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20 “God-Things” From The View of a 20 Year Old

“Focus on the good; be grateful for what you have.  Life will be so much more rewarding if you’re content in every season.”

Yes, I may still be very young.  Yes, I still have so much to live for.  And, yes, I have even more to learn.  However, somehow in these short 20 years on earth I have still been able to learn quite a bit.  Quite a bit about myself.  Quite a bit about society. And most importantly, quite a bit about my Savior, my Lord, my Father, my God.  Through a lot of good, and a lot of bad, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change anything so far. It really always comes back to having countless moments filled with laughter and smiles that make everything worth it.  And all of these moments that are “worth it” come from building a stronger, deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord.  He is the sole provider of all of my happiness, and He is the reason why I have learned all of these valuable lessons.

Here are 20 of my “God-things” or lessons I’ve developed in my short life on this earth.  To me, these 20 things were worthy of sharing as I believe it could help result in a more captivating and happy lifestyle with the Lord center, constant, and number one, as I know it did for myself.  The “God-things” below are all from different seasons/different years in my life so far, and I hope you find some relatable or helpful to building a deeper, more stable relationship with the Lord.  🙂

He knows, He cares, and He is able.

He constantly is concerned with you, your wellbeing, and your future.  He knows what you are thinking, He knows what you are worried about, and He is able to turn that around for good, ALWAYS.  Keep your heart open and ready as you are filled with the fullness of Christ, who is able to work within us for good, and to benefit Him, which benefits us.

Ephesians 3:19-21 “and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.…”

His way is better than your way, ALWAYS.

His way is always going to be more challenging, more uncomfortable, and possibly more difficult to achieve.  But, it will always be well worth it.  His way of life is the way to eternity, developing us to be more and more like Him through it all… what more could we want?

2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”

He is always looking for ways to do “good” for you.

He is always going to provide the very best for you if you provide the very best version of yourself to Him.  He knows your “best” during each season, and He knows areas where you lack and areas where you are strong.  As long as you are constantly doing your best for Him, He is going to do His best for you.

Psalm 199:68 “You are good and do good; Teach me your statutes.”

He will never give up on you, even if you have previously given up on Him.

The price has already been paid.  When Jesus Christ died on the cross, we no longer had to search for who we were, or for acceptance.  We are accepted by the one true King, and we are all children of God.  Therefore, remember that the Lord Christ Jesus is always  here, and He will never stop being present within you, despite your motives with Him.

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

He can handle the truth – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Tell it to Him.

The Lord wants to protect you, but He does His best work when you are honest with Him.  Yes, He always knows where you are at, but when you are upfront with Him, He can take you to new places because He knows your faith is strong, and you trust Him.

Zephaniah 2:3 “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.”

He is more committed to your character than your comfort.  Although He may help ease your mind, he is committed to making you the best version of yourself, which sometimes requires a little discomfort.

The Lord desires and hopes that we will constantly be out of our comfort zone with Him, because  no growth that has ever been worthwhile happened at our own convenience.  Therefore, be obedient, and never stop listening to what His is calling you to do.  Yes, sometimes the Lord will comfort you through the uneasy times, however, He is trying to build the best version of you that He possibly can.  Let Him work through you during the unpleasantness, and be rejoicing through the times where your true self is revealed, He will do His best work!

James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Just because you live for Him, doesn’t mean your life will be easy.

You are going to have to give things up, and you are going to have to sacrifice maybe some old habits, ways, or routines.  But, when did someone ever give something up for God and not get something much greater in return.  It may  not be an easy process, but, it is always so  rewarding!  Life without the Lord is meaningless, although, sometimes it is more challenging.

1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Relationship. Relationship. Relationship! Focus on getting to know Him, knowing about God is not knowing God.

The Lord is convicting, yet so caring and compassionate.  Take time to fully get to Him, and all of His loving qualities, so then you will possibly understand your path and calling better.

Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Just because you don’t feel Him doesn’t mean He is not there.

The Lord does not deserve our worship, praise, and attention only when we “feel” Him.  He deserves it every second and every moment of this earthly life.  The Lord is so much more than an emotion we feel at times of joy, or a spirit that is present at times of “good”.  The Lord is a constant Protector, Creator, and Shepherd, continuously guiding us down the road He has paved for us.  Although it sometimes feels as if He has distanced Himself from you, it is most likely because He wants you to dig deeper, and get to know Him on a level you have yet to experience.  If there is one thing I have learned through my relationship with the Lord it’s that He wants you to feel Him in new ways, in new places, and share that with others.  Never stop trying to feel His presence, and never stop seeking Him through it all.

Genesis 28:15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

He plants, He doesn’t bury.

Over and over again, we are told to be patient in seasons that are dry, lacking, or don’t bear fruit.  And this isn’t easy.  It is not easy to wait for the rain when you have been in the desert for so long, but it will come. God does not want you to constantly be caught up in finding the “why” of your dry season, that you miss out on the “who” that the Lord is.  The Lord is a God of growth, and a Father who likes to see His children grow.  If you have planted your seed firm, and deep within the Holy grounds, surely you will grow, just in His time, most likely not yours.

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.”

As His presence gets stronger, so does the devils.  Stay firm in His truth.

With the Lord, there is no in between.  There is no such thing as lukewarm, half-hearted, or uncertain.  It is an “all or nothing” type of relationship, and it has always been that way.  However, we need to be aware of the spiritual warfare that is constantly attacking us, and will keep attacking us the rest of our lives.  As your relationship with the Lord deepens, the devils lies grow stronger, and more prevalent.  Stand firm in the truth that you know, and be proud always of the person God says you are.

1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a  roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Rest him, standing firm in the faith.”

He is way more concerned about your future than He is about your past.

It’s done, and it is behind you!  You future is yet to come,  you cannot control your past.  Get past your past, your history is not your destiny.  Realize that you are no longer that person, and God is only worried about who you have yet to become!

Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Just like you, He is desperate!

He wants to know you.  He wants you to spend time with Him.  He wants you to hear Him out, and for you to show yourself.  He wants you to be attentive and faithful to Him, just like He always is to you.  Continue trusting Him, continue following Him, and never stop being desperate for Him, even in the midst of the worst situations.  It always pays off.

Isaiah 30:18 “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.  For the Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for Him!”

He is the only One worthy of ANY judgement.  Let Him convict you, not others.

Conviction leads to repentance.  Over and over this concept is shown to us in His Word, and it always ends with a new, full, joyful life.  Let Him judge you.  Let Him tell you what is not right in your life.  But do not let others dictate who you think you are, God knows who you are.

Romans 7:9-11 “I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died.  I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.”

Sometime He will give us control, to see where we are at with our faith.

The Bible warns us that if we do not have self-control, we will be slaves to what we allow control us.  It could be food, work, money, our words, we can find ourselves overwhelmed in many situations if we let ourselves be consumed by our thoughts.  And sometimes, God will allow this to happen.  He will allow you to lead a little more than usual, or give you two options to see where you’re truly at in your relationship with Him.  Listen wisely for His words, but also listen carefully to yourself.  Don’t speak anything on yourself that you would not want to happen to yourself.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

He likes to give us more than we can handle in some situations.

If we never had high expectations, then why would we need to rely on Him?  Desperation and obedience go hand in hand, and in order to truly long for the Lord, we must constantly obey what He says through it all.  He has high hopes for us, so lets live up to that.

Psalm 62:11-12 “More than once I have heard God say that power belongs to Him, and that His love is constant.  You yourself, O Lord, reward everyone according to their deeds.”

Yes, He does allow bad things to happen.

Way too many of us have this understanding that God is “so good” and if He is “so good” then why doesn’t He step in when bad things begin to happen, are happening, won’t stop… But, what we don’t realize is that He is through us!  Yes, bad things are going to happen because He knows that through that suffering, He is developing your character. He is molding you to be strong and able, just like Him.

Romans 5:3-5 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

He wants you to put your pride aside.  Come to Him, ready to find power in desperation.  Your allowed to be broken!

To think we know more than the Lord, and to put down what He is doing in our life/how He is working through us is completely wrong, and not a very good example of our relationship with Him.  Even if we are broken, even if we are hurting, even if we are lost, He wants us.  He will give you power, and He will give you a calling, but you have to be ready to lose your own power, and find new strength within Him.  Pride vs. Humility.  Which do you choose?

Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.”

His commands will benefit us, always.  Trust what He puts on you!

How amazing is it that we are in God’s favor?  With the Lord, we already have won.  Therefore, He wants to benefit us and reward us for the price that was already paid at the cross with unending love, freedom, and hope!  Although it may seem tough, or seasons may seem not as beneficial as others,  His Word always has something to speak onto us.  Listen to His whispers, pay attention to His commands, and renew your mind daily with His truth that is in scripture.  He knows what He is doing, and there is always something to guide you in His Word!

Deuteronomy 8:6-7 “Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land….”

Be available to the Him, He will use you for glory! In all your ways, submit to Him, He knows what is best, and He knows where you should be.  Repent to Him.  Trust Him.  And live your life for Him.

This is the most valuable thing that God has taught me yet in my 20 years.  Constantly, over and over, the Lord has shown me that all I have to do is be available and willing, in order to live for Him.  As long as I am open to Him, He will use me for good.  And it has been so promising doing that. So many blessings come when least expected, and usually this is when you let the Lord take the lead. I promise you, He will reveal to you the power in submission and He will make known to you that the glory He has ready for you is hard to fathom, yet more amazing than anything.

Romans 13:1-7 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience..”

Yes, this is a longer blog post.  And yes, these are 20 VERY specific things.  But God has really been speaking onto my heart to share these lessons that I have learned with you all… And I pray that you can  apply one of these “God-things” to help strengthen your relationship with the Lord.  He will reveal incredible things to you.

With all that I am,

Nicole

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