My Pastor, my spiritual father, sent this devotion to me this morning as he sends one to everyone in our church plus a few more every morning. Today I wanted to share his words of wisdom and share my own thoughts on it at the end. I hope you enjoy, and that this will be recieved as encouragement and wisdom. Please feel free to comment or like.
Philippians 4: 11b-13
“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Being content is not being passive but it is about being comfortable with who God made you as a person. We can all look at ourselves and think, “I could have done better,” and allow that to motivate us to be a better person, that is a great motivation to action idea. To be comfortable with who God made us, is not an excuse to do nothing, it is saying, “I have been created for a reason, even in the situation that I was born,” God has a plan. It is never too late to fulfill God’s plan for our life. God does not make mistakes and we were not a mistake in any way, God has a reason for our existence, it is up to us to find that reason and do the best we can for Him. Being content is a spiritual state of mind. That state of mind looks beyond the natural into the supernatural and says, “despite what I think about myself in the flesh, God has a reason for who I am and where I am, I will do what He has called me to do.”
This was a major turning point in my life when a very wise man taught me this. We all have a purpose, and a plan no matter who you are or where you came from. No matter your circumstances that you may be in, whether you are ill, you need answers, in pain, are fearful, confused, feeling hopeless, feeling like you don’t belong, whatever the case may be, God does not make mistakes! However, knowing that is only the first step, there is another part to that, it’s learning to accept that I have a specific purpose and God has a very special plan designed specifcally me. It took me a long time to accept that and realize that I really can do all things through Christ who stengthens me even if it’s out of my “comfort zone.” Doing this blog is out of my comfort zone, but God has a purpose for this. This is part of his plan. Being sick with Lupus isn’t easy, but God has a plan for that too. I can not begin to tell you that had I not had that very wise man take the time to teach me that God has a plan just for me, fighting this giant of an many illnesses would be impossible. But it’s not impossible, God makes all things possible and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Over time, I have learned that if you never accept that God specifically chose you and has a specific purpose and plan for you, then you will always stay right where you are and that is not his plan….God intends for us to grow and to overcome and even if I am ill with Lupus, I can do all things, not just some things, “ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Today, look at yourself in the mirror and say, ” I can (and will) do all things through Him who strengthens me.”