Over the years I continually learned not only surrender, but to agree with God concerning what needed to be crucified in my life and how to let go and allow Him to replace that which was not of Him, with what His will was. I have to admit, this wasn’t easy to walk out. But what this walk produces is the fruit of the fellowship of His suffering which brings an intimacy that can’t be gained in any other manner. (We are excited to share in His victory but usually omit the part of scripture that says we are also to partake in His suffering. Philippians 3:10) Often in our day we don’t realize God’s hand in these situations, it’s much easier to play the victim card and never learn what God was teaching us or preparing us for.
While learning to actually live Galatians 2:20, I also daily experienced the working out of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Oh what sweet victory to see Christ triumphant over every attack against Him or me! I learned to stand and allow Him to flow through me, trusting in Him alone.
So when God closed a door I spent my days in His presence allowing Him to heal the broken parts, strengthened the weak areas and loving me. During these months I had the wonderful privilege of having had a couple of personal visitations. Oh how sweet to be in His presence! It was during the days of sickness that He spoke these words to me, “Your latter days will be more fruitful than your previous days”. Praise His holy name! As a believer, our only hope is in Christ. What a blessing to know that I was exactly where God wanted me!
During those days I journaled almost every single day, as well as writing out devotions that the Lord would lay on my heart; many of which I am sharing on this website...my labor of love from the Father to you.
Today I would like to share with you what He spoke to me on January 22, 2014. I believe it is a word that is not intended for me only, but for me to share with His bride, because He is coming back for a pure and spotless bride! Dear ones, we cannot stay stagnant, we cannot stay connected with our old ways of thinking and doing things. The blood of Jesus brought you and me into a new covenant where we are dead to the sins of our flesh and are new creations in Christ. Did you catch that? IN Christ! We can’t do it alone, we don’t even know what to do, let alone how to get there. This is the next step in our journey, won’t you join me?
“I want you to be all Mine. I am weaning you from other dependencies. Your security rests in Me alone - not in other people, not in circumstances.” The verse He led me to was Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”
He quickly explained to me what was to be destroyed by sharing these words, “I want you to utterly destroy everything that is not of Me.” Wow. Now I know there is a lot of “me” in there, but, honestly, I know God knows more is there than I had ever wanted to admit! Christ was asking me to prepare for the next part of the journey, and He needed to expand His dwelling place. See, a word given, isn’t a one time thing, it is a continuous growing. More of me was dying so that more of Christ could live in me! How precious is Thy blood! Oh, the precious blood of Jesus that flowed for me! The things of this world have grown dim and I am seeing with new spiritual sight what He sees! So I asked Him to show me what He saw in me that was out of alignment because I knew that my tendency would be to just deal with the obvious, but He wanted the root, not the weed at the surface.
The Lord is so faithful, He wants the best for us. He opened my heart and addressed 4 areas that day that were stumbling blocks in my life that could prevent His next step for my life. I had a choice to stay stuck and dwell upon past circumstances or acknowledge the truth and move on. I will give a guess that these areas may be familiar to you as well. Almost every person that I know struggles with these areas. Today, I pray is your day for deliverance! I want to share them with you so you, too, can grow in the mercy and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be set free.
As I reflect over this list, I realize that they are things that are so common to man that we sometimes overlook their destruction in our lives and in our relationship with Jesus. We may not see them as major issues, but God sees them as mountains that need to be removed. They are the stumbling blocks that will continue to destroy, not only God’s plan for our lives, but our intimacy with Him. Unfortunately they are also the very things that recur in our lives in times of trials. So I will also share the scripture that goes with each one so that we know the truth.
- “Your thoughts assume you know what I would do.” “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
- “You fear that I won’t do what you want. You are always running scenarios through your mind of what you will need to do when I fail you.” “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIm, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- “You would like to expose those who have hurt you so deeply rather than leaving that to Me.” “Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,...” Deuteronomy 32:35
- “You can easily imagine ways I can solve your problems and you get the glory.” “I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give my glory to another…” Isaiah 42:8
Lord God, I thank You for showing me the truth of my thoughts and the danger they present to my relationship with You. Forgive me Lord! Self-sufficiency is, indeed, a tool of the enemy. Thank You for allowing me to be Your vessel to share this with Your bride, that we may all come to know Your saving grace and transform our thoughts according to Your word. In Your scripture You tell us that after David’s victory of killing Goliath that he took Goliath’s s weapons and put them in his tent. Lord, today may each of us take the above weapons that the enemy used against us, and place them in David’s tabernacle. We stand in victory today and ask You to remind us daily as we tend to allow these poisonous thoughts to seep back in. Lord, it is Your destiny for my life, and those who read this today, that is critical. Your ways always produce the fruit of what You intended them to produce and You will judge each of us for the fruit of our lives. It is not enough to physically submit to You, but we are to take every thought captive TO THE OBEDIENCE OF JESUS CHRIST! Thank You that You have equipped us with every tool that is needed...Jesus Christ! We take our rightful place today in Christ, seated at Your right hand and look unto You, the author and finisher of our faith to go before us to win the victory and that You receive all the glory! We love You! Amen.
I leave with you a few scriptures for meditation that my dear brother Esher shared as he read this devotion:
Romans 8:13 - “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (NASB)
I Corinthians 15:31 - “[I assure you] by the pride which I have in you in [your R5 fellowship and union with] Christ Jesus our Lord, that I die daily [I face death every day and die to self].” (Amplified)
II Corinthians 4:10 - “always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
Luke 14:27 - “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”