New Thing (Part 4)

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV

GOD IS MOVING!  Let’s continue to talk about the move of God and our role in His work. Did you know each of us were created to do a part?

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for guiding me and giving me these messages this week. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what you are saying to each of us – you have something for each person reading. We bind the spirit of division and loose unity and grace over all believers. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

As we begin to see reactions to the drawn out process of the elections here in the United States – we must remember that God is working and He is moving. It is also important to understand what we must do and how me must react in the USA as well as all over the globe.

I feel like God is saying the next four years will be years of grace or years of fire. Let me assure you – on an individual level the choice is yours.  Did you read last the post from Tuesday this week with Romans chapter 13? No matter what is happening in the world around us (if it gets worse, or if it stays as it is, or even if it gets better) if you choose to seek God you shall be overflowing in grace and if you reject God you will have turmoil like never before.

It is a choice – and honestly if you do not choose to actively seek God, you are standing in His way of the promises and blessings He has for you. You will have also been pushed aside, as God will raise up someone else to do the work He intended for you.

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NKJV

First let me say this was for Esther, but it is also for us. We are to seek God first and all things will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33) – the added things should include obedience to God. If God says “Speak” as He said to Esther, then you shall speak. But it may not be speaking that is specifically required from you – this is why I say seek God.  Whatever He intends to do through you and with you – it will be for His glory and as part of His work (which is always grace, redemption, salvation and deliverance).  The principle in this verse hold true – obey God or you will perish, especially in such a time as this.

Have we come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Yes. Psalms 139 (please go read the whole thing and reread it!) – In Psalm 139, there is that famous verse that women raise their daughters under, which says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Oh the beautiful verse we share to build our girls up, but it was written by a man and applies to both men and women – It was written so we understand how important we are to God, that we are created specifically and with intent, and that we are created so He can be glorified. This Psalm is called “God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man”.  And it starts with detailing how well God knows everything we do and think – even in private.  Which always overwhelms me – that even though God knows me better than I know myself (and knows my imperfections and sin struggles and depravity), and He still loves me and wants to have a relationship with me.   
…but let us skip to verse 13, today. (This blog has covered portions of this chapter many times – but it is worth repeating until we believe we are created and designed with an assignment and purpose for such a time as this.)

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 NKJV   

You see – God saw what this time was going to be like and He created you specifically for such a time as this.  Will you marry royalty and save a nation like Esther? This is practically an impossibility. (Are there even any eligible royals available for marriage left on this planet?)  God created you so that He will be glorified. This is the primary purpose of humans. 

How do we glorify God?  Through obedience. Faith is an action word that is mobilized through obedience. Love also rides on obedience. All of the commandments and verses ride on our obedience. I know, we do not like to see/hear messages about obedience.  But as we seek God – seek Him first – we fall in love with Him, we build a relationship with Him, we hunger for more of Him and we then obey easily and without thinking. But at first it is a struggle – so do not focus on obedience, instead focus on God. Keep your eyes on God – mind focused on God – and the rest falls into place.

You see, as the world responds to an election in the USA and people are choosing how to react, we should be focused on God. Get off social media, turn off the news and just focus on God. We were created for this – we are prepared (and if we fall short, God shall supply all our needs including emotional and spiritual – and we are covered by grace which is sufficient). We are here to give God glory – how can we do it better than to have peace knowing that these things do not have to trigger us.  We should continue the work of empting ourselves and letting God fill us more and more.

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 NKJV

I believe in God – I also believe God. If He says in His word that He has precious thoughts for me – and more of those thoughts then grains of sand in the world, then I believe it. His plan is perfect. I seek it, and the only way to get there is to seek Him and have a relationship with Him.  I don’t know about you, but when I am in a loving relationship, I think precious thoughts ALL the time. I know as I raised my son, I thought precious thoughts all the time – Yet God thinks precious thought so much more than you and I can comprehend. Wow, the love!!! (He is even thinking those thoughts if we reject Him and do not believe – which is why He keeps coming after us waiting for us to turn to Him.)

I have read where the Bible says the times will progressively become more evil and more difficult – and all scripture must be fulfilled.  But no matter what is going on in this world – When I am in God and God is in me I am fulfilled and overflowing and nothing else really matters. God is sufficient (and even then He is also exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think).

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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