When the Disciples were given the two commandments by Jesus – to love one another and fulfil the great commission – it was an assignment that each of us has (even today) to point people towards God. That God’s love, grace and mercy would be poured out amongst all nations. Jesus told His disciples, numerous times, to “take up their cross and follow Him”.
These two commandments aren’t an option, if we love Christ, we need step out in boldness to fulfil our God given purpose. Taking up the cross, is symbolic for us to “die to ourselves”. It’s to go against our own desires. That as we start to be led by God, we decrease and He increases in our life.
From that, the reward is eternal life.
I feel absolutely blessed to be a Mum to our Daughter. She is currently 8 years old (going on 27) but she never fails to blow my mind with her desire and thirst to know more of the World, God created.
There are times where I think I am failing as a Parent or times where nothing seems to go right but then there are times where I am in awe of the little person, that looks to my Husband and I for guidance, for reassurance and love or when she will say or do something that is in-line with Gods truths and that is what I hold onto!
We all have good and bad days. As parents we can critique ourselves more than most. Comparison rots the soul and it’s not until we realise that we are unquie and beautiful in our own right, that we can let go of expectation and live to be who God created us to be. Perfect in His eyes
This scripture reminds me that although some days…I do get things wrong. I will look back on my Daughters life and realise that as long as we have pointed her towards Jesus – God has her and therefore she will not fall (Psalm 46:5).
Faith has come from building a relationship with The Lord and watching Him cultivate a life for me, that is His will, not mine. From this, I know that even when things don’t make sense – God knows and because I love Him and trust Him, I have hope for the things to come!
Without relationship – there is no trust; and without trust, you can not build faith to see you through.
We need to remember, when we are asked to do something (it is a prophetic declaration) it requires an act of obedience and faith (in partnership) to see it happen.
To those of you who feel like there is nothing left…
Where we see death…God sees life.
Where we see hopelessness…God sees restoration.
Like Ezekiel – we need to speak to those “dry bones”. Then by the powerful and life-giving spirit (ruach).
move that mountain…
raise the dead…
set the people free…
heal the sick…
save the lost…
When Ezekiel saw dry bones, he had a choice. He could of said “it is impossible” or (as he did) see the God of absolute possibility, move powerfully.
There is power in our breathe. In what we speak.
Speak life into yourself and others.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
It’s not easy to allow God “in”. To accept that you need help. To open your heart and be “vulnerable”.
I have found that as I journey each day with God, my thoughts and feelings that seem “normal”; that I feel “comfortable with”, may not be from Him.
Usually the areas that I struggle with, (rejection – to name one) are areas in my life that are remembered with pain and heartache.
God wants us to walk in freedom. Jesus took away all sin – including, all shame, all rejection, all fear and everything else that the enemy uses against us, that day He died, on Calvary.
Those feelings hold us back in life. Those feelings truely paralyse us, to move forward into our God given purpose.
John 8:32 puts things into perspective – The truth (Jesus) sets you free because otherwise, Jesus dying, was for nothing.
Breakthrough comes, when we stop believing the lies and listen to the One, who was, who is and is to come.
Breakthrough comes, when we let go of who we were and believe who Jesus says we are and will become.
Then I found the love of God. In the midst of my deepest, darkest, despair; God bought me to my knees – literally.
At a time where I felt like there was nothing left, He told me there was so much more.
When I said that no one would like the “real me”, God said I was made in His likeness and I had a purpose in this World.
I was broken – God made me whole.
Whatever you are facing. The choices you have made. The wrong paths, you have walked…you are not the first person in this World to do those things.
What I can tell you, is that the Bible is a collection of 66 books, that shows you how those mistakes made by different people (of all walks of life) were restored and used by God, for His glory.
You are not a mistake.
You are not on your own.
You are loved.
When I was relatively new to my Faith; my bible was actually used as a coaster. I went months without even thinking of God, let alone reading His word. I went through a period of continued grief, with circumstances that my Family had faced and rather than turn to God…I blamed Him for the things that were happening.
Looking back, I was so wrong to have pushed God away but His word at the time had not gone from my head to heart. I certainly wasn’t walking with God!
Our soul prospers, when we learn the Scriptures and receive the grace of God. I certainly understand this now and if we go through hard times – I have something to hold onto. Knowing God and having a relationship with Him; builds faith and trust but more importantly, it keeps you secure in this uncertain World.
When Christ is the cornerstone and God is the foundation, that my faith is built upon; I can confidentially say that our House serves the Lord because we know that with every breath in us; that He is our creator, our protector, our provider but more importantly – our saviour.