Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
While studying my bible I always like to listen to the Bible Study playlist on Apple Music. The Hillsong United “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) came on and I still cannot get pass it…. It’s through the things you cannot control is when your faith is tested the most. Life has been going unexpected lately, some good and some bad. While trials may hit and you may not see yourself coming out of situations because let’s be honest it’s bad. In Judges 6, when the angel of the Lord came to Gideon and told him “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior”. Gideon knew of the things God has done for the Israelite’s, but thought God left them to suffer. Your story doesn’t end in defeat but in victory with the Lord. God doesn’t intend for you to stay in your suffering, He is calling you out.
My past and my present doesn’t dictate God’s purpose for me. It took me now to realize that. The story of how David was anointed to be King. The process of how it started brings me relief. David was a Shepard boy. In the eyes of many he didn’t look like a warrior. In the eyes of many, I don’t look like a church clerk, a christian or any other label. By me staying in the will of God I can do anything. You can do anything. You just have to be willing to trust God and obey him. God will pave the way for those he called to do his work for his glory and his Kingdom. So the next time you question a blessing/ calling God has put on your life. Remember…
“But the Lord said to Samuel, ” Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7
God sees who you are with him.
It’s important to be obedient to God. Letting Him have full control over your life. Walking in the Spirit instead of your sinful nature.
“19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)
Once you become a (born-again) Christian the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you, while it will start a war “Flesh vs Spirit”. To overcome that battle, to win is to surrender “ALL” to the Holy Spirit. Be one with the Holy Spirit, whenever God says move, MOVE! When he says be still, be still. Every step, every path you take make sure it align up with God.
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:22-24)
As Christians we may backslide but repent and sin no more. It’s time to show and tell God “I’m All In”.
“25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:25-56)
I made a lot of accomplishments in the year of 2016. I didn’t really have a set goal, but I took in the good and the bad. But my greatest success in 2016 was that I got baptized and decided my life to Christ. It was the most exciting thing I ever experienced. I felt truly “born-again”. And another one of my goals was to clear out my personal school loan debt that I owed, I didn’t finish paying it all off…. It’s a lot lower than it was.
But starting this year, I kept thinking about what I want to accomplish this year? What will make God proud? So here are some of my goals to kick off the New Year.
- Grow and be confident in my faith
One of the things I noticed I struggled with in 2016. My beliefs were contradicting because I kept trying to please others who lived in the world. I was very insecure about myself because I felt like I lost a lot of friends in 2016 because of my faith. Then the friends that I’ve made, weren’t really good influences. So this year I hope to show everybody I’m proud of God and that I know him. And if you want to hang out with me, that is what YOU have to accept.
So I did terrible saving money last year and I recently opened a 401k with my job to help me save. I really wanted to save for my future because I don’t know what God has in store for me and also for me to eventually move out of my parents’ house. I had a lot of bad spending habits last year and most of it came from me continuously trying to pay off my debts and also having my “TREAT YOUR SELF” mentality. I’m hoping to work on this in 2017.
- FIGURE OUT MY CAREER CHOICES?
I’ve been flip-flopping lately about what I want to do in the future. As I’ve gotten older my mind about what I want to do in life has changed. I’m not really sure why I feel like I need to find a career because where I’m at is pretty good. But I don’t like the long hours, but the money is good ( I cringe every time I say that). But when I went to college in 2011 I wanted to be a Social Worker then the idea of getting into $40,000 in debt kind of changed my mind about universities. After witnessing people not being about to afford housing in the future and still be stuck at home (like I am now) after graduation. That kind of killed off that buzz. So now I’m looking into the medical field. But I’m staying in constant prayers because I never know what God wants me to do.
- IT’S OKAY TO MAKE MISTAKES!
This is my ultimately last goal of 2017. Now I don’t know about any of you all but I know I tend to worry. Before I met Christ, I didn’t have a care in the world. Nothing to me mattered. But sense I’ve been born-again, I’m afraid of making my old mistakes. In 2016, I was very hard on myself, insecure about whom I was in Christ, stressed out, worrying about every little detail. I’M STOPPING IT NOW IN 2017. I spent all those months worrying and now I need to learn to make choices and realize who my God is. He is God that has a plan, so whatever I do… if it’s not in his will…….. IT WON’T HAPPEN. I’m going to stay in constant prayer over 2017, to help ease my anxiety and worrying when it comes to life.
I encourage everybody to write down their goals and then pray about it! Go into your prayer closet and ask God for things your heart desires. He is constantly moving and constantly in control so surrender your life to the Lord and watch him work miracles. In 2016 I had some rough times and also some amazing moments but without God in my life… I wouldn’t really be where I am now. God is still in the blessing business.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7:7-8 NLT