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July 29, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Treasures Hidden in Jesus

treasures hidden in JesusToo often these days the name of Jesus does not evoke reverence and awe in us. We take Jesus granted or don’t recognise the amazing things Jesus really brings into our lives. We are ignorant of treasures hidden in Jesus.

What could be so amazing about Jesus? First of all, through Jesus we get to know God Almighty. There’s no other way to God than Jesus. But even that’s not all, folks! We are called to personally know Christ. And when we do that, we will be immensely blessed.

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col. 2:2-3, NIV, emphasis added,*)

Knowing Christ is the root for all the blessings in life because in Christ are hidden God’s amazing treasures. The more we get to know Christ, the more blessed we are. Because without Christ we don’t know even ourselves. But with him we have abundant life.

For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col.3:3, AMP,emphasis added*)

Our real life is hidden with Christ in God as well. Some part of our identity remains hidden until we discover our true identity hidden in Jesus. But we are invited to abide in Jesus 24/7. We are called to dwell in God all the time. We are welcome to rest in the Holy Spirit all the days of our lives.

Whatever the question, the answer is Jesus. It is a bold statement but it is true. All our treasures are hidden in Jesus. All we need is Jesus. Anything and everything else is just one of many details in life.

The bottom line is this: Jesus brings life. Jesus saves us from sins. Jesus restores. Jesus heals. Jesus guides. Jesus laughs with us, weeps with us. Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. But he was also resurrected. Jesus really lives. And with him we do the same.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for ignoring your blessings,
taking Jesus for granted,
forgetting about what’s important in life.
Change what needs to be changed,
Cleanse what needs to be cleansed,
Restore what needs to be restored.
Thank you for your wisdom to hide treasures in Jesus.
Thank you that anyone who seeks you,
will find you.
Thank you for blessing us;
make us blessings to others.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Q4U:  Have you found treasures hidden in Jesus?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you find all there is hidden in Jesus!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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July 27, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Revolution of Grace

Revolution of GraceHave you been wondering what to do with all the hate going around? Hurt people hurt people. It seems like there is more and more toxic waste going around. Is there anything we can do about it? Or should we just give in? Absolutely not! We have the way to make a huge difference in the world. Even start a revolution of grace?

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9, NIV)

How earth can we do that? How can we keep from repaying evil with evil? How can we bless the world when it’s so hate-filled and the atmosphere is getting so toxic? It’s true, we can’t do it on our own. We need help but help is near because God is near. And more than willing to help us.

Here are two simple steps to start a revolution of grace:

  1. Grounding the Bad
  2. Passing on the Good

This really is revolutionary. Just imagine if every Christian would be practising this? Talk about the revolution of grace!

As said before, hurt people hurt people. In order to stop the cycle of hurting, we need to ground the bad and pass on the good instead. So every time people are dumping some toxic waste on you, redirect it to the cross. Every time someone is spreading evil, ground it in grace. Be part of the revolution of grace.

Jesus already carried all the harmful things on the cross, we don’t need to do so. We don’t need to repay insult with insult because we can ground them in Jesus. We are welcome to give all the hateful things to Jesus and receive peace upon peace. We are blessed indeed. Why wouldn’t we use this method to deal with the bad things in life? Hurt people hurt people. But we can be healed by grace.

Once we are healed by grace, filled with the Holy Spirit, we can do even more than just grounding the evil. We can also pass on God’s grace. We will never run out of God’s grace, there’s always more. So we don’t need to store grace or try to keep it to ourselves. There’s plenty for everyone.

Grace changes people. Grace changes the world. And we are called to be change-agents, grace-agents. If we ground all the bad in the cross and pass on the grace we freely receive from Jesus, the world is changing by grace. The kingdom of God is coming near. The revolution of grace is making way for peace.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us focusing on the wrong things.
Forgive us for forgetting the power of your grace.
Forgive us for responding with fear
when your love and grace is available for us.
Empower us, Lord!
May we be filled to overflowing with hope.
Teach us how to ground the evil in the cross
and pass on your gracious love.
Enable us to be your grace-agents.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know how to stop the cycle of hurting? How has it worked for you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you become part of the revolution of grace!

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July 25, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Grace for All Sinners?

Grace for all sinnersHave you been hurt badly? Do you think the offence should not be pardoned? Do you think God should not extend grace to your offender? I hear you. It is hard to understand why God would offer grace for all sinners. But he does. Because he loves us. TheBible tells us:

And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1 John 2:2, AMP)

God sent his only son to die for our sins so everyone who believes in Jesus could made right with God. God wants everyone to be saved. God wants to offer grace to all sinners. No matter how awful the committed sins are. However, this does not mean that sins would be okay. We are called to holiness, not to flirt with the world.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, AMP)

For the wages of sin is death. There’s no way around it but Jesus. His sacrificial death for our sins is the only way anyone of us can be forgiven. When we turn to God in repentance and ask for forgiveness in Jesus’ name, the blood of Jesus washes us clean. God’s grace is all-powerful. By God’s grace we are free indeed.

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]. (1 John 1:9, AMP)

This is valid for all believers throughout the whole world. Also for your offender. God does not say sinning against you was okay. Sinning is never okay. But all sinners who repent will receive grace upon grace no matter how big their sin is. It might not feel fair to you but an offence is an offence. A sin is a sin. And Jesus had to die for our sins, everyone of them. Even for the smallest one.

(If you struggle with forgiving your offender, here’s the process of forgiving in four steps). The blood of Jesus is our only hope. But that hope never disappoints.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for wanting revenge.
Forgive us for wanting to take punishment into our own hands.
Forgive us for thinking we are better than others.
Thank you for sending Jesus to die for our sins.
Pour out so much grace that we become generous.
Pour our so much grace that we are ready to forgive others.
Pour out so much grace that we need.
Make us holy like you.
Make us loving like you.
Make us gracious like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you struggle with the idea of God extending grace for all sinners, even your offenders? What has helped you to become forgiving and gracious?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you forgive and extend grace to your offenders!

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July 22, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Help Is Near

Help is nearAre you in need of help? But are you too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help? Or do you think no one can ever understand what you’re going through so why bother? I hear you. Being vulnerable and weak is not fun. But denying our need for help does no good for anyone. That way we don’t get the help we’d need but we also deny others the blessing to help us. And we’d all miss God’s hand in our lives.

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” (Luke 7:16, NIV,*)

Because Jesus really came to help us. And he is still mightily able to do so. Because he is not a stranger to suffering or any kind of pain.

Because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted, He is able to help and provide immediate assistance to those who are being tempted and exposed to suffering. (Hebrews 2:18, AMP)

In Jesus God came in the flesh, God is not distant. Jesus came to help us. And he still come to us and asks what he can do for us. Why don’t we embrace him and his lovingkindness with open arms? Let’s not be too proud or too embarrassed to admit we can’t make it on our own. Because we are not even meant to do it solo. Help is near because God is near.

We are called to live with God. We are human beings and we are called to live with our Maker, to interact with Jesus in daily basis and to receive help as needed. That’s what living in grace means. Jesus came to help us. Let’s rest in that knowledge, in that ultimate love.

Help is near. Just a whisper away.

Gracious God,
We need you, help us!
Be everything we need right now.
Thank you for loving us so much
that you provide everything we need.
Thank you for Jesus
who suffered and experiences everything
so he could understand and help us in every way.
Thank you for wanting to live with us,
sharing your love and grace.
We love you so.
Be praised forever more.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: How God helped you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you dare to be vulnerable and ask for help from God!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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July 20, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Power of Grace Has Not Diminished

The power of grace has not diminishedSometimes you hear people saying that Christianity is not important any more. That the message of Jesus Christ is not that much needed in today’s world. That the power of grace is weakening or, at least, its not so meaningful any more. I could not disagree more.

The world seems to be going crazy. There hasn’t been a time when God’s grace was more needed than right now. And, for the record, the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not diminishing. It is ready and waiting for people who repent and (re)turn to God.

The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. (Col.1:5-6, MSG)

We need to keep on fighting the good fight. We need to keep on believing and obeying the Word of God. We need to keep Jesus first in our lives. When we stick to following Christ even if no one else is doing so, our faith flourishes like never before and we can experience the power of grace larger and stronger in our lives.

This is the time in history we really need to practise what we preach. We need to love our enemies. We need to serve others like Jesus. We need to pray like never before.

There’s no time for playing Christians. It is time to live like disciples of Christ. Jesus needs to become central in our lives. It really is a matter of who sits on the throne of your heart: you or Jesus.

The power of grace has not stopped working. Jesus still saves. God’s grace still frees us from our sins and empowers us to live holy, serve bravely, and love dearly. The more we act like disciples, the larger and stronger God’s grace gets in us.

We are called to follow Christ, not just enjoy our little lives and sit on our hands. We are called to live in grace, grow in grace, and share grace with everyone we meet. Sure, it is a tall order. Impossible for us but easy for God. We just need to be willing to be used for God’s glory.

 

Gracious God,
We need you.
We need you to save us,
empower us, guide us,
inspire us, encourage us.
We need you.
But your grace is enough.
More than enough, thank you.
Pour out grace upon grace
and energise us for your work,
for your glory.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you experienced the power of grace in your life? Share it with the world!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace God and what he is doing in the world!

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July 18, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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My Ten Favorite Quotes by A. B. Simpson

A.B. Simpson QuotesAlbert Benjamin Simpson (December 15, 1843 – October 29, 1919), also known as A. B. Simpson, was a Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has already been dead almost 100 years now but his writings are still relevant. How on earth? Because he wrote about eternal things that last.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2. Cor. 4:18, NIV)

Here are my ten favorite A.B. Simpson quotes:

Christ is not a reservoir but a spring. His life is continual, active and ever passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from the living Fountain, we shall either grow stagnant or empty, It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.

It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.

Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to faith. When hindrances confront us in the path of duty, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith to fill with the fullness and all-sufficiency of Jesus.

When you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances or conditions, rejoice in the Lord.

Begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks will glow with the bloom of health and freshness. Worry, fear, distrust, care-all are poisonous! Joy is balm and healing, and if you will but rejoice, God will give power.

Prayer is the link that connects us with God.

There is not a thing that God expects of a person but that God will give him or her the power to do. There is not a command God gives to His children for which He does not provide the enablement for obedience.

Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small. Our expectations are too limited.

God is not looking for extraordinary characters as His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages.

God is preparing his heroes; and when the opportunity comes, he can fit them into their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from.

 

Dear God,
Thank you for the saints gone before us.
Thank you sending encouragement for us.
Enable us to embrace more and more of you.
Inspire us to serve you with everything we’ve got.
Help us to share your love and grace with the world.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Q4U: Which one of these A. B. Simpson quotes is your favorite?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim. With the words of A.B. Simpson “May God so fill us today with the heart of Christ that we may glow with the divine fire of holy desire.” Amen.

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July 15, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Prevailing Prayer

Prevailing prayerHave you ever wrestled with God in prayer? Have you cried your heart out to God trusting that he will help you? Have you been perseverant in your prayer? Not letting God go until he has blessed you? Good for you. Prevailing prayer has more power than you know.

With the words of Samuel Chadwick. “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer – of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”

And God is who we need. God is everything we need. When he fills us with his presence, we are helped. Not necessarily visibly, but we have peace in abundance. And certainty that God is with us no matter of what. That all will be well eventually.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8, NLT)

This week, I had a new kind of experience of praying through the night. I did not stay awake the whole night if that’s what you think. But I tossed and turned all night long. I wrestled with God throughout the night. Every conscious minute I had, I pleaded God to interfere. I prevailed in my prayer throughout the night and in the morning I did have peace beyond understanding.

Prevailing prayer brings God into your life. Prevailing prayer has more power than we can imagine. But we indeed need to practise it much more than we do. Let God know how you are, how you feel, what you need. Don’t let God go before he has blessed you.

 

Gracious God,
I need you so much.
Come and be my everything.
Fill me with your love and grace.
Heal me, renew me, guide me.
Lord, bless me according to your love.
Take care of all my needs.
Make me what you want me to be.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Q4U: Are you familiar with prevailing prayer? Please, share your experiences, tips and pointers with us! Thank you!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you wrestle with God in prayer!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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July 13, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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How to Deal with Imperfection

how to deal with imperfectionHow do you deal with life’s imperfections? That’s what I’ve been thinking about today. How do you live with flaws? Because life is not perfect. Every house I’ve ever lived in has had some sort of flaw. Every job I’ve ever had has some down sides. Every person I’ve met has some habits that leaves room for perfection. And, last but not least, I have way to many flaws myself. What to do then? How to deal with all these flaws?

It’d be great to have a perfect life. Your home would always be in pristine condition. There would be no sickness or arguments. You would never raise your voice. You’d always have adequate time to finish your tasks. Nobody’s quirky habits would drive you crazy. Then life would be just peachy, right? If only. But that’s not how things operate in this world. What to do then? How to deal with imperfection?

One way to deal with it is to try to isolate yourself from all imperfection. But, believe me, that does not work. There’s always new flaws lurking. The only way to deal with imperfection is God’s grace. It’s simple but it works. Time after time. How so? you ask. Let’s find out.

God is holy and he wants us to be holy. But we are sinful and flawed. Blessedly, Jesus died for our sins and we can now by God’s grace be made right with God. But that’s not all, God’s grace is also power in our lives.

We love because he first loved us. (1 john 4:19, NIV)

We can be gracious towards other people because God first was gracious towards us. We can’t love others. We can’t be gracious. We can’t accept imperfection. But God can. A quick prayer brings a new supply of grace to enable us to extend God’s love and grace to others. And to ourselves.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7, NIV)

We are called to live in love and grace. That’s the way of life God wants for us. Sure, it’s not always easy but it always blesses us. The sooner we accept the fact that life is not perfect, the sooner we can learn to enjoy it, flaws and all. Life is not about perfection. Life is about living and sharing love and grace.

God’s grace works also in situations when we deal with broken down appliances, health issues or job situations. God’s help is only a prayer away. God’s grace empowers us to deal with situations that we could not do on our own. God gives us patience, love, and anything else we need to deal with our everyday stuff.

God is not an abstract notion or a theological thought. God is real. Jesus is a person. The Holy Spirit is always with us. Hence help is near. Do you accept it and learn to love your imperfect life? Or do you turn away and keep on cursing your life for its flaws? For me, the choice is easy. I choose God and his grace every morning. And life is beautiful, flaws included.

 

Gracious God,
Pour out grace upon grace!
Pour our as much grace as needed, Lord.
Show me  how to deal with imperfection;
how to be always gracious and loving.
Teach me to love life as it is.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How do you deal with imperfection?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you choose God and his grace every morning!

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July 11, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Joy of Creation

The Joy of CreationDo you like putting puzzles together? I do. A couple weeks ago we finished a puzzle of 2000 pieces. And this past weekend we put 1000 pieces together. Puzzles are symbolic to life. We don’t know the big picture but all the pieces will eventually form a beautiful picture. No matter how odd pieces we see along the way. Perseverance is the key to puzzles and life as well. But that’s not what I want to share with you today. I want to talk about the joy of seeing the picture come into life. I want to talk about the joy of creation.

You see, the picture of our puzzle this weekend was a world map with all these cute drawings of wonderful places and animals around the world. It made me think what a wonderful world we’ve been given. I truly enjoyed putting the puzzle together. Then I thought how much more God loved creating this wonderful world and you in it.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31, NIV)

The Lord your God is in your midst,
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy.
(Zephaniah 3:17, AMP)

Summer time is a huge blessing in my book. Just see the lush creation around you. A symphony for our senses for sure. If God delighted in creating it and providing for us through it, shouldn’t we rejoice and be glad? Shouldn’t we embrace it and give thanks?

I think so. With the words of David Platt “God is revealing Himself all around us … So then, point to the glory of God; acknowledge the glory of God! Don’t say, “Look at that sunset; it is majestic.” Say, “Look at the glory of God revealed in this sunset; He is majestic!” Don’t talk about creation like you’re an atheist, Christian. Talk about creation like it’s revealing the glory of God. Point people to what God is already doing around us … God has given us ample opportunity in creation around us to point people to His glory.”

God really is revealing himself all around us. Let’s not waste this opportunity to get to know God better through his creation. Steve DeWitt writes in his book Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything “Christianity’s answer to the question of why creation is so beautiful is that it flows from the character of a beautiful creator. Nature is God’s self-portrait. It is not God, since God transcends what He has created, but it reveals in physical form what He is like spiritually. God creates beauty so we can know what He is like. Since He is and always has been glorious and beautiful, creation reflects this with seeable, tastable, touchable, hearable, and smellable reflections of His glory and beauty. This is what Isaiah heard the angels exulting. The whole earth is filled with His glory, and it is a ‘song about God.’”

Lord God, you created heaven and earth by your great power and outstretched arm; nothing is too hard for you! (Jeremiah 32:17, CEB)

God is our creator and the whole earth is filled with his glory. We are so blessed. We just need to recognise it, embrace it. Our God is powerful and nothing is too hard for him. And he loves you. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for you. He even sent his only son to die for you to make it possible for you to really be his. Grab God’s invitation with both hands, embrace God and what he is doing. And dance, sing and make joyful noise to your Maker! Every day of your life.

 

Gracious God,
You are truly amazing.
Thank you for inviting us to be yours
and making it possible for us to be made right with you.
Thank you for revealing us more of you.
We are so blessed, thank you thank you thank you.
We praise you forever and ever.
You are our God and we are your people.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What does creation teach you of God?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace God and all he is!

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July 8, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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How to Build a Beautiful Life

How to build a beautiful lifeDo you rush around like crazy? Trying this and trying that? And nothing really comes together anyhow? Have you thought about asking God in what you’re doing? Have you thought about beginning with a prayer? Or – this is even a wilder thought – have you thought about laying down your own agenda asking God what and when and how he would like you to proceed? Because that is how to build a beautiful life.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
(Psalm 127:1, NIV,*)

Unless the Lord builds your life, you labor in vain.

If God is not with you, you indeed labor in vain.
If God is not building up your life, all you create is chaos.
If God is not work in your life, nothing will do any good.

Hence, first of all (if you want to build a beautiful life), start everything with God. Second of all, wait for God’s timing. Don’t rush before God, his timing is perfect. With the words of T.D. Jakes “Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams.”

It is indeed hard to wait. But while we wait, we are being prepared for the tasks ahead of us. While we wait, we can rest in God and enjoy life. While we wait, God is hard at work for each one of us.

So whatever you do, ask God to build it for you. If it’s God will, it will be built without stress and chaos, without you running around like crazy. God is in control. And his ways are much better than our ways. Seize the day, enjoy Jesus. That’s how you build a beautiful life.

 

Gracious God,
Thanks for being the boss.
Thanks for being in charge.
Forgive us for rushing around and not trusting you.
Teach us what it is to work with you.
Keep us from rushing before you.
Enable us to wait on your timing.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know how to build a beautiful life? How is it going?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace Jesus every day of your life!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday.

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