Last post we were discussing the definition of coveting and how it can take root in our lives. To rid ourselves of anything that could possibly be perceived as coveting is to stop looking at what others have and comparing your fruit to theirs. You may have been given the same opportunity to flourish, but you are in a different season or you might just have more to overcome, to learn from so that when it is time, you have the maturity, knowledge, and understanding to know what to do with what you have been entrusted with.
Last time we met we were discussing what would happen if we continued to compete not adhering to God’s message for our lives.
Ephesians 1:3-6 says, ‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.’
The answer??? Plain as day…
Moment of wisdom: I was not always the most patient individual; especially when it came to purchases. I was a very impulse buyer and sometimes ‘wants’ were ‘needs’ even though technically they were still ‘wants’! I have really prayed to slow down and use discernment and also to give myself a window of time to see if it is really what I want. Instead of taking away now from living expenses, I now save for purchases that I truly want and budget for what the needs are if a ‘true’ need really arises unexpectedly. I now have wisdom and clear distinction as to what a ‘need’ vs. a ‘want’ really is!
Just recently, I really stepped out in faith. I recently felt it laid on my heart to serve a particular community. One thing our family our family has wanted to do more of this year is to give back more of our time and our gifts to the local community. I filled out an application first. Normally I would have submitted it promptly, but instead something told me to sit back and pray on it for a couple of weeks. My flesh did not like this idea because I see it and want to dive in, but I chose to submit my heart to God and prayed for strategic wisdom. God laid it on my heart to pray for a heart change so I did. The funny thing is the original area I thought we should serve in has completely transformed and changed into something completely different. My heart was so tender as I became open to receiving His direction. I am so glad I did, otherwise I would completely be missing the opportunity and the ability for God to use me and our family in building and impacting lives around us as He saw fit. It is much more than just about me, it is about what He purposes us to do!