Surrender, detach & affirm

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Surrendering is the act of accepting that the final outcome of a given situation is designed by the Divine Source – whatever the outcome may be…and
šKnowing that the outcome is for the highest good of all, in fulfilment of my life’s purpose in the universe.

“ For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you,”  says the Lord,  “thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil,  to give you hope in your final outcome.”  From Jeremiah 29:11

Detachment

šThe release of thoughts of fear and resistance from the outcome of a given situation.
šAfter my best efforts have been made, I entrust the outcome to the Divine Spirit and Creator of all that is good.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord.  From Zechariah 4:6
A Daily Affirmation
šThis situation will not dismay me, because God, the Very Spirit of Love and Wisdom is with me to uplift and sustain me and to make all things right.
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I entrust everything in my life to the tender care of God, my loving, wise Father, because I know His will for me is perfect peace and happiness, success and prosperity and all that is good.
šGod is guiding me, God is directing me, God is showing me the way.
šThe way is now easy, pleasant and delightful, as I go to meet my Good!

Part 2: Find your purpose: The limitless potential of the child of God

FINDING OUR PURPOSE

This is the second part of a series of blog posts on The Limitless Potential of the Child of God.  In Part 1, I established that we have the divine nature of God and that with the mind of Christ, we can understand what our God-given purpose is on earth.  In Part 2, I will share my thoughts on how to find our purpose.

You will realize that you are not limited in your potential when you find and pursue your God-given purpose on this earth.  Generally speaking, most people find their purpose when they come to an understanding of the events in the past and the present.  Can you see a common thread of God’s direction in your life?  Are there skills which seem to be more intuitive and natural to you?  Is there something that you really love doing?  How has God brought you to love what you do?  Your purpose is usually the thing(s) that you love doing.

With an attitude of self-acceptance, you won’t first consider what others think you should be doing, rather the priority will be to do precisely what feels right for you.  Even if the negative, doubtful reactions of people seem to make sense to you, if you’re seeking God’s perfect will, you will know what is true and right for you.  God in you will empower you to stand firmly in your awareness of your purpose.  You will know that you possess the inherent ability to do what you were put here to do as you will be convinced that there is no limit to your God-given potential.  You will make your dreams – that is, what you are sure of in faith – a reality.  You will think clearly and calmly and act creatively and effectively to make the transformation of that which you see through the eyes of faith come forth in reality.  You cannot do it without faith in God and in the confidence He places in you to do it!

LIMITLESS POTENTIAL

Take courage and liberate yourself from the limiting visions of this physical world.  Connect with the Source of all creation and all power through your  faith. See with the eyes of faith.  Use the mind of Christ within you to gain a deeper understanding of your purpose here on earth and fulfill it.  Paul implores us to “not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Begin rejecting any limiting thoughts that are undermining your faith or telling you that you cannot believe.  You will find that as you see yourself abiding in God, your self-esteem and confidence will never be shaken.  By God’s grace, you are who you are.  You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).  You are therefore a clear manifestation of God’s perfect and infinite love.  You are empowered to act lovingly and in all goodness to achieve the unlimited potential which God has placed in you.  With your awareness of this truth, you cannot have a negative image of yourself.  You cannot feel disrespected, denigrated nor rejected by anything or anyone.

Armed with this awareness and conviction, success comes naturally and you live a victorious life in Christ knowing that the Kingdom of God is here on earth for you.

In Part 3, I will speak about overcoming obstacles to the fulfilment of your purpose.

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Part 1: The limitless potential of the child of God

I am burdened that far too many Christians believe that they are limited.  I firmly believe that there is no limit to our God given potential.  The Child of God is a miracle – an expression of God’s supernatural transforming power, embodying miracles waiting to happen – as God continues to manifest his His power and blessings in you and through you.

Limitation is a carnal concept.  When people tell you that you don’t have the ability to achieve and succeed, it is because they are relating to what they see with their natural eyes.  They are describing your abilities and limitations in relation to human limitations, which are very often observed in this physical world.

OUR DIVINE NATURE

Let us affirm that there is no limit to our God-given potential.  We feel limited when we do not see ourselves as being endowed with the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent Spirit of God.  Remember that we are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).  I am not saying that we are little gods, or ‘Holy Spirit jr.’  But we, being made in the image and likeness of God, are made to reflect His glory.  We can therefore understand spiritual truths, we can know God’s perfect will for our lives and we can achieve material prosperity and love other people, regardless of what may have happened to us in this world.

In the parable of the vine and the branches (John 15: 5-11), Jesus Christ, the Son of God Himself speaks of dwelling in the believer’s life, enabling him/her to bring forth the fruit of spiritual understanding and material blessings provided that the believer is embedded / has a personal relationship with God.  Remember, that “in God, we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST

“We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).  The mind of Christ is characterised by the ability to mediate and understand the truths of God.  We are told in Psalm 1:2 that the mind of the righteous person delights in meditating on the law of the Lord – that is, all of the truths of God written in the Bible, including the ability of mankind to receive abundantly and limitlessly both spiritually and materially.  Also, remember the spiritually minded person takes a spiritual perspective on past life events (Deuteronomy 32: 7); understands the purpose of chastisement (Deuteronomy 8:5), attributes prosperity to the goodness of God (1 Samuel 12:24) and learns deep lessons from observing God’s creation (Matthew 6: 28 – 29).

With the mind of Christ, we can know what God’s perfect will for our lives is.  We can look back on our past, we can understand what is happening in the present and see God’s clear direction and understand what our purpose on this earth is.  On this basis, I firmly believe that if we have the mind of Christ, we are inspired by God to ask for the things that are in agreement with God’s perfect will for us.  We can visualize in faith whatever we desire to become, without any thought of human limitation and receive it in reality – God willing!  That said, God will enable us and therefore there is no limit to our God-given potential.

In Part 2, I will speak about finding our purpose and using our God-given potential to achieve it.

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Bible lessons for Black History Month

Euro-centric interpretations of the Bible have generally failed to acknowledge the presence and role of Black people in the Bible.  Christians need to gain an understanding of Black personalities in the Bible and to fully acknowledge their contribution to the spreading of the good news. The account of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch, an unnamed Black man in Acts of the Apostles is a good case in point.  See Acts 8: 26 – 40

We are told that the angel of the Lord speaks to the apostle Philip, telling him to go to Gaza. In obedience, Philip goes to Gaza and there he meets the Black Ethiopian man, who has great authority under Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians. He is in charge of all of the Queen’s treasure, and he came to Jerusalem to worship and on his return journey, he is sitting in his chariot reading the Bible. Philip is directed by the Holy Spirit to speak to the Ethiopian.

TAKEAWAYS

  • Social, cultural and ethnic differences are not barriers when people are determined to know God and understand His truth.

We learn that this Black Ethiopian is an important government official – a man of high rank and respect. We also see that he loves reading God’s Word. We see how God brings these two men together. From a social class viewpoint, Philip was from a position of lower rank and the Ethiopian was an important government official. Racially, Philip was Greek and the eunuch was African.

Now get this – neither man saw these distinctions in each other. They focused on their common quest to know God.

Together, both men, rich and poor, White and Black, share the good news of God’s message. God then uses Philip to lead the eunuch into an encounter with Christ, he is converted and baptized promptly. We can only imagine the large number of Ethiopians who heard the gospel message and were converted, because of this one man’s testimony.

  • See the BIG picture – the common good of all, regardless of their ethnicity, ideology or religious belief.  Focus on what’s important – use your God-given abilities and opportunities to help resolve problems that undermine the common good. 

In the story of Naaman’s healing, it was Naaman’s slave girl, Naaman’s servants, Elisha the prophets and Elisha’s servants who overlooked the conditions of their social status and brought the message of healing to Naaman, a man of high rank and influence, who was from Syria – a nation that had gone to war against Israel.  Even though the slave, Elisha and his servants knew that Naaman was a pagan and was part of an oppressive regime, this did not impede their mission to bring physical healing and spiritual revelation to him.  As a result, Naaman declared that he would serve the God of Israel and we can imagine that he used his position of influence and testimony of healing to bring others to God.   See 2 Kings 5: 1-16.

Like Naaman’s slave girl, his servants, Elisha and his servants, Black Canadian soldiers in World Wars 1 and 2 looked beyond their own oppressive conditions of racial segregation, injustice and marginalization, to fight for this country and the world in the quest for justice and the greater good of all, including their oppressors in Canada at the time.

  • Black History Month offers us the opportunity to step out of the ignorance of the history of Black people and accept the truths about their contribution to our world and the spreading of the Good News.

During Black History Month, let us express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to God, whose promise to Abraham “to be the father of many nations” is now a reality. This promise is also a promise of inclusion, that all people of all nations, races and social rank can be united as one universal family under a gracious, loving Father God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Christ in us, the hope of glory!