Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: No Fear (Pages 219-222)
Control is something that we should all be aware of today. It is evident that when we look at the world, there are so many different situations where we see people with evil intentions attempting to control people who may not be able to discern between right and wrong— people who hold high positions and manipulate those who are not as well-educated.
These are people who seek control through any tactic without being accountable to anyone. Without being accountable, they believe that there are no consequences for their actions, and this allows people to act without considering the repercussions. When we allow God to be at the center of our lives, we are constantly accountable to Him, and it is impossible to live in ways that intend to deceive or manipulate those around us. Manipulation is one of the most apparent ways that people attempt to control others.
(Cool Illustration of the Concept of Speed and Power…)
One of the best aspects of being here with Mercy Ships is how much people strive to just be themselves. By being genuine, we are able to meet so many people who are on the same path. Genuine people are what make the world so great. Without true hearts, what would life be like? Without discernment between what is genuine versus what is deceitful, we would be lost. That is one thing that we must focus on as we make decisions in our lives. Who are our true friends, and who are merely acquaintances? Knowing who would be with you through thick and thin and the toughest of times, and who would not lift a finger for you.
My family is what I hold dearly, and in many cases, family is all that people have to hold onto. Unconditional love is what is so awesome about family. No matter how many mistakes we make, our family will always understand, and there is a solution to every problem that we face. We all make mistakes, and no one is perfect. By first realizing this, we are able to not harbor guilt and resentment about the past. Staying focused and looking ahead rather than looking into the past is where we are able to grow closer.
God really wants us to grow at every level, and he wants us to know that by seeking Him, we have a family bigger than anything you have ever imagined—a family of believers. This is not a family that judges or persecutes. This is a family that seeks to live life to the fullest. This is our true and eternal family, and it is known as the body of Christ.
Man was not made to be alone. Going through life alone would be a tough road. On the other hand being content with yourself and not codependent on anyone else is where we can discover our true self. We all go through our own personal journey in life and our own process of self discovery. It is good at some point in time to step outside of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves. Can you imagine walking through life with no fear? Well, it is not unattainable. How? “Seek and ye shall find.”
“And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it. And many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.”
“Lord. I have heard the report about Thee and I fear. O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. God comes from Teman, And the Holy One from Mount Paran…Selah. His splendor covers the heavens, And the earth is full of praise. His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.”
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”
1 Peter 4:12–13
“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. You
younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders, and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility to one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all you cares upon Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
1 Peter 5:4–10