Living in His Goodness
You know when you're in a certain season of life and it's like you can't help but pick up on that one thing every where you go? A good example is when you're expecting a baby - all you see are babies every where. I feel like this happens when God is revealing a part of his character to us, we start to see that character revealed everywhere.
Throughout October during our services I had several words all on separate Sunday's that I didn't take the chance to blog (honestly because I was feeling a little overwhelmed with life at the time) but now that I read through them all I see they all center around the goodness of God and our response to it.
I want to take the chance to share them here and digest them a little bit :) .
(as best as I can remember it)
"Shout it from the mountain tops that I am good and my love endures forever
My goodness is the stuff of “no eye has seen and no ear has heard”
You are not dreaming big enough My goodness is greater than you’re dreaming
You can not out ask or over ask of my goodness
I can not help but pour goodness on your life
It is my nature, it’s just who I am
Many of you have disqualified yourselves
You’ve put yourself in a corner and cut yourselves off from this goodness
You don’t get to disqualify yourself You’re my child That alone qualifies you
You need to step back into my goodness
If you’re not feeling it come towards me
Goodness is in my presence
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” "
You’re not praising with thanksgiving because you’re in his court It’s HOW you get there!
If you want to be in His presence - praise! Give thanks! That’s your entry point.
In every dark, difficult part of your life - give thanks.
You’ll enter the presence and in His presence it is GOOD!
You don’t need to feel it, you just need to do it.
"If you could grasp the depth of my love for you,
you would not tolerate anything outside of my goodness.
If you could understand how much thought I put into you,
if you could understand my thoughts toward you,
you would not give attention to any other voice outside of mine.
If you could grasp who you really are,
the loving kindness I have towards you,
the goodness I have ahead of you,
you would tolerate NOTHING less."
So Lord, would you encounter us with your love today. We dismantle every wrong view we have of you in the name of Jesus. Lord we invite you to come to every hurt and raw place and reveal your love. We dismantle negativity, fear, anxiety and depression. Show us who we are. We are little kids coming to our dad and saying "please show me how much you love me?"
Lord we need revelation of our family line. Our identity. Roots to dig deep.
Get your hopes up! Get your hopes up!
If you expect people to fail you, you will see their failures.
But expect to see the good.
In your spouse, in your kids, in your friends. Expect MY goodness.
Look out into every situation you are facing and SEE THE HOPE!
It's not an IF, it's there!
He is your hope.
He works ALL things for the good of those who love Him.
ALL THE THINGS!
Get your hopes up. Look for the hope.
Any thought that does not inspire hope is under the influence of a lie. (a little Bill Johnson quote there but I heard it all the same ;) lol ).
When I believe wrong things about God and about myself I step outside of experiencing His goodness. His goodness is still there but when we are living in a false reality it can be hard to see and experience that goodness. I really believe that one of the most powerful agents of change we have in our life is the freedom and choice to worship and praise regardless of our circumstances. I believe Psalm 100:4 "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."
How often do we say "I wish I could feel God's presence right now!" What if there was a doorway to that and all we had to do was walk in? Well I believe there is! Enter his gates (door) with thanksgiving! Get into his presence through praise!
His goodness IS actually all around us. We need to change the way we see. We need to eliminate the voices that drown Him out.
My friend Helen shared in our women's connection about how she likes to start her day with "God, I am in expectation of your goodness today. I can't wait to see your goodness all day."
So simple but SO profound. I started to do it early in my day as well. And with my kids as often our homeschool day can totally derail from negative attitudes. Rather than waiting until derailment I decided to lead us in a time of intention at the beginning of our day where we thanked God for all the things and we declared that we were excited for His goodness to be revealed in our day.
And guess what? It was! Even the kids would end the day saying, "Well that was a good school day. Math was so easy today. I really had fun reading today." So I would remind them, that we had asked God for that, that we had switched our focus and we acknowledged that He is good and that we'd see it and we did! It's been so powerful for them!
Sometimes we hear quotes about how adults have lost their ability to imagine but I actually think it is quite the opposite. I think adults are excellent at imagination but that most of us misuse imagination. It's called worry (fear, anxiety). Worry is the misuse of imagination and we're SO good at it. Think for a moment (actually maybe don't) about all the horrible things we have feared and worried about that have consumed our thoughts and our days that NEVER happened. We imagine alllllll the time!
But here's a thought... if we're going to spend so much time imagining the future, how about we try imaging a good one. How about we try imagining a future that is fully encased in the goodness of God. A future where God shows up with provision for every need we have. A future where God reveals His nature and gives the the grace and tools to handle everything that comes our way. When that unexpected bill shows up we train our natural response to be, "Oh, I can't wait to see how God provides for this need."
What if we use our imagination for hope instead of worry?
Those thought patterns can take consistent effort to retrain. Read a bit of Dr. Caroline Leaf and you'll see that our thoughts actually create physical pathways in our brains. We need to create new ones.
A simple method is to have a plan of action. If you often spend a lot of time worrying about what people think of you, plan to every time that thought pops up to redirect it to imagining the good things they are thinking about you. You're imagining anyways so it may as well be imagination that leads to hope!
Get your hopes up friends! He is good. His love will always find you. You can expect His goodness today. And tomorrow. Imagine a future with God in it.