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from the heart
"Pieces" song by Steffany Gretzinger.
Lately, this is one of my favorite songs. I find myself listening to it over and over again. It just reminds me that everything God says is true - all of His promises are "yes, and amen". God does not promise one thing and then dish out something else, or not come through with what He says.
Why do we struggle with this? Why do we get excited when we hear the word of the Lord, but as time passes, talk ourselves out of the word that He has given.
I believe circumstances, situations, thoughts, lies, people's opinions, doctor's reports, hard times come to all of us, to stop the plan of God from coming forth. To trip us up. To keep us back from that "perfect will of God" for our lives.
Jesus illustrates this point in Mark 4:14-20
14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
This explanation of Mark 4:3-9, is powerful. Some may read Mark 4 and think "well then, the outcome is already decided for me. I don't have a choice. I either am good ground, or I am not." But I want to let you know that you do have a choice. YOU DECIDE which type of ground you will be.
When the enemy comes with lies, YOU DECIDE if you will let the "circumstances" choke out the word God gave you. YOU DECIDE how much root you will have in yourself - by meditating on and sowing the word in that area that you are believing for a miracle in. YOU DECIDE everyday if you will yield to the cares of life and deceitfulness of riches, over the plan and word of God.
In each one of these instances, it isn't that everything is already decided and "predestined" for you. Jesus is painting a picture for us and showing us that these situations come to all of us; and, because we know that, we have the upper hand if we prepare correctly. And even if we didn't prepare before we heard this word, when the situation is happening we can make the adjustments and corrections in our life to overcome the circumstance, situation or thoughts. We don't have to give in or yield to it.
"God does not give His heart to us in pieces - and He does not hide Himself to tease us". This is the truth, the reality. He gives His whole heart. Everything He says is true.
For those of you who have children, how much do you love your children? Are you willing to give your all for them? Do you go out of your way to meet their desires, wants and needs? Well, consider this; we have a heavenly father whose love for us is so great that we cannot even comprehend it (Eph 3:19). If God loves us that much, don't you think that as His children, He will go out of His way to do what He said, to give you the visions and dreams and desires that He has placed in your heart?
What has God promised you? What visions, dreams, desires are in your heart that He placed there? Just remember, if He said it, He will do it. We just have to make sure we are walking in obedience to Him, everyday, and walking towards the goals. Even with setbacks, breakthrough is still inevitable, if you do not give up.
Remember this from Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. "
Keep sowing, keep going, keep singing, keep worshiping, keep giving, keep loving. Do not give up. What He says is true and it will come to pass!