|Posted by Latasha Morgan on May 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM|
Live in Him
The other day, my father and I were having a beautiful telephone conversation about a statement that I made. My statement was, It is unfortunate when people do things just to be seen by men. It, in my opinion, is a sad indictment when a christian thinks that there is more reward to come from living your life to be praised by men or people, rather than living to please God. My father assured me that it was the combination of a few things, 1. they desperately want to be somebody and they don't view themselves as that already, 2. they don't realize that without God, it is all for nothing, and 3. they can't see the destruction and devastation that comes when they are not willing to surrender themselves completely to the God who created them in the first place.
He made me think of a specific verse that says, "if you abide in me, and my word abides in you, then you shall ask what you will and it will be given." This is a verse that I love and I will tell you why, it gives away a good portion of the secret to life, the secret to contentment, the secret to fulfillment; that is living with and in God's word. Somewhere in my teen years, I discovered this verse. I had read it numerous times over the course of a number of years but it took a little bit of maturity and life for it to finally catch my eye and understanding.
Everyone has a dream, but not every dream is of God or in his will and purpose for your life. So when you get caught up in those things that you feel will get you recognized by people, you have to ask yourself is this what God wants? I can honestly say that I would much rather have the type of relationship with God that opens the door of yes, you can have it. Not because I want to use God but because being told no doesn't really feel that great. And everyone wants to be successful, even at their relationship with the father.
So meditating on this verse for a while, I understood that I needed to really begin abiding/living in and with God's word. That meant that I had to immediately begin to get over myself, because it would no longer be about me. I needed to study, study, study God's word and every time that I understood that something that was written contradicted something that I was living, I had to let go of that thing, that sin. I soon came across another set of verses, by the prompting of my mother, that I had to make sure that I had secure in my life; Isaiah 58. The whole chapter about what true fasting and true worship look like.
There is a part that makes me say, yes! I definitely need this! I don't know about anyone else but when I speak to God, I want him to answer. I want him to not only hear me, but I want to hear him. So I began working on fixing any of the things that did not line up in this chapter and that part where it reads:
8“Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind.
9Then when you call, the LORD will answer.
‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
Those are things that began happening to me. My prayer life alone was awesomely changed. I had learned how to pray, what to pray, how to live, what to live, and I was learning how to imitate God's word. There were things that had previously bothered me, and would often hurt my feelings that no longer affected me the same way. I understood that God really did love me, and I really had him to lean on daily. He had become my everything. I started making prayer list and checking things off as they were answered. And I would spend hours just praying for other people. I gained numerous opportunities to share God's love for people and I watched as people allowed God to change them while allowing me to point to him. It was amazing!!!! And I understand something else God said,
11. so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
God has a purpose for every part of his word that is sewn into my life and into yours. If we would just be willing to turn away from our sins, choose him, and allow his word top rank in our lives; there really is nothing left for us but success in him. His promises are true, and his word is forever. Live in him.