I can't do it... but He can! In His Word 3-21-16

Do you ever feel like you will never measure up to people expectations? Or maybe it’s your own expectations of being perfect that is pulling you along?  Today lets stop and look in the Word to find out why it does not matter what people thing, or what you or I think…

We could start in Genesis 37, with Joseph the son of Jacob. He was a child favored by his father; but his brothers were so jealous that they trapped him an sold him as a slave. He probably felt pretty low at the point he was brought to be sold. Wondering what good his dreams were if God was just going to let him be mistreated like he was, but God did not stop His plan and Joseph fulfilled his dreams. From being the little brother who never added up to what the big brothers were Joseph was given the dreams but I am sure he felt like he would never see them. Yet God had a plan.

Joseph did not go straight to the spot in life where he worked along side the leader of the land but first he got sent to prison suffered there for a while after being falsely accused of a crime. All he wanted was to do what was right, but things kept going wrong. I am sure for a while there he figured he would always be the little brother who got in trouble for things he didn’t do. Then one day he got to see his brothers come to him just as the dream had shown him when he was younger. He had to go through a lot of things but God brought him to the place He had shown Joseph. Joseph not only measured up in God’s eyes but eventually he measured up in his brother’s eyes too!

New Testament Saul was another who man had a hard time trying to do the right thing. He was trained in Jewish law and tried to stop what he thought was the wrong thing the Christians were doing in following Jesus. He could not accomplish what he thought God wanted because it was not what God wanted. Even so, God saw his heart that it was in the right idea, just the wrong way to go about things; He changed Saul into Paul and brought him wisdom and opened his heart and mind to see and to do the right things in God’s eyes.

The main thing we have to remember is that it is not about us. It, meaning our lives, our situation, our tragedy even, is not about us it is about bringing people into the Kingdom and saving Grace of Christ Jesus our Lord
All you and I have to do really is trust God accept that He is real and we instantly measure up in His eyes. There is nothing we can do of ourselves, nothing we can say that will make us right in God’s eyes. We can try all we want but it will not happen until we realize that God has it under control.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Then we will be like the tree planted by the river and we will not only measure up in our eyes, but when God is in control we will measure up in peoples eyes; the thing is it wont matter so much to us anymore. When we seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness then the Word of God tells us all the rest will be added to us. We just need to seek God first. Do what is right in His eyes and He will take care of the rest.

Does that sound too easy? We worry about being good enough to make ends meet, we worry about feeding ourselves or families and yet we can do nothing about it without God’s hand in it all.

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:32-34
Seek Him and His Kingdom first and foremost in our lives and we will see the growth both financially and spiritually. Why spiritually? When we come against a problem and we freak out over it we are not being spiritual, but if we can stay come and assess the situation and handle things with peace that passes understanding; the Spirit of God is at work in our lives. We won’t notice the Holy Spirit if we do not stay focused on the Lord and His Word, His direction in our lives comes to us through our looking to Him. We look to Him in prayer, and in the Word.
This week as Easter Sunday, Resurrection day, Passover, etc are celebrated let’s take time and remember why we are celebrating; Christ died for you!
He died so you could know the Holy Spirit is here to guide us not just to bring us to heaven, but to be with us daily.
He went to the cross because He loves us and knows just what He plans to do for and through us. Keep your eyes on the prize!

Dear Heavenly Father, help us all to walk with You today and every day not just on Easter Sunday, not just on Good Friday but every day of the year. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: Genesis 37: 1-36,  Matthew 6:1-34, and Luke 2:1-52, and John 3:1-36