As I sit here tonight, I admit my heart is excited, worried, fearful, and ready for a new chapter in our lives. In my current private time with the Lord, I have been praying for God’s perfect will. It’s not wrong to pray for God’s will; it should be our heart’s cry. There is no greater place to be in the perfect will of God; it’s peaceful, secure, and exciting.
Why is my heart so filled with different emotions? Well, my husband is being laid-off after thirteen years of being a Maintenance Supervisor. It wasn’t a welcoming surprise when I heard the news but as I have praying; God is answering. If we long to be in the perfect will of God, we must be willing to change. It’s not going to be without challenges, some resistance, and surrender. As I started to read Colossians for our study, I was fixed upon the words, “by the will of God.” Anyone who has ready Scripture is familiar with the story of Paul’s conversion on Damascus. Yet, what I love to see in Colossians 1:1 is Paul, an APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST. Only Jesus could see the potential of a man who was savagely attacking the church. The church was afraid to approach or be a witness to Saul because of his threats and savage slaughter against the disciples of the Lord. Yet, the will of God was to make Saul, an apostle. If you study what apostle means in the Greek, it means “envoy, ambassador, or messenger commissioned to carry out the instructions of the commissioning agent.” (Dictionaries – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology)
The will of God always will lead us to encounter Jesus, be called to walk on Straight Street, and change our vision for our lives. Your marriage at this moment may be experiencing some twists and turns, but God can straighten it out.
Just don’t give up!
Isaiah 42:16, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Building strong marriages together,
Below are a few scriptures to encourage you!
I am a new creation in Him! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am reconciled in Christ! “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
I am righteous and holy! “And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24)
I have been born again by the Holy Spirit! “Jesus answered, Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (John 3:3-6)