“I said, ‘Who are you, Master?’ “The voice answered, ‘I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down like an animal. But now, up on your feet—I have a job for you. I’ve handpicked you to be a servant and witness to what’s happened today, and to what I am going to show you.
How do we know we are headed to the things of God? How do we know that we are making a difference for His Kingdom? When does it become completely clear that we are doing God’s will? I don’t have all the answers to these questions and there is a multitude of different answers that we could come up with. I feel that as it is stated in Jeremiah 29:11 that our purpose was already planned out before we were even born. That’s a hefty revelation for some especially when we all have our own plans and desires for our lives.
So many of us become Christians’ yet we still want to do it our way. We seem to think we have such a better way of doing things than God. For some reason we think that our plan is going to work so much better than God’s. May I take a moment to remind us that He is the creator of the UNIVERSE?! He is the director of our steps IF we allow Him to. As we go about trying to make our plans work, He waits patiently for us to reach the dead ends. He waits like a patient father waiting for a wayward child to come to their senses. He waits and waits until we figure out we just cannot do this thing called life on our own.
If I have learned anything in 43 years of life, I have finally grasped the idea of surrender. In order for me to know where to go next, I have to surrender my life. Yes, my WHOLE life, not just parts of it…ALL of it. Such a hard revelation at times. If I ever want to do anything for Jesus, I have to be aware of the fact that my life is not my own. It never was and I will never be able to put my own restrictions on it if I have said yes to Jesus. I am no longer at a crossroads in this area, especially after all the good things which have happened since I learned to apply the principle of surrender in my life. If I had not surrendered my marriage situation I would not be happily remarried right now and on the journey of a life time!
I encourage all of us to just surrender. Surrender your life. Surrender your will. Surrender your emotions. Surrender who you think you should be to God and see if He agrees. If we want to do anything for Jesus on this earth, we have to choose to stay surrendered to His plan for our lives. If we want to see people with healed hearts and renewed minds, we have to remain surrendered to God’s Plan, not our own.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
What is fear? Is it real or just imaginary? How come some of us fear one thing and others are fearful of different things? I guess since we were all raised in different homes we learned to fear separate things. For me, water is a fear. I get to about chest high and a panic state arises in my spirit and I begin to really feel the fear. I know in my heart that God did not give me a spirit of fear, so why I am I still afraid of the water?
Fear keeps us from doing so many things. It surely is an enemies tool against our lives. Some of us even fear spiders which are millions times smaller than we are, how is that even possible? What about those who are afraid to leave their homes, they are bound to a fear which mobilizes them. There is a fear for pretty much everything on earth and we either need to choose to live without fear or just avoid the snares all together.
Tonight as I was hanging out in the pool, I tried once again to deal with my fear. I know where my fear started, it was when I was about eight years old and was thrown off a boat in hopes that I would learn how to swim. Then to add to this fear and keep me there, my son had a near drowning experience when he was six. This summer I walked farther into Lake Michigan than I had ever done, but somehow, the fear is still lingering. All I can do is surrender it once again to God for I know He has a plan to remove the fear.
What are you afraid of? Do you run from your fears or do you walk in quiet confidence knowing God did not give you a spirit of fear? I think this is a subject which hits all of us. I can’t say that I have ever met anyone who has no fears, it just proves that Satan is hard at work trying to keep us from doing the things God has set out for us. We at some point will need to come to terms with our fear and face it instead of running from it. We will need to stare it right in the face and speak truth to it, the truth that if we are with Chirst, we have no fear.
I myself want to get over this fear of water. I will keep pressing in each time to be able to conquer it. I no longer want to run, I want to take this fear of water by the hand and walk out what God has promised me….A Spirit without fear! Are you ready to face a fear or two?