Merriam-Webster online defines confusion as follows:
“To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding. To blur. To assemble without order. To jumble.”
I believe that confusion is one of the strongest challenges we face in our world of gray today. Confusion is simply an “add-on” to the deception that the enemy uses to derail us in our journey. We all face confusion at times. We may be confused over a math problem in school, or determining direction of our career or ministry, the path to take in a relationship, or possibly organizing our financial plan. Even so, we must understand that we can command confusion to flee if we are earnestly seeking the will of the Father.
I have a few friends who are struggling lately to discern God’s will for their lives. A lot of times, Satan will aim an arrow of confusion when we are at a crossroad. We might take satan’s bait of doubt if we get distracted and take our eyes off Jesus. The Father of Lies will attempt to entice us with alternatives to God’s perfect will in order to keep us from receiving God’s BEST.
Sometimes we might be too angry to think clearly, or too afraid to act boldly, or possibly just too busy to give God the time of day. God doesn’t want us to try to figure everything out. IF we were supposed to understand everything, then He wouldn’t be God. He will offer us total freedom from the stress of confusion, if we will let go of trying to control our circumstances. He desires for us to trust His still small voice, or at some moments–His shouts!
Our Lord knows what is going on and why….AND… He’s sovereign. When we unclench our fists and finally surrender IT to Him–peace will come. Nothing is out of control, when He is given full control. If we strive to manipulate situations according to what seems to be right to us, then chaos and confusion will set in.
We must be sensitive to God’s leading. We need to stay in His Word and be connected to Him through worship and prayer. It’s crucial to recognize that prayer is a two-way conversation. In addition, we need accountability with other like-hearted brothers and sisters in Christ. When we are obedient in these areas, confirmation and clear guidance will come.
We must walk in obedience and embrace the fruit of patience so that we can take the steps of faith necessary to detach from our comfort zone. We know that the consequences of going our own way can be painful. The temporary inconvenience of getting out of the comfort zone is far better than waiting for everything to unravel when we position our desires ahead of His desires. His abundance is available if we choose to walk His way.
“You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don’t have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more.” (Rick Warren-Purpose Driven Connection Devotional)
Lastly, I want to share a recent status update I had on facebook that parallels with this message:
When we–as disciples–abide in Jesus, then we ARE in the will of God and our free choices transform into God’s foreordained decrees. (Oswald Chambers–paraphrased) Therefore, we never have to second guess ourselves when it lines up with His Word. His desires become our desires. Now that’s “God-fidence” — God Confidence!
MIXED UP? FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS…
WANT TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE AS GOD?
HAVE FAITH IN THE FRIEND WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE!!