You Are Not Your Own

This life you live is not your own if you are known by the Lord, if you have been made one with His Spirit, and are now a part of the family of God. You have been bought and paid for by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

But now thus says the LORD, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

You may go here or there, decide and choose to do this or that. You may make plans, develop ideas, and pursue ambitions and dreams, but it is the Lord who makes things happen. It is Him who allows you to accomplish those said dreams, accomplish your ambitions, and it is Him who institutes the final results.

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

It is the Lord Jesus who establishes nations and peoples, it is God who sets up kings and rulers, and it is the Spirit of the Lord that either brings prosperity or destruction to every plan, ambition, and motivation of all the peoples under the heavens.

He makes nations great, and He destroys them; He enlarges nations, and leads them away. Job 12:23

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings;

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.

To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” Daniel 2:20-23

It is in Him we live and move and do what we should do. It is according to His will that you must live. Not striving to do as your own mind desires, thinks, or devises what is right, good, or correct.  

In Him we live and move and have our being; Acts 17:28

Seek the Lord in everything you do. In every idea, task, and direction you believe you should go or accomplish. Seek to be cleansed from unrighteousness and sin that you will not be led astray to any deceitful spirit or the desires of your own flesh. 

Desire to be filled by His Holy Spirit that you may hear and know His will, and be willing to stop your forward motion if He closes the door on your current venture. It is not wise to fight against the will of the Lord Himself, striving and chasing after dreams He never intended for you to pursue.

But understand this, and take it to heart, that because of the way He works you will have to endure very hard struggles, pains, and afflictions to fulfill His will in your life. Nothing that is great in His sight or that He would give great praise and acclimation to will be easy. The broad and wide road is easy, yet leads to destruction, the narrow path will be difficult but greatly rewarding. 

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” Acts 14:22

Paul often told others to follow his example because He followed the Lord. He had to endure very great, strenuous, and difficult trials.

God said to him, “For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:16

If you seek the Lord only and allow Him to lead, guide, and direct your steps, He will lead you down the right path, His path. He will establish and exult your ways. He will give you a sight to see, wisdom, and insight He will give that you will know where to go and what to do. 

Never will He lead His children down the wrong path or make a mistake or error. But everything will happen according to His perfect will, purpose, and plan. He sees ahead of everything like none other. He sees the big picture from beginning to end. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. He knows the how, the what, and the why for each and every event. 

Trust Him completely and totally. Though you may seem to be following in great blindness and foolishness to all the world. His path is more secure and established than the mightiest of all mountains is secure and unmovable to the creatures that crawl upon it.

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.

For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:32-39

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