Wednesday, May 21, 2008
What are you looking at
You know there are so many things in life calling out for our attention. When problems and situations come into our life it is as though they consume us for a time. We loose sleep thinking about how to fix them. I am such a planed person. Everything in my life I thought at one time has to be planed out to a T. When anything in that plan would go off track it would just aggrivate me to no end, and I would put everything I had into getting back to "the plan". The funny thing is the more frustrated I got the more I fought the worse it would be.
I love in Genesis 30 the story of Jacob and Laban. See Laban was a man that was always messing with Jacob. Every chance he had he would make a deal with Jacob only to go back on his promises. So Laban agreed with Jacob that he can have only the speckled sheep out of his flock. So Jacob would take to solid colored sheep and put spotted rods in front of them where that is what they looked at and they would reproduce spotted sheep. Jacobs herd grew just by spotted rods. That is so powerful!!
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS ONE???
What you are seeing in your life right now is directly related to what you are looking at!! You can either see the good in what God has planned for you or you can look at what all is falling down around you. I love what my Pastor says "If one side of your house is falling down stand on the side still standing and praise God for it".
This one is so good 2 Corinthians 10:5 says "Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ".
I will tell you a quick news flash. Things will happen in life that will stink, but don't let those be the things that define you and your life!
We need to be thinking about what Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. All God wants for you is for you to be blessed. We need to spend time looking to Him and his plans for us, and quit trying to figure it all out ourselfs. We will prduce whatever we are looking at. If all you are looking at is how bad and stinky things are, I hate to tell you this, but your life will be bad and stinky. If you look at things and say well this is not so good right now in this moment, but things are going to get better.
Here is another thing we can't keep looking to the past. Girls it is so important that we let go the things that have happened to us. We all have things that are bad from our past. But let me tell you something the only way your past can control your future is when you let it. The people that hurt you then still have control over you when you keep re-enacting the events in your mind. I challenge to let true forviness to settle in and aever time that a bad thought comes to mind you won't look at it for one minute. You will say what Jeremiah 29 says God has plans to PROSPER ME AND NOT TO HARM ME HE IS GIVING ME A HOPE AND A FUTURE!
When my kids are in the middle of Wal-Mart on melt down it is almost 5 o'clock and just saw the mom that has it all together and here I am on the verge of tears. I just close my eyes and say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" You know what I make it through that moment. God with me leaning upon Him gives me the grace to get through. I know this is something small, but it has always worked no matter how big or small the situation is.
Numbers 20. These people were just a bunch of complainers. God was doing all kinds of miricles. He had parted the Red Sea, gave them mana that literally came down from Heaven. There was all kinds of things that were happening yet they still complained while they were in the dessert. All they could do is see how bad things were. So the Lord says to Moses and Aaren "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." in verse 12.
LADIES LISTEN TO ME They were on the way to the promise land. This was their destiny! You too have a destiny a purpose, but the only way you are going to get there is to trust God and look to Him to make a way for you. If we just start looking to Him on what we should do then our life will go so much smoother. Moses never made it to the promise land. All they did was look at the bad. Don't be like moses. Start looking at all of the blessings God has given you. When you do it will totally change your perspective of things, and you then will begin to reproduce blessings.
PRAYER**Lord I thank you for each and every person that came here today. Lord just bless them in a BIG way. Let their thoughts be your thoughts. Help them to take every thought captive. Let them start to see what your plans are for their life and let them have ears to hear that. And Lord whatever might have happened in their life that they can't let go of Lord let them let go today Lord. In Jesus name AMEN!