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With God, It’s Never Too Late!

Written by Joyce Meyer

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I think one of the greatest lies we can believe is, “It’s too late!” At some point in our lives, we all feel like we’ve missed our chance or messed up an important opportunity. We can even be tempted to believe that we’ve disqualified ourselves from having a great future…that our best days are behind us.

If this is you—if you feel like you’ve missed your chance or that your opportunity to have a great life has passed you by—I want you to know something today: With God on your side, it’s never too late.

While God Himself never changes, He is a God of change—He is always doing a new thing and working behind the scenes in our lives to bring about new beginnings. Where we see failure, God sees potential for something new. The minute we stumble and come apart, God is already planning our comeback. When we mess up “Plan A,” we don’t have to worry—God has a “Plan B”!

I love Isaiah 43:19 (AMP). In this verse, God says, “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

Take a moment to really let those words sink in and think about this: If it really isn’t “too late,” what are some things you would do? Would you go back to school to earn your degree? Would you reconcile with an old friend or attempt to make up for past mistakes? Would you follow your passion in life and try to fulfill your goals and dreams?

Whatever it may be, God wants you to know that it’s never too late to begin again and have a great life. He is on your side and He can even “put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

Determination Is a Must

In order to cooperate with God’s plan for our lives we must stay determined. I’ve learned that when you feel discouraged, when others doubt or criticize you, and when your dreams seem like they’re just never going to happen, that’s when you need to keep moving forward!

I’ll never forget, many years ago, when I first started talking about the call of God on my life. Some of my friends felt that I must be mistaken, and they actually told me, “Joyce, we really don’t think you have the right personality to do this kind of ministry.” It was not encouraging!

But I knew what God had spoken to my heart, and I knew that I had a gift and a passion to teach His Word. So I kept moving forward. As a result, I lost some friends and was eventually asked to leave my church. Even some of my family members turned their backs on me.

Sure, it was difficult in the moment, but I cringe to think where I would be now if I had given up when I felt that rejection. I know I certainly wouldn’t be fulfilling God’s call on my life now, and I would be miserable because I wouldn’t be following my passion.

I clearly remember a particular season during those early years when the Lord continued to encourage me not to quit. There was one Scripture in particular that He kept putting in front of me, and it continues to speak to me today: “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in” (Gal. 6:9, AMP).

Our enemy, Satan, wants us to quit and give up. The Bible says he is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). He continually lies to us and tells us things like, “Who do you think you are? That’s never going to happen! Do you really believe that God spoke to you? You are going to do that?”

I believe we’re actually most tempted to quit when our breakthrough is right around the corner. But if we’ll just keep moving forward—if we’ll remain steadfast and refuse to give up—we will reach our goal and walk in God’s plan for us.

I don’t know what disappointments or setbacks you’ve endured today, but I do know this: It’s not over. God loves you, He sees you, and He has a plan to help you begin again. Because with God, it’s never too late. He’s the God of fresh starts, do-overs, new beginnings and great finishes.

According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, He is the One Who makes all things new!

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times’ bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries Inc. She has authored 130 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and her newest devotional, Quiet Times With God (FaithWords). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit joycemeyer.org.

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