I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me—and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go. Philippians 3:12 The Voice
I Don’t Fit
My Thoughts: Lately, I have been saying this a lot: “I don’t fit, I can’t find my place in this season of life”! I have been so restless as I listened over and over in every situation to the voice in my head that kept saying to me: I don’t fit. I have strived to find my place in this life season and to no avail, all my trying has led me to the same conclusion. I don’t fit. When I prayed about it and asked God to help me find my place where I fit, He spoke directly to my spirit using a piece written by Oswald Chambers. The Holy Spirit led me to the book My Utmost For His Highest, and basically said to me: “I know you don’t fit, I did not make you to fit here, I made you for eternity, there you will fit, here you will never fit. Stop gripping this finite desire to fit, let go and be firmly gripped by Me and My Kingdom precepts, principles, purposes and provision.”
My Thoughts: We can be soul gripped by the culture of this world and find ourselves striving so hard to comfortably fit in. We were not meant to find a comfortable position in this world, we are not here to be comfortable, we are here to be wholly-holy God’s. We will never be suited for this world, it will never be a perfect fit, we won’t be comfortable here or completely soul satisfied here. We need to stop searching for comfort, stop trying to fit here and instead strive to be gripped only by God and His Kingdom. We need to wholly-holy with great diligence, stay in pursuit of God and His Kingdom.
Moses deals with God directly because the people are simply too terrified of the Lord! These well-known Ten Directives or Commandments teach broad principles for godly life and relationships by presenting specific rules meant to be applied more widely, through thoughtful reflection. There are ten because this is the “human” number in the Bible—people ordinarily have ten fingers and ten toes. But our moral reflection is not supposed to be limited only to the ten areas considered here. The same principles of right relationship illustrated in these areas can be carried into all other areas of human life. The genius of the instruction here is that it’s brief enough to be carved on a stone tablet a person can carry or to be remembered when looking at one’s fingers or toes, but it has implications that are limitless. Moses: 32 So be very careful to do what the Eternal your God commanded you! Don’t turn to the right or to the left; Deuteronomy 5:32 The Voice And Commentary
“Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you “turn aside to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32) We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of ” us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought, “Well, I’m really not suited for this.” Author~Oswald Chambers
A Square Peg In A Round Hole
My Thoughts: God has laid hold of me, and I need to be gripped by God in such a way that I never want to wriggle out of His hold, but I desire to be held always by Him, His Ways, His Life, His Truth. My flesh will look for comfort. I have fallen into this trap of thinking that I must be comfortable with myself, with my life here. I have pursued that place of comfort, building my own comfort zone around me. I have tried and tried to find where I fit comfortably and have not found it, basically because I am not created for here, I will never perfectly fit here. I have to get that in my head and stop my endless wandering and coming full circle to the same realization that I am not fitting here, anywhere. I belong to the Kingdom of God. I do not belong here, therefore I will never quite fit or find a place that makes me feel comfortable here. I have been disappointed over and over again as I have tried so hard to fit only to find that I am a square peg trying to fit into a round hole and I am worn out by my endless strivings to fit. It is not going to happen, I am not going to fit here and I will never be comfortable in this world and trying to do so is just a distraction to keep me from being wholly-holy God’s and growing through this life season, making a difference as I lean into God’s identity, His Kingdom purposes. When will I get this through my thick head that I don’t fit here and it is okay, because I fit perfectly with God and His Kingdom. Help me Jesus, Help me Holy Spirit to get this, to stop my obsessive human tryings and yield completely to You.
What you are to preach is also determined by God, not by your own natural leanings or desires. Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not simply to convey your testimony but also to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify to the truth of God, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you- your life is in the grip of God for that very purpose. How many of us are held like that? Author~Oswald Chambers
Fleshing Out Finite
My Thoughts: I want to be HELD by the grip of God, by the whole grip of His Life, the all of Him. Not just the grace part, but the whole of God, His sovereign will and truth, the whole of God. I want to be dedicated wholly-holy to God, not just in the comfortable things that make nice to my flesh, but to the things of God that make my flesh crawl and flesh out all my finite, replacing it with infinite power of God. Being in relationship with God and His Word is not culturally comfortable, it doesn’t fit nicely or play nicely with the cultural climate of this world. Am I willing to go with the current of God’s ways, not fitting perfectly with this world, but fitting purposefully with His Kingdom? Am I willing to be cut out of a kingdom mold of truth instead of being shaped by a cultural say so that changes with the tides of worldliness? Am I going to give into culture comfort, to fitting into cultural say so or am I going to be uncomfortable in this world and flow with the kingdom purposes that are in play that are very counter cultural, like iron sharpening iron.
Never water down the Word of God, but preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God, but when you come to personal dealings with others, remember who you are—you are not some special being created I heaven, but a sinner saved by grace. Author~Oswald Chambers
My Thoughts: People will not understand the things of God and they will think that we are somewhat of a freak. There are a lot of mean people, hurting people in our world that hurt people. We don’t talk around them, we boldly talk to them speaking truth in love. They are rooted to this world, we are not, and therefore, they have a completely different point of view. They are clinging to this world, it is their identity, we are clinging to God and His kingdom. Speaking the truth in love is always a balancing act that is anchored by humility. We remember Whose we are, we remember that Jesus died for us, shedding His blood to free us from sin and death. Jesus is the only ONE, Who could defeat death, Who did defeat death in that special forever kind of way that we stand in AWE of. Jesus defeated death by being humble. Humility is the platform of the cross and it is through humility that the power of the cross flows. We humbly speak the truth and it powerfully changes people. We die to ourselves, so others can live. We are never haughty or above a sinner, because without Jesus, without His righteousness covering us, we are what they are and we humbly submit to them the truth, that we have eternal life only because of Jesus and His choice to save us all, that we have a hope that is not set in this world. We are in the world but not of the world, so our priority is not for this world, but for the kingdom of God.
No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us. Philippians 3:13-14 Living Bible
Putting It All Together
My Thoughts: We are square pegs in a round world. We don’t fit. By humility we live in this world that we are not of. We don’t consider ourselves better than anyone else, we remember where we have come from and we love, speaking our testimony, sharing the truth of God without judgement or condemnation. Truth can stand on its own, we speak it and it has its own God power so it doesn’t return void. We were created with eternity in our hearts, we were never created for here and that is why our soul will never be satisfied, will always have a hole that needs to be filled with Jesus, with a personal relationship with Him that seals our destiny with a rite of passage to the Kingdom of God where we do belong. I don’t fit in here, but I don’t dwell on that, I stay focused on the truth that God has put eternity in my heart and I will never be satisfied with anything less. There is a place for me, it is not here, so I hope in my future that Jesus has bought for me and I stay on mission with Him here, knowing that He is preparing me for my real future, and He has given me the strength to endure and live honorably here because I know, no doubt about it, that I do have a great future and hope in His Kingdom. Awe-God.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Amplified
God still speaks and I want to be an Author that pens what He is saying now to His Church. I hope that every meal that you partake of will nourish your soul and establish your vital-vertical relationship with God. Please share this meal “I Don’t Fit” with as many people as you can, this will help the Body of Christ to be aware that we were born with eternity in our hearts, we don’t fit here, we are on mission with God here, and we have a future and hope in heaven. Use social media share buttons below to share this post with others. I hope you browse the other tables in The Bridegroom’s Cafe and enjoy feeding your soul here. God bless you MUCH, KimberlyMac