How hard is it for people to fully show up and be present, consistent and considerate? Growing up I trusted everyone to a fault. I believed without fear. I never really cared for too much except that which took me to the clubs, directed me to the liquor store and the weed house, crack never seemed attractive. I tried silently to be a part of the in crowed, though I wasn't a follower. I took what worked for me and tossed the rest. Yes, I was consistent in activities that could have taken my life, taken me away from my children and those that I would not have met. Taken me away from the course God had already planned for me. Those people that showed me how to be a woman, a mother, a friend, a prayer and a worshipper of God. My issue is the lack of consideration. My issue is with those who can not be consistent be it in my life or their own.
As I sit and think back, I also think forward. I take in the actions, movements and conversations. I process it all in an effort to understand. And in that understanding, I have grown to learn this one fact, it is all meaningless, hollow and void of any real value. That is the life lived without God. Solomon was a man who became King and when he became King he did not ask for more money, more material things or more woman to stock is already full herum. He asked God for wisdom. 2 Chronicles 1:1-17 NLT. Read the full story, but here I will point to verse 10 which reads, Give me wisdom and knowledge to rule them properly, for who is able to govern this great nation of yours. He did not have to seek God, God appeared to Solomon in a dream. That in itself lets me know that if we listen direction will come, if we listen.
My thought today is this. No matter the work of our physical hands and feet, all is meaningless without the divine direction and guidance of God and our full commitment to Him. No matter, if not pointed to Him and for Him, it is meaningless. No matter the monetary gain, that too is meaningless. I encourage you to look around and take in your surroundings, the people in your life, the activities and conversations you participate in, even the places you go. The shows you watch on television even the music you listen too. Evaluate the importance and its value. Clean out the clutter and meaningless and open up your door to wisdom. Seek it. Desire it and God will show up and grant it to you.
A wise woman (man) builds her house, a foolish woman (man) tears hers down with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
(The brackets are my emphasis becauae this verse relates to both women and men. God is no respecter of person).
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I work for World Vision. I am blessed. I love it. Working for a Christian organization has the best perk, God, and He is all up in it for me. The best part are the chapel service we hold every Wednesday. And yesterday was chapel day. In our streaming we were unable to see the scheduled event so I suggested viewing Zion's River Church of Tacoma Wa. Thank you Tamara Beane. The message presented was awesome. Aaron Hunter who gave the message hit the nail on the head. We can not give up. We must step forward in faith because we are a blessed people of God. I felt like it was Sunday morning and I wanted to shout and praise God just like I was in Sunday service, I held it together just a little. The tears and emotion from the Holy Spirit confirmed yet again what God is saying saying to me and He is whispering to you too.
Though we are in a spiritual famine and a physical famine, we will gain double and in that gaining we must sometimes leave our present space and go into a new land and conquer. Here is an example. Genesis 26:1 NLT reads, Now a severe famine struck the land, as has happened before in Abraham's time. So Issac moved from Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived. The Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go to Egypt. Do as I say and stay in this land. If you do what I say I will bless you. I will give all this land to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. Now, jump over to Genesis 26:12-20 NLT. I will point to the beginning of verse 12 which reads, That year Issac's crops were tremendous! He harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him.
Obedience. OBEDIENCE Obedience. It all comes down to obeying God and His direction and commandments. Keeping God in first position. A friend of mine said to me, delay is not denial. I thought on that and let it sink in. She is right. We will be delayed for a time. We will be discouraged and we will want to give up. Stop. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Keep your footing. I have found myself discouraged and in that I am quick to make snap decisions. Stop. Press pause I tell myself because I know God and I want and desire to be the recipient of His blessings. Why? It is simple. His ways are better than my ways and His thoughts are better than my thoughts. All good gifts do come from the Lord.
I encourage you to stand firm in the message and gifts you have been given. Remove all negative thoughts that you are not worthy, that you can't do it, this is the talk of the enemy and no weapon formed against you will prosper. Don't believe the lies of satan or anyone who tries to distract you. When you are being blessed, the attack on you increases. Fight. Praise God. Usher in the Holy Spirit, the helper.
Get your thoughts in line with what God says and watch your harvest grow. Take action. Take authority. You are a winner.
You are BLESSED.