As each storm passes through my life, I tend to forget to stand firm in my FAITH, and allow HIM to create in me courage with HIS true confidence, to live out my life with HIS GODLY character. Instead of allowing HIM to lead me, I lead myself, and well to be honest, right off a cliff. No matter how hard I "try" to keep it together, and repeat HIS promises over and over, I allow my FAITH to be shaken.
HIS Daily Teachings today is reminding me once again that in the storms in my life, I must choose to stand firm in my FAITH in HIM, and TRUST HIM that HE is going to work everything that is wrong out, and make it for HIS good. HE is telling me that I must NOT let my fear of being shaken over-ride HIS promises for me, as I know, as HE has proven it time and again to me that No matter what happens to me, I know that I am NOT forsaken.
HE is telling me once again that HE sees me, and HE knows how I am going to react, even before the storm comes rolling into my life. HE is wanting me to know that it isn't just through the storms in my life, but through every single situation that I find myself in, HE is there, and HE already knows how I am going to react and what I am going to say. This for me is difficult, as HE is the only ONE WHO knows how long I will be this hott mess when I allow myself to be shaken.
Last night was a perfect example of how I allowed myself to manipulated in my thoughts, and therefore my words were wrong, and I didn't speak according to HIS word. I had once again allowed myself to be shaken. This morning HE is meeting me right where I am, and teaching me that when I seek HIM, and ask HIM to teach me how to speak, HE can, will, and does every single time.
This past Sunday our Pastor delivered a message about how HE is GREATER than our Sundays. Since then I can't stop thinking about this one thing he said, "instead of asking GOD to help you with what you want to do, why don't you tell GOD that you want to be a part of whatever HE is doing." This was like a HUGE punch in the face for me, (one I truly needed) as for so long I have been only focused on myself, that I haven't even thought about what HE is doing in the lives around me, and the lives that I encounter on a daily basis.
HE is wanting me to know that it is time that I see things through HIS vision, so that whenever I encounter someone I will say, "GOD I want to know what you are doing here, and I want to be a part of it. Use me LORD as a living vessel to be YOUR hands and feet, to bring YOUR KINGDOM of HEAVEN here to Earth." HE is telling me that when I choose to live my life this way, it won't matter what storms may brew and roll into my life, or the lives around me. HE is wanting me to know that when I choose to stand firm in my FAITH and seek HIS vision, I will then be able to boldly declare HIS promises, and it is then that I won't be shaken.
HE is reminding me once again that I must choose HIS JOY when I am suffering, as I know that is when HE is teaching me to TRUST HIM with absolutely everything in my life. HE is wanting me to know that when I choose to TRUST HIM, HE sees that, and not only does HE see, HE can, will, and does double my blessings for my trouble.
" But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14
"Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,and everlasting joy will be yours." Isaiah 61:7
This morning I am hearing HIS message loud and clear, that I must choose HIS JOY when I am suffering, and it is when I live with HIS JOY that I know that I won't be shaken. HE is telling me that choosing JOY means that I must choose to sow the right seeds (speak the right words, behave the way HE is wanting me to behave, and live according to HIS will) so that I will then reap an amazing harvest (HIS blessings will overflow in my life, and my life will truly be HIS living testament of HIS goodness, and HIS faithfulness.)