A Path on Purpose

7018277-heaven-pathWe often convince ourselves to take a particular direction and that the path we are on is the right one. We seek validation from our trusted peers and with their wise counsel away we go.  Our imagination ignites with every sign that seems to flash a spirit validating, God honoring “green light”.  God’s purpose for our path is 636052297051092587-914316759_path-to-greatness.jpgthat we love in such a way that ALL people are attracted to the Light that God has placed in us.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Eph 2:8 — We may water the seed of faith, however, lives are transformed by His grace, in His compassionate way, in His timing. We claim His name and live transformed by His Holy Spirit, and yet the power of our spirit and enthusiasm for the path we choose, can override the will of God.  Our passion has the potential to explode with such excitement above-clouds-taiwan-hd-wallpaper.jpgthat it may very well deafen our listening ear …..to what the Spirit of God is saying. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 1 Timothy 4:2-4 – Flexibility is key to sun-light-forest-tree-roadmaintaining a listening ear to what the Spirit is saying. God may use a seemingly insignificant delay, one that we cannot foresee, to derail the very best of our intentions for His ultimate glory. For example: What if prayer, fasting and counsel would have swayed Pastor Mordecai Fowler Ham, in September of 1934 to go to Florida instead of Charlotte? Well the world rejoices today for God’s providence in Mordecai’s choice to preach in Charlotte. A sixteen year old heart was transformed in that crusade. monks-1077839__340Billy Graham was converted by a preacher that has long been forgotten.  All our planning does not render the last word on the fruitfulness of our lives. To all appearances my path may seem ineffective for God’s kingdom, however, my human understanding or acquired wisdom is not omniscience.  My research and acquired wisdom does not equate to the all knowing Holy Spirit. God will hold us accountable for our choices, but we are NOT responsible for the RESULT of those choices made with OUR best motives. The end RESULT is God’s work, not ours.  In our decision making, we should be zealous in each choice to bring God honor, however, God gets all the glory for how it turns out.  God does make some of our most foolish choices and worst detours more fruitful than we hoped for. Oh Lord, You are all-wise, all-knowing and therefore, we praise You alone for Your gentle guidance along our curvy paths.  We confess that we fall short, that we flub up and that we are daily redeemed by Your grace and unwarranted mercies. AMEN. photostudio_1522760692941.jpgWe pray, we wait, we ask humbly is it His will? Bodacious Babes

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