Love you all, praying for you!
Have you ever had a sucky day? For me bad days used to be when things didn’t go my way. But the more I grow in Christ, the less bad days I have. Oh - plenty of days still occur where things don’t go my way, but my definition of bad days has been refined. Bad days are not external anymore, they are internal. Bad days aren’t when things go wrong – that’s life – and God is much bigger than anything that comes against you. Bad days are really – just when I don’t fully obey. If there are three things I would encourage most in your life – the three that will make or break you. PIVAT, PRISM, and a Daily Call. Without asking God before dinner what His plan is for you for tomorrow – you’ll walk in your plan, or no plan, but not His plan - which is the only way you’ll walk in the good He has for you. And it’s the only way He can prepare you for the good He wants to bring you to. Sometimes God just gives you good things (He brings them to you) – but there are other good things that He needs to bring you to them. Your maturity level - is not at the level yet, to see or walk in that level of Good – that He wants for you. It’s that “next level good” that you have to become something different - to get to it. Oh and by the way… the secret to maturity is obedience alone. Maturity doesn’t come with time, it comes only with obedience over time. You can be young and mature, or old and still immature. PiVAT, PRISM, and your Daily Call will mature you, because it will grow the habit of obedience, and maturity will be the result. That is how God brings you to the next level Good things – that He has stored up for you. PRISM – your time in His Word – getting the mind of Christ – transforming yours – not only brings you wisdom and discernment – it’s how you understand the “how to” – behind the “what to” that He just told you for today - last night in PiVAT before dinner. PRISM helps you understand how to do what He told you to do, and how to do it with the attitude and perspective that brings peace, success, and favor in the doing of it. And your Daily Call – that’s just the overcoming testimony that’s the jet fuel of your obedience. These patterns – are the running track for the discipline God has for you – so knowledge comes easily to you, and you live in the good that He has.
So have you ever had a bad day? The real definition? Yesterday I had a bad day. The number one thing God told me to do (during PiVAT before dinner) I didn’t do. I did other things, I did good things… but not the needful thing - the thing I needed to do most. That means that thing – that God told me to do, didn’t get done – so it will consume time to do it – on a later day than He intended. Taking time, that God really had for something else. Is that religion? Condemnation? No way! That’s honesty. Praise God – He knows how to make up the time. Confess your sins (any place you fell short) and just obey from here! But a great lesson learned. Patterns can become motions, but motions aren’t patterns. Going through the motions doesn’t mean you’re following the pattern. Someone once said, “Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.” Patterns are critical to success… to the good God has for you to walk in. What God tells you to do every day, and what He tells you to do today. But be careful that patterns don’t become motions. Going through the motions, and not really obeying – doesn’t get you anywhere. It dulls the spark plug. It comes down to this. What God told me to do in PiVAT before dinner, He told me when to do it. And when that 3:00 pm comes. Will I do it or will I not? Will I do that thing that God told me to do in this hour? Or will I choose not to. It doesn’t matter what else is available, or what took me longer than I thought, or other good things I could do. If God told me to do this – at this time. Am I – or am I not going to do it? Sometimes I’ve found – it’s time to HOLD UP! Wait a minute. Stop the presses. Sometimes obedience to what God told me to do – means stop every single other thing – until I go back and do what He told me to do. Stop asking God for help house shopping in Tarsus. Ranch or Two-Story doesn’t matter – you’re not supposed to be in Tarsus! He told you to go to Nineveh. Stop everything – Don’t do another thing – until you finish what He told you! But…. But nothing! Your obedience depends on it – so your purpose and destiny depend on it. And the good that He has for you depends on it. Sometimes you gotta Hold Up, Stop the Presses, do not do one more thing – until you do that thing! It might even be a simple, seemingly inconsequential thing. But nothing God told you is inconsequential, and nothing is going to work well in your life – until you do it. PiVAT has changed my life forever. It’s how I hear the voice of God, and how I know what He told me to do today. (never even thought of it before…) But just cause He speaks and I write it down – doesn’t mean I really do it. Either I heard Him - or not… but if you don’t know for sure. DO IT. Err on the side of obedience. God will lead refine your ears, but he can’t refine disobedience. There’s nothing to work with. He has to correct it. Praying that you will hear and fully obey today. Don’t let the devil ever tell you the lie, that this is religion. He’s a liar. Either God told you to do this, or He didn’t. If He did. Hold Up! Don’t do another thing until you obey what He said. Don’t eat, don’t sleep, don’t take the next breath until you DO IT! Get there! You have no idea what your obedience today – will bring you to! This isn’t bondage – that’s a lie. This is freedom! Freedom to walk in all that He has for you. Praying the Holy Spirit will bring peace and great joy – in the obeying. Praying the Holy Spirit will remind you of that thing. It generates testimony – because God always responds more – when we respond to Him – You wouldn’t even know what to obey if He didn’t love you enough to tell you! Obedience always starts with Him and ends with you, and then ends with Him. He always responds again. Praying that your joy will be full. Just get there, God can make up for any lost time. Nothing is too little to obey in. That’s what faith looks like. Obedience. Faith that you heard Him speak, and faith that obeying what He said – will make a difference. It does! A worship song that I’ve been blessed by. This is a move. What’s a move? When God moves you. When you move – in response to Him! That’s a move. Praying that you will be moving! Not just going through motions, but hearing and obeying, instantly and completely. That you will never grow weary in well doing, (obeying). And that if you need to – you’ll Hold Up – and go back to whatever He told you to do. There’s joy there. It’s really - worship. And He’s worthy.
Love you all,
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