Getting to the Real You

Psalm 139 13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
1013596_S.jpg    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

 

As we move closer to the new year the pressure is on again. What are we going to do next?  What is that thing God puts on repeat in your head daily and you try your best to suppress it? Did you know that you have God’s gift to the world trapped on the inside of you? You are a magnificent creation, full of life and potential!

Romans 8

22-23 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance.

Not only do we wait for what is within us to come out but the world is waiting to. My goal is to draw that out of people this year and beyond.

Did you know that you are made in the image of God? I want to hold up the mirror so you can get a glimpse of your true self. The you God says you are is simply amazing and unique. You are God’s workmanship made for good works!”

If you are full of ideas then you have the  traits of the all mighty God showing up in you right now. 1015715_S.jpg

Did you know that you were created to be a blessing? You are so special to God he said, “there is a problem in the world and I am going to send my solution!”   1013968_S.jpg >>>>>>>>>Enter you.  You are an answer to what the world is in need of. No one will be able to make your contribution quite like you. They could copy but it would be an obvious, cheap, knock off version of you.

 

Today it is time to take your vision out of the closet and dust it off. What makes us tuck them away? Today I invite you to use that beautiful brain and think.

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You have so much potential in your deepest parts and I am here to draw it out. To expose you to your true self. I have some questions.

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How much further will you go without fulfilling your hopes and dreams?

How long will you allow your dreams to be held hostage by the world’s standards.

What barriers, real or imagined, are keeping you from pursuing your dreams?

Who are you? Why are you hear? What is your purpose?

Who determines what you do with your  time?

Who is in charge of your daily life?

What things are necessary for you to thrive?

Who are you following?

Who is following you?

What is your value?

How do you spend your most valuable asset (time?)

I am convinced that as we walk in the direction of our creator we are going to be introduced to a self we never knew existed. Who would have thought you were in there the whole time! I’m excited to see where your vision takes you!

Galatians 5

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

The best part of being the real you is that you lose the desire to compete with anyone else. When we are this free we can help our neighbor to reach the same goals. 1015312_S.jpg

 

I Just Don’t Know

There are many moments where I am just like, “really God?” I have a lot of questions that don’t seem to have a lot of answers. Or do they? We live in an age with information overload. We have a lot of knowledge but because it is coming at such a rapid pace people are short circuiting and going crazy.

There was a season I was in where everything was so uncertain, so I decided that I was okay with not knowing what was going on. I got honest with myself and as a coping mechanism if something challenging ever came my way I was straight up. I became comfortable letting people know I didn’t have an answer.

Get off my back!

This was my new slogan and I was ready to whip it out at a moments notice. My “I don’t know” eventually turned into “I don’t care.”

It never solved anything, but it made me have a place to hide in plain sight.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)

My lack of understanding left me in a detrimental position. Choosing not to deal with what I didn’t know may my life a series of repeats.

My life is a result of that decision. Choosing not to decide is a decision that has repercussions. I learned the hard way that what you don’t know can definitely hurt you. Once I was given an example about a live wire. If it is sitting in a puddle of water and I step in it unknowingly doesn’t mean it won’t still shock me. The principle is to gain wisdom and understanding.

The next problem I encountered was that there were some answers I needed from people near me with experience in areas I am yet growing in. For some reason I felt like they were withholding information. Sometimes I just need to sit at the feet of a teacher and let them just talk. But no one had the time, or I was to afraid to ask for the help. Either way it was not working for me. So, I became a sermon junkie. I watch at least 20 sermons a week. They fuel me to a point but even then, I feel like something is missing. There is this strong desire in me to know…something.

I just realized my hunger is for the mind of God. I heard the most interesting thing this week. I was listening to a sermon by Dr. Myles Munroe where he preached about the Holy Spirit. He spoke on the fact that Jesus only did what was on the mind of God. The Holy Spirit is the mind of God on the inside of us. He leads us into all truth. How do I know he is leading me to all truth? Because his word bears witness to Jesus. With this nugget I have recently opened my bible and am learning to read through a new filter. I want to know what God knows. I want to get to a place where I am saying and doing what is on his mind (what is in his word) through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The many questions I have had alone this week have been answered since I received this revelation. So, I ask God, “tell me what is on your mind today.” Through the bible I am learning God’s character and how the decisions he makes are based on the fact that he is a good father with good intentions for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)

The book of proverbs is where I started. It is like the central hub for me.

Proverbs 1

A Manual for Living

1 1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

There is something here for everything. The word of God definitely helps me to navigate the way I deal with life. The Holy Spirit will help us to live this thing out just to prove that it is possible, dare I say it, to love the life you live. To be completely satisfied in God and enjoy every good and perfect gift that comes from him.

Start with God

Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Proverbs 1:7 MSG

The beginning of all wisdom is God. Who better to tell you how to live than the creator himself. Get to know him, seek after what he knows and in him you will find life.

“The very words that I have spoken, they are spirit and they are life… John 6:63 NLT

Right about now this is what I need. LIFE. Fresh life. Fresh perspective. The mind of the maker himself. Today I ask, “God what is the point? What is your purpose for this world you have created, and most of all where are we headed?”

Snap, I just got the answer that quick.

19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30

All I had to do was ask!

The truth is, we have a choice. Our life is a sum total of choices, both good and bad, intentional and unintentional.

The Year of “Why Not”

Most people fail at their New Year’s resolution because they go into the new year with nothing but expectation that the new year holds something they did not possess in the previous year. We walk in empty handed expecting something to magically fulfill us.

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This year I would like to try something different. With the time left in 2018 I am going to acquire the tools that will help me progress in my New Year’s resolution, getting a running start.
                                                    Keys to getting a running start

1. Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
When is it improper to consult with God? The spirit of God will lead us into all truth but if the line of communication is not open it shuts down the possibilities of the “exceedingly and abundantly above all we can “ask or imagine” if we never get to the ask. This is not a one-sided conversation. If you stay down long enough the spirit of God will answer you.
2. Get in the word.
Joshua 1:8 God charges Joshua saying “study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so that you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only the will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
3. Get around like minded people.
Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” There is great success when two or more agree and get together. Jesus declares “for where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

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These things come with the development of habits and consistency. One thing I have learned about God is that he will not take you where you do not want to go. He will never override your will. He will not act independently of you on your behalf unless he is invited.  The only way that I can pursue the things that God has for me is that I must have a strong desire for him. Instead of desiring the blessing so badly, I want to desire the one who blesses.

What I have discovered in times pass is that after receiving a word from God, I chased the visions and forgot the one who would give me the steps to complete it. This got me no where really fast.

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Enter failure. Enter the will to not try again. Not this time! This time after receiving the vision I am going to go before God and ask what type of person I need to become to possess the promise. I want to be able to uphold it with a righteous standard that will allow God to sustain me when it comes.

For me God has named the new year “the year of why not”. Why not enjoy God? Why not pursue the passions God has placed in me? Why not go further than that which is expected of me. Why not pursue loving more, being more generous, spending time with people I love? Why not pursue the joy of the Lord where I find my strength? Why not kick the door down to limitations and hopelessness? There are many things that I have allowed to stop me from going for where I really want to be. This time the only thing that will set the focus for what I pursue is God’s word and his holy spirit.

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