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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Reflect and Revamp

I had been praying about what our next discussion should be right after the last one. I was getting a bit too excited because I had a couple of ideas in my mind. To be honest, all the ideas were great topics but I wasn't getting a go ahead from God. I knew that was a red light because the moment I start to make girls in tiaras about me or my ideas, I begin to set myself up for doom so to say; it was ever and will never be about me. I had to take a step back and listen to what God really wanted and letting the Holy Spirit lead an sometimes be a challenge.  

Our intentions may be good when it comes to serving God but it is important to always check ourselves with the mirror of objectivity. Am I really letting God take the lead and serving Him is solely about bringing glory to His name? Am I starting to think of myself more highly than I should?  We should never get to a point where we feel we are too "accomplished" to pause and give a much needed self evaluation. I am pretty sure this was one of the many things Satan overlooked that had him thrown out of heaven. This is just one of the lessons that I've learnt so far and I thought I should share before I proceed to talk about the topic. 

Anyways, I digress. 
I was about to go for one of the "ideas" even though I still didn't feel the Holy Spirit was in full support. I decided to pray some more and God drew my attention to something I wrote in my journal a while back. It had to do with a reflection of where I was with God. I wrote down a list of things God had done for me in the past and a list of things I was expecting Him to do. 
Then I asked myself, if all of these things were taken away, if God never did the ones in the past and even the ones I'm expecting Him to do, what effect would this have on my faith. Will I actually love him as much as I say I do even without me expecting absolutely nothing in return. Take away the elements of blessings, riches, emotional freedom, academic uplifting, marriage etc. Strip your faith of all the "add-ons" and see what is left of it.To be honest, I am not sure I would have much left myself.

Don't get me wrong, we should be dependent on God for all of our needs and trust him to take care of us as a loving father would. We should also develop an attitude of gratitude for the things He has seen us through.  While some of the great miracles God did in my life propelled my faith forward, they shouldn't be the foundation on which it is built. My point, however, is that there are so many "conditions" that we may have unknowingly tied to our faith that can potentially put us in a very dangerous place. I say unknowingly because sometimes it takes a truly reflective mind to see some of these things. Which brings me to the point of reflection.

One of the characteristics of the early Christians in the Bible, that I feel we may be missing as 21st century Christians is sincere reflection. We get so carried away by a lot of religious practices that we never actually take the time to give a self evaluation of ourselves before God. And because something as become a practice over the years doesn't make it right which is why it is easy to be far gone from the truth of the word without even realizing it.

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:5-6, 8 NIV

So when we consistently reflect on our faith and relationship with Christ, It becomes easier for the Holy Spirit to bring our attention to things that need to help us foster our growth and things we need to cut off.

How do we get to a point where we really are chasing after radicalism in Christ? Where it is really about seeking first the kingdom of God and other things being added? And even if the "other things" aren't added are we going to be satisfied with just seeking the kingdom? How do we take time off this crazy world to truly sit at God's feet to reflect on our relationship with him?

I am glad this month of December, for us, is all about reflection see reflection curve challenge and I hope  through this, we really get to see ourselves for what we really are- helpless humans living solely on God's grace.  
Let's talk ladies, on the 19th of December. 
Hope to have you join us. 

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