Are you following God’s plan for you? As I ponder this question for myself I am forced to step back and take a real look at the direction I am headed and my dragging feet. I, in my sinful nature, think; “Who knows what’s best for me…but me?” Well…God does, that’s who. How rotten am I to think I know what I need better than my maker does? Well, that is our sinful nature of pride and arrogance rearing its ugly head like it always does when I am left to my own devices.
The bible says in Proverbs 16:18 that “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” I should really take note to this scripture in particular and heed it’s warning before I start jumping to all my own conclusions on what I need to be doing in my life. See… this life isn’t mine after all. God, talking about mankind in the book of Isaiah, says about us “whom I created for my glory.” That seems pretty clear but let’s take it a step further. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 the verse reads, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” There is no question about it. I am here to glorify God and every single thought, decision and corresponding action should reflect that truth. I do good to understand that when my sinful flesh is crying out to do what I want, whatever makes me happy that those feelings are not from God. God doesn’t want me to fulfill my flesh. There is truly a spiritual warfare going on around us. A battle for our souls.
I cannot serve two masters. The bible tells me this is true. So if I’m fulfilling my fleshly desires then I am not honoring God. I cannot do both at the same time. I must make a choice. I choose to honor God by accepting the blood of the Lamb into my heart to cover me of my sins and the very least I can do is honor the Father by relinquishing my perceived needs and rights to live for Him. I need to trust in His Divine perfection of knowledge and understanding that He indeed knows what’s best for me. I worry so much about the most trivial things that when I slow down and sit back and meditate on what God is doing in my life that I am ashamed. How can I not trust in my Father who has saved me from so many deaths? It’s because I am a sinner and so very far from perfect and by the grace of God I am forgiven of this sin too. Thank you God for designing my life to your purpose and for driving me through it. I often have no idea what I am doing and if I only would trust in you my life would be so much easier. Thank God for knowing what I need because if it were left up to me I’d surely be dead by now. My motto lately has been this, which I will leave you with; “God’s got this.” Amen!
As we ring in a new year, I stop to reflect on the past, where I have been, who I was and compare that girl to the woman I am today. I was always so worried that becoming Christ centered would completely dull my self-perceived shine, would take away my sense of humor and would turn me into what I profiled Christians as: fuddy dud, stick in the muds, with no sense of humor and who lead boring, dull lives. Oh how wrong I was! God created me as the only me there is and ever will be! The Lord knows exactly who He made me to be and He definitely doesn’t expect or want me to change the core of who I am, He only wants me to be refined in order to glorify and honor Him who created me. I see my Creator working in my life daily now. I still have my sense of humor, it is still inappropriate at times, but the things I thought were comical just a few short months ago now do not tickle my funny bone. I am finding that everything I do throughout the day is beautiful and not boring at all, I can now see how boring and rigorous the lifestyle I used to live is compared to the lifestyle I experience today. This is not me speaking from a pedestal of self-righteousness either. This is the girl who still cannot believe that God does good works in me, a lowly undeserving sinner. The sins the world has taught me are “normal” are starting to bother me, although there are still some I’m unaware of and also still some I need to fall into obedience about, whether I like it or not. I am starting to wrap my mind around the fact that I am no longer doing moral things out of obligation to the fear of eternal damnation, I am upholding a moral obligation to a Lord that loves me and has the best for me. I am taking part in growing myself positively because I no longer want to disobey my loving, perfect Father who created me. I have more reverence for God than hell these days and what an amazing feeling that is! Job 28:28 says: “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. And to depart from evil is understanding.” That sums it up perfectly. The more I continue to read God’s word and to study it, more will be revealed to me. To sum this thought process up; I simply cannot believe a perfect loving God loves horrible me enough to grow myself in Him, what an amazing thought to have! Until next time…
In His love,
Every week we read a chapter out of a book by A.W. Pink entitled the Attributes of God. This week the attribute was love. Quoting from the book, Pink says;” It is not simply that God loves but that he is love itself. Love is not merely one of his attributes, but his very nature.”
Something struck me when I read this, have I ever truly loved anything?! Most generally when people think of love they think of fairy tale stories with happy endings. The world portrays love to be superficial. It’s portrayed to be something physical. On Valentine’s Day love can be bought. The truth is that love is sacrificial, but what would we know about true sacrifice?
First Corinthians chapter 13: 4-7 explains love. It says; “ love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; finds no joy in unrighteousness; but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Can any of us say that we’ve done any of these things completely and faithfully? I cannot.
While the scripture in 1 Corinthians is a very true and accurate picture of love I will give you a scripture that is much more true and accurate. John chapter 19 tells about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It tells about his betrayal from friends, the condemnation he faced from his own people, his brutal beating, and the horrific crucifixion on a cross. Even more dreadful than any of those things was the wrath of God that he took upon himself in our place, and he did it all willingly.
That is a real love story, there’re no white horses and castles and pretty little flowers in a princesses hair. What our Lord came down and did for us is something that I am so grateful for but have a hard time understanding. The fact that He is love blows my mind. If the nature of God is love and it manifests itself in faithfulness to his utterly disobedient people all the way to a bloody death on a cross in order to reconcile ourselves to him, then we all should be pouring out our lives in gratefulness to Him and for Him!
The predominant symbol for love is a heart, but in all actuality the symbol for love should be the cross.
In Christ’s love,