Moving at God's Pace...

Peace is flowing in God’s river …  at His pace … —Dr. Lepora

Have you ever had a moment that you completely surrendered a decision or an act to God? In that moment you said, “God have your way. Have your way.” And you meant it when you said it. When we are able to totally surrender to God, there is a peace that comes over us that surpasses all of our possible understanding (Philippians 4:7). Oftentimes, we may not understand why we are so calm given the perceived severity of a situation. We may not understand why there are no tears falling even though what may be taking place or about to occur is very far from what we had originally planned. When we marry our own calendars, it places us in a painful bind when the days don’t fall the way that we would desire or people do not behave in ways that we would have predicted. There is a Jewish proverb that simply states, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” I don’t know if I would go as far as to say that God is laughing at our plans or desires. In fact, I think that it is quite the contrary. God wants His children to be filled with joy. He wants your desires to be pleased. However, everything is within His order. When we lived with our parents, they wanted us to be happy. I am not so naïve as to say that there are no bad parents out there. However, most parents have one thing in common: they want joy for their children. Our parents are not higher, kinder or more caring than God. God wants joy for us. Yet, just like our parents, God will not force His gifts upon you if you do not want to live in His House and live by His Rules. Yes, God pours grace all over us. Yes, he gives us mercy and lets it rain like water. However, there are often consequences to disobedience: the action and inaction that contradict God’s desires and requests. He has blessed us with self-will and allows us to drive to our own destiny for the most part. Sometimes, God will take His children out of the race before He will let us destroy ourselves spiritually. The spirit is far more powerful, meaningful and important than the body. He will allow His children that He loves dearly to lose their bodies before He allows us to lose our spirits, which is our direct connection to Him. If you box or wrestle with God, you will get hurt. Jacob, God’s wonderful child, wrestled with Him and came out with a permanent limp (Genesis 32:23-30). That is not to say that God will not answer fervent prayers or provide undeserving forgiveness and favor. However, you need to be on God’s side, not against Him. Otherwise, you may not be able to predict the possible consequences. We can ask for many things in God’s name and He will deliver. However, our requests cannot be against His beautiful and perfect will. Once you know what His Perfect Will is or is not, do yourself a favor and acquiesce.

 

P.S. Answer these questions to give yourself some food for thought…

1. When have you had to wait for God to answer your prayers? How did you feel when you received the answer

2. How do you feel when God’s answer is No to a request that you have made?

3. How do you maintain faith in God’s Word while accepting His answer of No?

4. Why is it important to accept God’s answer of No versus changing it to our own answer of Yes?

Spiritual Train Tracks

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Spiritual Train Tracks

This whole concept about Spiritual Train Tracks has been on my mind and heart for a long time. Sometimes you look at families and multiple generations and wonder “why can’t they just get IT right?” Or you look at your own family and wonder “why can’t we just get IT right?” Some of us have habits that we have been “trying” to break for years and we simply cannot let go…

For some these are just isolated bad choices and isolated bad actions. For others, there is an inevitable chain that can be seen if we just look closely. If you are like me, you believe that there are few coincidences and far more connected patterns. Some call them generational curses, some call them spiritual strongholds. I call them spiritual train tracks. They’re like train tracks because it is behavior that it automated or almost automated for you. Its things that you do automatically, it comes naturally without making great plans for it. You do them so quickly, perhaps as fast as a moving train, that you it’s hard to stop doing them.

These spiritual train tracks often start with ancestors. In one generation, grandfather drank a bit too much, and “coincidentally” so does the grandson. The mother was entrepreneurial and so are the daughters. The dad was an athletic pro- baseball player and the son is athletic as well, perhaps in basketball.

These “genetic” spiritual train tracks can be positive or negative. They should not be ignored. We should be aware, to what we are normally inclined to do. Does that mean that we should continue to do it? Not necessarily. It obviously depends on the action. However, we should make a conscious intent to do it or not do it. To get off of spiritual train tracks can be very difficult, especially of the intent and desire has already turned into action several times. It can feel literally like jumping off of a fast moving train.

If one wants to get off of particular spiritual train tracks, it has to be a conscious effort with prayer to God for help in the radical change in direction. Some may be delivered instantly from their spiritual train tracks when prayer is rendered, while others may take longer. What we do know is that it has to be a decision made by you… made by me. All life should be lived with conscious intent. Every action is a decision. It is either an active intending decision or a passive decision to let things continue in status quo. By doing nothing or something you are still making a decision. By saying nothing or something you are still making a decision.

So on that note, I recommend that you identify your spiritual train tracks today and make a decision regarding which tracks you are staying on and which ones you are jumping off.

 

Have a blessed one!