When our strength is failing, our passion dissipating, or our fire is extinguishing, we find ourselves hindered from going forth to fulfill our purpose. Something precipitated the change, and we need to identify the source to regain ground. Even when we do not discern the cause of a change, recognizing that there was one allows us to move forward.
Was it an offense, a hardship, or a loss? Did it happen suddenly or subtly? The sudden is easier to detect. What has dropped gradually is not clear. It takes humility to face what may have happened. When we do, the Spirit of God helps us through the process, even dealing with what we do not know or remember. We pray daily for wisdom, guidance, and peace.
The power of God can make what appears to be lost rise to the surface. When we think it is no longer there, it is! We just cannot reach it without God’s help. He graciously rekindles our fire. God has a way to pick us back up and restore us to a greater place than where we were before, from glory to glory!
2 Kings 6:6-7 “So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.”
The children of Israel were trapped between the Red Sea, ahead of them, and their enemies behind them. God told Moses to go forward, lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it. As he obeyed the Red Sea miraculously parted! When our situations look hopeless, God will instruct us to go forward, follow His lead, and trust Him for what will be revealed as we obey.
Going forward doesn’t make sense when it is impossible to do so in the natural. The supernatural defies the natural. Reason doesn’t comprehend faith. It is only with our eyes on the unseen that we can step forward. We cannot look at the enemy behind us, others, our walk or a sure path. We can only look to God who is able and with us, always.
The children of Israel must have been wondering if the water was going to stay parted and their enemies remain defeated. They had to rely on God to keep the ground dry for them. Even after we take the first step, we must continue to walk without questioning what is to come, trusting the way will be made clear as we go forward, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:15-16 “And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
Every member of the Body matters and every joint supplies. There is only one body of Christ and Jesus is the Head. Everyone matters. We do not compete, but complete one another; and we do not compare ourselves with others. We are all gifted because of the greatest gift that lives in us, Jesus Christ, our Lord. By His Spirit, we shine forth His Glory!
Low self-esteem can cause us to believe we have no gifts at all, while pride can make us think we are more gifted than others. No one is greater than another. To minister means to serve. We are all servants, and we need each other. United, we can do greater works in the name of Jesus. When we disregard one part of the Body, we hinder others, including ourselves.
We serve and stay faithful wherever we are, in whatever we do, with no complaint. It is all for the glory of God, so it’s never insignificant. Above all, we walk in love: appreciate, encourage, and celebrate one another. We rest in Him and rejoice forevermore. We endeavor to be good stewards of what God places in our hands, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:16 “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
When someone comes to us to share their dispute with someone else, he or she desires us to take his or her side. It can challenge us because we don’t know the entire story. There are three sides to every story: each party and the Lords. We want to be on the Lord’s side, pursuing resolution and reconciliation.
We can care, understand and be compassionate without taking sides. We pray with that person, acknowledging the Lord, seeking His wisdom and peace. It helps release anger and hurt; and receive the Lord’s healing, forgiveness and peace. When we walk in love, the gossip meetings we encounter, by God’s grace, turn into prayer meetings. Love conquers all.
Being on the Lord’s side doesn’t mean we know everything about a situation. It means we trust what He knows. God calls us to be ministers of reconciliation and we represent His side to others. His love. His care. His grace. Where the enemy wants to bring division, we bring unity and peace, in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
Our freedom in Christ enables us to flee when temptation comes. Instead of so easily running into a trap of the enemy, we can rush to the Lord. We discern the cunning of our adversary. Aware that the enemy can disguise himself as an angel of light, prepares us to watch and flee; not slowly, but quickly. Like a deer facing danger, we leap away from hindrances.
We trust the leading of the Holy Spirit with each step we take. When He says flee, we do. No time for questioning. Immediately we obey. In some situations, we must flee, taking no time to think it over; even a slight delay can hinder our escape. We become stronger, saying no when necessary as we reinforce our boundaries.
In Christ, we are free indeed! Jesus is our fortress, our refuge and our strength. We move rapidly and run to Him. We long to reach and keep our place of safety in Him. It’s not fleeing because of fear; it’s escaping to absorb the protection we have in Christ. We are free to flee, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
A husband or a wife comes home and, while greeted by their mate with a tender embrace, thinks of what happened at work, plans they made for the next day or how much the other angered them the day before. This can also occur in other relationships. Many interactions with loved ones are not treasured because of not focusing on the present.
Our adversary constantly tempts us to either think about tomorrow’s possible heartaches and pains or remember those of our past. He does so to steal the joy we can experience in the here and now. Missing priceless moments and letting valuable times of happiness pass by often happens unknowingly.
What is happening around us right now? Do we enjoy people and conversations to the fullest by intentionally abiding in the present? Giving our full attention to what comes our way takes an intentional purpose of the heart and the enabling of the Spirit of Christ. As we seek the Lord in the now, He helps us enjoy His abundant blessings, moment by moment, from glory to glory.
Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”