I like y’all, so I’m going to tell you a secret about myself. Sometimes, God’s sovereignty gets on my nerves. Like…the fact that His will is something that I frankly have no power over (or editing access into) works…my…NERVES. Before you judge me though, & think I’ve walked away from God because I’m spoiled & I didn’t get my way, don’t forget that I’m not alone. God’s will (lowkey) got on His own nerves. Remember Jesus (aka God in the flesh)? Cool dude. He also didn’t enjoy God’s will - did the same thing I did & went to God to give Him a chance to change His mind. However, His will change request ended a little differently than some of mine do (help, Lord lol): nevertheless…
A few weeks ago, I was exhausted. I’m a student…and a night owl. Therefore, I’m tired…often. On top of all of that, life was getting out of hand, so I was physically, emotionally, and mentally tired. I was barely making through class #1, and I had 2 more to go. So, I went to my mobile prayer closet (regular people call it a car lol), and told Jesus that I needed His strength. He called me to this school. He brought me here. So, I needed energy that would allow me to stay here. The more I spoke of His strength, the stronger I felt. The more I spoke of His power, the more I felt His power. Not only did I shift my focus, I switched sources, and it may be time for you to do the same.
Because I'm a millennial, I checked social media shortly after I woke up this morning. I saw one consistent trend....fear. People of all ages, races, denomination, religions, etc. were truly afraid. Scared for their very lives. I get it. I understand it. So because I know how you feel, I want to try & help you today.
Last weekend, I went with my mom to visit my uncle. Because he’s an amazing human being, he took us to a few stores, set us free, & waited on us to finish shopping. I picked out a purse. I fully intended to pay for this purse (had the card picked out & everything). I don’t pick up anything that I can’t afford. We get to the register, and he tells me he’s paying for my purse. Me? Oh I’m elated (thank ya JEEESUS!!!). I put my wallet up, grabbed my freshly purchased purse, and went along my precious way. However, the longer I thought about how I got that purse, the more I thought about Jesus. Not just because He made a way for me to get a new purse, but because what my uncle did for me is only a picture of what He did for me over 2000 years ago.
In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul reminds Timothy that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but that He’s given us power, love, and a sound mind. In context, Paul was referencing a fear concerning the gifts God has given us, but I’ve learned that fear doesn’t just keep us from walking in purpose; it can keep us from walking into anything God has for us. When I read this scripture a couple of weeks ago, God immediately asked me “why are you holding on to something I never gave you?”, and He’s been asking me that since then. Today, He wants me to pull you into our circle, and ask you the same thing.
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At the end of the day, these posts are the thoughts that run through my mind. These are the lessons I've learned. The doors that I've walked through. The path I've chosen. This is part of what it means to be me. Hopefully, it'll help you be...you. Let's grow together, kay?
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