Life is Happening For You, Not To You.
As Christians or followers of Christ, we have the authority to make the word of God real in our lives. We forget that the word of God is alive and active. We get so bogged down in the routine of reading certain verses that we lose the power it has to produce life in us. One of the most powerful tools that I have been learning is the power of allowing God to change my perspective. Viewing my life and all of is circumstances behind the cross and through the eye of Jesus. He tells us in Romans 12:2, “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.” It’s right here in the word of God! He has given us clear instructions on how to stay focused, and to live in the assurance that what He ultimately has for us is good, pleasing, and perfect. No matter what life looks like around us, God’s will for us is good, pleasing, and perfect. How do we get there?
- Change your position “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” Be set apart. Be uniquely you and do all you can to walk in obedience to God. This may look different for everyone. Meaning everyone isn’t called to the same audience, position, and style but all of our fruits must be the same! “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23″
- Change your perspective “…but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” The Bible says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 God is asking us to fix our thoughts on Him. He is always working out things for our good. Even when it looks ugly, God is making it beautiful.
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Like my Apostle says, “Life is not happening to you, it is happening for you!” We have to train ourselves to see the good in every situation because it’s working for us. If you love God and are called according to his purpose it’s working for you! How do I know if I love God? John 14:15 says, “If you love me, obey my commandments. Basically, the proof is in the pudding. Those that love God, obey him because we know his ways are ways of love, fulfillment, and protection. How do I know if I’m called? Jesus also said in John 10:5,27, “They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call. The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Know who you are and to whom you belong.
I’ll leave you with this. If faith was a muscle how strong would yours be? Muscles are only strengthened under the weight of something. Use whatever trial you are in as a dumbbell to strengthen your faith. I’m not saying we have to be oblivious and walk around like robots because pain is painful. However, I am saying that through God’s perspective pain is purpose, pain is position, pain is promise, and pain is power. Walk in your grace. The grace of our Heavenly Father.
“So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.” Romans 8:31
Annette D. ❤