It is about that time of year when we all start re-evaluating our lives. At the beginning of this year we probably listed a couple of things that we were ‘definitely’ going to do. Some things like losing weight, stopping negative cycles, loving people more, becoming a better giver, becoming a better receiver, trusting God more, praying for other people more, getting out of debt or starting a business. The list really could go on and on for a while. If you have accomplished any of your goals or resolutions this year I want to say to you: Well done! It takes an amazing amount of perseverance and discipline to begin something and stick with it until it produces fruit. Truly, well done! But there is something I would like to share with you as you read this.
The Holy Spirit started working within me a few weeks ago about the coming year. I was already beginning to make plans for next year and figuring out how I was going to accomplish certain goals. So, naturally, I was praying, reading Scripture and really seeking God’s word for next year. That is when I felt Him ‘poking’ at me, grabbing my attention. What I heard Him say to me was the following: ‘Bianca, you are so focused on hearing Me now, but this is the way you can hear Me always. In every circumstance, not just when you’re looking for a Word from Me for the coming year. What I want from you is obedience. Obedience to My every word. When you pray, I will answer. When I answer, will you respond?”
The truth is, He has already spoken to us and is speaking to us every day. It hit me as I was reminded of the Scripture in Matthew 4:4 …Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. “Seek first the Kingdom…” also repeated on this mental reel.
How often to we seek a Word from the Father for the coming year? Most of us do this probably every year. How often do we cling to, hold fast to and base our daily decisions on what His Word tells us? Probably not very often, right? If we’re being very honest with ourselves, we start out standing steadfast on His Word, but somewhere down the line we allow our daily lives to influence our thinking to the point where we no longer even consider what God has spoken over our season. When faced with circumstances we revert back to our default setting and respond to the circumstances with human wisdom. When finances get tough, we hold back our tithes (this is the opposite of wisdom). When relationships get strained, we call or text anybody and everybody we feel could give some insight into relationships instead of going to our Father for our answers. He has clearly said: “…I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:13-14)“ The Book of James (1:5) adds this …If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Now, I have a question. If we have His ultimate wisdom at our disposal for ANY situation we EVER find ourselves in, how is it that we rarely choose to stand on what His answer is for our situation?
For this coming year (and for the rest of our lives) I pray that this will remain our resolution as Kingdom people:
To quickly and constantly respond to the Word of God. In every situation. To apply His truth in my life and to never waiver from it.
What is God saying about your health? Listen and do.
What is God saying about your finances? Listen and do.
What is He saying about your family (even the ones you don’t always like)? Listen and obey.
What is He saying about the relationships in your life? Listen and apply.
What is God’s word over you? Listen, hold fast to it and remind yourself of it. Apply it.
What is He saying about your future? Listen and trust Him.
When you walk in the Spirit, you cannot make a mistake.
Remember, this is a Divine Relationship. No relationship lasts because people professed that they loved each other ten years ago. They continually engage in conversation with each other. God continually speaks to us. What His word was today might not be what He is saying tomorrow, so listen up. What obedience was today might turn into disobedience tomorrow if we are not careful to cultivate hearing ears and seeing eyes. When you ask Him about whether you should or shouldn’t buy that new car, He will give you the right answer. He knows what’s going on in your finances. When you ask Him what to do about a relationship issue, He will give you the answer.
Now, some may say “That’s easier said than done. I have waited and listened, but I don’t hear Him speak to me.” No, chances are He has already given you the answer, you just didn’t like it so you’re waiting for a new one (which might be why you’re not hearing anything). His truth remains truth regardless of what we feel like. He is a good Father. He wants to give us good things. We can fully and wholly rely on Him. There is a song by United Pursuit called Hidden and the lyrics go something like this: Now, I am hidden in the safety of Your Love. I trust Your heart and Your intentions.
We can trust His heart and His intentions for us. We can never be separated from His love for us. His kindness leads us to repentance (change). He leads us beside still waters, He restores our souls. His plans for us are hopeful with a good future.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 says Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
Psalm 121 : 1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber…
May we all hold fast to the Word of God in, on and for our lives in 2016. May we be known as Kingdom people: steadfast, immovable, courageous, faith-ful, and always loving. May we continually walk in thankfulness and true joy, because we are never without hope. We have a Father Who loves us!