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I Have Enough

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“And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.” Genesis 33:9

Forgiveness leads us to believe we have enough. Believing we have enough causes us to sense authentic gratitude. Authentic gratitude generates joy. So what creates an environment of forgiveness? The belief that we have enough.

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Jesus on the Cross…said Father forgive them for they don’t realize what they are doing…and then He said “it is finished” because He knew His sacrifice was enough.

Esau fell on Jacob’s neck and wept…he embraced his former “enemy-brother” and seeing all the entourage of Jacob’s company ask “what is all this?” Upon finding out it was Jacob’s way of pleading for mercy he says “I have enough”. This satisfied man came with a heart of forgiveness because mercy rejoices with truth and he had figured out the truth that he had more than he deserved!

Those in Scripture that lament in bitterness of soul are always the ones that feel they don’t have enough…not enough vineyards for Ahab…not enough babies for Hannah…not enough family for Naomi…not enough fruit trees for Eve…not enough loyalty for King Saul…each one focusing on what was missing instead of what was present in their lives.

How does “enough” affect us in our daily living? In our culture? In our aspirations? In our generations?
So is forgiveness paving the way for sensing His giving of enough or is sensing His grace of enough paving the way to forgive?

I am realizing day after day and as I look for gifts God gives out of mercy that I have this mountain terrain of expectations that loom over me. Like God owes me this relationship or that fruit in ministry or this answered prayer or that wonder filled day…and I climb from one precipice of disappointment to another. I am undone and exhausted at the days end and when forgiveness presents itself as an opportunity I fail to see it as a viable option for expedient living. I mean, after all, isn’t sincere forgiveness …forever and ever kind of forgiveness for the lionhearted Christ followers? The real giants of the faith? Sigh.

Enough. What compels a cup to deny any more water when it becomes full? What happens to fish nets that carry too many fish? Where does all the extra air go that we aren’t breathing? Who determines the enough level of our soul?

And whoever started the shouting match words ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!? Because I beg to differ about them meaning it!

Enough is when my soul agrees with the truth embedded deep down in my regenerated spirit (that part of me born again by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ). It’s when my spirit can override what my mind, will, emotions, and even my body tell it in weakness. Like getting “enough” sleep…enough affirmation…enough laundry done…enough time to think…enough heart to heart communication. The realization of enough is when I rehearse what I should get out of life by merit and compare it to what I have gotten out of life by the merciful kindness of the Almighty. Honestly, if we go on merit I am sunk and it’s over!

I have been reading through the book of Genesis. It just leaped at me today. The really hard question I have been asking Him tumbled out between the inspired words. Well, it’s hard to me anyway. “When is forgiveness conceived in us since we are too weak to make it happen in ourselves”? There was the answer in small print …sandwiched in a verse that could well swallow it up. It was just three little words that held on to a huge secret. A secret with the potential to thwart the enemy’s big gun artillery attack on me. I have enough. This is what it looks like if I emphasis it: I HAVE ENOUGH. Esau said those redemptive words having already forgiven his broken and repentant brother. But then a curious thing happens …just two verses after Esau proclaims enough Jacob also acknowledges enough. Jacob the deceiver who has met with God in the night…wrestled the angel…obtained a blessing he did not deserve says “God hath dealt graciously with me…I HAVE ENOUGH”.

Esau had to forgive his brother. Jacob had to forgive himself. Both spent years finding out that ultimately they both possessed enough. They both had more than they ever deserved….the grace of God imposing itself on their idolatrous hearts. It is an answer that I thank God for…it is an answer found at the Cross. It is finished. Enough is enough and we are the victors in Christ Jesus. Lord God, allow me to sit at Your feet and sense enough. Let me hear Your heart in the pages of Scripture and know You are enough. Forgive through me by allowing my heart to see You as enough.

Word art is all the rage these days. I think I will make my very own wall plaque…it will be bold and obvious and uniquely displayed. It will state simply and ornately these three powerfully true words:
I. H A V E. E N O U G H.

Becoming His

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(Guest Post by Kathryn Zarzycki)

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4

My hope and prayer is that as you read this, you don’t see an extraordinary woman or even extraordinary actions. I hope you see an Extraordinary God who can do all things through those who trust Him! (See Philippians 4:13)

About five years ago I started reading Katie Davis’ blog. Her story was amazing to me. God used an ordinary girl to do that?! I wanted God to use me in THOSE ways. I was just an ordinary 14 year old living life in a very uncommon family. So I was going to raise money for Katie Davis with a book sale, and very uncomfortably step out of my comfort zone and share her story with everyone and anyone that would listen. Unfortunately God shut that door. The next year I decided I was going to make pillowcase dresses and send them to Katie. That too was a closed door. I tried and tried to help in anyway I could think of. I then started obsessing about Africa. I dreamt of Africa. All my thoughts were about the people of Africa and I was sure that as soon as I turned 18 I was going to be living in yes, Africa. Then I realized that although all of these things were considered good they were¬†all about me and what I wanted. I was not asking God what His plans were. I was so frustrated and full of questions. How could I help? And why was God closing all the doors on me? I was doing everything “right”.

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Then one day I read a blog post that I am sure God wrote for me! The title of the article was Serving the Least of These. Yes! Finally God sees my heart. But as I continued to read, the least of these the article was talking about was your younger siblings! Okay God maybe you don’t see my heart…. One quote in the article was, “We need to see our younger siblings as we would orphans in Africa.” Ouch! How convicting! Here I was trying to help the people living in Africa but my relationship with my siblings was broken. I took some uncomfortable steps and as my relationship with my siblings has changed, God has been opening doors in ways I could never imagine!

Last year God started urging me to do what I had been trying to do for the last four years. But that’s the thing, I was trying to serve the people of Africa. It was completely about what I could do. All in vain. So this time I decided to pray, and let Him lead me in His ways, instead of my own. As I was doing dishes one day, God spoke to my heart. Why not sell Amazima’s necklaces? It was a grand idea! Now the hard part was beginning. For those that don’t know me jumping in and talking to the Amazima team was…not me but all God! He has been so faithful to me in that way. He showed Himself in every instance!

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Fast forward one year and I am now a part of the Amazima’s Ambassador Program. I am selling necklaces and sharing the stories of what God has done to the lives of these precious women and children! Although I am now 19 and am not living in Africa, I am learning to serve God in the little ways. It may be “little” in my eyes but in His eyes it is not. Just imagine if all the Christ followers in the world just followed God in the simplest ways? Just loving the people God places in front of them. Serving everyone as if they were Jesus! God is preparing me for GREAT things and my job is to be ready for it when He calls me! Will you join me on this great God-given adventure? – Kathryn Zarzycki

“We aren’t really called to save the world not even one person, Jesus does that. We are called to love with abandon. To enter into there lives of our neighbor’s sufferings and love them right there.” – Katie Davis Majors

(All pictures from this post are taken from amazima.org)