SUBMIT to God's Promises!
Okay -- so you've been praying and going to God about your heart's desires. Hummm...but don't quite hear Him or know if you've received direction. It can be a bit of a challenge and I've been there; trying to figure out how to stay encouraged and out of God's way.
For me, I've learned to submit my desires over to God and leave them at His feet. God knows best and His timing is perfect. My focus has become to be in tune with Him and His promises. When we start to shift our minds on God and not ourselves, there becomes a complete shift in our faith and belief. Reflecting on God's promises will help you to take the focus off of yourself and grow in your faith and trust in God. When we truly believe in His promises, this sets us up to receive divine blessings and overflow into our lives -- seeing our heart's desires transpire into full fruition! Isn't that amazing? So will you dig deeper to activate your faith and completely surrender and believe in God's promises?
"Chamel, how do I submit to these promises?"
Great question and I'm not going to leave you hanging. :) I've developed a short exercise that I use throughout my QT with God and I basically find a promise in the Bible and read through it 2-3 times to soak it in. Next, I dig a little deeper and reword the scripture in my own words and then ponder on how the Holy Spirit is guiding me through the scripture. By spending time and meditating on God's word, you will soon build your spiritual bank up, so when times get tough, you become frustrated, or feeling lost or stuck, you can pull God's promises from memory and allow the Holy Spirit's stirring to change your perspective and attitude. Truly the greatest benefit of submitting to God's promises -- you can stand and lean on it! Checkout my example below and find other useful exercises just like this one in my Faith Journey 101 Workbook, a digital self-study to help you develop a faith-filled core.
Submit to God's Promises Exercise - example:
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.
Reword the promise in your own words:
Chamel--I've already pre-planned your life and your purpose! All of my plans are perfect and will not harm you. My plans may cause you to be uncomfortable or struggle along the way, but they will not defeat you! I will give you a future that is overflowing in abundance -- trust me!
How can you apply the Holy Spirit’s guidance to your life now?
Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me that I'm not in control and that all my plans and desires I need to turn over to God. He has created me for a purpose and has a plan. Trust Him, His plan, and His timing. Life can be tough at time, but it's in those moments that I must believe that God will not forsake me and that my future is bright and filled with blessings. Put my hope in God and not in myself and plans.