I SHALL NOT WANT AND I RATHER DESIRE

A shift in perspective is all we need in order to recognize the greatness within. Although we may have needs and wants the words we say often shape our perspective and world view.

We can read in Psalms 23 “I shall not want” and the truth we encounter in this verse is one of power and dominion over every situation. It does not imply that we Christians cannot want or need, rather it is proclaiming your inherited wealth in Christ by explaining that you will not be bound by wants.

God delights in giving us the desires of our hearts. We can read the truth in Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your hearts” We can also see that to delight is a way of being. In order to transform our inner world, we must re-word ourselves. What I mean by this is instead of telling God your wants, ask Him for what you desire. Words can shape our lives and we cannot speak contrary to His words. Ask for that in which you desire and forget not His benefits.

Prayer:
Father in heaven I thank you for knowing my needs and wants before I even ask. I ask you to instruct me and give me the wisdom to present my desires to you and teach me to delight myself in You.

In your name Amen!

Being rooted In Christ rather than the imposed identity of this world.


Everyday I hear people saying they know who they are and yet many continue to ask the very question, “do we really know who we are?”

Who tells us who we are? From the moment we come out of the womb, people continuously and knowingly try to teach us who we are to be.
Who taught them is another very important question to ask when searching who we are to be.

The problem with such statement is that often the people teaching us who we are, have been indoctrinated by none other than this world and it’s lies.

We can read the truth regarding who we are to be and allow our minds to comprehend  the greater picture in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

We live in a world that is often teaching certain patterns that cohesively impose on us and who we truly are to be according to the living word of God.
We hold fast to an identity that we create from factors gathered often in childhood or happenings in our lives that promote in us ways of being.

These ways of being are not always congruent to whom God created us to be.
Therefore whom we know to be ourselves, are often rooted in an identity created by us through happenings in our lives rather than rooted in the Holy Spirit of Christ. When we empty ourselves or let go of such identities, we can clearly be who God created us to be. A great way to promote the truth within is to seek the revelation of the Holy Spirit and ask who we are to be. In seeking we receive and the true christian will receive and live in such revelations.

Within our own personalities given by God we can allow the Holy Spirit of Christ to flow through so that we may be elevated according to His will. Therefore receiving who we truly are and being able to function on this earth as who He says we are rather than the lies we have been told.

The truth sets the captive free, often times we keep ourselves captive to our selfs.
False ways of being oppose and interfere with the blessings that God wants us to receive. We can self impose. When we decide to die to ourselves, we can live for Him. In other words when we die to that which is not, what is can and will show up.

Prayer:
Father who is in heaven reveal to us who we are in you. Teach us to discern from the impositions of this world according to your living word. Transform our minds according to your teachings so that we may be found approved by You.
Give us wisdom and daily discernment to know the difference and fill us with the joy of the Lord so that we may be strengthened.
May your name be glorified today and always.

Amen!

 

When Peace goes beyond understanding

Peace is often a subject that many discuss and yet we continue to see a world deprived of such.

How does one define peace? Is not every answer in the question itself?
In Luke 6:31 Jesus teaches us to do unto others as we would unto ourselves. However how could we possibly do unto others when we are at times not receiving unto ourselves?

How could we offer peace if we are not in peace? In Matthew 11:28-29 He also asks us to go to Him when we find ourselves burdened and heavy laden while promising to give us rest. In verse twenty-nine He continues by saying, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

In our day to day lives we are continuously invited to take upon ourselves the yoke of this world. One that is heavy, one that is filled with guilt, shame and one that binds us to our flesh rather than the spirit within. One could say that our understanding of peace is often collapsing with our ability to take upon ourselves His yoke. What is the foundation in which we can offer peace if not one of love and acceptance? When we go from an internal place that is truly rooted in love and acceptance, much can be accomplished.

Often times this is what I refer to as speaking from the soul rather than the assumptions of the flesh. It is much easier to reach people’s internal greatness when also offering them the same.

Prayer:
Father I thank you that your yoke is light and that in you I can find the comfort my soul needs to rest. Teach me to receive all the good blessings you have for me and instruct me in the way I should go. Help me to go from an internal place of full acceptance when speaking to others and give me wisdom to give unto them as you would.

In Jesus name Amen!

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