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Walk with God

Articles based on the topic of Walking with God and discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Take Hold Of That for which Christ took hold of you By Tim Grant

I have been on a journey ever since I became a Christian to fulfil the purpose that God has for my life. I remember moments after discovering that there really is a God being impacted by the thought that if there is a God then there must be a purpose for every one of our lives and I had better find out what His purpose was for mine and seek to fulfil it. Wouldn't it be awful to come to the end of your life and discover that you never really fulfilled the purpose for which God put you here on earth?

 

I don’t think I can imagine anything more desperate than standing before my Lord and Saviour and having to say, “Sorry, I never really understood what it was that You wanted me to do”.

 

 couple of years back my search became super charged. I don’t know whether that was because I had reached 45 and with that I became more desperate or whether it was just the season we have moved into or perhaps it was the prophecy at the beginning of 2004 that declared that it would be a ‘year of more’; maybe it was a bit of all of them.

 

Whatever it was, I came to the place where I decided that I was no longer going to make excuses for why I was not fulfilling my destiny in Christ Jesus. I decided I was going to stop playing the blame game, where I blamed everyone and everything else for why I was progressing so slowly. I was just going to start to do whatever God said as quickly as I was able to and in doing that I knew I would move on into all that God had planned and purposed for my life.

 

The statement that Mary made at the wedding in Cana of Galilee to the servants who had run out of  wine consistently rings in my ears. I think it is one of the most life changing statements within the whole of the Bible. If we would but live by it.

What did she say to them?

 

“Whatever He says to you, do it”

 

I guarantee that if we would get hold of this one phrase and start to live by it, it will revolutionise our lives and we will start to live the exciting, thrilling and abundant life He intended us to have as Christians. I know because I am. It’s not always easy but it is exciting and thrilling!

 

This one simple phrase I believe really encompasses so much of what the Christian life is about.

 

If we are to do what He tells us that means we need to hear what Jesus is saying to us. That requires some level of closeness from us.  He wants us to have a more intimate relationship with Him.

 

The Bible tells us ‘if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us’. I used to think God spoke quietly to me to increase my faith but recently I felt He said it was because I talked with Him from a distance. I am learning to draw nearer and as I do I am amazed and challenged by the things He says.

 

To do whatever He says means that we are listening for His voice everyday wherever we are, whether that’s at home or at work, out with our friends or even down the town doing the shopping. Our relationship shouldn't  be confined to our quiet times. I’m learning to hear His voice in the busyness of everyday life.

 

I heard a story recently of a deaf woman who was healed in a queue waiting to go through the checkout at a supermarket in the States. A believer behind her in the queue felt God encouraged them to offer to pray for her as they queued. She was healed.  While I was listening to this story someone came forward who had been listening with two deaf aids. He had to remove them because he had been healed while listening and the sound had become too loud  for him to cope with.

Perhaps we need to take the disciples example and spend more of our prayer times asking for boldness, to say and do whatever the Lord says to us, whenever He says it. We will need to be bold if we are to fulfil the plan and purpose He has for every one of our lives. A plan which is way beyond getting saved and becoming a believer. If that was all there was to this life, every one of us would have been transported to heaven the moment we got saved. That purpose is about more than just changing us from one degree of glory to another so that we will be fit for heaven. If that were the reason we would need two or three life times and still not be ready!

 

In Jer 29:11 the Lord declares to His people;

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, ... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

 

When I read scriptures like this I know that if God had plans for the future of His people under the Old covenant, to prosper them and not to harm them and to give them hope, how much more is that true for those of us who are under the New covenant? God has a plan for your life, a plan to give you hope and a future, and not just in heaven but here on earth.

 

Stop reading for a moment and remind yourself  by speaking it out: “God has a plan for my life”

 

Next time you see another believer tell them that: “God has a plan for your  life to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you hope and a future”. I want to encourage you to continue to make good confessions over your life.

 

At the beginning of 2004 the first thing I heard God say to me was that I should:

 

“expect great things from Him

and do great things for Him.”

 

I believe that was not just a word for me but that it was a word for everyone of us that make up His church. God wants us to place greater expectations on Him and to do greater works for Him. The trouble is that all too often our vision of God is too small while we live with an inflated impression of the devils abilities. Let’s get things back into perspective. We serve a God Who is all powerful, Who created both the heavens and the earth and all that is beyond them. The devil is merely one of those created things and the only power he has over us now is what we give him because Jesus won the victory over him on our behalf and put him under our feet.

 

So I want to encourage you to expect greater things of God and start to do greater works for God.

 

For me 2004 started with a bang. We saw some £27,000 come in to purchase a new thirteen hundred seater tent for our missions. In total during that year God released to Kim and I somewhere in the region of £52,000.

 

Because we started to expect greater things of Him and we are seeking to do greater things for Him

 

Paul writes to the Philippians  (3:12-14);

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus”. (NIV)

 

What does Paul say that he is doing? He is “pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of him”. I am encouraged by what Paul declares here when he says:

 

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect”, (NIV)

 

Thank God, there is hope for everyone of us! Here we have Paul the great apostle, the writer of a large part of the New Testament saying, “I’m not there yet, I’m not perfect. But what I am doing is pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me”. Then he gives us an insight into how he is actually doing that he says:

“But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus”. (NIV)

 

Paul encourages us to forget what is behind. the past has very little to offer you in your Christian walk. Yes, it’s good to remember the ways God has blessed us and to be thankful to Him for them, they can be a real springboard into our destiny. But the past also has the ability to hold us back and not just the disappointments and failures. Success can hold us back.

 

Some years ago  a friend who I lead to the Lord commented to me that all the stories I was telling were really old. She said, “They’re the same ones you were telling when I became a Christian!”.

After picking myself up off the floor because of her cheek I realised in a moment that past glories were stopping me moving on into all that God had for me in the here and now. Past glories are great but we can’t afford to set up camp around them. We need to press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of us.

And if it’s disappointment and failure that hold you back, look at the disciples . They all experienced them. Disappointment and failure are the battle scars of those who are seeking to move on with God, They don’t disqualify you, they qualify you. So don’t set up camp there either. The disciples had failures and disappointments in abundance yet God still used them to turn this world upside down. So let’s forget what is behind and strain on towards what is ahead and press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

 

Paul encourages us that God took hold of him with a purpose in mind, beyond just salvation, he had a destiny to fulfil. Just as everyone of us has. But we can’t do it on our own.

 

Paul reminds us in 1 Cor 2:9-10;

“but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God”. (NAU)

 

God has a destiny for all of us. He has things that have been hidden from past generations that He has prepared to reveal to those who love Him. He has given us His spirit that He might reveal them to us.  We need to be a people who are lead by that same Spirit. Because He longs to reveal to us Gods plans and purposes. We are in our ministry just beginning to scratch the surface of all that God intends for us to do. But even that’s pretty amazing!

 

Over the last three years we have moved from leading ones and twos into the kingdom to leading hundreds if not thousands into the kingdom. We have

seen people healed of every kind of sickness and miracles have been almost a daily occurrence on some of our missions.

We’re not there yet as we are still looking for the miracles at the checkout but it won’t be long because we are stretching forward to what lies ahead. I want to appeal to you not to waste this precious gift of life we have been given by living in fear or in the past but press on towards the goal set before you, fulfil your destiny, whatever it is and  win the prize God has for you.

There are many heroes of faith in the Scriptures and Sarah is found among them. Despite displaying her feet of clay on more than one occasion, she lived a life which reflected her trust in God and His purposes for her.

 

‘Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him “as my dear husband”. You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.’ (The Message).

 

There are very few women who are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments and so this reference to Sarah in 1 Peter 3:4-6 as a shining example of a life lived in companionship with Abraham, sharing his hope and his faith in God’s promise and knowing the power of God in her life to accomplish the humanly impossible, is one to sit up and take notice of. Especially as she is mentioned in the roll call of spiritual heroes in Hebrews 11 whose ‘acts of faith distinguished them and set them above the crowd’(v2).

 

We are deemed to be her spiritual daughters if we have hearts that have that ‘imperishable quality’ that Father delights in. A high calling indeed. And yet I take comfort that Sarah was far from perfect!

 

Her character is a blending of both light and shade and yet her life is defined by her belief in the One Who made a promise that He would do what He said.

 

In looking briefly at Sarah’s journey we can learn some lessons;

 

·        Deal with the past

 

The first time we meet Sarai in Genesis 11:29 we are faced with a blunt statement: ‘Sarai was barren; she had no child.’

 

Here is a woman whose identity is dominated by her lack of ability to produce a child, something she had no control over. On a personal and cultural level she must have been acutely aware of a deficit in her life. The name Sarai means ‘she that strives’, a contentious person, a character trait that is certainly seen to raise its head once or twice in her exchanges with both Abraham and Hagar!

 

It is important to our sense of self worth and our walk with Father to allow the truth of

2 Cor 5:16-17 to become woven into the very fabric of our hearts. ‘So from now on we regard no-one from a worldly point of view. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ For many this is a confession we make with every new day as we no longer look at ourselves and past failings but we see ourselves with the eyes of faith growing up into the ‘full stature of Christ’ (Eph 4:13). We do not want to be women who continually have to strive and struggle with issues that our old lives seek to put upon us.

 

·        Don’t live with half truths

 

 

Sarah, at Abraham’s urging, lived under the double relationship she shared with her husband ~ she was also his half sister and it was this connection that was at the forefront of their dealings with both Pharoah and Abimelech. When there was a lack of faith in God to protect their lives, they sought their safety at the price of Sarah’s honour.

 

We each one of us have a destiny in God to be fulfilled. We each one of us have a truth to enter into. We need to keep a constant check on ourselves that we don’t compromise on that truth and settle for something less than the best. The reality that Sarah was living in was not a lie but it was far from the fullness that Father intended. We need to be careful that we have an ‘undivided heart’ (Ps 86:11) and hear what Paul had to say in Gal 5:7-10;

 

‘You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the One Who calls you. "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough". I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view.’

 

I know from my own experience that expedience does not always have the expected result! And when that kind of yeast permeates through our life, the end product is unpalatable and we need to start again.

 

If we look to do things Father’s way and by His timetable, ‘in His good time He will lift you up. So let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.’ (1 Pet 5:6-7)

 

It’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth that will bring us to the place that Father wants us to be.

 

·        God doesn’t need a hand!

 

It is so tempting to help God out with the working of His promises as if He needs it!

 

Sarah got tired of waiting and so engineered an heir through her maidservant Hagar, a perfectly legitimate thing to do in the culture of her day. “Perhaps I can build a family through her” (Gen 16:2).

 

How very true the words, ‘"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the LORD’ (Isa 55:8).

 

We need to rely on Father’s promise to us and know that ‘He has made everything appropriate in its time’ (Eccl 3:11) and so we are encouraged not to grow weary in doing good, not to become tired of confessing His Word, not to look for ways around His time frame, but to ‘reap a harvest at the proper time if we do not give up’ (Gal 6:9).

 

We do not want to end up with second best, which is very likely to happen if we meddle. Hagar bore Ishmael, a source of contention and frustration for Sarah. Father, by His grace, still blessed her with the intended fruit, Isaac.

 

Let us learn to trust God to bring about the fulfillment of His promises over our lives and avoid the temptation to work it out for Him. It could save us a lot of grief!

 

·        Let God change your name

 

In making a blood covenant (circumcision) with Abram, Father changed his name to Abraham, a father of a multitude and Sarai to Sarah, a mother of nations.

 

Father established His promise in their lives at the fundamental level of their names. The name was a sign of something quite outward, something to be worked out in reality. They believed there was a vital connection between the name and the person it identified, that it represented something of the nature of the person. The giving of a new name was often liked to a crucial turning point in the person’s life.

 

Jesus has made a blood covenant with each one of us and we ‘will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow’ (Is 62:2).

 

It’s as we welcome our new name, our new identity in Him that we are able to move into all the promise of that name. How do we enjoy such a place? 2 Cor 3:6 tells us that ‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-- not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’.

 

We are to look to Him for more and more of His Spirit. It’s only when we take our feet off the bottom of the river that we can be carried along in the flow. Scary, but necessary if we are to fully live in the good of all that He has for each one of us.

 

What’s your name in God? What does He want to say about you?

 

·        Have faith

 

When the Lord visited Abraham at the trees of Mamre, and asked him, “Where is your wife Sarah?”, and went on to promise, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?" Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son." Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."(Gen 18:9-15)

 

Here was the Lord not only confirming the word that a son, Isaac, was to be born to Sarah but now He puts a date on it! Sarah’s response was to laugh. Why did she do that?

 

Perhaps she thought this was too good to be true and so couldn’t find it within herself to believe it, it was the laughter of doubt.

 

Perhaps it was the tired laughter of disappointment. She had waited long years for the promise to be fulfilled.

 

Perhaps it was the laughter of seeing the mountain in her life with her natural eyes rather than engaging her spirit. "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"  

 

If we are not careful we can find ourselves slipping into unbelief as time passes and we are waiting on Father to fulfill His word over our lives, to seeing His blessing, His healing, His provision released into our reality.

 

Heb 11:1 reminds us that ‘faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ When we speak to the mountains in our lives, Jesus gives us the key; "Have faith in God," (Mark 11:22).

 

Somehow Sarah must have moved from her position of reproof by the Lord, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”, to a place of faith to receive her promise as we read in Heb 11:11 that ‘by faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.’

 

Father is always, always faithful to His promises. We can base our trust in that very fact.

 

When Isaac was finally born, Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." (Gen 21:6)

 

When we live in faith, Father turns our laughter of disbelief to laughter of joy!

 

My aim is to become more like Sarah, no longer constrained by past events, wholeheartedly living in the truth, relying on Father’s perfect timing, flowing in His Spirit, secure in my identity and living a life marked by faith. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to say, “Laugh with me at what God has done!”

Laughing with Sarah by Kim Grant

Are You Living From Your History or Your Destiny?

I recently heard God ask me a question. I knew immediately God was not asking me because He wanted to know the answer because He already knows everything. It was one of those questions….. you might relate to what I mean by that. It was one of those questions where God sets you up! I knew that if I answered it well it would bring me to a life changing moment where He just puts His finger on the very thing that has been hindering you progressing and where He asks you, “ok, what are you going to do about it?”

 

The question was simply, “where are you living from? Are you living from your history or your destiny?”

 

I recently heard God ask me a question. I knew immediately God was not asking me because He wanted to know the answer because He already knows everything. It was one of those questions….. you might relate to what I mean by that. It was one of those questions where God sets you up! I knew that if I answered it well it would bring me to a life changing moment where He just puts His finger on the very thing that has been hindering you progressing and where He asks you, “ok, what are you going to do about it?”

The question was simply, “where are you living from? Are you living from your history or your destiny?”

I wanted to say, “I’m living from my destiny, Lord. I’ve stepped into everything that You have promised me!” Yet somewhere deep inside I knew why God was asking the question, I knew that my history was still affecting the degree to which I was stepping into my destiny and was limiting me from taking hold of all that for which Christ Jesus had taken hold of me.

Experience, disappointment, negative confessions, failure, abuse, other people’s expectations, sickness, poverty and even success make up our histories. And the enemy loves to use these things to stop us stepping into our destinies. Scientists tell us that much of who we are, what we look like, our disposition to be fat or thin, tall or short or our likelihood to contract certain diseases has all been hard coded into our DNA and I have this feeling that they are probably not so far from the truth.

When sin entered into this world the basic operating system of our lives became corrupted and each of us is in need of a complete system reboot. When we became Christians God started to upload the uncorrupted version, the one that says He has a future and a hope for each and every one of our lives.

In Jer 29:11 God declares;

“I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope”

God has a plan for each one of our lives.

When Paul writes to the Corinthians he says;

“We speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him" but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no-one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Cor 2:7-12)

 

Paul encourages us that God has predestined us for glory. He says, "No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has even conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."

If you love our heavenly Father then you have an appointment with a glorious destiny to fulfil.

Rom 8:19 tells us;

“creation eagerly waits for the children of God to be revealed.”

Destiny has need of each and every one of us!  Jesus has sent His spirit to dwell within you that you may understand all that He has freely given you!

Not what you have to work for, not what you have to be good enough to receive as we could never do enough or be good enough in our own strength. That’s why He has freely given us.

The enemy wants you to try to work your way into your destiny. But God wants us to just step into it and understand that it has been freely given to us so that we might live in the good of all He has for us and fulfil our calling in Him ~ our destinies.

To do that we need to be living from the right source. If we are living from our history, it will constantly hinder our progression into our destiny, But if we are living from our destiny, it will catapult us into all that God has prepared for us and we will truly realise who we are as sons and daughters of the most high God.

I don’t know if any of you have ever had to reload software on your computer system because it has become corrupted. If you have, you will probably know that during the process you will be asked a number of times whether you want to keep an old file or replace it with the new one. The Christian life is a bit like that; as God seeks to restore the original programming situations come along where we have the option to keep living from our history, the corrupted system, or we can replace it and do things God’s way as He leads us into the future and hope He has planned for us.

Paul encourages us in Rom 12:2;

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

God wants us to have renewed minds. Why? Because having a renewed mind brings about a transformation that enables us to test and approve what His will is for us, His good, pleasing and perfect will. You know when you test something you only approve it if it does what it’s meant to do.  His will for your life is good, pleasing and perfect because it will lead you into the destiny He has for you to fulfil.

The trouble is, all too often I allow my history, my experience to dictate the way I do things and that can have disastrous results. When Moses struck the rock the second time that the children needed water even though God had told him to speak to it, water still came out yet we are told that that very action stopped him entering into the Promised Land. His experience told him he knew what to do and that it worked yet with that experience came negative consequences which stopped him entering the Promised Land. I believe that if we are to move from having a vision to the reality of living it, from living on the wrong side of the Jordon as it were to living in the good of everything God has promised us then we will have to start living from our destinies and not from our histories.

Paul encourages us to do that in Phil 3:12-14;

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”

Paul starts by saying, “I’ve not taken hold of it yet, I’m not perfect and I’ve not stepped fully into my destiny. But one thing I am doing is pressing on towards it. I’m not getting caught up with living in the past. I’m forgetting the past and I’m straining towards what’s ahead of me!”

He's telling us that he is focusing on the plan that God has for his life and nothing is going to distract him from it. We would each do well to follow his example and seek to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us and so fulfil His plan for our lives. We do that by taking one step of obedience at a time and to do that we need to be a people who are continually seeking to deepen our relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. A people who are truly Spirit lead.

Jesus encourages us in a similar way in Matt 6:24-34;

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, {as to} what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, "What will we eat?” or "What will we drink?” or "What will we wear for clothing?" For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

This passage has been with me for a long time. God has brought me back to it many times throughout my Christian life. It’s in the last couple of verses that the level of challenge has stepped up. Here Jesus lays out very simply the basics for living a happy and fulfilled Christian life. He starts by saying “don’t worry”. Don’t worry about life, don’t worry about what you will eat or drink, about clothing, what you wear, don’t worry about any of those things we all need to live happy and fulfilled lives. It’s easy to say “don’t worry” but far harder to actually live a worry free life! Yet Jesus says that if we don’t it can become our master and we become enslaved to it which will distract us from stepping into the destiny He intends us to have.

Now Jesus gives us a couple of pretty good reasons why we don’t need to worry.

Firstly He encourages the disciples to consider what they are worth. He asks “are you not worth much more than they?” Worth is a funny thing. It never ceases to amaze me when I manage to catch one of these antiques shows on the TV just how much people are willing to pay for something that I would not even give house room to. Yet having paid that great price you can be sure that they will treasure and look after whatever it is they’ve brought. So what something is worth is all about what someone is willing to pay for it. So when Jesus asked, “are you not worth much more?” He was fully aware of the price He was about to pay for everyone of us. He paid the ultimate price when He laid down His life for us. So when He says, “don’t worry, are you not worth much more?” He’s reminding us that if He was willing to give up His life for us do we not think that He will provide us with everything that we need for life and happiness? Jesus is saying, “Trust Me”. Understanding what you are worth is one of the keys to being free from worry and stepping into the destiny He intends you to have.

Secondly, Jesus reminds us that we don’t need to worry because our heavenly Father knows what we need. I don’t know what sort of earthly father that you have or had. But I do understand that if God knows what we need then He’s not going to withhold it from us. Whatever your need, whether that be emotional, physical, financial, a spiritual need, whatever you need, God knows about it and wants to meet it. So just as worry enslaves us and distracts us from stepping into all that God intended us to have, trusting God opens the door to abundant life. That’s why verse 33 is so important. Here Jesus is saying “Trust me” and

“Seek first My kingdom and My righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.”

If you want to step into all the promises that God has for you then I want to encourage you, just as Jesus did, to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and then all these other things will be added to you. It’s so easy for other things to push their way into our lives and to steal the first place instead of us seeking God’s plans and purposes for our lives and implementing them. It’s not that God doesn't want us to enjoy other things or that they are wrong, it’s simply that we need to keep our priorities in order.

God’s Kingdom is the place where He rules and reigns. That kingdom is made up of people who have submitted their lives to that rule and reign. A people whose first desire is to do whatever pleases their King.  A people who are willing to step out of their comfort zones and take risks to fulfil His plans and purposes. A people who are actively looking to implement His Word and are seeking to bring their lives into line with it. A people who are seeking to reflect God’s glory here on earth and see His Kingdom come and His power released through them. A people who are putting their trust wholly in Jesus to meet their every need.

So let me ask you again, where are you living from?

by Tim Grant