4 game-changing lessons 2019 taught me

And here we go again.

2020 – a new year, another decade.

As I reflect on the last year and the things God taught me, here are 4 game-changing lessons that I’ve been blessed to learn and that I wanna share with you guys:

1. There is power in the prayer for a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26)

The book of Ezekiel, especially Chaper 37 – will forever hold a very special place in my heart. This lesson might be one of the most important lessons I got to learn this past year. This prayer became my new anthem. In the middle of the transgressions His people commited against God, He, as always, sent one his prophets to His People to help them. To bring them hope and light. Listen, we will always fail. We will always remain sinners. But it’s right in this Darkness, even when He’s about to punish His peoples transgressions that He sends help, hope and deliverance. Yes, He is our hope. God sent Ezekiel, not just to warn His People, but to reach out to them, despite of all the Darkness within and around them, despite of the fact that they deserved to be abandoned, He reached out. Again and again. He send His servant to tell to His People ”I know your sins. I know your transgressions and I will give to you a new heart. I will put a new spirit within you ”and cause you to walk in my statues and be careful to obey my rules (…) and you shall be my People, and I will be your God (…)”. – Ezekiel 36: 27-28 ESV

No matter what we’ve done. No matter what we will do, rest assured that He will never leave or forsake us, not because we deserve it, but because He wants to! And if we pray for Him to give us a new heart and a new spirit He will cause us to walk in His statues and obey His rules. He will! That’s a promise. And believe me when I say that this WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

No matter what we will do, rest assured that He will never leave or forsake us, not because we deserve it, but because He wants to!

2. The reason why we still find ourselves comparing to somebody else is because we don′t have God as the foundation of our lifes. Instead, we have ourselves as the foundation.

If you have yourself as a foundation, you’ll be like the man who built his house on sand. Why sand? because sand is a substance that breaks whenever anything around it is shaking. Every flood, wind or rain will make you fall. For you the wind and rain may be someone else′s thigh gap, their success and fame, their perfect skin or anything else.

What comparison does is it makes us question the reality of what God does not just say about us, but the reality of who we are in Him and what He says about us. Consumed by these doubts we start to take the focus off Jesus and His word and put the focus on ourselves. But since faith is the very thing that shapes our behaviour and because our faith is based on the hope of the glory of Jesus Christ – the very thing and the very person that we dont see – , the whole game starts to take on another level… Comparison, or the fruit of comparison is the very thing that doesn’t just make us doubt who we are, but it makes us belief those doubts and therefor doubt the trustworthiness of God and His word, since our identity is found in His word. Now the doubt in the trustworthiness of God and his word then paralyzes the work of the holy spirit in our lifes.

Doubt in the trustworthiness of God and his word then paralyzes the work of the holy spirit in our lifes.

If we don’t want to have ourselves as a foundation and be like a house whose foundation is built on sand, we need to ask God to make Him the foundation of our being, so that we don’t strive for earthly, fading things but instead strive for what ever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

3. Instead of being frustrated about the fact that you’re single, choose to PRAISE the Lord.

At the end of the day you are not gonna be measured by the number of people who pursued you.

The number of people you’ve dated doesn NOT define how beautiful you are.
The number of people you’ve dated does NOT determine your value in any way.
The number of people you’ve dated does NOT determine who you are as a person.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalms 139:14 ESV

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalms 139:14 ESV

4. We as christians solely exist to serve.

First God himself, as we are His children and because of that we are also called to serve others. To put it in the words of Simon Sinek: ”The value of our lives is not determined by what we do for ourselves. The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others.”

If you want to speak up for Climate Change, do it! If you feel heartbroken for all the people suffering around the world, or a specific group of people, speak up for it! We do not live for ourselves. We live to serve. To be a voice for the voiceless. Where are the christians, preaching about all the suffering in the world? Christians who love others so much that they would be willing to die for them? Where are the churches, who do not care about the exclusive ‘ministry’ they are doing IN their churches but whose churches and places to minister at are the streets, the Ghettos, the battlefields?

I feel like this is an obligation for EVERY Christian to do. And I believe once we understand that we do not live for ourselves but to serve others and that every act we make should help us realize this just cause, that is when we truly find our purpose.

(”A Just Cause is something we stand for and believe in. It is a specific vision of a future state that does not yet exist; a future state so appealing that people are willing to make sacrifices in order to help advance toward that vision.” – Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game)

Once we understand that we do not live for ourselves but to serve others and that every act we make should help us realize this just cause, that is when we truly find our purpose.

And this will truly show our love for God and others. A love so deep, that we’re willing to sacrifice our selfish ambitions and our self-centeredness in order to be a people. A generation that loves other so much that we’re willing to put to death our self to live for others and do anything in order for them to feel loved, valued and neither forgotten nor unheard.

With that being said I pray that God may speak to at least one of you and bless you with an amazing year. I am SO expectant of what God’s gonna do this year. Although I may not yet see it I choose to believe that its’s gonna be GOOD! Because that’s who He is.

Peace out.

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