Good morning all-
On November 20, 2015 I wrote about my year of yes. I had just read a best selling new book with that very title and I really began to think about all the things I never said yes to. So I proclaimed on this very site that I was going to take the wheel and say yes to things I normally would have said no to. I was going to be kinder to myself, exercise more and a whole bunch of other things. Interesting though because through the holidays, I started realizing my year of yes had nothing to do with me and everything to do with Jesus.
Funny how the flesh takes over when you read a book that has some enlightenment to it. I believe I can scale tall buildings in a single leap. Don't you? What happens when you don't? Come on girls we have all been there. I know you want to fit in those size 0's you wore in high school, right? Well that's just not a good goal and besides, what did it take for you to be in those, starving yourself, that's what. Is that a healthy choice or a fleshly choice? We all know it's pure flesh. The stigma of making good choices is always around being thin and yet, God made us in different sizes and shapes. There is not one person the same so really, what's the point.
Okay my rant is over. My point today is that the flesh wants me to think about myself, my feelings, my wants, my dreams, my desires. It never wants me to think about Heaven, whose in Heaven or that He really does know what He's doing. It wants to gain knowledge so that I don't look for God and it really wants to believe it can do all things by itself. Isn't that how we were raised? Of course we should desire to make goals, spend time refining our craft and take care of ourselves, that's not the issue. The issue is when no one wants to talk to us because all we can talk about is ourselves. That's the problem.
So over the holidays, I spent a lot of time seeking the wisdom from the only source that matters, the Word of God. I asked God to reveal to me Scriptures that would fill my mind with His will not mine and to help me look at the unseen. I was once very good with that until life hit me in the face and I had to go to work and provide. I used to know who provided, who was supreme and who was always right and by the way I know it for you but this is me we're talking about. I believed for you but forgot for me. That's what was revealed to me, so clear, I felt like I got hit by a bus and in it I began to feel true peace, not just the peace we talk about but God's divine and utterly perfect peace and that's when I realized my year of yes needed to be about Jesus.
Up to this epiphany, I really thought it was about taking care of myself better, having better work/life balance but in retrospect that wasn't what Christ was asking from me. He wanted me to take up my mat and believe. That hit me like a rock yesterday so I put it on Twitter. I thought I had but obviously I haven't. So before the day begins, I'm sitting at this computer to tell you to take up your mat, believe, and spread the word to anyone that will hear that Jesus Christ has risen and will come to get His bride. Don't be shy, be bold and if the devil tries to get you to back down, pray for protection and proclaim that the only way to Heaven is through Him. He is bold, beautiful, loving, kind and He holds our provision, success and our eternal life in His hands. My year of Yes is about Him and through Him all things are possible. May the Lord of our Father Abraham bless you as you walk toward Him and away from you.
Here's the King James Version of John 5:7-8
7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. Note: "mat" is in the NIV version
Jesus please let us take up our mat and walk toward You!!!!!