Bible Studies, Devotions

WHAT IF…….

What if

Matthew 22:14 (NKJV)

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 What if God chose you, not for your superior intellect, your quick wit, or your athletic prowess, but rather for your broken heart, your greatest fear, or your addiction?

What if God chose you for your weaknesses? For those areas, that His greatness could be made the most evident?

What if you began to realize that in every area of your life you have a calling, a place God wants to choose you, but He can’t because you are running full strength in your own ability, shunning your weaknesses?

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What if your life begins to change?

2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP)

9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [a]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may [b]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

 

What if you began to see those areas in your life that you think of as weakness, those places of insecurity, pride, fear, or addiction as platforms for His glory?

What if those places, which previously had been places of shame, guilt and condemnation now could became altars of surrender, places of His exchange, where His peace, His joy and His hope infiltrate and dominate ?

What if your weaknesses stops being the center of your focus and God becomes your heart delight?

What if you begin to live your life as God’s chosen, in your marriage, in your parenting, your business, in your ministry, in your relationships?

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What if your life begins to change?

 

Hebrews 13:20-21 (AMP)
20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),

21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

 

What if your area of weakness is really the place God is equipping you to carry out His will?

What if your strengths are nice but your weaknesses are better?

What if you become excellent at piloting your weaknesses by becoming stronger in surrendering your weakness than glorying in your own strengths?

What if being “strong in the Lord” requires you to be weak in you?

What if a “weak you” becomes redefined by the Great, Awesome, All powerful, All knowing, All caring God who has all the answers and has a perfect plan for your good?

What if you invite God to operate in your weaknesses?

What if from now on, that addiction to sugar, drugs, alcohol or pornography becomes God’s place to inhabit, to operate in and through, to heal, to restore, and to redeem?

What if you step out of living in the steep peaks and valleys of doing things in your own power, to the evenness of God’s grace from weakness to weakness?

What if those restless places of dissatisfaction and discontent because of your constant weaknesses, become places of complete and total rest, in God?

What if you no longer lead a life lead by your weaknesses or your strengths but being lead only by the Holy Spirit?

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What if your life begins to change and you are transformed?

Romans 12:1-2(AMP)

12 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]

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4 thoughts on “WHAT IF…….”

  1. Very well done! The Lord has plans for all of us, and we cannot begin to understand them all. But that’s where the trust in Him has to rest. All things happen for good for those who love the Lord, (Rom. 8:28)!

    The True Light

  2. Jenni:
    So often we feel the right way to approach salvation is to be “perfect” or “achieved” greatness in our life, first. Which reminds me of the young wealthy ruler that asked Jesus what must he do to obtain eternity. Although, Jesus understood that the real question from this man was not “how” – because this young man thought he had already obtained his inheirant right to eternity (self-righteousness). He told that young man to give all his earthly wealth to the poor and follow Him. Challenged, the young man left sadden because he understood the true sacrifice it would cost him. [What IF?] Mark 10:17-27

    This study, Jenni, presents the challenge to us. We don’t see the same as Jesus does, do we? We do look in a glass darkly now, because we are still here in the world…but we don’t have to be of the world, right? What IF?

    The WORD of the bible disciples the believer and we should encourage those who are saddened because their priorities are misplaced in the world. There is NO ONE in the WORLD who can point a finger or pick up a stone that is WITHOUT sin. We ALL start from the point of salvation and go forward…till Heaven.

    For me, I started from dirt because that is where my life was taken by the worldly missteps I was allowing to influence me. I can genuinely say that God will accept and love you without condition, restrictions and documentation. He just wants you to obey Him and His Word because it protects, provides and prospers us EVERYDAY until he takes us home to be with Him.

    What IF you do answer His call that He chose for you? The benefits of salvation, a redeemed life that is Christ centered and the blessing of His call upon your life… will be abundant!
    I love you….Zoey!

    1. My Dearest Zoey,
      Isn’t wonderful that Jesus always understands us, even if we don’t know how to ask the right question? Even if the brackets of our heart are filled with doubting self centered motives. He always has the right answer!

      As I read your comment, specifically the part about your life having places where you have taken worldly missteps, this scripture came to my heart.

      Philippians 1:9-11Amplified Bible (AMP)

      9 And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may [a]display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],

      10 So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].

      11 May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [[b]that His glory may be both manifested and recognized].

      I see myself as often stumbling, and that stumbling causing others to be knocked off balance or even tripped up. But when we accept Christ and all that He has done for us, we gain so much! We learn to value what is vital, to see what He approves, prizes and is of real value. We see His highest and His best and we recognize it. In that recognition there is His empowerment to do, thus causing us to be pure, unerring and blameless, our heart sincere and certain as we approach the day of Christ. We don’t stumble or cause others to stumble. We are filled and abound with the fruits of righteousness. Even more, our love extends to its fullest development. What if, the love of God extended to its fullest measure in us in knowledge and discernment? We know that scripture says “perfect love casts out fear.” What if we operated from the fullest development of God’s love in our lives?

      I am so blessed by your following the “What if” that God presented you with in your life. Together we shall be holy, set apart, consecrated “dirt bags” for Christ! Love you! ❤

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