If you are the age of a man, but still doing the same knucklehead stuff you did as a teenager… as your WAY OF LIFE, then somehow you have become stuck in transition. The Messiah said “I am the WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE…” and any other way is self destruction.
If you started hanging in the streets as a teenager, when do you grow up and start living at home, building a home, raising a family, establishing a career, etc., as is the way of a man? As the divine scripture says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Cor 13:11)”
Being a man is a place of responsibility, a place of authority! Yet, having never submitted to authority, you won’t know how to properly act in authority or be a proper EXAMPLE of authority. As proper authority is about order, respect, honor, and not the childish behaviors of intimidation, rebellion, and hostility.
Yet, despite the confusion in your life, God can complete your transition. He is the ultimate Father. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” He will help make you into the man whom He destined you to be, greater than any you would’ve ever been able to be on your own.
All it takes is your faith, trust, and for you to follow His ways, and you shall lead in yours. Choose this day who you will serve: the streets as a boy leading to destruction, or God as a man into life more abundantly?
As we celebrate the month of March, known in the Western society for St. Patrick’s Day, I want to take a moment to bless you with the words that luck has nothing to do with it! Yes, we live in a time and place where things like “get rich quick” schemes, microwave mentalities, and instant gratification plague the masses. We can so easily get caught up in wishing for luck to overcome our deficits as we become engulfed in our surroundings. But God has provided us a better way… one that is assured and where luck has nothing to do with it.
Faith!!! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). God’s way is not a way of luck or chance, but a way of assurance as a result of obedience. When the soldier was healed by Jesus simply saying a Word, the request was granted because of the understanding of how obedience grants use of authority. (Matt. 8-9). And God established by His own example in the beginning, that the authority of the Word produces manifestation. The key, though, is not simply saying things, but saying things using the authority that you have been granted through obedience to the supreme authority.
This example was also established by Jesus/Yeshua. Before He began His public ministry, He fasted for forty days and nights (bringing his vessel into obedience), was baptized (publicly recognized under God’s authority), and then proceeded forth with power. The difference between Him and so many of us, however, is that He only spoke faith. We, on the other hand, almost always speak doubt shortly after declaring faith. Once Jesus stated His faith, such as with cursing the fig tree that produced no fruit (Mark 11:21), He did not continue with “vain repetitions” as in doubt, but stated it and left it, BELIEVING it would be done, and it occurred. He also did not go around speaking negativity into existence, as most of us never speak enough positive into our lives to outweigh the negative we have manifested.
God has absolutely NO PROBLEM with blessing us beyond our wildest dreams, and actually delights in our success and wealth, for the Bible states that it is He who “gives us the power to get wealth.” (Deut 8:18). The problem is when we don’t first acknowledge or submit to Him, and then don’t trust that it shall be done once we do. But if we shall only learn to be obedient and then control our words/declarations, then believe, we shall become open to receive solutions to any of our obstacles and the answers to all of our needs. On that note, remember to SPEAK, BELIEVE, and RECEIVE!