We Christians have a saying.... YES LORD! YES Lord we say YES! What a fun saying to say.... surrender, trust, depth of Him, a knowing of Heaven's reality, surrendering to Him, to the unknown. BUT do we really know and understand what this entails?
I don't know about you but when I am saying YES LORD I am not thinking about the future relationship I may have to give up, the tv show God may ask me to stop watching, the hours to give in writing or the food I need to add to my diet.
Too many times I have seen Christians say this and then run away as they come against the very thing they said YES to! Let me give an example.
For instance, you say "YES LORD use me at this church". Then your leader, all of a sudden becomes human, (what?!?) and wounds you. They forget your phone call, they didn't say yes to your request, they didn't let you bring your ministry to the congregation.... the most famous one is, they aren't doing what you think they should be doing.... so you RUN AWAY, you ABANDON, you FORSAKE and make an excuse... ahem I am sorry I mean, ACCUSE... :) and then run away.
During this, we may not take time to understand our emotions...what's speaking... our enemy or God? I mean, if God brought you to "it" (church, person, ministry, relationship, job etc.) why would he be shocked and say "oops, I had no clue this would happen", "I made a mistake you should just ABANDON my people, I mean these people", "They hurt you, so it's okay." Seriously is this our God? Is this your God? Would you want to be abandoned when you failed or have someone run away from something that was created to be your biggest blessing?
So what does saying YES actually mean? In my opinion it is
-letting go of Selfish desires; desires you may have
-letting OTHERS go HIGHER in the position you "know" or felt is a great fit for you
-NOT running from the pain; FACING IT!
-NOT running FROM THE PAIN; FACING IT!
did I say -NOT RUNNING FROM THE PAIN AND FACING IT!
Seriously, I am so going through this. I have many times in my walk. As a pioneer the Lord sets me in places of "new beginnings" to pour out into someone else's dream. Into the people He connects me with. But then, there seems to come a time..... where some form of "separation" happens.... for those that know me and know my heart for relationships, well you might as well just yank my flipping heart out of my dang body! Cause IT SUCKS! lol just so you know!
So what should we do in this?!?! What do we do when we have said YES and the going smoothly, gets TOUGH. We HAVE TO REMEMBER! We MUST keep what HE SAID at the beginning of this particular journey. What did HE say we were to do? What words have came during this time? What words are in your treasure chest (journal) about you and your life?
I can almost bet you, it's not "RUN AWAY" "FLEE" "OH CRAP your stuck!" "Now you have to MAKE something happen!" nor does he say "RUN FROM YOUR ENEMIES?!?!" lol NO WAY! If we are to love our enemies, how come we make someone in our church/ministry, our enemy (bc they mistreated us) but we don't LOVE on them... we run from them and create another ministry or church?! Then we say, oh it's okay God released me..... (another blog to go into this one)
Now lets look at what we can do:
1. Get your mind back on the battle to win. You are here to REVEAL HIM and know Him known. So do that daily in your hardship! Do that with the people in your place right now of influence... bathroom cleaner? YES, you influence your team lead and the guests that attend, etc.
2. KEEP SAYING YES! Don't turn your yes into no because it's hard! You FIGHT to OVERCOME!
3. Get the EYES OF JESUS! Ask to see them as HE does. IF the person who "hurt" you truly is wrong, then sow seeds of truth and love. Communicate if possible and PRAY! Spiritual impact is much bigger than our mouths! (side note: do not trust yourself fully when you are hurt. lots to say here, but not for now.)
So lets keep our yes a yes and not run to NOOOO when we are hurt, sad, mad or confused. Fight through it. Get understanding. Gain wisdom... Say YES. You CAN do it!
JUST SAY YES!
Walking in that "in between" moment. The moment of what IS and what SHOULD be. What you know and what isn't. This blog isn't speaking about the promises of God but the relationships around you and the new revelation you receive.
As the picture below shows, it can be tight and tough to see the end of this moment and see into the beautiful depths of God's goodness for the next.
I believe there are FOUR things that can get us STUCK and stumped in this "in between" moment. We cannot let these snare us! Let's dig into them below!
First, I want to share some examples of what I am speaking of from my life. In March of this year the Lord laid on my heart that there was an inheritance that wasn't brought to completion from my family's past generations. He said that these can be brought forth and released now and into Cayden and future generations. He confirmed it with a book I bought randomly earlier in the year, Keys to Heaven's Economy by Shawn Bolz. As I picked it up, the first chapter read "restoring desolate inheritance". I was like, "yeah buddy!" So I should be seeing things shifting NOW as I am believing it, writing my declarations and saying prayers of thanks and KNOWING it's done! Of course, that was not so. So I have had to learn how to handle the "in between" moments with this.
Another example is with my friends. Let's say I see the "potential" in my friend. That they are called to be an apostle, spiritual mother, singer, youth pastor, etc. I see what they are created to do and see the 'power filled' talents in them. But they may not see the same, they may be in process or they are dealing with fears and lies from the enemy. So handling the in between moment of what you know should be and what is now with them. Staying connected and loving them through it (& myself) is the answer instead of agreeing with one of the snares below.
So here are the snares that I have struggled with through my "in between" moments.
1. Abort & Give up. We may say, "this is too hard & crappy", "that person cannot possibly be the one for me", "there is no way they will be called to do that, insane!", "this revelation is such heresy I won't even listen to it!" So we stop short of completing the transition, in between moment, and we walk away.
2. Bitterness & Resentment. We begin to look at and blame others and ourselves. We make statements like those in #1 and we get bitter.
3. Judge & Accuse. We begin to bring judgement to those around us and accuse them of their incompetence. This, of course, in turn brings judgement to us and isolation.
4. Rebel & Get Loud. We act out for attention. We try to make it happen, get people to see and change. We rebel and it can get ugly!!! This can be loud or quiet. Manipulation is manipulation. It's done with words or with no words. Again, this is U G L Y!
So how can we WIN with the "in between"? How can we make sure all those around us become and stay RICH relationships for us!? How can we handle the revelation that has been given to us? Here are three points below:
BELIEF. UNDERSTANDING. TRUST.
A. BELIEVE. Let's remember our spirituality. It seems many who are in the "in between" forsake what we believe in. The cross of Jesus & HIS trust in you & in me for this world to be redeemed! He is on our side. He is interceding for us and He has sent Holy Spirit to REVEAL and LEAD us into all truths! ASK HIM about your emotions, feelings, and the things in the "in between".
B. UNDERSTAND. GET understanding.... it's not always an instant revelation. So it will take some ACTION on your part. SEEK it. ASK the other person for it. ASK Holy Spirit for truth and SEEK the scriptures that divide between soul and spirit :) 1 Tim 6:20
C. TRUST. This is a hard one. There is so much to learn about trust with God and with those we walk with on earth. Trust doesn't always have to be EARNED. If that was the case, we wouldn't need FAITH. So just as we have FAITH to TRUST in God we need FAITH to TRUST in GOD for those He puts us with. Our peoples, those we serve and those who serve us.
Hope you enjoyed this blog and have found it to be helpful! If you are totally upset with me and disagree, AWESOME! Please please let me know! I love having opportunities to talk with those that have another perspective and possibly some insight on where I can learn or where I may be wrong. So SPEAK UP!