Look, Ask, Walk, Rest. Four words. These four small words boiled down, give us God’s thoughts in making a decision. Look to see where He has been working and already starting to lead.
Ask Him what He’d like you to do.
Walk in obedience in the direction He is asking you to go. Rest in Him, rest in your decision. Sometimes, it is a wrestling match and yet, I know He will win…and I want God to win in my life!
He whispers to me, in a matter of time, this decision will be settled and I will bring it to fruition. Just watch now and rest in me. Oh, how I am starting to enjoy this part of the decision-making!
Rest, not worry and wait. Love me and enjoy me in the process, His heart whispers to mine.
Praise you, Lord!
Exodus 35:21 (NKJV)
“Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.”
Is your heart being stirred? Is God creating something new in your life? Or, is He asking you to bring an offering to Him? He could be asking for a tithe, but my thought is He also asks for us to give an offering of something else– our hearts. Our heart is where our decisions are made, because we decide out of our affections what we love and what we want to do. Our beliefs create our emotions. Our emotions then create our reactions and our responses. If I am reacting in ways which are explosive, violative or snide and snarky, fearful and doubting, there is something about my core belief that needs to be explored. In God, I can ask Him to examine my heart, my will, my affections, my mood. I can pray to have Him point out what is the root of my belief. My identity is formed around these beliefs. Instead, I need to let God help me form my identity in Him. God is love and He loves you and I perfectly and unconditionally.
When we allow God into our hearts, we can make space for Him to fill us up. Now, we will start to make decisions happily based on His desires for us. And, our identity is based upon His love for us and not upon what the world
or what others feel about us. Then, we can go about doing God’s work, touching other lives with His precious love and grace. So, rise up! Listen to the stirrings in your heart. Make some positive Holy Spirit inspired changes and throw off the garments of old beliefs! Then go confidently in Him. Thank you, Lord for your loving touch upon my life today. I will listen to your stirrings, empty myself and make space for you to move fully in my heart and life. Amen.
Excerpt from Holly’s upcoming book:
“Reigning Fire: Discovering Holy
Spirit Grace In Your Fiery Trials”
Zechariah 4:10 (NIV)
1. Don’t despise the day of small things. God is working out something good and amazing for you in the quiet, ordinary, slower days. Those seven eyes are the eyes that range to and fro throughout the earth, looking for hearts that are fully devoted to the Lord, looking to do His will, even in the small and seemingly unimportant days. All the days and moments are important to God!
“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”
2. “You are the apple of my eye and I love you,” says God, The Almighty One. Whoever messes with you, has to answer to me! In God, you are a treasured possession–highly valued and cherished. Do you know this? Do you believe it? It is true! Once we know how much we are loved and cared for by Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him, then we can go and be His ambassadors, spreading His Good News and love.
Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)
3. “Not by might, nor power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.
I guess, I need to get out-of-the-way and Let God be God! I am going to cooperate with what He (Holy Spirit) asks me to do and then, I’m going to let Him make it happen. Do I have to do my part?
Absolutely. But, I can relax right in this moment, ask for His help, guidance and direction. Next, I actually do my part! Then, I let go of the outcome, leaving it up to God to bless my efforts, give me
favor, without me looking for accolades outside of myself. Blessedness occurs when God gives me a divine hug and a kiss with a willingness to give Him all the praise, honor and glory. Amen to that.