Are you being strong and courageous or are you being weary and unstable? This was a question for me first. I had to answer it when God brought me to Joshua 1:18. As I read, I realized that in my disobedience I am dying and those I’m destined to reach will die. Because God placed me strategically among people to bring deliverance and healing. And He’s done the same for you. So when we are being weary and unstable, the enemy is coaching us to stay as such. Why? Because if you are discouraged, you won’t walk strongly and courageous after the things God needs you to do. His will MUST be done in you. And not just for your sake, but for the souls you are destined to touch. No pressure. Because aren’t we just doing what God called us to do? So don’t be weary. Be strong. Be courageous. Be who God called you to be in Him.
“Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!””
Joshua 1:18 NIV
Jesus, help me to follow Your example. To walk in love at all times. Help me to sacrifice myself and give myself to others as You did for me on the cross. Please purify me; my heart, mind, body, and motives. Take out anything that isn’t like You. Help my words to be pleasing to Your ears. May they build up those I speak to and about and not tear them down. Help me to always be thankful. Jesus help me to keep You first and not put anyone or anything before You. Help me to be wise and walk according to Your guidance and wisdom. Keep my company honest and may they have good motives. Please teach me Your will so that I can walk it out obediently and live a righteous life. Keep me out of the company of those who are disobedient. Help me to have holy boldness and speak truth at all times. Jesus, thank You for every opportunity. Help me to make the most of them all. Fill me with Your Spirit. I need You. I thank You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I choose to worship (Psalm 96:9)
I choose to seek You (Matthew 6:33)
I choose to honor You (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I choose to trust (Proverbs 3:5)
I choose to repent (Eziekel 18:32)
I choose to have faith (Hebrews 11:1)
I choose to do right (Proverbs 21:3)
I choose to praise (Psalm 147:1)
I choose to obey (Psalm 119:57)
I choose to ask for help (Psalm 121:1)
I choose to give You my situation (Matthew 11:28)
I choose to keep going (Hebrews 12:1-3)
I choose not to condemn myself (Romans 8:11)
I choose to forgive (Colossians 3:13)
I choose to laugh (Proverbs 17:22)
I choose You (Mark 8:34-36)
What I was reminded of is pretty simple. As I read through Proverbs 3:1-10, I’m reminded that my faithfulness and obedience to Gods Word and His Kingdom will produce promises. When I obey His commands, I attach myself to long life, peace, and prosperity. Who doesn’t desire these things? So you mean to tell me, they automatically attach themselves to me when I obey God?! That’s an extremely fair trade off. You mean to tell me that trusting God will put me on a straight path? I don’t need to try to figure out my life because God’s promise to give me straight paths will set my life up for greatness?! Yeah, with promises like that from a God who is able to perform awesome wonders, I’ll stay on the road of obedience for life. It’s well worth it. Don’t you think so too ? So keep the faith. You’re right where God needs you. Stay faithful and obedient to His Word.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:1-10 NIV
You gotta be tired of living in your own will, right? Come down the road that leads to promise. Because your disobedience is keeping you from the finely paved road of milk and honey. No obedience means prolonged blessings. Because God can’t bless your will. So why are you still walking with my twice removed cousin. You rather be attached to the curse than the blessing? You rather live in struggle than the land of abundance? You rather walk in darkness than in the light of the Lamb? You rather be the boss than to humble yourself before the King? That’s lame. It really is. But you know what’s even more lame? You knowing the outcome of your disobedience and still doing things in your own will.
I do what I do because I love the Lord. For me to be obedient to His voice isn’t only imperative for my life, but those He needs me to connect with. I hear Him speak and I move. Sometimes hesitating. But the consequences of disobedience are just too much for me to handle, so I continue to follow His instruction. You see, I’ve been there. Living life on my own. Going with my flow and dismissing His voice. No wonder I didn’t hear Him when He spoke. My will clouded my hearing. So now that I have a clear line of communication, I am willingly obedient because the plan behind the instruction is too big for me to even see. So I will continue doing what I do for God because not doing His will is not an option. Is it an option for you?
I pray that you move in the direction that God needs you to move. I pray that you trust His voice as He speaks. I hope that you are seeking His will over yours because your will will leave you wanting more. Searching for more when you have all you need. All you need is found in Christ. So please not only consider Gods will, but do it so that you remain covered by His Blood.
I had a conversation with God.
As I asked what to do, He responded with “a move”.
“Whew, that’s gonna take a step of faith,” I said.
“So step,” He replied. “Jump and watch Me catch you. You’ll end up in the land you’ve been praying to enter. A land that you envisioned. No longer do you have to stand on the other side of the gate as you dream. Now you can walk into all that you spoke and believed. You came to Me and I saw your heart. You put time in, you did your part. You allowed Me to be first in your life, so it’s now up to Me to add all of these things as I promised. It’s time for Me to do what I said, because you were obedient to everything I said. You followed My Word everyday. Even behind closed doors. Now, that’s integrity. That’s smart. You now have My heart. You desire to do My will over yours. I am pleased to give you more. Because I know that you will build My kingdom up and give Me the glory as I fill your cup. Thank you for being faithful to Me, My child.”
As I watched the sunset on January 31st, I couldn’t help but see the perfection of His beauty. I thought over my first month of 2018. Everyday was perfect. So my perfect days led to a perfect month. Gods glory was truly shown to me. His faithfulness was seen throughout the month. His beauty was radiating through the moments of each day. I rose with a will to seek Him. What I found was love, peace, joy, blessings galore, hope, love (can I say that twice?), obedience, sacrifice, ministry, perfecting of faith, abundance, and more. I found that when I am obedient to His will, I give God the opportunity to do the unexpected. What I found in my month, was being in His perfect will created perfect days which formed a perfect month.
***PLEASE READ LUKE CHAPTER 1 BEFORE READING THIS POST***
What can we learn from Luke 1?
- The Word of God will never fail. People will fail us. We may fail ourselves. Our jobs and this world will fail us, but the Word of God will NEVER fail. It will prosper! If there is no failure in the Bible, why do we question it? We have seen the Word of God come alive in our lives on many occasions. What makes us think it will fail us now? Has God changed? Nope! He remains the same. And guess what? His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is no failure in His Word.
- Because of Zechariah’s obedience to Gods will, he was immediately blessed and received His voice back. Immediately. We know that following the will of God isn’t always easy, but we can see that there are blessings attached to obedience. Not only was he blessed to receive his voice, but Johns life can now fulfill the will of God because of his fathers obedience. When we are obedient, the blessings flow to those around you as well. Your church, home, children, job. Blessings will flow to everything that is connected to you, even strangers. Be obedient. Reap the blessings.
- Verse 45 shows us that faith makes things possible. Believing that God will do what He said is key! Our words create our world. Imagine the world that you would create for yourself if you spoke and stood on the Word of God and believed God is truly able to do EVERYTHING. What would happen if we stood on His Word and didn’t allow people or things to shift our thoughts from Him? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The more we read, the more our faith will come alive. Use your faith to change your life and access your blessings.
Johns life was predestined while in His mothers womb. But because His father was obedient, he was now able to walk out his purpose in life. This probably wouldn’t have been if He was named anything else. There is purpose attached to you. Once you accepted Christ into your life, you became a new creature in Him. Your old self was put off and you were made new. Now Christ’s name is attached to you and His power is in you. You can walk confidently in your purpose.
Moral of the story? Be obedient to the voice of God. ❤️
Tell me, what did you take from the story written in Luke 1? I would love to hear. Please comment. 😊