Confession: I am a perfectionist. I try to be the strong one. to do everything right. to do what I'm told. to be everyone's savior. to rescue and restore what is wrong. But guess what? I'm not strong, and I can't save anyone! (surprised? ha ha)
God has been speaking to me so much lately about my dependance on Him - about how HE'S the strong one. And as long as I try to be the strong one, He is not glorified. I’m learning to submit my weakness to God, acknowledging that I can do nothing in my own strength, it’s all through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not up to me to be the strong one, God is the strong one. But through Christ, I can do all things and nothing is impossible.
He’s also been speaking to me about my inheritance. About everything He has purchased for me. He wants me to walk in the fulness of that, but it requires faith. My word for 2018 is Believe. I need to walk in great faith, trusting Him.
In Corinthians chapter 15 Paul speaks about sowing and reaping. Here is my take on this passage:
So everything we offer to the Lord in weakness, He raises in strength and glory - as HE DETERMINES. We submit ourselves to the Lord in weakness, and He resurrects it in power! My problem is I strive so much in the flesh - checking off lists, duties, obligations - but flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom. I try to do everything in my own strength, but God continues to remind me that He has already won the battle for me. He’s already paid the price. And He freely gives me my inheritance because I believe in Him.
Paul’s conclusion is in verse 58:
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, STAND FIRM. LET NOTHING MOVE YOU. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain!!!
I submit myself to the Lord and allow Him to bring about His will in my life, remembering that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him. He promises the harvest if I don't give up, and He will bring the harvest as He determines. The beautiful thing is I plant some tiny little humble seed, and He causes it to become a strong plant bearing much fruit, to the glory of the Father.
Only God can take my weakness and turn it into something strong and beautiful.
I think this is my word for 2018. Believe. This is all God asks of me. I want to believe in His goodness and be grateful. Asking God to take away a murmuring spirit and give me a heart to believe Him. He promises me so much and tells me all that He has purchased for me. I just have to believe. His thoughts towards me are good, His plans for me are good. His love and faithfulness never fail me.
May we all have a heart to believe again.
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