Most times God uses the least expected person to set His plan in motion for your life. Sometimes we get so caught up in our expectation of others that we missed what God is trying to do. You know what I'm talking about, we get angry when the person we expect to show up for us but don't. We get angry when a family member or friend who has the “key” to the door we want to get in still they refuse to open the door. We develop an entitlement complex. Because we believe that they should give us what we want when we want it, and how you want it; without considering whether or not God desires for them to be a part of His plan for us. God does not share His glory with anyone. Therefore, He will not allow anyone to assist you who will try to take His glory; nor will He allow you to see anyone else as God in your life. He alone is God. When He open doors, God wants you and me to recognize that it could only be Him.
Don't allow your frustration with people to cause you to forfeit what God is about to do in your life. Commit your ways to the Lord and He will direct your steps. Each day as you humbly submit your heart to Him, God will open the eyes of your understanding to see the next step for you to take. That’s right, I said the next step, not the “big picture.” God shows us the end results, but not the big picture for it is during those steps that our faith and trust in Him are developed. Our faith becomes the substance of the big picture we hoped for and the evidence of our ability to trust God during the process to take us one step at a time.
Looking at the life of Joseph we can identify the big picture as God showed up in his dreams; his father and brothers would one day bow before him (Genesis chapter 37). Yet God didn't reveal the process or the journey of his life that would result in his family bowing before him (Genesis chapter 42).
Let's be real; if God was to tell us all that we would have to endure in order to see the fullness of His promise manifest in our lives, how many of us would be as bold as the prophet Jeremiah and say “here am I Lord, send me?” (Isaiah 6:8). That's what I thought. We all would rather take the easy road if it will lead us to the promised land. Abraham tried taking the easy road when he and Sarah tried to help speed up the process and took Hagar his maid to be his wife to give him a son, Ishmael. Throughout the Bible, in the pages of history, and even now we see how the nation of Israel has been affected by the consequence of their actions. Well, that's another lesson for another time so let's not get stuck there.
The lesson I want you to learn is this; trusting God and remaining faithful during the process to your "big picture" whatever that is for you is never easy. It requires focus, determination, and undeniable confidence in knowing who God is regardless of what you see happening around you or how you feel. God is not bound to your circumstances or your emotions so you can take one step at a time no matter how foolish it may seem. Remember His promise to you, is to direct your steps. Learn to trust God and not depend on your own understanding, acknowledging Him in all you do so He can direct your steps.
I pray you will develop undeniable confidence in God as you learn His ways. Don't get stuck on people. Keep taking those steps as God leads. One day you will reflect on the journey and see the beautiful picture that God has used your life to paint for His glory.
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Many of us are being carried away with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting and being tossed to and fro because of spiritual malnutrition. It is evident in our society as we see the rise of prosperity gospel and the infiltration of new age practices in our churches. Believers are being led astray because those who are called to lead are not executing the plan of God for the church or ministry in which they are called to serve. Leaders are more concerned about their agendas and programs rather than the purpose of God.
The word of God has set forth the ministry of the church and the purpose of its leaders. In Ephesians chapter 4:7-16, the Apostle Paul gives us a clear picture of the governing body (earthly) of the body Christ and its function; yet there are churches today who are operating without the order of government as established in Scriptures. This governing body: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers are commonly known as "ministry gifts" or the "five-fold ministry." These are given by God for a purpose. The purpose of this governing body is for; equipping of the saints, the work of the ministry and edifying of the body of Christ. That we may all come to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. That we may be perfected in Christ, and know His fullness; according to Ephesians 4:7-11. Because the governmental order of the church is not in alignment, we see the establishment of denominations, charismatics, and non-denominational ministries. Every man teaching according to his own understanding and preferences and not by the revelation of the truth of God's word given by the Holy Spirit.
As a result, believers are still operating as children being tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine because of the trickery of men, who refuse to speak the truth in love, that we may all grow up in all things in Christ. We are like children, always learning but never able to come to maturity to minister to lost souls. We are no longer being taught to use the spiritual gifts God has given us (1Corinthians 12), only how or what to do in order to receive God's blessings. If we understand that as believers we already have all spiritual blessings and all things pertaining to this life; we will not be tricked into thinking that we need to do anything outside of being obedient to the word of God to see the manifestation. I wonder what today's church would look like if we desired the things of the Spirit and not the promises of men?
Every believer has the capacity to operate as the believers of the early church, but many of us don't know the power we have been given through Jesus Christ. We are not to be ignorant and carried away. We are not to be ignorant of the gifts that God has made available to us all for the profit of all. First Corinthians 12:1-11 states, Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
We are given these spiritual gifts to sever each other. It is God's desire to give His children gifts but if we are not seeking Him for them we will not see them manifest in our lives. We live in a world where the emphasis of Christian faith is not the work of the ministry but rather the business of the ministry. Therefore, we are being carried away and tossed to and fro because we do not know of the tools (gifts) God has given us; neither how to use them effectively to help build the Kingdom of God and edify the body of Christ. When we learn to labor for each other and stop being self-seeking then we will understand what the will of the Lord is for the church. Let us not seek God for selfish gain but seek to do His will that the body of Christ might grow up in all things in Him.
When the fear of God is not in the heart of the people, they will call evil good.
In Exodus chapter one, Pharaoh commanded the Egyptian midwives when the Isralite women give birth kill every male child, and if it is female save it alive, but the midwives feared God and did not do as the king commanded them. (Exodus 1:15-17).
The times might have changed but the same evil is prevailing. Every day we hear through media, from Christian's and non-christians alike bashing and calling President Trump evil because he does not line up with their ideal of an American President. Yet, this man is one of the few in authority who has the fear of God in him to know that it is ungodly to have the life of new born babies weighing in the balance.
We can no longer allow our preferences to blind us from standing up for truth according to God's word. We are in a battle for life, both physical and spiritual. When Pharaoh gave the command to kill the male child being born, it was out of fear of the unknown because the children of Israel were growing and multiply and no matter what he did to them they still were successful (Exodus 1: 7-12). Abortion is rooted in the fear of the unknown.
Like the Egyptian midwives, President Trump is as without God as many of us were, walking in darkness until God brought us out into the light of Jesus Christ. But the midwives feared God and because of their fear towards Him, God dealt well with them (Exodus 1:20-21).
If we as believers are truly seeking to live according to the word of God, it should stir our hearts to seek God's face for President Trump to come to the full knowledge of who Christ is and receive salvation, instead of praying him out the White House. Remember God only answer prayers according to His will, not ours.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV
Natalee Henry- Minister, Motivational Speaker, Publisher, Author, Founder and C.E.O. of Season Destiny, a ministry designed to "empower you to make right decisions in life." Her goal is to “empower you to make the right decisions in life” through the teaching of the Word of God. Her mission is to Educate, Motivate, and Transform lives for the Kingdom of God.