New Living Translation (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Why hide behind masks? Why push things away behind curtains? How is it possible that we think things will “just go away” if we ignore them long enough? When do we begin to take responsibility for the things in our lives and stop blaming everyone else? Where does it stop? Maybe it never stops as we are flesh by nature, but that does not mean we have to operate as if the flesh is in control! We need to operate out of our Spirit man more often to get results in our lives with the things of God. Christianity should not be a mask we wear, it should be who we are.
Once we accept Jesus as our Savior we begin on a path the stand out from the crowd. God wants us to be different than the rest. He desires us to follow His plan for our life and the only way we can discern what that plan may even be is letting God have total control in our lives. When we let God have control, we are assured of the good path, for God is not going to go against His Word! Don’t be fooled by the things of this world into believing you don’t need God because you do, we can do nothing separate from the Father. Also, don’t not find yourself wearing a Jesus Mask around only pretending to be about the things of God. Be real about yourself and have confidence that you are a child of the King.
Recent events in my life just make me want to scream! I get so frustrated when things are not going the way I envisioned them. All too often I look the other direction and just hope the situation will change or go away. Sometimes I feel I need to DO something in someones life to help them see God. Well, as my pastor said this morning: “Only God can change people, you can’t” . So here I am Lord asking you, “What are You going to do with this?” I no longer desire to wear the mask of “all is well” or “I have it all under control”. I want to be me as I am accepted in Jesus.
Okay, harsh message I know, but God is speaking to me and telling me He is control and that when things look the worse, it is when He does His best work. I need to focus on the now moments and not what the future entails. People cannot be changed by my actions, but God can work through me to heal. In order for this to happen, I have to let God have TOTAL control. Hard isn’t it? I have no magic answers to life’s problems, I just have Jesus, and that’s all I need. Jesus is all YOU need.
I encourage you to take off the mask or masks that you are covering yourself with and get real about God. Begin to see yourself for who you are in Christ and start living as if you KNOW God is control. No hemming or hawing about what you should know, take the verse in Jeremiah and run with it! Be secure in your relationship with God and let Him show you where to run to. If you have fallen, get up! Dust yourself off! Reach toward Heaven and say, ” Daddy, will you pick me up?” There is power in letting go and removing masks. Seek after that power today and see what happens when you let God have control!