Sometimes we just want The Lord to do things in our life. Sometimes He just does it, and other times He gives us the plan we must walk out. When I was praying about this new year, The Lord took me to these verses and encouraged me in some areas that will help me move forward in Him this year. I pray God speaks to your heart as you read this.
This was a scripture The Lord layed on my heart.
New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
1. Lay it down:
Lay down those things that are keeping you from walking in unity with The Lord, so we can run the race He has set before us!
A scripture The Lord gave me this last week is out of
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
2. Fix my eyes on Him:
It's easy to get distracted and have our mind on what people might think of us or spend time trying to become what others think we should be. There is no joy in that. We must rest in peace with who God has made us, and stay open to what God has for us. It might involve change on our part, but our eyes cant be focused on others. We must keep our focus on Jesus.
Another scripture I meditated on this last week
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
3. Don't lose heart:
I think this is one of life's biggest challenges. When we are bombarded with such bad news, it is so easy to start to lose heart, and began to wonder if one person can make a dent in the issues our world faces. This is where we must encourage eachother with the "Ones" in the Bible that did make a difference, because of their decision to stay committed beyond their circumstances.
We can't allow circumstances to control commitment.
Here are just a few examples of the "One's" in the Bible:
Paul stated in Acts 20:24, after hearing what he would face later he said, "But none of these things move me..."None of the circumstances coming his way would move him from God's will. His commitment would take him beyond the circumstances.
In Esther 3 & 4, Haman has a wicked plan to destroy all the Hebrews and word gets to Mordecai, who in turn sends to Esther. They communicate back and forth and finally, Mordecai tells her she would not escape. Her objection was that she could not approach the king unbidden, lest she die. She states she will go to him and "If I perish, I perish." Her commitment went beyond the circumstance.
In Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego took a stand and refused to bow to the image. Nebuchadnezzar asked, "And who is that God that shall deliver you out of my (the circumstance) hands." They responded, "We are not careful to answer...Our God is able...but if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve they gods, nor worship the golden image." Their commitment went beyond the circumstance.
Daniel is faced with a circumstance in Chapter 6 to not pray at all for 30 days. He goes to his house with the window open and prays 3 times daily. The decree from the king was to throw him into the den of lions (the circumstance). Daniel never said a word, even though the king tried to free him and fretted all night. God caused the lions mouths to not open and Daniel came out of the circumstance, because his commitment carried him through the circumstance.
In Gen. 22, Abraham has a circumstance...God told him to take Isaac to Moriah and offer him up as a sacrifice. They go and Abraham never tells Isaac the plan (circumstance). Abraham's commitment to God controlled his attitude. Isaac asked, since we have all the necessary items, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham answers, "God will provide Himself a lamb..." Abraham's commitment was strong enough to trust God in the circumstance.
This is my action plan for 2013! I believe The Lord has shown me through His word to believe I can make a difference through my obedience to Him. To use his Word as a guide and encouragement, and to keep moving forward and trust Him.
Thanks so much Reba.
Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.