When we are growing in Christ, it looks like we’re losing physical ground.
In reality, we are deepening in our faith in the One who is our only true foundation: Jesus Christ. To fly, we must learn to soar by Him.
As a little girl, I longed to make my mom and dad proud. Being Mexican American, I wanted to surpass the expectations of society for me. After gaining piles and piles of certificates and degrees from expensive Colleges/Universities, I still felt empty and unaccomplished.
As a child of God, I recognize that we are not made for anything but our Heavenly Father’s glory. This is a beautiful truth.
To grow in this truth, we need to allow the shedding of anything that is hindering us from truly pursuing our Heavenly Father’s call on our lives.
God’s calling must become priority over our desires, our early parent’s desires, as well as the world’s desires for us. To become who God made us to be for His glory, we must seek His good will and pleasure and lose everything that does not reflect what He wants for our lives. His call will entail His dream. His request to work for and serve Him in the Kingdom must be answered with humble submission.
There are a few steps God is encouraging me to take that I’ll pass along to you to move into alignment with His will for our lives.
- We’ve got to continue to read God’s Word (the Bible). We learn to recognize God’s voice by hearing His Word. His Word is the truth that sets us free, and we must make His Word the authority in our lives. When He says, “Come…,” we are invited to come to Him. When He says, “Go…,” we are encouraged to go out, go forward, go to where He’s calling us to go. When He says, “Leave,” we need to leave wherever and whatever He’s calling us to leave and trust Him to bring us to the new place He’s taking us.
- We’ve got to throw off the “old.” We are new creations in Christ, the old has passed away, behold all things are new (2 Corinthians 5:17). There are many temptations for us to be or do what God has not called us to be and do, but we need to resist them. We’ve got to feed our new nature in Christ—feed the Spirit, and choose God’s way over every voice that is calling you to go in the opposite direction. We need to follow JESUS CHRIST.
- Identify those voices around you that are trying to mold you into what the world wants you to be and do, and reject them. The serpent, Satan is a liar and He didn’t want Eve to believe that God had a good plan for her. Likewise, Satan tempts us to choose our own plans, our earthly parents’ plans, or the world’s plans for us. We need to recognize these voices and resist them. The truth is—GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE AND IT IS GOOD. God wants us to be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. We need to wait and trust God for His plan to unfold; we can have faith that He has our absolute best interests in mind. He loves us, truly not like anyone or anything.
Even though I have made many mistakes throughout my journey in life, God is going to use them for His glory. In the same manner, if you give your life to Jesus Christ, you can trust that God will use absolutely everything for His glory. So, let us continue to pursue God’s calling, God’s ways, and God’s plan for us.
He is Good.
And we want more of Him, don’t we?
I do. 😊
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“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” (John 6:51).
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1).
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).