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“Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’ ””
Genesis 32:9-12 NIV
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Have you ever desired to change your ways but you couldn’t? Have you ever been promised something but it didn’t happen when you wanted it? How did you react?
Well, in Roman’s Paul writes the answer to many of these questions. Listen or read this verse. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
This scripture alone encompasses the feeling and the message that we may experience in minds and life.
I believe that people inherently desire to do good but good is measured by others depiction, opinion and the law. See in chapter 7 of Romans it explains that when the law was introduced it gave the information and life to sin.
Because sin now has life is ignited the spirit of sin that was dead and that which was good before became subject to sin.
Let me break it down further. The law was established for a good purpose. It was established for the Israelites as a tool to keep them holy and righteous. Before the law the only real commandments was to not eat if the tree of knowledge of Good and evil. As we all know that failed, terribly.
So, now that the Mosaic law had been introduced and it recognizes that not complying to it you are sinning. Paul did an excellent job explaining how having knowledge of sin produced the nature of doing what you don’t want to do which is sin.
But let me fast forward this to grace. See Jesus came into this World so that we will not be bound to the law no longer. It didn’t necessarily get rid of the law but he fulfilled it by dying for our sins. So do you see know his sin is death, If we didn’t sin and we fulfilled the law and Jesus would not have to come to save us from our death which is sin. It was written that He would come and because God gave us free will when He created us He knew that sin would be an option or inevitable.
Back to my earlier questions.
1. Have you ever desired to change your ways but you couldn’t or you weren’t sure how? Most of us have experienced this in ourselves or our experiences. I can definitely say, don’t try to do it alone. Trust that God knows your fear, weakness and strength. Connect with a mentor in your life someone who you trust and who is wise enough to give you good direction. Find scriptures that support your goal of change. Learn coping strategies and know what triggers you. But most of all lean on God.
2. Have you ever been promised something but it didn’t happen when you wanted it? How did you react? I would say yes to that question. Well, that goes back to my triggers. Where were I at in my healing when I responded to that situation. At the beginning I probably didn’t respond well. Yes, I am certain that lapse or delay trigged me to respond negatively to a positive gesture or something. I would describe it as my doctor prescribing medicine for me and I’ve taken all of the medication and I still feel bad. My feelings causes me to doubt the medication. I want instant feedback and it didn’t happen. But as the medication begins to work I now have a better paradigm of how it works. So then I would says that the does want to help but I must learn how they operate and not use my personal experiences to judge their actions. Then once I conquer my healing from my sickness then I will use this a a way to trust those who have proven they have my best interest.
See, the good is in you and has always been there but it was covered with sin and buried because sin brings death to (good) love. But Jesus died for our sins and we must remember that so we can live without being bound to it (sin.)
Start each day link to God. The best way is to pray, read and practice His word daily as you work, play,serve and grow.
What would you do today if you decide to walk away from your job? How would you take care of your needs? Would you be willing to downsize? How about starting your own business? Well, I asked myself these same questions, well may not the same exact questions but in the same area of starting over or just walking in what I believe I was designed for or purposed for.
See, I know that my talent, gifts or passion stretch so much further than I’ve been through. I can look back over my life and I see what I’ve been through and done. But when I look at if I have utilized my gifts well I would say yes but not enough.
I believe that God has purpose and placed me in places mainly for development and training. Now that our children are grown I believe that I can step out and look for opportunities to utilize my gifts more efficiently. So I know you may be asking what is that gift or purpose. Well, it stems from what I’ve been doing all alone or all my life dispelling doubts, encouraging those that are discouraged and motivating those who are motionless.
Let me break it down a little further. To dispel doubt we most know first of all the truth. The truth is connect, directed and fueled in the word of God. God says in “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Proverbs 3:5 NIV. So, as this scriptures states that we should not rely our understanding or experiences but rely or trust in what God word says or even what He says to us through our relationship with Him about our situation. This is only one of the many scriptures in the Bible that relate to relying on Him.
Next, how can I encourage those who are discouraged? Well, first I use my own experiences of being depressed, lonely and discouraged. My pass experiences were not so good. I remember looking at myself as lost, going now where, never getting marred, owning a home or having my own business. Well, I can say that I’m not lost because I know who I’m connected with and He guides me, not the news. I’m married to a wonderful man who love me and I truly love him for over 20+ years. We have 5 beautiful children of whom we have lead to inspire and grow independently. We’ve own two homes so far and God has moved us in leadership in our church. All that we experience was on purpose and on time. I can say when you will get where you are designed to be but you will if you hold on and hold on to God’s promises.
As far as being a motivator I’m just grateful and I’m walking in my purpose daily. I don’t think it hard because it what I am a motivator. Do I have days down? Yes, but I guarantee you that those who see my light daily notice those days and they usually remind me that they appreciate my gift.
All that I am is predicated on what I was molded into by my designer. He designed you too. Walk into your mold. You are unique and beautifully made. He may not need you but others may need what He gave you to see Him.