struggle is with sin, not the Seahawks or the Patriots. The devil wants you falling and failing, disconnected from God, kept from the victory God has for you through His more than enough Grace! Have you ever struggled with a sin, or a shortcoming in your life, in your character, or in how you really want to be? Sometimes repeated failures come from mere lack of anticipation and lack of planning. The wise man sees danger and takes cover, but the fool keeps going and suffers for it. God said we are to be wise when handling the enemy. Sometimes you need to anticipate, to know the places you fall, and plan ahead so you can avoid them. Choosing instead the Fruit of the Spirit that God has for you – always at the top of your mind. If a short temper, or a harsh response is a challenge, then ask God to help you (before you encounter the first person today) and every person thereafter – to help you choose humility. How can I demonstrate humility in this first conversation, or this first response? The secret is love. If you love someone, you will treat them like God loves them. You will treat them with the value that God places on them, not how valuable you think they are to you. So what is the secret weapon of anticipation so you can plan ahead? Ask the One who already knows the future. God doesn’t anticipate, He already knows, and if you ask him for wisdom, for direction, for help, for guidance, for a way out and the way through, He will surely give it to you. He knows what’s coming. What the devil intends for evil, He intends to use to make you stronger, for His Glory and your good. Praying that you will ask the Holy Spirit today, to point out every pitfall before it happens so you can avoid it, so you can stay far from it, and go on your way, the way best for you, the way chosen for you. So victory is your habit, so holiness is your default, so the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom for you, and everything that you walk through God can work out for your good. Praying that you will ask Him – What temptation will I face today? What place or path should I avoid, what should I choose instead - so the fruit of the Spirit flows from my mouth and life today? He will tell you, and if you respond the way He tells you to respond, and choose His path, instead of the path that leads to destruction, you will walk far away from any danger or trap the devil has laid for you, and the fruit you will produce today is the life that He has already purchased for you! His plans for you are good! His grace is sufficient for every victory. Praying that you will anticipate and get His plan, with his testimony on your lips, so you will overcome the enemy at every turn. Just victory after victory!
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!