BUILD YOURSELF UP
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Our first miracle: In the image of the Creator we were made (Genesis 1: 26). It is in our DNA to build; to create experiences, ways of living, and being. To make our environments a reflection of us. We are not bound by situations or circumstances, Christ has made us free. Nothing can confine us except our own unbelief.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
~ Mark 9 :23
The world says you need to have everything neatly organized but the bible says it’s good to start with nothing. God is the potter of your life. He dares us to trust him and declare His word over our lives.
He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! ~ Ezekiel 37 : 3 - 4
Being a “nobody” in societal norms is a blessing because we define ourselves by what is eternal. Never be ashamed to begin with bare bones, that’s where the power of God will be manifest. At times in order to build something solid and beautiful, we have to remove everything that was there before. Question the beliefs you have adopted from your culture and social background. Question the way you are doing things. Does it line up with the Word of God? Our minds are washed over with popular culture and we don’t even realize it. We believe that we are less than, and our destiny is to be bystanders to celebrities and experts. And yet our God says, No. That’s not true. This is the truth:
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called out of darkness into His marvelous light” ~ 1 Peter 2 : 9
We live in a time where life is absolutely overwhelming with options, and yet we find ourselves not sure where to begin or we keep going round in circles. There’s too much knowledge or education coupled with exposure to just about every possibility and too little pragmatism.
“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.” ~ Proverbs 12 : 11
Pragmatism is defined as an approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. In order to thrive we have to become practical in attacking life and problems. Let’s go back to the basics. Keep things simple. Remember the bible says there is nothing new under the sun. Wherever you are - work your land. Don’t compromise on getting the job done.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Don’t beat yourself up and don’t accept that negativity from others. Be obsessive about progress, not speed. The soundness of what you are building is the most important test - Is it God approved? One small thing a day, and in a year or 10 years or 15 years, you will have built your Rome. Be ever moving forward in spirit, prayer, faith, and works. It’s not going to be easy, but we have a promise that it will never be beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10 : 13). We have to stand on the promises of God. Nothing else has stood the test of time. God is ever faithful.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” ~ Romans 5 : 3 - 5
Build yourself up brick by brick. Every person that we admire whether for their faith or secular achievements had to do this for themselves. Picasso wasn’t born “Picasso” as we know of him today. For a long time he was just some guy who painted. Don’t despise your “just some guy or girl who …(fill in your passion or talent of job)... days.” They are a gift to allow you to refine yourself away from pressure that can crush a person who is ill-prepared. Build the muscles - spiritual fortitude and mental strength to stand when God’s timing comes. Don’t waste your preparation time.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Do what today requires while keeping note of where you are going. Approach your days with practical wisdom.
St Francis of Assisi said, “ Start doing what is necessary, then do what is possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” ~ Excerpt from The 360 degree Leader
Building yourself up is a duty given only to you. If you neglect to do it, no one else will.
Build yourself up to the glory of our Creator.
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