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I’m Not Smart Enough To Do That

How many time have you had a purpose placed in your spirit only to doubt that you have the ability to make it happen? Well, you may not. It happens to me occasionally. But that shouldn’t always stop us from trying.

If God has purposed something in your spirit He is also faithful to help make it happen.

You can count on that. I’ve seen Him do it to many time personally for me and for others. I’m not saying I always jump to do everything, because I am not perfect. But I am still trying and growing and that is what each of us have to commit to doing.

We have to have courage and faith then take the first step.

This week on my LIFE Group we will be talking about Moses and his doubts when faced with a monumental ask from God. I can’t speak, I can’t lead, who should I say sent me and other doubts that Moses had. But God still encouraged him to his purpose.

What stretch goals have you set for yourself based on a prompting by the Holy Spirit? Take time to discuss in the comments and let other readers encourage and help you on your journey.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5‭-‬8 NASB


https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.1.5-8.NASB

Joseph, son of David

What a perplexing story. The God of creation coming as a baby to a betrothed virgin mother.

Yet on the other side of that coin is Joseph. I’ve been thinking about Joseph and what emotions and thoughts he must have had.

After the initial feelings of heart break or anger he may have felt for having lost the love of someone who was such a great woman that God chose her as the mother of Jesus, and who now had seemingly cheated on him, Joseph now has to deal with the feelings of an expectant father.

Joseph is now the guy who has to keep the baby savior of the world alive. If I were Joseph I would be wanting to rewind that dream and hear that one more time. “Say what now?”

Do you think Joseph was a bit worried? Or did he just know God had this and not worry?

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:18‭-‬21 NASB

The Attempted Murder of Baby Jesus

Jesus survived an assassination attempt as a baby.

Power corrupts and Herod was influenced by Satan to try and destroy the Messiah.

Look it up, its historical.

Satan will do all that he can to try and thwart God’s plan. Yet at every turn he fails and he will continue to fail without success. I know because I read it in the Bible.

Jesus had to deal with Satan just as we do. He survived the assassination attempt, He was tempted and did not sin and He was crucified then rose from the dead.

These are the situations we know Jesus lived through to fulfill His purpose. But there were surely other life circumstances He endured.

As you think about your life struggles don’t lose faith that God has a plan. Keep on keeping on. Jesus told us that the world would hate us (John 15), consider it all joy (James 1).

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: ‘ and you , bethlehem , land of judah , are by no means least among the leaders of judah ; for out of you shall come forth a ruler who will shepherd my people israel .'” Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ” out of egypt I called my son .” Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “A voice was heard in ramah , weeping and great mourning , rachel weeping for her children ; and she refused to be comforted , because they were no more .” But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
Matthew 2:1‭-‬23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/mat.2.1-23.NASB

Just a history reminder here, Egypt was at this time also part of the Roman empire just like the area of Palestine.

You Didn’t Build That! 

The book of Jonah in the Bible includes one of the most told adventures, Jonah in the belly of the big fish. Jonah, had an interesting adventure. Yet that is not the focus of this post.

This post is about the epidemic of anger, hatred and/or self-loathing that ruins people’s lives and hinders their purpose even when they have no power to change the circumstance. 

You didn’t build that! You didn’t plant that. Nor did you appoint the worm that ate it. This sub-plot, in the true story of Jonah in chapter 4, is possibly the main feature of the book. That is debatable, but it is definitely a big deal.

“Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city. So the Lord God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant. But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered. When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.” Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.” Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”
Jonah 4:5‭-‬11 NASB

Jonah was angry because the plant’s death impacted him. Yet God was the creator and destroyer of the plant. Jonah was less worried about the possible destruction of the people in the city than he was about the plant dying and his head getting scorched.

God created, owns and is in control of everything.

That includes our job, health, family and everything else.

When your plant grows, rejoice. When your neighbor’s plant grows, rejoice. When the plant dies, it’s okay to have an emotional response. But remember who owned the plant in the first place.

There is so much freedom in this. Knowing that God is in control should be a comforting feature of every circumstance we find ourself in. 

It is not easy. Your head may get a sunburn and that is never a good thing. But, God has a plan. This body and the things that bring us comfort are of no importance in the long run.

The main thing for us is to be on mission and not get bogged down in the circumstance. Jonah’s circumstance included his indignation and desire to see the people of Nineveh destroyed and then pouting about it when God took away his shade and delayed the destruction of the city.  

God had to teach him who is in control.

God gets to choose the purpose he has for you and me and the circumstances that we must face as we work in that purpose.

It makes no sense to sit and pout about the circumstance and delay your purpose. Have emotions, but don’t let them control you. Move forward and press on.