When I started morning coffee devotions back in 2014 i really had no clue how much priority God would place on it in my life. When i started devotions came out daily and for a year or so things were good. but when i Got a job working from home things slowly began to slide. And the Job was not the problem! The problem was that i allowed this ministry to fall on my priority list. But it had not fallen on God’s.
Right before I started the work from home Job. a friend said to me “This ministry comes first! Don’t let anything. But God go ahead of it!” Well i let it slip and now i am picking up the peaces. God removed my work from home Job and a few other things in 2017 and got me to the point where i had no choice but to call on Him. Trust me its not fun having God break you down like that.
As we Grow in our walk with God, He will ignite ministries that line up with the purpose He has for us. He will even place people around you that will come alone side and support that purpose. Your God Given purpose links up with your personal walk with God. If you pull back on either one. God will send you some signs. The ministries God gives you are not for your good pleasure but for God to touch lives through you.
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24 NLT
Hello family God is issuing a call (He has for a while now) Some have heard the call and answered, others hear it but are delaying. Then then there are those who hear the call but completely reject it. I am not talking about a call to the unsaved! But a call that has gone out and is going out to the church to stop getting caught up in unesscary things!
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi
What would provoke Gandhi to say this? What did he see in Christ that he did not see in us! (Yes we in 2018 have to own it!) We the body of Christ are all caught up in the “fake news” and other distractions this world presents! If we are divided and petty just like the world they are definitely not going to serve christ! Some of us are so caught up in what denomination we are, or what lives matter or caught up in hatting on the president (yes i did go there) and a bunch of other issues that cause dividing opinions that we have tainted the message of Christ. We are all guilty of contributing to the pot in some way or form.
But God is call and has been calling us to take off our rose colored glasses and see the Truth, His Truth!
How do we keep our way pure, how do we keep out and remove the impurities that contaminate our heart? It is all to easy to clothe ourself in fear, bitterness, lust, dishonesty and all the other clothing this world offers. They are like the name brand clothing in the stores. They look good and feel good. But they cost us so much more that what we can afford.
There is a small good feeling that comes from holding on to your anger and allowing it to become biterness but we pay for it with our health. Unlike clothing these things reside within us. So the only way to get it out is not pouring it out leaving us empty but to pour in love. (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) And when love starts to pour in, it wont alway be instant. But it will be a process because in order to remove impurities and keep them out love has to be constantly poured in, see Psalm 119:9-16 it applies to more than just young men.
If you are a son or daughter of the most high God. You are designed to be great, Christ blood rewires your DNA and programs it for greatness. Now you are probably feeling pretty pretty pumped up right now. But in order for that greatness to be bought out of you. You are going to get wounded deeply, you are going to walk through some valleys of the shadow of death. You are going to hit some stuff that should wipe you out and break you. But because the lord goes before you in the pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, because the lord is you refuge and fortress you will not break. But because you have been forged in fire The greatness in you will rise and be poured into others. Your life will be a testimony of who God is! People wont believe the mess that you came from! Just look at all the places He has bought you from!
Life needs balance. Without it we will fall out of line. And with balance comes prioritizing. As God moves us through each season of our life we will have to prioritize the new things He as added along with things that He has made a priority that you are already managing. Ultimately He comes first then everything else. because everything comes through Him. In Some cases if our priorities and balance is off and we don’t adjust them he will adjust them for us. (you don’t want that)
21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” – Matthew 9:21 NLT
The woman with the issue of blood heard that Jesus was coming to town. She saw this glimps of an opportunity to get what she needed. All we know is that she fought through a lot of people to be healed, but it is so much deeper than that. In the middle of all that was going on in her like she pushed aside everything else to get a one on one opportunity with the King.
Jesus never came through that town again. Family there are going to be fleeting once in a lifetime moments when God wants you to get something and we cannot be distracted by these insignificant things. some thing that are normal priority in everyday life will need to go on the back burner. Opportunities will come up and you wont have a moment to sit in you quiet time about it. You are going to have to find your peace in the storm! god is always speaking, He does not stop just because your 6 am prayer time ended. WE THE BODY OF CHRIST have to come to a place where we are the peace. a place where we don’t have to pray up the peace but we bring the peace.
Rules and Limitations! As a child we role our eyes wishing they we didn’t have them. As we get older we realize that they have a purpose and we even set limits of our own. But deep down that inner child is still there and sometimes even as adults that child will show up and we will cringe at the new rules on our job and wonder why we have to obey them.
God has given us limits and boundaries. A lot are found in the bible but so many more are written on the tablet of our heart. Still more are found written in our DNA and the script of our life and in the design of all creation, each one has its purpose. There are benefits for staying with in these limits but there are also consequences for going beyond them.
The prodigal son found this out the hard way. For a short while he lived limitless but he lived it out side the limits set up by his father and he reaped the consequences. When he returned he found out that the limits his father set up were designed so that his life can be the right kind of limitless. He settled back onto the path his father designed for him So that he could reach his full potential. He was Limited In Order To Be Limitless.
Happy new year. What frame of mind are you in concerning this new year? Are you missing the old year 2017, are you embracing this new year 2018? The frame of mind you start this year with will set the initial course (path) you will take. If you start off negative you will find your self making avoidable adjustments later on. Yes God does have planned test and trials for us this year but we don’t need to add any to the list. Don’t make things harder than they have to be this year.