The NORM in the NORMAL – FAITH LIKE ABRAHAM

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We all have dreams BIGGER than ourselves. Aspirations that go far beyond the skies. Hope that is never-ending because of the God we trust in.

YET most often we surrender our thinking to this one little thought that hinders and handicaps us from stepping forward and stepping out

 ‘I am just a normal person, trying to live my life ‘or ‘I am just a normal person who has a normal life of going to work to earn my living, supporting my family and just trying to live a calm life ‘

And in the midst of living our ‘NORM’ al lives, we get side tracked from the very purpose that God created us. There is a potential risk of missing out on the calling of God and wondering ‘WHY,  ‘WHAT HAPPENED ‘ and ‘ MY LIFE IS RIGHT WHERE I STARTED ‘

There are many characters in the Bible who were ‘ NORMAL’ men and women just like one of us. They are no different from us in that they also faced the hardest and toughest battles of life. They were also faced with giants in their life that we all have to deal with. For some it is idolatry, for some it is adultery, for some it is unexpected life incidents like miscarriages, divorce, loss of loved ones, for some it’s life transitions like moving from their home country or changing jobs to a totally new area , for some it is finding life partner or becoming a parent.

What made them stand out in their lives is the choices that made in their ‘NORMAL’ life when they were faced with situations. They were obedient to the Word of God and willing to break the ‘NORM’ in the ‘NORMAL’ so they can live their faith out in a way that glorifies God. They trusted God , relied on Him and waited on Him to fulfil all their heart’s desires.

NORM is defined as something that is usual, typical, or standard.

 In the coming weeks, we will be looking at  some of the Biblical characters in this context on how they overcame the NORM in the NORMAL. Let’s keep in mind that these were just NORMAL people in their day and age, just like us in this modern age.

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Hemmed In His Perfect Plan

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Psalm 139: 5

You HEM me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me

As per Wikipedia definition , ‘a HEM in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric’

In that context , it amazes me on how the King of the Universe would go before His children ,follow His children and place His hand of blessing His children’s lives, just to make sure we are OK. Of all things in the world, He chooses to HEM us, to enclose us in His arms just to keep us all in one piece at all times, especially during those rough times.

When life hits hard, it’s sometimes hard to accept the fact that God is fair. Feelings take over facts and we start questioning God’s righteousness based on our life’s experiences and circumstances. Most often it happens that when things go well, we feel the presence of God all over our lives. But when life hits a rough patch, then comes the reality check. It’s most often in those darkest valleys we encounter God and experience the most amazing taste of His love and grace for our lives.

As a parent when my toddler was really young and just started walking, I used a backpack leash to help my daughter walk. Whilst I really wanted to encourage her in exploring her walking experience in public, I also made arrangements for her safety. I used this harness on her backpack and let her walk in the front while I held on to the leash. My daughter used to very excited that she was walking on her own but little did she know that there is her mother at her back protecting her from behind. When she tried to run away in the shopping centre due to excitement , I just pull the leash gently a little bit backward so she comes close to me and stays safe. Yes, that definitely did upset her but in addition to giving her own space, providing a safe environment to explore is also part of my parental responsibility. I love my daughter too much to see her hurt.

As our Heavenly Father, that’s how God takes care of us. Sometimes we don’t even know why there is a leash in the midst of our lives that is stopping us from moving forward. That promotion which is so very close but nothing seems to happen, that loan which is almost approved but not really signed off, that interview which you thought you were successful but no updates yet could be some of the potential leashes you are facing in your life currently. We just want to run our lives all by ourselves, in the most fast forward way in nano second speed. But God has a invisible leash on all our lives .. not to control us but for our well being and safety.

God wants to encourage you and wants you to know that He has got it all under control. He wants you to know that He is protecting you from behind, from all things past. He wants you to know that He is protecting you from the forefront too, making sure you are safe and sound. He knows your past, He knows your present and He also knows your future. There is nothing hidden in our lives from His sight.

Today, take heart and choose to place your trust in God for whatever mountain you are facing. Be assured in God’s love for your life. Be assured in God’s protection over your life. He loves you too much to see you suffer.

Dear God Jesus,

Please forgive for my doubt. As I choose to place my trust in You, help me to see through Your eyes Your plans for my life and give me the strength to live life Your way with all the blessed assurance you have provided me today.

In Jesus Name
Amen

Stay Blessed In Him💞

Revelation brings about Elevation

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Revelation of Who God is will elevate us to a place of love, peace and secure place in Christ. Revelation of how much He loves us will elevate us to that level of trust in Him, that will help us to press forward in faith , pushing back the natural limitations and reports from humans.

As we continue this journey of hope and faith, as we look to the God of Hope for all our unanswered prayers, my prayer for you is for him to reveal things concerning your situation and elevate you to the position He wants you to be at.

In Jesus Name Amen🙏🏻💞