I want to encourage you today to live on purpose. Your life and your light is specifically designed by God for the environment you are in right now.
There are specific assignments for you to complete and only you will complete them the way they should be done. In this new year, we must stop merely existing and start fiercely living. Many times, we are stuck in the motions of life; we wake up, we eat, we dress, we work, eat, sleep, repeat. But how many times in those exact motions of life did you stop and connect with God? How many times in those moments did you stop to say, “thank you Father for the breath I’m breathing right now,” or “thank you Father for the time I have right now to just think about you”?
We have an obligation to develop and cultivate our relationship with Jesus. We didn’t get saved and that’s it, we go to heaven when we die. We got saved and that’s the beginning of a journey. The beginning of a life filled with opportunities to bring heaven to earth. I have a challenge for you. The next time you are standing in a line for some unnecessarily long and drawn out time, be the one who refuses to complain. When someone turns around to complain to you about the long wait, shift their attention to the beautiful weather outside or the awesome prices in the store. Tell them a positive story about a time you saw God work in your life. Witness to them about the power of the Holy Spirit and how He gives you patience during difficult times.
We are short on time. We are in the last days. There isn’t enough time to complain or be caught up in what others are doing to you or what is unfair in life. We all know about the negative things happening in the world. We know the struggles of life. There is power in your words and this power can bring death or life. It’s your choice what you create.
When you worship, you shift the focus off your situation and onto the power and presence of God. Worship tells heaven and hell to pay attention because this heart is on a mission. Worship gives you the supernatural ability to bring the attention in the room to God and the attention of God to the room. Faith is increased during worship. Power is manifested during worship. Peace is brought to the forefront during worship. When you worship, you can let go of what life has brought your way and grab on to what God is doing right now in the moment. Worship brings your attention to now. What is God saying and doing in this place and in your heart right now through this time of worship? What are your lyrics saying to the current situation you are facing?
Our bodies are to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit, but often we allow our flesh and our minds to dictate what we do. Instead, we should be calling our minds and flesh to the attention of the Holy Spirit, the scripture, and the presence of God. For instance, you may be having a rough day or be in a rough season of your life. You have every right to be negative or upset. After all, nothing is going right. Your health is declining, your money is funny, your kids are acting out, the bills are piling up, your car starts giving you problems, and to top it all off, you’re hungry. Oh, how we act when we’re hungry! You get a phone call to let you know just one more thing has gone wrong and you’ve had it. You can’t take anymore. Tears begin to roll down your face and despair is knocking at your door. Here is the perfect opportunity to put the scripture into practice. “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
We are instructed in this verse to bring every thought into obedience of Christ. What’s the easiest way to do this in the heat of the moment? Start declaring scripture. Declare what you want to happen instead of what you see happening. Declare what God has said is happening in the spirit realm instead of what you are seeing in the natural realm.
It is vital that we as believers live from a place of victory with a heavenly mindset. When we see disaster, but speak peace, we call the spirit realm to attention and put heaven into action. When we feel fear, but speak power we put ourselves into position to see God work and to appreciate what work He does. Below, I have listed a few statements with the reference scripture to declare when you begin to feel life spiraling out of control or negative emotions rising in your mind and your body. I encourage you to write them out and post them around your house or your car or anywhere you need to be reminded of the truth of God’s word when you need it the most. Speak these statements outload when the enemy starts to throw his fiery darts your way. Spend time in the word of God and create your own declarations that speak to your life and your situation and I can promise you will see things begin to turn around.
Be blessed saints.
And remember, praise is power and the word of God is our weapon.
My God comforts me in all my troubles so I may comfort others. (…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:4)
I am never lonely. God is always with me. (God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1)
I am at peace and nothing can shake me. (I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8)
All my needs are met and I have no need to worry. (But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:19)
My Father loves me and He delights in blessing me. (Let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Psalm 35:27b)
My life has a purpose and God will fulfill it. (For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6)