It took me such a long time to come to grips that there were some things that I could not do and would never be able to do which upset me greatly because we all want control of all things. However, there comes a point in all of our lives when we have to come to grips with the realization that there are different things that we cannot do.
Not accepting this fate is something that most, if not all, people struggle with because we are human and our nature is to do things our way and scripture tells us this: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Unfortunately, when we do not walk with the spirit but engage and embark with the flesh then we will be separated from God: “For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). The good news we do not have to continue our walk in this flesh as we are instructed to be different and standout among the crowd and this is true for all of God’s children.
When I joined the ministry and started to branch out my understanding of God, I realized that it was God’s Will for each of us to be different and that we are uniquely made for a specific reason(s). We may not know why but we do not have to know but we must trust God and while this is not always easy, we must keep our eyes on Him rather than following in the path of the secular world: “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:” (Proverbs 1:15).
As I had to learn for myself, it is not within the spirit of natural man to follow in the path of God and desire the great things He has for us and scripture is clear on this: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Regardless of how often and/or much we are told something, most of us have to learn for ourselves and usually, this is the hard way: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” (Matthew 15:19).
Although it may be difficult for many of us to accept the harsh truth that we cannot do everything that we desire, when we learn to trust God then we begin to do more. Wait, how is this possible? This may not make much sense but when we let go of what we cannot do and let God take control and do things His way, we stop focusing on the things that we cannot do and focus on the things that God does want us to do and from here, we are truly unstoppable and blessed beyond measures: “Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1:1).
Romans 12:2 is clear that we are to separate ourselves from this worldly system and walk with God: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Furthermore, we are to get rid of our old ways and walk with a new heart that we are given in Christ: “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). With this pure heart, we are set apart and different and we will standout among others in our location regardless of their perverse ways: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” (Philippians 2:15).