A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
Going into this year, I heard the word “abundance”. As this year started, I’ve battled with not understanding this new season, it’s unfamilar and honestly I feel unproductive. I’m not really doing as much, yet there is alot going on on the inside of me. I have struggled with confidence, strength, joy, obedience, peace, among the rest of the fruits of the Spirit.
I find myself looking back at times, but I don’t give up and I choose to keep going forward, knowing I have to walk this season out to the promise, and each day trying again. I’ve watched God reveal to me issues that I didn’t even know were hiding/ pushed down in me. I have not enjoyed facing them because I haven’t struggled with them in many years.
The Lord has been trying to refine me- which is something I’ve prayed for! It sounds beautiful and our spirit yearns for what He desires for us, but refining isn’t comfortable to our flesh. We arent in control- that’s tough for a control freak like I have been.
Refining in the fire of His glory actually BRINGS OUT the impurities that we have allowed inside of us to the surface so that they can be removed. Impurities that became mixed into who we were created to be, that were making our lives dull instead of clear and bright, now separated because we have become sanctified!
Through salvation our Father (our Care taker- our Gardener- our Craftsman) RESTORES us..to..our..purpose!
God REDEEMS our very design, the masterpiece He created us to be.
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done; therefore, none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece, He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:9-10
Salvation is not a one stop moment like so many of us were taught. Salvation is a continuous lifestyle of bringing the kingdom of Heaven on the earth. Salvation comes from the greek word sozo, which means “to save, to keep safe, to rescue from danger and destruction, to save one from disease, to make well, to heal, to restore, to redeem, to deliver from the penalties of sin”. TO FLOURISH, crowned in His Glory!
Recently, I heard the Lord say that I am in a season of pruning. This morning’s message was absolutely on time and so,so good for me!! I am so thankful God positioned me and my family in this body we call our home church!
Pruning isn’t cutting back because you aren’t good enough. Pruning comes after you HAVE BEEN fruitful! Pruning is to trim back a flourishing tree from being overcrowded, unable to be all that it was designed to be! Pruning is so that we don’t start clinging to the ground or to weeds or to anything else that would change our direction of growth.
Like tendrils on a plant reaching for any support it can find. Our support needs to be in Christ alone, not seeking strength from anything else. We flourish in God’s strength.
Pruning allows more light in where the sun would have been blocked by too much foliage from past seasons of growth. No sun means stagnation and rot.
Pruning helps eliminate the reaching and clinging to things that can entangle us (self desires/ distractions). Pruning sets us back up to flourish so that we can keep growing toward our purpose by remaining in our place—which is IN HIM!
I will recall His faithfulness and share my testimonies, but I will look ahead to the new growth no matter how different it looks. I don’t need to compare myself in other seasons or to others. One of my favorite quotes is:
A flower does not think of comparing with others, it simply blooms.
We simply bloom, we allow God and His word to plant us, grow us, fertilize us, prune us, and bear fruit. We intentionally seek Him and humbly follow Him, but we don’t strive to be the promise He has shown us we will be!
I will choose daily to participate with God in the season He says I am in. He knows best because He knows me best-I am His masterpiece! A masterpiece could be described as a unique, one of a kind, beautiful design that took a lot of time, detail, and refining.
Think of an artwork masterpiece. Think of a written masterpiece. Think of a musical masterpiece- there are many elements to that one song that makes it truly extraordinary. The structure includes intro, verses, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge. The composition of dynamics, the melody, and the rhythm all working together at the right time is what makes it a masterpiece. And a lot of times a masterpiece is NOT seen or recognized as the masterpiece it is until it is complete.
God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body; it is made FULL and COMPLETE by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself. – Ephesians 1:22-23
When I was studying the word masterpiece, one person wrote “you have to know your purpose when you’re creating a masterpiece”. God knows the purpose for which He created you for, so follow him and trust Him. Remember what Paul said in Ephesians 2:10,
For we are God’s masterpiece, He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the GOOD THINGS He planned for us long ago.
Sending my love, Sara