Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wild + Free.



Y'all, I cannot believe that it was one year ago today that I arrived in Tennessee.  For those of you who have been following along since then (or even before then, which if that's the case, you're so amazing for sticking around), you know that the struggle was very real in that season.  Lots of excitement, and doubt, and questions, and pride-issues.  It was a legitimate hot mess.  But the last twelve months have seriously been so fruitful.  I have grown and changed and learned so much more than one post can possibly contain, but I thought I would share just a few of the ways that I have grown since that day a year ago, all by God's grace  So, here goes:

Newfound confidence.  I have had to learn how to get out of my comfort zone over and over again.  From exploring an entirely new part of the country, to attending concerts alone (kind of weird and also kind of awesome), to joining a gym where I knew no one, and meeting new people everywhere in between, I have come to realize that God has so intentionally moved me into places of being more outgoing - more willing and excited to meet new people - than ever before.  I am still an introvert at heart, but I find so much new joy in making friends everywhere a door opens up. 

Dependence on the Lord.  Seriously, this has been huge.  God has shown me multiple times just how desperate I need to be for His presence and for Him to provide, and He has shown up each and every time in crazy, unimaginable ways.  This section could be a book all in itself, so I will just leave it at this: God so desires our wholehearted dependence on Him, so that He can bless us from His abundance in ways we could never even dream of.  PTL that I am incapable of doing much without Him coming through.

Abundant life in the Holy Spirit.  Well, this one is more recent and a little crazy.  All I can say is that I have had a willing and ready heart for a while, and now God is taking me into new places where He is revealing more of His character, particularly Holy Spirit.  It is overwhelming and amazing and so, so worth looking like an absolute fool.  There is so much freedom in living by the Spirit.


All of these thoughts culminated in my morning time with Jesus yesterday as I was reflecting on the last year, which included turning 25 last week, and thinking about what this next season may hold.  I wrote down the following:

Twenty-five: the year of being wild and free.

Set free by Holy Sprit to explore new territories.  To see more and more of the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ.  To witness healing and miracles.  To pray in new ways and encounter the Father more intimately.  Wild and free to more fully be who He made me to be by pressing in to more of who He promises that He is.  


Guys, I am so excited.  So expectant.  This new season is going to a rich one, and I am believing God to do some incredible things, particularly over the next seven months (a time frame that was spoken over me by my pastor last week).  I hope that you will choose to hang around to see what God has in store!



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

God of Identity.

 

Over the last few years I have learned that one of my personal and deepest passions is for people to understand and find their worth and identity in the Lord.  It makes sense that I would care so deeply about this, considering it's something I struggled with quite a bit throughout my high school and college years (and continue to grow in). It wasn't until recently, though, that I realized there is so much more to this identity thing than I thought.  In the last few weeks, I have found myself immersed in the Word and spending countless hours in books and sermons focused on identity, so here are a few, albeit broad, things I have learned along the way.

We, as a flawed people, have the unnerving tendency to rely on ourselves, rather than the Lord (uh, hello Israel).  Because of that, we allow what we think about ourselves - including the things that we hear and see and let others influence us to believe - to shape our identity and thus overpower who God has already told us that we are:

Chosen.  Loved.  Redeemed.  Free.  Worth it.

Identity all begins with this: if we would just believe that God really is who He says He is, and that we really are who he says we are, we would see and experience so much more on this side of eternity.  We would more fully live out His calling on our lives; we would have full confidence and assurance in who we are and what we were made for; we would see miracles and get to be a part of those miracles; we would play a larger role in crazy Kingdom expansion because we would be relying no longer on ourselves, but on Him in us and the Holy Spirit's power through us.  It is all an issue with misplaced identity.

And the thing is, if we really let the reality of who He says we are to infiltrate every part of our being, we would do what God has laid out for us to do.  We would manifest Jesus.  Fear would not stop us.  Doubt would not cause us to question.  We would walk into new places with supernatural confidence, boldness, and strength by His power and His Spirit.  Y'all, this - all of this - it's real.  And it is available.

So how can we "get there?"
1. Believe what the Word says
2. Study Jesus
3. Know we are His
4. Live like Him

If only we believed it was actually that simple (because it is!).  Instead, sadly, we limit ourselves, and in doing so, we limit God.  He has given us the Holy Spirit that we would step out and do things in His strength so that only He could get the credit and glory, much like Jesus did, because we have access to the same Spirit that Jesus had.  We can do the things that Jesus did.  Don't believe me?

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12

If we only saw ourselves with "unveiled face" (2 Corinthians 3:18), believing all that the Father has said we are and made us to be... man, I really do believe that the Kingdom would be ignited and spread like wildfire upon the earth, and we would not only see it but be a part of it.  It all begins with rooting our identities in Him.  Believing Him.  Studying His Son, and living like Him.  And I am in the same boat as many of you: hungry, ready for more, and just starting to see these glimpses of His glory.

You, my friend, are born for the Kingdom to flow through you; born to be absolutely overwhelmed with God, in such a way that there's no turning back.  Only pursuit.  Only moving forward.  There is no need to be frightened by intimacy with the Father.  Seek Him, know Him, believe Him.  There you will find your identity - who you are, what you love, what you were born for - in Him alone.  Root yourself in who He already has said that you are, and live out His calling on your life by His power and strength.

This is a good life, friends, and He is so worth it all.

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This post was originally featured on my sweet friend Natalie's blog, Heart Stirrings, which y'all should check out!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A New Season.



"See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19


I really don't know how to even start this post.  It doesn't feel like I have had the right words within me lately to describe what I am feeling and what the Lord is doing in my heart.  Over the last three weeks, I have been participating alongside my church in "21 Days of Devotion" (#21dod may look familiar to those of y'all who follow me on Insta) and the Lord has been showing me a lot of cool stuff, like revelations about my identity in Him, about His desire for the first fruit of my day in prayer, and about the power of the Holy Spirit who is in me.  To be honest, the Father is refreshing and wrecking me all at the same time, and it is awesome.  Some things that I have been desiring for a long time - which come only from deeper, truer, and greater relationship with and worship of Him - are on the horizon.  I feel it, and He is affirming it all over the place.  From new friends to new opportunities, and all kinds of crazy conversations and experiences, it is evident that He is doing something new.  And it is so overwhelmingly exciting.

I am entering into a new season, and I could not be more ready for God to do His thing.  I don't quite know what it is going to look like, and honestly it will probably be a little messy, but I'm not stressing the mess.  Out of mess comes testimony.  Out of mess He is glorified.  What I do know is that all of it is going to be worth it.  Exciting things are just around the bend, just beyond what I can see, and I am running full force into what He has in store for me there.

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Friends, I would love for you to join me in this journey by following along on other social media platforms.  Don't worry, I will still be blogging and chronicling all of the "big rocks," but for more day-to-day stuff, feel free to find me on Twitter and Instagram (@gennean).
 


Monday, August 18, 2014

So Much More.


"Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."
John 21:25

DANG.  We really do only have a small glimpse into the power and life of our sweet Jesus.  The things that He did and the people He encountered in His ministry on earth must go so far beyond what we know from the Bible, which is absolutely nuts considering what He was able to accomplish in those few years.  And He alone is our ultimate example, right? I wholeheartedly believe that we should and could be doing so much more to impact the world that we live in... if only we believed that we are are who He says we are and therefore lived with so much more boldness and confidence in His power.  Jesus' ministry lasted three years.  Three years!  That is nothing... and yet when you compare what He was able to do in that time, it seems like everything.  He did ALL that was required of Him, all that God wanted Him to do, all that needed to happen for Him to be the perfect example to us.  There is so much more that the Lord wants to do for us and in us and through us than the "little" that we are comfortable with and settle for.  The things Jesus did - the miracles and the healings and the redeeming - those things are absolutely accessible to us today.  Right now!  Do you believe it?  If not, what is holding you back?  Unbelief.

"Unbelief needs to be removed from our minds, to where what we see doesn't dominate what we know in our hearts... This involves a pressing in, a consecration. Your time in prayer will lead to deeper intimacy, which will lead to seeing things the way God sees things."

We must, with everything in us, fight against doubt and excuses and simply believe that God really and fully IS who He says He is, and thus that we are who He says we are.  We've got the same Spirit in us (2 Corinthians 4:13-14) longing for us to press in to Him that we might experience just a glimpse of the abundantly more (John 10:10) than we are settling for.

You ready?  I know I am.