Where our efforts and God’s power meet.

Where our efforts and God’s power meet.

God works through inspiration, but also through obedience.

Sometimes God inspires us and then sets us in motion. Other times He gives us instructions and waits for us to take the next steps, meeting us at the finish line.  Both ways the results are good.

There are times when I am creative.  There are also certain things that I enjoy being creative with, but I wouldn’t consider myself a highly creative person.  When I do create something I normally need to wait until inspiration strikes.  Otherwise, you would find me sitting there stressing trying to put things together and being unhappy with the result.   In comparison when inspiration strikes it happens almost without effort.  All I need to do is write down the words that have been flowing through my mind, or play the music and start moving to create a dance.

When I first started to recognize God prompting me in my daily life, it was very similar to my experience with being inspired to create.  It was hard to predict when it would happen.  Trying to make it happen on my own felt awkward and unproductive.  Because of this I felt hesitant to initiate God using me, waiting until I felt certain inspiration.  Then something happened along the way.  I experienced God working through me.  I had a conversation with a coworker who was going through a hard time and I shared what it was like to have a personal relationship with God.  The words flowed and impacted that person’s life.   I experienced what it was like to go beyond my own ability and felt God’s power enable me to do much more than I ever could on my own.

 

Experiencing God is what prompts us to share Him.

You have to experience a personal relationship with God in order to share it with someone else.  Jesus said the most important thing we can do is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt 22:37)  When you accept that Jesus has taken the consequences of every wrong thing we have ever done and will ever do in our place, God gives us the gift of eternal life after we die, but also the gift of His very spirit in us now while we live on this earth.  It is by God’s spirit – the Holy Spirit, that we experience and feel God’s love and power in our life.

What amazes me is that God doesn’t separate loving Him and loving other people as two separate events.  When we reach out to other people and try to love them, God works through us.  When we experience God working through us, it helps us love Him more.

The more I experienced God working through me, the more I wanted Him to use me.  Instead of waiting for God to prompt me, I started prompting Him to use me more.  I recall being on my second missions trip and asking God to use me.  I still remember His response clearly.

If make yourself available and ask me to use you, I will.

Could it really be that simple?  Not necessarily easy, but yes it was that simple.  During those days, God showed me things I could do and say and it did impact people.   God even used me in ways I couldn’t know at the time.  About five years after that missions trip, I heard from a teen that was on the trip with me.  She told me how she had been impacted by my story of trusting God and that it was giving her courage to trust God too.

Sometimes God inspires us with a dream or message that is almost impossible to hold back and it flows almost without effort.  Other times, God gives us a task and asks us to be faithful before we can see what He is accomplishing through it.  Either way, good things happen and we, along with the people around us realize just how great God truly is.  God has given me glimpses of how He is working.  In some areas, I am trying to be faithful doing what I believe God wants me to and am trusting Him that He is using me.

Be encouraged that where our effort and God’s power meet, good things happen!

– God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful  Romans 8:28(The Voice)

– God is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think  Eph 3:20(NLT)

– Our efforts mean nothing unless God works through it Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

 

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4 Comments

  1. Liz Rigby
    May 15, 2017

    I’ve often thought that loving God and being loved by God as well as loving others was meant to be cyclic…that we shouldn’t be able to tell where the one leaves off and the other begins; to be so constantly giving and being given to that it’s impossible to separate them. Thank you for this post.

    • Bonnie
      May 15, 2017

      What a great way to think of it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Cathy
    May 8, 2017

    It’s great to be challenged to consider this. It can be easy to fall back into our comfort zone and not really trust God to be at work in and through us. This post has come at a good time for me, around 9 months ago I felt Good prompting me to invite an acquaintance to my son’s dedication service. She’s now a fully integrated member of our church and is into her second seller Bible study! Praise God for his spirit niggling me to invite her, even when I was reluctant too.

    • Bonnie
      May 8, 2017

      What a great story, it is so exciting to see God work through us. Thanks for sharing!

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