To be IN God is to be set apart. The things that I use to do, I cannot do anymore. Those things that without a shadow of a doubt will lead me down the wrong path, I cannot allow myself to be tempted by them. I must be set apart, holy, and ready to be used by God. I must be set apart, holy, and an example of God upon the earth for all of mankind to see.
I must be holy just like my Lord is holy. I serve a mighty God, the True and Living God. The Creator of heaven and the earth. He is my Lord, Savior, and Redeemer.
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . Jonah 1:1-3 NKJV
I was reading my devotion this morning and a question rose from the designated scripture readings. Jonah 1:1-6 The question was, “how can you flee from God”. Is it not virtually impossible? But how often have I tried throughout my life, even now? 🤔 How many times have I heard God clearly telling me to do a thing but I did the oppossite? How many times? I’ll just say it is unmeasurable.
I know that God is omniscience and omnipresent. Yet, I still try to run from him. Now isn’t that silly? Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. 😄 That is just silly. But I must face the reality of it, I have tried numerous of times. I’m just glad that God has not turned from me. Thank you, Lord for waiting patiently for me to get my act together. Thank you, for not giving up on my.
I can imagine God in heaven shaking his head looking at me saying, ‘this girl, just don’t get It. Its not about her but about the work that must be done in her for my purpose. My will shall be done. I will wait patiently for her to come to the knowledge of that fact.’ With Jesus on the side of him saying, ‘Father, give her time. She knows you and have relationship with you. She will come around.’
All I can say is, thank you, Lord, and let your perfect will be done in my life. Forgive me for my disobedience. Use me for your divine purpose and I humbly bow unto you.
I have always found it mind boggling how different things can bring memories from, oh so long ago, to your mind. You know those things that you have not thought about in ages and those which you wish you can just forget ever happened. 🤔 It could be a scent, a look, a sound, music, and a plethora of other things to bring all to the forefront of your mind.
But isn’t it amazing how that little thought that brings the memory back in vivid detail. Like what you were wearing, the feelings, and emotions felt at that time. It is amazing how our minds can forget and then bring everything back in an instant. What great craftsmanship of our Creator?
The good, bad, and the ugly of our experiences are buried just below the surface of our memories. Each experience is a learning experience. To be reminded that we are overcomers and that all things are possible through the love of Jesus Christ. If we believe and have hope. We can’t dwell on the specifics and/or the emotions of an event. We must glance at our past but not stay in our past. A glimpse back into our past is to remind us that we have overcame that and we are moving forward. Forward in our purpose and the perfect will of our Heavenly Father.
Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Oh, how does my soul longs to be fully connected with you, without any hindrance. I know, trust, and believe that you see/know all. So I ask that you search me, know my heart, and my innermost thoughts. If they do not align with you, if they be evil, I ask that you take them from. Purge me with hysop and make me white as snow. For my desire is to live my life fully dedicated unto your purpose and will. My life is not my own but it is yours to do all that is required of me. For I am the clay and you are the potter. Shape and mold me into what I was predestined to be from my mother’s womb. You knew me before I was conceived and I place all of my faith in you, my Creator.
Oh, how does my soul cleaves unto you. My souls cries out to you and hears you clearly. No, one will ever know how much my soul longs to be in your presence. No, one will ever know how my soul cries out to you during the good, bad, and the ugly. No, one will ever know the love my soul pours out before you and have towards you. No, one will ever know how my soul cries out for those who are lost and do not know you. My soul cries out on the behalf of those who can’t or won’t recognize you. My soul cries for the lost and hurting. Oh, how my soul cries out for this generation of vipers. My soul grieves for the those who once were of the fold but has turned their backs to you. Oh, my soul…
Faith is the radar that sees through the fog.” Corrie Ten Boom
So much within the body of Christ is based upon our faith. Jesus said, “…if ye shall have faith as a mustard seed, ye shall say to this mountain Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Mat 17:20 kjv
As a believer, I must have faith in what I can’t see in the natural. Heb 11:1 Meaning that my entire way of thinking must be centered on the things of God. The reason being, is so that I may see everything through my spiritual eyes which see as the Spirit leads me to see. For He open the eyes of the blind. I must have faith in the God I serve, for Him to work on behalf when I go to Him in prayer.
Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people [who had returned from exile], listened carefully and obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, since the Lord their God had sent him. And the people [reverently] feared the Lord.Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people saying, “ ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” – Haggai 1:12-13 AMP
The children of Israel had come out of exile but had gotten into a rut. They allowed their focus to change from the things of God unto the I own desires. The temple were in ruins and yet their houses were established. Then God spoke to the chosen and the remnant to encourage them to do what was required. To revive them and to put the focus on what was important.
Sadly, the same is taking place today. Just take a close at some of the churches and their buildings. How many empty churches do you see within your community? How many churches sprung up but fall into disarray? How many believers start the race but does not continue in the race?
So for the remnant of believers who are saying and living the saying for God I live and for God I die, stay the course. Lift up each other in prayer and supplication before the Lord. Encourage each other and help each other. We can’t do it alone. We must be connected to others. For we are a body of believer’s focused on making heaven our home. God is with us. We just have to stay connected.
Today, I am not concerned about anything. I will not worry or be anxious. I cast down everything from within me and quiet myself. My entire day, I am bowed in humbleness, honour, and reverence to my God, the True and Living God.
Our hope as believers is to enter into an eternal rest. The Greek word used for rest in this passage is sabbatismos which means keeping sabbath, the bless rest from toils and troubles looked for in the age to come by the true worshippers of God and true Christian’s.
So this is our hope as believers that we enter into an eternal rest. But we must hold on to it until the end. For this hope is our very anchor to keep ourselves going. Telling ourselves continuously to not give up, to keep going, not to focus on what others think or say, but to hold on to it with all that I have.
So today, my prayer is that everyone holds on to their hope. For those who do not know of, have, this hope to be brought into this hope. That every Christian walk in the assurance of this hope and be a light unto this dark world. That we as believer’s will stand firm on the hope that we have until the very end.