If God Needed an Ark Built, Would He Choose You?

IMG_20150114_085930428I love it when God wakes me up with a thought. This week, though, waking up to this question, “If God needed an ark built, would He choose you?,” really made me think. I could justify why He wouldn’t have chosen me to carry His son, Jesus. As a young girl, I didn’t know Him yet. But this question about Noah threw me for a bit of a loop.

Last week as I traveled in the early morning hours, I saw a pond full of geese. Some were actually in the icy cold waters while others stood around on the icy parts of the water that had frozen over. I thought to myself…those poor birds! It must be miserable to be out there in that cold water.

Shortly after having that thought and pausing to take a photo knowing God was going to use this circumstance somehow, I had another idea pop into my mind. I thought, “God created those geese to withstand the cold weather and waters. That’s how they were made. I shouldn’t feel sorry for them. They’re doing what they were created to do.

When I think about it, God creates each one of us uniquely so that we can do what we were created to do. I don’t have to be some super faith guy like Noah for God to use me. I just need to be me. That is a freeing thought when you think about it. God knew exactly what was coming our way so He equipped us with exactly what we need. When God asks us to do something, He empowers us to get the job done. It’s not in our strength; rather, it’s His power working through us. We just simply have to do what we’ve been created to do.

One thing the enemy would love to make us believe is that we are not good enough. When I watch others and allow my mind to think they are better than me or God uses them more effectively than me, I need to stop right there. I need to remind myself that God created them for a purpose just as He did me.  I can’t look at them and think, those poor things…they have to be missionaries in a foreign land. Nor can I say, poor me, look at how I have to suffer every week coming up with the right words for my blog. The fact is, we are all doing that which we have been created and called to do. God has equipped us and continues to fill us with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to help us be what He wants us to be.

I am special.

You are special.

We have each been created for a special purpose.

Your purpose might not be the same as my purpose.

We each have the opportunity to choose whether or not we allow God to fulfill His purpose in our lives.

It’s as simple as that.

If God asked me to build an ark, would I? It’s doubtful that He would ask such a question of me, but if I knew that it was Him asking, I would hope that I would at least give it my best shot.  Realistically, God will never ask any of us to build an ark again. However, He might be asking us to do something, even today, that we are resisting. We might be saying, “The weather just doesn’t look good…too cold. If I do that, others will laugh at me and call me a Jesus freak. Are you sure you’ve asked the right person, Lord? I couldn’t possibly be able to pull that one off.”

Whatever your excuse, if it is what God has created you to do, you will be just fine. Actually, when we choose to obey and follow the will of God, we are more than fine. We are awesomely blessed, just like Noah. Take time to listen today to that which God is calling you to do and with everything you have, I challenge you to say, “YES!”

What would this world be like if every Christian would be obedient and take action according to how God calls us? This week, I’m going to be asking me the same questions I’m asking you. I want a faith and obedient life like Noah, that if God needed an important job like building an ark done, He would trust me to carry out His plan.

We can’t all be ark-builders, but we can certainly all be faithful servants to The One Who calls us to action. What’s God calling you to do today? What will your answer to Him be?

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

I Am Kicking the Elephant to the Curb!

elephantToday as I ministered to a lady who was searching for the truth about God, I was humbly reminded of a time when I was there, too. My heart breaks for those still in bondage, afraid to take the first step. When I speak, I am given the opportunity to give my testimony and tell others about my personal relationship with Jesus. It’s a powerful thing when you have real life experiences of God’s hand on your life and are willing to share your story.

Many times in life, though, our relationship with Jesus is like an elephant in a room. We all know someone who needs God in their lives; but often, we just step around the subject thinking some day they will come to know Him like we do. We might be embarrassed or fear rejection of the person we are talking to about God.

There is a dying world out there and Satan would love to keep their blinders on them forever. If you haven’t already heard, it’s the biggest battle ever–it’s the battle for our souls. It is about where we will spend our eternity. We need to be telling everyone we can about the amazing grace of salvation.

I would say to those seeking, don’t worry if you don’t understand it all. He will show you the way. The Creator of the universe stands and knocks on your door for you to have a personal relationship with Him. He loves each and every one of you so much that He died for you, even when you are still sinning. Just say, “Yes,” and invite Him in!

When you think about it, God’s grace on our lives truly is amazing.

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I’m ready to kick the elephant out of the room!  What about you? Are you joining me?

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

My Word for 2015 is OPPORTUNITY

running to God

 

Each year I wait patiently to hear God’s word for the year. This year, I believe He has chosen opportunity. We all kind of know what that means but I decided to verify my ideas by looking it up at http://www.dictionary.com to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.  This is their definition:

  1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion:
  2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
  3. a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.

I don’t typically make resolutions because over the years, I have simply failed at keeping them. I don’t like failure, so I quit doing that which caused me to fail—like making resolutions. With today’s word, it appears that God might want me to set a goal or make a resolution.  Is He trying to say this year will be different and I will actually make it to my goals for 2015 if I set them?

In 2014 He gave me the word blessing.  I learned through the year of 2014 that I can choose to look at my life situations and praise God for His blessings, or I can go through my life being angry that He is not doing more.  In my heart, I want praise on my lips no matter my circumstances.  In my humanness, again, sometimes I fail.

Overall, every day in 2014 was a blessing just as every day in 2015 will be an opportunity.  If I simply choose to give God control of my life and allow Him to open the doors, I will abound in blessings and opportunities no matter what year it is.  There is part of me that just wants to have a blind faith…no plan…no resolution.  I just want to wake up and ask God to take me where I am to go for that day. I want to run after Him like I have never run before.

So, today, I’m taking a chance with only one resolution. I am choosing to trust God with my year and vow to run after Him. I know He knows me more intimately than any other being. He loves me and wants me to succeed in His plan for my life. I can believe that every day when my feet hit the floor, God will be there to show me my opportunities. The Holy Spirit will be there to lead the way. Planning is good, resolutions add focus, but trusting in the One that knows what’s best for me is priceless.

So Lord, as we walk through this thing called life together, please remind us of our blessings, guide us to our opportunities and help us to stay on the path that you have planned for us in 2015. All of our days we will praise and give you thanks for what You have done.

What is your word for 2015? Is God renewing your spirit and filling you with a fresh slate for the new year? What opportunities are you looking forward to in 2015? May He guide and direct you in the upcoming weeks and months.  Praise be to God who cares for us!

Happy New Year!

Psalm 119:33-35 (TLB) Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.  Make me walk along the right paths, for I know how delightful they really are.

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