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    Keep your purpose in mind

    Hello, my name is Michael. I am 26 years old and I work for Air Canada. I gave my life to Jesus close to three years ago now and it has been a crazy journey ever since. I came to Montreal 2.5 years ago and since being here God has opened so many doors and shown me this is really where He wants me at this time in my life. Below, I have written a small article on the question,  » What is God teaching you right now in your life? » and I hope it is an encouragement to you and that you can grow and learn from what God is doing in my life.

    The one word that has been constantly coming back into my mind time and time again as I have pondered this question,  » What is God teaching you right now in your life? » That word is discipline. This past year I’ve really felt God trying to teach me so much in this area of becoming a more disciplined Christian. Have I learned much? I’d like to think at least a little, but I know I have so much to learn. The bible says in Hebrews 12:11, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Even while writing this I have continuously struggled with putting my thoughts on paper, knowing full well that this activity can and will bring so much glory to God. I’m thankful for the Lords help even to complete this. I have three points under the title of becoming disciplined in my faith. These points are as follows: The discipline of reading my bible daily and being in His presence daily,  the discipline of trusting God and finally the importance and discipline of taking action in our faith. I feel like God has highlighted these different areas in my life. The biggest reason I believe He has done this is because these are things that I have lacked so much, hence why this topic is so close to my heart and applies directly to my life.

    Lamentations 3:22-24 are the verses that have been a rock for me when thinking about the discipline of reading and praying daily. The promise attached is so powerful, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercy never comes to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Spending time in the presence of the one who never ceases to love us and has mercy so great, so why wouldn’t we want to run to this place every morning? I know for me, I have learned that being in this place the first thing in the morning and really learning this discipline has brought me so much closer to intimacy with God. I remember sitting for almost 3 hours on a verse that God highlighted in my bible and just being overwhelmed while thinking of His great love for me. I grew so much from that experience. This, however, does not promise me a perfect day that is void of problems, but it does change me for the better. Whether it be my attitude or my love for others or how I handle situations I am faced with. My defaults start to look more like Jesus than Michael because my mind is being renewed by His word and in prayer. I’ve learned that waking up a half an hour or an hour earlier is a sacrifice, especially when your bed is so comfortable. But it is so worth it and it is where life can truly start.

    Along with learning to daily be God’s word and in His presence I’ve had to learn the discipline of trusting God daily. When everything around you seems to work against you or everything seems dark, it can be easy to fall into the mentality to trust yourself over trusting God. In retrospect I think in times of uncertainty and in uncomfortable places is where I have had to learn to trust Him the most. I remember before I was a Christian and starting to really look for God. I prayed a prayer for direction in my life basically asking God to open doors for a job opportunity. I had applied to about 30 different jobs in the same field and asked God in that moment, if this is what I was supposed to do to please open a door and that He would only give me one option. Well, God did only give me one option out of the 30 I had applied for. He did it bigger than I could have ever imagined. One choice He gave me was in a Christian organization, and it was there that I would later go on to give my life to Christ. I often think of this moment when talking about growing in my trust for Him, because He is so worthy to be trusted. I am still learning this discipline years later, but I am so thankful for the many times that God has shown Himself so worthy to be trusted. God has put so many dreams on my heart and on the outside they would seem impossible, this is where I have the opportunity to trust God and step out in faith and make those dreams a reality.

    After talking about growing in trusting God, it would only make sense that the natural progression is talking about the discipline of taking action in our faith. The two are directly related and yet without exercising discipline in this area they can be so far apart. Taking steps of faith is completely dependent on our trust of Gods voice. If he speaks we go, if He says stop we stop , because we know that God is good and His plans are so much better then we could ever dream. Our Christian life is and needs to be faith in action, the bible says faith without works in dead. So I will start in the small things, last week I committed with a friend to do weekly poetry writing sessions. This week I wrote an article for Messagher! Mission accomplished. I know as I continue to take steps of faith as a result of trusting His voice, He will equip me and empower me to step into my calling and do exactly what He has planned for me to do. We all have a call from God on our lives and stepping into it is a process and something that can be only be done with our focus on Jesus, His Holy Spirit empowering us and us becoming disciplined in our faith.

    Learning these things have been a painful process, but such a purpose filled one. I know on the other side of this hill is blessing and purpose and so much that Jesus has planned. The best part about this whole process is that I haven’t had to do it alone, I am so thankful for God’s love and faithfulness and his empowering grace. I am also so thankful for those around me who pray for me and encourage me in my journey (you know who you are). I love the hope the verse I quoted earlier has “..later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained in it.” This is the hope I hold onto when life gets hard, that as I keep Christ in view and move toward Him, His grace empowers me to live out my faith and ultimately bring glory to his name. I hope this has blessed who ever might read this article about what God is teaching me in my life right now. I pray God blesses those reading these words and that your heart may be strengthened in whatever you are going through. Do not forget that Jesus loves you so much and a life lived for Him, is a life worth living!

    Psalms 139

    God bless you,

    Michael Lennox

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