Leaning not unto your own understanding is at best a foreign concept to many of us who have grown up learning to devise ways that make sense to us in a chaotic world. THIS IS SIMPLY DIFFICULT TO UNLEARN, for the sake of Learning who we are in Christ Jesus.
God in HIS righteousness, didn't give us hard tasks but he did ask us to become fishers of men.
(Which is like lifting Dumb Bells for the first time for some of us.) Something HE is very good at doing. JESUS was so cultivated at being "a fisher of men" that HE was able to love the flaws and intricacies of each and every man, and he was able to fit the pieces together for them.
So that wholeness in HIS presence was normal.
IMAGINE, feeling like you are just who you should be right now and no matter what mistake or disjointed attempt you could make for the love of GOD, it was perfect and somehow capable of accomplishing all that GOD needed for that moment.
I don't think any of us feel those inadequacies more acutely than myself. YET, GOD/JESUS knew how to take a man and make him perfect, just by allowing him to be "the created". What does that mean exactly... It is a concept that allows the human experience a place with God. Unhinging, is it not.
That God saw his perfect work as imperfectly workable and tangible in all things good. HIS light being forever shined on the work of his glory.
The Created, is a concept I have often thought of as lonely, indescribably in habitable by the all mighty God. Yet, HIS concept of us, is complete when we are in our imperfected state. (His ways are not our ways) Diligence and Hope create an atmosphere of knowing the God around you. Diligent to seek him and profoundly moved with hope when you find him.
Years ago as a child, I trained myself in my own understanding, but it has not brought me peace.
Only the love of God has drowned out the devil and his consorts. When you work with the enemy you learn to be like the enemy. You never challenge or consult the enemy for his opinions. You defile yourself and GOD for the likelihood of understanding. Which NEVER comes.
The peace of GOD passes all understanding. It means regardless of what is happening or how you feel, we get to rejoice in our circumstances . We get to love one another beyond what we know or understand. We believe and trust that GOD's hand is on it all. Then there is the obvious question that the world will ask you... How do you know GOD will work all things to the good of those who serve him?
Allow me to teach you something, I have learned along the way.
I had an example growing in God of a man that was imperfect in his journey with God. He taught a valuable lesson and in the sense that he taught it to me by living his life this way. What I learned from him was to WAIT. Waiting on the Lord is not easy and at first, it's like giving up your favorite caffeinated drink, but ultimately it's better for you in the long run. I didn't understand his nature but I watched him over the years. He became more and more patient in his pursuit of understanding the world around him. Good or Bad he seem to have this sense of peace.
He learned to wait on God, not be tormented by the things of this world. It is difficult notion to wait and not grow weary. The enemy will bring you gifts of plenty ( a simple strategy he brings to many) to place at your feet as though you were a god. As soon as, you pick of the fruit he will turn it on you.
There is nothing of this world of true consequence except that of Love. If you can grasp that, you will understand why the Lord says to wait upon HIM. The enemy will tell us we need all those things to be the completed person we NEED to be but GOD doesn't tell us that... he tells us to wait upon the LORD. He will bring you JOY of great measure and hope. HIS way, HIS truth and HIS light are the ones that bring us the confidence ( I heard TODD WHITE call this GODfidence) to be who we are capable of becoming in this world. To sacrifice self taught theology to HIS word, creates the person God intented us to be.
He tells us to be secure in the knowledge that GOD knows and does all things for our good and our best benefit. We were not created to be creatures of comfort, but creatures of JOY, ADVENTURE, HOPE and LIGHT.
YOU are a CHILD of the MOST HIGH GOD and HIS ways will suit you best in the coming age.
GOD has a plan for you my dear, and it's not about the wealth of this world but about the wealth of your soul. God knows that character must go first before wealth or the enemy will reduce you to his stature.
Be blessed, and trust in the LORD your GOD and lean not unto your own understanding. The Lord has a plan, it may not be evident to you now... but there is clarity in waiting upon the Lord your GOD to find your way in this world. He is a lamp unto your path... join him on the journey of this world.
I promise HE will never disappoint. :)
When we discover that our desperate times are breeding ground for God's ultimate plan for our lives we will sit still and wait on him to finish his good work and enjoy the ride we are on.
Desperate times do not call for desperate measures, they call for prayer. It is a call to be still inside our hearts and know that he is GOD. When the enemy knows he can not push or pull you in any direction, he then knows he has truly lost.
Do not disquieten yourself but know in your heart that GOD is Lord of all he surveys and he will not be mocked. Your journey is deliberate to him, your dreams his wondrous pleasure. There is nothing he won't do for you, but you must wait upon the Lord and know that his word is sovereign in the scheme of things. This requires maturity.
The LIGHT OF THE LORD is beyond measure, his hand may touch an infinite amount of things. Your life can be touched and reached by all or none of it.
You may go on saying "why me?" while sitting in your kitchen floor crying out to GOD to save you or YOU can trust him to be your friend and to fight with you as you walk through the things that don't make sense in this world. Jesus is your armor bearer. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. He will stand with you in all that you do. The reality being that relationship with the MOST HIGH GOD, will grant you access HIM at the same level you have built your relationship to God -
Newton's 3rd law tells us something about God's relationship with us...
Formally stated, Newton's third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.
"What you sew, you shall also reap" - Many people have twisted this into some sort of "knowledge" that if you do something bad you will get something bad. While that could be true, in the absence of GRACE. We don't look at the issue with the light of God on the matter. Giving your heart and soul to GOD results in the giving of GOD to you. Of all that was created, "the created" were created to house the living GOD inside them. (Jesus coming to live inside our hearts when we accept HIM into our hearts and our bodies being a temple to house the light of GOD for eternity) We are physical beings but GOD didn't just create the physical, did He? In nature as well as love we reap what we sew. If we sew the heavenly Father, we shall by all account reap what we sew. It is an infinite ripple effect of the heart, that in it's entirety we can not fathom or calculate, the measure of which God may be able to flow into his children, "the created" .
Open doors are created by joyous people who have lost their identity in favor of the relationship they have created with the all mighty GOD.
Truly, I hope some day you might gain the understanding of it. Truly know that it is not what we can gain but what GOD gains through us that makes the difference. HIs glory amplified by our trust in HIM as we move to seek him out.
Be the open door to the discovery of GOD not only for yourself but for others around you.
I write all of this while waiting on GOD to shed a light on my path to show me the way he would have me to go. The enemy has processed me in such a way that I must prove what GOD has told me by my life or give up completely. Since there is no giving up, I must find GOD's abundant grace and continue to search him out with all my heart.
Life is not easier for some and harder for others. It is a constant war, and as long as we stay trapped and go no further with GOD than the knowledge that he may exist... our lives
will be joined by nothing more than we have put into it.
I choose to go with GOD, I choose to fight with all my will and heart and soul. I choose to let it be known that my life is no longer my own but called by GOD into whatever journey this turns out to be and no matter where it might take me.
I gave my life to HIM when I was eight and he patiently walked with me until all I could do was search out the truth of who HE was to me. Times change and things change and we don't know the answers but GOD does and we wait upon him for the cry of our heart's demands it.
Be diligent to serve him in all your ways and the love of GOD WILL prevail.
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