Well both. There can be times when you need to be still and let God be God. However there can also be times when even without any certainty you gotta take the step and believe God will be there to help you, to lead you further.
I realized lately I just wish God would give me a straight answer, Do this! or Don't do this! Then I would know what to do! Life would be so much easier if it was like that, wouldn't it? But that's not really trust. We are not supposed to be God's puppets. We are human beings with brains, passions and dreams. I believe following your dreams is never a step towards wrong direction. We should take risks sometimes. We should explore the unknown. Because you know what? Even if you take a bold step towards something new, it's not new for God. He is already there. Whatever your next step is, however you decide to decide, God is already there. Nothing is new, strange and unknown to God. He's been everywhere. He knows the whole story.
So quit worrying and step out! Explore the unknown and trust God is going to use it.
And so we pray and ask God to speak to us.
But DO we really GIVE Him the opportunity to talk to us?
As I was praying this morning, I realized that while I do long for God's guidance and His voice in my life, I might not give him the space to be there for me at the same time. To be more specific I was thinking about this in regards with music. The thing with me is that I LOVE to listen to music. I'm a big big music fan and I pretty much have headphones in my ears whenever there's the chance. It's most of the time when I commute somewhere around Prague or even home, when I'm working on something.
But I know that lot of times God spoke to me in moments that I wouldn't even expect Him to. We usually have this opinion that God talks to us most during church or during our quiet time with Him. However I think that God wants to speak to us during these "old and boring" everyday activities (such as driving/commuting to work, cleaning the house, you name it) AS WELL.
And it just struck me today that while it's fine that I love music, I CANNOT let it be more important than God's voice. I might be taking all those opportunities for Him to talk to me away from Him just because I don't feel like just sitting in the subway train without any exciting music playing in my ears. Plus if you guys are in a phase in your life when you are counting on God's guidance and don't want to do something against His will, I think it's crucial for you to make sure you give God all the space possible to talk to you!
And this can be applied to any area of your life. So is there anything that might be regularly distracting you from His voice?
But then I thought about it again. I realized God is always in charge and that He must have been in charge over Paul's situation as well. So how come He allowed such a big waste of time, you ask? Well ... He didn't. Because it WASN'T a waste of time. I mean just the fact that Paul had the opportunity to to tell Governor Felix and his wife "about faith in Chris Jesus. ... [and] He reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and coming day of judgment ..." (Acts 24:24-25) gives you an idea about how there probably was a reason behind his imprisonment.
So I want to encourage you, if you are at a place you feel like you should be (or God had told you that's where you were supposed to be) then it's NOT a waste of time (even if you might feel like it is sometimes) because GOD DOESN'T WASTE YOUR TIME.
The only time you waste your time is when you deliberately do something you feel like God isn't calling you to do. But if you feel depressed and annoyed about your situation but at the same time know that's exactly where you're supposed to be, then you are NOT wasting your time.
So just trust The Lord, His plan for your life and His reasons behind your situation/circumstances.
I know it is super uncomfortable to make mistakes. If you are like me, just thinking of making a mistake gives you a rash. Not only because you might be a perfectionist, you hate fixing things or you feel like you disappointed yourself but more so because you feel like you disappointed the ones around you/the ones you answer to. That's the worst part of this whole thing for me, the fact that I might have made someone mad or have hurt someone. I am naturally a "people pleasing person" so I can't bare a thought of ... well ... not pleasing people.
But making mistakes is normal. Yeah guys, normal. I totally understand the fear of it, I do, I really do. But that doesn't mean the fear of failing should consume you up and spit you out as some terrified little creature who's just too self-conscious to step out of his comfort zone and try new things, explore his talents. Life is too short for that!
So IT IS OK TO MAKE MISTAKES. And if you are a human being, YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES. A lot of them. And you are probably even going to make the same mistake multiple times (yeah, we all have been down that road! Don't even try to deny it ;)). But guess what? It is OK. It is acceptable, it is even slightly desirable. Why? Because "making mistakes" is not something permanent, something that cannot be fixed. YOU LEARN THROUGH YOUR MISTAKES. Someone wise once said: "Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, just be afraid of not learning from them." So let it sink in. Mainly only through your trials and struggles, you are able to grow.
The key is in your attitude. I'm sorry to tell ya but if you're going to walk around and be like: "Yeah I am a human so who cares, right? I can make as many mistakes as I want. Don't judge me!", you aren't probably ever going to get this "fail-learn" thing. Because your goal isn't to learn but to ... yeah I'd say ... make mistakes (since you don't really care if you make them). But if your goal is to learn and grow, you will most likely learn and grow.
I don't think trials come to your life to just drive you mad, to make your life miserable. I believe God has an intention behind every single failure or mistake you make. He wants to sharpen your character, make you more like Jesus, sanctify you. And what's better than striving for becoming more like Jesus?
No matter what your life throws at you, God has your back. So dive in, enjoy the ride and learn from your mistakes!
I have this big dream of mine that has been in my life for around 2 years. I want to move to America. Not to just live there temporarily. I want to actually move there. FOR GOOD. I was always super into America. My dream to visit it has been in my life since I was just a little kid. This dream came true in the summer of 2011. I was 18 years old and spent first 2 weeks after arrival crying and being homesick. I was thinking to myself why the heck I was so excited about America, why the heck I came. But throughout that summer I grew to really enjoy America. When it was time for me to leave, I didn't really want to go. I was still excited about seeing my family though. But that changed the second time I visited America. The summer 2013 was a huge change. I totally fell in love with that place. I spent most of my time in Texas and it felt like I was home. I didn't want to leave. I cried myself to sleep during the last week there. All I wanted was to stay. Stay. Stay. Stay.
Since then I visited Texas 2 more times and each time I was extremely sad about leaving. It left me thinking why God just won't finally make it happen for me to move there. Doesn't He see my heart? My desires? My dreams? Why is it that we sometimes long for something really badly but there seems to be no way for it to come true? Why do we have to wait?
God wants our complete trust. That's why.
I'm sorry to break it to you but not in a million years He won't reveal you more than you need to know. Where you are right now, what you know right now, that's the exact amount you need to know. It's where you need to be. Even though you'd love to move closer to your dream, maybe it's not time yet. And maybe you're actually getting closer but because you don't see the whole picture, it feels like you're stuck in one place. And I know being patient totally sucks. Waiting for something to happen sucks. Not knowing sucks. Being stuck sucks. But that's kinda the point. God sharpens our character in times like these. When we are brought to the end of our strength, all we can do is to trust God. Stay faithful. Stay calm. And don't doubt His plan and His timing. And through that our character gets better and we are made more and more like Jesus.
There have been times I prayed for something and God made it happen but in a far better way, a way that I would've never imagined. His plans are SO much better than we even DARE to think of. I can assure you He KNOWS your heart and your desires. He had probably put them in your heart. And He knows when is the best time for them to happen.
So all you need to do is to trust Him. Don't give up on your dreams but trust His plan completely. For:
"I know the plans I have for you," says the lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen."*
*Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NLT)
But before you set up yourself for another disappointment this year, take a minute and think about the way you are seeing this whole "New Year's Resolutions" issue. I'm not going to tell you all those tips about not expecting big results right away, not pushing yourself too hard or not taking challenges that are way too big. It's very likely you already know all of this.
I want you to look at this in a completely different way. Don't focus on what YOU think you need, lack or want. Instead ask what GOD wants you to change in your life. Pray patiently, seek intentionally, ask humbly: What does God want me to get better at, or to stop doing? Maybe there's something in your life you should get rid of. Maybe there's something you need to start doing. Whatever the case is, you can be sure God will tell you.
We all should strive for better ourselves and doing it with God is the best way how to do so. New Year is a great time for evaluating the place we are at in the moment and for starting new things in our lives.
Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be a list 10 pages long, it can be only one thing you (meaning - God) want to focus on this next season of your life. I prayed and felt God told me I should focus on self-control so I am going to work on that for now. And maybe there's going to be something else in six months but that's ok, it doesn't have to be for the whole year, maybe you will succeed faster than you plan. Remember that you're not doing it for anyone else, you're not doing it for approval of others. You are doing it for you. For better you.
Yes it is important to go after your dreams, I am not saying you should stop pursuing them, all I am saying is that you don't have to rush it. ENJOY getting there. Enjoy exploring all the gifts and talents God had given you. It is beautiful how we are all created differently, how each of us has various set of skills, how each of us is creative in his own unique way. I believe it makes God beyond happy when we find out about our hidden gifts, it's like discovering a treasure within us. Doesn't that make you at least a little bit stoked? Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? How to dance? How to build robots? How to code? Well do it! Start learning! If you find out you don't like it, start doing something else. We are young, we are meant to be exploring.
But as I was pouring my heart to God, I realized that that's exactly what the devil wants. Once you set your mind on something, he his eager to pull you down, he devotes himself in making sure your plan fails. And the more important the thing is, the more setbacks you are going to face. I know, it's sucky, but that's just the way it is.
Don't be surprised when you feel the pressure suddenly getting stronger. Don't be surprised finding yourself having to fight way more temptations than usually. Once you really dedicate yourself into accomplishing something, you are declaring a war to satan. And be aware of the fact that he is trying HIS BEST to knock you down, to make you feel like you will never ever be able to win.
But guess what - THAT IS A LIE! YOU CAN WIN! Satan will use every weapon possible in order to destroy you, in order to deceive you, in order to make you believe in this lie. But you need to realize something - he is bluffing! He had already lost the war. And Jesus had already won the war. For you. For every single temptation and trial you experience.
Come to God for the strength:
I love you, lord; you are my strength.**
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.***
And start proclaiming all this over your life! Don't let the devil destroy you!
But before I start, I want to explain the
term "dating" as I see it. I don't see it as going out with
numerous guys in order to find out if one of them is my soulmate.
When someone says "dating", I picture going out with ONE guy,
having a relationship with him with the sight of getting married in
That being said I want to tell you,
Every now and then I'm wondering why does it have to be so hard? Why do I get tired of giving Him my time? But then I see a verse like this and BAM, I just know what to do. It's all about not quitting, about pursuing The Lord no matter what. About never getting tired of doing good. Even when you don't feel like it, when you just want to chill and watch some TV, when you fail and are too ashamed. There's no bad time to come to God and talk to Him. Because you know what? "Time spent alone with God is never wasted!" (clengheartsyou)
So please don't quit! Don't stop fighting. I know it may seem too difficult. But FIGHT. Go against the flow. He will be your strength. Work on your relationship with Jesus. I can't stress enough how important that is.
And as I mentioned above, getting closer to God isn't just about reading the Bible, praying and going to church. It's also about having pure thoughts, having a good attitude towards everything, not complaining, caring for others, yes even studying/working and so much more! It's not limited! Just ask God what it is you can do to be closer to Him.
Well I got news for you - this isn't just a meaningless part of your life, this is a spiritual battle! And God wants you to be the victor in your life. He wants you to reign in your life. His will isn't for you to be led by your flesh desires or your current feelings. It is time to end this bad season of your life!
And maybe you've been trying. Maybe you already realized you need to change this part of your life, maybe you are trying the hardest you can. But you know what? Jesus Christ had won the battle. He had won the battle on the cross so YOU wouldn't have to do this on your own. Ironically, we have to surrender everything to God in order to experience victory in our lives. It might not make sense to you, it is truly against the normal human way of thinking, but that is how it works in the spiritual world. Just surrender to win!
Give God everything you're fighting with and start proclaiming victory over your life. Don't be afraid to invite Him into your mess for: "... thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you..." (1 Cor 15,57-58)
And start TODAY!
I hate it. I hate that I seem to loose my trust so quickly. Because there are going to be far more challenging situations in my life when it won't be just about my college classes. And I'm beginning to see that I need to change this. I need to change how I respond to tough things. I need to change the way I trust God.
And I'm asking you to do the same. Examine your actions, your attitudes, your ways of thinking. Are you giving up when it's getting hard? Or is your faith steadfast?
There is a way out from this way of life though. There is a way of freedom. And it's called Jesus. I know there is so much distraction all around us but it is extremely important for you to realise that nothing can EVER satisfy you the way Jesus satisfies.
This morning I was wondering about all kinds of stuff, what I'm gonna do this summer, how much money I'm gonna make this month... but then I realised that none of this stuff really matters. None of this can truly satisfy me because God didn't create this World so we could be satisfy by it. God created this World and us so we could set our eyes on Him. So we can let HIM satisfy us. Sadly everything around us is trying to convince us about the opposite. Don't let this World deceive you. Your heart was created to long for God, for the relationship with Him.
So set your eyes on God because He is the ultimate source of fulfillment.
„for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,“ Romans 3,23.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3,16.
So this is kind of an old post hehe - I posted it on my blog in March 2011 but I figured I could share it here with you as well. (Excuse my kind of poor English - this was before I went for a visit to the States where I learned a lot :-))
All the posts are going to be about situations I'm dealing with or I dealt with in the past. So it will be based on my experience. And I hope it can somehow help you in your lives. I like to read devotional blogs myself and I find a lot of encouragement while reading them. I wish that can happen for you guys too while reading my blog.
And please don't hesitate to comment on my articles. I really do care about your opinions. Oh and if you have any suggestions what I could write about or some questions - please let me know :-)