6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
I really do love these verses. It is so fitting for the times that we live in now. Over the last few months, we have gone from one crisis to another while still dealing with the crisis from before. We are seeing the true colors in others and ourselves as events and personal circumstances open the true nature of our hearts. We are beginning to see who and what people truly believe in.
As you take some time to rest in the Lord think about the things that you are hearing from others that:
Also, do a check on the things you have believed and preached and see if it lines up with the Word of God. Ask the Lord to show you. Look it up and weigh it. If you are just wrong in some areas repent and ask the Lord to continue to transform your mind to the things of God. I exhort you to seek to please God only. Some will not understand. Many will walk away from you. However, if verse 10 of Galatians 1 does not shake you a little to stick with the Lord I do not know what else to say.
It is going to a struggle for many to not go with who and what seems popular. It’s going to be a struggle to not go along with the crowd when they are doing things that vex the Holy Spirit, but you want to belong. It is going to be a struggle for many to finally think for themselves and not have the media and others think for them for fear of doing what you believe and know to be right as it lines with God’s Word.
The struggle will be real but know that the Father in heaven is your perfect strength during these times. As you fight with everything in you and with every spiritual weapon to remove yourself from pleasing men, be encouraged knowing that the Lord will bless you with strength and peace. We have a freedom in Christ to follow and obey Him and not the world or our carnal nature.
Only by His Grace
As I have been working on many things and decluttering on tonight I have been pondering many things. I have thought about the current events. I have thought about the changes the Lord has us making. I have thought about the future. I have thought about where I really fit and if I really fit at all. I may just be a misfit for the Lord (LOL) and I am okay with that. I have wondered if many will truly trust God and depend on Him. I have questioned; How many truly live to led by the Lord? I have thought about areas I could trust God more. I have thought about the load and the call of God. I know now why I have never truly been attached to anything this world has to offer. Then I let out a big sigh... Jesus this is truly NOT MY HOME...but while I am here I will live for you and bring glory to your name. #iWillRest
Have you been feeling how some say "some type of way?" Have these same feelings and questions been brewing in you? Keep processing and keep asking because the Lord hears you and He will answer. As you keep coming to Him with the burdens He will bring rest to your soul.
Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
People of God you need to seek the Lord! I have a dog that literally follows me around like crazy. Sometimes I tell Him, “No! Stay!” Because I am just going a few steps. We need to seek to be in God's face just as much. That word seek is to desire and face means His presence [Desire the Lord and His strength; Desire His presence evermore!]. This my friend is true worship. When we seek a person’s face, we get to see their character, emotions, and intent. The Lord wants to be your constant friend/ally. He just does not want us to seek His hand but His presence!
Do you desire His presence more than anything He can give you? In presence there is NO LACK. In His presence there is PEACE. In His presence there is FULLNESS OF JOY. When we continually seek His face (presence) WE DON’T MISS OUT on what our Father is doing. You DO NOT want to miss out on what He is doing during these times we are living in. The Lord is saying missing out on what He is doing in these times may mean life or death. Stay close and seek Him out!
Prayer more than ever has been stirring in my spirit. It could be because I am an intercessor (LOL). I have been reading this book about becoming a prayer saturated church. I have been desiring to lead in a better way as the prayer director at our church. Anyhow, the author pointed out that our churches needed to become houses of prayer. Just reading that and seeing the verse again sent shivers all over me. I knew this was God. Today, I do not want to point out the church but ourselves. God not only wants the places we go and worship together to become houses of prayer He want us; his sons and daughters to become houses of prayer.
That means that prayer must become bread and water to us. It must be essential for living and not just something we use in case of an emergency. God wants to abide in us just as much as he wants us to abide in Him. But Saints we have got to be the people that long after His presence. We have got to be people that relentlessly seek after Him. We have got to be the people that are willing to live for Him just as sure as we are ready to die for Him. We cannot get more of His presence, more of His peace, more of His grace, more of His power, and just more of HIM unless we are willing to spend time with the Father in heaven who desires to hear from us.
We can’t do drive by prayers all the time with the Lord. We have to want to cultivate a relationship with Him. We have to hunger after the Lord more than the things of this world. The pull to become engulfed in the things of this world are strong. But our God is bigger and stronger. However, He will NOT overpower your will because He gives us free will. Would you ever want anyone to be in love with you because you made them, or you wooed them with extravagant gifts, and they felt obligated to love you?
Geez I hope not! Our Father in heaven does not want your love for Him like that neither. God gave His one and ONLY Son to die for you and I and the best thing we can do is worship Him with our lives. You must want to! You must begin to see how important connecting to the Father through prayer is. Its life changing. It will shake you up for good and for His glory.
Yesterday I decided to take a peak at the news and I was disturbed. This prayer came out of seeing the mess we are in. If you have a prayer request please comment below or leave a request through the contact page. I would love to go before the Father on your behalf.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
As I read this Psalm my spirit immediately leaps, and I want to shout to the Lord. Before I enter into prayer, I first ask the Lord to come and invade my space, to lead the way, and to speak what He wants to my heart. Then I set the atmosphere with praise and worship to our God. Most of the time I use instrumental music and I allow the Lord’s presence to move in such way that He gives me words to the music. It is a beautiful thing. When I come into His presence with thanksgiving, praise, and worship it brings my mind into focus. I always have my journal; in my journal I have space to write the things that I am thankful for. I always try and write something different because as time goes by and I get weary, I can go back and give Him thanks for everything that I have already written down. Why? Because it is so easy when we are down to think that the Lord has not done much for us at all. Let’s be real here!
If you would like to please feel free to share music that brings you into the presence of our almighty God. Here is one of my favorites: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyXa2tdBTGc
This is my favorite go to. I just put it on repeat.
Spend 30-60 minutes just listening to worship music and being still before the Lord.
Blessings and have a wonderful day!
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