HEART

HEART

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” — Proverbs 27:19 

We all have those moments of life-realization. We think about our purpose, our reason for being born into this present world, place, and time and examine if our life even matters in the long run. The reality of this life is that we all desire to live a life of meaning, of legacy. We all want our life to carry weight in this world. Many find meaning in their jobs, their volunteer hours, their money, their family, their unique gifts and talents, and so forth and so on. But what if it wasn’t about position or title? God forbid they lose their job, their money, family members, or no longer have the abilities they once had. What happens to their sense of meaning if all those things faded away?

What if I told you this life was not about position but about posture?

Position requires the puffing up of ourselves, climbing up a never ending success ladder, and faking till we make it; it’s exhausting. But when we begin to realize the power of posturing our hearts in a place of humility and love towards Jesus, we begin to see a power shift. You see it is our job to posture ourselves, God’s job is to position us in His unique purpose and calling for our lives. God “makes known to me the path of life; in [His] presence there is fullness of joy; at [His] right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11, ESV).  Not only do we find incomparable joy when we live in His purpose and meaning for our lives, God also experiences great joy in seeing us walk in the life He tailored specifically for us.

Plain and simple: He can do much more with a heart of humility and love for Him than we can do in a lifetime of hard work away from Him.

Where we see a dead end, God sees a deep well of possibility for us. Our lives are a deep reflection of our hearts. Sure, you can fake it till you make it in this world but thankfully smoke and mirrors don’t work for our Lord, the Creator. He knows our hearts to the core, desires us, and accepts us no matter our condition, yet He does not force us into loving him. Perhaps that is the most beautiful illustration of love: He loves everyone but not everyone loves Him. He provides every single person the freedom of choosing their posture towards Him. So how is your heart postured?

Personally, I find it healthy to examine the condition of my heart if not daily, weekly. There are most definitely times I am not postured appropriately before God and need a re-calibration done on my heart. That is okay. Having a heart for God does not mean you need to have it all together. It means you desire to love Him, strive to be like Him, and yearn for time with Him.

XO,

AR

Confidence

Confidence

Hebrews  1O:35-36

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised…I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”


Isn’t it the absolute worst thing when someone throws away their confidence in you? How much more does it hurt the all perfect and magnificent God when we decide to throw away our confidence in Him? Faith is lived out in our behavior towards each other and through the trying times. We so often allow ourselves to get sucked into hate, self-harm, loneliness or you fill-in-the-blank. This pierces God’s heart. Not only is he rooting for us, He is fighting for us. Do not throw away your confidence in Him, for it will be richly rewarded. God doesn’t just toss us a bone when we boldly enter into each day and circumstance with His confidence, He says he will richly reward us. He loves to recognize those of His who walk firmly in the attitude of boldness. We are doing ourselves and everybody else a favor when we live this out.

It is commanded of us to not shrink back, but to walk boldly. Imagine your life if you never shrunk back every time you needed to step up. It would look different. When we decide to flip that switch in our lives, be ready to “receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36). Take a deep breath and walk forward and do not look back. You were born to be bold so take those risks but take them arm-in-arm with Jesus. Do not shrink back, instead keep your eyes dead-locked on Him because it is not by our strength but by His. This is the most important part of it all because without Jesus, we will shrink back and it will crush us. Remember, “we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Hebrews 10:39).

XO, Alexis Reinsel