Christian

Investment

I was listening to IHOPKC yesterday and they sang “You’ve invested in me the authority, to determine the nation’s destiny.”

In Luke 10, Jesus sends out 72 messengers in twos to every location that he is about to visit.

“17 Then the seventy[e] returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

We should pray, and ask God for a return on his investment. Seeking direction on how he wants to use us to get his harvest and ignite change (in general, not just concerning racial injustices). The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  He’s invested his authority in us, and trusts that he will reap that harvest before he returns.  GO!

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Dress Rehearsal,

I posted this quote on my facebook page yesterday: “You perfect what you rehearse, be careful of what you are habitually practicing.”

I was in church while I posted it.  I had finished singing during praise and worship, I sat down and i scrolled down instagram for an update lol.  I seen a picture of my dad on my cousin’s page.  (I had taken note that his birthday was coming up a few days prior, but yesterday as I woke up, got dressed, went to church, and worshipped the date didn’t even cross my mind.)  So I looked at the caption and thought “Oh! That’s right, today IS the 17th.”

I started to make a Happy Birthday post, because that is what i’ve been doing every year since he passed away and before.  Along with the day he passed away, and Fathers Day, but then that is when I thought “You perfect what you rehearse, be careful of what you are habitually practicing.”  So I came to the conclusion that it is perfectly ok to miss my father, and to specifically miss him on holidays.  HOWEVER, to consciously and purposely make a point to remember and feel sad on that day would be to rehearse grief, and I am not interested in performing that in my everyday life.  I would rather be so consumed in good things that I stumble across it, than to purpose in my heart and mind to be sad.  I am NOT saying that making note of a missed loved one is unacceptable, this is just my personal example.

If you practice grief, you will perform grief.  If you rehearse fear, you will perform fear.  if you practice joy, you will perform joy.  If you rehearse love, you will perform love.

So, what are you practicing that will show up in your daily performance?

Twisted.

I mimed to a speaking part a few years ago, and the whole two or three minutes was basically saying how sometimes we plan out our own life, and then get disappointed when some of the things that we plan don’t actually happen.  The singer was saying how she mapped her life out and then went to God when she didn’t see the monuments being erected by the time that she wanted to.  She said that God said “what you had in mind, wasn’t what I had in mind so you have to seek me that you might hear my voice.” Later on she says “the hardest prayer I had to pray was: ‘your will be done in my life.”  That might not be everyone’s story but it definitely was mine.  When I first accepted God into my life, this was something that I really struggled with.  I wanted so badly to do what I wanted to do, to live how I wanted to live, and the thought of obedience, and having to align myself with what God wanted for me caused me to push myself into rebellion.  It wasn’t until later that i realized that I was being told to leave certain things alone because it would harm me, and take me longer to get to where he was trying to take me.  Being disobedient caused self-inflicted pain.  Being in unequally-yoked relationships, hanging with the wrong people, and just resting in rebellion caused heartbreak that could have been avoided.

I chose this to be the first blog of the new year because so often I hear people’s expectations on how things are “supposed” to go.

“I need to be married by___.”

“I need to have children by___”

“I just don’t understand why I have to give up___”

A lot of us have become slaves to society’s rules.  We have the ideas of how things are “supposed” to be and then we come to God when it doesn’t work out that way and God is saying “Where did you get that information and standard from?”  I remember I was thinking about a situation that happened in my relationship one day and I said “He’s supposed to…” God stopped me mid-sentence and said “Who told you that? Where did you get that from?”  I had to trace back the standard that I was holding people to, to realize that I was measuring things up to an expectation of society, and not to what God had even said!

My point is this: In setting up your resolutions, goals, or plans for this new year be sure that your expectation measures up to the word of God and not to society’s expectations.  We have to be careful that our desires line up with what God has in mind for us, and we even have to be patient in that.  Just because someone’s story is going to end in the same place as yours, does not mean that God is going to use the same path.

Twist:to entwine (one thing) with another; interlace (something) with something else.

Don’t get it twisted. Confusion comes when we entwine the path that society says we should take, with the one that is actually laid out before us from God.

So…rest in God, stop wrestling, seek him…and have a great year!