What is Faith?: The Substance of Things Hoped For
I am writing this post while this topic is still in my heart. I want to encourage everyone out there that is waiting in God for something(s). I want to tell you to LIVE abundantly now while you're waiting for the blessing(s). Sometimes we put things on hold or don't pursue certain things we are called to do simply because we are waiting on something else. But I'm here to tell you that there are other things, right now, that you are able and equipped to do. Go do those things while you are waiting in God to move on your behalf.
For me, my journey on this personal relationship with God has been about 3 years now. When I encountered God's only begotten Son Christ Jesus, i never looked back. When I committed myself to God, I meant business for Him and for His kingdom. I have loved His people, cared about His people, wanted the best for His people, have given to His people without asking for anything in return. I have done these things with a pure heart never asking for anything in return because I love Jesus. I have sacrificed efforts, time, money, etc unto God so that His people could prosper and be in good health as their soul prospers. So they could be encouraged and edified. So God could meet their needs! I have sacrificed much for lost souls to be saved and come fully into the kingdom of God. Holy Spirit has helped me to do all of these things because I have a love for God and His people.
I went to church today, and the preacher of today quoted a verse from Luke 9:22 where Jesus said to his disciples "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and the chief priests and scribes and be slain, and be raised the third day." And the Word really hit me - Jesus suffered many things to save the temple/church leaders, the wealthy, all the way down to the poor, the meek, the lowly in heart. To save everyone and was still rejected.
It opened some things in my heart, like wow I have been doing all these things for people who will NEVER know what I suffered for them to be blessed. What I endured and sacrificed for them to be positioned in the right place so they can be blessed by God. The thing is when I am obedient unto God to do these things for people, I never analyze it in that moment. I just do it because God says do it. Whether its going to snatch a soul out of darkness or whether its sowing money. Whatever God wants done of me, I do it. When I look back on certain things I've done (which I don't want to list here because God says what is done in secret, He will reward openly), I say to myself 'wow I don't even have X and probably won't get it for another few years. But I just sowed X for that person to get X' . It's just amazing of God sometimes how He strengthens me to do it. But I am here to encourage you and let you know, that the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Continue to bless His people when He tells you, because in due season, He will put you on a pedestal to shine!
I left church feeling some kind of way. Why? Because if I wanted the worldly success right now, I really could have it. If I wanted the worldly husband right now, I really could have it. If I wanted the worldly children, and riches, and material things right now, I really could have it. But I understand that why gain the whole world and lose my soul, and be yoked together with an unbeliever raising unbelieving children? I pulled up to the Chipotle after church, got my food, and as I came out to get in my car, this guy with this fly black Porche is trying to park in the spot next to me. As I go to try to open my car door, I couldn't really get in because they were parked close to me. I turn around and the woman in the passenger's side puts up one finger and tells me to wait. So I go back to stand on the curb (stand on the curb - meaning I have to wait my turn! See the irony!) and patiently wait for them to finish trying to back in properly into this parking spot. When they were done parking, a tall, dark, handsome, educated looking man gets out of the vehicle. He helps his beautiful children get out of the vehicle. He opens the door for this wife to get out of the vehicle. Everything I desire gets out of the vehicle basically. All things I could have right now EASY, but refuse to leave the kingdom of God to get. It was just a blow in the face by Satan to discourage me to go after these things and not stay in my lane. But I recognized the strategy of Satan to get me out of off the will of God.
However, I know that in due season if I faint not, God will reward me by accomplishing the needs and desires that I have. I know that the Word that He has given me for my life will not return unto Him void, but it will accomplish that which He sent it out to me and into the world to accomplish. I know that all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord, them who are called according to His purpose. I know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed within me. This Word of God applies to your life as well. I want to encourage you all to mean business for God, because I know that if you do, everything He has spoken over your life will come to pass. God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sow that he shall reap. You shall reap 7-fold that which you have sowed if you faint not.
Love yall and God bless you,