Have you thought about how awesome it is that not only are we children of God, but we are also heirs (and heiresses) to His kingdom?
While we are still on earth waiting for His return, He desires to transform us into His image. Jesus instructs us shine in order to bring glory to God in Matthew 5:14-16,
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (MSG)
Because of this, our Abba refines us through our trials. Romans 5:3-4 invites us to welcome these opportunities, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”
So often rather than asking, “Lord, what do you want to teach me through this experience,” we turn to false comforters of this world to ease the pain. Our enemy, Satan, provides plenty of alluring temptations, whether it be physical or emotional, such as drugs/alcohol, food, exercise, self-pity, self loathing, day dreaming, etc.
What we turn to may even appear harmless but the reality is that we have to choose to put our hope either in God or in the world.
What the world offers leaves us empty and longing for more: an unquenchable thirst. I read it described so perfectly in the book, Captivating.
Unfortunately, our indulgences make us feel better… for a while. They seem to “work,” but really only increase our need to indulge again. This is the nightmare of addiction. But it goes far beyond “drugs.” We give our hearts to all sorts of other “lovers” that demand our attention, demand we indulge again. We taste something that we think is good, our longings cease to ache, for a minute, but later we find ourselves empty once more, needing to be filled again and again.
Jesus introduces a better way. He offers us living water in John 7:37-39:
37 Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
38 He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
39 But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor). (AMP)
I don’t know about you but I choose what Jesus offers!
I learned that praising God in the midst of my trials affirms my trust in Jesus which brings incredible outcomes! Every time I come across a problem that produces uncertainty, I immediately speak praises to my Abba. I worship him, and this produces results beyond anything I can describe. He fills me with peace. Then He provides the solution to the problem!
I finally reached a point of trusting that my God is faithful, and He ALWAYS does the right thing.
I recommend listening to this message about Abraham. To be honest with you, I hesitated to listen to it for the first time the other day for some reason. Now, I started listening to it daily as a constant reminder that God does what He says He will do even when life doesn’t make sense!
In my Saturday night growth group, we watch Beth Moore’s Inheritance Series DVD’s. I receive so much revelation from them every week. It’s awesome. This last Saturday night’s video topped them all! It really confirmed my post about the spiritual DNA, but added an important aspect.
Let me first tell you the 3 basics of our inheritance: property, presence, and people.
The last video dealt with the property aspect. Imagine your property as a rectangle. The parameter consists of:
- Intimacy with God
- Our Past
- Our Experiences
- Our Spiritual Gifts
If we grasp this concept I’m about to tell you, I belive it would truly change our lives.
Every occurrence in your life God either perfected or permitted.
He allows suffering and pain in our life. He also allows the enemy to tempt us. We do have free will and we reap what we sow, but God uses everything for His glory-our sin and our suffering, but if we do not go back to our past and ask God to sanctify our past, Satan stands on your property! He continually mocks us and replays those occurrences. He ties us down with guilt, shame, anger, despair, etc.
However, Once we go back and claim our property, Satan loses his power over us! This frees us from strongholds and gives us the opportunity to expand our influence. We then have the responsibility to free others.
If you are wondering, How can God let this happen to me? about your life, resist the urge to turn to worldly things; instead follow Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”