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It’s easy to lose sight of the things that we are supposed to be doing. Focusing instead on the things that provide us momentary joy. Other times we are consumed by things that feed into our worries. Finances. Relationships. House care. Family. Our immediate future. Our own endeavors. Now, I’m not saying that these things are not important, but most often than not, we see these things as different entities, and we do not relate them to God. Yes, sure, we ask God for guidance, help and His blessings on all situations.

Today I have a question for you. How often do you make God the center point of these different entities in your life? How often do you build these entities around God? How often do you involve God only when it is convenient for the situation?

“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”

James 2:26 (NLT):

We ask God for blessings over our lives, blessing over our jobs, blessing over our relationships, blessing over our finances, blessing over our endeavors (for me personally it was this blog), but we are lazy or unmotivated and too distracted to put in the effort into these things. We spend such elaborate fractions of our time planning things to perfection, putting little action to the words in the fear of the imperfect.

Perfectly imperfect – Work toward perfection

I am here today to tell you. Nothing is perfect on its own, but through God, everything is made perfect. Every unanswered message, every crooked piece of handiwork that you invest time and effort in, every blog post with grammatical errors, every part of your failed budget. Yes, it may not appear perfect at first, but through hard work and just doing it, and putting action to faith, things become perfect. Things take time to mature into something spectacular. Greatness comes through practice and faith is only put to test if you work toward achieving your dreams. God will provide you with the blessings that you ask for, but you must have faith exhibited in action. Key to this is that you must invest wholeheartedly into the things that you lay your faith onto. Revelation 3 verse 15 reads (KJV) “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.” Today you have a choice, either you can do everything that you do with the fullness (be piping hot) and the guidance of God or you can squander your faith and hope with no resolution to the things that you seek (be ice cold).

When I started this blog, two months ago, I had the fullest intention of charging ahead and investing time into it, however, as soon as I got back to work, and life continued after the holidays, I lost the vision. In time, the ideas that I had for this blog changed dramatically. Yes, the vision of it has changed and the path that I am thinking of taking it into has drastically change. My initial intention of this blog was to make it a lifestyle blog with a journey of self-discovery. Yes, I think that it will still be about a journey and helping others with that journey, but my focus now will be, especially in the beginning, to lay down the foundations of having a Christ-orientated lifestyle and the journey that flows out of it. I am still working on the story that I intended to write when I started this blog. The fire for that story has not dissipated, but it has taken a bit longer than what I thought it would.

Time devoted – Having faith for the future

Recently, I discovered the teachings of Pastor Ben Stuart who is a pastor at Passion Church. In a sermon on singleness, he spoke to the importance of this time of someone’s life, where this season of one’s life as been sanctified for devotion to God and how, looking forward to the things of married life and dating is perfectly reasonable, but we have to live in the now. In the now everything we do should be to devote our lives to Christ. In Isaiah 43 verse 16, 18 and 19 it says “This is what the Lord says, ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.’”

“Wherever you are – be all there.”

Jim Elliot

Action work in faith

In conclusion, through faith and putting action to faith, the blessings of the Lord will be thrusted upon you. Whether you are looking for closure on a matter, resolution on another, it is going to take faith in the form of work on your behalf. God wants to provide you with the life you deserve. Let Him. If you are striving for a close and personal relationship with God. Action it in faith. Spend time with Him. If you want that big promotion at work. Action it in faith. Vibrate passion for what you do. If you want financial security. Action it in faith. Set up a budget and stick to it. If you want success with an endeavor. Action it in faith. Work towards it and continue to improve it.

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