And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
So as we declutter our lives of natural items that we no longer have use for, we should also be decluttering our minds of old mindsets and worldly thought patterns that will keep us from achieving to prove the perfect will of God for our lives. Different seasons bring new enemies that cause us to have to do things differently. They also bring greater revelation and blessing as we move to greater levels of faith and greater levels of glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
18 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.
Romans 1:17New (NKJV)
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
So every tree in our lives that bears no fruit needs to come down! Fruitless ventures cause frustration, confusion, and hindrances that cause us to be distracted from our purpose. God has given us ALL natural gifts and spiritual gifts. These are things that come naturally to us. We feel fulfilled when we use them and though others think they are amazing, we use them effortlessly and without much thought. Although our gifts come easy, because they have been giving according to God’s grace, they will not produce withstanding fruit until we intentionally engage, sharpen them, and study them to show ourselves approved. God has not given them to us for our own satisfaction and entertainment, but for His glory and advancement of His kingdom. It’s Not About Us, although we will benefit from being in synergy with them! Our gifts will make room for us.
Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
Not only will God always provide a place of provision to operate in our gifts, but He will also bring us before the greats of the industry. He wants to place honor on us as we make His name great by doing what He has created us to do and giving Him the glory. This applies to the natural as well as the spiritual gifts. If you are a hairdresser and you have mastered your gift and honor God with it, then you can expect to be recognized by the affluent and elect of your community and hold great influence in your sphere, all while doing hair. If you have a gift of prophecy then God will cause you to get the ear of leaders that hold power in the world systems so that you may speak words to activate and transform those arenas. God is strategic and merciful. He plants us in all kinds of different places to allow His grace to be known through us. Our gifts paired with the Holy Spirit and emerged in the love of God can change the world. So as you evaluate your fruit this season, I encourage you to step out in greater levels of faith and intentionally use your gifts for God’s glory. Promotion and increase are inevitable! You are called to greatness and God is making room to use what He already put on the inside of you! Success is your portion!
Father we thank you for the gifts that You have given us. Forgive us for not always using them for Your glory and forgetting that You gave them to us for Your purpose. Help us evaluate the fruit in our lives and remove any thing or any relationship that doesn’t produce good fruit. Help us grow in faith and glory as we transform by renewing our minds. We seek Your perfect will for our lives and we want to be intentional about walking in our purpose that is found in You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!