This was Posted on May of 2012. I thought it was worthy of being reposted, enjoy:
Pastor Nate continues to teach on Transition and change, it is an exciting time in our lives as we move forward in Christ to advance His Kingdom.
In life we will face those "Decision Making" moments: Should I go to school?, should I get married?, Should I move out of town?, should I cut ties with some people?, etc. Those "moments" can be trying to our Faith. At those times we may face confusion or doubt and we may even grow increasing weary of "THINKING".
Well, the Bible has a lot to say about decision making and I want to share that with you on this post.
The Bible tells us that wisdom, which is what we need to make decisions, comes from God. In those moments of making decisions we should seek God's wisdom and understanding. today Pastor Jesse Duplantis tweeted: "If you want to be successful in life, you need to know everything in the Bible." studying the Word of God will open up your eyes to His heart for you. You will know what to do when you draw close to Him. Here are some scriptures to help you get started: -Brisyo
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.
He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Today I have been reflecting on pain. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Pain? Who wants to think about pain?” Pain is not the best thing to think about but if you really think about it, all of us will experience it at one time or another in our lives; probably more often then we want too.
Sometimes we will go through painful experiences that cause a lifetime of painful reflection while other times we will experience pain that causes us to change and, in the long run, actually be thankful for the experience.
At this moment that I’m writing this I am experiencing emotional pain. But I reflected and thought to myself, “This is nothing compared to the pain others have experienced.” I have not had any major losses in my life; I’ve not lost a child or a parent nor my husband to death. I have not been hurt permanently nor left abandoned. Although, I know that some day I will experience that type of pain, I am reminded of Philippians 4:11-12 that says, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” This is perfect peace: When we put our mind to purposely think about the Lord and His goodness immediately we reflect on our pain and think, “Wow, Really, my life is not that bad; things can be far worse. “
Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
When we are persecuted or go through hardships we can put our heart at rest knowing that God is on our side. We become strong knowing that we have a God who promises perfect peace when in our weakness we turn to Him. When we turn to Him we become strong and can weather the storm that is causing pain in our lives. God gives us wisdom, tranquility and helps us to be content with what we have and trust that God knows what we need and will help us in His time. (Philippians 4:19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Vashti, my 13 year old daughter, showed me this picture she had drawn in her free time at school, she titled it" Let Go!". As I looked at it a sense of peace and relaxation came upon me and I had to upload it to my phone. I knew there was more to this picture than meets the eye. The simplicity of it speaks to me. It's a simple dandelion that has reached maturity. the dandelion produces bright yellow flowers, and the plant continues to flower through its lifetime. The flowers eventually develop into heads composed of tiny seeds attached to pappus, fuzzy structures shaped like parachutes. When the seeds mature, wind currents blow the head of the dandelion apart and the pappus carry the seeds for miles through the air. Once the seeds land on damp, warm soil, they germinate and the life cycle begins again.
The dadelion becomes fragile after it's beautiful yellow flower turns into seeds. The Dandelion is surely reminded at this point that it is a weed and not actually a flower. Very much like us in the garden of life. There are times that in life we go through moments of insecurities, we are reminded of our not-so-lovely past or our attention goes to our not-so-pleasant present. We turn very much into a fragile little flower.
Have you been feeling fragile lately? Now, I don't know about you but I happen to like the Dandelion the most when it is all white and fuzzy like the picture Vashti drew. This is when you see little children and adults alike picking them up and blowing them into the air. Little do they know that the Dandelion is in a dying process; it is spreading its seeds to help produce more of it's kind. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrew 12:1
I would imagine that it is not a pleasant process for the little flower but we see beauty. The process that we go through sometimes is not pleasant for us, but others see beauty. God sees beauty.
Just as it is important for the little dandelion to Let Go of it's seeds, It's important for Believers to embrace the times of development in our lives and trust that we are equiped enought to simply, "Let Go". “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -Is. 43:18-19
As the winds of daily situations and issues arise and sweep you away, know that the seeds in you will be sent off into areas that will cause growth. There is purpose for our storm. There is purpose for the Cycles that we go through. God wants us to simply Let Go, as He picks us up and shares us with the world around us. Your story needs to be told, your life shared. Let God breath on you.
There are moments in life that we face great opposition to the things we expected for ourselves, Times of suffering and trials. We wonder if this was God’s plan for us and why?
Jesus Christ had to endure such a time. When faced with false accusation and death He prayed to God and said, “Father, if it be thy will, take this cup from me.” He knew He had been sent to the world for such a time, but He was in anguish and like all of us, He hoped there would be a small window of opportunity for change.
What happens when God says NO? What do we do when His will is right there in that moment of suffering; moments like:
I can’t get past to the next grade level,
I lost a good friend,
My parent or guardian has abandoned me,
My friends are lying on me,
My house is being foreclosed on,
My spouse cheated on me, etc.?
Job 1:20-22 Then Job stood up, tore his robe and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will leave this life.” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yahweh. Throughout all of this, Job did not sin or blame God for anything.
Today I want you to take with you a very important principle to live by. It is a principle that will help you find peace and Joy in every situation that you are faced with; yes, even those dark times in your life, like Job and Jesus faced, those uncertain times can be turned into gladness! This Principle is the “Nevertheless Principle”
No matter what happens in life remember that all things work together for the good of those who Love Jesus. Even our darkest moments in life are serving to build and shape us. It’s telling our story to bring Glory to God in some way. Everything leads to a future and a hope.
Purpose for afflictions: Romans 5:1-5 to produce Character and Build our Faith
Let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect. --James 1:4 (MOFFATT)
Many of us are all right in the main, but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult to the Holy Ghost. There should be nothing slovenly, whether it be in the way we eat and drink, or in the way we worship God.
Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right. Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny. In numberless ways God will bring us back to the same point over and over again. He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He is producing the finished product. It may be a question of impulse, and again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to the one particular point; or it may be mental wool-gathering, or independent individuality. God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right.
We have been having a wonderful time this Session over the revelation of God’s Redemption, our hearts are perfect towards Him; His wonderful work in us makes us know that in the main we are right with Him. "Now," says the Spirit, through St. James, "let your endurance be a finished product." Watch the slipshod bits – "Oh, that will have to do for now." Whatever it is, God will point it out with persistence until we are entirely His. -Oswald Chambers
We are headed out to the high seas of My Spirit says the Father.
You will know the billows of waves of My fullness of Love breaking over you.
I will take you down into My deep; and those on the shore will wonder what happened to you.
And you would know… we have become one in spirit.
So take a good long and last look over your shoulder says the Father. The shoreline you will see no more.
I've heard your cry. You have cried out to Me that you might know my Kingdom and its limits which I will show unto you in this season
Relinquish those petty things and petty relationships and useless time wasting soul- destroying distractions.
The TIME has COME.
I have seen your stepping…and I was the one who order them.
Here is where the difference is made says the Father between those who have known the calling and those who have accepted My choosing.
You are headed out to the high seas of FAITH.
Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard—just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.
We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them. We cannot do the things we long to do, so our tendency is to think of our dreams and aspirations as dead. But God comes and says to us, “Arise from the dead . . . .” When God sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to “arise from the dead” and do the impossible. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we “get up and get going.” God does not give us overcoming life—He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, “Arise from the dead . . . ,” we have to get ourselves up; God will not lift us up. Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch out your hand” (Matthew 12:13). As soon as the man did so, his hand was healed. But he had to take the initiative. If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find that we have the inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the power of life. -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest