Today, we turn a page on our calendars to a fresh new month that’s loaded with potential and possibilities… MAY.
Instead of leaving a flower on your doorstep, I want to leave a word of encouragement on the door of your heart, a prayer that we’ll be found faithful with whatever we’re facing and see God’s beauty revealed in our lives.
MAY… there is so much wrapped up in this little word… a word used to respectfully request, a word on which hinges the possibilities between what can and what will be, this simple expression of faith.
Yes, “Welcome, May”… today we will greet you warmly and boldly declare that we are ready for what you may have in store for us, putting out a welcome mat for you and inviting you in…
We welcome the possibilities before us and the promises of God that are “YES” and “Amen” because we believe… we open the door to God and give Him full access to make something beautiful with our lives.
NOTHING is off limits.
We choose to express our faith, beseeching and believing God for the impossible and seeing His Kingdom come here and now on this earth as it is in heaven.
May we ask boldly, believing in faith and living in full confidence and assurance that “it shall be done” by our Father… and may what He’s spoken in past seasons come to pass in our lives.
We’re holding NOTHING back.
… Nothing in our asking.
… Nothing in our believing.
… Nothing in our obedience.
May others see the Father’s love lived out in us through good works that will guide them to His heart and bring Him glory, compelling them to come in and join us in dwelling with Him so that His house may be filled.
May the seed of His Word be sown, His promises spoken in faith and boldness even in (and especially in) the midst of brokenness and barrenness, and may we reap in joy what we’ve sown in times of tears.
Without faith, it’s impossible to please Him, so we boldly declare in faith that we believe He’s a Rewarder of those who seek Him… We will not strive with Him, trying to accomplish His will in our own self-righteousness, in our own strength, using a six-step program, or “do-good-ism.” We will rely on and walk in His Spirit, in His ways, and His strength.
NOTHING is impossible for Him.
We will look with spiritual eyes and be aware of, looking for and seeking out, the NEW things He’s doing that are springing up…
… He’s the Living Water streaming through desert places satisfying the thirst of weary souls.
… He’s the Way that’s leading us through wildernesses to keep us from wandering.
So we’ll keep honoring and keep seeking Him… to see what He may do.
We’ll keep calling upon His name… to see how He may answer.
We’ll keep walking in the Spirit, abiding in Him… and see where He may lead.
He has good plans for us, a future full of hope, full of the promises of God.
We won’t lose heart with what whatever hard things are before us… we’ll look ahead to the glory of God that will be revealed in us as we persevere and endure in faithfulness and obedience.
We give the Father permission in every way to have His way in our lives, and we’ll be faithful through sufferings and trials, in heartache and despair, knowing that He’s achieving a far greater, eternal glory in us that will outweigh our light and momentary troubles.
Our hearts will cry out in unwavering faithfulness, with willing spirits and dedicated obedience, even as our Lord did when He faced the cross, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE.”
We will drink whatever cup the Father has for us, yielding to Him in order to see His Kingdom come in our lives. We will choose to put on the heart and mind of Christ as we face our future and run our race, knowing that we’re not running or toiling in vain as we look ahead to the hope of eternity and witness heaven coming on earth here and now.
We will choose to have the perseverance of Christ. We make time and shift our focus and priorities towards what’s in the Father’s heart and what’s on His mind. We will make a conscious decision to eliminate distractions that are hindering us from abiding in Him so that we might not miss the moments to bring Him glory and be eyewitnesses of His majesty in our lives and the lives of others.
We will say, “Yes,” to all of His promises and we say, “Yes,” to whatever cup He needs us to drink so that He might be glorified in and through our lives.
We will live boldly, unashamedly, selflessly, and relentlessly in a way that reveals the beauty of Christ shining brightly for all to see.