You have to know who you are and who God called you to be. It’s so easy to get entangled up in a mess that we cannot get ourselves out of. It’s also simple to lose who you are in this world. If we are constantly seeking attention in the wrong places and areas, then we will have a false sense of satisfaction and security. Be who you are. Live in the authenticity of who he created you to be. Do not waste the greatness of what God has deposit into you. Seek God first and always put on the full armor of God. Everything that’s popular does not always have power. Don’t be a counterfeit or imitation of another person. Make everything you do pleasing in his sight. Don’t live a life of deceit but instead a life of holiness. Remove your mask. The funny thing about masks is they are uncomfortable. A person can only wear a mask for so long, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. (It will eventually come off) Lay your all down before God and he shall cover and shower you with his blessings. He shall protect you through the storms and the rocky waves of life for he is God and God alone!
Discernment is very important to have in this day and age. It’s a precious gift from God. With so much chaos going on in the world, this is not a time to be sleep. We must be on guard at all times. Don’t allow your pride to deceive you in handling things your way. God always knows how to handle things better than we do. (That includes vengeance) Satan is very crafty. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. Always stay in prayer, even when you don’t feel like it or have to. Mathew 26:40-41 says, And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
This scripture is interesting because it always surprised me on how people can be sleeping in the presence of Jesus. Are you sleeping when God is calling you to pray, fast and obey? Are you sleeping when you hear his voice of instruction? Sleep can cause you to miss out on the biggest blessing that can come your way. Wake up and arise! For you must be prepared and ready for what’s on the way. His strength and power will keep you in perfect peace.
Trust is a very powerful word. It’s something easier said than done. Relationships of all forms are destroyed without it. There’s nothing like not having a safety net, to see if you really trust God. When your back up plan crumbles and you only have faith left to stand on, it can determine if you truly trust God. Trusting God means trusting him with your actions and not just words. Why? because trust is a verb. Doubt destroys faith. It also limits what God can do. You can never please God without faith. The God we serve is too big to be put in a box! It’s easy to trust him when things are going great, but when life throws you a curve ball, can you still trust him? When the unexpected occurs and when the situation is out of your hands, can you still trust him? When God tells you a promise that you haven’t seen come to pass yet, do you still trust him? God is always true to his word and he is not a man who shall lie. Trust is demonstrated the most in the times of distress or in a trail. Just like your faith, your trust is priceless and it cannot be brought. If you put your trust in anything else, then you will become restless, disappointed and weary. Trust in him through the midst of the test. Do not worry about anything, neither be anxious for nothing, for he will always provide a way out no way. Give him your all. Trust in him for he will never leave you or forsake you.
Who are you? It’s a question that people ask even until the end of their lives. It’s not a question that can be easily answered despite the life experiences that one must go through and endure. It’s not answered by popularity, your past, riches, nor flattery. It’s not something you can seek from the pleasures of this world, which will surely fade and give you unrest. The pleasures of this world will deteriorate your soul as a moth destroys clothes. You can have everything going on from the outside and still feel absolutely empty on the inside. You can look like you have the perfect peace, but your spirit may be broken into pieces. Everything is not what it appears or seem. Your worth cannot be defined through material things and other people’s affirmation. You have to find who you are and not through the words of other people. You are who God says you are. Once you know the truth, it shall set you free. Please know your worth and who you are. Do not compromise your dignity, value, honor, respect and integrity. Only God can give you the answer if you seek him above all else.
It is written in Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
As so it was with Moses, the Lord will guide your footsteps and directions all of the days of your life. He has the answers to the question, Who are you? No one else has the key to unlock that answer.
When God has place a special calling upon your life and when he has blessed you with the crown of favor, can you handle the opposition that will come with it? With every opportunity comes with opposition. There are challenges that comes with being chosen. Some people will do anything to tear you down. (Sometimes even the people closest to you, take Joseph for example) It is an indication that God has selected and hand-picked you as his own. It is an honor from God. Hate, envy, and bitterness are spiritual cancers that has the power destroy blessings. Are you strong enough to deal with the conflict and challenges of being hated for no reason? Are you able to brush off the dust of betrayal, rejection, lies and deceit? It takes the spirit, strength & wisdom of God to stand in the midst of the battle that’s not yours. Everything does not deserve your attention, time and energy. Do not give them any power. You are on another level. When the hand of God is upon your life, a response is not necessary. It will all be taken care of in due time. Real discipline is not giving into your feelings. Allow God to be your vindicator over ALL situations. He will show you what to do in the midst of pressure. Trust in him who will never fail or forsake you. Through trails and persecutions, he shall always be there even until the end of time.
Your hard work and devotion will not be wasted. Continue to strive for what you believe in. You shall have whatever you say. Speak it in existence for the power of life and death are in the tongue. Speak life over your dreams, plans, goals and inspirations. Remember God is not a man that shall lie. Neither has he forgotten about you. Don’t over calculate and analyze things, allow God to have full total control in directing your pathway. The road to righteousness is narrow, so is the road to success. Not too many people are willing to go through with the threat of failure and the pot holes in the road towards success. God timing is perfect. More precise than any man on this earth. Waiting is the most important part of the process. God will never put more on you than you can bear. Have you ever thought that maybe some things haven’t come to pass yet because you’re not ready. (Although we always think we are) We should appreciate these moments of waiting because it builds our strength, faith, and preparation. When the time comes for your season to arrive, you shall be ready. Whatever God has spoken, so shall it be. It shall come to pass.
God can always fix what’s been broken. He is the ultimate restorer and healer. He can restore everything that you lost. Your experience will never be wasted. Everything will come together for the good. That means every mistake, wrong doing and trial will be used for your advantage to glorify his kingdom. It is written in Joel 2:25 that I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. He can restore back your joy, health, dreams, relationships and finances. He can restore the years of drought into the years of plenty. Your experiences are never about you. It’s about helping someone else to become set free from the same challenges that you endured. God will always use what you been through as a testimony to others. Open your mind, heart and spirit to receive him today. He shall give you double for the trouble. He shall give you beauty for your ashes.
Before the foundations of the world, God had already planned out your life. Do not stress the details or the minor things that do not matter. When the appropriate time comes, your gift will make room for you. Hard work and pressure will come along the way, but do not see it as a “job”. Envision it as an assignment. Envision it as purpose. Envision it as a mission. He will not withhold any good thing from you, for what’s for you, is for you. Don’t over think and analyze things. Just allow your gift to flow. Don’t taint your gift through the feeling of worry. The Bible says Worry Not. Faith and worry cannot reside in the same place. Allow your gift to flow from your spirit, not by what other people want. If you stay true to who you are, you are saying to yourself that you will allow God to take control. Allow him to be your guide and direction in the midst of frustration and confusion. You were not meant to figure everything out. God has you right where he wants you. He is all-knowing and omniscient. He knows what to add and take away in your life. He knows where to place you as well the timing. Allow your gift to flow from the seeds of God’s love, righteousness, purity and faith. Let God be in full control and watch him move in your life.
Sometimes God puts you in certain situations to prepare you for where your going. Sometimes he puts you in particular situations to measure your growth. Trials also brings you closer to God, for it is a blessing to suffer for him. Have you measured your personal and spiritual progress? Everyone has imperfections but it does not mean we should not strive for perfection because it is written in 1 Peter 1:16 (KJV): Be Holy for I am Holy. How far have you come along? You may not be where you want to be, but you are not where you used to be. Not giving into the flesh takes discipline and power. Delayed gratification is better than instant gratification. Do not give into the impurities of your heart. Do not give into any sins of the flesh or spirit. There is a reason that God chose you, for it is written in Luke 12:48: For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. When you are called and chosen by God, the path you walk will be narrow. Everything you have endured will pay off in due time. Think about the next time when you are in a tempting situation, Is it Worth it? Is it worth losing your temper, honor, virtue and dignity over something or someone who isn’t worth it? The price of sin is too high to pay for. God will honor and reward you for doing his will. He is not a man that shall lie. His love is unmeasurable and he will lead you on the right path. Do not allow anyone to sacrifice your honor. It is better to suffer for the sake of righteousness than for the sake of doing wrong. When looking in the mirror in the depths of your soul, ask yourself, is it worth it?