In my last post, I shared a simple, yet profoundly important plan that can get you from where you are now—frustrated, lonely, insecure, and maybe feeling unloved— to where you really want to be spiritually, emotionally, and relationally in life.
There is a specific path you will need to take if you want to become the woman God designed you to be.
The secret is Jesus. He is the One who can safely guide us on which way we should go. He has the plan. And not only that, He can give us the power we need to carry out His plan for us.
Here is the bare-bones version of the plan:
- Look upward.
- Look inward.
- Look outward.
- Look forward.
Most of us are used to looking at others, our circumstances, and ourselves. We are fixated on space and time. It’s kind of like we are mice in a maze. We only look right in front of us.
But what a different perspective we could have if we looked upward!
God is not inside of the maze of space and time like we are. He is not limited or finite.
He is far above the noise of this world but He knows everything that is happening. And He can see it from a much more strategic vantage point, which makes Him the perfect Guide for us.
We wear ourselves out running around the maze like crazy trying to figure it all out. But we keep getting frustrated and running into dead ends in our relationships and problems.
Why do we trust ourselves? None of us can see the whole picture!
If only we would stop, be still, and look up, we would see Jesus, high and lifted up in the throne room of heaven reigning in majesty, glory, and authority over the entire universe.
He knows our needs and He loves us and wants to provide well for us. He came and lived as a “mouse” on our behalf. He was fully man and fully God all at the same time. He lived in the same circumstances, the same maze. And yet, He made no wrong turns and He conquered the whole thing on our behalf, if only we will trust Him.
Now, He lives in all of His divine glory in the highest heavens with all authority.
Here is the picture we should have of Jesus as He is today—stop and focus completely on these words and imagine every detail in your mind’s eye:
Among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev. 1:13-18
Imagine that you were standing in front of Jesus and you saw Him like this and that you collapsed in awe and holy fear and reverence. Imagine that He put His hand on your shoulder and said these words directly to you that He spoke to John.
- How important would His words be to you in that moment?
- How significant would your problems on earth appear?
- How hard would it be to trust Him?
As we focus on Him and we see Him in His proper place then we also understand rightly our identity and who we are in Him.
We can also begin to see and hear His communication with us about the way we need to go each moment through His Word, through prayer, through circumstances, and through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, as we are sensitive to His voice.
We may not understand why He wants us to take a certain path at the time, but He can see ahead and knows what is best in ways we can’t possibly know. What an incredibly Good Father He is for us if we will simply look up in total faith and surrender.
I want you to get to experience Him, His love, His presence, and His provision more and more every day of your life. There is no greater Gift. There is no greater Love!
He is the Pearl of Greatest Price.
He is worth giving up all else for and sacrificing everything here on earth for so that we can have Him close to us now and forever!
HOW DO YOU LOOK UPWARD?
- See who He really is. Examine His character and attributes. Build your entire understanding of God from the truth of the Bible and reject any caricature you may have developed of him in your mind.
- Repent from everything that grieves His heart. Turn away from your wisdom, your sin, and anything/anyone else you put on the throne of your life to try to meet your deepest needs for security, identity, fulfillment, love, and empowerment.
- Yield completely to His Lordship in faith from this moment on for the rest of your life. Leave everything else behind in your heart and mind and follow Him wholeheartedly with love.
- Respond with a life of worship— joyful reverence, awe, love, praise, faith, thanksgiving, and holy fear.
Then— His heart will be filled with joy! He loves to have close fellowship with you! He gave up all of Himself for you. Now you give all of yourself to Him.
You will be blessed to abide in His presence, love, grace, mercy, glory, and beauty. Being close to Him is the best place to be in all existence.
When you look upward like this:
- God changes your perspective to be more and more like His eternal perspective.
- God transforms your mind to become more like Jesus.
- God gives you a new heart, nature, and Spirit.
- God opens your eyes to see your problems, your trials, other people, and yourself in divine ways.
Problems, trials, and painful things begin to look so tiny and small as you see how big, strong, and mighty He is.
You can choose to have a saving relationship with Jesus today to begin finding life-changing spiritual healing and hope.
What is the Lord speaking to you today about this topic?
Why do you think looking upward is a critical first step on this journey?
Do you have a word of encouragement for others?
We’d love to hear your thoughts!