Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Breathing Masks

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give… the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance…and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:17-19.

When traveling on an airplane I am always reminded of how important it is to place on our own breathing mask before we can help another. We are first and foremost responsible for our body before others. This principle also applies to our spiritual life when praying for our children or other family members. We are little help in building up and encouraging others with hope and guidance until we know God ourselves, who He is, what He can do and the blessings that He desires to give us. In my opinion, this might be the most important prayer in the entire Bible. We become so distracted by trying to guide our children’s lives we forget that we must first put on our breathing mask for life.

There is a desire that resides deep in the heart of God that includes every one of us just as we have desires for our children. He has placed on our lives a calling, one that only we can fulfill. We can only discern our callings through spending time with Him through prayer, His word and truly putting into place His will. We each have been given a promised land, that place where our theology meets our reality…that place where what our mouth claims we believe matches our decisions and behavior. It is the place that will offer our greatest blessings and harvest. It is the place where our greatest victories will be over our enemy. It is where God takes us, carries us, blesses us and uses us for His glory. It is the place of purpose where God reveals our destiny and spiritual impact is made. It carries with it a huge responsibility but also offers us the ultimate wisdom, power and revelations from God. But God will not force our promised lands upon us, for it is that beautiful land that we must till with God. We must sweat it out and pour ourselves into the development process with Him. He invites us…He anticipates our answer…He longs for us to say yes. ‘Sometimes we see so little because we believe so little.’ Believing God, Beth Moore, p. 9. When we position ourselves to really believe, and live like people who believe, we will see amazing things happen at the hands of our amazing God.

God still creates…He still calls…He still waits…His hope is also in us…that we might believe Him for who He says He is and what He can do in our lives when we participation and fellowship with Him.

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