We are so “time conscious”. We allow time to limit us and define for us what we’re capable of or what God can do in our lives.Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “It’s too late."
It’s often ingrained in us that it’s too late to change; too late to start a new career; too late to save your marriage; too late to recover from a terrible mistake; too late to start over again; or too late to have a second chance.
The truth is: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!
When you realize that it’s not too late, you have hope. You take action. You move forward. You stop thinking that it’s futile and useless to do the right thing.
LET’S CHANGE IT TODAY
1. UN-DECIDE that it’s too late for these things to change. Un-decide that you can’t recover! Un-decide that the damage is irreversible. It’s NOT too late to turn your finances around; to recover from a tragedy or mistake; to surrender your life to God; to take better care of yourself; to change the way you see yourself; to apologize; or to break a bad habit.
2. Meditate on the fact that God created time, and He can multiply it. The earth and sun stood still in Joshua 10:12-13. “And Joshua said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon in the valley of Aijalon’. So the sun stood still and the moon stopped.” Joshua had control over time, for God’s purpose. We need to start thinking that way - we have control over time. It doesn’t control us!
3. Think about the great cloud of witnesses, for whom it wasn’t too late:
- It wasn’t too late for Abraham & Sarah to become a father & mother at 99 & 90 years old.
- It wasn’t too late for Peter after he denied the Lord 3 times.
- It wasn’t too late for Paul after he had persecuted the church and killed other Christians! God later used him to write two-thirds of the New Testament after the book of Acts.
- It wasn’t too late for the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34), or the man who was lame at the pool of Bethesda for 38 years (John? 5:1-10).
- In business, it wasn’t too late for Ray Kroc, who at the age of 56 started the first McDonalds. (How did that work out for him?)
4. Embrace grace. Lamentations 3:22-33 says, “His mercy is new every morning…” Hebrews 4:15 says, “Come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace in your time of need.” Mercy is when God doesn’t give us the judgment that we DO deserve. And “grace” is when God gives us the goodness that we don’t deserve.
5. Rid yourself of excuse-making. God doesn’t accept excuses, but He gives lots of grace! We might feel low self-esteem or have a disability. Moses did. He had a speech impediment, but God gave him chance after chance to be used to deliver God’s people.
6. Ask God for more time and another chance. Hezekiah did in 2 Kings 20:1-6. When Hezekiah asked for a second chance, God told him, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Surely I will heal you…And I will add to your days FIFTEEN YEARS.” If he did it for Hezekiah, He will do it for you!
THINK IT & SAY IT
It is not too late for things to improve in my life, and radically turn around. I believe in the God of second chances. I can recover and there is nothing that God won’t turn around in my life. God created time and He can multiply it for me. I am not controlled by time. By God’s grace, I control it!
-Courtesy of Gregory Dickow Ministries