Over the last year I have had a real issue with this guy that I know fairly well, but for some reason he is always talking down to me. If you have ever had anyone speak down to you in your life, you know exactly what I am talking about. IT’S FRUSTRATING!
Well tonight I was sitting at my computer while my family is in bed, trying my best to finish up school and do my best. My focus for going forward in school has been Colossians 3:23 “23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. ” As I sit here looking at my grades for this current class, this guy starts to talk down to me again and I am not sure what his problem is! The grades that I have gotten have been ones that I am proud of and will continue to press forward for.
This guy… is me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t talk to anyone else the way I talk to myself.
I write the way I did above to help you understand what God just taught me in the midst of battling with doubt. As I move the mouse of the tab that says “Grades”, I got anxious to the point that I was afraid to look. Then I glance at the grades on the screen… and this overwhelming sense of comfort that I know only comes from God. I sit… overwhelmed… in shock… with tears welling up in my eyes. Why? I have never done well in school and I am currently on academic probation for my past habits in school, but this semester I am cranking out A’s on assignments and currently have a 94 in my class. Praise God!
So here is what God taught me just now:
“Son if I bring you to it, I will grow you through it. Your past failures are YOUR failures, not mine. I AM GOD. I AM YOUR SHEPHERD. I AM YOUR REDEEMER. And… YOU are mine. Don’t forget that. Even in these things like school, I am redeeming you and growing you into the man that I have made you to be. YOU are my son and I will not ever fail you. Focus on my success, not your failures. I didn’t come so that you can live in your brokenness, but so that you can live whole and free in me. Let me remind you… YOU are mine. YOU are not your own… so stop talking to your self like that. Listen to me. Listen to me. Listen to ME. I. AM. PROUD. OF. YOU. SON.“
Wherever you are in your life, whether it is going great, things could use improvement, or stuff just sucks right now. Listen to what God says about you and me in Romans 5:6-9(NLT)
In the moments of our life when we think that we are not worth it or we have failed so much in an area that Jesus Christ couldn’t do anything about it, think again. He is our Father, Savior, Shepherd…
John 10:1-14 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”
6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant,7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me[a] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me“
Do you know the voice of your creator? If you don’t but desire to know His voice, just call out to him right wherever you are, in whatever circumstance you’re in, hardship you’re dealing with.
Romans 10:9-13 (NLT) “ 9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Jesus is Better. Bigger. Best.