Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Life Skills: Being Submitted to God

Tonight was another fantastic Life Skills session at re:generation church, led by Hannah.

The session was on submitting to God, not from a place of weakness and lack of other options, but from a place of love and of trust, knowing that the plans that He has for you are for your best (Jeremiah 29:11). Hannah’s challenge was this: how can you get closer to God if you are unwilling to submit fully to Him and to hear and follow the calling He has on your life?

In our groups, we discussed areas in our own lives where we have struggled (and are struggling) to submit. The challenge was raised when thinking of great men and women of God (like Jim Elliott or Gladys Aylward) who dedicated their lives to God’s specific calling. What would the Christian faith and the world around us look like without those men and women who have (and do) submit their lives fully to God.

But these are not myths and legends. Modern day heroes of faith still live among us. People like Christine Caine, fighting against human trafficking (A21 Campaign), or Bill Wilson, fighting for the salvation of inner city children in New York City (Metro Ministries).

Joyce Meyer’s post in her daily online devotional was on the same topic today: Lean and depend on Jesus:

My trust and assured reliance and confident hope shall be fixed in Him. —Hebrews 2:13
Proverbs 17:1 says that a house full of sacrifices with strife is not pleasing to the Lord. In other words, we could make all kinds of sacrifices of time and effort to try to help people, yet God is not pleased unless we stay in peace. Pursuing peace means making an effort. But we cannot maintain peace simply by our own fleshly effort. We need God's help and we need grace, which is His power assisting us and enabling us to do what needs to be done.
The effort we make must be in Christ. So often we just try to do what is right without asking for God's help, and that type of fleshly effort never produces good fruit. The Bible calls this a "work of the flesh." It is man's effort trying to do God's job. What I am saying is, be sure you lean on God and ask for His help. When you succeed, give Him the credit, the honor, and the glory because success is impossible without Him. Jesus said, Apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing (John 15:5).
It takes most of us a long time to believe this scripture enough to stop trying to do things without leaning on God. We try and fail, try and fail. It happens over and over until we finally wear ourselves out and realize that God Himself is our strength, our success, and our victory. He doesn't just give us strength—He is our Strength. He does not just give us the victory—He is our Victory. Yes, we make an effort to keep peace, but we dare not make an effort without depending on God's power to flow through us—failure is certain if we do.
{From the book New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer}

So, whatever it is that you feel God has impressed on your heart to do, lean into Him, trust Him to provide where you are faithful and obedient. God may be calling you to mission work in another country, but He may equally be calling you to visit the sick or elderly in your neighbourhood; to work with children who live on the estate near you, or to serve in your church. God has a different and unique purpose for each of us.

What is your purpose? Are you sold out to it?


Ronell x

“Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can’t see it. So quietly submit to be painted.” {C.S. Lewis}

"Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you." {Job 22:21}

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