We might not be certain of God’s will, but we can protect ourselves from deception by submitting our desires to Him and guarding our hearts. Humility guards us from believing what we think is always right and seek God for what is truly right.
Unbelief can come as believing more in what our flesh wants than what we know is of God. We can recognize it when people want something so much that it becomes an obsession. That desire is all they talk about. Obsession leads to deception. It’s as though they are asking God to believe what they have decided. Their focus then is on the thing they want, not on God. It can turn into covetousness. Contentment in the Lord brings rest and fulfillment.
It’s not that this or that cannot happen. All things are possible with God. God does not want people to desire anything more than Him. He is more concerned with our character transformation than pleasing our prideful, fleshy, desires. Our faith is in Him; and we surrender our will to His. We believe His will to be done, even when we don’t know what it is specifically. Faith in God is the gateway to what He has for us, from glory to glory!
Matthew 26:42 “Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.’ “
We lay hold of what Christ Jesus has laid hold of for us. The challenge we face is our uncertainty of what that is. Not knowing the exact purpose doesn’t matter as much as knowing that God has one for everyone. Each purpose connects to another. We look at one thing while God looks at everything. We need to press on by faith to reach for what is beyond our reach.
It’s easier to press through obstacles when we know what is on the other side, but then we would walk by sight instead of by faith. If we knew, it would clarify the purpose for our pressing ahead, and strengthen us not to give up; but that would depend on our knowledge, not God. The Lord increases our faith in what we do not see so we can press through what we see. We trust that what we are pressing through for will be exceptional because it’s from God.
Recognizing that we have not reached our destination, and are in a continued transformation process, enables us to press on to the unknown God has for us. We can trust Father God has the best for us. The unknown becomes known and His purpose unfolds, from glory to glory!
Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
Knowing and believing God accepts us in Christ Jesus strengthens our spiritual walk. It enables us to accept others. It is only by God’s grace, through His amazing love, that we can do so. Because God loved us, we love Him and others. Because God forgives us, we forgive ourselves and others. Because God accepts us, we accept others.
It is important to recognize the difference between acceptance and approval. Acceptance pertains to who we are, approval to what we do. We might not approve of someone else’s decision, but we accept them regardless because we love them. When others disapprove of our choices, knowing our acceptance frees us from rejection. God calls us out of rejection into acceptance.
The more we receive our value from God, the less we look for it from other people. We seek to please God, not man. We make decisions from our place of acceptance in the Lord. We trust that even when we do not make the right choices, His love and acceptance remain. He helps us forgive ourselves and teaches us how to choose wisely in the future. We receive His empowerment to move forward, by His grace and mercy, and walk strong in Him, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
As water breaks when it’s time for a natural birth, so it is for the things of God. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes upon us for the birthing of God’s purposes. It was the angel Gabriel’s answer to Mary when she wondered how she could give birth to Jesus when she was a virgin. He said, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you.” It is the same answer for all our “hows?” of the things of God in our lives.
After the water breaks, contractions, birth pangs, begin. Each wave of pain feels like it cannot get any stronger, but it does. Pushing, the last stage of birthing, takes place. We have no strength to push, yet have to; no breath left, yet we breathe harder; great sorrow, yet great joy!
When trials and tribulations seem to overwhelm us, the Spirit of God overpowers us.
He helps us reject fear, insecurity, rejection and every opposition to His perfect plan. He coaches us with each push, with love and comfort. Our total focus shifts in what is being birthed. All else disappears. God’s best manifests. We stand in awe, rejoice and prepare for the process again, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:34-35 “Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’
And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
We can expect unexpected manifestations of who we are in Christ and His purposes. Because of the reality of Christ in us, all believers carry unknown potential. Just like in a natural pregnancy, the mother becomes encouraged and excited about the birth when her baby kicks. It is the same in our spiritual life.
For us, the kicking is when we sense things are finally moving; when what we carry feels the most alive. A jump within of joy at the sound of a scripture or a word. An early arising with an expectancy of unknown happenings. Interruptions of shouts of praise in our daily routine. Bursts of glory.
It’s also when the flesh wars against the spirit and our adversary throws the most fiery darts. We feel uncomfortable. It is during these trying moments that the spirit moves the most to strengthen us. The more hindrances kick against us, the greater the kick of determination within us. Battles become confirmation of the soon coming manifestation of what God has conceived. No darkness can destroy what Jesus, the Light of the World, breaks forth, from glory to glory!
John 7:37-38 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.‘ “