Divine new day greetings, dear kingdom family!!! Today, as I continue in the series of how a physical athlete compares to a spiritual athlete running thru life, Father speaks to me about the importance of being level headed as individuals. That is the Spirit of He who lives in us thru faith in His finished work on the cross that has reconciled us each one into a divine relationship with He who is our God, our everything forever:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
What is having a sound mind when it pertains to how we see ourselves in Christ Jesus???
Even though our Father places people in different places in life and some being called to be leaders for Him in this world, God’s Word tells us we are to each one think upon ourselves with sober judgment in Romans 12:3. This not only means not thinking of oneself too highly, but also not thinking of oneself too poorly. Satan seeks to take us from one extreme to the other. He tries to make us either boastful or bashful. He tries to make us think we are “da bomb” (slang for “really hot-stuff”) or” done bombed” (totally blew it)!!! YIKES!!! LET US WATCH OUT!!! Oh let us be on guard of the devil’s tricks and stop him in his efforts, dear ones of faith!!!
People are often wrong in their opinions, their judgment and rejection towards us as individuals in this world, therefore, for each one of us, what matters is what God thinks and He says that each one of us is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Through our faith in Christ we are loved, accepted and forgiven just as we are. If we reject this truth about ourselves, in essence we are rejecting God’s Word!!! Oh let us remember that God lives in us and through His strength in us, we can do all things (Philippians 4:13) and the opposite is also true – without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:4). What good we are, all that we have and all we can do is because of God’s provision and power working in us!!! Father has gifted us each one oh sooo special and yes, we each one can power on victoriously with Jesus working in and thru us!!!
When we as runners hold our heads too high in the sky thinking we are doing just fine on our own and we don’t pay attention to God’s plan for where we are putting our feet, we need to be prepared to end up face down on the road. OUCH!!! WHY??? Proverbs 11:2 says “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
When we think we know it all and don’t need God’s wisdom, God has to get our attention. Oh I hate it when that happens!!!
God disciplines and rebukes those He loves (Revelation 3:19). Sometimes that means scraped elbows and knees (wounds of humility) that brings with it wisdom beyond ourselves! Some times we learn thru the school of experience – the hard way because we don’t see it ahead of time. Being open to learning is vital to growing and having a “teachable” spirit is vital in the next step of “training for the marathon!” Evaluated experience teaches us what we need to know for running forward divinely – on the divine level of thinking regarding oneself!!! 🙂 Father will remind us of who we are in Him as we trust in Him!!! He in us and us in Him, we are each one part of His city on a hill that shines forth into the world the presence of He working thru our vessels of faith!!! Oh that all just makes me smile as I ponder this song here about how all of us together are our Father’s kingdom family of faith shining by His grace at work in us each that says “Here am I, LORD, send me for your great city of heaven on earth!!!” With that, “…it is God who works in us to will and act according to His purpose.” (Philippians 2:13) Oh let us exalt His name together!!! 🙂