April 26, 2017

Not Invisible

I woke up today and I felt small.

It happened when I fell into the trap of comparing myself to others. 

I doubt that I am the only one that does that. You might also be feeling small, insignificant, and maybe even invisible sometimes. I have felt all of those at one time or another.

But I reminded myself that the Bible tells me otherwise. I have read how God worked in the lives of insignificant and invisible people in a mighty way. I could easily think of five that God moved from a place of insignificance to a position of great ranking.

David was invisible and God handpicked him while a young shepherd and anointed him to be the king of Israel.

Joseph was invisible while falsely imprisoned – until his appointed time when God promoted him to second in command to Pharoah in Egypt and was used by God to save the people from famine.

Moses was invisible, feeling defeated and finished on the back side of the desert until God burned a holy bush and called him to let His people go.

Nehemiah was invisible during his captivity as a cup bearer for King Artaxerxes and God enabled him to lead the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

Gideon was invisible as he hid threshing wheat in a winepress when the Angel of the Lord appeared and called him a mighty warrior and God gave him an unconventional victory in battle with only three hundred men.

Recalling the accounts of each of these men assured me that God sees me. He sees you. We are not invisible to Him. But if you feel that way today I would suggest you read about David, Joseph, Moses, Nehemiah and Gideon. Let their stories tell you what they told me today. We are not invisible.

David: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Joseph: Psalm 105:16-22, also see Genesis 41:39-41, Moses: Exodus 3:1-10, Nehemiah: 2:4-6, Gideon: Judges 6:11-12

April 24, 2017

Yielded Heart

Why is it so hard to surrender and yield to a high and Holy God, who is our Abba Father?

To relinquish control to someone or something;
To give something up to someone else;
The opposite of being in control or in charge.
Yes, it’s a hard thing to do; but when it’s done, surrender yields a sweet reward of intimacy with the Lord. The relationship between Father and child becomes knit together in strength, trust, and love. That’s when we learn to trust God’s ways, not ours. That’s how we tune our hearts to an obedient walk and choose to press in close for all He has for us as He leads and guides our lives. We gain much more than we lose when we give our lives in total surrender to our Heavenly Father and Lord.
There lies a constant risk of danger when we live unto ourselves and our own ways, and not unto God and His ways. A life lived unto ourselves becomes a painted target for Satan. Any part of our hearts not surrendered to the Lord is the enemy’s for the taking, and he will most certainly attack those vulnerable places.
That’s why it’s so vitally important to give ourselves completely to our God, submitted and yielded, fully surrendering every part of our hearts into His hands. The attacks still come, but He is our strength and shield when we’re yielded to Him. He is the power that can overcome anything the enemy brings against us—if our hearts are wholly surrendered to Him.
As believers, we are privileged to follow the Lord in our journey. By faith and obedience, and because we love Him and know we are loved by Him, we seek His ways, we draw close, and we keep our eyes on Him. We listen for His voice and we follow where He leads. Our yielded hearts understand that a surrendered life is a life walked hand in hand with the Lord.

Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day. ~Psalm 25:4-5