God is speaking to me about trusting Him completely, with my whole heart, and not relying – putting any over-confidence in my self – my flesh – my abilities – for after all He has given me all things that pertain to life and godliness in the knowledge of Him. It is He that created me, not me myself!
We are His offspring, His children and we grow up to be like Him through training in obedience to His Word. But if a child is mulish and clings to his own ways, his growth is stunted and even his walk is twisted perversely. We all recognize people that demand their own way and the immaturity in it. It does not mellow with age but grows increasingly bitter and flat.
When we finally learn to fix our eyes steadfastly on Jesus, Who is the author and finisher (perfecter) of our faith, that is where the true bliss and sweetness enter our lives. This is how we do it – Jesus daily drew apart to pray. He did not rely on Himself. He only did whatever His Father showed Him. How much more should we?
Recently, the Lord has been giving me visual images to illustrate what He is saying. I saw a national paint company’s slogan on the side of a tractor-trailer — simply the words, “cover the earth“, and the earth covered in red paint. When we start walking with the Father, we learn to view real life from the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, we leave nothing uncovered, nothing lacking, nothing imperfect for He is the fullness of the heavenly Father! He is our strength, our righteousness, our peace, our joy, our present help in time of need and so much more! Love that will not fail.
Why should I take matters into my own hands as if I could control a thing – and thus frustrate the grace of God in my life? To think otherwise is a trap, a de-vice of Satan’s to draw me away from God’s presence. In God’s presence is all that we need.
Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
Isaiah 30:15, “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”
How can two walk together unless they be agreed? says the prophet in Amos 3:3
We must eat the Word for He is our Bread of Life and drink deep draughts from the Living Refreshment that is His Holy Spirit. This is how we become deeply rooted and grounded in the Love of God which is shed abroad in our hearts by His Holy Spirit and draw all that we need from Him — for in Him, we live and move and have our being — even as branches are only alive when connected to the vine. From Him comes our fruit: our righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Apart from Him we can do nothing. There is no such thing as a “self made” man (or woman) but all creation is waiting for those who know their God and that His grace is enough for them. He shall supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus in glory.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
1 Corinthians 13:10-11, “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Finally, I leave you with the words to a well-known hymn…
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.