What if we were more concerned with offending God than offending man? This is something the Lord has said to me: “Tracee, are you more concerned with offending man than offending me?” Since that time when He spoke that to me, I’ve heard Him remind me often when I’m about to make decisions based upon what man expects rather than what the Father has called me to. This is when I seek grace to do the Father’s will. I also seek grace to communicate in honor.
Romans 12:1-2 reveals a key to discovering God’s help to do this.
So here’s what I want you to do, with God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you which is always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, developing well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)
Finding Gods alignment for our assignments requires humility. Forgiving others is crucial if we are to be an army of lovers who lay down their lives for others. How can we win the world for Christ when we can’t forgive our brothers and sisters for their failures? What if what seems like a failure was really a love test or an opportunity for us or the other to breakthrough into greater freedom?
Alignment with assignment is critical for spiritual stamina. It is in the place of divine alignment that the power of grace for the humble is released.
James 4:5-6 TPT
Does the Scripture mean nothing to you that says, “The Spirit that God breathed into our hearts Is a jealous Lover who desires to have us fully”? But He continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, “God resists you when you are proud But continually pours out grace when you are humble.”
Pride rules in offense. Pride builds walls of isolation and separation. What if we would jump over offense’s fences and align for the Lord’s Kingdom purpose? What if we let go of our own agendas and really sought the Lord’s heart, allowing Him to position us in the place He has made for us? To do this will require love that lays down its life for others. Love that is more concerned with God’s dream inside of us and others than building our own sandcastles that will never stand when the wind and waves come.
My Husband,Randy, and I said “yes” to building a HOPE Apostolic Center for God in Farmington, Utah. I wanted California, the beach, and the people I relate to. I had to lay it down. I chose to surrender and declare: “Not my will Lord, but Your will be done in me and through me.”
This is crazy joy as I see the promises of God blossoming before us. Promises for a harvest of love and healing. A Lovelutionary Renaissance awakening those who don’t even know they are asleep. People are the gifts presented to a good Father.
In finding the Father’s heart, Joie de Vivre (the joy of living) is filling the hearts of all who encounter the God of HOPE.
Grace & Glory,