You are Right Where You Need to Be

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God orders our footsteps; you are right where you need to be. Then why does it feel like you are in the wrong place and like there is more to life than you are currently experiencing? That’s because it’s true; there is more to life than you are currently experiencing, but at the right time. At this very moment you are right where you should be. However, your God-given destiny is so strong that it is already calling out your name. Therefore, although you are single at 24 and meant to be single at 24, you might feel a need to be married because according to your God-given destiny you are to be married, but at 30 or at the time the Lord has set. You might not be working at your dream job right now. Enjoy your present job as it prepares you for your dream job. Do not allow the future to steal the joy out of the present moment.

You once longed for the future you are in right now. Enjoy this moment. Yes there’s more to your life but at this very moment, there is now and there is a lot to live for right now. The Bible says that God laid out every moment of your life before you were born. Believe that and submit to God’s will. Sometimes we find it hard to submit to God’s will because we hold onto our own plans and desires. God created us and He really wants the best for each one of us. He orders our footsteps but we have to allow Him to do so.

Trusting God’s plan for us means that we trust the path He leads us on to get to where we should be and that we also trust the pace at which God moves our life. God may seem to take you through a longer route than you expected and in a pace that is slower than you expected; trust Him. When the Israelites left Egypt, God took them on a longer route because He knew them well. He knew that if they faced a bit of resistance they would go back into slavery in Egypt. God loves us so much that He keeps us from sabotaging our purpose and our destiny. There is a reason God has taken you on the path He has you on.

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. (Exodus 13:17 NLT)

When the Israelites got to the land the Lord had promised to give them, He did not drive out all their enemies at once. He did it little by little. Perhaps it would have seemed better if He had driven out Israel’s enemies all at once but He had a good reason for not doing so. God could have driven out Israel’s enemies in a single year but He chose to take longer to do it. This was to protect the Israelites from the wild animals that would have multiplied and increased on the land if the land was not well occupied. He was going to wait for the Israelites to increase in population. Trust what God is doing in your life. Trust the pace at which He is doing things in your life. Trust Him to make all things (the good and the bad) work for your good.

I will send terror ahead of you to drive out the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply and threaten you. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land. (Exodus 23: 28 – 30 NLT)

Wherever you are in life right now is where you need to be to take the next step in the right direction. If God led you there, trust Him. If you got yourself to a place you shouldn’t be at, God is loving and gracious. He will make all of it work for your good; trust Him and submit to His will.

God bless you!

Step into Your Purpose

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Sometimes, if not most times, we wait too long to do what the Lord has called us to do. It is as simple as not doing something that has been in your heart to do for a long time. God puts desires in your heart that are His will and purpose for you. He gives you brilliant ideas to do what He has called you to do. You might need a nudge here or there; for example, your family members could keep telling you to start a cake baking business because you make amazing cakes.

If you are honest with yourself, deep down in your heart you know what the Lord has called you to do. If you are not sure about your purpose or God’s calling over your life, ask Him in prayer and He will make it clear. It is usually not an audible voice and normally an angel will not appear to you to let you know what your purpose is. But, pray about it, keep talking to God about it and it will be clear in your heart and you will get a brilliant idea that is God’s best for you.

Nehemiah 7:5 So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there…(NIV)

Nehemiah 7:5 So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration. I had found the genealogical record of those who had first returned to Judah. This is what was written there…(NLT)

The truth is that if you do not step into your purpose, someone else will be raised to do it. This is because there are people intended to be blessed by what the Lord has called you to do. While we should wait for God’s timing to do something, it is important to act when you know that the time is right. God will prepare you through different experiences and give you the skills and talents required, but you have a part to play. You have to take action.

Esther 4:14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (NLT)

God bless you!

 

Dealing with Rejection

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We all face rejection at one point or another in life. Sometimes it is easy to get over it and not really care and other times it really gets to us to almost a point of depression and if we dwell on it long enough it might lead to us getting depressed. Rejection can be in any area of life where we were not accepted; or we were not selected; or were told we were not good enough. It can be in a relationship, a school admission or a job opportunity. There are some important things to know, and believe because they are true, in order to rise above rejection and soar in our purpose in God.

It is important to know that rejection is really not about us not being good enough. Taking the feelings of rejection to Jesus and trusting God to make it right is the best thing we can do. Jesus was rejected; He knows how it feels to be rejected. I can imagine builders who were experienced in what kind of stones were good to build with, looking at one stone and rejecting it. You would think that their opinion as experts was final but that very stone that they rejected was found perfect to be the cornerstone.

For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ Acts 4:11 NLT

Those who have rejected you might be the ones whose opinion you held highly but it doesn’t matter because the opinion that matters is God’s opinion and He loves you. God takes every situation in our lives and uses it for our good and for His glory. When the enemy is the one behind the rejection trust God to take everything the enemy meant for your harm and turn it around for your good.

I love the story of Ruth who was rejected by the man who had the first right to marry her after her husband died according to the customs of the Israelites at that time. Like Ruth, do not dwell on the rejection. Trust God. That rejection just might have been the best thing that ever happened to her. Boaz married her and she is in the lineage of Jesus.

…And Boaz said to the family redeemer, “You know Naomi, who came back from Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. I thought I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the presence of these witnesses. But if you don’t want it, let me know right away, because I am next in line to redeem it after you.”

The man replied, “All right, I’ll redeem it.”

 Then Boaz told him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.”

 “Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer replied, “because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.” (Ruth 4:3 – 6 NLT)

Whatever it is, trust God to get you through it, turn it around for your good and give you better than you ever imagined.

God Bless You!

Enjoying Today in the Face of Unfulfilled Dreams

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What do you do when the present circumstances of your life do not look anything like the dreams God has put in your heart? You thought that by now you would have done certain things that the Lord put in your heart but it actually looks like things are moving in the opposite direction of what you have been hoping and praying for and working towards. But the dream in your heart has still not died. Sure there are times when you doubted and the flame of the dream waned but deep down in your heart you know what God told you and you are sure about the word He gave you.

I took a mental inventory this week; of all the dreams God has put in my heart and the goals I want to accomplish. Truth be told, some of the dreams God has put in my heart are not my present reality. Yet every day I wake up not having given up on the promises of God to me. As I do my best (God help me to do my best every day) and my part and wait on God’s timing, I have to make sure that I do not neglect living in my purpose daily. Each new day is a day that the Lord has made for me to rejoice in. Failing to enjoy today because I am focused on tomorrow is not right.

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 NLT)

There are times in life when we wonder if we are still on the right track and whether God really spoke or did we make it all up. The truth is that the word of God always fulfills the purpose of God. Right now it may feel like the present circumstances will never change and you should probably give up on the promises of God. However, you should not give up on the dreams and promises of God. In God’s time the dreams will become a reality and you will actually think you are dreaming because it will be better than you imagined.

When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! (Psalm 126:1 NLT)

To avoid feeling discouraged make sure that you live in the present on purpose. When you have a dream or a goal to fulfill, you might forget that as you pursue your goals and God-given dreams you must live out your purpose in the present. Enjoy today, every day. Do what you need to do today for your dream to become a reality tomorrow. Do not be so focused on tomorrow that you fail to enjoy the blessing that is in today. God daily loads us with benefits.  There is a blessing from God to enjoy every day and I refuse to be so focused on tomorrow that I miss the daily benefits of God.

When Joseph was in prison it certainly did not look anything like the dream God had given him. God showed him how he was going to be a ruler but here he was a prisoner. The God-given dream eventually came to pass. When Joseph was in prison he did not neglect using his God-given gift of dream interpretation. His continued use of his gift in daily life was a stepping stone to seeing his dreams become a reality.

Whatever your goals and dreams are, I pray that they are God-given. The best place to be is in the will of God.

God Bless You!

Remaining in God’s Will

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One of the quickest and surest ways to get out of God’s will is to be influenced by everything that is going on around you and forget what God put in your heart to do.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2 NLT – emphasis mine)

People around us will always have advice and opinions about what we should or should not do. Most of the times they mean well but I keep reminding myself that God gave me the vision and He spoke to me concerning His purpose for me. God might use someone to confirm God’s leading to you but you are the main person God will talk to about His plan and purpose for you.

The world has set standards and how things should be done. But I have learnt that if I want what is best for me I have to ask God and not do what the world says I should or makes out to be the best way to do something. I have also learnt that just because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean that it will work for me. Instead of doing what that person did I need to ask God how I should do what I believe He wants me to do.

So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration. I had found the genealogical record of those who had first returned to Judah…(Nehemiah 7:5 NLT – emphasis mine)

Like Nehemiah, let what you pursue in life be God’s idea not the world’s idea. It is God who gave you the idea. Let Him show you how to implement it.

God bless you!