Monday, September 28, 2009

Relinquishing Your Control

This is what faith is all about. It is about giving over the reins to Jesus and allowing Him to rule over your life and heart. When we willingly and actively entrust our plans and situations to Him we will see much happening within our lives that we could not possibly achieve without Him.

We all like to think and believe that we are in control of what we do with our lives, and to some extent, with the use of our free will given us, this can be somewhat the case in the interim, but the truth is, in the long run, it is God who decides what will occur.

When we realise this, we can stop fighting and pushing against the tide, and begin to move in the direction of what God is doing for us. This actually gives us much freedom! It frees us up to enjoy ourselves more, trusting our Lord to take care of all the details.

It’s kind of like having a ‘Divine Intercessor’, paving the way for His wondrous and exciting adventures that He longs to give us. Hebrews 7:25 AMP says “Therefore He is able to also save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.”

What a wonderful life we can have, when we allow God to do His mighty works in us and in the lives of those around us. When we become servants of the Lord, a whole new world of opportunity opens up for us. It is when we start asking Him what He wants us to do in our situations, and even in our daily lives, much can and will be achieved through us.

There are many fringe benefits to this way of living. Our lives begin to flow smoothly and we experience more joy in our days. We begin to flourish in all that we do. People see a peace and contentment in us that they cannot put their finger on. Our demeanours become more relaxed as we settle into the ways of the Almighty, all the while trusting Him and giving all our cares to Him.

He sustains us and keeps us on a more balanced footing. He is the rock of the ages! Psalm 31:3 AMP says “Yes, You are my Rock and my Fortress; therefore for Your names sake lead me and guide me.”

Our lives begin to take on new meaning and we reach a certain level of fulfilment in every area of our lives. There is no more questioning this and questioning that; instead we believe that whatever is happening to us is for the betterment of ourselves and our families. In other words, we put our complete trust in God.

When we start living more and more according to the Lord’s will, our will becomes His will, and everything begins to line up and come together to form a brilliant masterpiece. A pattern of reliance is formed that can only be described as complete and utter bliss. Our confidence increases as we become more and more attuned to His ways. Isaiah 55:9 NKJV says “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts.”

When you feel compelled to do this or that, or go here or there, you must trust that our Lord is guiding you to a specific task or action. You must do your best to follow His promptings in order to achieve or experience what He has planned for you. If you ignore the prompting and choose to exercise your own free will, you will simply miss out on whatever blessing He has in store. And there are always blessings when we do the work the Lord has set aside for us.

The Lord is a Lord of second chances. He will never give up on you until your last breath! Matthew 28:20 NKJV says “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

PS Jesus is our shepherd and we are His flock. He will gather us all up into His protective care, and we will hear and recognise His voice when He calls us. John 10:4 NLT says “After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.”

All glory for these writings goes to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit whom I believe anointed me with these words for you today. Amen.

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