Sunday, May 30, 2010

Following the Writing on your Leg

Most of you have heard me talk about the years I spent training as a cheerleader. It had been a personal goal of mine to cheer for OSU until I injured myself doing a standing back tuck on a carpeted concrete floor without a spot.

I spent a lot of time training in gymnastic gyms. For a period of time my mom drove me to another city about 45 minutes away because my trainer, a former OSU cheerleader, taught cheerleading gymnastics there.

While I went to that gym there was a particular girl there that changed my life. I honestly don’t remember her name. I don’t remember much about her, but I do remember she had such an awesome relationship with the Lord. It oozed out of her. She loved God so much that in order to express her love for God she used to write things like “I love Jesus” on her knees while in school. It seems like something so little and funny, but this was during a time in my life where I had a crush on a different boy every week and I was writing “I heart so and so” on my books, but this girl was writing it about Jesus. This was the first time in my life that I ever remember someone having that kind of effect on me. I wanted what she had. I wanted to not look at some silly boy for that kind of love, but I wanted to look for God. Her relationship with God struck me as something that deep down for which I longed. Meeting her spurred me to pursue a deeper relationship with God. Meeting her showed me that I could have a close relationship with Jesus. I believe God set me to meet her in my life for this reason.

So many times in life, God puts us in situations where we are making an impact on the world around us. We can either make a positive impact or a negative one. Do people see Jesus bubble up in you. Are you inspiring people to walk closer to Jesus?

In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Paul understood that people were looking to him. He understood that he inspired those around him to a closer walk with Christ. He had a revelation that it was not him they were following but the Jesus in Him.

Take a moment in this holiday weekend to think about the lasting impact you leave with people. I’m not saying you have to write on yourself to do this, but think about it. Will you inspire or annoy? Will you be a person that brings peace or a person that brings chaos. Will you be a person that is bubbling over with the love of God, or are you a person that is just getting by. God wants us to be fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19) Inspire the world around you. You’ll be fulfilling your purpose as you do.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What are the Wooden Indian's in your life?

On special occasions while I was growing up my family would congregate at the Branding Iron in Delaware Ohio. It was a small town steak restaurant where I could get a Shirley Temple and drink it out of a glass boot. I remember going there as a little girl and being terrified of this big wooden Indian statue that was in the restaurant. They’d moved it several times over the years but somehow I’d find that Indian. It seemed humongous as a child. It was dark and foreboding and it scared me more than I let on. I remember feeling like an ant next to it, and every time we’d go I’d manage to place myself furthest from it as possible.

That restaurant closed its doors sometime in the late 90’s and before it did my grandmother insisted that we all go there one last time. Then I was a young adult and I looked for my Indian. When I finally found it standing by the entrance I had to laugh. Somehow it wasn’t nearly as big as I remembered it. By this time while it was still taller than me, it wasn’t by much. It didn’t seem nearly as scary to me as an adult.

Our brain often times plays tricks on ourselves if we let it. We can turn things into huge ordeals and really the issue isn’t that big at all. The devil realizes this about humans and that’s why his only real weapon is deceiving the saints to believe he’s bigger than he really is.

Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

The fate of the devil is pretty clear. If you read Revelations or the Bible at all it’s obvious that the devil is fighting a loosing battle. We’re part of this fight between God and the devil. The devil is ticked at God so he tries to get at us because he knows we’re God’s beloved. He’s loosing and he’s trying to take whoever he can with him. The way he’ll get at you is through deception. You have the power and authority against him through the blood of Jesus Christ, but the devil will try to lie to you and tell you that you don’t.

Luke 21:8, 1Chorinthians 6:9, 1 Corinthians 15:33, and Galatians 6:7 all warn of not being deceived.

Do not allow the devil to mess with your head. It’s just like me with that wooden Indian. Are you making things to be bigger than they really are? I assure you that if you are in Christ Jesus you have the authority! In Luke 9:1 among other places Jesus gave his disciples the authority. You’re one of his disciples then this belongs to you too. Do not be deceived. The Wooden Indians in your life aren’t as big as you think. Do not fear. Pick up the authority that God has given to you, and speak the word of God over the situation. You’ll find that the issue wasn’t as big as you thought. God has great plans for your life, and in Jesus name you’ll see that it won’t be long until you fulfill them.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Do They Know You're A Christian?

As a little girl my mother would faithfully drag me to a little Lutheran church in Waldo, Ohio. We were there every time the door opened, and then sometimes more than that. The interior of that church looks something like I would pretend watching the underneath of Noah’s ark. Its wood paneling left for me to imagine the Bible stories coming to life on Sunday mornings. I used to love the old hymns. The organist would faithfully pound out the music with a special vigor of God and as a little girl my mom and I would pile back into the car after service and sing the songs again in the car. We’d have our own praise and worship session on our way home from church.

I was thinking this morning about some of the old hymns and I found myself singing one in particular:
“They’ll know we are Christians by out love” by Carolyn Arends
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
By our love, by our love
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
And together we'll spread the news that God is in our land
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
By our love, by our love
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love

As I was thinking about this song I began to think of the lyrics. Will people really know we are Christians by our love?

Matthew 5:38
[ Love Your Enemies ] "Here's another old saying that deserves a second look: 'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.' Is that going to get us anywhere? Here's what I propose: 'Don't hit back at all.' If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift-wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

Luke 6:27
"To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift-wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

So often myself included, we get so caught up with our own lives. We get so caught up in our own ministries that we forget what it’s all about. This life isn’t all about us. It’s about God and the people out there in the world that are dieing and going to Hell. God wants His people saved and in right standing with Him. He wants us His children to show the world by our love that God is love and that He loves them, and He sent His son to save them (John 3:16). If we are constantly focusing on our needs we’ll never see that there is a lost and dieing world out there that is desperate for Jesus.

I’ve often quoted and old friend of mine that used to say, “Christians are supposed to love the Hell out of people.” The statement is true.

The people we see unlovable and unreachable God sees as potential. We must get past our own “stinking thinking” and start asking God to let you see through His eyes.

Let them know you’re a Christian by your love. Let His love shine so brightly through you. Let you walk in unity with your brother and sister on the earth. May you be Jesus to a hurting world. For there is a work to do, and God has put us on this earth to do it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

OK God, What's Next?

So often, we find ourselves in places in our walk in life where it’s easy to look up at God and say, “Ok, God what’s next? I did this over here, now what do I do.” It’s perfectly okay to keep asking the Lord where he would have to go next. However, the misconception comes into play when ones, myself included sometimes, begin to get frustrated in the place. I’ve talked to many people over the years and it’s a popular deception that in this place to start questioning God. People get this thought that it’s as if God is dangling their destiny on a fishing pole in front of them and the minute they think they might be able to reach it, He pulls it further and further from their grasp. Truthfully, one must stop for a moment and think about this deceptive thought. God put that destiny on your heart. God put those talents and abilities in your life. He WANTS you to fulfill your destiny. It makes Him excited when you are going towards your destiny. It makes Him excited that you are stepping into the reason He’s put you on this earth. You have to stop thinking that He’s messing with you. He’s not! However, it’s a process in which you have to continue to push through. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NKJV) says, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

When your in these situations be of good cheer! God has a way to show you where He wants you next. God speaks to His people all the time. In fact, did you know until the fall in the garden God walked, and I’m sure talked, with Adam in the cool of the day? (Genesis 3:8) God wants a relationship with His children. He wants to be able to point you in the right direction and bring you the peace you’re longing for in this earth. His desire is to place you there. Here are a couple of scriptures talking about how He directs your path. Psalm 119: 105-112 (MSG) says, “By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order. Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course. I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever— what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say— I always have and always will.”

~And ~

Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV) says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”

Be of Good Cheer. When you find yourselves at a cross road in your life trust that God will show you where to go! I’ve been in situations where I started to go down one path and for whatever reason either I didn’t feel right in my spirit about it or a door shut God eventually showed me that path was not Him. Trust that God wants to show you the right way to go. Trust that even if you miss it I believe if you keep staying sensitive to His voice He’ll get you right where He wants you to be! God wants you to reach your destiny. Stick through the process and I know you’ll be glad you did! Trust that He sees a bigger picture, and He knows what He’s doing! God has good plans for your life! You will see them come to pass! 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

When Lightening Strikes, Praise the Lord!

A few months after Dan and I bought the house we live in now, lightening struck it. It was a Sunday night. We’d been at church, and Pastor Arthur had just finished preaching a message on praising the Lord through all things even if it wasn’t a time you felt like it. We came home. There was two inches of water in out master bathroom. The pipes had burst. Water is coming from somewhere in a wall. You could see up the mirror where the lightening struck. It left a burnt trail. I went to use the phone and the phone was dead. The lightening had literally burst out the phone line. Our TV was affected, our washer shorted out, and the stove fried. In that moment when we looked at the destruction to be real honest I wanted to cry. We didn’t have the extra cash to fix everything that needed fixed. Fear like a vicious snake tried to creep in the scene. As I watched water spilling out of my bathroom suddenly I felt the Holy Spirit reminded me of what Pastor had preached on. I had a choice I could choose to feel sorry for myself. Or choose to praise the Lord. As a family Dan, my oldest daughter, and I chose to Praise the Lord that He was good, and somehow something good would come from all of this.

Here are just a few scriptures about praising the Lord : Psalm 7:17 “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” Psalm 18:3 says, “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 106:1 says, “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

You’ll notice no where in the entire Bible does it say Praise God only when you feel like it and everything is going swell. You have to trust God no matter what is going on around you. That somehow through all the mess He has a way to make something good out of it. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” You MUST choose to trust God despite what you can see. Praise Him in your circumstance! No matter what is going on around you. Praise Him for who He is! Praise Him for what He’s done for you in the past! Praise Him for where you know He’s taking you in the future! Praise Him because there is breath in your lungs! Praise Him because you woke up this morning! Praise Him!

So did we get our good thing in all the mess. Yes, eventually we did. It turned into a huge insurance claim. At one point there was a hole cut out of my house, and the entire house had to get repiped. Now that I’m years after the fact it’s easier to laugh about it. Basically I ended up getting to remodel a bathroom I always wanted to remodel anyway. Our circumstance turned out to be a good thing. I’m grateful that we chose to praise Him. So I leave you all today with this reminder. When lightening strikes in your life…choose to praise Him!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Are you banging on a puzzle piece trying to make it fit?

It is God’s desire to communicate with His children. He longs that His children would know his voice and earnestly seek after it. Many people have this view of God as this entity that is somewhere out there that is not concerned with their daily lives but that is not true. John 10:1 (The Message) has a wonderful illustration of this concept "Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he's up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won't follow a stranger's voice but will scatter because they aren't used to the sound of it." God wants you to know His voice and know how to follow it.

I have often said that all a prophetic word is: is knowing the voice of God, whether it’s for your life or for someone else’s. It’s knowing what God would say on a matter and what he is saying to you as an individual. I am not saying that He goes around and speaks audibly. That has happened to be once but it’s rare. He speaks to your inward man. It can be from a knowing, or through the word, or what I call a bubbling up. If you would like more information on this then please go read your Bible, check especially in 1 Corinthians 14. If you still have more thoughts please email me.

I have noticed over the years how easy it can be to get off in some areas when it comes to prophesy. 1 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV) says, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” Meaning when we get a prophetic word, or a dream or a vision it’s a piece to the puzzle. When we know it’s from God then yes, it’s a part of the puzzle of our lives but it is just a piece. Often times where we get off is we try to make that prophetic word fit the situations that we think they should. It’s like you were working on a puzzle and you’ve tried all day to find the one piece that will fit in the hole, but you can’t find it so your setting there with this word you got trying to force it to work. We can’t do that to the prophetic words we get. We have to allow that they happen.

In the Old Testament Jesus was prophesied about over 300 times, from various different individuals. In his life he fulfilled all those prophetic words. For example, He would have to be born in Bethlehem, dwell for awhile in Egypt, and be from Nazareth. Back then, the written word wasn’t that common. Joseph was just a carpenter. He didn’t have access to all of these prophetic words about Jesus. God sent angels to have him flee to Egypt to escape with Jesus. Then they went back to Nazareth. Those prophetic words were fulfilled because Joseph and Mary kept their eyes on the Lord and they just were fulfilled. Joseph didn’t have a map before him saying, “Well we have to ‘prove’ this child is the Messiah.” No. Those prophetic words were fulfilled because they were destined to be fulfilled.

It is the same with you. As long as you stay fixed in God’s will all of those prophetic words will come to pass. As long as you do your part, those words, those plans, those destinies, those visions, get fulfilled because they do. We can’t try to make them fit. We can’t try to explain them in our heads. We have to obediently walk them out, and pray them out.

When God gave Abraham the hope of having children, it seemed impossible. Please go read the story in Genesis 17-21. Sarah did just what many of us try to do to our prophetic words today. She tried to pound on the word to make it fit. She wasn’t getting pregnant, and wasn’t getting pregnant. Every year she saw herself getting older and older. In her mind there was NO way that, she’d ever bare Abraham a child. Therefore, she comes up with a plan to prostitute out her husband with her servant and thus Ishmael was conceived. In case you didn’t know Ishmael is the father of Islam, and the reason Islam and Christianity are all fighting, today roots back to “who’s the promised son” Isaac or Ishmael. When you try to force the will of God to happen, the situation often turns ugly.

When God gives you dreams, visions, and prophetic words that seem bigger than you. Good. That means you can’t do it on your own. But I have news for all of you. We serve the God to loves to call things possible that appear to be impossible. (Matt 19:26) We have a good God that truly will make a way when you do not see it. We have a God that loves to see you walk in the destiny he designed and created for you. Trust in Him! Keep doing what He tells you to do, and you will surprise even yourself. I’ve spent years trying to pound the puzzle pieces to make it happen, and it just gets frustrating. I’ve also walked in situations that were so God it’s like you just walked right in. It was easy and everything fell right into place. Stop being so anxiously trying to force it to happen, and start trusting in your God. You puzzle will come together one day, and you’ll be able to set back and say truly that was God! Trust Him today; He’s got it all under control!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Walking Into The Lion's Den

When I was in high school, a group of people decided they wanted to start a Bible Study and essentially put me in charge of it (however, there was another leader and pretty much it was ran between her and me). I went to a small school in a picturesque town. When this ministry was dropped in my lap, I was still struggling with the call of God on my life. It never occurred to me the opposition we would face. All lot of things happened in those two years that I will not publicly discuss in this format, but there is one particular instance that always makes me smile.

I was taking a class and the teacher decided that we would hold a debate whether it was okay and legal for us to even have that Bible Study on campus. I was in a situation where people would growl at me and yell satanic slurs at me as I walked through the halls. In this class at the time I was the only one that would publicly stand up for the Bible Study. The schools opinion of me and this group got worse and worse. The tension was thick. Finally, the morning came when the debate would be held. When I awoke that morning, I felt the Lord drop into my spirit that He wanted me to wear a Christian T-shirt. I replied oh so obediently “nope, it’ll only fuel the flames more.” Again, I felt that God wanted me to wear a Christian T-shirt. Finally, I said to the Lord, “Fine, but I have to be able to find one and I don’t know where anything is in the room.” The first shirt my hand hit that morning in the closet was a Christian T-shirt.

As I walked into the room that day, I remember feeling like Daniel going into the Lion’s Den. Many insults were being hurled at me, and I remember just praying that God would somehow be glorified. Unbeknownst to me the teacher of that classroom had called the school principal. Instead of it being the debate that was expected, the principal spoke most of the time telling the entire class about how we were as a group legally in the right. It turned out that I never had to open my mouth but once because I chose too. I watched how God shut the mouth of the enemy. I want to add here, that I have forgiven all of those people. I still pray for them. As it says in 2 Chrionthians 12:10, walking through that kind of persecution just made me stronger and it has helped me be the bold individual I am today. Matthew 5:10 (Message Bible) says, "You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.
I’ve even had a few stories come back to me over the years of some of those who used to growl at me now have given their lives to the Lord. Praise God!

So why am I bring this story up today? Many of us walk in situations where we may feel like we are Daniel going into a lion’s den. If you aren’t familiar with the story then go read it in Daniel 6. Daniel was standing up for righteousness and some individuals didn’t like him, so they convinced the king that he issue a decree. In that decree, it said that if you prayed to anyone other than the king they were going to be thrown in the lion’s den. These were not just nice little kittens. These were big, mean, growling man-eating lions. These were the kind of animals that would break your bones in one snap. I don’t know about you, but that does not sound like a good way to leave this earth. But Daniel refused to bow. I love it how Daniel stood up and stayed obedient. He kept praying to God and not that king. Daniel stayed all night with those lions and God shut their jaws. Eventually when the king saw that Daniel was still alive the king decreed that God was God throughout the land and he threw the men who’d come against David and all of their families in the lion’s den. The lion’s massacred them.

Are you walking through persecution today? Do you feel like you have to face a lion’s den? Are you in that den? Be encouraged! Romans 2:11 says that God doesn’t show favoritism. In common Christian talk we say that God is no respecter of persons. Meaning? If He does it for one of his children, He’ll do it for you. Situations and circumstances happen in life. Jesus himself in John 15:20 says that if they persecute him they’ll persecute us as His disciples. But God makes us a promise in Romans 8:35 that nothing can separate us from Him. He promised throughout the word repeatedly that he would never leave us or forsake us. If we don’t feel him close then run to Him. Find Him and cling to Him. Let Him protect us in His hands.

I’ve often reflected on that time in high school when I walked through what I did. God’s grace had to be upon me at the time. There were a lot of things on top of this particular situation that was going on in my life. If you find yourself in persecution, remember that His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9) You will get through this season. Keep trusting in Him. Psalms 91 is a great passage in the Bible. He will protect you and keep you safe. When you dwell in Him, it’s the best place you can find. Trust in Him today! He’ll turn the situation around. He will be glorified in your life. Trust in Him, and it’s going to all work out fine.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Are you using steel wool on an electrical outlet?

While I was growing up, we repainted one bedroom twice in the course of a few weeks. I had chosen to paint the room a burgundy, but when the color went on the walls, it was just not the right color, and eventually we turned around and painted it a cornflower blue. I remember I was trying to get the burgundy paint off of the electrical outlet. It was not my brightest move but for some reason I decided the pick up, some steel wool to try to scratch the paint off. Please do not ever try to do this with a live outlet. Sparks went flying and I am lucky I did not electrocute myself.

Sometimes there are people in life that will be like that steel wool to you. You just do not like them. As hard as you might try they can be as if you are the live electrical outlet and every time their near you sparks fly.

God desires for you to walk in unity in your daily life. He desires that His children would be at peace with one another. Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”Ephesians 4:3 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Romans 15:5 says “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,”

What many seem to misunderstand about the concept of unity and loving each other is that it is okay that we are all different. In order for me to love you, I do not have to become just like you. That’s foolishness. God created us all different and unique. He’s not looking for a bunch of cookie cutouts. If he wanted us all to be the same He would have created us that way. But He didn’t! Enjoy your uniqueness! He wants you to be who he created you to be in this life. It’s not disunity if people annoy you on occasion. It happens to all of us. The Bible says, Mark 9:50b “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other." Meaning strive to keep the peace, no matter what you might be thinking.

The trick to unity is two fold “what are you meditating about that person.” and then “what are you doing with those thoughts?”

Many of you have heard me say, that if your in situation and the sparks are beginning to fly, you need to be able to humble yourself and realize that maybe it may not be all the other persons fault. You have to start praying to God, “Ok, if the problem is in me then help me to change. If it’s in them then go show them God. I commit to pray for them.”

God is wants unity in the church. He wants people to stop quarrelling and gossiping among themselves. But you have to keep trying to keep the unity, even if the sparks begin to fly. Choose to hold tight to unity and not let go. Because unity is where the favor of God appears. Unity is what causes lives to change and nations turn to God. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Meaning the more who are united together to do the work of God the more can get accomplished. Choose to love people today. Choose to continue to keep the peace and work together. God is doing a work in both you and the other person’s life. You have to trust that. God will make a way.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

What Are You Trying To Drive?

A few weeks ago, I found myself trying to help my youngest daughter drive her battery operated kids toy car. The snazzy pink and purple car with all the Disney princesses on it, as a small remake of a Pontiac Solstice, was purchased for my girls when my oldest was little enough to drive it. For a while, it was a great set up because my oldest would drive my youngest around the sidewalks of the neighborhood. However kids grow up, and officially my oldest has grown too tall, and my youngest is not tall enough.

My youngest has been admiring the car in the garage wanting desperately to take it out for a test spin. I felt sorry for the girl. Surely, her mom could attempt to drive it so she could set in the passenger’s seat. It was obvious I was not actually going to be able to fit in the front seat. I mean my backside would take up ¾ of the available seat space. So I tried to set on the trunk space. I stretched my legs across the seat and on the gas, and grabbed securely to the wheel. At first, I managed to move it. My youngest got all excited. She giggled at the sight of her mom stretched out and crunched into the car. But there was one thing I neglected to think about in this ingenious idea. That was I am too heavy to put on the backside of this toy car. As soon as I got the car in forward, the wheels started to turn. Quickly we’d become a rocket ship taking off for flight, the car fell backwards and we were both at a 90 degree angle to the floor waiting for take off. The wheels spun in the air, and I could not help but start laughing hysterically. The site of ourselves with the car up in the air and stuck to our backs was a neighborhood sight to see.

There are seasons of development and maturity in the kingdom of God just as there are in the natural. The Bible talks about it quite a bit. There are stages in which you are growing and maturing in the things of God.

1 Corinthians 3:2 (amp)
I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it],

Hebrews 5:13(amp)For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]!

Philippians 3:15(amp)
So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.

Now, what happened in the natural with me and my daughter’s car happens in the spiritual all the time. We outgrow things, mindsets, and immature spiritually ways of thinking and sometimes we look at that old familiar and think, “Why can’t I keep acting like that? Why can’t I get into that old way of thinking?” As a result, we do not go as far as God wants us too. Am I saying it was wrong for me to get in that car with my daughter, no. I am talking about spiritual matters here.

For example, for years when I would get a turndown: I would cry, sometimes it would take me days to get my foothold again. Sometimes I would enter into small bouts of depression, and seriously considered what God ever told me in the first place. But you see over the years of turndowns I have matured (most of the time). Faith is the substance hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1) Turndowns do not get to me as they used too. I might cry for a moment, but I get right back up, and declare and know the truth. I know what God spoke to me will happen. I cannot keep going back to the same mindsets. I cannot go back to my old ways of thinking because God is training me to grow up!

1 Corinthians 13:11(NKJV)
When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

If we want to progress in our walk with God we must choose to grow up and stop acting so immature. We must stop falling back into our old ways or we just will not go very far. You will be like I was, stuck in my youngest daughter’s car with the tires spinning on a vertical. We are more mature in the Lord now, so when God tells me to go somewhere I am getting in my adult car and getting there.

What things in your life are you tempted to go back into your old ways of thinking? Seek God about that today. Choose to mature. Choose to grow up, and choose to stop falling into your same patterns repeatedly. Because God has a mountain for you to climb and you are going to need to be mature to climb it! He has destiny for you to fulfill and a God wants mature sons and daughters of God to fulfill it. He has great plans for you, so choose to grow up and go through the process!