365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I know what I am about to say may sound crazy to most, but I must be obedient and say it no matter how crazy it may sound. Here it goes, it is time for us to stop thinking and just move on whatever God has given us to do. What does this mean? It means “We Don’t Have to Understand, We Just Have to Trust”. It means God has already thought “the thing” out for us step by step and all we have to do is trust His word that “[He] directs the steps of the godly [and] He delights in every detail of [our] lives” (Psalm 37:23 NLT). This is good and exciting news! This means God did not leave anything about our life to chance. No, He thought out even the little and most intricate parts that most would overlook to completion. What a mighty and wise God we serve! So why are we trying to understand what we are going through, why we are going through it, or why we have been chosen to go through it instead of trusting God and saying thank You God for sending (choosing) me, “Here I am. Send me.” I will go (Isaiah 6:8) NLT?
WR2W, it is no reason for us to “worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong” – DON’T (Psalm 37:1 NLT) because “no weapon turned against [us] will succeed” “I the Lord, have spoken!” (Isaiah 54: 17 NLT). It is no reason for us to try and figure out why we must go through the process, but for us to trust God for the blessing. If we stop trying to understand and stop thinking, we can appreciate that everything we have been chosen to suffer through is not because of the enemy, but because God wants to trust us with His blessing. So again, “We Don’t Have to Understand, We Just Have to Trust “! It is our Christian duty to “take delight in the Lord, and [trust and know] He will give [us our] heart’s desires. Commit everything [we] do to the Lord. Trust Him, and [trust and know] He will help [us] (Psalm 37:4-5 NLT).
WR2W, “We Don’t Have to Understand, We Just Have to Trust “that we have been chosen for a greater purpose other than ourselves. Once we can accept and come into the knowledge of the Lord then natural understanding would take no priority and godly understanding would supersede. For the last two weeks, I have been teaching on Designed to Carry Purpose and Give Birth to Destiny and this has been such a blessing because in this series, we learn that we can stop thinking about how we are going to carry purpose to full term and give birth successfully to all that God has promised because we can trust that God has fully dilated (stretched) us so we can deliver further than eyes could see, ears could hear, and minds could imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)! So, does it still seem crazy to stop thinking and just move on whatever God has given us to do? I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
P.S. – I almost forgot to mention one of the most important reasons “We Don’t Have to Understand, We Just Have to Trust “, He told us in Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” What does this mean, we could never understand because we do not have the ability to, only God does so it is no sense in wrecking our brain trying because all we can do is trust God!
Not trying to Understand, only Trusting
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, today I want to encourage each of us to “Keep Pressing” because we will never know the strength of our character until we face challenges, and life begins to pressure us. God wants mature Christians, people that are complete and have endured His test (which comes with pain and suffering). Instead of complaining about our struggles and blaming God for our struggles, we should be obedient and true to God and keep our focus on God during our struggles. Moreover, we should take the time to thank God for our struggles, His many blessings that follow the press through the struggles, and the opportunity to grow in our faith while in the struggle.
Job was this kind of person. He was a righteous man of God; a true model of trust and obedience to God. He was a man who possessed great wealth and prestige; a faithful husband, praying and loving father of ten children (seven sons and three daughters), a land owner, a livestock owner of eleven thousand animals [seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses (which are donkeys)], and an owner of many servants. According to the word of God, Job “was the greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:3). However, all of Job riches couldn’t save him from God’s sufferings and the attacks allowed by God from satan; if anything, they brought more attention to Job. But the attention that caught satan was not the same attention that God speaks of concerning His servant Job. Satan was looking at the fact that Job was only serving God and being true to Him because of all that he possessed and his great health. Satan’s mind frame was once Job is no longer blessed with these things; Job will no longer be a servant of God, and he can come in and take a hold of him. But how many of us know that when God is in the plan, satan’s plan will never work. When God has His Hands on us, satan can plot up whatever he wants, but no weapon formed against us will prosper. Because God knew Job’s heart and his love for Him, He allowed satan to attack Job, but gave satan specific instructions during each test.
Job was tested twice by God through satan’s attacks. During the first test, God allowed satan to take all of Job’s possessions and his children, but not his physical health. Job was delivered four messages. Before Job could rest with the news from the first messenger that the Sabeans had raided and stole all of his oxen and donkeys and killed his farmhands, the second messenger was arriving to inform him that the fire of God (lightening) had fell from heaven and burned up all of his sheep and shepherds; killing them, then the third messenger before the second messenger could finish told Job that three bands of Chaldean raiders had stolen his camels and killed his servants, and finally the fourth bearer of bad news before the third messenger could finish came with the news that a powerful wind came in from the desert and swept the eldest son house; killing all of his children. It was one thing after another! And then there was the second test when God allowed satan to harm him physically but was not allowed to kill Job. Satan attacked Job with boils from his head to his feet. Can somebody say, when it rains it pours!
Well, this has been my testimony these last few months, one thing after another and I found myself saying, Lord, I cannot take any more bad news; please Lord nothing else. But then, I heard the voice of God saying, remember my servant Job. Although Job lost everything, and his health had been stricken and he had an unbelieving wife in his ear telling him to curse God and die; he still maintained his integrity and did not talk against or curse God. Job was a true model of trust and obedience to God. Despite what he had been through, God’s servant Job stood up and took off his robe, shaved his head, and fell to his knees in reverence to God; praising and worshiping God’s holy name. Job did not break under pressure. He maintained his integrity and did not sin against God because of his suffering. And I too, shall not be moved and this is my prayer for each of us. Job trusted God in all things and we should do the same. How many of us can be like Job and do that today? All God wants from us is a spirit of obedience and a yes to His will and His way no matter our circumstance and when we yield not to the temptation of this world but yield to the will of God and “Keep Pressing”, God will grant us His favor and release the double blessing. If He did it for Job, He can and will do it for us; “for there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11 KJV). I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
365 Days of Growing Together
Abba, Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank You for the power of Your grace (unmerited favor) and mercy (compassion) which You did not have to extend to any of us, but because of Your unfailing love for and forgiveness towards us, Your sons and daughters, we are privileged to experience the benefits of Your grace and mercy so again, we say thank you. There is nobody and nothing greater than You Father and we honor You as the head of our life and the Author of our Faith. Father God, in the name of Jesus, we acknowledge that You have all power in Your Hands and the power of Your grace and mercy goes beyond what our eyes can see and our heart has the ability to feel. Father, thank you for being God; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our lives. Thank you for offering Your darling Son Jesus who is the reason we are able to live and declare Your works on this side of Heaven, for He alone is Grace and the reason we are experiencing the power of Your grace and mercy even now.
Abba Father, we give You praise, honor, and glory. For our hearts are full of joy thinking about Your goodness and all that You have done, continue to do, and will do on our behalf. We acknowledge that our path is set and we ask now in the name of Jesus that You continue to give us the power of Your grace and mercy to stay the course You have set before us and to run it with integrity. Father God, block the enemy now in the name of Jesus and cover us with His blood that no weapon formed against us shall ever prosper; for we are more than conquerors in You, Christ Jesus. Reveal to us those things which are hidden by the enemy to take us out, and order our steps, giving us a strategic plan on how to handle and overcome the unknown. Father God, in the name of Jesus, grant us peace, strength, and endurance to finish our earthly race strong and allow us to come out of whatever we are faced with as pure gold where those who do not believe in You and Your power will come crying what must I do to be saved!
Abba, Father, we trust You with our life and we surrender our all to You for Your use and glory. So, we ask now in the name of Jesus, that by the power of Your grace and mercy that You consume us with the fire of Your Holy Spirit, anointing us from the crown of our head to the sole of our feet to “tread on serpents and scorpions [and crush them], and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt [us]” (Luke 10:19 KJV). And when our time on Earth has come to an end, let us enter Your glorious eternal gates and hear you say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21 KJV). Amen!
Covered by God’s Grace and Mercy
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, for us to give birth to destiny, we must first recognize our purpose (the reason for our existence; God’s intention for our being on Earth) and be willing to go through a process. A process is a series of actions or steps taken to achieve destiny. Destiny is the supernatural/spiritual force that is pulling us into our purpose by bringing us into an ordained set of events that have been orchestrated by God (and God alone) for us to get to an exact place at an exact time when all that we have been through will come together for our good.
WR2W, there is nothing complicated that is required of us, but to Trust God and follow His instructions. We do not have to think about how we are going to design the tool to carry purpose during the birthing process in order to give birth to destiny because the psalmist said it best in Psalm 139:13 &14, thou hast covered me (knit me together) in my mother’s womb; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works. So, we need to give the Lord praise right here, right now because we know full well that God has designed us with a womb that is strong enough to hold the embryo of purpose. However, before purpose becomes an embryo; we must first understand that it started out as a seed of purpose (egg) that had to be fertilized by the Holy Spirit (sperm) to produce purpose (embryo). I want to call your attention to the fact that one egg has millions of sperm swimming toward it, but God has designed it so that only ONE sperm is successful. WR2W, there are many spirits after our seed of purpose, but there is only ONE Holy Spirit that has the power to produce a healthy embryo of purpose that will have the ability to survive and became a healthy baby of destiny!
Jesus, who was designed for the greatest purpose of all, also had to go through a process to accomplish the Father’s will and achieve destiny. The cup of suffering was necessary because without Jesus’ journey in the wilderness, He would have never made it in the garden and without His journey in the garden, He would have never been able to handle His journey to the cross; hence, aborting His destiny! WR2W, our process is necessary for the healthy delivery of our destiny so let us not complain but endure because by the Hand of God, we have been Designed to Carry Purpose and Give Birth to Destiny! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!