The Simple Life, Walking with God

Preserve The Promise


A few conversations this week got me thinking. What is happening to the plans we made at the start of the year? Where are we in the plan for these things? Are they still valid, have some of them been thrown off track or are they all on track? I can say with confidence, that life as we knew it has changed. Nothing is or ever will be the same again.

Many didn’t imagine we would be working in these conditions. Many didn’t think it was possible to be home for three months or out of work in a blink. Many children were happy to close early but are now missing their teachers and friends. Some businesses have closed for a little while others have closed their doors for the last time.

HR professionals have the daunting task of showing people the door when they don’t even know how much longer they have their own jobs. CEOs and Founders are grappling with how to keep the doors open, lights on and staff working despite enormous and unanticipated cash crunches. So what happens now when it all feels like it is falling apart?

Is there a glimmer of hope in such trying times?

What happens when we have a promise or vision we are waiting on and we are not careful to make sure it happens? We can say that life is hard and things aren’t working and we give up along the way but surely there has to be a plan that will work no matter what and we can find a way. In so many ways it feels like we are in a place of confusion and unsure what we are doing and how we will go forth. It is even more intense when we realise we aren’t the first to experience challenges and we will not be the last. That really caught my attention.

Genesis 25 blew my socks off. First off I had never really thought about how many children Abraham had. The focus on Isaac had until now hidden some facets of his life. So I began counting the sons and almost got distracted. I almost spent long hours just looking at those sons and maybe I will do that later.

It all begun to clear up as I read…

Abraham had a promise in Isaac and even with all his other actions, he stood firm on the promise and acted as such. His posture as he got older and more settled into the realities of walking with God became stable and still like a rock set in quick-dry, high strength cement and nothing moved him from his position.

Genesis 56:5-6 really fascinate me…And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east. To stand solid on the word of God, Abraham gave his other sons an inheritance and dispatched them to another so he could make room for only the child of promise to inherit what was promised to him. This got me thinking about life.

Do I fully stand for and on the promises my life is built on?

Do I give everything to build the purpose of my life? Do I ensure that all possible distractions are removed even physically if need be to protect the word? Do I move away from places that would be a hindrance? What happens when the promised fruit is slow in coming? What do I do when the promised realities are invisible? Do I believe and work on the promise and assignment no matter what?

Abraham’s whole life was about that reality. His father Terah left Ur of the Chaldeans and led them to Haran where he died. Then God led Abraham out of Haran to the Promised Land and appeared to him several times. He almost sacrificed his son on the Word of God. He went to war against 5 kings for the sake of Lot. He pleaded for Sodom because his nephew was there. He sent his servant to bring a wife for his son with absolute faith that he would come back. The final thing he did to secure the promise was to the boy’s inheritance so that Isaac’s heritage was secured.

Abraham gave it all for the promise.

God called Abraham and he responded in the affirmative. Abraham believed God’s word over him and made a covenant with God then guarded it jealously. He believed it even when nothing seemed possible. He laughed when the promise was discussed but corrected his position when questioned. He believed God so deeply that it was credited to him as righteousness. He was dedicated even to the potential loss of everything to preserve the promise.

Can we do that?

Can we hold onto the promise of God and the plan He has given us no matter what? Are we willing to lose some things, gain others and course-correct daily to remain on the path no matter what? Can we stay set to the task, with a gaze set like flint even in a season like now in faith that God is who He says He is and you are who He says you are therefore your life will indeed manifest his word?

That is what it takes to deliver the promise put in your hands and become everything God sees in you and calls out from you. I know it sounds hard but it is really simple. If He said it is, nothing can change the plan unless you or I step out of the plan. Simple…really simple.

Is it always easy for me? Not at first. Do I go off course? Sometimes, but I have learnt to stop, assess, confess, repent, get back on the road and walk on. Every course correction makes me aware of my weaknesses and build in needed support structures. As we continue to walk together He has become the only one I lean on all the time because He will never fail me.

Know that it is possible.

  • Know that all things are possible for you and I when we believe and follow instruction to become
  • Know that you are appointed and will become what you decide to focus on and work towards.
  • Know that your God is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all you could ask, think or imagine.
  • Know that He knew you from before and He is certain you are the best choice for this path.
  • Know your Father is true and never fails, but He watches over His word to perform.
  • Know that when you lean into God your path makes sense and will succeed.
  • Know that you can preserve the promise and attain the assignment.
  • Know that you are one of a kind with a one of a kind assignment.
  • Know that you are not alone and will never be alone.
  • Know that He is the one and only one.
  • Know you can in Him.

Know it is possible.

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Premature????


The year started so well that we forgot all about our power bill. I know it sounds totally unbelievable but it actually happened. So on Friday I leave the house and I am gone for about an hour and when I come back I decide to warm lunch…alas…the microwave is not working. I try the lights and figure that power is out. I call the neighbour’s to see how large the area in black out is but alas, they have power. MMMhhhhh, one look at the meter and …… Yup!!!! We’ve been disconnected us.

So I rally my hubby who is in town to sort it out but alas, the most important office for re-connection closes at 3.30pm on Friday and he got there close to 4pm. This simply means no power for the night. Oh my…well, I comfort myself and say it can’t be that bad and truly it wasn’t.  On Saturday I go out but when I get back home at 2.00pm there is still no power. My heart sinks and I start planning to take stuff to the neighbour’s house when I hear Papa say, “Don’t you think that is a bit premature?”

I stop and wonder for a moment, “Premature? No way, look at the facts. It’s 2pm on Saturday. The last time I checked the power guys work till noon on Saturday.” Papa says, “That is fatalist thinking.” So I pause to consider the statement and suddenly I see what He means. The lesson this week has been learning to believe that despite the situation everything will work out according to His plan and His will. So I figure that I must learn to allow Him to do His thing in His way. I accept that my thought was premature, and ask Papa to do His thing. Believe it or not, in  under 30min power was restored. Beat that!

Were my thoughts premature? Yes. Did God have an answer? Yes. Was he going to sort me out? Yes. Was my faith low? Yes. All I had to do was be patient and believe that in His time He would make all things beautiful. It made me realise that Papa allows things to happen that are not what I want, to get my attention and reinforce the lessons He is teaching me. He is in the business of confirming His word to me and making certain that I know and believe He is serious about all that He has said. It got me thinking….what has God said about me in the past and present? Who has He said I will become? What has He set for me as the plans for my life? Do I really believe Him or do I lose hope at the first sign of testing or trouble?

You see, God never promised me that there will be no trouble or challenges along the way. Rather, He promised that He would walk with me all the time and we will make it through together. Will there be days when the circumstances will look overwhelming? Yes. However, I must learn to stand up to the doubts and questions restating the word spoken over me and making an affirmation that no matter what lies ahead I will trust the word of God over all the circumstances surrounding me.

He reminded me of one of the greatest scriptures of all time Psalm 23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

  1. The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
  2. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
  3. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
  4. Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a] oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
  6. Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

This year, choose to trust in Papa and stand firm in His word no matter what comes your way. You will learn as I am that He is ever present and will provide comfort and assurance all the days of our lives.

This is the year of Jubilee.