Being Made Perfect in Our Weakness
God is Good
Week 2 of My Words from God
Lately my life has taken me for a roller coaster ride of turmoil’s over triumphs, although not looking to God in the way I should especially not looking for the smallest details in my everyday life. For instance, being grateful to wake up to another day, being able to breathe and go forth into my day thinking of God in all things great and small. My biggest obstacle lately is to stop looking for God in circumstances and in people, that we need to look into our spirits only then will we find him…My biggest question I have asked myself lately is, how do I apply this back into my life when I have not done so longer than I would like to admit? God filled my daily words with reminders throughout this past week to make me think and reflect on what he is trying to show me.
What is Rest?
Of course the first word I received for the week was REST…I can look at this word several different ways but it sounds so…motionless, dormant, and so sluggish. I meditated on this word and I don’t think God wants me to view “rest” in this way, more of “rest” being an appetite, aspiration, or passion for my spirit. Thoughts that came to mind were to be able to be active in an activity where you are free to just be, without working or reaching any decisions on how well you are doing. In Hebrews 4:10 it states “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Rest isn’t to just lay down and sleep as most would consider this word, its more driven to aspire us to be inspired in the presence of God…Exodus 33:14 “And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” To achieve trying a new direction inspired by God’s greatness than to agitate self with the world. Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls…” God doesn’t want us to be anxious about guilt or difficulties, as he states in Isaiah 30:15 “For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Rest needs to be an appetite, aspiration and passion that comes from your spirit not your physical weariness wanting to lay down and sleep…rest is to spend time in complete and utter comfort with Jesus. Rest is not something we create or created, it is a gift from God; it is our job as Christians to offer the same rest Christ gives us to others who need it…
Jesus Restore Us
When conflict and circumstances come into our lives it is only human to react in a way that we have to try to RESTORE our lives back to the way things were when everything was on an even keel. Conflict is misery and we slump, we take our circumstances and put the world in full frontal view because I know I blame the world and revert back to world, thinking to myself, I need to see God in this circumstance that has created conflict and misery in my life and then only then will everything be restored. All the while God is still standing beside me saying restore yourself…what is restore? How do I be restored? Restore is to bring back, revive, reinstate, renew, to stimulate spiritually. To be cheerful, to be inspired, and to be joyful equals restoring yourself. Isaiah 57:15-18 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.” In this passage we read the following: To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones, I have seen his ways and will heal him, I will also lead him, and restore comfort to him. God is everywhere in this passage in all His glory all his greatness and all His love for us, His mercy is on us to revive/restore us. He calls us to come to Him in love because He wants to have that close connected relationship with Him and only He can restore us. When we fall and go back to viewing the world we lose sight of God and our spirits need to be restored. The amplified version of the bible in Revelation 2:4-5 “But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.” When we fall back into world God is then not placed first because our focus is not on Him, we have to change and go back to God as when we focus on the world we basically abandon our focus on Him. Only God can restore our spiritual needs, He has reminded me to stop doing this, and repent/change back to the focus of Him.
"Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me...Let me be singing when the evening comes..."
Strengthen Your Faith
From most peoples perspectives we sometimes wonder why things happen, life just does not make sense to us. It is difficult to try to answer these questions because only God has the answers. We walk through our lives and at this point is when we question why?, why do we face obstacles? why did this have to happen? What is life really about? Extremely deep questions. Life is a process but what we need to do is to stop and think and realize the real question is where do I go to seek the answers to these questions? Conviction fell upon me as CONVICT was my word of the day…What a way to start the week with sobs of remorse for things I have thought and said, and sharing these with a sister at church I told her my issues. Conviction is addressed to the heart of the guilty in respect to righteousness and of judgment by the Holy Spirit. I know I was wrong in placing my blame of circumstances upon the world leaving God out of my mind while doing so. John 3:19-21 shows how our wrongs keep us from God and how His grace and loving nature remind us to come back into the light, again the amplified version of the bible “The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved. But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].” God gently reminds us Christians to stop hiding in the darkness in our turmoil’s and seek Him in the light because we cannot do without Him and His love and strength.
Once we step back into God’s light we can be released from the dark, deliverance comes upon us and freeing of our mind and spirit gives us liberation in our life. RELEASE…from the bondage of darkness, from the enemy’s stronghold against us, from the chains that are holding us from being free. It is easy to slip into the darkness as our minds can easily fill with negative thoughts producing negative emotions. We cannot let our emotions drive our lives, we have to stop thinking with our mind and start living from our spirit. It should never be underestimated what the power of Satan can do to us however, God is greater than anything and through prayer and perseverance we can be released to overcome anything with God. Jesus says to us in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Satan is basically an executioner; he wants to kill your witness, your reputation, and your contentment. Think about this, Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” This is what Satan tries to do to us every day. We are not helpless against Satan’s attacks because our greatest weapon against him is prayer, our battle is a spiritual one and our spiritual weapon is prayer, using the word of God, the name of Christ. Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” We have to remind ourselves daily that no matter what battle we are fighting…keep your focus on God, keep talking to Him, Keep praying. We have a mediator to God which is Christ and it is because of the blood that He shed for us and the power of His resurrection, believers have open access to the throne of God. We may always be taking hits by the enemy but the promise is in the authority in scripture that victory is coming and Satan will be defeated and when that day comes there will be a glorious morning when the darkness fades into nothingness. That is our release from the enemy, Christ and prayer.
Give Him the Pieces
FRAGMENTS, pieces…Part of John 6:12 tells us that “When they were filled, He said to the disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost”” I was not sure how to relate to this word and mulled it over in my mind. At first I thought this had to do with parts of the body of Christ but then God reminded me that the Bible states in multiple places that our souls can be “fragmented’ which is another way of saying torn or damaged. When He reminded me of this I knew exactly what he was saying as I had told a close friend that my faith felt as if it had been crushed into pieces. Psalms 7:2 “Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.”, Psalms 23:3 “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” Even though our soul can be ripped apart into fragments and crushed by circumstances God restores our souls. Matthew 16:26 also states “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” In all honesty I know I am not the only woman who has fragments of their souls broken and at this point in the week I could only pray…“Father, I ask You in the Name of Jesus Christ to send out angels to gather up the fragments of my soul and restore them to their rightful place in me (Psalm 7:2, 23:3). Restore all the pieces of my fragmented mind, will, emotions, appetite, intellect, heart, and personality. Bring them all into proper and original positions where they belong. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I command Satan and all of his demons to loose my mind completely. I ask You, Father to send Your angels to break, cut and sever all chains, ties and bonds of whatever sort the enemy has managed to place on my mind by word or deed. I ask You to loose into me and my family the spirits of the Lord: Wisdom, Counsel, Might, Knowledge, Fear of the Lord, Power, Love, Sound Mind, Grace, Peace and the Spirit of the Lord. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.”
God is Enough
SUFFICIENT is His grace for us. 2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,” I am weak, I am transparent in saying this and I know I am not alone God reminds us that in our weakness His power is made perfect…2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” God gives us so much grace that there are no earthly words to describe it. The word sufficient is powerful when it comes to God it is basically fundamental to Christian faith, what is our foundation? I know that my foundation is Christ, He is the rock I stand on and even in my weakest I may get angry, I may get sad, depressed, weak, sick, and even cry and want to scream but my foundation never falls beneath me. Sufficiency is a crystal clear confirmation of God’s purpose to restore the broken bond between Himself and humanity through Jesus Christ our savior through the gift of faith, and salvation as a result of Christ’s sacrifice for all mankind to die on the cross and resurrect from the grave, there is nothing greater than this.
My final word for the week was STRIVE…with the revelations given to me throughout the words for this week the word strive is not intended to be taken as something we struggle to find but what God has shown me to strive in this context is to seek and aim to find the drive to stay focused on Him, to give my all to stand in His light and His glory in all things great and small no matter how bad things are, no matter how steep the climb, and no matter how many times I may get pushed down. God is telling me through all of this to strive to be as close to Him as I can be regardless of circumstances. To stop looking for Him in circumstances, to have a passion to rest in His presence, to restore and revive my spirit through His strength and to repent of convictions in my heart because He can and will release me from bondage through the power of His word and pick up the smallest broken fragments of my soul and knit me back together because His grace and love is far more than sufficient to be there through anything for me. That is God, that is truth and this message is not just for me, God wants others to take this message and apply it to their lives as well because He knows how much others need to hear it.
Don't Stop Seeking God
I thank God for words, for the power of His word, for the glory of His will, for the strength of His might, for the grace to forgive when we fall and the sufficiency to put us together again and make us complete in all His greatness. God is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – all of which He gives us even when we can’t find it, we have all of this because we have God inside us. God dwells within me as me and I am His for eternity.
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