Hello, My Name Is… Consistent

Lesson 1: Taking time for granted

God has been dealing with me about being consistent in my writing. He let me know that it is my calling to write, though I treat it like a hobby that I do in my free time (which is usually never). But God reminded me that I do what I want to do and make time for what I want to make time for. Ouch! Time to rethink this thing or better yet, time to do this thing right.

This reminds me of the scripture from Matthew 25 about the ten virgins. It goes like this…

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps[a] and went to meet the bridegroom.[b] 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Overview: This story is about the heart of believers and how we are all equipped with the same amount of faith. Some choose the do big things while other just get by, but ultimately we make time for what we want to make time for. The wise are always prepared and ready while the foolish are letting life happen as they go. When the bridegroom comes (representing Jesus) we see that there is no longer time to prepare. Those who were ready went with him to the marriage feast while the others tried to redeem the time. His response to them was “I do not know you.”

I did not know initially what God wanted me to see in this so I had to pray and ask for spiritual wisdom and insight.  Over the next 11 days I will explore what heart issues are exposed and how I have to be intentional with my time because while he may delay, he is surely coming and he wants a return on what he invested in me.

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I Just Want To Say Thank You

To you alone, O Lord, to you alone, and not to us, must glory be given because of your constant love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

      Today I want to focus on being grateful. I take a lot of time thinking on things I need instead of considering all that I have. I say thank you but do I really live grateful? 

      If I haven’t told you lately,  Lord I thank you for all my needs being met. Thank you for placing your spirit within me to live in me and guide me. Because of you I am never alone. I thank you for my life which you are the very source of. I thank you for my healthy child and for having both of my parents in my life. I thank you for keeping me in perfect peace that I know can only be found in you. 

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A New Thing


Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 AMPC

http://bible.com/8/isa.43.19.AMPC

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The Greatness of God

I will proclaim your greatness, my God and king; I will thank you forever and ever. Every day I will thank you; I will praise you forever and ever. The Lord is great and is to be highly praised; his greatness is beyond understanding. What you have done will be praised from one generation to the next; they will proclaim your mighty acts. They will speak of your glory and majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 145:1‭-‬5 GNTD

http://bible.com/69/psa.145.1-5.GNTD

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Changing Tracina

I am by no means an agent of change. I like my comfy mess and I am content to stand still. The issue is that I told God to make me into what He wants me to be and my love for Him overrides my comfortable disposition. When I relinquished control things started to change, although at times uncomfortable, it pushed me on to a new level. I find that the things I thought I liked and possibly even loved, things were in reality not conducive to my development, no longer appealed to me.
Riding with God has been a journey, like a rollercoaster that only plateaus for a short time before it takes off again. I have experienced turbulence, darkness, and even fear, but through it all God is reassuring me that I am heading to a place in him that will cause others to draw near to Him. I don’t mind the ride and I love that His only requirement for me is to show love to His creations and to Give Him glory.

Don’t just take my word for it!
Ecclesiastes 3 ESV

1 FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, AND A TIME FOR EVERY MATTER UNDER HEAVEN…

11 HE HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME. ALSO, HE HAS PUT ETERNITY INTO MAN’S HEART, YET SO THAT HE CANNOT FIND OUT WHAT GOD HAS DONE FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. 12 I PERCEIVED THAT THERE IS NOTHING BETTER FOR THEM THAN TO BE JOYFUL AND TO DO GOOD AS LONG AS THEY LIVE; 13 ALSO THAT EVERYONE SHOULD EAT AND DRINK AND TAKE PLEASURE IN ALL HIS TOIL—THIS IS GOD’S GIFT TO MAN.

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Just Say the Word

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.(1 Peter 4:12) 

Trials and trouble are a guarantee. Life will happen but we can choose the life we live by our confessions. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.(Proverbs 18:21) In other words which fruit will you choose?

One of my greatest struggles has been restlessness. I no longer medicate to sleep. Night after night at about the same time I am awake. Before I truly turned my life over to Christ I constantly ran numbers trying to figure out how not to be broke. I worried about how  I would have enough food to stretch over a 2 week period. I worried about someone finding out i was worried because it may seem like sign of weakness. All that worrying stressed me out! I forgot that I have a choice as for what I can do with my sleepless nights.  So I started to pray. Not just any prayer but I began to repeat the promises of God back to Him and myself. (Isaiah 43:26) It’s not that He forgot but so that  I can remember who I am in Him. I have the right to these benefits.What are those benefits? The right to His unfailing love, healing, redemption, strength, freedom from worry and peace.

So with holy ghost boldness I can confess:

Hello problems, I see you. You may have a right to exist, but not in me. I am a child of the most high God and His word says… (Fill in the blank, find out what the word of God has to say for your situation.) 

Don’t just take my word for it!

  1. Psalm 103 (The chapter of benefits)
  2. Philippians 4:6

 

 

 

 

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Finished Product

God has shown me what He promised me. He has set it before me. He told me to wait and trust him in spite of opposition. He has shown me where the incomplete parts of the promise are and how to get it to the done level. It has already been promised to me so it belongs to me. Instead of trying to obtain it I have decided to prepare myself for it. Although it belongs to me I must get into the receiving position. Through His word He is perfecting my attitude, my character, and insight so that I will appreciate the promise.

My perspective has shifted from the part of me that felt like I was not good enough for the promise which caused me to immediately feel depressed. God reminds me in His word  that I am chosen by God, a royal priesthood, God’s very own possession. (a) Previous to that I am reminded in 1 Peter 2:5  that I am a living stone that God is building into his spiritual temple. These verses show me that I am indeed a prime candidate for God’s promises.

From past experience I have learned that the accumulation of an unfinished product does not work well. I found myself trying to make up the missing parts, giving more of myself to it than God had contributed and it eventually fell apart.  God gave me the example of a cake that is baking. You can’t remove it too soon or the middle will fall flat. It will look nice for a few moments to look “done” but eventually it will deflate. If you wait for the cake to reach the perfect temperature you are guaranteed to have a perfect finished product. I don’t want to get to a point where I just say I can work with that unfinished product. Truthfully I can’t make something work that is not complete because I lack the infinite wisdom that God has.Here is where I have to “trust in the Lord with all of my heart and lean not unto my own understanding”(b).

His not yet is not a no. Since the enemy knows patients is a growing pain he will jip you out of a bigger promise for surface promises that really don’t last.   This is why James 1:4 says “But let patients have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Don’t just take my word for it!

1.(a)1 peter 2:9

2(b) proverbs 3:5

 

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