That same moment when we accepted Jesus to be our Lord and King, the only One who can save us, our past self has been renewed. As Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” There shouldn’t be any “you only” but it has to be “you and God”. That same moment when you received Christ and welcomed Him into your life, you are telling Him to take over, take control of all things in your life, putting all in subjection to His words, to His plans for you and submitting every action and thoughts to Him. It’s letting Him do whatever He wanted because you know that He created you and designed you and put His purpose in you. You don’t need to ask yourself “Why am I here?”, “What is my purpose?”, “What am I going to do?” These are all answered when you know Jesus. He takes every worry that fills your mind, he removes all doubts you put inside, he repairs all brokenness He found in you and transforms you into the man or woman He created you to be. You are where you need to be at the moment. You are perfectly placed in that family, in that company, in that country. The only fear you should have is being away from God. See Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.You have given your life to the Lord, you have offered everything to Him, you have surrendered your past and so you need to remove all those fears. Ignore the negative feelings, put away those emotions that hinder you to hear God and obey Him. You don’t need to welcome every thought that comes to you. Filter them, let every thought be subject to God. Guard your heart, watch and pray. The God who created the earth, who created Adam and Eve, who commanded Noah to build an ark so His family and the living creatures will be saved and start anew, who asked Abraham to leave his country because He will bless him greatly, the God who did miracles and wonders, who gives grace and mercy – that God is the same God whom we choose to serve and take full authority over our lives. We have every weapon we need in the Bible, we have every example of answers and solutions to what we are experiencing. You need to praise God more because we’re not living in those days where we cannot directly talk to God, that only the high priests are allowed to enter the holy place. You are more blessed because you can talk to God anywhere, anytime, 24/7. You don’t need to wait for your turn to say your requests, your petitions, you just need to pray and ask Him. What an amazing God we are serving! Oh praise be His name forevermore! Numbers 23:19-20 “19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” Only believe what God has told you – you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are a victor, you are more than conquerors, you are special, you are loved, you are blessed and your sins were already forgiven at the cross. Is there anything to worry about? Is there anything you need that God can’t provide? Look unto Jesus, stay on His presence and there you will find all the answer and the peace that your heart is searching for. I love what Colossians 3:1-11 says.
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
These verses only tell us to set our eyes on Jesus, on things above and not be affected by the happenings of this world. I always have this reason that it’s OK to do this and that as long as you put God first BUT I often fail to do that. I get so busy with “things” and the “cares” of this world that I forgot to give God what is due to Him. Remember, God will be God even without us, but we are “nobody” without Him. See, these verses remind us again and again that we are not of this world and the circumstances here should not affect our relationship with our Father. The reason why we experienced trials and challenges here is because this is not our home. The bible says we will experience hardships, disappointments and all kinds of problem BUT it also comforts us because God had overcome the world and we too can overcome. Jesus Christ is the firstborn and through Him, by the examples He leaves us only proved that we can overcome anything. Think of all the “not so good” things you had in your life and see how far you’ve been. God will not forget His words, He will remember all those and fulfill them in His time. At 26, I’ve been through many difficulties, and everytime I look back, I just have praises and thanksgiving because God has carried me through. He helps me all the time, He forgives my shortcomings, He embraces me when things get tough, He makes a way when I can’t see one, He lifts me when I can’t stand and He reminds me of who I am – that I belong to Him.
You may not be where you wanted to be, but you’ll see after that you need to pass that road so you can be in the place where God wants you to be. We cannot grasp everything at once but you’ll understand them one at a time. But this is what I want to tell you – you have to be strong in the Lord, you have to take that good fight of faith, you need to remind yourself of who you are in Christ, you have to believe that you will see God’s plan for you, you should not grow tired, wait patiently, study the word, grow in wisdom and knowledge, you have to be there when God called you to accept your blessings. Wait for it, watch for it and you will receive it.
Remember, God is working whether you see it or not. He will not stop until He’s done with His plans for you. You may stop and get tired but God won’t. What He says, He will do it. For 26 years, God kept me and He will always keep me because I decided to be with Him, I chose to be part of His kingdom and I am His child. Don’t get me wrong, I have bad days too and I did reach that point where all I can do is surrender everything to God because I can’t handle it anymore. God is always on time. He never abandons me. He meets my every need and He always teaches me to put my “full” trust to Him. I can’t imagine my life without God in there. Let’s keep on pressing toward the high calling of God. Make Him Lord over every aspect of your life and see how accessible everything will be. There are trials but you will always come out successful in the end.
Father God, I pray that whatever You put in my heart, whatever lessons I received from you, use it only for Your glory! I pray that whoever will read this may feel Your love and remember Your promises for them. Help us Lord to do Your will and let every aspect of our lives be in submission to You. Thank you Lord for this life, thank you for our family, thank you for our friends, thank you for our country and thank you for all the things we’ve experienced and received. We give back all the glory, honor and praises in the mighty name of JESUS, Amen.