“Every good and perfect thing is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” ~James 1:17-21
The sooner we understand the following fact, the better: We are nothing without God. If you’ve given your life to God – nothing truly belongs to you. All we deserved is death, but God chose to give us full & everlasting life – every single breath in our lungs is His gift! Nothing is in our control & we aren’t living for ourselves. This notion elicits a sense of anxiety but a more overwhelming sense of peace. We aren’t to live selfishly anymore, instead we can carry our burdens to the cross & trust He who is within us is greater than he who is in the world.
But sadly, this world is rigged to fool us. To distract us. The enemy loves that our society’s meaning of “beautiful” destroys the self confidence of young women, the enemy loves that the media has shortened our attention spans & made us impatient to wait on God for more than 20 seconds. We have become consumers of worship instead of being consumed with worship. We struggle with wanting success in the world’s eyes, and because our lives are all so busy (another tactic of the enemy), what we place our value in has drifted far from God.
“Do not conform 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.” ~Romans 12:2
Anything we achieve is in vain if it’s outside of the Lord’s will or apart from God. There can be no true peace, joy, love, or goodness even if we achieve all this world could ever give us – it is still emptiness. But God doesn’t give as this world gives. (John 14:27).
It is only when our joy, peace and strength are rooted not in this world or in our own strength – but completely & only dependent on God, we are MORE than conquerors.
”In all things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~Romans 18:37
A practice that I’ve recently fallen in LOVE with doing is praying through the amazing promises of God, arming myself with daily reminders. The Fruits of the Spirit is a great place to start:
“Lord, if I have any love, let it be for you first. Let your love be my breath & life-my heartbeat. Let my happiness not be rooted in anything of this world or circumstances, but an eternal unwavering joy in you. Allow me a peace that cuts through the strongest of storms & goes beyond all understanding. Let my patience remain steadfast & my heart trust in you alone. Let my life radiate kindness & compassion as you have for me. Allow me to walk in forgiveness when my flesh wants to be angry. Let the goodness of your everlasting life permeate who I am & reflect your light to this broken world. Let my faithfulness be fierce & never look back or question that you are the absolute truth & may I always follow you first. If I have gentleness let it be of you – empathy from you to meet others where they are without judgement or condescension but to wrap them in your perfect love. Let my self-control be a strongly-rooted foundation of values and honor by which you direct my steps. May your Holy Spirit saturate me in your love so that there is less of me & more of you.”
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” ~James 1:17-21
Cultivate gratitude all you can, and remind yourself of all that you have been given in Christ.