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January 14, 2017 Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

A Spiritual Overflow lifestyle | Completely reliant, willing to receive, completely messy, solid foundation, limitless, a little out of control…  Are you in?

I would rather be ashes than dust.
I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled in dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
Man’s chief purpose is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
Jack London’s “Credo”, Jack London’s Tales of Adventure (New York: Doubleday, 1956), p. vii.

Do we play some significate role in this world or are we just here by chance? This is a question that I started asking when I was very young. Deep down I believe that everyone has an ingrained desire to live life to the full and to understand their purpose. Have you ever thought about were that comes from? Why aren’t we ok with just existing and surviving?  I never wanted to just exist and settle for the ordinary. Even in my darkest moments, I wanted to live to the fullest and be a light in this world. Jack London’s Credo fanned this desire in my innermost being.

What was the purpose to life? Once I knew what I was aiming at, I was sure I could be a lot more effective at getting there. The best I could figure, the difference between existing and blazing was an attitude, focus, deep rooted contentment, lasting joy and positive overflow lifestyle that touches others in my path. I know this may be over simplified but it was a good starting point for me.

Get Mark! Get set! Overflow!

In the beginning of my search, I avoided the “God road”. I saw the weakness in religion and didn’t want to be trapped or manipulated. Instead, I devoted myself to a more self-directed path that had little intention of encountering God at all. There were so many other good places to look, like financial success, victory, accomplishments, alluring promises of romance, indulging in physical desires and the list could go on and on. Unfortunately, the more I experienced the more I understood that very few options had enough substance to build a life around it. I did my best to resist the urges to settle but my chosen path was getting a little discouraging.

“For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.” (Luke 6:47-48 AMP)

Considering God as the answer to life’s purpose

I am not sure when but slowly I started to recognize my longing for purpose as God’s voice. My heart also began to soften to the idea that God and His supernatural gift of love was the only adequate key to life. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we need to be holy robots. Stories about Jesus and God’s choice in who he asks to represent him shows us the very opposite. God loves us right where we are and His love alone can sustain us. Yes, He created us to complete good works but He also knows we will not achieve perfection here on this Earth. God is not overwhelmed or intimidated by our imperfections.

I saw a post on Facebook the other day that said it best. It was something like: “If people think you are too much, they are not your people!”. My friend, God is your people. He is for you not against you. You should not feel judged and put down by his rules and laws. Think about it. Jesus says that you can sum them up in one word: Love!

First love God and then love people. God’s intention is LOVE! We were created to love, be loved, worship something greater than us and be part of a bigger picture. And the God who created the universe and formed you in your mother’s womb, He is that something/ someone greater. This is the kind of story line that we can build our lives around and pour ourselves into. For you cannot out give God!

 

Gods Masterpiece spiritual overflow

An overflow lifestyle set ablaze

Who’s up for the challenge? An overflow lifestyle is completely reliant on our connection to and willing to receive from to God.  It is completely messy but has a very solid foundation. When submitted to God, it is also limitless and it will seem a little out of control. You will know you hit the mark when the overflow start looking like:

Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22b-23 NIV)

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Devoted Paths | A lifestyle of spiritual overflow

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Where Divine Destiny Aligns with Devoted Paths

Peter walking on water
Spiritual overflow does not come by chance.  We are constantly being depleted and our connection to God is the only long-term answer.  Our daily focus plays such a huge role in determining how we live and view the world around us. 

I am reminded of the story in the Bible where Jesus asks Peter to get out of the boat and walk to him on water.  The second that Peter began to take his eyes off Jesus he sank.  I can totally identify.  The wind and the waves can be so overwhelming sometimes.  It is so easy to focus on what’s next or what I need rather than the blessings.

Even in the worst storms this world has to offer, we have to focus on God’s character and promises.  Stop and consider how amazing it is that the God of the universe is constantly calling to us, ready to grab our hand in our moment of weakness. 

A Grateful Heart is a choice | Rejoice and Be Thankful

When Peter got back into the boat he had a choice.  He could sulk about his failure, try to get others to focus on him or he could join in as everyone praise Jesus.  A grateful heart opens us up to God’s supernatural power that will lift us above our circumstances.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)

Spiritual overflow

Live a life of Spiritual Overflow

A few years ago, I heard a sermon on being thankful.  I remember being challenged to wake up with the intention of appreciating every moment in that day.  Starting from opening my eyes.  God thank you for my eye sight, my comfortable bed, clean sheets and pillows.  Thanks for my feet to stand on and legs that work.  Thanks for teeth to brush and a place to call home.  Thank you for making every day new and the sunlight to warm my skin.  And on and on…. 

Once started it did seem like I could have gone on and on but once I stopped it was like I needed jumper cables to start again.  I had a 1972 VW bus once with a bad alternator.  My daily essentials included jumper cables, an electrical battery charger, an exceptionally long extension cord and a knowledge of the nearest plug before I stopped the car.  If all else failed (heaven forbid) of if I stalled at a red light, I was a master at convincing people to help me push starting my Volkswagen it by popping the clutch.   

I tell you what, if that Bus taught me anything it was the advantage of keeping the engine running. Similarly, the more we thank God for the things commonly taken for granted, the easier it will be for us to keep an attitude of joyful generosity.  It is time for us to actively accept God’s favor with an open heart and arms lifted up.  No matter how much thanksgiving we give, it will never be more that what we have received.  It is impossible to out give God!

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Malachi 3:10 NIV)
Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8: 10 NIV)

Better to Give than Receive

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)

Now read it in the Amplified Version.  I encourage you to read it slow and soak in how each word is unpacked for us.

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. (Ephesians 2:10 AMP)

When I read this Bible verse, I know that I am not on this earth by chance.  I feel loved, cherished and energized to claim my unique divinely given destiny. It is time for us to accept God’s favor with an attitude of thankfulness.  The product of this lifestyle change will be nothing less than an overflow of spiritual fruit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

When God looks deep into our soul He sees beauty and potential. Our design was not random or careless. Every detail was intentional like the brush strokes of a masterpiece. Uniquely created in His image, we have all been graciously gifted. Some us are meant to guide, others influence, navigate and support. In different ways, we are destined to build each other up and shine His glory.

A Super Human Energy That Overflows

We have lock away the very DNA of our being a mandate to shine some unique and beautiful manifestation of our majestic Creator.   There is a super human energy that overflows from our lives as we walking in our God given calling and identity.  I am determined to claim this spiritual overflow as a gift and allow God to make it part of my norm. Let us embark together as if to start afresh each day.

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