“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” - Ephesians 4:23-24
Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since my last post. I am back, refreshed, and ready to continue this journey with everyone. As we all know, the goal of this blog is to seek spiritual growth, maturity, and a deeper personal relationship with Jesus. Over the past few weeks, I have been doing just that. There were some things in my life that God really began convicting me on, and areas that needed tending.
This year has been trying— but for all the ways it has challenged me— I know I will not enter into next year the same. I will be ready to boldly face the things God has for me, without fear, insecurity, or doubt. God has required me to dig deeper within His word for myself, and to not depend so greatly on others for their interpretations and teachings. While I do value having preachers and teachers, it is important to get into His word for yourself and gain understanding straight from the source. This has caused me to grow in ways I did not know were possible.
One of the major things God has been working with me on, is breaking old patterns that did not serve me well. As I began addressing these areas, it dawned on me that we each have patterns that we would like to break. Cycles that we continue to go around, knowing they should be broken but still tolerate. If you are anything like me, then you probably start something, get excited about it, and somewhere along the way it just fizzles out. Whether it be working out, eating healthier, forming a devotional life, your personal relationships, passion projects, or multiple streams of income, somehow you stopped doing the thing that made you excited and happy. You know that God wants greater for you, and you start down that road, but you stop just short of seeing it through.
Many of the things I just named are things we know will bring us joy, or certainly benefit our lives for the better. If this is the case, then why is it so hard for us to maintain them?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to miss anymore opportunities. I want God’s absolute best for me in every area of my life. I don’t want to live beneath His intended purpose for my life because I was afraid or unsure about the next steps.
I know that God has big things in store for each of us, and I do not want us to stand in our own way.
What does the next level of your life look like? What will it take for you to get there? I want you to write it out. Habbakkuk 2:2 says to “write the vision and make it plain . . . ” My suggestion is to bring it before God, and ask that if it be His will, that it be done.
The key point to remember is if God willed it for our lives, then it is already done in heaven. We pray that it be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” We call those things that are not as though they are, and believe they will be. So many of us stand in our own way, and I don’t know about you but I’m tired of it. I am tired of the repetitive cycles that need to be broken in the spirit.
Freedom, joy, and prosperity is on the other side of breaking old cycles and embracing the new you. This is not to suggest that the process will be easy, but I truly believe that in the end it will be worth it. We have to do the work on ourselves. Allow God to do a great work in you. It’s just like one of my mentors says, “I’m working on something.” I truly am. I want God’s best for us. If this year has taught me anything, it’s that life is fleeting, and things can change in an instant. I can’t afford to live another day bound by fear and silence. Break the patterns, embrace the authentic you, and put on your new nature. I love you all, and I am praying for each of you.
I am so happy to be back, and I can’t wait to meet back here next Sunday! Be blessed!