YOUR BEST LIFE IS AN 'ASK' AWAY
Updated: Sep 25, 2020
After we get that first glimpse of the divine blueprint of our life and begin to work on it, nothing is ever the same again. It’s the ultimate game changer! Until we hear or see the sending; understand who is sending us, and accept what it is that God wants us to do, everything will be hard.
Seeking God's plan for our life should be a priority for us all. It's critical to our excelling at this life.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” ~ Proverbs 29: 18
It makes sense that we would lack motivation and easily give up when we are doing things that we have no business doing. It’s almost like a default setting within us. We were created to do something specific; equipped with talents, gifts, and temperaments that match that specificity. There’s a joy that can’t be explained when we are in our zone; being in our zone is a gift from God (Ecclesiastes 5: 18 -20).
When we are out of alignment with the will of God, the provision isn’t there. The energy is not there, the joy is not there, the passion is not there at all. We can’t live our best life outside of being in God’s will. Our best life is in Christ, doing His will. When we are in His will whatever we need is just an ASK away. No matter the circumstances, everything will overflow, if we just keep moving in accordance with the will of God.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him” ~ 1 John 5: 14 - 15
Then how come it feels like it’s taking too long to come together? Perhaps we have been holding onto a dream for so long that we are even beginning to question if we really saw what we saw. Over time doubt can creep in; that is why the writer of Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” It’s normal to get discouraged otherwise there would be no reason for us to be continually reminded to be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1: 9). This repeated prompting is for us to remain focused on the Word of God; to know that the promises of God are secure forever. They will always come to pass.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” ~ 2 Peter 3: 8
The way we experience time is not the same way that God does. He knows our beginning and our end. That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1: 6 be confident that the One who began a good work in you will see it to completion. He was basically saying, trust in the Lord, remain obedient. God will bring your life to a full circle. God is faithful. He made life easy for us because we don’t have to try to figure out how to make our own lives meaningful. We just have to be obedient to His leading.
“I only gave them this command: ‘Obey me and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do all that I command, and good things will happen to you.’” ~ Jeremiah 7: 23
Even Job who experienced one disaster after another; losing his children, wealth, and health could not be convinced of anything other than God being faithful. Job was certain that he was right with God; he was in the will of God, and so he could say, “though he slay me yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13 : 15) There is no better place to be in this life than the will of God. In His will we are protected; God’s plan is never to harm us. He loved us before we loved Him (1 John 4: 19). We can trust in Him alone.
“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” ~ Jeremiah 29: 11
We are sheep and the Lord is our Shepherd. The experiences of the sheep are based on the guidance of the shepherd. Being under the care of the Shepherd and being directed by His rod and staff we can lack nothing. Consider the conditions that are fulfilled in order for us to lack nothing: Firstly, we are following the Shepherd and secondly, we are being guided which way to go (and obeying). Psalm 23 begins, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.”
Not only does God provide for the physical things that we need, but He has already provided for the things we need for our inner life to thrive. Our joy, peace, passion, strength, determination, love for God and people. It’s all been taken care of! We just have to know how to access what we need. Don’t look elsewhere, the Word of God has all the answers. John 1: 1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” If for no other reason but for the fact that the Word alone has seen it all, we can be certain that there is nothing that the Word of God doesn’t know.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” ~ 2 Peter 1: 3
Discard the lie from the enemy that you are inadequate. Self-doubt is the entry point of fear, which prevents us from all that we were meant to be. Fear of failure is the number 1 reason most people never bother trying. Let’s always go to the Word. Moses when God called him to go free the Israelites, immediately started giving God a list of why he was not the right person for the job. He said no one would believe that God had sent him; that he wasn’t good at speaking, and begged God to send someone else. How often do we do exactly this? See ourselves as grasshoppers in a world with giants. We neglect the fact that we are custom made in the likeness of the Creator.
The Lord said to him(Moses), “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” ~ Exodus 4: 11 - 12
God knew where Moses felt weak and inadequate; Aaron was already on his way to help Moses do what God had said. Isn’t it amazing that God will send us the right person to help us in our weakness. He knows our heart. God has you covered!
When in doubt about which way to go, or what to do next. Seek God. Ask in prayer. Fast for clarity. God hears. We need wisdom to live well in this life. Wisdom is more precious and valuable than anything we could ever desire. Proverbs 3: 16 says, “Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.” Solomon asked for wisdom and God granted him wealth like none before him and like none will ever have after him (2 Chronicles 1: 11 - 12).
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~ James 1: 5
There is no disqualifying trait or behavior, God desires that we should all have wisdom. We just have to ask God.
Is God nudging you to do something in your life? Can you begin to trust His plan and let go of your own plan? He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are in the best of hands. Surrender to His will.
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