God is calling us to a deeper intimacy and focus on Him than we’ve ever known before. Here is an excerpt from my journal where the Lord spoke to my heart in this area:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
“Focus on the things that matter, my child, like staying close to Me. Do not worry what may come your way, for I am bigger than anything that may oppose you. But remember, those attacks are really just building blocks for your future. Anything that isn’t set right on this side of eternity will be set right on the other side. So there’s no need to worry. This is a season to rise up and walk in your authority – to praise, dance, sing, declare, and decree. Remember, focus on what really matters. Yoke yourself to Me. Seek Me first. Lay down your idols, and you will find true intimacy and freedom, which is the true desire of your heart, though sometimes buried and unaware. So let Me feed and nourish your soul today, let the rest go. It can wait.”
May we take time today to lay aside the distractions and focus on Jesus Himself. He is the answer to all our problems, all our fears, all our unknowns. Focus on Him who is certain and secure. Rise up in your identity and authority in Christ and press into Him – only He will satisfy.
The challenges of life can often take us away from two very important things: our identity and calling. Over the last few years, the Lord has been highlighting writing as an area for me to pursue. It has been a joy and a challenge at the same time. How much time do I devote to it? Is it reasonable to invest in it? Am I wasting my time? Am I doing enough? Will anything ever become of this? Perhaps you struggle with similar things in different areas of your life.
I must confess these thoughts have been swirling in my mind recently. As I write, I think I realize at least partially why these thoughts have been coming up recently. My schedule has been off. I evacuated Virginia for Hurricane Florence. And you know what? I totally got my eyes off of God! I was focused so much on the hurricane and just felt off with being out of town.
So, I’m writing this entry as an encouragement for you out there to reconnect with Your God, you identity, and your calling. When You remember who God is and who HE says you are, everything gets back in place.
We seek Him first and things come into place. Each and every time. I don’t mean to say this process happens overnight; yet, I have seen God do this very thing time and time again in both large and small scale ways. When I have gone back to Him as my first love, healing happens. Alignment happens. Focus happens. Good things come my way. I am better able to manage whatever trial I am facing.
So, as I write to the writer in me and to others struggling today to find their way back to their identity and calling- know who you are. Know who has called you. And rest secure that He has called you and will secure your path. You don’t need to know how it all ends. But HE does. So take heart, you who feel insecure or uncertain today. You’re doing just fine.
Ever have one of those days you’re just feeling particularly insecure about yourself, your life, and the decisions you have been making? Well, I just had one of those recently, and it was tough. I stayed home to rest because I was run down, which was good for my body, but perhaps not my mind. I got in my head and started questioning things. Am I really doing what God wants me to be doing? Am I doing enough to better myself, grow, and heal? Am I making any headway? Will I ever accomplish what I desire? The questions go on. And on. And they boil down to a matter of security.
I needed to be reminded of simple truths – I am loved. I have worth and value apart from what I do. I have set my heart to follow God and am doing the best I can in what I feel called to do right now. I am secure in Christ because what HE did for ME. Not the other way around. Wow. If we could let that truth settle in ours hearts, how much more confident and secure could we be?
Lord, please remind us of the fundamental truths of our identity in You so that we can walk in confident freedom in You to do all You are asking of us in this season. And thank You that You will do more than we can ask or imagine or believe. In Jesus Name. Amen.