We all look to someone to guide us in this life but how many look to God, first?
As Humans, we are fallible but God is unchanging. That is why we always need to point others to Christ and not ourselves.
My Husband, Kieren and I are about to embark on a major life change. We have been stirred over the last few months to step into what God has placed on our hearts for the next season.
The Bible talks strongly about faith and without it, it is impossible to please God. However, it can be easier said than done, when God asks us to live by faith and not by sight! How many of us would love to see the whole picture before taking “that step?”
We all have household bills, car repairs and/or school fees etc.. but do you realise that there will always be a bill? Dreams will remain dreams if we put off our God-given purpose, and be constantly in the mindset of, “we need to do…x…y…z…before we can do what God is asking.”
The warning against the love of money stems from the awareness, that in a fallen world it creates a detachment of working toward the transformation of the world – we were called by God to fulfil the great commission! If money is the main reason we take a job, start that company, choose friendships or even the way we spend our time; can we actually say that we are living by faith?
God has taught my Family, that when we feel like we have nothing, we should not despair; if we have enough, then we should be content; and if we have much, then we bless others abundantly.
But, no matter what – God is first in whatever season we are in.
As a typical child, I remember sulking at my Parents to make them “pay” when they said “no” to me. I feel we can do the same with God when something doesn’t go our way.
Imagine if we thanked God for His goodness and as Paul said, learn to be content in all circumstances? That no matter what you were facing, there would be no expectation on God to “perform” but we would love Him, because of what He has already done for us?
There are so many people in this world that want to change their lives by running away from it all. However, our prayers shouldn’t fluctuate with the circumstances we face.
I now understand that when we do what God asks, it is easier to be joyful and thankful with what I do have, rather than trying to always look at the things I want.
This means I am grateful and not wanting a permanent vacation from my life.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
Last night, we arrived into London Heathrow to spend Christmas with our Family and Friends in the UK, but as I am laying awake from jet lag, I couldn’t stop thinking about the love God has shown to all of us. I don’t think there are many verses in scripture, so powerful and comforting as the one I re-read in Romans this morning.
I used to think that any form of illness or hardship, meant that God had abandoned me but this scripture has blessed me so many times over the years. Paul tells us that it is IMPOSSIBLE to be separated from Christ. Jesus’ death shows of His unconquerable love and nothing can stop Christ’s constant presence with us.
This scripture allows God to tell us how great His love is, so that we will feel totally secure in Him and not be afraid, no matter what life throws at us.
The Lord reminds us time and time again in scripture to seek Him, but I especially love this verse in Hosea.
I feel Hosea’s heart because it is the same back then, as it is now. The time IS NOW for us to search for The Lord, but more importantly to “seek” means, that even though you might not find Him straight away – you must persevere until you do and do not stop seeking God, until Jesus comes!
God never intended for Isaac to be sacrificed, but instead looked to Abraham for his obedience to what had been asked. In Abraham’s eyes though, I can imagine this would of made no sense but God uses difficult experiences to strengthen our relationship with Him.
For instance, Abraham and Isaac travelled the approximate 50 miles in around three days. Abraham knew throughout that whole journey that God had asked him to sacrifice his beloved Son, Isaac. Obeying God is often a struggle because it can mean giving up something we truly want.
A new name was given where that event took place. Not only for the encouragement of all believers to trust in God, but more importantly – to obey Him.
Jehovah-Jireh means, “The Lord will provide,” and Abraham named it this because of God’s gracious provision of a substitute for Isaac. We often think of provision from a worldly point of view, but ultimately we are called to seek the “Kingdom first” and all other things will then be given (Matthew 6:33).
I love that Abraham said The Lord WILL provide and not HAS provided, because it shows that God is providing us a future; from The Lord, Jesus Christ. Everything else that God gives, comes from us being His Sons and Daughters.
This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. Romans 1:1
Do you know what I love about Paul? He was bold with what God has called him for. This letter may have been the first piece of Christian literature that the Roman believers had seen. Written to both Jewish and Gentile Christians. They do not have what we know as the New Testament and therefore, it required faith and determination to circulate the Gospel, from the Apostles.
I have lost count at the amount of times, of when asked about my God-given dreams I would give half the story, as I was always worried about what others might think.
God challenged me on this around four months ago. He simply asked the question, “Who have I CALLED YOU to be?” and then He gave me a scripture, that I was not to look to man but to Him (Galatians 1:10) – this has changed my life forever.
Our first assignment is easy – to put Christ first but what God asks of each of us to become, has the ability to define who you are as an individual but also to shape the world, so heaven does comes down. There is no time for us to sit on the fence. We should be bold in our faith but remember that in all things, to love others as Christ loves us.
…I am a disciple of Christ, with a prophetic voice to shape the world. To empower nations by preaching the Gospel and freeing all, to walk in their God-given purpose.
Who are you called to be?