Most people us would agree that they have things about themselves they wish could be undone. The tricky part is that we can’t change anything that happened in our past. The best we can do is accept that it happened, receive our healing, forgive ourselves and let go of our past. Paul said it well , ” 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3:13-14.” One of our greatest enemies in life is shame. It keeps countless people from reaching their destiny here on earth. We can’t walk forward looking backwards. Shame makes people feel unworthy, unwanted, judged etc which makes many want to stay in the shadows of life instead of living life to fullness. We forget that none of us is able to please God on our own. God promises us that he forgives all our sins and iniquities. He says in psalm 103 that He remembers our sin no more. Why then do we let shame steal from us? I believe it is one of the reasons we are called to be like little children. Children don’t carry around shame and guilt. When you tell a child you have forgiven them, they go to play and don’t remember any more what they did. God’s will for all of us is that we live in fullness, which we can’t do unless we let go of our shameful past and look forward toward our call. Our circumstances do not control our success or failure as much as our internal judgment of ourselves. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Transition is the event or period spent in the process of making change. It could be the process of changing jobs, getting from single to married and vise visa, relocation. It could also be a time of waiting for something new to happen for you. Transition can feel uncomfortable because it is difficult to plan, there is adjustment to be made, and many times we don’t know what to expect. It causes anxiety for many people. It causes chaos and mistrust among people especially when a group goes through it or are depending on a person for instructions.
Looking up and trusting God helps ease the anxiety. We can enjoy transition by being focused on the process. The Israelites had a forty year period of transition as they moved from Egypt to Canaan. They depended on Moses for instructions and even though they saw God come through for them many times, they became chaotic whenever something didn’t happen as expected and Moses got in trouble with these people. Moses reminds them that their complaining is not against him but against God who is moving them. Many times, we act like the Israelites during our transition. We complain, blame and let anxiety take the best of us. Like the Israelites, sometimes we want to carry tomorrows cares into today even when God tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Some of them tried to keep more food for the next day against God’s instruction but that did not work. We need to learn trust even what God is speaking to us in times of transition. The lessons learned can grow us as well as help others during their transitions. God was faithful and saw the Israelites through their transition. He provided food, guidance, protection and everything they needed. The tricky part was that the Israelites could not plan and did not know what to expect. They were provided enough for each day. Learn to take transition one day at a time.
Exodus 16:1-36, 11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”
Many times, God calls us to do things that don’t make sense to us. Most of the time, His call is bigger than we can handle in our natural strength. That is so that we can keep our focus on Him and not us. He does not look for our ability but our availability. When God calls us, He also provides for His purpose. All we need to do is follow his instructions carefully. Don’t be afraid of anything. God is faithful to fulfill that which he has begun in you today.
Genesis 12:1-3, Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
How often do we take time to reflect on this simple question? Yet this is one of the most important things to keep reminding ourselves. Internal security is developed by taking time to reflect on who we are deep in our soul. Who you really are is not your job title, how much money you make, the looks you wear, what things you have, who you have around you etc. Who you are is that person that is lays in bed at night, can’t fall asleep because of what you carry within your spirit. Who you really are is that person that sits among very many people and still feel empty inside. Or who you are the that person that lays in bed and sleeps like a baby because you don’t carry any cares, your heart is free and full of peace.
We are spirit beings living in a physical body and a physical world. What we need to pay most attention to is our inner self. It is easy to present a certain image to everyone around but the truth is, you are who you find within you when no one else is around you. Our only audience should be God. One Vote is all it takes to give you the security that no man can take away from you. When you are secure in your spirit, you don’t have a need to look a certain way before people, you don’t need a lot of money to feel better about yourself, or convince anyone to believe you, or like you etc. When you are secure in who you are, you just have to be who you are in the sight of God alone when no one else is around you. The good news is, we can choose who we want to be deep in our soul.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.