As I was praying about what to write about in this edition of FLCG connect, I was wonderfully directed to the answer by the Holy Spirit while reading my daily chapter. I read these great words in 2 Timothy 2:22: ‘Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.’ (NLT)
As I read that verse the Holy Spirit prompted me and I knew that it is exactly what the Holy Spirit wanted me to share:
• Follow anything that makes you want to do right.
• Pursue faith
• Pursue love
• Pursue peace
• Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
This is a clear path to all God’s BLESSINGS in our lives! I believe that if we apply these five principles to our lives this year we will come up and come out of things that have been holding us back and preventing us from living the best life that God wants us to live.
• Follow anything that makes you want to do right
So, what does it mean to follow? It means to submit to a guide. It means to make the decision that you will go in a particular direction; that you will accept as ‘truth’ a certain way of living. Let’s follow the Word of God this year, more than ever before! The Word will teach us how to be right, do right, choose right and live right!
• Pursue faith, love and peace
What does it mean to pursue? It means to chase, even to hunt-down something (or someone) with every fibre of your being. What would happen if we made the decision to pursue faith, love and peace this year, to make it top of our agenda? You and I will be transformed people by the end of the year with transformed lives to show for it. Pursuing faith will kick out doubt and every lie of the Devil. It will increase and establish our confidence in God.
• Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts
I want to hang out with my FLCG faith buddies more than I hang out with anyone else! There is a BLESSING that comes with being in the right environment. There is a protection and a joy that is the result of being with people who have pure hearts. I believe that FLCG is a safe, encouraging, uplifting environment, it is a God-ordained environment! God has purposed it that we should be around people of faith. He knows that the more you follow, pursue and love His Word and people of faith, the more He can draw out of you all the greatness that is seeded in you. In contrast, Satan is doing his best to steal the Word from you and separate you from people of faith, because he is aware of the benefits and is afraid of anyone who chooses them.
This year will present us with thousands of choices – choices about how we use our time, resources, energies, vision, dreams and plans. A simple way to know how to make the best choices is by utilising this checklist in 2 Timothy 2:22 as part of our decision-making process, for every decision large or small. When we make choices that agree with the Word we will win every time and God can BLESS us more and more.
I pray that we will be strong and follow God’s Word this year so that we will make good choices that enable us to live the victorious life of Faith!