Above & Beyond Ministries

"Above & Beyond the Natural Order of Things"

Wisdom For Faithful Living

 

Where Is The Consistency!?!

I am sure I am not alone when I say I have a lot going on and my plate seems to remain full on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so caught up with our everyday life, or unexpected changes from day to day that requires our time. When these things happen, we must learn to take a step back and ask ourselves the following questions: how would I get to do anything that causes me to become weary, if not for Jesus? Where would I be if He didn't take the time to wake me up and live another day? How could I get out of bed if God didn't command my limbs to move so that I could walk? It's still the grace and mercy of God that allows me to become tired, weary, overwhelmed, etc. Yet in all these things, one has to bring in perspective God's undeniable power and presence in every aspect of our lives. We often times take for granted and or neglect to recognize that we are nothing without our Savior nor are we able to function without His command. Consistency in Christ helps us to maintain and strengthen our relationship with God. This in turns allows a Christian to be more effective in the Body of Christ. No one wants to deal with a "sometimey" person ie someone you never know what mood they are in or if they will be there for you or if they are stabbing you in the back. Think about how stressful it would be for a Christian to not know if Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was for them or against them from day to day. It's disturbing and discouraging to deal or function properly if the one person you thought you could depend on lacks consistency. However, it's so comforting to know we will never have that issue with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And now that we recognize one of the most important characteristics of God, as yourself if you are reciprocating that same energy to Him.  


         God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and wants the attention that He is worthy of. So don't push God to the side because you are busy, don't limit your time with Him because of worldly concerns or duties because the time you spend with Him in meditation and prayer will allow you to gain the wisdom and time you need to continue on this earthly journey while you gain spiritual wisdom needed to be diligent on your individual Christian journey. Proverbs 9:10 says, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.We must take time with God in order to gain the understanding of His Holy Word and then learn to implement it in our lives consistently and diligently. 


     Diligence in relation to the kingdom of God and the Body of Christ is not an option but a mandatory job we must all practice and begin to live on the daily. To please God, you must know God and to know God you must reverence the Son of God, which is Christ. There are so many avenues that could be taken and so many mountains we may have to climb, yet the one thing that will carry us through no matter what path we choose to get to our destination or what direction God leads us, all requires dedication, prayer, and concentration. Our Father knows how challenging it can become to maintain consistency because we can become distracted, and unknowingly rearrange the position of the Lord in our lives. There will be temptations and the enemy will tempt you to fall and give up while you are in and dark place, but God is our guide and has sent us THE LIGHT of JESUS to help us through the darkness. Nonetheless, if there is a lack of consistently in your life the light you see may be dim and cause you to go further off course because of spiritually inconsistency or lack of spiritual wisdom. Spiritual wisdom is the what will give us not just understanding but shows God we are equipped and able to withstand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood  but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6-14). Therefore we have to stand ready with the breastplate of righteousness, stand with our feet shod in preparation of the gospel of peace, and above all the shield of faith, as well as the the helmet of salvation, and the sword of Spirit, which is the word of God. This is what God is looking for, those that He knows are dedicated to His will and always war ready. If we do not sit with the Father or talk with the Son, it gives the enemy just enough room to bring distractions in our lives and the only thing to counter the enemy's tactics is by knowledge and power in God's word consistently.

        

       This is where God wants the consistency to replace the distractions that is always circling around us. See being God gave us the example of consistency in Psalms 46:1 which states "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." This gave the affirmation that not only did God show His consistency toward His children then, but he reassured in the same scripture that he was there and would always be there. The reassurance of God’s continuity gives us more than what we need to be dedicated and committed to His command in our lives. 



What an honor it is to have a God that doesn't doesn't treat us the way we treat Him, knowingly or unknowingly. We serve a faithful God who remains the same and is always there through the good and the bad!! We must learn to do the same and give Him the same recognition and praise no matter what storms that come our way. Even when there are no storms, make sure that the commitment and consistency remains strong, which in turn will strengthen your walk and your relationship with The Father! If you do something for someone, you at least want a thank you in return; well God wants the same and we show that by learning what He requires and obediently executing them according to His word.


-Minister K. Brunson