In ALL things God works for good, your experiences define you

OK so bit of a recurring theme but yet again this verse has come to me:

Jeremiah 29:11 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

This came also with a verse from Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”

This has made me reflect on the past and how ALL things work together for good, so even things I perhaps feel were harsh or difficult to deal with were being used by God to shape me.  Maybe I don’t yet realise what God’s purpose for me is or how these experiences will help me but I trust in him that he will use these to define my future and how I can serve him.

IN ALL THINGS

In ALL things God works for good, your experiences define you, your past moulds you.

In ALL things God has been with you, he’s seen you through the bad and good, he’s understood your trials and battles, understands what you can handle, never gives you too much to bear, always there to answer prayer.

In ALL things God loves you, he’s called you personally to serve, preserved you through your darkest hour, chosen you to receive his power,  showers you daily with his blessings, supports you as you are progressing.

In ALL things God has his plans, he knows your future and your purpose, he rejoices in your accumulation of experiences, knowledge and skills to be used to carry out his will.

In ALL things God works for good, try not to question or refuse to serve as he would have you, hold your nerve, and listen closely as he tells you the plans he has in store for you.

Embrace your past with full acceptance, you wouldn’t be you without this experience, trust that all that has gone before was preparation for all the wonders God has in store, trust that as a loving Father, he is author of your history, your past, present and future service, you are called according to his purpose.

Seeking to find forgiveness for others

TO FIND FORGIVENESS IN MY HEART

There’s something wrong with me.  An inability to see that what happened in my childhood shouldn’t still be hurting me, shouldn’t still cause sleepless nights, the fights I witnessed still cause pain, the words resound within my brain and sometimes still I feel disdain for all you make me feel.

Did you steal something from me?  Did you shape my future?  Could life have been smoother if my start had been more solid, if the torrid atmosphere at home had been one of safety not of harm, if people had seen right through your charm and reached into my bubble, recognised I was in so much trouble?

Inner turmoil raises its head, sometimes I’m hanging by a thread and question what’s a father for if not to keep you safe from harm, to love you unconditionally, to provide you with consistency, to hold you close through all life’s journey, provide you with a sanctuary.

I’ve found a Father who now provides all I ever could require, whose love is deeper, wider, higher, than any love I’ve known before, who swore to protect me from all harm, who welcomed me with outstretched arms.

Lord now I need to find forgiveness, to eliminate this distance that I feel in my heart, to start again, wipe the slate clean, to lean on you to be my strength, to pray at length to find peace, to pray to find the missing piece that allows me to let this go and love my earthly father too.

A desire to change

WANTING TO CHANGE

Sometimes I just can’t let go, I need to go more with the flow, not be the proverbial dog with a bone and when that little voice inside me says enough, just let things be, respond positively, don’t labour the point and force the issue, it’s gonna end up requiring tissues if I can’t challenge my own reactions to situations that may be fractious.

This my prayer Lord, help me to step back from each situation, remember there is no foundation for not forgiving and forgetting, stop me from fretting the small stuff and realise enough is enough, may I recall the words that you taught us together, forgive us our sins as we forgive others.

An extreme way to live, but you can receive forgiveness

Thoughts turn to the terrible tragedy in Charleston where nine church members lost their lives to the act of a young extremist.

EXTREMISM

Outermost, farthest, excessive, extreme, why must you follow such fanatical dreams?  This world is too small to argue with all, we need love to fill the incredible hole, the whole world teeters on the brink, and in the blink of an eye, you turn from your family and friends and defy all teaching and sensible thinking

Question your motives, query your fellow warriors, is this just a knee jerk reaction to make you feel bolder, to give you a sense of actual belonging or excitement you lack in your everyday living?

Whatever the reason, resist the urge to commit treason, believe in more, believe in the higher power who offers you a new season, a season of hope and salvation, a way to promote peace amongst all the nations.

He is the answer to your craving for action, a way to gain traction, and a positive reaction to gain satisfaction in your life, so follow my God who is all forgiving and then you can truly start living without hatred and misgivings, you are forgiven if you seek his loving.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight

Another scripture I have been given is:

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight

IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM

Wake up, pay attention. Maybe I forget to mention, in all your ways acknowledge him, express recognition of your God, he’s no apparition, he’s real, he’s valid, he’s the definition of true love, prince of peace who released you from a life of pain and never again will you find another who treats you as a loving father.

So trust in him with all your heart, hand him every part of you that needs repair, needs his loving, infinite care.  Don’t listen to your own mind, for you will be inclined to lean on your own understanding (which often results in a crash landing).

Better to be handing all things to the Lord whose word is binding.   The bible a blinding reminder of his wisdom and might, acknowledge that he is the light this world waits for, and your path will be made straight as you grow and learn, you will be ready when he returns.

Don’t stress, don’t sweat, God is in control

On Monday night as well as receiving a prophetic word from God I was also given a scripture which filled me with great hope and served as the third word from God in one evening.

2 Corinthians 12 v 9

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me”

So I get that I have got to stop trying to be strong and deal with this all on my own, that’s not how it works, I need to hand my weaknesses to God, he does the rest.

GOD IS IN CONTROL

Don’t stress, don’t sweat, God is in control, he made us whole, he gives us strength to carry on, to endure the daily problems of our frail human existence, provides consistency, persistent in his fight for me, shields me from the enemy.

The free and unmerited favour of God is upon me, sufficient in itself, fulfilling all my needs and requirements without being excessively abundant, exercising power and authority over the enemy, the Spirit of God living in me, surrender all my fears to him, no need to be strong any longer.

I lack the physical or mental strength to go on for any length, I fail under stress, but God possesses more than sufficient force to protect me in my daily walk, he watches over me like a hawk, God handles all that I need him to, his power rests on me, he sees me through, in my weakness he is strong, in his strength I belong.

It doesn’t get more personal than this…

ANGELS REJOICED

Angels rejoiced in heaven the day I changed my life, they stamped their feet and raised their voices, all of heaven rejoicing in my second birth, how personal, how wonderful, an intimate moment shared with God, declared throughout heaven with perfect love, passionately proclaimed, all heaven exclaimed delight as my name was added to the Book of Life.