It is one of the biggest blessings in my life to have people I can count on to encourage me and to challenge me. The Lord has placed a small but mighty group of women in my life who do just that! They each bring out something different in me because of the gifts and talents God has given them, but the common denominator…they always point me to Jesus!
And that’s what we are supposed to do as friends and confidantes! Right!!??!!
I’m in a season of hearing the Lord speak clearer than ever as to what my “yeses” are and what my “no’s” are. And they don’t necessarily make sense to other people, but that’s because God doesn’t always call us to the same things. I mean, we are basically all called to seek the Lord, to preach the Gospel, and to point others to the saving knowledge of Jesus. But the way in which we do that will look different from others.
And it’s supposed to be that way!
We are created uniquely and have opportunities to be in front of certain people that others wouldn’t. I mean, I’m not gonna be sitting down and having a chat with Kanye any time soon ~ although, it would be fascinating to hear his story of transformation! ~ but I am confident that there are people who obviously had that opportunity and they are a part of his story of salvation. That’s so cool!
But it doesn’t have to be a famous person that we interact with.
That’s where God’s plans fall perfectly in place.
He is the one who puts in places to influence and minister to those in our circle…our neighborhood…our community at church…where our kids go to school…where we work out…and so many more places.
You are exactly where YOU need to be because it’s exactly where GOD put you!
I remember years ago we toured a beautiful estate in the Nashville, TN area ~ in the summer! I just love the architecture, the stories of the people who lived there, the photos of grand balls and afternoons of High Tea! My husband teased me that I would’ve loved to have been a Southern Belle “back in the day”. To which I quickly replied, “Yes, I would’ve but God knew this girl can’t handle a house without air conditioning!” Although living a grand life as a Southern Belle would’ve been fun, I honestly think I may have died young from heat stroke. Or I would’ve been the outcast in the female circles because I’d be constantly trying to figure out how to where something cooler!
But seriously, we are all right where we are supposed to be.
You may not like where you are, but you are there.
Let me encourage you to call out to the Lord, whether it be in desperation, frustration, anger, or apathy…call out because He will hear you! If you don’t understand why you are in the situation you are currently in, take a moment to be still and listen to His answer. There WILL be an answer.
I began this blog taking about friends who help keep us accountable, and this is where they come in. After prayer, reach out to a friend who you know will absolutely go before the throne and pray for you. And if you are that friend, ask the Lord for a word of encouragement to share ~ that means so much!
I recently had a day where I needed to be encouraged and after reaching out for prayer, I received this verse from my friend Christine,
“Such is the confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God. He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the letter [of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life.” ~ 2 Cor. 3:4-6 AMP
It was like water to my thirsty soul! And as soon as I read it, the Lord reminded me about the ‘verse of the day’ that I had read that morning and how the two went together,
“O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise and give thanks to Your name; For You have done miraculous things, Plans formed long, long ago, [fulfilled] with perfect faithfulness.” ~ Isaiah 25:1 AMP
This is one of those glorious moments to me that reminds me that God’s Word is truly ALIVE!! It is not a dead text that was written thousands of years ago. It is the Living Word of the amazing Living God that I serve with my whole heart.
The plans that God has for me have been formed FOR ME before I was formed in my mother’s womb. And the same goes for you.
Let that sink in for a bit!
God thought of YOU before you were formed. You were real to Him before you were held by your mother or father. You were loved by Him before anyone else.
You were planned for! You are planned for even know!
Even when we don’t feel like we matter or that we could possibly make a difference in this world, the fact is that you do matter and you can and are making a difference!
My friends, this is where we must stand firm. For as much as God plans for us to shine for His glory, the enemy (Satan) wants us to fail and fail hard!
God qualifies ~ Satan wants to disqualify
God raises us up ~ Satan wants to diminish us
God sees you ~ Satan wants you to feel invisible
God knows you intimately ~ Satan wants you to feel unworthy
God loves you for being you ~ Satan wants you to feel unlovable
But guess what…in case you didn’t know…
GOD HAS THE VICTORY OVER EVERY PART OF OUR LIFE!!
Satan loses…and he loses every time!
Oh, just in case you need a bit more convincing, here’s one more promise for you from Philippians 1:6 AMP,
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”
The Lord will not let you down. In every moment, easy or challenging, He is there right by your side. Worthy of praise and desirous of being in relationship with us!
My prayer for you today is that you can stand firm in the truth of God’s Word; to know that you are qualified through the Lord to do what He has called you to do. The Holy Spirit will give you sufficient grace and direction to follow the plans the Lord has for you, you just need to listen! God will bring about His plans for you in His timing as we are faithful to be obedient to Him.
And those plans will be perfectly fulfilled by His faithfulness!