Are you positioned for the future?

Are you positioned for the future? 

No matter where you find yourself today, there is still a future ahead. Sure you may have regrets and frustrations about how you came to be in the position you are, but there is nevertheless still a future if you learn to position yourself. As a sports person playing ball, if you were to receive the ball you had to be in position. You could not always expect the ball to come where you were, you had to move into position. I believe this is true with the things of God. He is moving on our behalf, and although he comes to rescue us, he expects us to position ourselves properly. Even short Zaccheaus had to position himself up the tree to be seen, heard and step into God’s gracious provision through Jesus.

God is passionate about giving you the future as His gift. Allow His passion to motivate you no matter where you are at, or how old you may be. Use the following outline as practical steps on your own pursuit. Pioneers don’t settle for less than a life without regret. If life is worth living, it’s worth living with excellence for the Lord.  

Paint the picture – vision.   

Recognize that your destiny and calling will only be found as you behold the Lord face to face in worship and devotion. 

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 

We are changed by what we behold. Be sure to allow the Holy Spirit to paint a picture of your future in Christ. You are called to move beyond surviving the problems of life to a place of thriving.  

Prepare – develop faith for the journey.   

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:”Prepare the way of the LORD;Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

Faith is the way of the Lord, and as you spend time practicing hearing His voice, faith will arise. Faith is like a highway where the Lord’s provision, protection and purposes are established or made straight.  

Pay the price and consecrate.   

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.Luke 9:23 

Change involves paying a price. Old things have to be left behind and the new embraced. Let go of what you already know holds you back. Let go in order to let God have His way. 

Posture yourself in worship and humility. 

And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Luke 7:37-39 

God’s anointing flows towards us when our worship and devotion flows towards Him. Like the woman in the above passage, humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up above degrading circumstances. Develop a lifestyle of worship and draw near to Him in daily worship. 

Position yourself with others.  

…the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:16 

Don’t stand alone. Allow seasoned people of God to speak into your life and impart their wisdom to you. As they do you will be edified or strengthened. We learned the hard way that making decisions without really yielding to the wisdom of others can cost you. Getting counsel is not a sign of weakness. It strengthens you. Ultimately you are going to do something, so you may as well get some Godly counsel. 

Where there is no counsel, the people fall;But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 

Put Procrastination out to Pasture. 

…of the children of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do,1 Chronicles 12:32 

When we understand that the process of life involves seasons, and we learn to cooperate with them, we will know how to wait for the opportune moment and seize the moment when we cannot afford not to move. Learn to move in sync with God’s timetable. Know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, for fear is what underpins procrastination. It takes boldness to make decisions. Boldness comes from knowing God’s ways and works. Know what He can do and how He will do it. Then move. 

Put plans to your dreams.  

Goals must be set, and steps taken to fulfill the plan.  

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, Proverbs 21:5 

Faith always has corresponding action. Put legs to what you believe. Take steps towards what you see with the eye of faith. Trust that your thoughts and steps are ordered of the Lord because you have consecrated your deeds to Him. Remember the hardest step to take is the first one. After that each step is comparatively easier. So be bold and take a step. At least you will be moving and God can direct your steps. 

Press into the future and persevere.  

…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 

Paul learned to forget the past so he could forge into his preferred future. His pilgrimage was defined by the purpose spoken over him when Ananias prophesied his calling in Acts Chapter nine. He could write towards the end of his life that he had no regrets. His life was complete, he had finished his journey on earth. Be inspired, you can also fulfill your life purpose without regret.  

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

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