New Living Translation (NLT)
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
I never seem to fit in I always say. My husband actually had to push me at first to go to women’s group every other Monday night. I disliked new groups. I felt like a not valid part of any group. I often thought, “What difference will what I say make in any ones life?” Then of course God reminds me that we heal others and share Jesus with our testimonies. Then my mind starts telling me my testimony is not that great and who would want to hear me rambling on. All pure lies from the enemy.
Every time I have shared my past life, someone takes notice. Not of me, but of Jesus. Even I sometimes ponder on what amazing things God did in my life over the last 43 years. Sometimes my own testimony helps me get over something I am dealing with today so why wouldn’t my story help others?
Often times in life, God sets us apart for season. Perhaps He wants us all to Himself so that He can pour into us. Other times He many want to separate us from a disaster we have gotten ourselves into. Or maybe He just needs our full attention so that we can get back on track with our destiny. No matter the reason, there is a reason for being set apart.
How can we tell the difference from being alone or separated? Simple. It all comes to choosing. If you are choosing to follow after God and are listening and obeying to what He directs then you are choosing to allow Him to set you apart. If you are choosing to be a part of a group instead of being alone then here again it is your choice. Perhaps it is time to begin to step out in faith and BE a part of a group. Begin to share your story. Start to believe in you as the person God has created you to be.
2 Corinthians 4:16
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
I took 83 pictures today while at the lake and I took at least 1/2 of them of these silly seagulls trying to get just the perfect shots. I was not going to give up until I got one I liked and here it is. I kept chasing after those birds and making them go into flight until I was satisfied with the outcome. I was determined to catch the perfect angle and the best shot I could. I was not looking for perfection per say, however, I wanted a good picture. I wanted to capture something which I could share with others. I just kept taking picture after picture until I thought I had the one I needed, then I could move on to the next subject. Man, sounds like me and God!
How come we are satisfied where we are? Why do we always just give in and never really let go of the things we need to surrender? We often get so discouraged we just plop down where ever we are in life and accept our surroundings. We figure we might as well just give up and quit because we are never really going any where. We stop pressing into the things of God and just figure it’s not His will when really we should be letting go of the very thing we want to happen in our lives so that God can pick it up and take a hold of it. God desires to bring things to life for us but when we are hanging on so tightly He cannot help. Also when we stop trying and just set it aside, He can’t move either.
So here I stand with those books again. Have I just given up on them ever getting published? Why am I not taking this to God over and over again to show that I need something to happen. If I want to get anywhere with the gift God has given me, then I need to press in over and over again. I need to keep blogging and seeking His word to share with others. I have to continue to share my testimony for it is by our testimonies others are healed and led to a better life. So here I stand, I am not giving up but I am letting go. I am placing all that I am…..my dreams, my hopes, myself and my life in God’s hands. I am choosing in this moment that this life I lead is not my own. I choose to believe fully that my steps are ordered by the Lord. I stand firm on the Rock of my salvation, knowing that if I let it all go, I will never have to give up!
“However, let him who boasts and glories boast and glory in the Lord. For [it is] not [the man] who praises and commends himself who is approved and accepted, but [it is the person] whom the Lord accredits and commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 AMP
Ever thought you spoke something so great it was all yours and not for sharing? How about, got so caught up in your own pride, God wasn’t there any more? What about worship, the days when you feel you got nothing out of it when really it was for God? Pride is an ugly snake in our midst. We can do nothing apart from God and if we are following Him, then we cannot have self-pride. There is no limit for sure what God can do in our lives and therefore, all we do should be to further the Kingdom and ALL glory should be showered upon our Creator, the reason we can do anything. It is very difficult I will admit to be humble and not fall into the trap of pride, Satan is good at leading us to that pit and trying to make us fall into it. It is up to us as Christians to guard our hearts and keep our focus upon what this life is really all about, Glorifying God.
To prevent myself from being prideful and pushy about what I am doing for God, I daily need to lay it down at the cross. I can NEVER pick my writing or photography up and say “MINE! ALL MINE!” because the moment I do that I begin to step out of the realm of grace God has given me and it opens the door for greed to seep in. If I make it as an author, I know in my heart of hearts it is because God created my a testimony and He is using me to help others. It’s not because I suffered and deserve to be paid for sharing what God has done in my life. If God choose to bless me through my writing then so be it, but I don’t want a dime if it will make me prideful or distract me from my purpose as a servant of the King.
God deserves all of the honor and praise in everything we do right down to that perfect shot we get of one of His creatures or the best Facebook status quote. He deserves all of the glory for the things which happen in our lives. He is the God of this universe and if we call Him Creator then He is also the Maker of everything we see and feel in this world. So I encourage you today to let go of any pride you are holding onto and lay it at the cross never to pick it up again. Yes you may have to daily remind yourself to leave it there when compliments start rolling in about the work you do for the Kingdom. Just daily repeat to yourself and those around you, “All for the Glory of God. My work here is to glorify my Maker and that is all. Touching hearts for Him in any way He sees fit.”