Why is it so difficult to let go? To forget about our own plans and ways of doing things and just let God take over?
I don’t give Him enough of a chance to actually show me what He can do in my life. I hold onto this urge to control every aspect of my life so tightly, that He cannot be the God who is able to do more than I could ever dream or imagine (Eph 3:20).
“God is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” Eph 3:20
God has all the solutions you will ever need. Every answer you need is wrapped up in Jesus. If we just allow Him to set the pace and guide us in our everyday lives, we will be amazed at the results!
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
If we give our worries to God and allow Him to take care of us, we will experience a peace that far transcends all understanding. Suddenly our lives won’t be governed by this inexhaustible need to control every detail, but we will rather experience a wonderfully liberating joy and peace.
I need this in my life!
What I love about true Christianity is the simplicity of the message. Jesus encourages us to become more like children in Matthew 18. I don’t know if you’ve seen this – but little children can watch their favourite movie 200 times in a row without getting bored. This should become our mentality regarding the truth about the cross and salvation of Christ. If we understand the greatness of Jesus’ salvation, we will never tire of hearing about it!
Today, many preachers preach messages filled with deep and complicated revelations and theological discussions. Although there is nothing wrong with revelation – the message of Christ should never be neglected. It is not a message that should only be preached one time. It cannot be heard too many times. It is through hearing the truth over and over again, that we will become saved and changed into the image of Christ.
So I want to remind you about the basics again:
I can go on, but first I just want to really let the above mentioned facts sink in… :-)
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes weigh myself down wondering what other people think of me. This kills my joy and hinders me from being myself. Like a snare, it keeps me from going forward and limits me to a boxed-in life.
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Proverbs 29:25
I want to break out of this box. The only opinion that matters, the Highest opinion – is God’s opinion. I am promised that His thoughts toward me are wonderful – no other man’s praise or thoughts can compare with His! He makes plans of peace for me – no evil thought crosses His mind. How wonderful! I am completely accepted, approved and loved.
“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered.” Ps 40:5
What would you do differently, freely out of the depths of your soul, if you could not care less what anyone thought? God’s thoughts are the only thoughts that matter – and they have already put the stamp of approval and blessing on us!
In the previous two posts we spoke about the incredible gift God gave mankind in the sacrifice of Jesus. He saved us entirely – body, mind and soul. We’ve already established that faith in the sacrifice of Jesus leads to salvation of our souls and reconciliation with God. We’ve also established that Jesus took it upon himself to carry every sickness and disease in order for us to experience health. The third aspect of this complete salvation is the salvation of our minds.
Let’s look at Isaiah 53:5 again:
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
The highlighted part of the verse refers to our minds, and the fact that we can now enjoy peace. Peace of mind means calmness, composure and freedom from worries. It is a quiet place of contentment and joy, free from all depression, sadness and anxiety.
John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.”
“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Pet 1:2
A gift needs to be received in order to be enjoyed. We just need to realize God’s heart towards us, and how blessed we are the moment we are born again. We must get to know Jesus, who is God’s gift to us. It is knowing the Truth that will set us free, really and unquestionably free (John 8:32, 36)!
I want to cringe when people make the Christian life out to be one of sorrows, seriousness and hardships. These people lay a burden on you, making you feel guilty if you are enjoying your walk with God. This perception goes against my experience of God’s heart towards us. I believe He wants us to be happy in His presence, to look forward to every moment spent with Him.
There are quite a few verses to confirm this:
“…in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
“…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10
“…For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” Mat 11:30
“Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). ” Rom 5:1
So … don’t let anyone make you feel less worthy if you are loving life and enjoying a relationship with God. There is such great joy and contentment in knowing someone loves to be in your presence – why would it be any different for God? He is happiest when we are in His presence, loving Him. In Luke 10:40 He commended Mary, saying she has chosen the good portion – a life of knowing Him instead of just serving Him.