A POSSIBLE YOU
FINDING GOD’S DESTINY FOR YOUR LIFE
(USE ME) – NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
“Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show you great and mighty things which you have never known.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
How many times will it need to be repeated until we catch hold of the revelation that we can have as much of God as we want? And how many tears will we shed from the sadness of knowing that we obviously do not want very much of Him? How often we find ourselves being so overwhelmed with problems, worries and stress that we are just too exhausted to invest time with God, and much of the time we are guilty of basing our feelings for Him on how our life is going for that day? Selah. Could this be why people do not consistently pray or worship God, because they are generally not happy about the way their life has been – or is headed? Maybe some are angry, hurt and damaged on the inside and in their frustration they turn to things that pleasure them, and that gives them temporary comfort. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever been sad on the inside but did not know how to deal with these powerful emotions or had anyone you could trust and share them with? Maybe the bitterness and wounds from life’s disappointments are so heavy in your soul that it is difficult for you to envision ever having hope and joy again. Allow me to say, these attacks on our heart are real and not a figment of your imagination or mine. Aside from the relentless accusations of the devil and him laughing at us, or the painful consequences of our bad decisions, we have been designed to FEEL our discouragement and suffer our grief for a reason. And that is to learn from our experiences and grow more wise and stronger as we gain spiritual maturity. “Success is not measured by what a person accomplishes, but the courage with which they have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” (Charles Lindbergh). It is our choice to overcome or keep going in circles.
You see, in this fallen world, we are vulnerable to physical and emotional affliction and there is nothing wrong or sinful with going through these experiences. We are not robots that cannot feel the rejection of this world and we are not immune to knowing the loneliness of isolation or the agony of being betrayed. Many of us have been through severe trials and tribulations, yet let us not forget that Christ in His infinite wisdom and His own sufferings can “relate” to anything we have gone through. Plus, since He has lived in a flesh body, He knows all about the capacity to experience physical, and mental trauma. We are a “work in progress” and our life is a continual classroom dedicated to learning who God is and who we are in Him. Within this education from the Master of the universe, should be a quest for absolute truth and as we seek His will, we discover that He loves us with an eternal covenant that includes knowing our heart and having compassion for us as we walk through our trials. Some may ask; how can the God of all things have the time to care about the circumstances that have hurt us? Does He know the way I feel and have a highly detailed plan for helping me overcome these afflictions that are holding me? Absolutely my dear one, this is why He said, “I Am that I Am.” He is all things to all people as His merciful and compassionate love is the greatest power in the universe that has no beginning or end.
Would you DIE for someone that you did not care about? The most beautiful story ever told is that Jesus died for you which proves He must have loved you more than anything in the world. Selah. He listens to your every thought, every word and sees every tear. He has never taken His eyes from you nor has He ever been distracted or too busy to listen to your concerns. More than anything He wants us to abandon our will and come to Him with all that we are, so that He can perform a work in us that will revitalize and renew our life. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE with Him and the most wonderful revelation that can be realized is that He desires to live in us! Is there any greater love, miracle or gift that can be dreamed or known? “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” (Isaiah 58:11)
When we collect negative impressions and attitudes, our life becomes like a spiritual fortress that is built exclusively to torture us and disengage us from Christ. If this “free-falling continues, it is common to follow isolation and depression into even lower levels of sadness and frustration. Have you ever been there? If you have experienced times in the dry hot desert and have crawled out of it, you KNOW the power of God’s grace and His compassion to leave the ninety nine, and rescue the one. Have you ever cried out to Him in desperation? Have you ever fallen across your bed and wept as your brokenness and repentance released the floodgates in your spirit? There are times when we are devastated by things that happen to us and then there are other times when we have failed and are haunted by the conviction of God’s Spirit that we were wrong. In these times we may face spiritual warfare and resistance from our carnal mind because the old nature is stubborn and hates to yield control. While in this place of decision, it is the best choice to fall on our face before God and follow our spirit to the alter of God’s mercy. We will never have His peace until we deal with our issues and the longer we carry them the heavier they become. Being clay is all about being pliable. The potter cannot mold a vessel that is hardened. The only choice is to break the vessel and make it soft so that it can be re-shaped and transformed into the image of the potter’s vision. Within this process of suffering is the opportunity to walk away insulted or embrace humility. Meekness is not pity or gloom but rather realizing that a power much higher than our own is at work deep within us. Yielding our will sounds so simple, yet it is the most difficult journey we will ever follow.
In the times of difficulty we must recognize some very important facts and then cling to them with all of our might. You must know that God has never forsaken you and never will! Just because you are walking through what seems to be the valley of the shadow of death, does not mean He is not there. In fact, His Word promises that He is with us every step, comforting us with His presence. If we have allowed Him to purify our heart, we will be able to spiritually see and can rest assured that we are in His hands of love. He is faithful! He is with you whether you feel Him or not and He is protecting and watching over you. Just because you cannot sense anything happening, it does not mean He is busy working on something on the other side of the world. Even if He is upset with you, that does not mean He does not still love you and it does not mean that He has forsaken you. He is still there with you but maybe He is just patiently waiting to see what your next move will be. He is always waiting for us to sincerely reach out to Him.
You may be beating yourself up and thinking this may be one of the worst times of your life but be encouraged there is actually some very good news. Have you ever really considered Romans 8:28 as a word directly to you and your problems? Listen to this again, “And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” I realize this is one of the most used scriptures in the Bible but it never loses its power. Many times we do not receive the nourishment from God’s banquet table because we allow familiarity to steal our blessings. Since God is working behind the scenes to make things work out for us, it seems the only problem is that we are not demonstrating enough patience with Him. Maybe He is trying to show you something very special that you would not have seen any other way. It has been said the majority of great things which have been done in the earth, have been accomplished by those going through difficult times. Selah. Mature Christians are to be like steel when it is “tempered” with heat to make them strong in experience and wisdom, yet covered with velvet as they present God’s image with compassion, humility and sensitivity. However, we can spend all of our time trying to figure out why things happen instead of praying that we might know Him more intimately and thus learn how to trust Him. Learning this truth about how to have confidence in Him and the endless commitment of God’s love is a revelation of His unfailing covenant to be with us – even to the end of the world.
Knowing that Jesus suffered on the cross because He loved us, allows us to “see” the lies of our adversary and with spiritual sensitivity, we can finally make the right decisions and get on the right path to do God’s will. By faith we believe His “wrecking ball’ will tear down our old nature and that He is REBUILDING a new heart and mind that is determined to follow Him in life and in death! “Man’s mighty burden is his obligation to God. It includes an instant and lifelong duty to love God with every power of mind and soul, to obey Him perfectly, and to worship Him acceptably.” (A.W. Tozer) Included in this quest to be saturated with His glorious presence is the fact that He will help us in “whatever area” we need to be an overcomer in. We have been discussing lately about the power of our food cravings as an illustration of how our mind leads and controls our body. If we can change our mind (which is God’s specialty) we can change the way we live! For another example, if we have a problem with cursing, (which by the way is not the best witness we can present), we can ask God to remind us BEFORE we curse and to put an alarm on our mind and tongue to stop us before it too late. It is a much better approach to be aware of our weaknesses compared to “confessing” AFTER we sin. What many fail to realize is that once our witness is compromised we may never have an opportunity to share Christ with that person again because the enemy will never allow them to forget that day when we “went off”. I realize things happen that aggravate us and there are times when we flat out fail – but this does not excuse or lessen the damage when we demonstrate a lack of self-control.