Tuesday, March 30

Permission to follow your Desires.

I want you to know you are loved. Passionately loved.

Lately I feel like i'm being stalked,  by God, telling me He loves me. Ever since I went to the Colour conference earlier this month I've been followed by the verse in Ephesians, Chapter 3v 20
Now all Glory to GOD, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more then we might ask or think. 
I've been hearing so many references to it. It can't be a coincidence. As I right this, I've just been reminded of another reference to this. One I wear everyday and haven't noticed until now; 2007 my dear, dear sister chose to buy each of us [herself and all 3 of my sisters] a ring. And she had it inscribed; Ephesians 3:14-4:6.  I cannot escape it! I read it, thought "that's so lovely a verse" put a ribbon marker in my bible, and then thought not to much of the verse. The ring itself held more sentimental value. For me it strongly represented the unity of my sisters and I, even though at that point we lived far from each other [actually we still do].
For a number of years I've had this prayer over my life and never really understood it, till now. Now its coming alive to me.
I'm finally realising just how deep, how wide, how long, how high His love is for me. Finally I'm beginning to see how it affects my life, my potential.

Last night I decided to read all of Ephesians. Figuring, if this one verse is so good, there must be more around it. There is.
Chapter 1v4
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be Holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 
How awesome is that. Before I had the chance to think about trying to earn God's love, he'd already chosen me as family. He wanted me, he wants you. You are loved. And you have great potential.

As my walk with God has gotten stronger, as our relationship builds, I've begun to see that God doesn't want to tell me what to do. I've asked, pleaded, begged even "tell me what you want me to do, I'll do it!!"
 But no, God wants me to decide. "Make a choice, do it, I'll be there with you." Well thanks, that totally clears my head of the million and one ideas flying through it. I was really hoping you'd just tell me, a clear answer. But God has something better then that.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, and again and again until your sick of hearing it, then one more time to make sure you understand. You were made with care, love, attention and PURPOSE.
When you were made, you were designed, designed to be passionate. To fervently desire the things in your heart. God put them there. Whatever it is you want, to be a; doctor, explorer, musician, artist, fireman/fire-woman, politician, teacher, archeologist, the list is endless. Whichever fits you, the spark for that passion comes from God.
That is his will for you, for your life. Better then God just telling us what to do. He puts it in us at the very beginning.

Psalm 139 talks of the carefully planned out design taken in making you, I read it and hear God whisper "you are my dream, made to my specifications" That means the things I desire, come from God. If he took the time to  put the desires into my heart and soul, he won't be upset when I follow them.

You are loved, by someone who cares about all of you. Who wants to see you reach your potential.
You have permission to follow your desire.
Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I , a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
God who is able. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more then you could ask, think, hope or dream!
That is alot to take in. I have plenty of time to myself at the moment so I get to dream about what my career could be like, what my life could be. No matter how outlandish the thought, how ambitious the dream, My God can do it!. Through His mighty power at work within us... I've got the power. You have the power.

The enormity is slightly scary. But it is that healthy kind of fear that propels us forward and doesn't hold us back. So go ahead. Follow your desire, whatever it may be.

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