(Isaiah 43:18-19 MSG- Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’M about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’M making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.)
Everything that we go through in life whether it’s good or bad is meant to add substance and value to the essence and heart of who we are or will become as an individual. THE BIBLE says that GOD created us in HIS image which means that we were literally made to thrive and flourish through HIS power at work within us. Through HIM we have the ability to not just overcome, but to fearlessly conquer. (Psalm 23 NIV- THE LORD IS my SHEPHERD, I lack nothing. HE makes me lie down in green pastures, HE leads me beside quiet waters, HE refreshes my soul. HE guides me along the right paths for HIS name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for YOU ARE with me; YOUR rod and YOUR staff, they comfort me. YOU prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. YOU anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely YOUR goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of THE LORD forever.)
So often we get caught up in the heart of our circumstances, instead of positioning ourselves to reach towards the heart of GOD. Faith allows us to envision what GOD has already prepared for us though we have yet to physically see it. I smiled as I read today’s focal passage because it reminded me of when JESUS said that if we believe in HIM, not only will we do the work that HE accomplished, but that we would achieve even greater than what HE has done. (John 14:12 NIRV- What I’M about to tell you is true. Anyone who has faith in ME will do what I have been doing. In fact, he will do even greater things. That is because I AM going to THE FATHER.) Take a moment to perpend how incredibly profound that is!
Why worry about the past or about things, situations, circumstances, or even people who have tried to defeat us when JESUS is saying to us that we are so much greater than all of those things?! Essentially what HE was saying to us is, ” As I go to be with MY FATHER on your behalf, I leave MY SPIRIT with you to carry on MY legacy.”. As I began to truly think about what that means, all of a sudden all of the things that I have ever worried about or stressed over seemed so mediocre and insignificant compared to the exceptionalism that HE expects of me and unequivocally created me for.
Our trials don’t break us! They position us to become triumphant! Our shortcomings don’t define us! They make us greater! With each breath we take and for every beat of our hearts there lies the incredible purpose of GOD’S Will for our lives! We have the legacy of THE MOST HIGH to carry out! “Life is like a piano: the white keys represent happiness, the blacks show sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys make music too.”. Whether you’re in a season of trial or triumph, just keep playing! The beauty that you’ll create will always victoriously prevail! (John 7:38 NIV- “Whoever believes in ME, as SCRIPTURE has said, rivers of LIVING WATER will flow from within them”.)
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