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faith

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight.

 

I have loved researching my Mormon Pioneer ancestry. It was a long, difficult journey from Denmark to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1861, but they chose to leave their homeland, believing they would find something better. My great great grandmother, Anna Mette Jensen was 18 at the time. She made the journey with her parents and 2 brothers. They left her 2 older siblings behind in Denmark. The part that really inspired me was that Anna and her brothers walked 1000 miles between Florence (now Omaha), Nebraska and Salt Lake City. All of the kids walked. They walked! I know they had made the journey with their parents, but they HAD to have believed that there was something more for them. I believe that even the kids had hope for a better life, that God had more in store for them than what they were living. I believe that the kids chose to trust in their parents, just like God wants us to trust Him. They walked by faith.

I am not a Mormon, but I admire the faith they had in God. They left everything they had, because they chose to believe that God had a plan for them. I don’t believe that any of them did this on a whim. They were responsible adults, parents that believed in God for a better life.

I admire these pioneers, because so often I have let fear keep me from walking by faith. I have been so afraid of losing control that I lose sight of a God who has EVERYTHING under control. I have failed God and I have failed myself. I believe that God has something more for me. I believe that there is a risk that I am supposed to take, a cliff that I need to jump off of, a ladder I need to climb. It scares me. It terrifies me, this idea of trusting an unseen God with my life. Can I really call this living, if I am not living radically for God? Is this really what life is supposed to be? Doesn’t God want us to be so on fire for Him that it doesn’t matter what the risk is. If we aren’t living that life, then are we living at all?

Just my thoughts on being totally, completely sold out to God. If God has called you to something bigger than yourself, if you have a gi-normous dream that you think is unrealistic. I am urging you to trust God. Walk by faith, not by your current circumstances, your lack of money, or lack of resources. God has all the resources in the universe in the palm of His hand and will use them for you, if you believe.

I see the edge of the cliff ahead of me. Do you see it? I’m jumping. Are you? Take my hand and we can jump together. God has this and He won’t let us fall.

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He equips the called

 

 

Hebrews 13:20-21

20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him,through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

All my life I have struggled with insecurities. I have never believed that I was good enough. I have never believed that I could do the job I was given to do. The truth is that I can’t do anything on my own. I don’t have the ability to succeed in anything in my own power. Without God in my life, I am completely powerless. I know that God is working behind the scenes to bring me into His full purpose for my life. I am scared because, on my own, I know I will fail. I will never be able to use my talents to glorify Him on my own.

I am so thankful for a Father, who wants us to communicate with Him and gives us the Bible to use as a guide when we don’t have the words. Sometimes, I simply don’t know what to pray and I find a verse or two in scripture to pray back to Him. Today, my prayer is from Hebrews 13:20-21:

Hear my prayer, God of peace and listen to the heart of your servant. I want more than anything else in this world to do your will and to serve full-time. Often, I don’t feel equipped for this calling on my life and I am terrified that I will fail and bring shame and disgrace to you, my heavenly Father. I only want to do YOUR will. I ask that you will equip me with everything good for doing YOUR will. Give me the skills needed to serve you through serving others. Give me the heart to look beneath the skin and see the heart of the person you love. Give me the patience and the strength to persevere when the going gets tough. Fill me with your love when I am called to wash the feet of one of your children. Use me. Send me. expand my territory. Work in me what is pleasing to you, that I may always seek to glorify your name. I ask this all in the name of my precious Savior Jesus. Amen.

I long for more of Jesus in my life. I long to be fully consumed by the Holy Spirit. Filled to overflowing with the love of Jesus. I surrender all I am, everything I have, my past, my present and my future to Him. I completely trust Him with my life. I am totally sold out and want nothing more than to live for my Jesus forever.

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