Blog Post 6/17/22:
Faith requires we do what God tells us to do: Ps. Colette Stringfield-Rhodes
Your reward isn’t based on your salvation, but faithfulness to do what God called you to do. Your mission can be general, but it should underlie every project or job you take on, spiritual as well as secular. Your motivational gifts are inherent and are YOU, the way you were created. They are the way you view life. You really can’t mess that up, but you can waste it on your own lusts; your own problems, you own worries, fears and negative paths of thinking. Let yourself shine for God. Allow yourself to be the gift to the body of Christ God created you to be.
If you are encountering negative emotions, can it be that you don’t hold God’s Word in high enough esteem to believe that it will not return void, but will accomplish the plans and purpose for which He sent it,” Isaiah 55:1. Everything you need is in God’s Word. It doesn’t always have precise answers for you, but it has answers that are a higher truth than your circumstances and can give you a shove in the right direction with greater confidence. All of heaven is behind you, rooting for you in your earth walk. You have a glory cloud following you, if you would just look up and see with your spiritual eyes.
We must take responsibility for the negative thought patterns we have in our lives that have caused what we consider to be our failures. Satan has designs against you, and He will not give up. You have to learn to be stronger than He is. All he can do is lie and deceive. Learn how to practice the Word of Faith, and things will change. Be consistent, learn to not panic or cave every time you are hit by an attack.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (KJV) says, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
Have you been avoiding doing something that required great courage? Something God gave you to do? There will be regrets always. You will regret it if you don’t go ahead and do it by faith. And if you go ahead do it by faith, you might regret it because you feel like you weren’t good enough. But don’t use what you see as failures as a reason to change direction from where you know in your heart God wants you to go. Go to the Word and spend lots of time waiting on the Lord in your prayer closet. Pray in the spirit. And ask the Lord to give you the interpretation.
Quit telling yourself a story you have manufactured to avoid facing your calling and going there.
And, if you are, quit seeing yourself as a victim. It is a false narrative we tell ourselves. Why would God victimize you? God believes we can take a stand against the devil, according to Ephesians 6:13. You can forgive yourself for your past and find the grace to start new chapters. We can find out why we do certain things that we shouldn’t be doing.
“If we know to do a thing, and don’t do it, it is sin for us,” James 4:17.
Do we need to be healed in some bruised places in our hearts? Have we unwittingly or in full awareness sworn out a vow or an oath, which Jesus forbade his followers to do? Matt 5:33-37.
“Whom the son sets free, is free indeed,” John 8:36. To walk in your gifts is real freedom. As you are discovering your God given gifts, remember that Jesus said, “When I go away the Holy Spirit will come,” John 16:7. “He will lead you into all truth… and he will show you things to come,” John 16:13. Let the Holy Spirit have his way in you. This really is the good life!
Each hero in the Faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11) found his gift and calling, and it caused his works to go down in history. When I read about them I cry with amazement and awe. Let your life count for the kingdom of God, and you will not only enjoy the best fellowship with the Lord and your brethren but you will receive a victor’s crown when you get to heaven. We want to hear our Lord Jesus say, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:21. (My insides just leaped with joy while writing those words.)