Don’t Settle by Pastor Debbie Kitterman
I was jolted awake early one morning when I heard: “Don’t Settle!”
I sat up in bed, got my bearings and realized, no one was there. I am not sure if I had been dreaming or a heavenly voice woke me up. It really didn’t matter where it came from, I knew it was from the Lord. He was trying to get my attention and now He had it.
I laid back down and began to pray. I asked the Lord what He meant and what He needed me to know about settling. He then whispered gently to my heart like only a loving Father can:
“Don’t Settle. Don’t you dare settle for anything less than My best and My will for your life.”
I didn’t realize I had been settling, but as soon as God whispered this message to my heart, it became crystal clear. I am going to be really transparent with you. I had been settling. Ok, not just settling, but I was ready to quit. I was discouraged, frustrated, disappointed and ready to throw in the towel. It seemed like the logical thing to do.
In the months leading up to this, I had been bombarded with things from every direction. It seemed my life had gone from a fast paced, yet straight road to a roller coaster. My son getting engaged, my dad’s failing health, my aunt being put on hospice, doors being opened for ministry, doors being slammed shut for ministry, and the list goes on. Disillusionment set in and I began to question my calling, my identity and purpose. I began to listen to the lies and whisper of the enemy. The battle was intense and I was ready to settle.
That is until my early morning wake up call to not settle! To not give up, to not quit or throw in the towel. It did stop me in my tracks and while I didn’t immediately turn around, I stopped the downward spiral and spinning out of control. It was enough for me to refocus on God and not my circumstances. It was enough for me to take a step back and realize I had been listening to lies and not taking my rightful position as a daughter of the King. I hadn’t been practicing what I preach. I had not been holding onto the promises and prophecies God has spoken over me and about me. I had become weary of the battle. I was not standing my ground.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).
Rick Warren says this about Galatians 6:9: “This is the law of the harvest: There is always a delay between sowing and reaping. You plant in one season, and you reap in another. God wants to see if you’re going to keep cultivating, planting, and sowing. If he sees consistency in your life, then the harvest will come. It will not come immediately, because it proves nothing if he does it immediately — no character development or stretching your faith.”
Do you find yourself weary or settling for less than God’s best for your life? If so, stop. Take a minute to breathe deeply. Now, refocus – Not on your current situation and circumstances but instead on God. Then ask God to bring back to your remembrance His plans, promises and prophesies He has spoken to you. Write these words out and then read and read them as many times as is needed, and as always pray. Pray and ask God to strengthen you, to help you not quit, to not give up or throw in the towel, but to stand your ground.
Father God, we ask for You to show us the areas of our life where we are settling for less than Your best. We ask for You to remind us of Your prophecies and promises. Give us strength as we stand our ground and trust in You. Amen!