Being OF this world means that we will have to be in the company of people from all walks of life. In some instances the Lord will place us in situations where we are among those that might be more fortunate that we are according to the standards of this world. When we are in the company of such individuals who clearly serve the god of this age, their conduct will generally make it clear that their status in life affords them a certain level of confidence or arrogance. This confidence or airs that they exude has the potential to be intimidating if we allow their demeanor to cause us to forget our pin code. Affluent people of this world may have airs that make them appear superior but as children of God we are heirs that allows us access to the supernatural. When in these environments we cannot allow fear to rule but we must use what has been given to us and withdraw from Jesus’ eternal deposit by using our pin code, ABBA. We are a part of the family of salvation and no longer condemnation. No one OF or IN this world is greater than that truth. When we use our pin code by not only calling on our DADDY God to rescue us but we also begin to behave in a way that is indicative of who ABBA says we are, we overcome any fear or intimidation. The bottom line is that being spiritually rich makes us far more valuable and affluent than anyone that may be rich according to this world’s standards. If you find yourself among people and arrogance, condemnation or accusations define who they are because of what they have, don’t get angry or cowardly. First use your pin code and get restored to your true identity and then overwhelm them with the love of Christ. Pray for them, have compassion and empathy for them. In these places is an opportunity, an entry point through which Christ can enter their minds and emotions through you because of how you respond to them. Use your pin code, ABBA, whenever you are fearful, intimidated, nervous, anxious or unsettled. We can draw from a well that never runs dry. The funds are always sufficient with grace on our side and we can access these funds from anywhere because of mercy. Don’t forget your pin code beloved. You are more than enough and you are so so rich. Blessed be the Lord!
Be reminded today my brothers and my sisters that we are not victims, we are winners. Accept the victory that we have been given in Christ Jesus. We are not orphans, we are adopted into the greatest family of all times. We do not have to be ruled by the spirit of comparison or competition. We do not have to look for a stamp of approval by the world’s standards. We are approved and already validated in heavenly places by divine order. Now let’s walk this thing out accordingly! Be who you are created to be! Today be free. You are a masterpiece!
It is better for us to obey God alongside with giving him our worship vs. giving him worship and disobeying him. Obedience is what affords us the opportunity to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; it opens doors. Offering worship alone is like sitting our family down for dinner and then bringing them empty plates. We may go through the motions of preparing but came up empty and therefore unable to give our family anything of substance; something that will change their current status of being hungry. Worship w/out obedience is going through the motions of preparing for God to use us for his glory but missing the opportunity to give him anything substantial to work with so that our status of being hungry can change. Obedience gives us authority that empty worship and works cannot provide. It behooves us to run towards obedience despite what others are doing, despite our feelings or inhibitions and despite the cost. Lose yourself in obedience so that you can find yourself living in freedom and in eternity while still here on earth.
In order to obey, we have to hear. In order to hear, we have to listen. In order to listen we have to be set apart. Although lonely at times, we should never despise being set apart from the noise; we’re never alone.
Obedience is just better. It’s the best way that we can draw closer to God. It’s the best way to learn more about ourselves. While we are being obedient we are becoming the light of the world. While we are being obedient many things also come to light. We become more aware of the things that are still in our hearts that we thought we gave away to God. Obedience is just better. Disobedience is the easy way. It’s the way that we’ve always known. For most of us, our 1st word was no. We’ve been saying no to the right things for a long time and old habits seem unbreakable but they’re not.
Obedience is just better.
I so love this time of the year when we get to share with family and friends all of the joys of moving forward as we ourselves or our children, grandchildren, spouses, siblings and/or friends graduate. I thoroughly enjoy scrolling through social media and taking in all of the memorable photos and videos. I can always feel the corner of my mouth turning upwards; smiling from the inside out. What a fantastic feeling of celebration that comes over us as the completion of a goal has come to pass! I remember receiving my graduate degree in 2013 and all of the emotions that consumed me on that day. I was full of excitement and great anticipation of what the future would hold. All of those long hours of studying and writing, meeting with project team members and grueling exams gave me the right to expect something in return. I expected to have more confidence and greater self-esteem. I expected my daughter to have another reason to look up to me and to know that she could accomplish this as well. I now expected to get a better job. I now expected a greater salary. I expected a return on my investment. The commitment, dedication and completion gave me the audacity to have expectations. Imagine that! I yielded some of these expectations right away and others I still had to work hard at achieving. Today, I am still striving at some of them. When I achieve one goal, I’m on to the next.
What I’ve concluded is that as children of the most high, we should never become satisfied with the mundane, low level, grasshopper accomplishments that even non-believers can achieve. Life as a co-heir with Jesus Christ gives me the bold audacity to always want more and to believe in dreams that I haven’t dreamed yet! I am a recipient of the investment that Jesus made on the cross. I have access to super natural achievements and miraculous success. The challenge in all of this is staying focused on the assignments and not to be overwhelmed by the processes. It’s going to take a lot of work at remaining to be a vessel that can be used. God does the work but we are the vessels that he uses to do the work. So just as academic matriculation requires studying, working on teams, being tested, learning, making mistakes etc. so does being a student of the gospel of Jesus Christ! There never has to be a stopping point and the results are much greater. The price has been paid, there won’t be any student loan debt and the final reward is eternal. To God be the glory! I have the audacity to have expectations!