Whatever You Want To Do Is Right

In my job, I have often found myself caught up in endlessly revising emails, worrying about the smallest details. At times, it’s quite paralyzing.

One thing that has freed me in recent days is this phrase from the Holy Spirit:

“Whatever you want to do is right.”

That means that if I mess up a word or a punctuation mark in an email, God will make it right. Either people will not see the mistake, or they will understand despite the mistake, or something better will happen. But it doesn’t matter that I made the mistake, because God worked it out.

In the Holy Spirit, we have all of the direction that we need, all of the wisdom that we need, and all of the grace that we need to. So we can go about our lives in confidence instead of fear, because we know that there is grace for mistakes.

We also understand that God gives us holy desires as we walk and rest in him. So we only want to do the things that please God. That doesn’t mean that we don’t mess up, but it does mean that even if we make a mistake, God will make it right.

So if we walk in the Spirit (actively communing with the Holy Spirit at all times), we tend to make mistakes less often…

…but even if we do make mistakes, God makes it right anyway.

There is plenty of grace available at all times, in every situation.

One definition of grace is, ‘God’s supernatural empowerment for life, given to us out of his abundant love.’

Through the shed blood of Christ, we are given a new nature. Our new nature wants to do good. Therefore we have good and holy desires.

Perhaps there are other desires that war inside our minds at times (a subjective truth), but our true desires (an objective truth) are pure.

Therefore, if your true desires are holy, which they are, whatever you want to do is the right thing! So don’t be paralyzed; ask the Holy Spirit what to do and then take action, doing whatever seems right to you.

Then watch as God works both your good decisions and your bad decisions out for good.

When Does The Grace of God Kick In?

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It already has.

The grace of God has already been given to us, just as every spiritual gift in the heavens (Ephesians 1) has. Titus 2:11 says that the grace of God has already appeared.

Why do we need to wait sometimes for grace to seemingly ‘kick in’?

You don’t.

Why? Because grace has already kicked in.

When something needs to change in your life, your desires change. You decide, sooner or later, to pray about it and ask God to make it happen.

Because of the grace of God that has already given you, when something needs to change, it will change, naturally. It starts with a realization: This needs to change. Then, sooner or later, a prayer: Lord, please make this change. Then, at some point, the change.

You might need to do something. Ask the Holy Spirit about that, and don’t be confused or in torment about it. God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear, so don’t be afraid.

Perhaps you need to go to a certain meeting or talk to a certain person and get them to pray for you. There’s no shame in that–the Bible tells us to respect body ministry and let the elders of the church pray for you (James 5:14).

Perhaps you need to change a certain habit, such as when one needs to lose weight. (author silently raises his hand). Maybe your eating habits need to change, and you need grace for that.

Perhaps you need to do nothing at all, except continue to pray and wait. While you’re waiting, you might meditate on Bible verses about grace (I mentioned a couple above, but there are plenty more). Pray in tongues if you know how, because that strengthens your spirit (1 Corinthians 14:4).

Above all, know that grace is already at work within you. Trust that God’s grace is enough for you (2 Corinthians 12:9) and that you will get through.

The Restart

Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash
Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash

It’s a new beginning!

I’ve been racking my brain to try to get going again with the writing thing. It seems like I have nothing to say and everyone else does! But then I remember that comparison is poison to the soul, and I realize that it’s a good time to soak in good teaching.

This year I’m in growing mode again, after the Lord rescued me from a long five-year period of backsliding and boredom. It’s time to get my writing muscles warmed up again, as I believe 2018 is going to be the year where I enter into–and stay in–a flow of writing regularly. This is just the beginning of a grand year of thriving. 

In order to have something to write, however, I have to have a continual intake of reading and hearing the Word. That’s why I am spending plenty of time during my commutes to and from work and all the extra time I can spend, ingesting Scripture and teaching in order to grow–soaking in the Word. With all this concentrated intake, I know that a concentrated outflow will happen naturally. That’s where true ministry comes from: good stuff in, good stuff out!

Photo by Joey Kyber on Unsplash
Photo by Joey Kyber on Unsplash

2018 is also the year of Glory Tribe Atlanta, a new Facebook group I’ve formed with the idea of forming an in-person glory community in Atlanta. There are New Covenant fellowships springing up all over the United States and the world (see the group Kainos Koinonia to find a group near you), and here in Georgia we want to be a part of that. If you’re anywhere near Atlanta, look us up on Facebook and join the group and we will keep you posted on our next gathering!

2018 is a year of grace, glory, and perfection in Christ!