We often find our sense of purpose, our value and worth our happiness in what we feel we’ve accomplished for the Kingdom of God. It is human nature to keep score, but in doing so we sort of are “counting the wind”. We take a since of pride in having done something for God and we push our chest out a little further believing we’ve added to our heavenly account. The movement of the wind (Movement of Holy Spirit in the earth) cannot be credited to an individual or certain group of people. It is solely under the charge of God Himself. We have no right to try to add that to our account. We can take no credit for what God has done.
We can participate with the wind by not resisting His movement allowing ourselves to go along with His current. We can even benefit from the atmospheric changes brought about with His movement. We can and must and celebrate Him for that which He leaves behind as He moves through our lives. But we most definitely cannot count the wind. Only God can get the Glory for what He has accomplished in the earth; it is His work alone.
The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to pro-duce valuable and lasting result
Now that the Presidential election is finalized I see many fearful of what comes next. I was going to address that by writing about t the importance of our praying for those in leadership positions, but I have found a great article from Franklin Graham that I will recommend your reading instead. The article entitled ‘Praying for Those in Authority is a Biblical Command’ was written September 2014. As we move forward with our new President elect, it is important that we follow the Biblical imperative to pray for those in authority.
My Sunday school class is utilizing Chip Ingram’s R12 True Spirituality study materials to learn to become an “all in” Christian. The topic we covered in this week’s session discusses how to let go of the worldly values to avail oneself of God’s way of being. At the end of the session we have the challenge to commit to a media fast to help facilitate that process. I have determined to take the next five days Monday – Friday, to do just that. The time I would have spent using social media or watching TV will be spent in prayer or reading the Bible or other spiritually enriching materials. I will share the results of the fast with you on Saturday. I would love if you would join me, and comment with your results.
There is a concept of being driven wherein you are motivated by an internal force to use any and all necessary action to attain your desired goals. This kind of motivation is usually a good thing, but I have had to ask myself if being a driven person could be a bad thing.
Over the past several months Holy Spirit has been asking me “what is driving you?”
I have been one such driven person for most of my life; always pushing to attain the next level of success. Over the past several months Holy Spirit has been asking me “what is driving you?”. I have not slowed down long enough to answer the question. I only made a note of it and kept being propelled towards the goal I’d set fo myself. Within the last week, I had the thing I wanted within sight and had to make a decision whether to keep pushing to make things happen. It was at that moment I was again reminded of the question Holy Spirit has been asking me, “What is driving you?”. I have been so immersed in the process of attaining my goal that I’d not even consulted Holy Spirit as to whether that was the path he had for me. I was taking the world’s path to success rather than seeking out the best that God has for me. When I finally slowed down enough to have a conversation with God and be real with myself, I had to take a different course of action than what I’d been pushing so hard for over the past several months. Initially, my pride hurt for not taking the more socially accepted course of action towards attaining success.
However, once I took a few days to settle into the truth of what taking that path would have meant, I understood why God had a different direction for me. This was an opportunity to learn to be guided by Holy Spirit rather than driven by my desires and expectations. My prayer is that my desires align with His and that I have peace in whatever direction he takes me from here.
Artificial light can not awaken you. Only the Son can bring enlightenment which stirs the spirit and soul birthing you into the understanding of the truth of God and His plans for your life. He is the light of the world which gives the light of life.
No longer do I carry the weight of my past or the guilt of my sin consciousness. I know freedom in letting go of former self-grasping to me found in HE who even when I did not know goodness spoke over me ‘it is good’; showed mercy delivering me from myself; created of me a new creature in His likeness and image. His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and righteousness are the beginning of His plans for me. I give Him thanks!
The Opinions of others are not what establish who you are. Be defined by the truth of who God has spoken you to be before the foundation of time. What everyone else thinks about you doesn’t change who you are one way or the other. Positive opinions if taken to heart only puff you up beyond measure, and negative ones only bring you beneath your promise. Don’t worry about opinions – just stick to the truth!
There are some paths which can only be taken by you and God. Not everyone can walk the places you must, but that is just fine because when you are with God, you have everything necessary to complete the journey and fulfill your destiny. God is enough!