Good morning, my friend. I should be putting my make up on but I am not…yet. What I am doing is putting on my strength (or receiving it, is a better way of saying it). I have not been feeling very strong lately. I have been feeling downright weak.
I totally get why. I am moving forward and going after all the God has for me. That is dangerous stuff, there. I am believing that I am an unfinished masterpiece and that God has good things planned for me to do. I want to tell anyone who will listen that they are an Unfinished Masterpiece and God has good things planned for them.
I want to remind you that you are an Unfinished Masterpiece.
Not a forgotten life.
Not a charity case.
Not a lost cause.
Recreated to be a masterpiece in Christ.
I am being obedient when I feel the nudge of the Lord to do something like change this blog from Cindy’s Blog to Cindy Grasso Ministries. It is time, I can feel it, it is time to grow. It is time to go to the next level. To get out there and be who God has recreated me to be in Him.
Whenever you get ready to be obedient, get ready to feel discouraged.
Whenever you get ready to grow, get ready for the opposition.
And you know what? God doesn’t numb our emotions or take away our humanity- he allows us to feel discouraged, feel defeated, feel downcast. He doesn’t take away our humanity but what He does is give us His power.
He challenges us to not make our obedience contingent on our emotions. He asks us to “do it afraid”. To walk forward in faith. To fight through the battle that rises up to stop you and learn how to fight all the way through to victory.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
(Ephesians 6:10 NIV)
I love that there is a “finally” here. After all the instructions on relationship wisdom that comes before this verse, Paul has the final word needed: be strong in The Lord and in his mighty power. This means to receive strength from Him, to be endowed with it, to allow God’s mighty power to infuse your soul with strength.
What comes next in the chapter is the Armor of The Lord because you are in a battle whether you realize it or not. It is a battle you cannot win but one that has been won for you. It is a battle waged against you and the Word of God reigning in your world. But God does not remove you from the battle or remove the battle from you: he gives you his weapons and says “FIGHT!”
Finally– when you are at the end of yourself and the beginning of it all- BE INFUSED with His mighty power. If you are feeling weak and discouraged- you are in just the right place to receive His strength.
I put worship music on as I put my make-up on. There is nothing better than reminding my tired flesh how awesome my God is. For me, this is how I “fill up”.
Where are you at?
Have you been super discouraged lately?
Do you feel like you are fighting a battle alone?
What do you do to “fill up”?