I cannot believe it’s almost February and I cannot believe how quickly the days are passing by before I set off for my next big adventure!
This year I believe is a year of ‘Ps’. I really feel this year God is telling me that this year is all about my position, priorities, being present and being prayerful. It is about where I am positioning myself, am I positioning myself in the presence of God? Is my posture right when in the presence of God? Am I coming boldly to the throne room (Hebrews 4:14-16)? When being in the presence of God am I present? God is present everywhere but am I? Am I present in my relationships? Are my priorities set right? Is God my first priority when I wake up and throughout the day? Or is checking social media my first priority? Am I praying for people, or am I talking about people? Am I praying in all circumstances? Where am I planted?
Position. Priorities. being Present. Prayer.
‘As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” ‘ Luke 10:38-40
I never understood in fullness of how important this passage is until recently. I want to have my priorities set right so I don’t miss out on the opportunities where Jesus is at work, to be able to position myself at His feet and be absolutely present when He is with me instead of getting distracted of things around me that need to get done. I want to be like Mary. She had her priorities right, she had her position right and she was 100% present in His presence all because she understood.
There’s going to be challenges, there’s going to be hard times in life. There’s going to be storms but God never wanted us to be overcome by anger, depression and worry. He never wants us to be overcome by fear and to be emotionally and spiritually drained. I truly believe that God has made us emotionally and spiritually abundant in every season. In the midst of our circumstances, in the middle of hardship we are still able to be connected to the Vine, the Vine that gives life, gives joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. But though, where are we positioning ourselves? Is it in the Word of God, is it in His truth, in His promises? Is the foundation we have planted ourselves on firm? If we are swayed by people’s opinions about ourselves we are not positioned firmly in Jesus. There are many trials in life and I’m not diminishing them at all but ‘You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ‘ I John 4:4 God is greater than your trials, He is greater than the giants you’re facing. God has won already. Keep praying, keep waiting on Him. For you see, the posture of waiting, the posture of prayer will help you to be like Jesus. In the wait you can be healed of anger, of hurt, of shame, of frustration, of sadness. You cannot underestimate how important it is to spend intimate time with God on a daily basis.”The healing that takes place in a human soul while the body is in a position of prayer is eternal and miraculous.”
This year I want to, I need to get better at praying, not have a shopping list of the things I “need” and present it to Him but be thankful in all circumstances. ‘Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Praying is just talking to our Father, He wants us to talk with Him not at Him. The Word tells us to ‘love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, ‘ Matthew 5:44 and that can be so hard but we need to humble ourselves, we are all sons and daughters of God. To go to God before talking about the problems that arise to other people is personally something I struggle with. Not that talking to other people is not good but talking about other people to people is not helpful to anyone (wow that was confusing); going to God first is key and you’ll find your answers in Him. Rest is found in Christ and by talking to God about these things you rarely need to involve other people in it. To worship God always even when you don’t feel like it, it is in our DNA to come into His presence with thanksgiving and praise no matter what awaits us.
Personally home is the hardest place for me to be but I am learning and growing in just spending time with God daily, praying instead of getting upset or angry and when a fight arises to go into my room and be with the Lord. Someone that I look up to was giving me a few ideas/tips on how to get through it which was so simple yet so helpful. In hard times, go for a walk- do something to clear your mind until you are light and free, filled with the love of God. Love in action without expecting anything in return as being filled with Jesus’ love we are able to do that. Another tip was to speak/write out the things you are truly grateful for. To position yourself to be thankful and grateful for things in your life on a daily basis really changes your mindset all around and not only your mindset but it can improve your physical, physiological and spiritual health and it also improves your self-esteem. I’ve learnt how important it is to sit at His feet.
The parable of the rich fool in Luke 12 is a really interesting passage to read and I encourage you to really meditate on the scripture, we can be so caught up in storing up earthly things, worrying on having enough of something that is perishable, we can get so caught up in wanting more and more money and we let earthly things satisfy ourselves to give ourselves happiness rather than God Himself. What happens when we die? Where does all the earthly possessions that you stored up your whole life go? Does it really fulfill us? Does it give us life? What are we setting our priorities on? Is it earthly things? I’ve noticed a lot lately especially in my age group that people are so desperate to feel joy, to feel happy and everyone is searching for it in things that are pleasurable, things that give them a temporary joy. “Pleasure can be associated with joy but joy isn’t dependent on pleasure.” -Ps Steven Furtick. There is a pressure these days to feel joy at all times, especially with social media.
‘looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Hebrews 12:2 the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross. If we are searching for joy, what are our priorities in life? What is set before us? Is it other people’s opinions? Is it social media, getting another like? Is it getting attention from people? Is it getting the next big thing? We gotta make a choice, we gotta set the right priorities in life. I want Jesus and only Jesus to be my first priority, we cannot choose joy but we can choose our priorities and that is what controls our joy. If He is our first priority He will sustain us.
Attached is a beautiful beautiful song by some dear friends of mine and is so so filled with Holy Spirit
Sit At Your Feet- Children of Inheritance
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