Is it time to move on?

How does one reach your potential in God?  How do you become everything God wants you to be?  How do you overcome the challenges of life, past and present, and move into a life of victory ?

A life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?

How do you become free from what was, and walk into a life of faith and spiritual power that is?

How do you find the life God dreamed for you and planned long before your existence?

How do you live a life of Godly potential?

How do you blossom where you are planted?

How do you know you’re on the right path – the path meant for you..?

This is what I wrestled with on a hill in Africa as the sun set on that day a long time ago.

And the answer I found was simply this – accept and embrace this moment and everything about it as perfect, and also thank God for everything you are right now – because there’s a purpose to it all.

For a long time I’ve judged what I thought was imperfect about my life and myself, until I learned and truly realised God already conquered the world.

Not just so-so, but truly in my heart. Realised it.  Embraced it.

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He already set something in motion in this world which cannot be stopped or slowed down. The is a new Kingdom emerging among us. There is a new world right under our noses. There are resurrection-moments happening all around the world every single day. But we often don’t see it because our “God-radar” is faulty or completely off.

And because this is happening I shouldn’t judge too quickly about what things mean, but rather accept and look for the purpose in it all.

However this is hard.  It’s hard to accept.  Hard to move on.  Especially when life has beaten us up.  It’s hard to love yourself when life’s told you otherwise for a long time.  Or it just felt like it.  It’s hard when you feel lost.  Purposeless.  Directionless.

It’s especially hard when I’ve lost my faith.

But to walk into a new life one has to walk away from and out of an old one. Before something new can be born something old has to die.  And in the Scripture God teaches us a very interesting thing of how to do this.  It’s a lot harder than simple, yet more profound than it’s simplistic.

In the Old Testament, when the people were going through mourning or some kind of loss, they marked their foreheads with ashes to signify their sorrow. This type of mourning was expected.  However, God only allowed his people to mourn so much.  What does that mean?

The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Deuteronomy 34:8

God permitted his people to grieve for a certain period of time but then He told them to move on with their lives.  This sounds strange at first but is it really?

God knows the depth of our pain but he also knows the depth of his own grace and love for us.  And it overcomes everything every time.  trinity church whangarei tikipungaSo it’s the same way with us.

When we go through some sort of loss or disappointment, God doesn’t expect us to be emotionless and not feel anything.  Feelings or emotions are the essence of our being and even true prayer after all.  So it’s okay to go through a time of grieving.  In fact, it’s needed.

But, we can’t allow ourselves to live there.

We cannot allow that a season of mourning turn into a lifestyle of mourning, living a sour and negative life, going around with a chip on our shoulder.

God wants to turn all that around in the same way He has done millions of times before.

He turns mourning into dancing.  He makes good come from every situation.  He desires for us to have a life of abundance.  A life that’s overflowing.  A life that serves and heals others as we heal ourselves.  A life that brings joy as we embrace joy growing in us again also.

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But we have to show up in this.  We have to choose to start having a victor mentality from this moment on.  And this doesn’t mean we’re thick-skinned or invincible.  No, it simply means we know and claim Whose we are.

We know that God has overcome the world. We know a new world is coming. We know He will make all things new.

We know how this story ends.

May light and peace fill your life.