God: did a perfect creation….
2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV) “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
It seems as if I brought this reading to attention just recently and it bears noting that the words are very poignant and significant to our presentation of the work we are called to do in the body of Christ.
We may look at ourselves as being of extreme intelligence, for those of us who are of that bent; we may be the most beautiful specimen on the face of the earth; our energy is such that we exist on only two hours of sleep on a daily basis.
Yet it all doesn’t make us any better or worse than our fellow men. We ought to esteem each other better than ourselves and remember that these attributes, these treasures, these gifts that we possess, only enhances our potential to perform and wasn’t granted to laud us above anyone.
The glory and the honor in it all belongs to our heavenly Father, who is the one that bestows such bounty upon us.
May we learn to have a grateful heart as it relates to our heavenly Father and Lord.
God: already know before you experience it…
2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
It is of little consolation when you are going through a period of extreme trying to be told to hold on or to grab a hold of a stalwart structure; it doesn’t make sense at the time and you just want to get relieve.
It rarely happen that it will just disappear, but the word of God puts it succinctly, that “His grace is sufficient”.
That also may not calm the storm you might be experiencing, but it will ultimately deaden the pain.
God will take you through it. Hold on.
God: gives us all these and more….
Philippians 4:6-8 (KJV) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
In this life we want many things things and sometimes, a lot of times, what we need might not necessarily be the right thing for us; and in the process of seeking and going after these things, our souls might fret and be ill at ease with no release or joy. It just might be we are pursuing the wrong things.
God has a way of allowing us to do the litmus test to determine whether it is or it is not; the answer might not please us; what to do?
If we are called to be led of God, then the answer is to seek after the will of God: faithfully. It might hurt as bad as nothing have ever pained before, but then again you just might get that peace He promised.
God: wants to lead us perpetually…
Romans 8:14-17 (KJV) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
As an independent person and especially one who delights in doing things their own way, whenever it takes their fancy and with an output as lovely as they can accomplish will have a difficult time surrendering their will and way to that of God.
You see to serve God fully and reap the benefits that comes with it, there is a need to give back to God the will He gave you and allow Him to take the reigns of our hearts and soul.
When it’s a choice of making a rash decision, it is all the same as saying, “Father, what is your will in this thing; how should I proceed?”
It is at this point that we can say that we are being led by the Spirit of God. He doesn’t do it halfway, but needs a full participation.
Your growth and progress is dependent on your willingness to let go and let Him.
God: did this for me…
1 Timothy 2:5-7 (KJV) “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”
As an unbeliever I had an awareness of God, but never the inclination to do the things my mother and some siblings did; I didn’t grasp the concept of hell and the potent knowledge that a man died for me: Jesus Christ was willing and did indeed make a sacrifice of His life to purchase my own was not hitting hard on my consciousness.
When the word says, “He does the calling”, a truer statement was never impacted on my heart until I heard Him and He made the words really loud, because you see, I can be a bit stubborn and obstinate. His call had to be dramatic, and in hindsight, I realize it was as a result of the fact that He knew me, it was between Him and I.
No one getting in between, He spoke the words, He ordered me, I surrendered; He beckoned in the manner I would understand and I quickly acquiesce.
My God; what intelligence and wit, to know each and every one of us and what drives us.
It’s between Him and I and it so special.
God: has hearing ears…
Psalm 4:1-3 (KJV) “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.”
There are times when we wonder if our prayers are being answered, we unburden ourselves and wait for a response and maybe it doesn’t happen instantly and maybe not in the time-frame we are hoping, but if God doesn’t hear our prayers, that is just the same as saying He isn’t aware of what is happening with us.
One thing we can be reassured about is that the Almighty God, our Father has a finger one everything that is going on in our world, He created it and defined the expectations. so it would behoove us to know that God hears.
Answering that which we request is another realm that we can dive into at another time, but my friend, if you are questioning, “God do you hear me”; know that the answer is yes He does.
God: lives forever….
John 11:25 (KJV) “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
It is a beguiling thought that when a person is engulfed in Christ, dead to anything but Him, your end state is life. Your flesh will die as must we all do, but the hope we have is for eternal life and a life with Jesus our Savior, who has done all the work for us.
The true mindset we have to stick to and allow to be a part of our DNA is that: Jesus is alive; Jesus is our Savior: Jesus is preparing a place for us and there we will reign with Him forever when the time comes.
May God’s truth be intertwined within our fiber for now and forever more, Amen.