You’ve Got What It Takes

Life coaches, friends, family, church members, pastor’s and counselor’s give us advice.
They want us to achieve great things, overcome challenges, dream dreams, and live the life we were made to live.
If we are Christians we need to take the advice we get and line it up with Scripture.  Why?
Because God’s Word is our guide for life.  It has a lot to say about achieving goals, overcoming challenges, dreaming dreams, and living the life we were made to live.
In a coaching book that I am studying, for a life coaching certification, it says to tell people:
You’ve Got What It Takes
Let’s look at that for a moment and compare it to Scripture.
  • Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:15 “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
  • 1 Corinthians 7:17 “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. “
  • 1 Corinthians 4:7 “What do you have that you did not receive?  If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
  • John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
  • John 1:43 “Follow me”
If I have a relationship with Jesus Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  That makes my life radically different.
I live a life of faith.  It’s a different life then I lived before my relationship with Christ.
It should be getting increasingly different each year.
If it’s not, I need to examine my life.
If I say have a relationship, then my life should be undergoing radical change.
You’ve Got What It Takes ~ What do you have that you did not receive?
You’ve Got What It Takes~If we abide in Christ, He abides in us.  We are no longer central.
You’ve Got What It Takes~ I have been crucified with Christ.
You’ve Got What It Takes~Apart from me you can do nothing.
We can have skills, experience, and the education needed to accomplish many things, but ultimately our lives are rooted in Jesus Christ.  Our human flesh has been crucified with Christ, and though we still have the same personality, when we are saved, we are being transformed.  Our goal is to live an amazing life that glorifies God.  We want to follow Him.
The journey will be different then we had planned.  As God changes us we understand that we need Him to do EVERYTHING.  We rely on Him for our life, our breath, our future, and our present.
God equips.  He has given us what we need to follow Him at work, in life and in ministry.  What we’ve got, He has given us.  If I have what it takes, I don’t need Christ.
The Lord has assigned us a path.  He has called us.  It’s not about you, it’s about Him.
God uses our gifts, talents, skills, experience and education to fulfill His calling in our lives.  We follow Him.
The good news is that when God uses you, your life will turn out above and beyond what you could ever imagine.  If we think everything relies on us we will find ourselves in despair when things don’t go right, or we can’t achieve our goals.
The thing is, it doesn’t rely on you.  It relies on God.  He is doing something greater than you can imagine.  Trust Him.  He will use all you are, to achieve something great.  So keep on trying, praying, trusting, and relying on Him.  He asks you to be obedient, trust, pray and take actions to follow His path, but in the end it will be God that has what it takes.
He made it this way so that He gets the glory for the great things He hath done.
Trusting and relying on God gives us hope, trusting in ourselves will lead to despair.
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him.”
For His glory,
Marcy Pedersen

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