"And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8
Many of us have been praying to God for Him to move in our lives. As the days go by, it sometimes feels like He is not going to come to our rescue. But God hears our cry before we even utter them. He knows what we need and it is certain that He will come and fulfill every promise. What He desires is to find us still believing in Him. Will we endure our situations until our Just Judge comes to our rescue or will we lose hope in our Savior? Jesus desires for us to hold onto our faith.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2-4
No matter what may happen we must hold to our faith. When Jesus comes, let Him find faith in our heart not doubt.
“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a might man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.” (Judges 11:1-2)
The truth about Jephthah was that he was the son of a harlot. No matter how great and mighty of a man he was, Jephthah could not escape his past. Imagine the scorn and rejection he had to endure while growing up, just because of who his mother was. Nevertheless, in spite of his “condition,” God still conditioned him. God set him apart from his brothers because of His plans to use Jephthah in a spectacular way. Jephthah became the vessel God used, in spite of his past, to deliver his brothers and the people of Israel from the hand of their enemies.
Have you ever done anything that didn’t reflect who you really were? I struggled in knowing who I was, and what my purpose was, and I got tired of falling into “pits” that I could not get myself out of. So, I turned to God, and my journey has led me back to the person that He created me to be; a person who is content in his own skin. The child that had once imagined greatness has been awakened and freed to explore the depths of life! Not to impress or receive the acceptance of others, but to find the “treasure” of God that is hidden inside of me. Life now, is limitless and unrestricted according to the faith that works in me.
Walking in our calling will not only reveal the truth of God and His grace, but it will present the truth about us. What is the truth about you?
› Are you scarred from the pain of losing loved ones?
› Have you been abused?
› Are you in deep financial debt?
› Maybe you are bitter from the wounds inflicted by friends or family members.
› Are you boasters and have exalted yourself as better than others?
› Are you the “black sheep” of the family that no one understands?
› Are you jobless and hopeless?
› Are you fearful, weak, depressed, or stressed?
› Are you lonely, confused, self-conscious, proud, passive, emotional, overweight, skinny, short or cruel?
› What is the truth?
We all have a long list of “issues” from our past. Some lists may be longer than others, but without a list, we would be of no use in our future. Understanding our past is the gateway to living the life of a Chosen One. (Proverbs 9:6) When we confront and deal with our past, it will no longer have power over us, for God takes dominion over it. When you are chosen, God will transform you into what He wants you to be.
If my wife is afraid of me how can she enjoy my presence? She can't. She will avoid being in my presence and try to communicate with me from a distance. This is how we are with God.
We are afraid of God. We are afraid if we make a mistake He will punish us. We are afraid He will condemn us. We are so afraid of God, that we don't get close enough to Him to know His true character. When God speaks to us, He does not condemn but reassures us by saying "Fear not". You don't have to be afraid. These two words "fear not" decreases the fear in us and increases our faith in Him. Allowing us to draw close to Him.
God does not want us afraid of Him or our circumstances. He does not want us to be scared of the obstacles that stand in our way, we can take rest in His Word to "fear not" and God will give us victory over our circumstances. God is not a tyrant. He is a loving Father that wants the best for His children. Fear Not.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8
Have you ever received a look that stopped you in your tracks? If we are going live our purpose we have to keep our eyes on Christ. The looks of others can stop us from pursuing all that God has for us. It is hard to see the looks of disapproval that speak "you are crazy" "you are making a mistake" "God is not speaking to you" "You are not good enough".
God desires us to not look to others for validation but look to Him for direction. God has too much in store for us to be discouraged by the smirks and looks of naysayers. Take courage and know that God is for you and that He will come through for you if you trust Him. Our purpose is greater than their looks. Turn away from the ugly looks and see the beauty of God. His beauty is worth fighting for.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:24-33
So, you decided to step off of the boat and do the impossible! All of your friends remain in the boat, watching as you begin your walk. They offer no encouragement and no cheers but your excitement has motivated you to move forward. You are amazed that you are doing the impossible but you are confronted with thoughts; ones that cause you to question your decision. In an instant, you begin to sink; you are consumed and overwhelmed by the weight of your actions. The others’ decision to stay in the safety of the boat is confirmed as you sink. No one comes to your rescue. You are left calling on the Infinite to save you; arms stretched out, surrendering to the One that called you out of the boat. God takes your hand and restores your life. As you rest safely on the boat and see the looks of contempt from your friends, you smile, excited to pursue the impossible once again.
It is amazing how many dreams don’t get realized because we are afraid to pursue them. We would rather take the safe bet, than risk “losing it all.” I believe most of us realize that “playing it safe” won’t get us to where we want to be but somehow, we are okay with that. We don’t want to leave a sure thing for an uncertain thing. There comes a time when you have to make a decision, if you are willing, to do the impossible or to watch others do it. The choice is yours. You own it. We all have things that we want to do but our thoughts and fears stop us from doing them. We get so consumed with trying not to “rock the boat” that we lose sight of what is outside of it.
There are “seeds” of greatness within you and they are watered by your faith and courage. When you decided to pursue your dreams, your “seeds” start to take root in you. The adversity that comes after that does not prevent you from reaching your dreams but it actually expedites the process. Don’t worry about who is watching you, just live. Make choices, make mistakes and surrender them both to God. In the end, it is God that performs in us. God moves in us in a way that shines a light on those who are watching us. We don’t have to convince anyone of our gifts and God’s presence in our lives, we just have to choose to come to God as we are; He will get us to where we need to be.
When we look at the obstacles that surround us, it makes the impossible that must harder to reach. When we surrender to God, we no longer look to reach the impossible in our own strength but in God. You can do the impossible! Trust God by giving your life to Him and watch the waves recede in His presence. This will allow the impossible to be your new reality!
In every course there is a plan. The plan of action is created by the teacher to cultivate learning a subject. You have reading plans that you must follow before you go to class, so that you can understand and discuss certain topics. Every assignment is purposeful, even though the student may not understand why at the moment. It is still purposeful.
"All things work together for the good of them that love God and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
When we decide to take the course of God we have no idea what we have gotten ourselves into. In school, success is based on how well you learn a subject and how good your grades are. In the course of God it is about failure. Your success is based on failure. You see, it is not about how well you perform because your performance can never meet God's standard. So it is in your failure you learn of God. You learn of His wisdom and you find your place in Him.
Failure is painful. We would rather have success doing things our way than surrender our way to know the power of God. The course of God is humiliating. It is unbearable to our ego. No matter how hard we try to get a perfect score we always come up short. There is something amazing that happens through this experience of failure, we get one on one time with God. We get special tutoring and mentoring from God that teaches more than any book or class could ever teach us. We learn of ourselves, as our gifts are revealed in the presence of God. The course of God's purpose is to awaken our spirit that has been dormant and put to sleep our ego that has impersonated our spirit.
The spirit does not desire accolades over service. The spirit is not puffed up but is rooted in love. Its aim is not to prove its power but to use its power. When you have spent time with God you learn to be slow to speak and quick to listen. You know that the teacher (God) is not trying to shame you to quit the course but learn to endure adversity. The teacher wants to see you reach your full potential; When we understand the process, which is we must be broken to see the amazing gifts inside of us. We learn to trust God regardless of how painful it may be. When we do, we find a seed within us that if we hold onto will grow into something beyond our imagination.
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Until next time.
Are you ready to take the Course of God?
The Greatest Teacher was once a student.
In college, it does not take long to know if you are going to enjoy a class or not. Normally it is not based on the topic, it is based on the professor. Professors push you, either towards learning or out the door. A great professor does not just have knowledge, they have experience. They live what they teach. Their dogma and philosophy is not as rigid because they understand from the perspective of imperfection. They don't hold up standards that are impossible to sustain. They push the students towards discovery; they want them to find their way. By empowering the students to look within, they unlock creativity and engagement which makes learning possible. For a great teacher, grades are secondary to learning. What good are excellent grades if you don't know your purpose in life?
God is such an amazing teacher that He took His own class. He humbled himself and felt humanity. Jesus take the class and no matter how difficult it got he endured it. His love for His professor caused some in class to hate him. They wanted to see Jesus fail because he was not doing things the way they thought the reference material demanded. Jesus was closer to the professor than they were because they were afraid to talk to the teacher. They did not get understanding because of their fear.
So, Jesus paved a new way; a better way. He took the lessons of the course and made them his own. In the end, Jesus took the test. One that he had to take alone. He could not get any help from the professor and though it was difficult he passed and graduated taking his seat on the right hand of the great teacher. Helping us now as we take the course of life.
Where is your power? What Course are you taking?
Do you hear God? How can you hear God if you don't take his class? How can you take his class when your schedule is filled up already? There are things in our life that need to be dropped. They are not empowering us to know God and learn of our purpose on earth. We are just going through the motions, missing opportunities to engage with God on a personal level. We see promises in the bible and claim them for ourselves yet never ask God for our own. I can relate to the stories of King David or Apostle John but I am not them. I want my own time with God. They were empowered by God to live and so am I. So are we. The power; our faith in God will cause us to change ourselves, homes, communities, cities, states, countries, continents, and the world. The power is in us. It is time to drop the courses that are wasting our time and join the course that will shape our life.
Until yesterday I had been struggling with stress for a long time. No matter where I turned stress met me. Yesterday I was driving and was asking God what is wrong with me. I didn't want to be stressed out but it seemed to have a hold of me. I wanted to be free from it all. What I realized is I was trying to control my life. I was trying to make things happen without asking for help. In my pride I was keeping peace at bay. I was fighting against what I wanted most in my life: love.
Stress caused me to have a negative outlook on life and because of my negative energy I attracted more of what I did not want into my atmosphere. I created a prison cell and locked away my joy, peace and love. Guarding it day and night not allowing them to see the light of day. I wanted things to work so bad that I forgot I took the enjoyment out of my journey. I wanted to get to point B fast and was not willing to stop and enjoy the sunset. My life was in darkness and I was unhappy because I kept bumping into things. Upset because things were in my way, ignorant to the reality that I was in the way. I was blocking anyone in my life from being free to be themselves. I was controlling the light switch and was unwilling to let anyone see the Son.
Thank God for awareness. When God opens the blinders and you see life as it really is, the negativity flees and all that remains is love. That is what God has done for me. He has let me see the light, not to show me how miserable I have been - that was self evident. He just loves, and in that unconditional love, I found hope, peace and passion attached to my purpose. I am excited. Regardless of the adversity that comes, I have peace that God will handle it. I don't have to worry, I don't have to try, I can just be. I can embrace reality with open arms.
The word that stands out in the scripture above is: let. God is willing to rule our hearts with love and peace but will I let Him? Today, I will!
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.....without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11: 1, 6
Faith is the evidence of things not seen. You can not convict someone of a crime without having evidence that they committed the crime. There has to be proof first then comes the trial. Faith is not merely speculation. It is real. It is the power that frames our entire world. We all have faith just sometimes we are ignorant to how to operate it. Like a car without a key we remain stuck until the ignition is turned. Our faith gets us moving. It inspires us to purpose our dreams and live a purposeful life. Having faith does not mean you won't get frustrated or lose your way it just means you are empowered to persevere through the adversity that comes your way because you have evidence that there is more than what you see. Yes, there are obstacles that redirect us but if we just keep moving we will find our way to where we want to be. Detours causes us to evaluate if we truly believe in what we are doing. Will we stop or will we continue?
The scripture says he that comes to God must believe that He is God and that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. So our pursuit or journey is not one to obtain things but to be aware of the presence of God in our life. When we discover God's presence we have found our reward and there are benefits to being in His presence. Many times I am pursuing things instead of God. I place my trust in what I can do and don't give God the space to reveal Himself in my life. When I get frustrated I want to quit but faith refocuses my attention and gives me the inspiration to turn back to God. When I see God I don't stress the small things and it gives me confidence to do what is purposed in my heart.
Be encouraged, wherever you find yourself now, know God is with you and if you believe God will direct you to your calling and purpose for this moment. Don't give up, just keep moving.