Hello, my sisters in Christ how are you? Today’s Blog is a little different, I hope you don’t mind. I recently spoke to an amazing Facebook group called Kingdom Outreach on Facebook Live the other day and I shared a message God engraved in my heart after reading Proverbs 16: 1-3. I tried so hard to save the live screen recording but my I.Q in this modern-day technology is slowly slipping away so I decided to do an IGTV recording on it (which is now live if you are reading this, follow me on Instagram @moiroflex to watch) I also decided to write down what I said just in case you missed the video. I pray this message resonates with you and I would love to hear your thoughts on this message!
Now I always chose to be transparent when I engage in conversations about God because it is through vulnerability that we can grow emotionally, spiritually, and mentally which Is why I will share with you that I have been and still am nervous about sharing this message today but I can assure you that I will step out of the way and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to anyone that God has a message for today.
So today I want to encourage someone if not everyone watching this IGTV video or reading this blog to get serious about your commitment to the Lord.
Take a moment and ask yourself are you as committed as you should be? Or are you only committed when you need a blessing?
Some of us haven’t fervently prayed in days or weeks, we haven’t set aside quiet time with God. We become zombies scrolling our phones looking for our next Jesus hit living off somebody else's spirituality either through a podcast, your favorite pastor's sermon on YouTube or a quick bible app devotional before running out the door just to feed your flesh. ... Even those of us who are in ministry full time we get so consumed with getting content out, posting the catchy quotes on our timelines or Facebook stories but can’t remember the last time we stopped for a second to address the internal noise we are hiding from, we do everything in our power to drown it out with external noise like our cell phones, some music, or books because we confuse being serious about our ministries with being serious about our personal walks with Christ.
Trust me I am guilty.
On the contrary when something we want arises, a job interview, a promotion, a bill is coming up, now we are scrambling to hear from God. We are scrambling to get in his presence so we can receive the things we want just to turn around and enjoy it without Him.
It reminds me of when my family and I go to the store, and my daughter is begging me for some candy or one of those snacks at the check-out and when I finally give it to her, she goes “thank you mommy” and I literally do not hear from her again until the snack is gone. She didn’t offer me any, she didn’t tell her little sister about the candy she just received. She enjoyed that piece of candy all by herself up until we had to go to the store again, now she's in my face expecting the same thing.
How many of us do that with God?
Now Christ is all things amazing and can do all things we deem impossible; however, since I’ve been on this walk with Christ there's been one thing that stood out to me that is very relevant in today's message.
The message is this…... God will always equip you and provide for you when you commit yourself to Him.
I want to read to you Proverbs 16 I love the whole chapter but for today I will just focus on verse 1-3
The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established! Those are some powerful words.
I had to re-read that last verse a few times because normally we think that we are supposed to commit our plans or our goals to the Lord first rather than committing our works to him, but Solomon was very clear in stating to commit our works and then trust that our thoughts and plans will be established.
I am sure we all know the story of Moses when he was commanded to lead the Israelites to the promised land. Just to quickly summarize it, after the first generation of Israelites had been delivered from the hand of pharaoh, Moses led them into the wilderness and their thought or plan was to be led into the promised land or the land of Cannon. But as we move through the book of Exodus, we see time and time again they refused to fully commit themselves to the Lord even after God demonstrated many wonders for them to be able to believe without doubt.
God decides to test them and clearly says in Chapter 15: 26 “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
He turned bitter water sweet, rained bread from heaven, allowed water to flow from a rock, the defeated Amalek and in each of those incidents they displayed distrust and disobedience, again in Exodus in Chapter 17: 7 And he called the name of the place Massah[a] and Meribah,[b] because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
Now the second generation of Israelites led by Joshua was a little different; they were obedient to God. According to Joshua chapter 24: 24-28 says 24 And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone and set it up there under the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.” 28 So Joshua sent the people away, every man to his inheritance.
They fully committed their work to the Lord and God established their plans by leading them to the promised land. This was the opposite of what their forefathers in the first generation did which was why they never got to enter the promised land.
How many times has God delivered us from the hands of evil? how many times has He supernaturally provided for you, how many times have you overlooked the blessings he did not have to provide for you rather it be keeping you healthy in a world where sickness is running rapid, keeping your bills paid amid the coronavirus, keeping food in your refrigerators, lights on, water running. Yet you still question if the Lord is among you. You still flood your heart with worry because God doesn’t show up on your timing.
We read these stories and think “wow these Israelites never listen” “they are always being disobedient” but are we any different? The first generation only trusted God when it was convenient for them, but the second-generation trusted God even when it was inconvenient because they knew God was faithful to his promises and they knew he was a loving God who had their best interest at heart.
So, I leave with this,
Take your walk with Christ seriously, commit your work to the Lord. For the people who live in America we have become so consumed with the aligning ourselves scheme of the devil feeding into his plan of dividing this nation that we don’t even see the blessing God has provided for us. We don’t see that we can praise and worship our God freely. Freedom of religion is our greatest victory. There are countries out here that pray to be able to worship Jesus Christ out loud without being physically persecuted. We have brothers and sisters in Christ in China who can’t even have a bible! Christianity isn’t a fad, it’s not a trend, it’s not an Instagram post or story. Christianity is our way of life, this is real, this is life and death, and we need to fully commit to the Lord for we know he will deliver us from the hands of evil. Our lives need to be a testament to God’s glory and not proof of a magician.
Ask yourself this do you want to be the first generation of Israelites who never saw the promised land? Or do you want to be the second generation who dedicated their lives to God?
Sometimes I think we all make the mistake of assuming we are automatically more like the second generation of Israelites, when the main difference between the first and second generation was an attitude and positioning of the heart toward God. And if we are going to be honest, some days we are like the first generation, but we need to strive to have all our days like are the second.
I love you and I pray each one of us uses today as a renewal of our walk with Christ or if you have already made the decision to take your walk seriously, I pray you dive even deeper in prayer, spend more quiet time with God, evangelize to one more person than before, and spread this message to other brothers and sisters in Christ.
You guys have a blessed Day!!