|Posted on October 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM|
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, eh? It's actually been just over a year since I’ve done anything here. That is one of my shortcomings, I’ll admit. Are you ready for this confession?
I am absolutely horrible at consistency.
It’s the reason why I stopped going to the gym after reading week and became one of those annoying seasonal gym-goers, you know who I’m talking about: when the gym is ridiculously full of people in their brand-new workout clothes who hog the machines that you would normally use.
It’s the reason why, although I love writing, I cannot keep a daily diary going for more than a week. Legit, I have countless journals that have only the first few pages full of diary entries and then the rest are blank. I remember that every time my mom and I would go to the local Dollarama or Everything for a Dollar Store (yeah, that was in the old days before they became Dollarama Plus and Everything for a Dollar Store and more), I would literally beg for a new journal and promise myself that this time I would actually do it – and I never did.
And why, pray tell, do I struggle with this so? Because life gets busy, short-term priorities emerge and consistency becomes hard. And when the going gets tough, Sana’ gets going as far away from the tough as possible.
Truly, my Christian walk is the only truly consistent thing about my life: and my theory is that that’s because it’s not dependent upon me. God gives me everything I need to do run this race and run it well. My only requirement is to be willing to make God my number one priority; to make eternity my number one priority. He does all the rest.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 tells us that our “work [is] produced by faith, our labour prompted by love and our endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ”. That faith, love and hope does not come from within me, it comes from God.
I think that there’s a serious misconception about the Christian life. Many Christians know that they cannot be saved of their own merit or works. There are several parts of the Bible that explicitly state this Galatians, Ephesians, and Romans (look them up, eh?) to name a few.
However, unfortunately, I feel that once saved, people believe that their works matter to remain saved; with the mindset that we could lose our salvation if we are not good enough. I wholeheartedly admit that I fall into this very often. It is hard for me to believe that all I need to do is live in His grace by faith and I have assurance in Him, but that’s the truth.
All that God calls us to do is remain in Him and He is the one that will bear the fruit in our lives. We allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and then we bear the fruits of the Spirit outlined in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
In Ephesians 6, Paul describes the spiritual warfare that is the context within which we live our Christian faith. But do you realize that He does not say that we are the ones actually fighting in this battle? All we are required to do is wear the full armour and stand. God has already done all the rest. When Jesus was on the cross and said: “It is Finished”, that was it.
The battle was already done. The war was already won.
We have to remember that God is the author of time and thus outside of time. I like to think about it as a 90-minute movie that I know by heart. The characters in the movie are going through the motions and they do not know what’s coming but I know the beginning, middle and the end already. That’s why I can say that “they are the cutest couple ever” at the very beginning of the movie before the two people have already met. Are you following me. Now, extrapolate that example to the entire universe and all of eternity.
Yeah, that’s the God that I am in a relationship with. He’s beyond any adjective that we could think of, regardless of how many times we comb a thesaurus or how many languages we know. He is the: I AM, drop the mic.
Anyways, that was a tangent. The point is, we do not have to live out our faith by our own might, power or strength. We allow Christ to live in and through us and He handles it. We just need to bring ourselves to His throne as a living sacrifice and submit to His will moment by moment, letting our lives be an outpouring of His Spirit within us, knowing that when we fall (not IF but WHEN), His grace is sufficient and His love never fails.
So, with all that being said, what is the point of this post? Well, I shall tell you.
I’m back and by the Holy Spirit, this site will be active and full of His truth again. I vow to no longer depend on myself to keep this going but to rely on Him completely and watch His faithfulness take over. I am super excited for this, guys, and I hope that you will enjoy the ride along with me.
Now, before I sign off, I figured that I should give you an update on what’s being on these past few months.
1. I went on a mission’s trip and it was amazing. God showed me parts of Himself that I’m still in the process of understanding.
2. I am on the Servant Team (leadership team) of the Christian group on campus that I joined last year: Power to Change. That been challenging but incredible enriching. I’ve fallen in love with ministry.
3. I got a job on campus, calling alumni and updating them on everything happening on our campus; Queen’s is the only university, folks.
4. I’ve preached two messages now and it’s been incredible to be used by the Holy Spirit in that way. I’m hoping to be able to do more.
And these 4 things I’ve listed do not even begin to tell all that God has been doing. He has been working in some incredible ways showing me His faithfulness and love at every corner and it’s wonderful.
Really and truly, this past little while can be summed with the fact that God has been growing me in Him. I am very similar to the girl I was last year and yet immeasurably different. On the outside I am still the feathers-wearing, outgoing, funny (hopefully) and nurturing young lady I was before, but on the inside? Goodness. My Spirit-woman is so much stronger, purer and more assured than ever before; and that is not because of me at all, it’s because of God in me. I’m just graced to bear His glory.
Sorry, I couldn’t sign off without a challenge. I want you to think about who you were a year ago, who you are now and think about the type of person that you want to be. What’s ahead for you? What would happen if you lived a daily life of submission to God and alignment to His will?
Our Christian faith is lived out by remaining in Him and standing firm. Those are not passive, eh? God will not force us to remain or force us to stand firm. In our free will, we actively choose to do these things. Remaining in Him and standing firm requires sacrifice and obedience. It is not easy, it is not painless and it is not natural.
It is difficult to say no to the world that we live in and the evil desires that live in us.
It is painful to be pruned and refined; pruning refers to things that hinder our relationship with God being cut out of our lives and refining is the process of trials and hardships being used to make us more pure and stable.
It is not our natural inclination to live our lives as followers of Christ, but it is our supernatural decision.
The past year of my life have been some of the hardest and most painful months of my life; but I am so much closer to God because of it – and that’s why it’s been one of the best years of my life.
I want to leave you with that and I’ll be posting here sometime later this week. <3
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