Shelly, I understand exactly what you are saying. We should not be putting any limits on what Holy Spirit is doing on the inside of us to bring us to appear more and more into the image of Christ. There are no limits. Our glory and faith has no bounds or limits, only those that we impose by becoming lazy and or self satisfied. We must be striving each and every day of our lives to be the best that the Father has created us to be. Missy, I am so glad that I resemble my heavenly Father and not my earthly parents.
Thank you both. It was a hard thread to write. I wanted to share with all of you what God shared with me. I was struggling to know which experiences from my past I should write about, and how much of it to share. If I wrote too much about my past it would cover over God's message to me, yet I needed to pick the core of my childhood to represent what helped me to grow into the person I became from the result of my past. You see, God will plan, or allow, negative things to happen sometimes in our lives because He knows that we will need these same things in our chacter to win the battle with the devil, and become one with God. God wants us to travel to the promise land and live there while we are alive. I truly believe that in the bible there are any examples of God trying to get us to the promise land. I feel that the promise land represents an example of heaven and THE LIFE God died to give us here on earth. He said He wants to give us a good life, an abundant life. It is possible to live in the promise land before we die. Everyday we must TAKE IT! When I say that I mean we need to be aggressive everyday to live out God's truth, live it on purpose. We need to have our will met up with God, even on the days you don't feel like it. We can't be lazy passive christians, because we will never win the fight if are. We can become lazy passive christians through becoming satisfied with any spiritual achievement. There are no limitations with God and His plan with us. Even when we die there will be things I believe God will be working through us. Maybe it will just be that, due to who you were on earth other spirited souls be will at greater level of peace when you pass them. I don't know, I don't want to know. I am just saying, God's plan for you never stops. Don't ever allow yourself to be satisfied to the point of not growing in Christ, and not moving beyond comfort levels. Do you know what I mean?
Shelly, this message is so right on time for me. I know exactly what you are talking about because I have been going through the same searching and talking to the Father that you have. God is so awesome to lead you to write this message right at this time. I really needed to hear this from another christian. I have been struggling with aspects of balancing out my exercise and calorie intake. I really dont know how to explain about how this message from you has helped except to say it has answered alot of questions for me. This is truly a God inspired website, sparkpeople is. So, I know that a goodly number of people here have been led of the Father to be here. So, the leaders of these teams are hand picked by Mr. Holy Spirit Himself. I think all I am trying to say is thank you for following the leading of Holy Spirit and being obedient to what He has told you to write about. You have shared a part of you that has helped me out to let me know that I am not alone in the same type of struggles. Shelly, that devil will do his best to try and separate each and everyone of us born again christians from the fellowship of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But, we have Love Himself dwelling on the inside of us to take care of us, we just have to make sure we obey His leading. This is such an important message from you today, thank you We can do it as a body, as a team. You go girl, you go for the gold.
I have been trying to write this for about an hour now. This is the third time I have tried to write my thoughts out, so I hope it comes out right this time.
Dear God please let me write my thoughts correctly expressing what you have placed inside of me, so that I can help other people receive what you gave to me a few days ago.
My childhood was anything but easy. I struggled in school trying to do school work while having a learning disability. Kids made fun of me because I was bi racial. My mom was a single parent, and life was just HARD. I think back to my childhood and I am glad it is over. I can remember years of crying over my home work. There were times I became literally weak just trying to get though my home work. One year I remember (more than I would like to admit) crying due to how mean my class mates were to me. My mom was very stressed which made everything even more difficult. However, my parents loved me unconditionally, and told me repeatedly just to try my best. They made every C seem like an A+ and focused on what I could do, not on what I could not do. My sisters and mom, who are white would always tell me how pretty I was. I was a very beautiful girl. From the time I was in grade school through my twenties, people I knew & strangers would tell me I should model, or asked me if I was a model, but until I was a sophomore in high school I felt very ugly. My dad was always there for me, and showered me with love. When I was in fourth grade I was at a first to second grade reading and math level, but when I was in junior high I made the honor rule. When I was in high school I was getting A's and B's and c's. I had to study a lot longer and it took me a longer period of time to get some of my home work done, but I over came my learning disability. When I was in college I had a 3.0 grade point average.
I am trying to be a certain kind of person. I want to obtain a certain kind of spiritual life. I want the fruit of the spirit to mature deep within me, and I want to be a true blessing in many ways to as many people as possible. I want live THE LIFE God died to give me. The life God talks about in the bible does not come by without a battle. The fight is long and hard. You fight with the devil because he wants you to have a defeated, miserable life. There are many things I am trying to do spiritually. I just want to glorify God in as many ways as I can.
I was talking to God a few days ago about this. He said something to me & I want to share it with you. He said, "Your past has prepared you for victory, take what you used to succeed, and over come your difficulties from your childhood and make it work for your future." I knew what He meant because I can't help but remember how I struggled to please my mom, tried to get good grades in school, and when I was in high school became very depressed. It became clear after talking to God that I had what it took to achieve and become the kind of person I desire to be. When l was a child I over came obstacles, a server learning disability, and learned to accept myself. I realized that I have mastered the tools for achieving my path in life, and they are still a big part of me. I am not saying God wasn't there all along helping me as I was growing up. God has always been a big part of my life.
Here is what I want you to get out of this. No matter what happened to you as a child, or in the past 5-10 years. No matter how bad it was....YOU ARE STILL HERE!!! You have survived it. God is with you. Think back to how you over came the situation. How did you get through it? Use those same things to succeed now. Use that determination not to give up. Use that strength from God to press on. Whether you are struggling to exercise more, to eat less, or become more spiritual, use the things that worked in the past to meet your goals and create a better future. Seek Him first and ask Him for what you need. Through God all things are possible!
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