The Give and Take

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“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  

2 Peter 1:2-3

All relationships have to be give and take in order to be healthy.  It has to go two ways because you are not in a fandom but a relationship.

This includes your relationship with God.

Your “give” to God: to journey with Him and hold nothing back.

So what is your “take”?

Your “take” is to partake of God’s promises, dwell in His presence and walk in His power in every area of your life. 

This taking is not a selfish act, it is a trusting one.

It is possessing the land, pursuing the promise and wholeheartedly going after your purpose.

How is your relationship with Jesus today?

What do you need to recieve from Him?

What is He asking you to give?

Restored

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Far from teaching us to have it all, the world gives us great lessons on how to fake it until you make it, how to function in dysfunction and how to “live well” while being utterly broken inside.
The good news of Jesus Christ is that He has taken your brokenness upon Himself and in return offers you His wholeness.
In a relationship with Jesus, He works from the inside out to restore your mind, heal your heart, fill your soul, and ignite your spirit to God’s original design.
He wants to teach you how to live with Him.
How to live whole and treasured.
How to live trusting and trusted.
How to live nurtured and nourished.
How to love and be loved.
“He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.”
Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭21-24‬ MSG
It takes time and perseverance.
God provides the time, we provide the perseverance.
Jesus will not give up on you.
Don’t give up yourself.
Let go of your fear and hold onto His grace.

Survive

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“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”

Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭25 MSG

Mankind’s definition of surviving is:

Do whatever it takes.
Grab whatever you can.
Serve yourself first.
Learn from other’s mistakes.

God’s definition of surviving is:

Trust Him.
Give whatever you can.
Serve others first.
Learn from other’s success.

How are you going to survive today?

Trust

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“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

After yesterday’s command of “ Do Not Fret” comes the how: Trust in the LORD.

Trust means to lean on and be boldly confident in.

You can be boldly confident in the Lord because He knows what is happening even if you do not. He not only sees the short game – what will happen right now, but He also sees the long game – what will happen down the line.

Trust and do good.

While you trust in God, don’t be idle.  Be productive and creative right where you are.

Dwell in the land – focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy. This season will change and a new season will be upon you before you know it. Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see that you miss what you can. Someone within the reach of your grasp needs a hug, needs prayer, needs someone to encourage them. Be that someone. This is your land. Where you are today. Make the most of it. Invest in it. Decorate the walls and take pictures of it. Celebrate what God has given you.

‘In “the land” which floweth with milk and honey; the Canaan of the covenant. Thou shalt not wander in the wilderness of murmuring, but abide in the promised land of content and rest.” – Charles Spurgeon

The promised land of content and rest is fulfilled in Jesus. It means that you and I are no longer doomed to wander in a spiritual wilderness but that in Jesus we find a home.  A place to abide, to be content and rest. His work on the cross means our work is to trust, to rest, to settle down and rest in the luxurious love of the Father.

Enjoy safe pasture is a shepherding term. It means that your shepherd, the Good Shepherd, will lead you and watch over you.  He will lead you to a place where you can eat until you are full. I know you are worried about not having enough right now. Ask Jesus to open your eyes to the abundance he is providing for you, here, in this place.

Whatever your day may bring, my friend, I am going to ask you to move the focus of your energy from fretting to trusting. Trust that Jesus has taken care of your past. Trust that He has your present provided for. Trust that He has your future in the palm of His hand.

How are you leaning on Jesus today?

What do you need to be doing while you trust God?

What are you celebrating?

Ing 

  
Ing… As in the ending of a word, not the company.

Returning 

Resting

Trusting 

It is the “ing” that makes the difference. 

Returning is the continual action of coming back to God. When you are stuck, when you are joyful, when you are desperate, when you are blessed.  Returning to God means that you are not walking away from Him and “doing your best” to handle everything. It means bringing everything to Him and asking for help. It means dealing with any direct place of disobedience by bringing it to God and getting it right between you. The root word here means “a place to be refreshed”. It means that Jesus becomes your place of refuge, your go to man in crisis and your best friend to tell secrets to. 

Resting in God means that you are not running around trying to protect or guard yourself.  You have the best Guard, the best Protector in God. It means resting in Jesus’ work for you on the cross. It means you don’t spend your life earning God’s love but receiving it. Instead you can spend your energy living loved and loving others. It means leaving your past with Jesus and trusting Him with your future. Speaking of trusting…

Trusting God. Right this minute. You may have trusted God in the past but the past is over and the new thing before requires a present and active trusting in God today. Trusting Jesus means you don’t have to manipulate, fret or bully someone else…ever. Trusting Jesus means that you don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart for you. He loves you…everyday. When you look to other things to “save” you – person, money, a job, you are not trusting (you are striving). 

In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,” Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

But you would not….haunting words that deliniate choice. 

You must choose returning instead of running.

You must choose resting instead of striving.

You must choose trusting God instead trying to save yourself and everyone around you. 

You choose. I choose. 

It doesn’t feel like a choice until you repent of what is stopping you from walking in it. 

For me? Pride, control issues and fear are my top contenders. But when I bring them before God and lay they down before Him- I feel free to choose. Free to embrace a different mode of operation, a very Christ like one, in fact.  

It looks like abundant life to me:

Returning 

Resting 

Trusting 

What does it look like to you?