Can anything good come out of Nazareth? (John 1:46)
Yes, that is what Phillip said. The people were saying, “Come, we have found the Christ that was spoken of by the prophets. “Some did not believe Jesus was the son of God. “Isn’t that Joseph’s son?” They would ask. “How can he claim to be the son of God or to come down from heaven. We know his parents” they would also say in disbelief.
(paraphrasing John 6:42)
Yes, he was Joseph’s son in the natural. They were correct, but He was Jesus! Son of the living God! He was Immanuel, God with us.
Our Heavenly Father allowed him to grow and live as a human. He loved us so much that He gave His son. (John 3:16)
He was called to his earthly ministry and baptized at age 30 by his cousin John, the Baptist. (Matthew 3: 13-17)
He knew who he was, but everyone else didn’t. He knew at age 12. Remember when his mother Mary was looking for him in Jerusalem during the Festival of the Passover? He was lost for 3 days, and then they found him in the temple courts among the teachers. Mary said they were anxiously searching for him and Jesus reply at age 12 was,” Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
I just love God!
God will reveal to us who we are. Not everyone can or will accept it. When Jesus was older. His own people did not accept him.
Today people won’t accept you. Not people who knew you before you were saved. Or even now if you’re struggling through some things.
They will say, “Isn’t that so and so’s kid?”
“Didn’t he or she used to do this or that?” or “Oh, now all of a sudden they are anointed to do this or that?”
To the naysayers: Stop talking about people in a negative way, as if you know what God is doing in their lives. You don’t. You will mess around and block something that you had coming.
Yes, God hears it all. Sometimes He will even allow you to hear it.
A prophet is not accepted in his own hometown. (Luke 4:24)
Don’t allow people or yourself to take you out of the will of God. You can actually work against what God is doing. You can be disobedient and He will move to the next willing person.
God has a plan for your life. But, He won’t force you. You have free will.
God will give you a word. He will tell you who you are in Him. You may have it confirmed over and over. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t recognized by those close to you. You may not be recognized in your church or even your family. But God recognizes you. Don’t try to “prove” your gift. God will prove you. If you understand what I mean? Trust His process.
People will say you’re not qualified.
Well, God doesn’t call the qualified.
He qualifies the called!
1st Corinthians 1:26-27 says, “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
They can’t understand what’s happening in your life. They can’t receive it because they are looking in the natural. Keep your eyes on the Lord. Stay in daily communication with Him. He will instruct you in all your ways.
He will keep those in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on Him. (Isaiah 26:3)
Don’t be discouraged or dismayed. God knows the thoughts and plans He has for you. Even if what you’re looking at now, doesn’t look like what was said. He causes those things that are not as though they were.
Trust Him in this season of your life. Psalms 32:8 says, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
You may wonder how it’s going to work out. As I stated in a previous blog post, “Your reality may not be lining up to what God said”, but you can surely believe His word.
You can believe that what was said will come to pass. It may be suddenly or you may have to wait while He prepares the place for you and you for the place.
Keep trusting Him.
“Can anything good come from that family?” Some may say. Yes you! God will call you from the midst of your family and put you front and center for His glory. He will show others how He can do all things, by your life and testimony. Your past does not matter. If you have been saved, He has forgiven you. Forgive yourself, if necessary and move on to what He has for you.
Is your heart for Him? Are you chasing after Him?
God causes you to be promoted when you are in His will. (Psalms 75:6-7)
God can get your name called and your resume put to the top of the list! He can open doors, no man can shut! That can confuse someone. They are left wondering how that happened for you. It happened because of the favor on your life. God can get financing approved. He will have your mouth open wide saying, “Wow Lord,” as you close on your home. God will amaze you. He will give you favor with Him and man. Trust Him in your journey. As you walk with Him and He reveals things to you, He will place people in your path to help you or for you to help. Stay close to Him in prayer. Stay in His word.
God wants your heart. He wants your life to reflect His glory.
Follow Him. Don’t just believe. (James 2:19)
How did she get this? Or who does He think he is? Oh, you are anointed all of a sudden?
Let people talk, because they will.
You walk in the path set out for you.
God will bless you and set a table up in the presence of your enemies. (Psalms 23:5)
Unfortunately, some “enemies” are disguised as “friends”
Did you receive a word? Has God confirmed it?
Follow God. Be Bold! Don’t let people stumble you. Don’t allow fear of man to take you off your path.
Don’t allow fear of man to close your mouth when God has given you a word to speak.
Some of you have gifts that you are sitting on, worried about what someone is going to say. Or you are unsure of yourself.
God qualifies you. Remember that. Also, keep in mind that some people do not want to see you succeed. They want to always do better. They don’t want you elevated more than they think you should be. The flesh is nothing to play with!
Stay in order, of course. God does everything in decency and in order. But, if you’re in daily fellowship with Him, you will stay in order. You will discern His will. You will yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. You will wait for confirmations. Don’t fight for positions in church because you feel that you are gifted to do something and you’re asked to do something else. Just follow Jesus. That is what it’s all about. Let Him work it out. You can trust that He will.
Don’t allow people to keep you in the past. They will remind you of who you were and what you did.
God is progressive. Move with Him. Yes, you may have been many things. You may still have some ways and habits that God is working out. That’s ok. Keep moving forward. Move with the cloud. This work will continue in you, as it says in Philippians 1:6, until the day of Jesus return. But don’t willfully practice sin. Yes, we are saved by grace.
Do not take the Lord and His grace for granted. (Romans 6:1-2)
Continue striving! Press on and fight the good fight of faith.