As I lay in bed last night, lost in my thoughts: I heard in my Spirit, “Act and carry yourself, at this very moment, as if you currently have what you always wanted.”
I would like to believe I’m not the only one who has often thought or who often thinks, “If I had this (insert desire), it wouldn’t even matter if this (insert negative situation) happened” OR “When I have this, I’ll be able to do that better”. It sometimes feels like life is a mathematical equation with different inputs leading to different outcomes.
We all imagine what our lives would be like if we had more money, more time, the perfect career etc. and we believe that having these things will make a huge difference in our life outcomes in terms of what we would be more wiling to tolerate or what we think we’d be able to do. The irony of it all, though, is that if you don’t start cultivating the mindset of living today as if you already have all you need and want i.e. in contentment, you might actually miss out on learning to have an appreciation of the things you want when you get them because you haven’t really given yourself a chance to measure the difference between being with and being without; you’ve only merely speculated.
To elaborate, say, you currently have a passion to help young people and you have always said that once you have more money, you’ll sponsor as many charities that support this cause or even set up your own charity to this purpose whereas, right now you don’t even donate £1 to any charity or volunteer your time to any. How else will you learn how such charities operate? Plus I bet when you get more money, you won’t know how to include them in your budget because you have no empirical evidence to support how much £1 a week, for instance, does for the charity in comparison to a £100 a week donation.
Another example is, you really want a job change but the temptation is to act nonchalant and put in little effort in your current one because you don’t like it or enjoy it and quite frankly are fed up with everything that has to do with it. What you could be doing instead, is to say, “Okay I don’t like this job but I will learn all the transferrable skills I can now so that when I get my dream job I already have a good starting point”.
This thought process is particularly difficult for us, members of the Microwave Popcorn generation, who want things done now and fast and this really doesn’t leave us time to weigh our pros and cons properly or; leave any room for diplomacy that will yield beneficial results for the future when we need it; let alone room to allow ourselves be led by the Holy Spirit.
“He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10 AMP). The life and, even, God test for determining whether you’re ready for more is how well you have handled little and this is something a lot of people have failed to realise. And being faithful in little has nothing to do with you liking the “little” but more to do with the fact that if you consistently show you can handle the little well and are even outgrowing the little, it will be evident to all that it’s time for you to move to the next level.
Faithfulness connotes stability, trustworthiness and dependency. You have to ask yourself whether you can confidently say God and men can trust you to be stable and dependent where you are right now regardless of how you feel or what is going on around you. Can God and men bet on you that your spiritual man will consistently have the upper hand over your carnal man (i.e. can your knowledge of God hold you steadfast so that you are not swayed by your feelings or emotions?).
I’ve been believing God in serious faith for a lot of changes in my life and these are the questions I’ve had to discuss with the Holy Spirit through prayer. And I’ve had to search my heart and tackle any issues, spiritually and physically, that are hindering my character development in the way God wants.
In all honesty, life is too “up and down” to not know how to handle the different seasons in your life. That’s why Apostle Paul’s words ring through with wisdom, “…for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.” (Philippians 4:11-12 AMP).
And what is this secret, you might ask? “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]” (Philippians 4:13 AMP).
Imagine if we attracted things that mirror our current selves, would you be pleased with what you get? If the answer is no, then I lovingly suggest you, “Act and carry yourself, at this very moment, as if you currently have what you always wanted.”
Lots of love,
P.s. Sorry for staying away so long but I’m moving to life’s rhythms at the moment 🙂