So, in my journal the other day, I started writing my next blog entry…this one. Except I didn’t write it exactly like this. In fact, I’ve started a couple of times to write “Breaking Chains, Pt.2” but God has been doing so much in me, that I’ve just not sat down and sorted it all out into a blog. So…here’s what I started writing on 10/28:
One of these days, I’m going to write the second part of my blog entry, “Breaking Chains”. I know I need to do it, but God keeps working and moving and things are happening so fast that can scarcely keep up, it feels like. What I’m learning though is that this “breaking of the chains” is an on-going process. Just when ya think God is finished with you, He reveals something else that needs to go. Its called sanctification–the process of dying to ourselves and becoming more like Him. At some point, I’ll take the time to write a longer blog about what the Lord is doing in my life–because I know He will use it to minister to someone else, but for now & until then: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
And…here I am, writing this “longer blog” with this weird headline: Me: “You want me to let go of that? But I love that!” God: “Exactly”. I titled it that because that was a conversation God and I had a few weeks ago, and it has been an ever-present theme in the what the Lord is doing in my life. He wants me to die to myself, crucify the flesh and walk as one with Him. I can’t do that if I’m holding on to the things I love. If those things are taking my focus from Him, even if they are things FOR Him or TO Him, then they shouldn’t be done. This is a thick, difficult chain to be broken…at least it has been for me. However, I know that He is chipping away at the iron link that has been binding me. Sure, He could break it instantly, but would I learn & grow the way He wants if He did that? This season that I’ve been seeing as waiting and listening, is exactly that…absolutely. But it is also a time for allowing him to make that chain weaker and weaker, until it breaks into full obedience and submission to His wonderful will.
This may just be rambling to some of you, but someone reading this (because I believe that’s how God works), will be going through the exact same thing and understand completely. Maybe someone reading this will realize they too have been stubborn about doing what God wants, and finally give in and be obedient. Maybe someone else will also realize that there are things in their lives that are taking the place of God, and then release those things focus on Jesus. I pray that is the case. I pray that you will know that a life lived in obedience is much better than one that is not. Blessing, peace and strengthened faith are some of the fruits from a life lived in obedience.
Abba Father, we love you Lord and we want our lives to honor and to be living worship of you. Help us Lord, to recgonize when we are outside of Your Will, and draw us back in. Help us to trust you more so that our obedience is automatic. Holy Spirit, well up inside us and go before us when the enemy attacks using disobedience and wrong thoughts. With You, Holy Spirit, we have the mind of Christ….may our Christ-mind always be in the forefront so that the enemy has no way in to try to deter us. Jesus, You gave everything on the cross so that we can have eternal life in Heaven…thank you for that. Help us to keep our life in Eternal Heaven as our focus, rather than the things of this world. We love you Lord. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.