It seems to me, that many in ministry, still believe that if they just “turn up the juices”, so to speak, i.e, jump on that idea, get creative, and sometimes even jump on the bandwagon, that the Lord Jesus will just make it happen for them!!
The last few days and even couple of weeks, I have been scanning the pages and posts, including ATF, and I find that a lot of us are leaning more on “human wisdom, people pleasing, and intellectualism”, rather than leaning on the Arm of the LORD, His wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
BELIEVE YOU ME, I know how easy it is to do that and I have to watch my actions, motives, and own desires constantly!! I know also that many of us find our affirmation and identity in “what we do” rather than “WHO WE ARE” IN HIM, THROUGH HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE, AND FATHERHOOD AND SONSHIP!
Therefore, through our gifting and His grace, we tend to get what we can from others and get out there “to show who we are” because of our accomplishments. There is certainly nothing wrong with being productive and finding joy in our work, but I believe we find more energy, delight, and effectiveness by being properly aligned in the “TRIBE” AND RELATIONAL DNA THAT Father God has placed in us!
WHAT IS YOUR TRIBE? It is that place of relationship and fellowship here on earth through those that Father has connected you with and with whom a “place” is already prepared for you! You will not have to “compete” in your tribe, you will “complete!” You will not have to control your environment or seek to be recognized, or enable others unhealthily, but you will grow and see increase as you “function” in what the Lord Jesus has prepared for you in His service!!
That tribe is not holding you with a “tight fist”, but with an outstretched arm welcomes you to: 1) Find your purpose, 2) Fulfill your destiny, and 3) Function in the gifts, abilities, and calling He has bestowed upon you through embracing your sonship in Christ and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)
I was up most of the night and Pam and I came into the living room about 5:30 this morming, trusting and believing Him for health, strength, and REST! As we’ve prayed and talked quietly, (my throat is still sore and dear Pam is still feeling miserable, but is resting now)! smile emoticon I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to post this. If it’s not for you, it sure is for me!! Things are happening rapidly and suddenly just by “being and doing” in His will, “for it is God who is at work in you both to will and work for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)
Your tribe will become your “NEW NORMAL”, not a place to get comfortable and give up, but a place of comfort, edification, and exhortation. You will flow in it “super-NATURALLY…” JUST WHAT I WAS HEARING AND RECEIVING THIS MORNING…
I. CO. 2:4,5- And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, THAT YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT BE IN THE WISDOM OF MEN BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD.