Promotion does not come from the east or the west or from the desert; none can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, He exalts another. Psalm 75:6-7
Not everyone who says hallelujah, praises cute, moves in the gifts of the spirit or identifies himself as minister intends to give glory to God.
God knows the intentions of our hearts, whether we are broken or if we are whole. Some people may seem like they are the sweetest, nicest or even holiest of people; but in secret they do not have the love of God, humility, and quite constant, do not even care to follow the will of God. Many people have their own agendas, and expectations; yet God has His own agenda. Agendas are different from expectations.
- A plan or goal that guides someone’s behavior
- a list or outline of things to be considered or done
It is very tricky to enter relationships with people, to join businesses and to even answer a phone call; we just cannot know at first glance, what the other person’s agenda is. Maybe you enter a relationship, so that you can travel the world- but the other person is thinking sex. Maybe your entered the business, to pay off your debt while your partner, entered to make themselves rich at all costs. Maybe you answered the phone for a conversation, while the other person is depending on you for their sense of love and wholeness.
Even, it is good to know that God deposited something in us, but it is more important to be promoted and recognized by God! Not of our own decision and accord. If it were up to me, I would skip all this growing in and waiting on, God nonsense and I would be “The international Apostle Frances of the Nations” and I would open a church myself! Grab some handsome and intelligent guy, get married and have me some kids. I say it as a joke, but I know that for the most part I have submitted by agenda to God’s agenda. I have observed that some, desire their identity, calling and/or potential in Christ to be praised, or applauded. They need validation. Let’s be careful with that. Even in relationships, we look for people to love us to make us feel important, valuable and/or even happy. This is not healthy, it is not of God and it is not okay. As I said God knows our hearts, and maybe He’s waiting for some things to change in it, to promote us.
We are all broken. We are broken in our sin, we are heart broken and many people are mentally broken. We are not that broken, where we deny that we cannot repair ourselves but that God can make us whole. Man cannot see the condition of our hearts, but GOD does see:
- victim and self pity mentality: the ‘look what they did to me gossip
- desires to excel
- covet the call of God in another
- lack of submission
I want to encourage you, to pursue wholeness. You are going to experience a lot of work occurring in your soul. Things you held in your heart from ages, will begin to come to surface like confronting fears, forgiving yourself and/or others, and awakening experiences and even dreams from your childhood. There is a world within your heart, and it should be a peaceful and whole heart, not a battlefield with trespassers. This requires levels of healing, that can only be received by working with God to achieve a reaching a place of purity.
Lord Jesus, I pray everyone I know is made whole. Just like the lady from the bible was healed, and also made whole by her faith. I pray for those who are going through clouded judgement, those enduring sickness, disease or heartbreak, those who have been disappointed, betrayed or misunderstood, and those who’s life hasn’t turned out the way they hoped it would. For starters, I pray they would confront their issues and trust that you care for their maturation and growth to wholeness. I pray for your sons and daughters to receive mending, rehabilitation, deliverance and reconstruction in their entire being. In Jesus name, Amen!