No. I'm not talking about Beyoncé's song lol.
It is important to get in the right formation with God. What I means is that you need to be in the proper posture. Think about this...When you have poor body posture it causes pain in various body parts and sometimes even deformation or deterioration. So of course being in poor posture in Christ could bring about similar results. Not only do you need to be in the proper posture in worship but you also need to be in alignment with where God called you to be.
Proper posture in worship is visible. When you worship, you are in the presence of the King. It is custom to bow in the presence of royalty. So when you worship the King why wouldn't you bow your head and stretch your arms? It is also custom to address royalty with pleasantries and respect. So when worshipping the King of Kings open your mouth in adoration and praise. Not only does this confuse the enemy, it also pleases God.
When I was 19, I told my uncle that I felt called to ministry. I asked him how I could be sure. In fact, I just short of grilled him for answers and clarity. Part of my asking was because I didn't want to misstep, and be wrong, but the other part was fear of what that required. I wasn't ready to be judged by my past. I wasn't ready for the attempt at condemnation. I wasn't ready for all of my mistakes to be magnified with seemingly no hope of redemption. I wasn't ready for people to reject me because I was so young. Mainly, I wasn't ready to be stretched.
I wasn't prepared for the sacrifice that ministry would require. I didn't want to be cut, shaken and pressed for the anointing or prepared to bear the mantle. The strange thing is, my fear of being told that I was "wrong" for the position was the very thing that kept me from being in proper posture and alignment with God's will for my life.
Either way, I ran for almost 10 years. And wouldn't you know that God STILL cut me, shook me and pressed me in preparation to do just what He asked of me. He stretched my understanding of ministry and that it doesn't always look like the examples that I grew up around. It didn't mean that I had to have a church, or that I had to be a pastor or that I had to be in a pulpit preaching. He opened my eyes to see that ministry isn't always about the vehicle or the location, the most important part is the message and the true source of that message.
See God knew that I was going to run long before I knew. He also knew exactly which actions and events would need to happen before I finally yielded and gave Him a yes.
Some of us don't even get to the yielding. Some way somehow God uses our situations, choices, and stories to accomplish His plans. In my opinion, there's more meaning to the pain that comes from saying yes. When you rebel and go through all that pain, you did so just to stay the same or become worse. At least if you say yes, that pain can result in a beautiful transformation.
Back to formation lol. Proper formation and alignment with God produces order and requires discipline. Both of which are needed to accomplish the greatness that you are destined to. Even when it seems like things are all over the place; if you look a little more closely, you could find that everything is in perfect order. Not perfect by society's "standards" but perfectly tailored and ordered for you.
When you get your mind and spirit aligned with the Lord and in proper posture to receive what He wants to share with you, your body and life must follow. Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee". I felt that this scripture not only tell us of the importance of what we think in our minds and feel in our hearts but also shows an example of someone who isn't in proper posture.
Here you have someone who's mouth is expressing hospitality and generosity however, their hearts say differently. It's fake. They don't genuinely want to be hospitable, it's all about keeping up with appearances, earning your adoration and showing off what they have. The moment it no longer benefits them to be nice, they turn the tables.
That isn't God's desire. He doesn't want us to fake the funk. If you find yourself struggling to genuinely love, and wish well to, your enemy; ask for forgiveness and help. Don't pretend or vow to cut them off. Trust me, I know this isn't easy. God gave me a forgiving heart but even I had many moments where bitterness tried to creep in and settle.
We can't allow that to happen. If you are like me, pray for discernment so that you don't fall for the okey doke trying to be forgiving lol. If you truly have difficulty forgiving, pray for God to work on your heart and soften it. Either way, find a balance between forgiving and loving, even those who have wronged you, and limiting their access to you.
Jesus knew that Judas would sell Him into death but still loved him. But you better believe that Judas didn't have the same access as those closest to Christ.
Getting in proper formation means not only operating in your gifts to serve God and others, it also means loving properly in its entirety not just when it suits you or is easy.
Be blessed loveys!!!