Friday, January 16, 2015

Two Great Gifts

Sometimes, I'm not sure if I should write some things down or just meditate on them, but these two things are too great for me to ignore; I feel like I really want to write these two things down.

First: I am not to pursue greatness.

I had to really, really repent today of this after I discovered through the Holy Spirit how much the enemy had been tricking us with this.   I discovered that I was testing myself over and over again to pursue greatness instead of pursuing Jesus, who is alone great.  I kept thinking, "Oh, man, if I don't do this then I will never be great."  I realized that the more I was trying to do things to become great the further I was steering myself away from true greatness.  Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant." Matthew 23:11 because he knew that we, I think especially men, will have to deal with this;  but we are not to pursue greatness for ourselves.

The Bible says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,"  Philippians 2:3 Let's pray for each other.  I really had to repent badly today because the devil had been dangling "greatness" in my face that I thought I had to run mile after mile, and terrible things to be great, not realizing that I was never made to pursue greatness the way the world desires it.   No, but I am to pursue Jesus.  The greatest life it is the pursuit of Christ and Christ alone who is greatest.  This must be our only heart's desire.

Second:  I am accepted

Today, I realized even more that I am accepted by God.  This is kind of related to the first one.  I am accepted and I am to share this fact with others.  Jesus really does accept me and love me and I will never be rejected by him.  I grew up around many people who felt rejected, it's hard to know really why.   But deep down they had been feeling rejected either by society or by each other, and those things really affected me when I was young.  I felt insecure of myself because I felt like I needed to do something to be accepted and I didn't know why.  I think when I was young I really fell in love with Jesus because I know that He will never leave me nor reject me.   With Jesus I am free to walk with him and his love is for me.   Jesus set me free and tells me daily that I am fully accepted by God.  I lost the need or desire to do this or that in order to feel accepted; instead I'm excited about my life and what God has in store for me.  What about you?  How is God speaking to you today?  How is he showing you a deeper part of His love in Him?  Spend some time with him and let him bring you a deeper sense of who He is.  Feel free to message me.  I would love to hear from you. It really is encouraging to hear that God is using this to touch people's lives.  God bless you today!

If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for sharing! This was such a blessing.