#Purposeful Living

What’s Your “But”?

This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country-a land flowing with milk and honey… BUT the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!” – Numbers 13:27-28

And I was reflecting on this; how many “buts” have we placed on the road to achieving what we want?
Oh, working as the general manager in my company will be amazing BUT my oga will never promote me…
I will really love to marry a virtuous lady/a man after God’s own heart BUT they don’t exist anymore…
OMG, graduating with first class would be lovely BUT they said its impossible, so I think I should never aspire for it…
Oh, getting a job in my dream company is something I really desire BUT they said I must ‘sort’ someone to get there so I’ll just forget it…
I would really love to start that business this year BUT Chidi said it won’t succeed…
Andit goes on and on.

How many times have we actually defeated ourselves with the BUT’s even before we take a step on the road to achieving what we want?
Yes, even the ten spies Moses sent to spy Canaan did it too. Before they set out in battle against the occupants of the land of canaan, they cried “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are”

But then Caleb said “Let’s go at once to take the land, we can certainly conquer it!”- Num 13:30
Joshua said “Do not be afraid of the people of the land. They are helpless prey to us, they have no protection, but the LORD is with us, don’t be afraid of them” Num 14:9

Oh, I feel like bursting in tongues.
Do you know that those BUT’s, whatever they are really do not matter in the grand scheme of things?
It doesn’t matter how many obstacles seem to be in front of whatever you are facing on the road to achieving what you want.
What you really need to do is to change your attitude and mind set to it all.
Will you be like the 10spies that were already defeated by their minds before they stepped into battle? Or will you be like Joshua and Caleb, who despite what they saw in Canaan still held on to the fact that they can conquer it all?

Regardless of whatever “BUTS” you may see, the LORD is with you and those buts are nothing to Him.

See that director/your oga you fear?~”The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; He guides it wherever He pleases”-Prov 21:1

See your abilities/capabilities you doubt?~”For I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength”-Phil 4:13

See that exam you are scared of?~”Yes, I have more insight than my teachers”-Psalm 119:99

You really think your business won’t prosper?~”Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed…The lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain…”-Deu 28:6&8

See that desire of your heart you think is too big for God to do?~”God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”-Eph 3:20

What are your “buts”?
Those buts have nothing to them.
Others may have tried and were stopped on their tracks by those “buts” but you won’t be; the God with whom nothing is impossible for Him to do is on your side!

I pray that not just success but good success that can only come from God will fall on us in all our endeavors…
I pray that God grants us grace to renew our mind sets…
I pray that there shall be a resounding “God is with us” in our spirits that will conquer the “buts” whenever they come to mind…

Have an amazing time with what’s left of the week dearies.
Much love.

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  • Reply
    Charles Williams
    January 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I say AMEN to your prophecies!

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    tenderonii
    January 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Amen. I read a post today in the same light as this…My mind is made up..I refuse to observe the lying vanites, I don’t forsake the mercy and grace of God upon me. I know that GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. Thanks for this beautiful yet timely post.So many people are facing fears, this post indeed inspires faith within. God bless you

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      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Ah Hannah,I spoke aloud your confessions here also. Indeed,we do not fear their fears,Christ is with and in us and we will conquer!
      Thank you dear.

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    Lizzieebunoluwa
    January 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Hear! Hear!! Hear!!!
    This post is God-sent! It resonates a gazillion times over!
    Thank you for being the channel this timely message came through.
    …negative conditions may exist, but God is in the midst of us, we shall not be moved! GREATER!!!!!!!! Did you hear that sound? For us, its Greater all ’round, unlimited by the “buts” of the world.

    Bless you Frances!

    P.s; thank you for going offline without so much as a goodbye o. *side eye* . Hope you are doing well sha?

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Yes Lizzie! Greater all round! Unlimited by whatever ‘buts’ there maybe! I am dancing in my spirit right now!,u say “bless you Frances’ for this timely message,but I dare say its also for me. Indeed, the ‘buts’ are nothing in the face of the greater we hear!
      And u were one of the first persons I told I will be going off na.
      Oya sorry,I am fine and I miss yaaaa! Where’s ur email addy? Or send me ur phone number na? *hugs,hugs,love,love*(enough bribery?) nor vex again na? Hehehe.

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      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

      We are sooo alike,its scary. I don’t like phone convos that much too,infact,u call me for too long and am already itching to drop the call…but texting,ah! That’s the ish right there.lol
      Will bring on the plentyyyy mails. lol

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    uchenna
    January 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    i claim all these prophesies and a big AMEN to them.

    ezechimereuchenna.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Yes o,Uchenna, AMEN and AMEN!!!
      And oh as always,thank you sooo much for stopping by and dropping a comment*hugs*

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    gomba
    January 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    God’s only pain is our lack or inadequate trust that he is still on the throne. Truly, which report do you believe? This post is rich and may you continue to enjoy God’s exceeding grace.

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Yes sir Gomba, once we can change and mid set and remember that the Lord that liveth is still on the throne and on our side,then there’s no limit to what we can achieve.
      Thanks sir for taking the time to drop this,I appreciate much + amen,exceeding grace I will indeed enjoy!
      God bless u sir.

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    imperfectlyperfect92
    January 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

    We are sooo alike,its scary. I don’t like phone convos that much too,infact,u call me for too long and am already itching to drop the call…but texting,ah! That’s the ish right there.lol
    Will bring on the plentyyyy mails. lol

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    Yours Truly
    January 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Amen, my dear Frances – no more buts! We claim everything IJN, Amen

    http://yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Yours truly,I am actually looking for the like button on your comment. Yes,I declare it also,no more buts!
      Thanks dear

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    Ugochi Jolomi
    January 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I remove every buts on my progress steps in Jesus name. Amen! Thanks a lot for this beautiful reminder to guide us through the year!
    Have a super blessed day!
    Love

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      Thank you aunty Ugochi.
      I pray this guides us through this year to look upwards,fix our sights on Him with whom there’s no buts,amen…
      #Much love ma.thank you for stopping by

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    Isaacola AA
    January 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I liked this, another perspective to the BUT. Good one.

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Sir Isaac, loved yours too,it shed another light on “buts”
      I appreciate your taking time to check mine out…
      Have a great weekend.

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    James Melbin
    January 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    “Will you be like the 10 spies that were already defeated by their minds before they stepped into battle? Or will you be like Joshua and Caleb, who despite what they saw in Canaan still held on to the fact that they can conquer it all?”

    No ma, I’ll never want to be like the spies. I will never let the ‘hallucinations’ and buts to instill fear in me!

    Yes ma, I will ever want to be like Joshu. Even in the midst of the ‘hallucinations’ and buts that might want to brainwash me, I will still trust in God’s assurance. And I will keep moving.

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      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 12, 2014 at 5:59 am

      Ten million loves for your comment James, we’ll keep moving, our trust in our Father with whom there’s no ‘buts’ will remain ever strong and sure. Amen.
      Thanks dear for stopping by,as always,your comment always re-inspires something in me. Thanks

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    Catherine
    January 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    So many but in everything about life. I’ve decided to ignore them for me to lead a successful life.
    Frances u really are a gifted writer…keep up the good work!

    nkykate2.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Yes ma,buts or not,we must keep moving like James said.
      I appreciate you much, thanks Catherine,for stopping by,for the encouragement to keep writing…thank you.

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    Uje
    January 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    “Those buts have nothing to them”

    This post is timely..funny how we settle on our buts without even knowing..this just made me ask myself questions…
    Thank you Frances…I’m still meditating!

    • Reply
      imperfectlyperfect92
      January 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      thank you Uje.
      God’s grace is always sufficient for us to walk with the knowledge that the buts have nothing to them

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