Recently I started reading the Bible cover to cover, but I still tend to play besties when I read The Word. In 2017 and 2018, it was Paul. For a minute at the end of 2018, I was a total Jonah. Turning into 2019, it became Noah. Now it’s 1st Samuel. There are bits and pieces from the sermons on the white spaces in my Bible. Here are some key take-aways I learned over and over this year:
- “God is bigger than my decisions.” SAY IT AGAIN.
- “When Samuel made himself available, the Word of God became abundant.”
- “Sometimes we run to the thing we’re used to, we run to our plan even though God is the One calling.” You call us out of our comfort zones.
- “The enemy attacks at the places of transition.” But You fight my battles!
- “Faith is being able to move on a maybe. It might not work, but God is always.” Yasss!
- “The enemy can’t destroy you, so he’ll try to distract you.” Not Today Satan.
- “Will you stay with the goats when there is a party going on?” Blessss.
- “Jesus still washed Judas’ feet.” I cannot even.
I spent of a lot of time this summer in the Marked series from Transformation Church, that’s where most of what I’ve studied this year came from. The steps to I am Marked are:
- You’re gonna be anointed in private.
- You’re gonna be anointed before you’re positioned.
- Your opportunity is gonna be wrapped in obedience.
- You are elevated by obstacles. (You have to learn how to walk like a child. You can’t wait for authority to come and remove the obstacles.)
- You must be you. The armor might not fit yet.
- You have to have the audacity to honor.
And then I continued re-reading my notes and this next thing leapt right off the page…wait for it… “subject yourself to the authority God placed in your life even when they are wrong, it creates actual change.” Uh-oh. That hit me a little deep. I did not do that yesterday.
Then I flip over a few more pages and written real big in the middle of my Bible is: “what did you do with the child I gave you?” And that right there is why I’m marked. Because again, “being marked is not about us, it’s about others.”
Today, I am going to pray Richard Lovelace’s words: “We should make a deliberate effort at the outset of every day to recognize the person of the Holy Spirit, to move into the light concerning his presence in our consciousness and to open our minds and to share all our thoughts and plans as we gaze by faith into the face of God. We should continue to walk throughout the day in a relationship of communication and communion with the Spirit mediated through our knowledge of the Word, relying upon every office of the Holy Spirit’s role as counselor mentioned in Scripture. We should acknowledge him as the illuminator of truth and of the glory of Christ. We should look to him as teacher, guide, sanctifier, giver of assurance concerning our sonship and standing before God, helper in prayer, and as one who directs and empowers our witness. We should particularly recognize that growth in holiness is not simply a matter of the lonely individual making claims of faith on the basis of Romans 6:1-14. It involves moving about in all areas of our life in dependent fellowship with a person: “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians. 5:16). When this practice of the presence of God is maintained over a period of time, our experience of the Holy Spirit becomes less subjective and more clearly identifiable, as gradually we learn to distinguish the strivings of the Spirit from the motions of our flesh.” Abba Father, I am coming to you today with a conflicted heart. I pray that I get out of my flesh and emotions and back into your word and rely on your spirit. I pray for discernment and courage. I pray that every breath I breathe is done only for you in obedience. Lord, you designed me to love everyone you placed in my life, help me to do that. I pray that I make myself available to you. Thank you for working even when I fail, even when it’s silent, even when the storm is raging inside of me and around me. Thank you. Thank you for washing my feet when I am the one that turns against you. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.