Enjoy the Ride

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10, Amplified)

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. (John 15:11, Amplified)

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy… (1 Timothy 6:17, KJV)

If you are not enjoying life, you’re doing it all wrong. The scriptures above, two of which were spoken by Jesus, all of which were inspired by God, tell us that God wants us to enjoy life.

When I heard the title of this post in my heart a couple days ago, one thing immediately popped into my mind. I pictured a couple of children in the back seat of a car saying, “Are we there yet?”

I have to laugh when I think about this, because God has a world full of children sitting in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet?” Or some have not been happy to sit in the back seat and have asked God to scoot over so they can do the driving. They think it’s no fun when God drives, because He takes too long. He won’t break the law and speed you see.

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:18 that as we behold the glory in His word, that we will be changed from one degree of glory to another, until we look like Him. And many people that I speak to are so put out that they don’t already look like Him right now. That they aren’t perfect right now.

I’m not perfect right now, which may be a shock to my friend, felstdia 🙂 But when I see things that need to change it means I get to spend more time with Him so He can change me. I like sitting on the Potter’s wheel being molded by His hands.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite scriptures found in the book of Song of Solomon.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. [My heart was touched and I fervently sang to him my desire] Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom. [She said distinctly] My beloved is mine and I am his! (Song of Solomon 2:13-16, Amplified)

It’s as we come to Him and fellowship with Him in His word and in prayer and in everything, that He is able to take those things (those little foxes) in our lives that spoil the vineyards of our love. He enjoys helping us in this process. Think about that for a moment. God enjoys working with you.

I was talking to someone recently and they said, they wished God would just show them everything they needed to know all at once. My response to that is this, He likes that you come to Him daily, and moment by moment to get the next piece of the puzzle.

Instead of asking constantly, “Are we there yet?” Relax and start enjoying the ride. You are on a journey with the King of the Universe. How great is that?! Enjoy every moment with Him!

Something to Think About

There’s a very special evangelist that comes to our church every so often. He has many signs, wonders and miracles, especially healings that accompany his services. (I’ve been an eyewitness to many of these services, including the healings).

Throughout the service he merely speaks about the goodness of God from the scriptures and through testimonies of healings. As he speaks people begin to receive their healings.

He once said, “I don’t prepare a message. I prepare myself.” I knew when he said it what he was talking about. He doesn’t spend most of his time figuring out what he’s going to say in a service. He spends His time being changed in the Presence of the One Who always knows what to say.

In Mark 13:11 (Amp), Jesus said to His disciples, “do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say nor [even] meditate about it; but say whatever is given you in that hour and at that moment, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”

So here I am sitting with my King. Reading His word. Praying. Worshipping Him with my whole heart as I am changed from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18). Preparing for my class tonight in His Presence. Letting the Potter make me and mold me into the vessel He needs me to be tonight.

As I was preparing I came across a song with only one line sung over and over again. It’s a song by Hillsong called “You Are Here (The Same Power)” on their album entitled This Is Our God.

Here’s the one line:

“The same power that conquered the grave lives in me, lives in me. Your love that rescued the earth lives in me, lives in me.”

God’s word says,

But if the same Spirit of him that raised up Jesus, from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:11, KJV)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, KJV)

…God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5, Amplified)

Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). And He lives in you. Just something to think about. Selah!

Perfect Love

Imagine a life without fear. Imagine looking at your checkbook, your bank account, your 401K and not being afraid. Imagine looking at your sick child and not being afraid. Imagine looking death in the face and not being afraid. Imagine looking at your family, your enemies, your co-workers, the team you manage, with all their faults and not being afraid. It is possible to look at situations and people in your life, and even when everything looks wrong, to not be afraid. How? By taking the high way of love.

In 1 John 4:18 we are told that “there is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (KJV). It goes on to say that “he that feareth is not made perfect in love” (KJV). That word ‘perfect’ seems to usually be a game-ender for most. They think, “If it takes perfection, I’m out.” But let’s take a closer look at what this passage says and what this word ‘perfect’ means.

First of all, it says that we are made perfect in love. Not that we make ourselves perfect in love, but that we are made that way.

Second, the Greek word translated as ‘perfect’ here carries this meaning: to complete; to accomplish; to consumate (in character); consecrate; finish, fulfill, (make) perfect (Strong’s).

The same word is used in 1 John 4:12 and the Amplified Bible renders it this way, “brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!” This entire scripture in the Amplified reads,

No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!

From 1 John 4:18 we see this is a work that is done in us by Love Himself. Did you ever sing these words? “You are the Potter. I am the clay. Mold me and make me. This is what I pray” (song:Change My Heart Oh God). This song is taken from Isaiah 64:8 among other scriptures. 

Now, I want to share a verse with you that has so helped me in this process. It is Hebrews 13:20-21 in the Amplified Bible.

Now may the God of peace… strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah)…

Who completes, perfects, makes you what you ought to be? It’s not you. But, God will if you yield yourself to Him. Become clay in His hands. Don’t resist Love or doing things His way. Yield to Him and His ways and He and His love will be perfected in you.

Here is a simple prayer I pray, “Lord, make me what I ought to be to that person.” Whether it is my husband, my co-worker, my team member, my enemy. What happens when I pray this? He changes me. I become what love ought to be to them. And I have found time after time that they respond to that love and they are changed. One step at a time as we take this highway,  His love is being perfected in us.