Love. Grace. Heart. Soul. Humility. Patience. Gratitude…..It all comes from God, He sees you and He wants to hold onto you forever.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10:28-30 NLT)
If no one can snatch you from the Father's hand, no one. So what happens when your life is far from God and His presence. Who moved?
You can place a child on a high stool and no matter how high & beautiful the experience with stunning views and instructions to stay strapped in. They will always have that uncontrollable free will and choice, waiting to be exercised.
Jump off, stay on, climb down. Whatever? Wanderlust attitude.
Yet again, who moved?
"After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” (John 10:4-5 NLT)
When you follow God with your heart, life makes sense, plenty bountiful things will come to you, the universe will see your light, His voice will guide you, it will go ahead of you. But when you walk away, the voice that leads you will be towards a path of destruction. At first, you may think, I have a good job, money is not a problem, I can date anyone that comes along, my body belongs to me so I can use it for my pleasure. Your mouth will be a representation of your own wisdom, it will birth foolishness, disgrace and self glory. Eventually you will run out, trust me it always does and it might look like despair, disaster, ruins, one problem after the other and Viola! you will remember God. You will start praying, hoping, half wishing for breakthrough, while still blaming Him for your misfortunes.
Why me? Why do bad things happen to me? If God existed, why did he let me experience this?
But you forget, that even believers go through hardship but what keeps us from gloom is the assurance of our faith and trust in God's ability to provide and lift the veil because He has overcome already what we are going through.
We are required to be patient, humble, trustful and loyal to God. Answers to our prayers will come but it isn't always what we wanted but we thank God because that either enough proof to go ahead or wait or stop interfering in His plans for us. In faith, we understand and keep it moving against the tides because we follow His voice. Look it can be hard not knowing, but persistence, humility, desire to move with grace and obedience will sort you out as soon as you get it.
But You, Yes You. When God's answer comes through, you don't trust it, because you never needed permission or confirmation. That prayer was to appease your conscience, to make you seem flawless in the eyes of the world because whatever you own, it is yours and yours alone. Your hard work saw you through, and while everyone else were on their backside, kneels doing whatever, you gave life your all and thank goodness you stopped looking like the struggle you went through. Then the problems starts, you make it a point to remind God that if He really is what He claims to be, then He should sort you out. After all, you have been good, giving to the poor and shown kindness here and there. Oh and the enemy has nothing on you.
I use to be you. I use to think like that. I was a free spirited person guided by my morals and conscience, with no relationship with the Kingdom of God. Then I found grace which changed everything I knew about myself. I even went through a period I backslided and still not perfect, but striving to stay in God's path, in his hands by choice. In my saved days of waywardness it was 50/50 between wanting to experience the world, have fun and doing God on the side whatever that meant.
It looked like this, I fasted every month, church every Sunday lost in surrender, sex midweek with my boyfriend, preacher girl when I was out, bible study in the morning, repentance every now and then when I caught a glimpse of myself. I even felt justified because I have the gift of dreaming since I was a child, my mama and even I was always sacred whenever I wandered into her room in the morning. I have dreams about people's lives, clear visions and would already witness events happen. Many are reoccurring and it has died down a bit now, but in my adulthood, I have relied more on prayer, worship, praise sessions and doing life with amazing people that we can both roar and remain unshaken in the Word.
Humility. Grace. Love. Friendship. Meditation. Prayer
How do you feel when you see those words? Is here a stirring in your heart?
Where has your focus been? Scriptures, worship, praises, your own strength, your own choice or perhaps a division between you and God because you are finding it hard to reconcile His love for you with where you are.
"I will give you rest"
Do you know that you are part of His greatest story and He is calling you to be found in His love. My heart screams, dive, dive dive!!!! but you will call me crazy, so I challenge you to lean in. I promise you will be so captivated by the glimpse, it will just make sense to lose all composure and grace will fill you, love will become your cornerstone, peace will always be a gentle reminder of the covenant He made with you. The noise in the world around you will fade away, you will be more grateful for the whispers of the wind, the presence of the wave, fresh water will fill your lungs with joy.
Find salvation, I write for you from a place of love.
Beautiful Beloved BelievedIn