HE JUST WANTS YOU

god-wants-you.289145320_stdWhy do we strive so hard to make everyone around us happy, even at the expense of our own joy?

Why is it that women give up their our own bodies to be accepted by a man, just to find out they’re not acceptable?

Why is it that we will do anything to please people, even if it means displeasing God?

Why do men/women seek the approval of others so much that they risk their time with family and their time with God, just to climb up the corporate ladder?

Why do we use our gifts and talents only for the entertainment of others?

Why will we spend hours receiving everyone else’s thoughts, views, or advice via social media, television, books, music, etc. and not even give God a single moment to share His thoughts with us?

We try to do and please and do and please (not always because we have such a kind loving heart, but) because that’s usually what it takes to get anything from anyone.  Just like in your job.  Your boss expects you to do a job and you expect to get a paycheck. You don’t do your job, you don’t get a paycheck.  If you do your job and don’t get a paycheck, you’re not going to do your job next time.

So we have been trained that you have to do something for someone if you want something from someone and I believe that has made it hard for us to accept what God wants from us.

HE JUST WANTS YOU!  God wants to fellowship with you.  He wants You to get to know Him.  He doesn’t need your gifts or talents or your money.  He just wants your attention so He can show you how important You are to Him.  God wants to have an intimate relationship with you.  He wants to introduce His Son to You and invite you to dine with Him.  He wants to talk to you and share the plans that HE has for you.  Then as He watches your desires turn into His desires (which are always way better than ours) He wants to see you go live them out because YOU choose to, not because you HAVE to, not because the WORLD wants you to.

Until you can get past being concerned about what everyone THINKS about you and find out what God KNOWS about you, there will be a void in your life.

Until you can understand that God just wants to spend time sharing His heart with you, you will waste a lot of time doing things for God that He didn’t even create you to do.

Galatians 1:10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Romans 12:1-2 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Thank you for reading my blog.  If you need more encouragement or prayer, I’d love to hear from you.  You can email me at: angela@shekinah.tv

THE STORY INSIDE

young-women-reflection-of-christI spoke at a lady’s conference this weekend titled “Reflections, Mirroring The Face Of Christ”

The message the Lord gave me was “How Much Time Are You Spending In The Mirror”

So I shared a few things about car mirrors and how they relate to our lives.  Rearview Mirrors, Sideview Mirrors, and Vanity Mirrors as well as the only mirror that really matters, our spiritual mirror, the Word of God.  I ended my message with this poem and I just wanted to share it with you.

The Story Inside

We can spend eternity – reflecting on what cannot be
Wishing what we see in there – is different eyes or different hair
Hours spent on how we look – and it’s just the COVER of the book
And all the while, the story inside – is continuing to be denied
No idea of what’s to come – just reflecting back on where we’re from
Or basing our lives off someone else – while our book sits upon the shelf
Paying absolutely no attention to – what the Author wrote….about you!
We’re afraid to look inside and see –
“What could He be saying about me?”
We think we’ve messed up because of our own free will –
but that’s why your story’s being written still
So let me ask you this my friend –
how do you think your story will end?
And which mirror is going to get you there? –
The one that reflects your perfect hair?
Or the mirror that shows you every single regret –
every sin every pain that we try to forget
Will it be the mirror that only lets you see –
everyone else that you want to be?
No, the only mirror that will show you the truth –
is the one that reflects Who is INSIDE of you.
The story that the Author has yet to unfold –
won’t be judged by the cover, so let it be told.
Dig into His word, get down on your knees –
look inside that reflection and see what HE sees!
You’re story’s amazing, the ending is grand –
because it’s being written by Your Father’s hand.

Proverbs 27:19 As a face is reflected in water,
so the heart reflects the real person.

 

Thank you for reading my blog.  I’d love to hear from you.  You can email me at: angela@shekinah.tv

OBEDIENCE IS THE FIRST STEP

first stepLooking for a miracle?  Obedience to God is the first step.  You see this happen over and over in the word of God so how can it not be true?

The widowed woman with the olive oil,   Naaman and his leprosy, the disciples and the fish they caught, the disciples feeding the 5,000, the wine at the wedding.  I could go on and on but the point is…read your Bible and you will see many many times over and over where God performed miracles for people and it always began by them obeying something that God said to do.  Obedience shows faith, trust, and loyalty.

I saw this happen personally and it changed the entire direction of my life!  It was a simple act of obedience to God and I almost ignored it because I just knew He was wrong.  I was several months into searching for a job and I FINALLY asked God for direction and He said this, “Go to your mom’s work”.    Seems easy right?  However, I KNEW (let me repeat that) I knew they weren’t hiring right now so I kinda argued with God a little bit as if I knew something He didn’t! Anyway, thank goodness He was extremely persistent with me so I finally obeyed and guess what…I got hired!  The story gets way better from there but it’s long so you can email me at angela@shekinah.tv and I’ll share the story with you if you’d like.

It was exactly 11 years ago when this event took place and I remember it like it was yesterday. God did a miracle in my life and I will never doubt His power again.

Sometimes it’s not easy to be obedient and sometimes it’s really easy but we just think we know better than God so we don’t.

How did the disciples get filled with Holy Spirit?  Obedience.  They had to wait in Jerusalem where their lives were being threatened.  They had to wait on something they had never even seen done before.

Luke 24:49
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. BUT STAY HERE in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

Acts 1:4-5 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “DO NOT LEAVE Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift He promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with[a] water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

I don’t know about you….but I’m so grateful for their obedience.

What miracle are you waiting for?  Has God asked you to step out on faith and do something but you still haven’t done it?  What are you waiting for?