I was reading a few days ago about a question God asked Bob Jones many years ago...
"Did you learn to Love?" That has just been rolling in my thoughts. We as Christians say we want to be all we can be, we want to be like Jesus. I believe we all do, but it is a cost. It means dying to personal preferences, ideas, wants and desires. We hear this and our flesh ends up trying to twist and wiggle our spirit into agreeing, now let not get to crazy about this! Reason and logic of this world infects us, so we must go into prayer and digesting the word to renew and inoculate ourselves daily to be free from even one tiny pinch of our flesh trying to direct our path.
We must each ask ourselves is being mad, fearful, non-trusting, anxious, frustrated, annoyed worth losing one second of His glorious love? According to God's word if we learned to Love we did what is right. In all that we each go through the good, great, bad and the ugly we must decide,.. who am I and who's am I. If I am His then my heart tell me to Stand in Love. Stand Brave, commit to Love and all to what God's word speaks. In 1 John 2:20 it speaks:
You have the gift that the Holy One gave you, So you know all truth.
The word also says that God first loved us, He chose us and chose us for His work. In 2 Corinthians 1:21 :
God is the one who makes you and I strong in Christ. God is also the one who chose us for this work.
I love the recent movie from Disney "Alice in Wonderland". Once Alice is in Wonderland she is taken to Absalom, he asks her who she is and she says "Alice"! He replies, "we shall see." Then they pull out the "Oraculum" which reveals the sword wielding Alice in her armor ready to defeat the dragon. Alice see these pictures and does not recognize herself and states "that's not me!" Which Absalom replies "not hardly." Later after all she experiences and must make a brave and self-sacrificing decision. Yet again she finds herself before Absalom and he asks her "who are you? "I'm Alice...just not that one" she answers. He asks her "how do you know?" She replies" you told me yourself'", Absalom says "I said you were not hardly Alice, but you are much more Alice than you use to be, in fact, you're almost Alice>" Alice then finally gets to the place she must decide..... will she choose her destiny or walk away? Once again there is Absalom to counsel Alice. He tells her as he sees her tears and pacing back and forth with fear, anxiety, wanting to run, "nothing is ever solved with tears."
Through their conversation she tells him she needs his counsel. He replies, " How can I help you if you don't even know who you are... stupid girl!' This time his words struck a cord! She answered back, "I'm not stupid", "my name is Alice, I live in London. My mother's name is Helen, and my sister's name is Margaret. My father is Charles Kingsley. He had a Vision that stretched half way around the world and nothing ever stopped him. I'm his daughter... I'm Alice Kingsley!" Absalom stated, "Alice at last!" He then instructs her hold on to the sword to defeat the dragon.... he tells her the sword knows what to do, just hold on to it!
It is up to us to fulfill our own destiny.... by Knowing God's word and what it says we are. God has already put his plan in your life inside you whether we each recognize it or not, we must just hold on!
We must stop fighting the identity of who we are. Alice wanted to wake up all to escape the destiny to which she was to be. When we do not believe in what God has called us to be it brings a confusion into our lives, giving us this false idea we need to wake up from this place we do not want to be. Having a destiny placed within us, yet fighting it because we do not understand or don't want that path is wrong.... we have no idea what tomorrow brings. It is not for anyone of us to decide what is right or wrong by the direct and plan God has placed within us, it is only for us to be obedient to His will in our life and the direct spoken in His word. No man or woman can put someone in a place, it is only God. Then it is each person's responsibility to seek and know His heart for our Destiny.
This Movie speaks in volumes to me and I hope as I have shared it, you hear the message it speaks too.... The Love of God.... the wonderful and glorious love he showers on us, share it. Not my choice, but by purpose. Live out your life with the purpose placed within you. Don't be afraid, don't entertain the lies of the enemy.
The Lord shared with me many months ago the value of one. The value of one multiplied in the natural is one, but the value of one multiplied by God makes us stand and be able to move mountains, shake kingdoms, change and trigger a move of God and open doors where no one cared. Glorious Love.... it is choosing to not care for your will, your way, your pain. It turns into your passion.... then God after all the kicking and screaming, demanding and debating...... can say " Katie at last!" Just as Alice was on her path of many decisions, she finally declared exactly who she was. In that declaration she then received the instruction how to defeat the enemy.... No more confusion and no more running.
Be Blessed. Don't Run. Don't Give-Up. Let Go. Be Still. Seek, Believe. Stand Brave. Trust. Know He is God!
I pray that I can always answer yes to God as he asks me, " Did you Learn to Love?"