You are more than enough
You are here
You are love
You are hope, You are grace
You’re all I have, You’re everythingHere’s My Heart, Passion
This is a sequel to The Book You Shouldn’t Forget to Read
Last of last year (2019) I had a keen interest in the Myers Briggs Personal Type Indicator (MBTI) and the 5 love languages test. I really wanted to know people’s results so I could try gauge whether the interactions were worth pursuing or not. (As a rule of thumb, I’d avoid Virtuosos at all costs (ISTP)
After a while I realised I’d been going above and beyond to get to know other people when I hadn’t been doing my research on the one who matters most, God.
The things you know (and believe) about God can actually make or break your relationship with Him.
Personally I saw Him as a very strict and grave character who was critical of everything and was so busy with other stuff like wars and famine that He didn’t have time for petty issues. I came up with the resolve that I can only call upon God when things are tough like when someone is ill or dying.
As a result I there was no relationship just an alarm system. A bad dream, someone is ill, exams are around the corner – that’s when I’d feel like I had the right to call on His name.
At church, at school, I heard different but I didn’t really believe that God was anything more than a provider, healer. Just there for short-term needs.
I never used to read the Bible for myself- if I’m being honest. I waited to be taught stuff, if it didn’t appear at a church service, mass at school, a Hillsong lyric or on a YouTube sermon – best believe I was in darkness (ignorant)
There would be times when I felt like I had no right to face God because I’d been, by my standard, bad that day. I hadn’t the foggiest idea that
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.Ephesians 2:8-9
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?Galatians 3:2-3
I was living by works and I would get crushed if I had “fallen seriously out of line” I would have behaved differently back then towards God if I’d known.
Creditworthy– deemed likely to repay debts.
When an individual or a corporation requests a loan from a bank, they have to be creditworthy before a loan or overdraft facility is approved. I adopted the same approach with God. In my mind I thought “I have to somehow prove that I can be independent and I need Him on a part-time basis so He doesn’t get irritated” I thought that I could only approach Him when I have things all put together and figured out and that I would get commended for my “strength”
As a result I never used to pray as much as I should have because I thought I was too much of a mess to approach God.
This was very UN-Biblical. Let me whip out the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, to show you how these were all lies.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”Romans 8:15
We can cry “Abba! Father!” like little kids. At our low points we still can face God (with reverence of course) but we have no reason
One of the Beautitudes in Matthew 5 says “Blessed are those who realise their need for Him for the kingdom of heaven is theirs”
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.Ephesians 6:10
I like this verse because it obliterated my whole thought process of having to rely on my own strength. It didn’t say “be strong”, but “be strong in the Lord”, indicating that I must be reliant on God. He is there for me. I am also a Stan of this verse.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.Psalm 145:14
God won’t flee from us on our bad days, His role isn’t to add insult to injury. He is there to help us.
As for “God is focused on bigger problems than this, I’ll keep this to myself”
Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!Psalm 62:8 AMPC
“At all times” It doesn’t matter if it is the peak hour in world affairs, God has time for EVERY ONE of us. It also doesn’t matter what you feel about yourself at the time. Emphasis on ALL.
“Pour out your hearts before Him” Spill the tea, let the cat out of the bag, tell God everything. He is a refuge for us, not an angry landlord. The biggest mistake I made was thinking that there was a certain criteria for things we could tell God. Now I am starting to talk to Him like He is a good friend of mine.
There are many other weird mindsets I had to get over, these were the main ones for me. Ignorance is not bliss, ignorance is the devil’s playground. What you don’t know (about God especially) will cost you.
The devil is a liar, he thrives in darkness, darkness and ignorance are synonymous. What we don’t know, he can use against us. So let’s read our Bibles more, get to know about God more, we cannot find Him outside of His word. We can get snippets, previews, trailers but the real deal – we find in personal study.
You can know Him as the Saviour and all you will be thinking about everyday is “When I am in trouble, I call onto Jesus”
Much more than that…He’s not just the Saviour who delivers you from trouble He’s actually the King who needs to be obeyed. Someone you can depend on, someone you can be loyal to. His dominion is real my friend, His power is real my friend. His words are the only words that are true because everything He says will come to pass. So who is He to you? What does He mean to you?Chris Delvan, Speak Concert