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Don't just take up space in others' lives. Be value added. Help them win!

Exodus 17:8-16 8The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands." 10So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up-one on one side, one on the other-so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 14Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven." 15Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. 16He said, "Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation."

Get Back Up! Don't wallow in self pity. Get Back Up! 

Don't despise small beginnings. Be consistent in what you are doing and rejoice over the one. Celebrate where you are and continue to work.  

The parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18: 10–14)

Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep to show that the Kingdom of God is accessible to all, even those who were sinners or strayed from God’s path.

He uses the example of a shepherd (God) who has 100 sheep and one goes missing.

The shepherd leaves the 99 others and searches high and low for the lost sheep.

Jesus stresses that when the shepherd finds the lost sheep he rejoices over it more than the 99 who did not go astray.

This is how God will rejoice when a sinner returns to Him.

Let them Go! 

There will be people who exit your life making a dramatic exit. Let them Go.

Then there will be others who leave quietly. These people have served their purpose in your life and you in theirs.

It doesn’t mean either are bad people. It’s just that they are not necessary to the next level of reaching your destiny. Upon further investigation, you will notice that they were a distraction. They took way more than they gave. They may have become a parasite or maybe even negative. 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says to

encourage one another and build up one another

 

Sounds like both parties are invested to me…you both are in it to win it.

 

Proverbs 27:17 NIV As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

If you are not being sharpened,

Check the transactions of the relationship. What did they deposit or did they withdraw withdraw withdraw? 

Watch relationships where huge withdrawals are made with minimal deposits. That’s a relationship headed for disaster. In fact, it’s an unbalanced relationship. You are unequally yoked.

 

Let’s take a look at the word:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

 

If a person’ makes huge withdrawals from you and then make huge deposits in others and totally neglects you…red flag. When they interact with you, they always need but they bend over backwards to support and invest, time, money and resources in others. You deserve better! So if in this season they choose to move on. Let them go! Wish them well! Hold no animosity and count it a blessing to  have deposited in their lives. However God has released you. Don’t look back. Don’t feel bad. Thank God for the opportunity but just know you served your purpose there. Don’t deal with that person or people like that in this season. It’s not the season for that kind. Mutually beneficial relationships are your portion. Your person won’t bring what you bring to the table but you will compliment each other. The relationship won’t leave you in lack or depleted! You heard it here! Let old, stagnant overdrawn relationships go. Let them go! 

 

They might be back later. If they have matured, healed and are ready to invest in the relationship accept them back with open arms. Until then, let them be someone else’s problem. That is not God’s portion for you. This ain’t that season! It’s won’t feel good but once you reflect, you will realize all the opportunities they had to make deposits with you but they chose another bank and deposited what you were giving them. When people don’t appreciate you, they don’t honor you and take you for granted. Let them go!  Here this…this ain’t and I mean ain’t the season to go bankrupt trying to save rental property. Invest in something you can build and there is a good return on your investment. Thank me later! Let them go!

 

Don’t take this message out of context!!! Be wise! But if 85-90% of what I said resonated with you and you feel some way, you may want to take inventory of your relationships. 

 

Remember I’m here to provoke thought so seek the Lord. But please know He does not want you to be bound. However, if this is the state of your marriage seek God and counseling before you proceed.

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