Monday, December 5, 2016

Blessed to be a Blessing – Part 3 – On Our Way

Genesis 12:6-9 “Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.”

Pastor Kyle continues that in our amazing imagination, we have what we think we do under control and what we think that we should be doing on our lives. And then you have the reality of what you actually have and do. Even fine dining means dishes to wash, the best “threads’ need laundered and folded, the killer “digs” that we live in do need dusting, vacuuming and cleaning.  You have to believe by faith in the vision that God has for your life. Despite the unpleasant reality that you may be currently facing and dealing with, you have to (figuratively speaking) pitch your tent in a land that doesn’t belong to you … yet. We may not be where we want to be financially, physically or positionally, but we know that this will not always be the case. Success is trusting and pitching a tent where God wants us to be, because we are on our way to where we are supposed to be; enlarging our territory.

1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

Rebuild your life from “where it is”, sometimes from the bottom up. Joyfully accept where you are, and with contentment with the Lord. We may not feel that we have everything that we felt that we should have at this point in our life, or what society says that we should have, but we can choose to be content with God’s plan for our life. This is the true recipe to be happy, whole, complete and satisfied with every perfect gift that God has blessed us with and rejoice; not focusing on what we do not have. God’s plan, dream, idea or calling for us may look a lot different than our expectations and hopes at the time. The temptation that we all face and fight when we get to where God is leading us is that it doesn’t look like the “travel brochure” picture in our head. It is at these times in our life that God tells us to re-frame our thinking a little bit, because it is exactly what God has called us to be. We have been blessed to be a blessing.

In Christ, Brian

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