by: Makayla Thompson
A Place To Belong
Have you ever felt like you do not belong? Have you ever felt rejected? Whether it was at school, or even at your home?
Well, I have had this feeling, and I am pretty sure we all have. These feelings can even lead to emotions related to Satan, such as sadness, loneliness, shame, etc. But what we do not realize is that we were not created to belong to this world; we were created to belong to God. So we need to stop searching for the world’s acceptance as a Christian; instead, we must seek God.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” As long as we seek God first, we can obtain acceptance, love, joy, and peace. But, instead of searching for these things in the world, we must search for these things in God because these things are all in God. We must seek the kingdom first, and after we seek the kingdom, we will obtain that acceptance, love, joy, and peace that we are longing for. We cannot seek the world or others for these things before we go to God because we will never find them. Satan does not offer what God does. So if God offers joy, Satan cannot offer joy. So why do we waste so much time looking for good fruits in Satan’s world. Satan cannot give you what God can. The world cannot give you what God can. If we seek Satan for these things, we are heading down the road of destruction. If we seek God for these things, he will make our way prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Right now we may be feeling as if all these things are drowning us, but God has the ability to raise us above that sin all we have to do is believe. Remember that Love (Jesus) covers a multitude of sins. All these negative thoughts and emotions hinder us from moving forward. If we mediate our whole entire mind on Christ, we allow Him to make our way prosperous and successful.
Another way we can obtain these good fruits is by giving God all of our heart. Joel 2:12-13 says, “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”
We must turn to God with all of our hearts. That means we have to get our heart back from Satan (repent) if we want to give God all of our heart. We must fast when these negative thoughts and emotions try to creep upon us.
Zechariah 1:3 says, “Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.”
We must meet God halfway. We cannot expect God to take things away if we are not willing.
Jesus says in John 15:19, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
We do not belong to this world, neither are we of this world. So why do we expect to belong to a place that we were never created to belong in. In the natural sense, God created us all differently anyways, so we should not be a copy and paste of someone else. God created you unique to yourself. So we should not allow the world’s rejections to bring us down because then we are giving Satan all the glory that he definitely does not deserve. Even if we do not feel like we belong to a specific group in this world, we should not be dismayed because we belong to the God that reigns forever. We belong to Jehovah Nissi, so we must live like we belong to Him. So give me a favor and say this to yourself if you mean it: “I accept with all my heart that I was not created to belong to this world. I was created to belong to God.”
Thank you Jesus for your grace and mercy. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.