I want to be transparent with you. I have been worrying about the future a lot lately, not being present in the moment because I’ve been living in the what if’s of the unknown.
Then, while studying His Word, the Lord hit me over the head with the obvious and reminded me that His presence can ONLY be experienced in MY present.
If I go “future tripping” (as I call it)—I forget to take him with me, and then I get anxious and overwhelmed.
To experience His presence, we must be present in the moment. Worrying over the future, or fretting over the past, will rob us of the supernatural peace only His presence can provide in the exact place, space and time where we currently are.
It’s the question I hear so often from believers: How do I know/what is God’s will for my life?
That’s a pretty big question. And I think it might be the wrong one. Now hear me: do I believe we each are assigned specifics in God’s kingdom plan? Yes. Do I believe His plan is to reveal His purpose for me in His time? Yes. I still think we need to change the question. Quit asking, “How do I know/what is God’s will for my life?”
Instead, what if we ask this question: What is God’s will for my life right now? Today? And until we know the specifics of our calling, let’s be followers who are obedient to the overarching:
- Love others. (John 13:34)
- Be His witness. (Acts 1:8)
- Make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Don’t overly complicate what God has so vividly laid out before us. He has told us what we are to be doing. And no matter what He may also call you to do specifically, these three things will always be a part of His plan for your life as a Jesus follower. His Word guarantees it. Besides, it’s not nearly as difficult to discern His specific purpose and assignment when I am actively obedient to the things He has called all believers to be doing.
Why can it be so difficult to accept the grace that God so freely pours out? Even as His child, I lived under a veil of guilt and shame for far too many unnecessary years.
I believed in His grace for everyone else. I just wasn’t so sure it applied to me.
But a wise person in my life often says: God is not going to ruin His reputation on you, Kassi.
If His grace is real (and it is), then it has to be real for me. And the beauty of that is that it’s real for you, too. Praying today you’ll walk in the freedom of His grace.
“Feelings come and go, and when they come a good use can be made of them, but they cannot be our regular spiritual diet,” C.S. Lewis
Feelings (both positive AND negative) can rob us of a deeply intimate relationship with Jesus. Feelings are fleeting but His truth is eternal. Feel your feelings, yes, but ask what it is in that feeling that the Lord wants you to understand about Him. You may find Him glorified in your joy, or you may realize you’re believing a feeling rather than Jesus.