Still No Plan B?

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To think, it’s almost been a year since no Plan B has been published. In the last year I’ve had the great opportunity to have many people purchase and read No Plan B. many people have told me how this book has impacted their lives. The greatest challenge has been, not in writing this book, but in living this book. It’s one thing to write a book, to preach a sermon, or sing a song out of theory. It’s another thing to do that from life experience. 

God will not allow you to teach something from a place you haven’t been before. I hope you don’t want it that way either. You’re able to teach from a richer place when you have gone through what you’re talking about. That has been my life in the last year. I have heard the voice of God more clearly than I have a long time. The challenge has been the same as I’m sure everyone else’s challenges is; to deny my will and to submit to the will of God. It’s often when God calls us to a place that’s bigger than ourselves that we begin to rationalize and try to compartmentalize God and his purposes for our lives. I want to be all that God wants me to be. I want to do all that God wants me to do. I want to go wherever God wants me to go. The hardest part is always the first step. I really feel I God to calling me to something big. To be honest with you I’ve been struggling with fear, doubts, anxiety, and so many more things. I know that those things are not of God, but those have been the giants that I have been at war with.

I know that I will not experience true fulfillment until I am in the perfect will of God. Maybe you’re reading this and you too are struggling with God’s will for your life. I want you to know that God is with you. I’m talking to you while talking to myself. There is and never should be A plan B. here are three simple things that we can do that will help us to stay in alignment with God’s will for our lives:

1. Pray! I know this sounds cliché but this is a single most effective way to stay in alignment with God’s will for your life. Pray, and let God speak to you. But when he speaks, obey him.

2. Tell someone- when you tell someone close to you what God is prompting you to do, you allow that person to keep you accountable.

3. Step out- Faith sometimes means walking into unfamiliar territories. You must know that God has already before you and his desire is not that you would fail.

Thanks for reading this blog. To thank you, I have attached a link for you to download an excerpt from chapter 1 of No Plan B No Plan B Chapter 1 excerpt. To purchase the entire book visit Joeaburton.com 

-Joe

What I say when I S.P.E.A.K. to myself

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If you knew me, you would know that I am one of the most competitive people you will ever meet. I will gladly compete in any and every competition possible. In fact, I will even make up a game, just so I can compete with someone, anyone. I even love to challenge myself to become better or faster at things that I do. I eventually end up becoming my own biggest competitor. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there? With often being my own biggest competitor, I can often become my own biggest discourager. Do you ever find yourself becoming your biggest critic and discourager? I think we need to take it easy on ourselves. So to counter that I have not become my “My own greatest encourager.” How do I do that? It’s happens when I “S.P.E.A.K. to myself.” Notice, I didn’t say “talk to myself.” Even though we all do that from time to time. I S.P.E.A.K. to myself. I

If you could have a conversation with yourself, what would you say to yourself? This is me talking to myself. Apply to your own life whatever fits for you:

(S)top “Trying Harder” – You get yourself in the most trouble mentally and spiritually when you start believing that “trying harder” is the key to building your relationship with God. At times you think if you read more, pray more, give more, be stronger, etc., that you will be more accepted by God and please him more (although we can always read, pray, give etc. more) . Then when you don’t reach the standards that you think you have to reach, you start beating yourself up. Stop acting as if you can “earn” the acceptance and approval of God. Jesus paid the price so that you wouldn’t have to “try harder” to be more righteous. You simply need to allow Christ to work thorough you to accomplish what he wants to accomplish. You’re not strong enough so stop “trying harder” to be. In your weakness, His strength is made perfect.

(P)eople are important- No matter how many times you have been hurt or disappointed by people, you have to remember that people are important. You cant make it on your own. Even though I can understand why you would want to isolate your self at times, RESIST THE URGE. “Isolation is the devils playground. Stay close to people that will love you, build you, and make you want to be better.

(E)veryday is a New Beginning- Joe, you make plenty of mistakes on a daily basis. You don’t always say the right things or make the right choices, but you can start fresh tomorrow. That can’t ever be an excuses to live reckless because you know that God is gracious. But you can know that His mercies are new every morning. What does that mean? It means, to “Leave that past in the past”.

(A)lways Be Grateful- Can you think of the amount of times that you have complained today versus the amount of times you said thank you? It’s so easy to complain for different things. How does that make you different than the world? You have to be grateful. Every time you want to complain about something, change your mentality and say, “Thank you Jesus”. I want to challenge you to even thank God for the suffering, the trials, and the problems you are facing. You have to trust in the sovereignty of God and know that He will work it out for your good and for your development.

(K)eep Moving Forward- My life is a PROJECT, been through the PROCESS/fought many battles/Thank God I aint DIED YET/ There’s so many different things i can’t  DIGEST/like God not letting me fall or even DIGRESS. (Im just freestyling). Just remember that slow progress is always better than “no progress”. You are not in competition with anyone. just keep moving forward and continue to be all that God has called you to be. When you make mistakes, just repent, get back up, and KEEP MOVING FORWARD! 

I want to challenge you to S.P.E.A.K. to yourself.

-Joe