No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
Do you ever let your Imagination run wild? Do you meditate on the awesome things God can do you in your life? Do you stop yourself because the goal is to big, to lofty, it makes no sense right now? God doesn’t think that way. He just wants us to ask him. We have not because we ask not. (James 4:2-3) He knows what you want already, before we put it out there. When we are children we are encouraged to use our imagination, however as we become adults we are told to be realistic. The great thing about God is that he doesn’t want us to be realistic. He wants us to dream big! (Matthew 7:7-12)
Don’t let life weight you down. Give your dreams to God. He wants to bless you. (2 Corinthians 9:8) He wants to see you win, you just have to be willing to be obedient and to trust him.
Check out this sermon from Rick Warren. He knows about using your imagination and dreaming big.
Conversant-familiar or knowledgeable of something
Are you conversant with the character of God? As I work on my spiritual growth and move from just being saved but actually becoming the person that God wanted me to be when he knit me in my mothers womb, I have been studying God’s character. I often worry about disappointing God or sliding back into bad character habits. God reminded of one aspect of his character that I hadn’t given a lot of thought too. Mercy. The lord is merciful in the ways he deals with us. He is slow to anger and merciful. (Psalm 103:8) He doesn’t punish us for all our sins. He isn’t going to come in snatch everything away from me if I make a mistake. He sees my heart and knows my intentions. (1 Chronicles 28:9) I have a great cloud witnesses in heaven that are cheering me on and wanting me to do well. (Hebrews 12:1)
Psalm 103 is great for getting more information about the character of God.
- He forgives all my sins
- Heals all my diseases
- He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies
- Fills me with good things
- He won’t constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever
- He is tender and compassionate
- His love remains forever
Those are just the highlights.
Action: Go back and read this Psalm in its entirety. Knowing the character of God allows us to remember the most important thing about our relationship with Him. He loves us, he wants us to win. He is not nearly as hard on us as we are on ourselves.
Assay-testing of a metal or ore to determine its ingredients and quality
Synonyms: evaluation, assessment, appraisal, analysis, examination, testing
God wants to test our ingredients, essentially see what we are made of and what we have been taking. He also wants quality assurance.
As you work on your spiritual growth know that testing will come. God will assay you. He will test you to make sure you are ready for the next level. Before you have success you will have stress. The testing is what is being done to make you better. When you are in the purification process it can be challenging but you know there is a reward at the end if you don’t lose faith.
I was cruising down the street the other day, just feeling good about life. I was running early for work, traffic was great and my curls were popping! I got the radio blasting and I’m singing along just praising God for his awesomeness. I didn’t have a care in the world. It was great!
It didn’t take long however for my mind to start going other places. Reminding me of all the people I needed to call back, times I spoke out of turn, etc. It was crazy! I hadn’t even been in my car 15 minutes. I keep thinking that I can’t feel this good before work, something bad must be about to happen. I recognized that this was wrong thinking and I immediately stopped and tried to think of something else but it didn’t really work. When I got to work I had to think, why did I let my brain start to think that something could go wrong? I always try to choose joy. I wrote about a few months ago. It’s easier said than done. I try to remind my self to only worry about today and not go and borrow trouble.
It’s easier said than done.
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Psalms 32:1 NLT
On Dec 30 my husband and I wrote down everything we were feeling guilty about and read them out loud. This wasn’t necessarily a confession but more of a let’s get this off your chest. It also wasn’t something that had anything to do with each other. One of mine was not calling my friends and mom more. After we read each other’s list.I set them on fire and watched them burn in the snow. Fun fact: I love setting things on fire lol. It was theraputic to watch them burn though. Never to be brought up again. No condemnation, no judgement, no nothing. Remember that as you are working on your new self in 2018.
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:12 NIV
Read this whole Psalm. It is really good. One of my favorites. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves when we mess up but God doesn’t. He gives us new mercies everyday
Not until very recently. I used to think that I could do both, do God and do me too. I literally wanted to call this blog, doing God and doing me. I wanted to walk the line between secular and gospel, however the more I read the word, the more I realize that you can’t really do that. Its not really fair to God when you operate that way and I never looked at it before. I used to to think as long as I wasn’t breaking the Big Ten (commandments) that I was good. I went to church, I volunteer, I’m not a terrible person, but that wasn’t enough. God wanted to be my friend. He was definitely my father, my savior, but he wasn’t my friend.
Having God be your friend is a different thing entirely. You don’t tell your parent things that you tell your friends, you don’t invite your parent places you invite your friend. You are less inclined to talk to your parents everyday the way you would a friend. Its hard to imagine God as a friend, but I notice my life goes a lot smoother when I talk to him everyday instead of just on Sundays. I now try to talk to God several times a day and invite Him into everything I do, whether its partying or just chilling in the house. It has made such a difference.
I know it seems weird to think about God when you are drinking, partying or participating in other non church like activities, but God is there anyway. It would make it much easier if you just invited him along for the process. God can’t be are part time lover, only around when we need something. That is not fair to him. Do you ever let God talk to you or do you do all the talking? Nobody wants a friend that talks about themselves all the time. Have you asked him what pleases him? Do you ask for his advice (prayer) but then do what you want to do? Spiritual growth is more about memorizing scripture or reading your bible more. Its about growing closer in your relationship with God. Truly being able to call him a friend not only because you talk to him but because he talks back to you. You actually you use the things you he told you and live life in a way that is pleasing to him. I am not saying that is easy. Its not. Its crazy hard. The good thing about Jesus is that he isn’t judging us. He knows and wants us to keep trying. He just wants to be a part of the process. So invite God in, he is already everywhere you are going anyway.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
Jeremiah 31:25 NIV
My husband tore his Achilles a few weeks ago. It has turned our lives upside down. We had several things planned for this month that we weren’t able to do. I never realized how many things he does until he wasn’t able to do them anymore. Being nurse for a grown man is not easy or fun. A few nights after the surgery in which my husband can’t sleep because he is in pain which means I can’t sleep. Plus I’m getting up every 30 minutes to change his ice pack. It was a stressful night to say the least.
I open my bibleapp and this is the verse that comes up. How timely! The Lord knew how tired I was and how weary I was feeling.
In reading this verse God was letting me know that I wasn’t alone. He is always there to give encouragement. He won’t ever leave me to figure things out on my own. He is a burden bearer. Check this verse out in different translations. I think I like the ERV ( easy to read version) best, I will give rest and strength to those who are weak and tired.”
That’s exactly what I was. You may be there too or know someone that needs encouragement. Remember that God can handle it. You may not understand why you are in the situation you are in. I certainly don’t understand why my husband will be laid up for 3 months. I do know that I’m not alone in dealing with this situation and that whenever I need a boost that God got me. Please remember he has you too!