“If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ is,
sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Happy Friday to you. Hope you have had a wonderful week. A great weekend is ahead of us. I am listening to John Bevere in my car where he is talking about the book killing Kryptonite. It is plain good to have something that refresh you and make your mind occupied when you drive, and this book makes you reflect and go deep into your life. Yesterday he said something that just would not leave my mind, it was actually a rare sentence; Christians now a days go so easily to lawsuit against each other. It just made me reflect on my own heart and how I approused others with who I was, and my attentions. And I asked the Holy spirit to reveal to me what was in my heart, and you know you are on thin ice when you do so, because he always reveals the truth to you, the hidden stuff that you hide even for yourself. So, he did, and I will tell you about that a bit later, but first I want to share something that has been on my mind this morning. Today I woke up with the name on Laban spinning in my head, and I just had to read the story….
We find the story of Jacob and Laban in Genesis 25-31. Laban is the brother of Rebecka the wife of Abraham. Laban has two daughters, the oldest one is Leah, and the youngest one is Rachel. Jacob is known for tricking the blessing from his brother Esau by just making a meal for him, and he got the blessing from his father Abraham. Esau needed to go out into the world because it was predestined for him, it was a step in the direction of God’s guidance in his life. And on his journey God speaks to him, and this is one of the things he puts to his heart.
“Then the Lord appeared to him and said:
“Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
And another place he says this to comfort his heart on his journey:
“Then he went up from there to Beersheba. And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”
And Jacob obeyed God and he found the words God said so dearly that he made them be the path and directions to his mind and also changed his habits. He might have had some issues with not following God the proper way earlier, but now, the wilderness had made him have a hunger for God, so he would lay down his life and follow his word where ever it would lead him.
You see it does not matter who we are, or the mistakes we make, or the need of corrections in our life. It all is about the calling of God, and in obedience follow his word. Jacob knew that he would be lost without the blessing from his father, so he did what ever he could to get it. Even though if it was not the right way of doing it. But God forgave him, because his intentions was right even though his actions were wrong. God can straighten all of us when we allow him too.
We all go through seasons in life where our intensions are right, but our actions may be wrong. As long as we stick to God, then he will straighten us out. Just like Jesus did with his 11 disciples because one of them did not have good intentions in his heart. They all needed straightening out, and Jesus saw their potential, and he walked with them, walked through it with them, and challenged them to outgrow themselves. To make them walk on water. God knows the greatness he has put inside of you. You just have to trust him, and “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3.1-2
Jacob was now a changed man, the wilderness, alone in the dessert, had changed him. He now enters the next season of his life.
When we enter into new seasons of our life, then God also have blessings waiting for us there. The thing about the new season is that it is new, we have to have a new mindset and new set of habits to meet the challenges this season will challenge us with. Jacob had tricked his brother, so he knew how it felt to be on both sides of the table. And now he faced the situation of being tricked himself. He was promised to marry the daughter of Laban after serving him for 7 years, and he did, and was tricked to marry Leach instead. He then started 7 new years to make it possible to marry Rachel.
Could he have taken other solutions?
He had the memory of God speaking to him, and the promises that he gave him. He knew that if he did not follow in obedience to the word from God, it might not only afflict him, but also an tire nation, and our salvation. He was in the bloodline, he had a huge responsibility to follow through, he had the Messiah waiting to take place in the rank. The bloodline in the promises from his father Abraham. He knew that it did not only have to do with his own life. And that, I think made him continue persistently, paying the price, walking on fire to for fill Gods calling on his life: the word God had spoken to him was his guideline. He knew he had greatness put inside of him, he just had to walk it out.
What drives you?
If your hearts desire is rooted in Gods calling on your life, then you will walk on fire to reach your goal. You will allow the Holy Spirit to let his fire touch every part of your life, both in you and around you, and you will walk on fire no matter the cost, or the growth it demands of you. The fire makes you grow into the fullness and the love that flows from his throne room, because you know that by your own strength you will not walk on water. The fire points out like it says in Colossians 3.7-10
“You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. “
Jacob walked in a different way before he really met God. He had a sense of who he was, and he knew that if he could only get the blessing from his Father Abraham, then that would connect him to the God he had heard about, but not yet walked closely with in his life. He knew that with the blessing he would have a different life.
That is also what is deep down in all human creations, a longing after God, they know that if they only get a blessing from him, then they will be connected. But because of lack of knowledge and guidance they search so many other places where God is not found, and they miss the calling on their life. The ultimate salvation calling.
Jacob knew where to find the blessing, but his actions where wrong. God straightened him out, and when He was in his new season to follow through the word God had spoken to him, he was standing face to face with his old life and his future, and what would keep him captive in his old life and what would push him into the full blessing that he had been given from Abraham. But you see, I do not think he had nothing of this in mind, because that alone will not make you diligently go through to the finished line. I believe he knew about the Messiah that was going to come, and that he would be in the blood line of Jacob, and if he did not peruse his heart’s desire, then the bloodline would not bring fourth the coming of the Messiah. He had not his own interest in mind, but all the people that would be saved by his obedience.
And that is what it is all about. It does not matter how much we read the bible, pray, or give offering inn all kinds of ways, if we do not follow the wonderful voice of the Holy Spirit, and in obedience walks out where he guides us, it will definitely be walking on water, and it will also definitely be walking on fire. Because your life is not just made for you, you are a part of a bigger picture. What you do to the calling on your life will afflict others.
And Yes, I promised to share with you what the Holy Spirit was taking to me about.
He told me that being to kind is actually a hiding place for fear of being rejected. It is also a hiding place where unforgiveness can easily hide, and if you do not allow forgiveness to come into your life, then it can grow into hate. And just as the Holy Spirit had told me these things, John Bevere talked from the Cd playing in my car about that the Holy Spirit also had told him about being to kind and the effect of that.
So, I had to shut the selfish door of kindness. And I am not talking about kindness in general, I am talking about it when it is a hiding place for fear. Because to tip toe on kindness will be not to enter fully into the obedience to what God want’s you too do, because it allows you to have a slightly open back door if you do not want to continue walking on water or walking on fire. You must shut that door. There is only one way to live fully surrendered to Jesus, and that is that he is the only door we enter in and out from: his word, and the door of all selfish thoughts and feelings must be shot down.
Because our life is not just for ourselves. God has put greatness into each one of us, so that He can reach out to the world and touch it with his power and might.