Four Steps to Activating God’s Will
Now I am not the expert on getting God to move or getting God to act on my behalf. But in the last five years, I have surely learned my share of dancing and prancing to figure out this formula (yes this is the analytical side of me).
Actually, I hit a breaking point in my life and was desperate to seek Him for answers. Have you ever cried out, “if you just show me the freaking formula God, I will do it!” Well, there is no formula, but there is something much much better. As I have journeyed the last five years I have truly began to understand what Hebrews 11:6
“and without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek him”
At this point, I just want to be rewarded with peace. Raise your hand if that is you! I simply want peace. I am not looking for riches, (however, paying my bills brings me peace) and I am not looking for material things (however having what I need when I need it brings peace) and I am not looking for relationships (however truly loving others brings peace) I am not looking for fame (however being known to be a refuge for others bring peace). I think peace encompasses it all. I simply wanted the chaos wheel to stop churning. I simply wanted the “one thing after another” to stop whirling.
I remember a good friend of mine told me one time (this was a life-changing statement to me) “Amy, you are addicted to chaos, just stop and be at peace” WHAAATTTT!! LIKE I AM THE CAUSE OF IT ALL.
Well, guess what. I was. I attracted chaos. So I set out on a journey to make it stop. To live in prosperity (financial, relational, health, mental, emotional) and at peace with my God and myself.
Ahhhhhh . . .if you are asking those same questions, follow me on this journey. I know that God has given me an anointing for emotional deliverance. I have found the key.
Activating the power of God is a process of connection with your natural self and letting go of total ego identification. The process takes place in four stages.
- Discipline. Discipline is the first stage. Learning a new task requires training your body to perform as your thoughts desire. So, eliminating ego identification or self doesn’t mean disconnecting from your relationship with your body, but rather, training your body to activate those desires. You do that with practice, exercise, nontoxic habits, healthy foods (don’t shout me down when I am preaching good), and so on. You cannot think thoughts of despair and problems and trouble and sulking and fear and expect God to move on your behalf. FAITH is what pleases Him to reward.
- Wisdom. Wisdom is the second stage. Wisdom combined with discipline fosters your ability to focus and be patient as you harmonize your thoughts, your intellect, and your feelings with the work of your body. We send children off to school telling them: Be disciplined and use your head, and call this education, but it falls short of mastery.
- Love. Love is the third stage After disciplining the body with wisdom, and intellectually studying a task, this process of mastery involves loving what you do and doing what you love. In the world of sales, I call it falling in love with what you are offering, and then selling your love or enthusiasm to potential customers. When learning to play tennis, it involves practicing all of the strokes while studying strategies for playing the game. It also involves enjoying the feeling of hitting the ball and of being on the tennis court – and everything else about the game.
- Surrender. Surrender is the fourth stage. This is the place when God moves. This is where your body and your mind aren’t running the show and you move into intent. You relax, you trust, and allow yourself to be carried by the same power that turns acorns into trees, blossoms into apples, and microscopic dots into humans.
Absolutely everything in the entire cosmos includes you and your disciplined, wise, loving self, and all of your thoughts and feelings. When you surrender, you lighten up and can trust God. Then God can take you wherever you feel destined to go.
When my life was falling apart around me and I began to lose everything that was precious to my heart. I spent my time disciplining myself in my quiet time to sit quietly and envision what it was I wanted in life and talk to God about what it was He wanted for my life. I began reading books that made me emotionally whole. I meditated on them daily. The book I was reading at the time was Power of Imagination by Pastor Kerry Kirkwood. http://www.amazon.
Often times people come to me for help in stabilizing their life and do you know the 1st thing I tell them to do is have a daily quiet time and study a book that will emotionally stabilize them. Get their bible app and read the daily chapter of the day and meditate on it and then read a paragraph of a book. They can never just be disciplined. Most people fail at the first stage! WHY IS THIS?
When I began studying Power of Imagination and began to meditate and envision what I wanted and what God wanted for my life, I began to focus moment by moment on how I was going to apply that knowledge to my life. I began to pray for wisdom in how to carry it out. I began to see myself accomplishing what it was I needed to happen in my life and then allow my body to feel the emotions of the excitement and joy and peace of the accomplishment BEFORE it ever manifested into my reality.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.
When I walked through my day, I made a habit of loving where I was on the way to where I was going. I didn’t focus on what I didn’t have. I only blessed God for what I did have. I surrendered what I didn’t have to God after I walked away from my quiet time and meditation. I spent my day LOVING where and what I had. These feelings of gratitude and love. They expand everything around you.
What are you imagining?