What’s done for The Father in secret, God will honor in public. It may be long in coming. But, the great news is that the longer it takes, the better it will be. This is God’s way! You can count on it. He loves vindication and He longs to vindicate His faithful ones. Wait and hold on. Wait.
We will never be rid of performance, if we keep looking to ourselves for our own righteousness. Jesus Righteousness is simply a gift, a robe we wear covering our human frailty. This is why we may approach the Father and so the demons and angels will obey us, neither we could do on our own. However, if we are to accomplish anything for His Kingdom, God needs our participation. What that means simply is having a humble and obedient heart. To the extent we participate with Him, is how far He will take us. So in conclusion, Significance in the Kingdom is the combination of wearing Jesus righteousness and an obedient heart, not our performance.
Faith is a choice. As we choose to believe God’s Word, faith grows in our hearts and our spirits get stronger. We can’t rely on feelings to guide our faith. We have to look at what God said, what His proven over and over and unreservedly take it in! The more we do this, the more our spiritual muscles grow, the stronger we get. We can’t just read the Word, we have to choose to believe it too.
There is a massive hole in the bottom of the bucket of “People Pleasing”. We will never be able to fill it. It will always elude us. Measuring our self-worth on the basis of what others say will develop in us fear and emptiness. Only God’s opinion can affirm. There is a deep maturity in handing over both the praise and rejection of man to God, not letting either define us.
*Of course, there are times when God will use us as His messengers to speak an encouragement, but they are still His words.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Many today are living this backward. They first pursue their desires, then God or perhaps, they are trying to pursue both at the same time. They know God wants to give them these things, so the assumption is – they can or should have them now. God greatly desires to give us all things that bring us joy. But, He knows these “things” – money, success, a companion and even “ministry”, will hurt and ruin us, if we are not first wholly fulfilled by Christ.
The promise is clear: seek first the Kingdom, sow to the Spirit and in His good time we will reap great things. Waiting on the Lord can be exceedingly difficult. But, it is the only way to fulfillment, true lasting fulfillment! The Good News still remains “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart!” What wonderful exciting things God has for those who trust Him by waiting on and obeying His Spirit!
There is a whole lot of conversation focused around “the circumstances”, “the problems” and “the obstacles”. But, very little talk about how God can move! Father, forgive us! We have forgotten who You are! – how much You love us! – and, how nothing, yes nothing is impossible for You! In fact, You love impossibility. You search the whole world for the heart who will believe You in the Face of Impossibility. Yes, Lord I will be that person! I will face the Red Sea and believe.
There is a Season of Night where God will call you to blindly walk in faith, where the “feelings of faith” will be seemingly missing. You will beg God for the feelings, for more faith, for some kind of fruit. This is a time of great testing. Your faith will be tested to the max. In this place you may wonder if God is even real or at the least, if He is good. It will take all you have inside to keep believing. You will have to demand of yourself to simply just obey, to simply just believe. Many nights you will cry out in your bed, while searching your heart for anything that may be in His way, anything that might be causing this. But, God will be the one “causing” it and He will not relent. He desires to bring you to a new and wonderful place, only this painful trial can. All the time you may feel God has abandoned you. He has not. He is right there crying with you, holding you and keeping you from utter despair. He is there sustaining you. You just don’t recognize His presence. This is the most important time of your existence. What God will do in this time will set the stage for your biggest breakthrough and launch you into your greatest calling. You will be so glad that you said “yes” to this Season of Night.