Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
All of us, as disciples of Christ, strive towards the goal of aligning our spirit with His, and thus our will with His too. For some, it may not be too much of a hurdle but for others, it may be one of the biggest challenges of their lives. It is true that though we have been born again with Christ and we now have a new spirit, the battle with our flesh is still pertinent and in fact, more real than it ever has been since you came to know Jesus as your Savior. I’m sure most of you have had times when you very much wanted to go ahead of God and make the decision for yourself, or there may be instances where you are trusting God for something but you feel that hope is diminishing and that your strength to cling on to His promises is just gradually slipping away from you.
There were times in my life where I felt the latter, even up till recently. I was trusting God for certain matters in my life and as time passed, I felt more and more hopeless, partially because I grew tired of waiting, but mainly because I really wanted to call the shots and just take that step ahead of Him and try to set things ‘right’. I felt as though the vigor and strength had been sapped right out of me, almost to the point where I wasn’t sure what to believe anymore. But I thank God that His mercies and His goodness are new every morning because one day, it was as though He knocked me on my head and essentially told me ‘You are wearing your lenses the wrong way, My child.’ To elaborate on this, I would liken it to a pair of binoculars. Normally, the world tells us that to use a pair of binoculars properly, you look at it the right way so that the object in view appears way larger than it should be. But that was precisely the problem with me. I was looking at my problems and my issues the way the world said was right, so much so that the problem gradually appeared bigger than God Himself. I began some reflection and it didn’t take me too long to realize that though my spoken words had been that of putting my faith and trust in my Father, deep in the corners of my heart were where fear and doubt were hidden.
I have been saying things like I was confident of seeing His goodness and that He would see me through but again He told me, “You say you are confident, now it’s time to act like it.’ And it was at that point that the lesson of faith was reinforced into my spirit. All these years, if there was one thing I learnt about trust in God, it would be that faith consists of words coupled with action. One cannot do without the other. Thus, when you say things like ‘nothing is impossible with God’ or ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’, remember that though speaking is a good head start, what comes directly after it is to be fully convicted of it. Only then can faith reach its maximum potential, which gives the green light for God to work His way in your life. Don’t allow any seeds of uncertainty to be sown in your heart for those things are not from God. These are the little things that the devil does to try and prevent us from becoming victorious in Christ and though they may appear small and harmless, they can kill faith and nullify even the strongest of hearts if left unchecked. Therefore, whether you see a big problem or a big God is really entirely up to you, but my advice would be to go for the latter, if it wasn’t obvious to you by now.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You because You are the One who created the universe and the One who puts the stars in their place, yet You know me by name and You have a future and a hope for me. I thank You that I am precious in Your sight and You have invited me to dwell in Your Presence at all times. I pray that through the things that I am going through, You would cause my faith to grow and strengthen, that I may speak forth words from You that will bring life to the dead situations in my life. Above all Father, I pray that I will be fully convinced of Your greatness, that though I may not be able to physically see You, the enemy will not have an open door to come through and seed fear in me because I trust You with all that I have and all that I am. Thank You for this life and in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.