As we embark on this journey through 2011 let’s press in even more to fulfill God’s plan for our lives. This year is not for the weary at heart. I’m not sure if you can relate, maybe it’s just me, but there were times in 2010 when I just got tired of living right. I got tired of not seeing things come to pass in the times that I thought they should. I knew I was doing my part and all I wanted to see was that God was doing His. In those weary days, there were often times when I would make poor choices. I rebelled. I’ve never liked rules, I never took well to restrictions, and I’ve never been the most patient person in the world. It wasn’t until I began to accept His will over my own that I began to see the benefits of doing it His way. There truly is no comparison but as humans we can grow weary.
Gal. 6:9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
When you make a conscious decision to live a life that is pleasing to God, a large part of it is honoring Him. Sure, God gives us free will. We have full authority over our own lives and we can make choices based on our own desires or based on our desire to honor God. Many of us have been taught to honor and respect authority figures. We may not like them but we show respect to people in uniform, we stand for judges in courtrooms, and we don’t raise our hands at our parents. Of course there are exceptions but I’d like to believe that the audience I’m speaking to would agree with these examples. Well, if we can respect those that are in the natural, people that do not have the power of life and death in their hands; people who aren’t our life source, why is it so hard to get us to understand the importance of honoring God?
We should honor Him with our lifestyle for no other reason than the fact that you call Him your Father. He is the supreme authority figure in our lives and if it wasn’t for His grace we would not have gotten through some of the pressure seasons of the past and we surely won’t get through the pressure seasons in the future. Truth is, God can bless anyone he chooses. There are plenty of people that may not even recognize God in their lives that receive blessings from Him. God loves us all but I’m not satisfied with being a part of ALL. I like to be a part of the chosen few. I want to be among those that can EXPECT the blessings on their lives. I want to be a part of the ones that have the power to speak things into their lives because they are living unto God and not unto man. I want to be a part of the ones that are set aside because of their willingness to acknowledge Him in every area of their lives. Even before I knew Him, He knew me. He knew my potential, He knew my purpose, and He had a plan. I’m so grateful that He is not like man and He never gave up on me. It is this understanding that I have peace. So in the year of 2011, I’m determined to never forget His presence in my life and to honor Him even when I don’t feel like it! I know that His time is always the RIGHT time so I will enjoy the season I’m in and fight against the temptation to think otherwise. Let me encourage you to choose to be significant over being popular. Believe that when you are living out your purpose you will be popular to all that really matter, including God!
Here are a few scriptures to start the New Year off right:
Isa. 40: 27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
Heb. 12:3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
Rev. 2:2-7 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.”
Tuesday with Bianca