Alot is happening in this world and sometimes we can feel overwhelmed with things going on in the world as well as things happening with us personally. This is very much where I am at, as I mentioned in yesterday’s devotion, God has accelerated things in my life and added some awesome opportunities and these opportunities require me to step up. Over the past few weeks of this new year I’ve felt like I’ve been reading two different news reports. One news report says “oh look at what is happening out there, look at the madness, you got to do something! Here comes a family member telling me listen to this undercover source, look at how many troops are in the capital! All that has done is put me in a negative state. Then I see all the things that God is doing with me personally and I find myself challenged but at peace.
This is not to say that I am not concerned about the affairs of what is going on. I do care about what is going on and I pray about those things. What I am saying is that God has a plan for the body as a whole but also a plan for us individually. If we are going to execute that plan we need to put energy to the things he is calling us to put energy to, even down to the very hour of each day. If we give energy to the wrong thing we won’t be very productive. Even well meaning family members or friends can bring unintended distractions. We have to ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern what things need to be on our plate and what things we need to set to the side. What we need to focus on may not be the logical thing to do. We are all pieces of one body; we won’t be effective if we are distracted by things God has called others to handle.
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We all go through growing pains physical and spiritual. Since the start of this year I have been going through some spiritual growing pains. Since the start of this year God has set me on a course that has a faster pace and requires me to operate at a higher level. I am not being forced along but pushed along and I have to move with it. Is it easy now but it is clear that it is God moving me forward. He has added some more weights to the bar and he is saying i have equipped you now Go! Staying where I am is not an option. There are people I need to impact and I refuse to miss the opportunity to impact their lives. Don’t resist Gods pushing. It is not just for us but the life he wants us to touch.
Have you given to your call? Have you given to your purpose that God put you here for? Are you willing to surrender to that calling even if it costs you your life? I ask these questions because those of us in first world countries have it pretty cosy. We see the things going on in third world countries but it is all too easy to flip the channel or move to another device the moment it makes us too uncomfortable.
continue into the New Year, I want to encourage everyone to view our daily life centered around Christ and your individual God given callings. It’s a different world now, the church (body of christ) can’t operate the way we did pre 2020. We are well capable of operating at the level of Paul and all the other greats of the early church. It’s only a matter of continued surrender to Christ. It is easy now but it is possible. As I surrender to my calling and you surrender to yours, the body of Christ will become joined together in unison, operating as one.
A lot has happened since i last wrote to you. I will speak about those things in this weekends up coming podcast if the Lord wills. A few weeks ago I told you a story about a young warrior with incredible potential but did not take full advantage of it, if you have not read it link is at the bottom.
The world has been watching the 2020 race for United States President. we all see the results, so now what? We (followers of Christ) take action, we pray for this new administration! Our personal opinion of them does not matter. God’s will supersedes what we think is good and what is not.
All authority is established by God. To neglect our duty to pray for them and intercede for our nation because they are not what we voted for is a sin, and don’t relax and put your feet up because the one you voted for got in. We don’t know what hidden things dwell within there heart. God see’s the true extent of there nature and knows what’s coming.
We are that warrior with incredible potential. There are many examples in the bible where a servant of God caused God to move his hand and intervene on a nation shifting the course of history. Now more than ever we need to truly see who we are. History has shown when we the body of Christ are in lockstep with the mind and heart of God, there is nothing that is impossible, but we have to have our focus on the mind and heart of God.
Cultivate! This is the word the Holy Spirit kept speaking to me as i wrapped up my evening and got ready to write. At first I though it was about God cultivating us but as I sit here writing this letter to you, its about us doing the cultivating.
Are we cultivating spaces and places in our heart for God? Our heart is like a city, a city that God wants to take over. Unlike a raiding enemy he wont take it by force. I’ll admit there are alleyways and streets I’ve blocked off, sometimes unknowingly . God is there patiently knocking.
We have already let Him in through the city gates! It is pointless for us to stop surrendering now! let us turn over the soil of the field God wants to develop and keep it a fertile place for God to dwell and move. When we draw close to God we push aside and shed the things that don’t belong and in there place God plants his will, his qualities. Don’t stop spaces and places for God to dwell, if anything create more spaces.
I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a story about a young warrior with incredible potential. His father, his peers everyone who witnessed him in battle were blown away by his strength speed and skill, all of which were well beyond peers his age. His teachers and masters often expressed the great potential he had within him.
One day his town was attacked by enemy so powerful it crushed even the most seasoned much older warriors. The enemy thought he had won, until the mighty young warrior stepped in. On paper this enemy should have wiped the floor with the young warrior but as the battle raged on the young warriors father told his son to dig deep within himself to unlock his hidden potential. The young warrior raised his power and speed well beyond that of anyone on the battle field, he completely overwhelmed the enemy. The father of the young warrior who knew of his sons hidden potential was amazed at what he just witnessed.
However as time passed the young warrior slacked off in his training, he allowed him self to become comfortable. He stopped challenging himself and pushing his limits. Soon a much stronger enemy attacked and when the now much older young warrior tried to step in he found himself severely out matched.
“‘Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious. A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever. For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise or box like one throwing aimless punches, but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.'” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The Passion
Don’t rest on what you accomplished! We have greater this before us, are we willing to pay the price to grow stronger?
God uses many different vehicles to deliver his message to the world. This is especially true for Rissa’s Golden Nuggets. A unique ministry started by my friend and sister in the faith Clarissa Simmons.
God bought one of my post of Facebook back to my memory when I was having a moment.
Sometimes life doesn’t turn out as planned, but that’s ok. Because if everything turned out exactly as you planned it you would not be who you are today.Take life one day,one hour, one moment at a time.Enjoy every victory and learn from every defeat.
Don’t burden your self with regrets they will only blind you to the blessings in front of you. Don’t hold on to pain from the past, let go forgive and allow yourself to heal. Remember that every day is a blessing and nothing should be taken for granted.
‘My dearest brothers and sisters, take this to heart: Be quick to listen, but slow to speak. And be slow to become angry, for human anger is never a legitimate tool to promote God’s righteous purpose. So this is why we abandon everything morally impure and all forms of wicked conduct. Instead, with a sensitive spirit we absorb God’s Word, which has been implanted within our nature, for the Word of Life has power to continually deliver us.’ James 1:19-21 The Passion Translation
We tend to react to things pretty quickly. Some responses are preloaded, ready to be deployed instantaneously the moment they are required. This is especially true if it is something that makes us uncomfortable. We push back against the thing that is causing the discomfort. What if that thing or person that is causing the discomfort is actually for our benefit?
We have had to do many things this year that were not comfortable, but they were still for our benefit, even if we didn’t think so. I want to encourage you to not be so quick to react but to pause and ask God what is the purpose of this thing in my life, how should I respond to it?