Monday, March 4, 2013

leaning, learning & loving


The longer I know Him the more I see Him do things that I cannot explain and change lives.  God is at work all around us and all over the world, but our problem is often that we are not watching.  We are preoccupied with what we think is important or our own passions.  The entire time God wants to redirect our lives.
 
Redirecting our lives is a bit like what happens on a GPS as you use it to guide you to a specific place.  The voice says “recalculating”.  It simply means that no matter where you are the wisdom of the GPS will get you where you want to go.  Turn that toward God.  It is God’s desire to change us, to redirect us in the direction where we can be most useful and make the biggest impact for the kingdom of God.
 
Life is about God’s kingdom, and God wants to connect with us so that we connect with His best for the greatest growth of His kingdom.  There are three things that come to mind that will help us go God’s direction by redirecting our lives and our personal plans.
 
Proverbs 3:5  NASB
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
 
Daniel 6:23  NASB
Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den.  So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
 
As we lean on God we will go the right direction.  You can’t lean on someone you don’t trust.  By trusting God we will listen and lean in His direction that helps us gain momentum to be who God made us to be and to go where God wants us to go.
 
Matthew 11:29  NASB
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
 
John 6:45  NASB
It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’  Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
 
We are going to learn from someone.  Maybe you get your wisdom from books or movies or teachers or from peers.  We ought to be getting our wisdom from God.  To plug our lives into God and lean His direction we will learn.  By learning from God our lives will change or be modified so that we can be part of His plan.  Jesus listened to, leaned on and learned from the Father so that the biggest impact could happen.
 
1 John 3:23  NASB
This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
 
1 Thessalonians 3:12  NASB
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;
 
When we lean on and learn from God, we will find ourselves loving people as Jesus loved people.  That is an unconditional love.  God’s love is marked by acceptance and healing.  That’s what I desire for my love to be characterized by.
 
It honestly grieves and hurts my heart and my feelings when people allow life to tear them a part.  As I listen to someone talk about their life and situation and they tell me about the pain they are going through, I find myself with the words to speak into their lives as to what they can become and how they can find strength in God.
 
Lean on God.  Learn from Him.  Love people like God loves them.  You will see God work and literally be part of a revolution that God creates around you.  It starts by leaning, learning & loving like God does!

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