7 Things God Does That Help Me Flourish

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is such a beautiful portion of scripture. I think David articulates so well the benefits and rewards of knowing God and being in relationship with Him.

Let’s be honest, we are prone as human beings to strive for accomplishments, to get through challenges, to reach beyond ourselves,  to become something or someone. We often set high expectations on ourselves to achieve, to succeed, and to have a life that means something. Both are not necessarily wrong but without recognising the need for God in the midst of such striving and such high expectations, we may just cause stress, illness, frustration, resentment and hurt.

I am so glad for these six verses that so simply remind me that the best way accomplish or to really succeed is to give everything over to God and allow Him to take the lead. To align my life with Him and to give Him permission to do the following seven things…

He makes me
He leads me
He restores me
He guides me
He is with me
He prepares for me

He anoints me

I think these are all with the purpose of seeing me flourish. Helping me to grow. Placing me in the right environments at the right time to bring about the right results. I can do some of them myself and although I may think I know myself well, I am glad that I have a heavenly Father who knows me better. Who counts the very hairs on my head. Who has my name written on the palm of His hand. Who knitted me together in my mothers womb. Who will never leave me and who is always with me.

He does them. He needs to do them.  I just have to let Him. I struggle at that sometimes, so I have an easy prayer ~ Lord, help me be better at allowing You to lead and getting me, my thoughts, my emotions and my opinions out of the way so you can. Amen.

God Encounters

I don’t know what your opinion is but I need God encounters. Living life from a ME based perspective has it limits. Living from the point of view ‘I know best’ could be considered a little arrogant, especially if I call myself a Christian. A better view as a believer is to live life more from a ‘God knows best’ standpoint.

Such change happens when we desire and experience God encounters. Imagine that the creator of the world is always ready and waiting to meet with us.

God encounters change me. My vision, my habits, my decisions, the way I hear Gods voice, my attitude and so much more.

God encounters prepare me. Through my every day life God can reveal Himself and be at work changing me. Gods presence is preparing me for moments I don’t even know about.

God encounters should be desired. To want an encounter with God is a prerequisite for having one. If you’re not bothered then whats the problem with never hearing from God. We cannot make them happen but we can be available to God. Ready with an open heart – to participate when we gather, to receive, to respond.

When God is looking to do something He looks for people who come before Him in prayer, with a willingness to allow Him to lay His heart over theirs. He is looking for those who will not let the moment go by.

Are we ready? Or better still, get ready. God is on the move and looking for those who want to encounter Him. Don’t know about you….but I’m in and I’m ready!

One Turn In His Presence

It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense. The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering. Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. Zachariah was paralysed in fear. But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you – many will delight in his birth. [Luke 1:8-14]

This was ‘his one turn in life’ to enter into the presence of God. But what a turn it was. He could never have imagined it would be like this. Perhaps he just went to work that day hoping he would get it right, not drop anything, or make a fool of himself.

Yet this one moment changed his life forever. I reckon he changed from someone who was just going through the motions of life, disappointed about the lack of a child, to someone with a new spring in his step because of Gods word to him. It was like he was born again. Good news can do that to you.

One moment in Gods sanctuary is often all we need. Good news from God changes us. God speaks, we listen, then we do as God has said and our life is transformed forever.

I am thankful that this encounter begins the story which leads to the coming of Jesus and the access we now have to ‘turn everyday’ to God because of what He did for us.

Take a moment to thank God for sending Jesus and that through his birth He was working out the greatest plan of redemption the world has ever seen that means we can now enter into the presence of God every day. 

Get Your Jesus On

If you can’t get your Jesus on for a Sunday then you’re definitely going to struggle the rest of the week.

I don’t say that in a cheeky way but in the sense that as a Christian we are on the walk with God, being transformed, changing and becoming more like Jesus everyday. We are supposed to get our Jesus on.

Here are 3 quick things that help me get my Jesus on:

Positioning – getting in the presence of God, being in the House and getting with other believers. This is a non-negotiable for me.

Purpose – living for the cause of Christ, serving alongside others and discovering the destiny that God has for me.

Preparation – deliberately setting time aside to spend with God, reading the Word, removing distraction to make it easier to hear the voice of God.

These are my disciplines that, consistently adhered to, will over time help me get my Jesus on, keep it on and become more like Jesus. (Hopefully)

What do you do to help you get your Jesus on?