Have you ever been in a place where you KNOW God has asked you to step out and do something that doesn't make a lot of sense? So out of love for Him you step out and do it? Thinking “there will be all this amazing fruit because I am being so obedient to Him.” Then months go by and you are not experiencing the fruit you expected? I have experienced that. (If you want a personal example look below) When your not experiencing “the fruit”, doubts may creep in, which sometimes bring thoughts of “I’m not worthy”, "I’m not good enough for this task”. I found some verses that are encouraging to chew on when this happens:
Ecclesiastes 11:5 ~ Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mothers womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
I Thessolonians 5:16-18 ~ “Always be joyful.” Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 16:9 ~ We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.
Once I was able to receive these words, I was able to keep going and to see the fruits with a different perspective. One in which the fruits were there the whole time, my perspective just needed to change, by trusting Gods leading in the first place.
Challenge: Has God asked you to step out into an area that is challenging? If so, after reading these verses, does your perspective change?
There was a time that I was struggling in my thoughts when the plans I KNEW God was leading me to do, were not moving quick enough, nor producing the fruit I felt was supposed to be produced. These thoughts spiraled into feeling stuck, into thoughts of I am not good enough for this plan, into wanting to give up. All these thoughts crept up on me, and my actions were to work harder toward the plans, with NO returns/fruit. (The returns/fruit, I was looking for, not Gods perspective/fruit) Once I was able to admit something as simple as: "I am disappointed and discouraged of what God has asked me to do because the result/fruit is going WAY slower than I had expected." (Like MONTHS slower) I had a good emotional releasing cry! I then read the verses above and allowed His Spirit to soak into me as I blessed myself by taking a soothing epsom salt and oils bath. As I soaked in the bath I allowed Gods Spirit to infuse me once again with hope and a renewed spirit. Allowing me to see HIS perspective/fruit.
I also realized my focus was on my circumstances and expectations of what I thought the plans would produce, which brought fear and doubt. Taking a moment to acknowledge what I was feeling, being thankful for HIS presence and leading in my life, brought those spiraling thoughts to an end. They no longer had a hold of my heart. I was able to hand them to God allowing Him to speak deep inside of me, renewing my mind to press forward to the goal HE has for me. (Even if it takes longer than I wanted)
Psalm 32:1-11 ~ Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! 3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. 5 Finally I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” and you forgave me! All my guilt was gone. 6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgement. 7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. 8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” 10 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. 11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all whose hearts are pure!
This seems pretty self explanatory. 1. There is joy in forgiveness! 2. Speaking out the things that separate me from God so that I CAN be forgiven. 3. Allowing God to guide me once the crud is out in the light and I am forgiven. 4.Don’t fight God. 5. Live in rejoicing and be glad. 6. Obey Him and “shout for joy! For now your heart is pure!” What do YOU get from this passage? Feel free to share!
Isaiah 30:18~ But the Lord still waits for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for Him to help.
This picture is one I took while on a Retreat to Lake Shasta with our College Group from Church. This was a "wait on the Lord" moment. One in which HE spoke deep into my heart in an area that I didn't even realize it was needing to be touched. Taking that "moment" was life changing for me. You see, I felt a stirring in myself, and I wanted to "do" things instead of being quiet, alone with JUST God. SO glad I took that "moment."
Have you found yourself staying pretty busy, but not much is changing inside of you or in your circumstance? I know for me, when things are painful, one of my past behaviors would be to get VERY busy. Involved in projects, cleaning, Church stuff, helping people...
What IF you took some time throughout the day to praise God for His goodness EVEN the things that seem out of control? What if you slowed down and enjoyed whatever moment you were in? For example: When I found myself in a circumstance that I could not change, I became busy and wasn't connecting to God or those around me. Once I stopped to thank God EVEN for the circumstance that was difficult, I began to see the circumstance differently and my relationship with God grew more intimate. My relationship with those around me grew also. As I did this, my heart inside began to change. A gratefulness, a calming, a peace happened! He wants all of me. He wants to carry me through grief and through life transitions, through financial strain. He does it so lovingly. There is a promise at the end of this verse: “I will be blessed if I wait for Him to help.”
Challenge: What choice in coming to God, can you make today that is different than the choices you have been making? Feel free to share what happened with this new choice on the Hidden Potential Coaching Facebook page.