Teach Us To Thrive, Evans Olang

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Jeremiah 1:9-10, “9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant,” (NIV)

To trust God daily is an indication you are not satisfied where you are. It does not mean you are not content, it means you are opened to everything the Lord would have to do in your life for His glory. So you trust God to do spectacular things as you are in the expectation mode. We all have things we are expecting from the Lord and we are placing it all in God’s able hands to see us through as we move to greater dimensions. I don’t know about you but I am expecting God to teach me to thrive.

When God called Jeremiah, He had something great stored for him of course with God in mind. Jeremiah did not even know it but God did. God designed him for a job He had set aside till the right time. The first encouragement God gives him we read in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Do you know that God did not have an idea of what to do with your life after He made you? He made you because He had an idea of what to do with your life. Four things for our processing, 1. God knew us, 2. God formed us, 3. God sanctified us, 4. God ordained us. Mark the order because the order is important. In every step you see God (knowing, forming, sanctifying, ordaining). Everything and every step changes but God does not change. The only way Jeremiah would thrive was to go through the changes in the hands of God who changes not. God knows us better than we know ourselves. What we feel we are unable to accomplish because of who are and think of ourselves does not change His plans for our destiny. You may say like Jeremiah, “I cannot speak because I am but a child (weak, immature)”. Hear what the Lord is saying in vs. “7 do not say, “I’m only a child”(NIV), in other words, do not speak about what you think of yourself though true, speak of what I have told you about yourself. If we are going to thrive, we have to set aside what we think and feel about ourselves to operate on what God has told us about us in His WORD. If we can grasp this concept, then we are ready for the next move of God. Vs. “9 Then the LORD reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth”. God took him from what he thought of himself to how He knew him, formed him, sanctified him and ordained him to be what He had called him to be. He then empowered him by placing His words in him by touching his mouth. The next move, vs. “10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant, (NIV). Who can be appointed if they have nothing in them to accompany that appointment? God has empowered us through His word, then appointed us for a task that requires that empowerment. To thrive we will have to uproot, tear, destroy and overthrow everything that tries to set itself high against the knowledge God has placed in us about us. Anything that tries to go above what God has told us about us has to go for they are a hindrance to our building and planting. He has given us the power to uproot, tear, destroy, overthrow, build and plant. We can thrive because He is teaching us how to.

Let this coming year 2013 be a year that we all thrive to greater levels as we say, “Lord hold us close and teach us so that we can thrive”. We want to make steady progress, we want to prosper, we want to flourish, and we want to grow stronger because all these are what thriving means however, we do it with God as the center of it all. Blessings Ev

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