The Acknowledgement Preface

Often times in life, I believe we find ourselves in a rock in a hard place. We are living for God, going to church, going to Bible study and in that we, of course, have our downfalls. We are having premarital sex, cussing out our peers when there seems to be some sort of “beef” between the two of us, or lying about being sick so we don’t have to go into work and instead watch the Love & Hip Hop reunion show Part 3. Despite the fact that we are seemingly “living” for God, we realize that we have a few things mixed up. That the ideology that we’ve been taught about God is wrong and that we’ve been reading the Bible in the context of us instead of the context of Him. It’s a hard pill to swallow and is difficult to move on from but we must do it in order to properly dwell and bask in the freedom God has intended for us to live in all along.

In my seemingly long journey of life, despite only being seventeen, I have learned the meaning of necessities; what I really need in life in order to make it. So of course, there are the things our minds immediately go to;

  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothes

Things like that are likely the first thing your mind goes to when asked that question. But it was finally in my “pit” moment that I realized not just who God was to me but what God was to me. Even to go deeper into that, what God was to me, what did that mean for me? It took me some time to realize, but, as I dove into the promises of God and what they entailed on last year, I found those answers. But, it was in 2015 when I found out that my first necessity wasn’t water or clothes or shelter. It wasn’t found in materialistic things. My every need, my every want, my every desire, my everything was found in God. And it was in that that I found God to be the one who gave me my other “necessities”. Not man. So in order to even have that water and shelter or food that I thought I needed, I needed to know, recognize, and acknowledge that I needed someone, someone bigger than me, to even give me those things, to begin with.

Without God, we are literally nothing. We are waste walking. We have no purpose, no identity; nothing. And it is in these moments, where we realize and accept this fact, that God is able to take everything we are not and make us into everything He has planned for us to be.

It’s the acknowledgment.

In 2015, I felt like I had truly hit rock bottom. Despite Romans 8:28 promising me that all things were working together for my good, it sure didn’t feel like it! I could not grasp how an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-matchless God would even begin to allow His child to go through such a hardship at such a crucial and pivotal stage in my life!

It was beginning harder and harder and harder for me to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” and I was struggling in my walk with Jesus. I felt like He had left me.

In January of 2015, I spent some time doing a lot of soul-searching and spending time with God again as I had fallen horribly.

And what He revealed to me was that in my mind, growing up in church and having a legalistic view of God and His judgment, it was only allowing me to see myself as a necessity for God instead of Him being a necessity for me.

Yeah, I know.
A lot of times, the only time we acknowledge things that have been standing in our face the entire time is when we hit our pit. When we hit rock bottom and we feel like there is no recovery. But I urge you to re-consider your process. Healing in those places can only take place when we acknowledge our need for God. He created all things, He gave us a book on everything we need to know to get through our lives. So I pose the question, why is God always your last source in your time of calamity?

God. Is. A. Necessity.

Necessities. Are. Not. Optional.

If you’re in need of food, it’s not about an option of whether you’re going to get food or not, it’s a matter of when, where and how!

Realize that God is not just a fly on the wall in your life watching you go through it! In fact, He is there every single step you make in it!!!

But God is also a gentleman. True gentlemen don’t force you to do anything you don’t want to do, so He is not going to force you to need Him!

“As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, So my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God.”
‭‭PSALM‬ ‭42:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

A deer has to realize it wants to recognize its necessities for water. It’s yearning to acknowledge it’s thirst! So they acknowledge it and move forward in it.

Your heart should yearningly desire to recognize or acknowledge, that you need God.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 3:5-6. I love reading it from the Amplified Bible;

“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭AMP‬‬
It even says here that our first step on our journey to a straight path paved by the Creator is to first acknowledge Him. Not just Him but His mighty power and wisdom.

Don’t you know you serve an all-wise God?
(Reference: “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” – Jude 1:25 KJV)

He knows you need Him. Now it’s just time for you to take that step, that risk, that push and just simply acknowledge your need for Christ.

Dear Lord, I pray for every reader reading this right now that you give them the courage to recognize and accept their need for you. I pray that you guide them through this journey of acknowledgment and give them the power, the only power that comes from You, to walk in their purpose as they acknowledge You and Your presence in their lives in everything they do. Thank You for being an all-wise God, Jesus. Thank You for knowing just when we need You, where we need You and how we need You. I pray for their faith right now and I pray that You grant them serenity and peace in everything going on in their lives. Thank You for allowing them to acknowledge You. May they never forget this huge step in their walk of faith. Love you, Dad! Amen.

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Ken ❤️

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