THE CHRISTIAN WALK

On Purpose 


I recently read a post from Mother Are that brought Acts 27:23-26 to life in a new way and I will share it here.

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Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me
and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’
So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. NIV

Note v24 in several different versions:

he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ NLT

…and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ Vs. 24b

266 souls were saved from physical drowning because a man of God was on board the ship.

  • A man who speaks with God.
  • A man who hears angels.
  • A man who knows the God who can save physically and spiritually.

How great is this news.

God can graciously give you other souls!

God can bless others because of His relationship with someone (Gen 19:29; 39:5).

Paul’s life would have been saved alone but I wonder if Paul was praying for the safety of all in that ship. I wonder if that gift was an answer to prayer. We know that Paul often prayed for others and received answers for them.

Acts 27:24
and said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul-for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God has granted your request and will save the lives of all those sailing with you.’ TLB

I wonder:

  • How  many souls you have secured for God;
  • Who has escaped physical, or spiritual death because of you?
  • Is it not this truth that is the basis for Psalm 2:8, Ask of me and I will give you nations for your inheritance? Will those nations not be saved because we asked?

I encourage you to ask and listen on! Indeed, some people will escape untimely physical death and also the second death because of your prayers.

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This got me thinking about my walk. Am I walking aright? Have I done all I have been instructed to do? Do I press in to God daily before I go out to walk in obedience? Do I know for certain what I am here for and how I am to live it out?

God has an expectation of  me, that I would walk in Him, with Him and for Him all my days. That I may showcase him to the world; That others who are unlikely to read the word will find my life an living example; That he would be so important to me so I would serve him only; That His love for me will overflow to others and the world around me will be changed for Him; That I would be so in love with Him that I would press in every moment of my life.

This day I make the choice afresh that My life will conform to the word of God daily, for the rest of my days. How about you?

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

All These Things 


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To seek first the Kingdom is all about realigning with God and then all these things will be added. The seeking still remains the primary place of connection and above. Additionally, the seeking has to be for His glory and purpose not as a precursor to receiving. Only when we seek Him right and connect aright will He move on to the addition of things.

The important thing to note is that the added things come because the ALL of me is aligned to Him. It is often said that I am human and I can make mistakes but is my heart and life in a constant state of aligning and realigning? Am I always aware of where I stand and what I am working towards in reference to becoming all Jesus has said I can be? I have to come to the place where He can trust me with important things and to follow instruction expressly and fully before He can trust me with wealth, position, authority and influence. The intention of this is to ascertain that nothing will not change me or taint His work in me.

All these things come from a place of trust. He has to trust that the things:

  • Will not taint me
  • Will not turn my eyes from Him
  • Will produce more of Him
  • Will be used to further His plan
  • Will be a showcase of rising above and dealing with humanity
  • Will draw other men unto Him
  • Will be a point of rescue and redemption for others

I could never attain any of this by myself and He has to be the one who works it out in me. So I must continually seek Him that He may daily produce Himself in me that I may rise above my humanity and fully diminish that He rises in me I become all He saw in me before the foundations of the earth.

I so long for the daily revelations of God because it is the only way to press in and check whether I am on the right track and whether He can trust me with more revelation. Am I living out what has already been given? Am I a good representation of Him and His word? Is my life become a story that others can read and come to know Him?

Do you desire this place of freedom like I do? Do you desire this certainty of His work in you? Let’s walk together and enjoy His leading daily

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NKJV

 

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Seek First…


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But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

I used to think this verse meant being diligent to the programs of church and other opportunities to serve. It was about me walking with God in the things He had called me to and just doing stuff to attain the comforts of life so that people would see that I serve God and He doesn’t fail. In reality though, my life plateaued and even declined over time.

I have come to understand in the last few weeks that there are deeper dimensions of things and those suppositions were untrue.

To seek is to aspire to attain, obtain or achieve something or someone.

To seek first is to look for the desired thing before others or with utmost devotion above all else.

To seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness would then mean that finding Him becomes my greatest pursuit. It would be a driving desire to find God and walk in His ways. To let go of my limiting opinions and limited vision and connect to His greater vision. To connect to the reason He created me and live out on that path.

Talk about clarity taking over. I had wanted to be like a certain sister and have influence over certain things like a certain brother to no avail. The reality is that there are gates God created me to watch and lives He established me to influence and as long as these weren’t done there was a gap in the plan. There are places He set out for me and things only I could see and interpret right.

There are places that I easily entered incognito to bring Him in because I was invisible unlike others around me. The things I was created for were waiting for me to rock up and bring them to life. So years spent seeking God for the things that were not aligned to His plan for me were lost years in a sense.

To seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness starts when I really sit at His feet and ask Him to show me who I am in Him; When I stop to find out who He created me to be from before the foundations of the earth; When I listen keenly without filters who I want to be; When I understand His heart for the world around me and how I fit in; When He unearths my core and makes me aware of Him at the centre of me; When He lays me bare before and deals with all of me and I am unashamed.

To seek first the kingdom is to remain in Him even when I have begun to understand the calling upon my life and remain connected to Him regardless of the circumstances because I understand that the PROCESS is what makes me. It is to remain faithful to the process regardless of how hard it seems; To remain even when I can see ways out and options because I know the process if the route; To fully trust the process to produce in me the right version on Him.

To seek first the kingdom is to live ONLY by instruction and nothing else. It is to wait for a clear instruction to move, how to move, when to move, where to move to even when it seems slow to those around me. It is to stop when He says, go when He says and do only as little or as much as He says. It is to give up the right to advance knowledge and appreciate every word that comes from His mind. It is to understand that everything I know in advance or later on it is the right way.

To seek first the Kingdom is all about realigning with God and then all these things will be added… The added things come because the whole of me is aligned to Him. I have come to the place He can trust me with important things, wealth, position, authority and influence and it will not change me or taint His work in me.

What are you seeking today? How do you need to course correct today? Join me as we walk.