Let us pray,
Father thank you for everything that you have done for us, thank you for the times you never gave up on us even when we gave up on ourselves, I pray that moving forward you will equip us to be strong willed, wise and bold to do what you say in obedience despite what others may say. It is very easy to want to do what seems easier in that moment in time, but I pray that your assurance to us all and your word will work in our lives.
So, that we are not led astray by the hearsay and people pleasing. Because in all we do we must remember that we are doing it to bring glory to your name and not for man, forgive us Father when we have put things and people before you. In your precious name, I pray. Halleluyah.
COLOSSIANS 3:23 ‘and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.’
HEARTILY is to do things with the heart, to put your all into something that enables you to give commitment to that task or person. It says in Colossians 3:23 WHATEVER you do, that is any action, to do it heartily, but not to stop there, to do it heartily as to the Lord, not man, not woman, your friends, family whoever it may be. It says to do things heartily unto the Lord. Whatever you do unto God let it be given with all your might, do your part and do not slack because you think God will do it all, or that He can and so you can relax.
No it doesn’t work like that hence why the word says to focus on things in a heartily way, because at times we can be known to relax and do things half-heartedly just so we can say it has been done, but that is still on the same level as laziness, because either way the outcome will not be close to the ability in you to achieve greater and then it becomes a norm to do things anyhow and just scrap along the way, when really you were born to achieve and do much more in life. God expects you to give your best and nothing less, so why have the mentality to think that giving half is better than giving your all and achieving the best?
It is important to acknowledge the fact that in all things we do we must give our best and be patient and trusting in God to know that He will provide and will bless you at the right time, not on your terms but His, so don’t slack because you may not see the results there and then. It doesn’t mean it is not going to happen, it is testing your character and trust in God to faith it through the good as well as bad and times of waiting.
Because it is easy to think we are ready to receive something based on things we do, but God sees beyond that looks to the heart and our intentions so if He knows you are not ready there would be no point trying to think you can change that. The times you think you are ready to receive, are the same times God may be saving you from what you could mess up. Due to lack of understanding and wisdom to apply it.
to steward over it well. He doesn’t withhold to punish He withholds you to lead you to a place of maturity in Christ to be able to handle what He gives you.
When you know the character of God and the importance of times and seasons, it will take a lot of load off you and what if’s off you too. But the moment you walk in assumptions and base it on what you see, you will always struggle and do the opposite to what God expects of you. We are to walk with God leading us, not us walking and leading God. His power and character is enough to change any impossibility to a possibility but it’s not based on your influence to try and make God change to please and suit your needs.
I know I have done this in the past, thinking if I do things in a certain way or say things in a certain way it will cause God to bless me, but not only was I naive and immature but did myself great disservice when I placed all these high expectations and demands on myself to live by and that was hard on me and drained me. Because I did not know in the early stages the importance of holding onto God and trusting in Him in all things and that He has predestined our steps. So nothing we do now will cause us to say we did it and on our own might, GOD DID THAT NOT US.
He uses us as His vessels and know what we can handle as well as what we can’t. Don’t force it when you should be praying for peace, don’t copy when you are called to be an original. Be you – be authentic – be wise in your ways and let God lead you to greater, but He doesn’t need your help to bless you, He’s got you. The question is do you trust in Him, despite what you see? His grace is sufficient for us all, but not because we do things in a certain way. It is not by our might but His grace alone – His unmerited favour. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ‘But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (We can’t and won’t be strong all the time that’s why we need God to pour into us, strengthen and guide us) Therefore I will boast more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’
James 4:6 says ‘But He gives more grace, therefore it says, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’
God states clearly that He opposes the proud, and gives more grace the humble, you cannot get through life boasting and prideful, for God opposes that, remain humble in all your ways and know that no matter how tough it gets show love walk in humility and be expectant and prayerful. You don’t have all the answers, you can’t do it all, you will need help and you are imperfect serving a perfect God, so don’t try to run before you walk and realise that God makes all things beautiful in His own time.
Let God strengthen your character to purge you of what does not bear forth fruit and to refine you in a way that is pleasing and fruitful. God has given us all a purpose to fulfil but you cannot do it in the fleshly ways of living, or believing you can do it all alone you will forever stumble. But when you remain hopeful and positive you allow Him to mould you to be greater and achieve more as you work wholeheartedly in all He asks you to do. Have an attitude to please God and not to please people – Galatians 1:10 ‘For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.’
Cut out on complaining, comparing, envying and putting yourself down when things don’t go your way, trust in God, soak yourself in the word and prayer and believe that ‘for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.’ Romans 8:28 treat all things with God at the centre of it all He’s got you.
GOD BLESS YOU