New life New beginnings

It is so easy getting distracted.  It is easy getting caught up in the day-to-day grind, and forgetting that God is at work in this world and He invites us to join Him. As we grow up, we all have dreams.  Yet, we often give up on those dreams for various reasons. 

Maybe they didn’t happen as quickly as we thought they would.  Or maybe we started believing that they were too big for us, so we gave up on them.

When we read the Bible, we see the same thing in many of those people’s lives.  God promises one thing, they believed another, and it oftentimes went south.

For example in the Scriptures, Joseph had a big dream in his heart, and when he was a young man, God promised that he would be a great leader and even help rule a nation.

But before that dream came to pass Joseph had to face many adversities. His brothers were jealous of him. They threw him into a deep pit. They left him there to die.  Yet, in the end things turned out well.

Another example is Moses.  He had to flee for his life after killing a man.  And after spending many decades in the desert God called him to become the liberator of His people. But before he could do that, Moses had to overcome a lot of obstacles, both personally and publicly. And even after all that, he never got to see the Promised Land. But it all turned out okay.

Then there was King David.  Before he became king, he was a shepherd, and he had to overcome his own belief about what God was capable of doing through his life.  He also had to face the great Goliath.  Then there was a period where he had to run for his life as King Saul was overcome by jealousy and fear, and saw David as threat to the throne.  Yet, things turned out well, in the end.

The Scriptures talk about: “The things that are seen are temporary.” One translation says the things that are seen are “subject to change. But the things that are unseen are eternal.”

“…we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” ~2 Corinthians 4:18

The things we see with our physical eyes are only temporary, but the things we see through our eyes of faith are eternal.

Yet too often we hold on to the things that are seen, while giving up on those things that are unseen.   Jesus talked about the same thing.

He said that we should collect treasures in the heavenly realms rather than the type that gathers dust, rust and attracts thieves.

I believe that anything that doesn’t line up with the vision God placed in your heart, whether it be a dream or passion or burning desire, should be seen not as permanent but as subject to change.  Therefore you need to evaluate what you’re actually collecting and holding onto, by doing this.

I take heart that many of the people in the Scriptures also struggled with this principle at first, but they eventually learned the truth of it. We should too.

We all face disappointments, dangers, setbacks, unfair situations. Doesn’t matter what you believe or who you are, nobody is exempt from this.

At times you may feel like you’ve been thrown into a pit like Joseph or into the desert like Moses, or you’re running for your life like David. But instead of being discouraged and letting that cloud your vision, just look inside yourself. You will see that these things do not match up with the vision God put in your heart.

Like many of the examples in Scripture, we too can believe and say that it is not permanent.  Everything is subject to change.  As long as we keep our eyes on those things that are unseen, and allow them to be part of our lives, we will look at those things that are seen a lot differently.

We just celebrated Easter and the resurrection of Jesus which changes everything.

Why is that?

It changes everything because there is endless possibility now.

The Scriptures say that the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead also lives within us.

Think about that for a moment…

If the same spirit that overcame death and raised Christ from the dead, lives within us, what are we then capable of? Not through our own power and might, but through the power of this Spirit?

The same Scriptures say that nothing is impossible with God, which means everything is possible.

We so often limit our potential and potentially quite given dreams because of the limitations we see in ourselves. But, God doesn’t see limitations, especially not ours.

There are no limitations in the realm of the divine and the dimension of the spirit. Only the physical. But even in our physical reality people show us every day just how far we can push the boundaries of what we thought was possible. Putting all of that together, and you end up with a recipe that could be potentially mind-blowing.

Why would you limit yourself? Why would you limit God? Why would you limit the Spirit within you?

Jesus changed everything. His resurrection changed everything. The Holy Spirit is changing everything. He empowers us to do things beyond our imagination or what we thought we were capable of.

We are not called to merely exist, but to live an empowered life allowing Him to build His kingdom through us.  I truly believe that when we search long and deep enough within, we will discover a purpose that He has planted in our hearts.  And sometimes that purpose develops and changes somewhat over time, but it is there regardless.

Let’s be encouraged today as we also look forward to a new life and new beginnings through the power of the open grave and the promise of the Holy Spirit.

May light and peace fill your life.