Two things that are stopping good people from being mightily used of God
By Mario Murillo
The darkness gathers. The clouds of wickedness overtake the land. You know you should do something to oppose tyranny and the moral decay of America. There you sit wanting desperately to be used of God. You want your gifts released. You want your vision to grow and prosper. You know that you are in God’s will, but yet, it feels like a glass wall is holding you back. What do you do?
What is going on? What is blocking your breakthrough? Let me show you the two most common things that put a glass ceiling over a vision.
1. A spirit of entitlement: The spirit of our culture has seeped into the people of God. We are bombarded by books and sermons that flatter us. Suddenly sacrifice and serving are beneath an entire generation of believers.
Jesus warned us of the danger of this attitude when He said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust, the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? Luke 16: 10-12.
Entitlement fools you into thinking that “if I had a job that is worthy of my talents, I would do it faithfully.” Jesus is warning us that the one who does not honor present duties will also dishonor greater duties.
How this spirit robs us of promotion: Those who are overcome by this spirit do their job as if they are just passing through. This backfires because there are two people who are always watching you: Your current leader, and someone you can’t see, who has the power to launch you.
If the boss senses that you feel you deserve more, they may be already looking for a replacement. Meanwhile, that unseen someone who has the power to invest in your vision will move on to a more worthy candidate. This is especially true if you are leading the vision. Successful people are looking to invest in excellence. When they see a leader who fritters with their vision, they will put their money somewhere else.
Entitlement robs you of breakthrough by draining your strength. Zechariah 4:10 asks, “Who has despised the day of small beginnings?” Great works of God start small and require hard work. The feeling of entitlement actually doubles the burden. You not only face the hard work that always accompanies success, but you are disappointed in results that are actually better than you should have expected.
Your vision may be progressing at a healthy rate but you can’t rejoice in it or be refreshed by it because you have had delusions of grandeur. At the heart of a spirit of entitlement is a distrust of God. You have taken the matter into your own hands. This leads us to the second most common factor that is holding us back.
2. We do not see that we are doing the work of God on our own power, and by our own wits. Money runs out and progress comes to a screeching halt. This makes traveling preachers hustle bookings; business people form panic partnerships, people rush in and out of relationships and burn bridges. Instead of solving crisis, they create bigger ones.
It is time to let God deliver you from feverish activity and show you the real way to live. Nothing says it better than these words from God Calling: “The world has always seen service for me to be activity. Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command, My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things.
The world does not need supermen but supernatural men. People who will persistently turn the self out of their lives and let Divine Power work through them. Do not fear unemployment! God always has plenty of work to be done and always pays His workers well.”
This is the big change that we must make…but making this transition can be like getting off of drugs! Watch how the enemy will send a flood of reasons for you to keep doing what you are doing.
Do you have children? Then you know what impatience is. You know that they do not realize how much good you want to do for them in good time. We are exactly the same. We grow antsy when things don’t happen soon enough and losing sight of our Father’s good intentions. It is a miracle when we stop living to solve problems and instead live to fulfill a purpose.
The Lord told Paul, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) Having learned this lesson, Paul could then say, “when I am weak then I am strong (2 Cor. 12:10). A paradox? Not really. Only when Paul admitted to his own weakness and was willing to get out of the way, could God take over and work.
If we tried to do God’s will in our own strength, then we can take the credit for whatever gets accomplished. But that is not God’s way! When we let His strength work through us, then He alone will get the glory– and that is as it should be.”
This letter can be your defining moment. It is a happy day when we fall before God and declare our utter powerlessness to do the work of God. Because he is God, He is not fooled by the avalanche of evil. He is not surprised by the sudden changes that have made life so difficult for us.
From the moment that hell belched out its latest threat against the church, the Holy Spirit began to unfold a strategy. We have nothing more to do than to fold ourselves into that strategy and live by the clear and loving commands that emerge from prayer and obedience.
E. M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…men of prayer.”