There’s always a process before the promise…no matter who you are, where you come from or how long you’ve been a Christian there is always and WILL always be a process. It’s the same when studying for a degree; the process involves learning & studying your field, the related materials to your subject area and then applying those in course work, presentations and exams. All these are stages before you receive what you originally went to University for; your degree certificate which shows that you passed the process, the exams & tests and are now worthy and ready to receive the prize or in this case the promise.
A few months back, God promised and revealed to me something that blew my mind; and because it was within my reach I truly believed that I was going to receive it immediately because I could see it…BUT GOD had different plans. He never took it away, in fact He kept it in my midsts and changed me in the ‘process’. Unknown to me, the process I had to go through was to go from old to new, to remove old ways of thinking, perspectives, mindsets & behaviours that could not go with me into my next season of life.
I was far from ready, so far it hurt. I know now that had I received the promise before the process it would have been a premature birth which would have in-turn destroyed what God had already ordained for His word Proverbs 20:21 informs us that: An inheritance hastily gotten [by greedy, unjust means] at the beginning, in the end it will not be blessed. (Amplified Bible)
I don’t know about you, but I need God to bless everything in my life for where He is not, I cannot be. One thing this season has taught me about the flesh is that it want what it wants & it wants it NOW! But God is so just & faithful, just like our natural parents, He will NOT give us what we are not ready to receive. Why you may ask? Because He doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves or others along the way and the harsh reality is that in our quest for wanting what we desire we do not care who we hurt, even if that means hurting ourselves. Truth is, we don’t know the end from the beginning, we do not know how things will work out, we can only know from our present, due to what we think and feel (I call that our limited perspective) but God has already been into your future and knows the outcome of every single day of your life.
Something I’ve learned about God’s characteristic, is that it’s He’s not only patient but He also wants and does what is best for His child. He looks at us and says ‘This wouldn’t be good for you right now, therefore I am not putting this pressure on you’. He knows what we can and what we can’t handle so he prepares us in the process so when He is ready (in HIS time) not only will we be ready but He would have prepared us to a point where you know you cannot fail nor go back because He’s brought you too far.
Now, another harsh reality is that not everyone is going to get your journey nor the process, but God will surround you with those that do. As you go through your process, as God begins to take out what isn’t of Him and fill you with what is, He will also begin to make you whole. But I can assure you, not everyone will be happy nor even like it. Unfortunately, even when you are no longer the person you used to be, people are so busy trying to keep you in the box of your yester-years with their limited perspective that they become resentful when you move on, not understanding that you are becoming whole…what they fail to know is that it’s not you who’s moved on, they’re still stuck in your past, because really they preferred you broken.
No matter what you do, I plead with you to not pick up those broken pieces of your past for in Christ you are a new creation, old things have passed away, ALL THINGS are new (yes, you are a new creation in Christ)! You are now His and what He says you are (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Through the process it’s so easy to run back to the comfort of the old you…simply because that’s all you’ve known and all who others have known! But it’s not who you were destined to be, and certainly not who God called you to be.
I’m still in my process and I don’t know when it will be over, but one thing I can say is that I am looking forward to receiving the promise; because not only will I be prepared & purged of all old ways, I will also be positioned perfectly in order to receive it.
Enjoy the process and receive your promise Sis, God promises your labour shall not be in vain!
(Me at my 25th birthday party last month)
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