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‘’It lies in obedience‘’ from Louka Thanicha LOUIS

“What’s meant to be will always find a way”, “What is for me will come to me”, "Sa ki pou mwen lavalas paka potel ale". I heard these words very often and for a time I believed that it explained the natural course of life. These words also give hope for the future and secure the idea that everything will be alright at the end.

Nevertheless when I surrender my mind to God's wisdom, some familiar thoughts and words even if they make sense to my logic did no longer align with the Truth. It sounds like a lie that keeps us in our comfort zone and holds us repeating patterns of dysfunction and still makes us think that we’re gonna make it without changing our ways. It makes us believe that the universe is our buddy waiting to respond to our whims and keep the same opportunities hanging around until we decide that we are ready.

The story of the Israelites wandering in the desert in the book of Numbers pictures that very well. God gave them a land, He gave them a promise. It was theirs! But because of the spiritual path of doubts, worries and disobediences they choose to take , they got stuck 40 years in what was supposed to take them 11 days . The generation that receives the promise never entered the promise land. They disqualified themselves for something that was meant for them because they didn’t want to change their ways.

It is true that The Almighty has a plan for our lives. He has a plan for each and everyone of us! A plan to prosper and not to harm us, a plan to give us hope and a future but this plan becomes active until we embrace His will and purpose for our lives, until we let Him lead the way. In His perfect goodness, He will never give us things that we are not ready for and to become ready we have to do the work and learn the proper way to manage these things so they don't slip out of our hands because we are unqualified or incompetent.

Stepping into a new level with God surely requires our full commitment. Commitment walks in closeness with change of behavior and self abandonment (leaving behind  what we were attached to but no longer serve us). God is not a headsman, He is loving and kind. He desires us to become the best version of ourselves. He gives us the Holy Spirit to mold our hearts, to give us instructions.  He won’t force us to change and even less force His way into our lives. He works with us ! We can’t do His part and He won’t do ours.

Saying « what’s meant for us will always find a way » is assuming that God works and our timing, even if we are being stubborn and disobedient, He will patiently wait for us to change and continuously send the same opportunities. That way of thinking is far from the Truth. I have learned from my leaders that God's promises come with their instructions and the key to fulfilling His promises lies in obedience.

That high position can be yours and you still miss it because you didn’t not learn that new skill to be qualified for it. That job was yours and because of were too lazy, you got there late every day until you got fired. That scholarship was yours and you got kicked out of school because you spent your nights partying instead of studying and your grades were too low. God really wants the best for us and sadly there’s an enemy that comes after us to steal, kill and destroy every good thing that our Father wants to give us. That enemy desires to hold us captive of our own ways. He is ready to deploy strategies to influence our mind and keep us in darkness. He wants us to stay in the comfort of our flesh and mediocrity.

What is Eternal is the Word of God. His plan will always come to pass, and in His plan, no one is essential. God can use another for what He called one to do because He will do the work with the one who has an open heart, who’s humble enough to know that being used by God is an honor and a privilege, the one that gives his ''yes and his trust through the way.

The good news is we still have authority to choose. We can choose His way, the best way. We can prepare our heart to follow the instructions of the Holy Spirit.  We can never un-qualify ourselves for what was meant for us and pass by the Promise if we walk in obedience.

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