Following His lead

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To me the central number one most important thing that a Christian can do after giving their lives to Jesus is to live out a life of faith. To allow God to direct their steps.

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:3 that God has given each of us a measure of faith.

Hebrews 11:1 remind us that that faith that God gave is not for “pie-in-the sky,-by-and-by” but for now, right now.

 It is for the right now when your child is wandering and you don’t know how to get them back. It is for the right now when you don’t have the money to pay the light bill. It is for when you’re not sure what you’re going to do with your life because everything seems to be crumbling around you.

 Choose to really live out your faith in God right now.

Way too often I’m noticed that mature Christians have not developed this gift God has given them. They’ve developed other gifts such as kindness, gentleness, self-control, and meekness. Yet, they have put off really using this gift of faith because it’s hard.

I get that, because I did the same thing. I get that it’s easy to feel like “one day I’ll feel like really trusting God. But until then I will run my own show.”

It’s easy to believe that one day trusting God with the hard stuff won’t be scary.

I’m not gonna lie, it is going to be scary. But you’ll have God, the God of the universe, leading you and guiding you all the way.

As you follow God’s leading your life, you’ll be amazed at the doors He can open for you. You’ll be amazed at how he uses you to reach others when you thought you had nothing to give them. You’ll be amazed at what He will do with your gift that He gave you. Your faith.

Life is short. Don’t waste any of it.

Pray with me.

Father God

I come to you humbly and ask that you help me to live out the life of faith that you’ve called me to live. Help me to hear your voice daily and to follow your lead. I realize that this life is not mine to live. It belongs to you, to live for your glory. Help me to do that.

In Jesus name Amen.

Don’t do this…..

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.  – Jesus

Luke 4:23-27 Message

Sea Legs

 

tamp printed in the USA shows Credo

 

Every day I wrestle with the voices

That keep telling me I’m not right

But that’s alright

 

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed

When others say I’ll never be enough

And greater is the One living inside of me

Than he who is living in the world

 

I am learning to run freely

Understanding just how He sees me

And it makes me love Him more and more

He’s greater, He’s greater

 Lyrics from “Greater” by MercyMe

 

I have been struggling lately.

God asked me to step off the boat and follow Him.

In the beginning it was easy. I kept my eyes on Jesus, jumped out of the boat with Joy and delight and hopped and skipped with glee on my way to meet Him.

But somehow, the farther from shore I got, the harder it got for me to skip and jump.

I soon slowed to a walk because, though, I was getting closer to Jesus I was getting farther from the land that “seemed” to be so solid and dependable.

The farther out I got not only did I start to look around me  and realize that the water was unsure, the water was not solid, but I started looking inward and thought that I looked to be the ultimate fool to be standing on it.

The multiple rejections I faced made  me  question myself.

“Who are you to believe that God would use you that way?” I asked myself.

“Look at you. You are not rich or smart, married, the mother of perfect children, or even skinny. Your have not led a charmed life, only people who do get to be in the frontlines for God.”

My walk turned to a crawl as I focused less and less on Jesus and more and more on myself.

The more I allowed myself to sink in the mire of self-doubt, and self –pity, the more that my I started to sink into the water I should have been dancing on.

Finally when I was in over my head, I turned to Jesus and He pulled me out.

He showed me that yes, I have been rejected, but no more than He.

That yes I have been bruised and battered, but no more than He.

That though the world may forsake me that He was with me and that was enough.

I talked with some friends yesterday who helped me to remember that there is a purpose in all of this.

That there are others experiencing so much more pain and brokenness.

People who need to hear His voice, feel His love, and experience the healing only He can bring.

I know that all of this has been for a reason. God has a purpose in this.

I Love God with all of my Heart, and I will continue to keep my eyes on him and allow him to lead me to scary places because I realized that nothing, and I mean nothing, is as solid and sure as He is.

 

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