For a long time I thought I had to be perfect to pursue what God called me to do. I was never one to think that I could do something great for God. I WAS SO WRONG!
Only GOD is flawless.
I had to be completely honest with myself: I will never be 100% perfect, but that’s what makes this journey beautiful. I always have greater to strive for. It took me awhile to understand that my testimony is an ongoing, triumphant story. When I thought about my strengths and weaknesses, I didn’t think I could be who God wanted me to be, and do what He wanted me to do. How can I accomplish this, I’d ask myself. My focus was on me and I was so wrong. Sometimes, we get caught looking in the mirror instead of looking towards God. Well, I finally looked up, and so far this short journey has been an exciting one! I want to share with you what God has placed on my heart:
YOU CAN DO WHATEVER GOD WANTS YOU TO ACCOMPLISH!
When God gives you an assignment, expect Him to give you the tools to carry it out the way He intended. When you rely on yourself, You fall short, but faith in God never fails. I’m here to say, rooted in Christ, you can do ALL things. (Phil 4:13)
Take this blog for instance. I remember wanting to start one with two of my friends a couple of years ago. We all agreed that it was a great idea, but for some reason it just never came to pass. I finally realized a blog was something God wanted me to start alone, depending solely on Him. If I would have started one with them I would have relied on them to help me; I would have been hiding behind them instead of stepping out in faith and having the courage to do what God called me to do.
So what is God calling you to do? What’s stopping you from doing it?
I have realized that God gives us passions and skills in certain areas, then He tells us to step out in faith and use what He’s equipped us with to give Him the glory. But sometimes we evaluate Gods plan and wonder how on earth we’ll accomplish it, because we turn the attention back to ourselves. We aren’t focused on God.
It’s like this:
In Matthew 14:25, Jesus walks on water towards His sleeping disciples in the boat and they eventually wake up and notice Him. Peter says, “Lord if it’s really You, command me to come to You.” So Jesus tells Him to come. Peter walks on the water for a little bit until the waves and the wind distract Him and He begins to sink. God catches Peter and tells Him, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”
Are you doubting?
You actively seek God, and maybe you’re like God is that you? God shows you that it is Him and you believe Him, so you ask Him to call you into something—show you His plan that He designed specifically for you. He’s asking you to take a step of faith, but instead of even getting off the boat like Peter did, you pause. Before you can step off the boat and rely on God alone, you stand there contemplating how you’ll get to Him.
We forget that God equips, navigates, and matures us if we rely on Him.
Or maybe you are like Peter and you did get off of the boat, but when things got difficult, you lost your focus on Jesus and subsequently your faith withered. It happens. It happened to me, and everyday I fight to stay rooted in Christ and have confidence in what He tells me to do despite the harsh waves and winds.
Amazing grace looks like this:
Jesus caught Peter with his hand. (Matt 14:31) When Peter doubted, God didn’t let him sink; He reached out and grabbed him. That’s powerful, because sometimes it’s hard…BUT GOD! He is beyond faithful to grab you when you need Him most.
So now what?
The key is to always look for God’s guidance in the midst of the distractions. You also have to know that people aren’t always going to be supportive—or they’ll support you to an extent. Listen, words of wisdom from your parents, family members, and friends are all subject to their life experiences and their own walk with God. While they may want what’s best for you only God knows what’s best for you. You aren’t called to please people, but Him alone.
Ultimately, your faith in God’s plan is so much bigger than yourself. God is love and He has this indescribable, unfailing love for people. So much so, that he uses one person’s testimony and victory to help the next person—I mean He did send His son to die for You and I.
Isn’t it amazing to think of God using you to bring Him glory? He called you into a specific assignment for His kingdom and that’s something to rejoice about!
The reality is, God wants You to have focused-faith. The confidence to walk on water towards him and away from the comfort of your boat.
Remember Jeremiah 29:11-13 says:
“For I know the plans I have for you, this is the Lord’s declaration, plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
I pray this word blesses you! God has something great for you to do for the Kingdom. Take the first step of faith and leave your comfort zone. Your journey starts now!
Before you leave I just want to say thank you for checking out my blog. Taking time out of your day to read what God placed on my heart means the world to me. God bless you!