E- Enjoy your life. God’s desire is for you to enjoy the life you have been given. Ecclesiastes 8:15, “And I commend joy, for man has no good things under the sun, but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.” This verse is for everyone but everyone doesn’t get it. It cannot be achieved as God designed apart from Him. That is why you must apply the S-T-R-E-N-G-T-H and Z-O-N’s before you can get to the REAL “E”. ENJOYMENT that God created everyone to have as stated in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
In Luke chapter 1 it states, “For nothing will be impossible with God” and in Jeremiah 32:17 it states nothing is “too hard for God!” But where we go wrong and deceive ourselves is in not seeking God’s will and STRENGTH ZONE for our lives. In 1 John 5:14 it states, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” WE have to ask and seek God according to our created purpose. Our selfish desires and wants have to be laid down and we have to seek Him and His desires. Remember, the “S” in Strength Zone stands for surrender. God is our Creator and as we continue to Surrender to Him in our walk with the Lord, we will discover His designed will for our lives and thus bear much fruit. Bearing fruit is success; it does bring enjoyment. That was and is His plan.
No life will be void of pain and adversity! There are times that are just hard. We must decide to embrace the pain and adversity and burn it as fuel for our journey. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 God makes a promise, “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love him–.”
Big question: Do we really want to look back over our lives and wonder what could have been had we not been afraid? or too prideful? or too self-seeking to live the Life God designed for us? As Albert Einstein wrote so well, “The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” God has places specifically for you to go and things to do and accomplish–all hand-designed for only you!! NO one has your specific DNA or fingerprint—God set us all uniquely apart in this way. I pray that you will be encouraged to start 2014 in the God-created “STRENGTH ZONE” tailored just for you.
A Challenge for you…….if you want to really Change your life:
- Start Immediately.
- Do it flamboyantly. I call it, “LIving Out Loud!”
- No exceptions.