Some factors that propel us into the right timing of God for our
purpose to fully unfold!!
After meditating on Galatians 4:4 last week and again today, I am better understanding that God's perfect timing and will is all a part of the ultimate plan and purpose that He has intended for our lives. Granted, we have a part to play in this purpose being fulfilled and our role is to walk in the path that God lays out before us. That path is not always clear and it has many twisting roads, winding, narrow spaces, and attacks on the road but we have to be determined to stay the course and stay on the path. There will be times when we fall off course and sometimes just literally turn the other way, but God's grace gives us an opportunity to get back on course. We should endeavor not to stay off course too long and prayerfully through His guidance and encouragement, we can get back on the course and stay the course.
When we continue to stay the course despite the obstacles that come our way, God is building us and preparing us for what He has assigned us to do. It is through our trials, winding roads, and uncertainties that our character is built and stamina is en-grafted. While on this course, I believe there are 3 important factors that will attribute to our success and FULL fulfillment of the purpose God intended for our lives.
1. We must FULLY surrender to God and His plan. We cannot compromise or choose to follow God halfway! We must determine in our mind that for God I'll live and for God, I'll die. This does not mean that we will be perfect and do everything exactly right but it does mean we will have an open heart to repent when we are wrong, be willing to change when the Holy Spirit confronts our sin and error, and become willing to allow others to speak wisdom in our lives and be willing to listen, grow and change. Spirits of familiarity often hinder us from hearing God through others and believing that our way is the right way! We can miss an opportunity to grow in God when we forfeit or don't seek godly counsel and deliverance! And trust me, not everyone can speak into your life but God will send those who can and will but we must be willing to listen even if it challenges us.
2. We must be willing to CHANGE and not stay stuck in our old mindset, patterns, and ways of doing things. God is forever evolving and how He did things yesterday may change today. His essence, spirit, and nature NEVER changes but His methodology and ways of doing things change for every generation and every culture. We have a tendency to continue to do things like we've seen them done or do what is comfortable to us but there are times when God will say "I am doing a NEW thing" and what worked then, will not work now. Our response must be I am willing to do something new and change my way of thinking, my comfortable plan, and do it the way God is leading me! MY PATH MAY NOT BE YOUR PATH BUT GOD HAS A PATH SCRIPTED FOR EACH OF US AND THAT PATH IS EVER EVOLVING AND CHANGING! Remember there is safety in the multitude of counsel; thus, we should submit what we believe God is saying (especially major decisions) to our spouses, elders, or godly friends and be prayerful that we are changing in a positive direction. God always confirms His word and will in the mouths of 2 or 3 witnesses. This is wisdom and it helps us to stay on the right path.
3. We must RELENT to the process of God and PATIENTLY WAIT for His perfect timing to walk in the fullness of what He has purposed in our lives. Relent means to surrender, give-in, concede to what God is doing. This is not always easy especially when you don't fully understand what you are going through or why you are going through it. But surrender just means to not fight it, turn from it, or give up. Again, this is easier said than done but it is in this place that you have to sometimes just lay before God in tears and anguish and cry out to God for His strength, His courage, His faith, and His desire to continue in the midst of the process. There will be good days and bad days and days that you feel like giving up but again this is where we reach to others for their prayers, encouragement, and godly counsel. We can never do anything in God ALONE! We need others to encourage us through the process and believe in us when sometimes we don't even believe in ourselves. We need these kind of people in our life. People who love us, speak truth, healing, and life into us. As we relent, we wait on God and trust that when we are ready and He is ready- we will walk fully in our purpose. This does not mean we want endure trials, pain, or the like but it just means we can leave this life with no regret and the assurance that we have completed God's will for our life. Each season of our life reveals another part of our purpose being revealed and fulfilled and finishing what God has shown us for this season. Each fulfilled season in our life completes a piece of our purpose and propels us one step closer to it being fully realized!
So stay encourage, just like God sent forth His Son to complete His purpose on earth, He will propel us to finish and completely fulfill what He has purpose so that we too can touch the lives of those He desires for us to touch with His love, His power, and His salvation!
Again Galatians 4:4 says in several translations "when the fulness of time was come, but when the appointed time arrived, or said another way-- when the right time came"! Now is the right time and many of us have FULLY surrendered to God and His plan, became willing to CHANGE and Changed, and RELENTED to the process of God and while PATIENTLY WAITING for His perfect timing-- Therefore, we shall see God's birthing and bringing forth the things He has promised that will bring forth life to us and to others He called us to!
IT'S THE FULLNESS OF TIME AND IT'S TIME FOR PURPOSE TO FULLY