The Joy set before us

“It’s the Process that makes me who I am, not the Promise.”

The Bible is a book full of the Promises of God which are in Christ, “Yes” and “Amen.” I find this very fascinating and will try my best to unravel that which is on my heart today.

I believe God gives us promises not only to ensure that we will, as His Children, have legit access to a life that is abundant, prosperous, purposeful and successful; but to simultaneously embark us upon a journey where He will transform us from strength to strength and glory to glory. The verse from Genesis comes to mind,

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.”

Our Destiny demands that we become a blessing in order that God may use our lives to, in turn, bless others. That is the purpose, a purpose that is realized only to the extent that we allow God to do a deep work IN us before He can birth a great work THROUGH us. This Purpose is intimately connected to our alignment with a series of Promises that God gives us personally in and through a relationship with Jesus Christ, a series of Promises the fulfillment of which depends upon our willingness to surrender to a Process that Our Maker and Molder will have to take us through in order to make us a vessel fit for The Master’s use.

In my experience, if we wait upon God to bring about the manifestation of a Promise in our lives without yielding to His Process, we will find ourselves frustrated. Conversely, if we readjust our perspective and bring it in alignment with that of Heaven’s; we will be able to recognize, that what The Father really wants to do, is to transform and conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus. The degree to which we allow God to do this work WITHIN us will determine the fruit that comes forth FROM us and flows into the world AROUND us.

The Promise, I believe, only acts as a catalyst to initiate these changes on the inside of us, which otherwise, we would have resisted. The Promise serves as the motivation to tap into the courage required to undertake a journey which will require us to walk on water and tread the territory of the unknown. The Promise inspires us to believe that God wants something better for us, and if He does, why can’t we? The Promise cultivates within us a holy confidence that recognizes that if we abide in Him and He abides in us, anything is possible. The Promise gets us to our knees which is the very place we get to taste of the beautiful divine exchange that can happen between Heaven and Earth only through a personal relationship with God. The Promise is what makes us pregnant with God-given Destiny. It is the conception of the new, but it’s in the Process, that the birthing of the new creation we are called to be takes place.

It took me quite a while to grasp this Truth, but once I did, I have learned to place more value on the Process than anything else. Breakthroughs are inevitable, but it is the Process where we transform and evolve into a higher and better version of ourselves, a version of ourselves that is strong enough in its foundation to bear the weight of the Promise, once it manifests. Often marked with highs and lows, valleys and mountaintops, uprisings and down settings; The Process is a tool in the Hands of The Potter to test us, prune us and forge the character of Christ in us. At times disappointed and at times, exhilarated; we will discover that The Process is the grand adventure that Jesus promised to take us on. In a way, The Process is a promise towards The Promise.

Clearly, The Process is demanding, but we are encouraged by the Truth that along every single step of the journey, He is with us. Whether we fail, falter or fall; He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will keep us and keep working within us what is in accordance to His Will. Perhaps, it is safe to say, that of all The Promises we have or will ever receive in our lifetime, The Promise of His Presence is the most reassuring.

In my own walk with Him, I have come to realize that the encounters with His Presence in the process is what changes me, matures me, transforms me, marks me and positions me to lay hold of all the promises that He has for me. His Presence reveals to me the essence of His Character, that which He is interested in shaping within me so that I can perhaps be a good steward of the blessings that He has in store for me.

If this Truth goes for me, then friends, my guess is that it goes for you too. Romans 8:29 is an exquisite revelation indeed;

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

The more we yearn to encounter His Presence, the more like Jesus we will become and THAT is the purpose of The Process which is a destined prerequisite to the manifestation of The Promise. It isn’t always a comfortable place, but if we learn to trust Him enough, we will realize that this is the believer’s norm. We weren’t called to be comfortable but effective, and The Process does a mighty good job of teaching us that. Once we yield and surrender to whatever it is that God wants to work within us through The Process, the closer our breakthroughs and the culmination of the eagerly awaited Promise, the birthing of which is sure to catapult us into believing for another.

To me, this mystery unraveled reveals the glory of a life in Christ. A revelation of our true Purpose in life inevitably draws us into The Promises of God to receive the fullness of which demands that we unconditionally yield and surrender not just the reigns of our future into His Hands, but also The Process that it entails. I’m reminded that even Jesus took The Cross because of the joy that was set before Him. If Jesus needed joy to motivate Him to take that Cross, and found you and me as the source of that joy; then surely we too can take our cross for the joy that is set before us, a joy too great to be contained in things like process and promise when it is firmly tethered to the Person and the Presence of Christ Jesus.

Who is ultimately our everything: the unveiling of our Purpose, the reason for our Process, the manifestation of our Promise.

As I hasten to a close, I would like to urge you friends, that wherever you are in your walk with Him, let the joy of The Lord be your strength as He takes you deeper and leads you on. I’m believing for your promises with you because our real Promise is not even of this world.

If He bankrupted Heaven for us and secured Eternity, then as The Word assures us, how will He not also give us all things?

I’ll leave you with these thoughts as you continue to embrace The Process towards not just The Promise, but The Promised Land which is saturated with The Presence, the joy set before us.

Selah.




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