Have you ever had to swallow some hard truth? A truth so hard to grasp you didn’t want to hold onto it?
When we truthfully sit with hard questions to examine our hearts to search for anything ruminating in the spaces that belong to God–we discover the fears, doubts, worries and anxieties holding us back from the ultimate outcome of receiving His love.
Have you ever been in a place of desperation or despair, wondering are God’s promises and miracles even for real? When I get to these places of doubt or disappointment I have to take a step back and see what am I holding onto and where am I really placing my hope?
Honestly I’ve been afraid of the truth of what might never will be. I’ve had to process what’s really God’s will verses my will and ask do they align with one another?
I’ve had to give A LOT of fears and doubts over to God over the years and Trust He know what’s best. Believe what He has for me is better. But when you’re in the daily grind and the cycles of brokenness continually perpetuate overtime, you feel like you’re just running on the treadmill and get weary and tired.
3 Ways to Allow Love to Be in the Outcome-
“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” Psalm 15:1
1. Sit with the Truth by Asking Hard Questions– Where are we dwelling in pretend world or reality? Where are we putting our hope and trust? What do God’s Promises and Miracles mean to me? Am I really committing to God or tweaking his plan to fit my own conveniences? Is my way to do things more important than my obedience to God? Truthfully answering these questions helps empty our hearts of anything getting in the way of receiving God’s love.
My answer- I think we try to fit God into a box of what we want, demand he does them and then get frustrated when what we ask for doesn’t happen. I think we can stand on sides of God’s promises and miracles. One side is doubt and we dwell outside of his miracles thinking they are not for us and will never happen. The other side of God’s promises/miracles lies entitlement, we want his Promises and Miracles NOW. And when they don’t happen when we want them to, we become disappointed. Click here if you missed last month’s post Why we should let go of the miracle.Are we truly living in his promises and what he's able to do or putting our own expectations on what God can do? Click To Tweet
When we put our hope and trust in God’s outcome, love is always the outcome. Any other outcome we put our trust in will only be temporary and leads to disappointment every time.
2. Peel back the labels. Just because we label or call ourselves Christians or believers doesn’t mean that is the fail safe for our relationship with God. Labels aren’t our identity or our truth– our identity in Christ is. We like to claim things over lives and believe we safely fall within this realm of ‘I’m a Christian’ so I’m safe, when in reality we hide behind the labels of false-images, status and accomplishments all the time.
Instead of hiding behind the labels, we need to stand in front of them and say ‘I’m broken and I need Jesus.’ So many of us (me included) want to stay safely protected behind these labels clinging to them like they’re the gospel. When in reality, we’re clinging to what is comfortable in fear of being shamed, not accepted or condemned for who we really are.
Are we more concerned with our own comforts or God’s glory?
What are we really holding on to?
“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.” Jonah 2:8
3. Love Anyway, Embrace the process. Just because we don’t like our circumstances doesn’t mean we’re defeated or God doesn’t love us. Any outcome where love is the choice gives power for change. How do we do this?
When we choose to love knowing we will endure pain but God will use it for his greater good. When we pray for our enemy, hearts and perspectives change. When we accept the things we cannot change and surrender them to God, outcomes change. When reside in what God has for us and accept his plans are good enough, we receive his everlasting grace.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Is God’s grace enough? When I truly live under the umbrella of God’s truth and grace–Freedom becomes My Reality. I can CONFIDENTLY say, ‘I’m Free, no chains or anchors here.” In order to live under the banner of truth and live in the reality of it, we have to release any false pretenses, perceptions, images, identities, labels, disillusioned fears, anxieties, worries, doubts (that’s a lot to release), when we do WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES TO OUR FEARS and THE ENEMY LOSES ALL POWER OVER US.
The reality is what we’re praying for may never happen the way we want it. Or maybe what we go through is part of God’s plan to prepare us what we’ve asked for. We have to release the OUTCOME to God and say, “I’m OK with YOUR OUTCOME God, what YOU have for ME is ENOUGH.”
When we CHOOSE God’s OUTCOME and ALLOW GOD’S OUTCOME for our LIVES, we can trust God’s Love will ALWAYS be apart of the OUTCOME. In God’s Plans, LOVE is ALWAYS the OUTCOME.
When we choose and accept God’s outcome, we are choosing a life of pain. No one willingly signs up for this type of life. We will have trials and heartaches that seem out of control and unbearable. It is a life that requires complete surrender and dependence on God BUT will be the most eternally rewarding.
Please rest on these nuggets of truth when you’re in situations of relentless turmoil and need to make more room for God’s love in your life.
God’s will, will never take you where His grace cannot protect you.
Every one of God’s plans will have his love in the outcome.
There is freedom and peace when we live under the banner of truth, when we are truthful and honest with ourselves.
We will no longer be slaves to fear when we accept God’s plans and His grace as enough.
We will always regret playing it safe by choosing comfort. We will Never Regret pursing and following the Will of God.
God’s love ALWAYS Prevails.
I pray and hope this is a safe place to leave your comments and start a conversation where no one has to fear being judged or condemned.
What is your number one struggle you cling to and haven’t released to God?
Do you trust God’s Outcome is enough for you?
Have you peeled back the labels to see what’s really underneath them?
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In case you missed it here is last month’s post Why We Should Let Go of the Miracle