This is for the one whose strength is fading at the moment. I thank you, God, that even when our strength is failing, you are mighty to save. We have learned to walk by the Spirit and not our own strength, God, we trust you.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2 ESV)
There are times when no one else can take this step of faith with you. You know it is personal; it goes deep. Ultimately, it is your decision and yours alone to trust God and surrender. You sense it is a big decision and you find it hard to let go completely. You already partly let go but this is where you need to die. You do not need any more signs and wonders to believe – no, you must just believe! Once and for all!
The desire to be cleansed is huge. The Holy Spirit has evoked a godly sorrow in my heart – I am at the threshold and I realize I never want to go back to my old life. I do not want to live double-minded before the Lord. I desire to be clean.
See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.
1. Corinthians 7:11 NIV
“God, if I can’t hear your voice right now because I am not willing to hear, would you just speak louder for me? Would you just shout out to me what you are saying?,” my desperate cry as I am walking outside on a Sunday afternoon. I close my eyes to listen and there! I hear Him loud and clear: “I love you, my child!,” and He continues, “I am desiring you! I want you!” I see Him there, standing further away on the opposite side of what seems like a dark valley of death between us. I know it is not real but only in my imagination. It is my fear and unbelief that make me dread the crossing.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
John 12:24-26 NIV
So what now? Actually, we both know. God and I, we both know that I am going to take this step. I am going to cross over because He believes in me and is for me. I will die, only to be resurrected again. He is going to catch me as soon as I jump!
You were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:24 ESV
I do not want to hold onto my ways of coping with the emotional pain inside of me any longer. This inner child inside of me, crying out that she wants to be loved, is growing still before Him, to trust Him when He says He loves her. And the fretting goes because she finally sees! She shouts back to Him, “I trust you, God! I know your voice. Meet me there, Abba. I will jump for you. Because I know You will catch me.”
October 31st is Reformation Day in Germany. (It is good that there is a different name for this day in the year than Halloween.) Many years ago, Martin Luther took a – for him, I’m sure – tremendous step of faith to tell the whole world the truth that salvation is reached through faith and by grace only. This truth is the gospel that we Christians believe in and yet for many it has been and still is, I find, maybe too simple to receive. “No, God’s love cannot be that radical and revolutionary; it cannot be that incomprehensibly patient and faithful, that generous.” In believing so, people come up with the same life-stealing, self-destructive ideas again and again. Really, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)! People drive innocent children into madness and the weak into despair. Are we any different when we choose to comply? When we choose to play along?
I had a surprising, reformational encounter with God yesterday during worship and will talk about the revelation as the Holy Spirit leads me but for now it suffices to say that reformation begins today, right now, in our own lives when we do as He says in Isaiah 30:15: “Come back to me! By returning and resting in me you will be saved. In quietness and trust you will be made strong.” (TPT)
It is simple. Or – is it too simple for you? Oh, I am asking this question myself, my friends!
(Sorry it took me a long time to post, guys! I was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago due to anemergency situation and needed time to rest and recover. I’m doing good by God’s grace and held by Him. He loves me deeply and I know He loves you the same. And because He first loved us, we can return His love to Him and others❤ May this teaching bless you!)
Here it comes:
Do you know that you are fully known by God? He created you and He knows you.
There is a difference, though, to be fully known by a God who IS the very definition of love (1. John 4:16). Let us read about His following characteristics and keep in mind that we are fully known by Him.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres …
now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,even as I am fully known.”
1. Corinthians 13:4-7, 12 NIV
Do you realize how God treats you? How therefore we should treat others? Do we not all need a revelation of this kind of love in our lives so that we can love others as He has loved us first? I pray that the eyes of your heart will be opened to see the vast measure of God’s love for you and the family of Christ!
Stay in His love! Be still before Him. Abide in Him and remain in His presence as much as you can. For otherwise, it is easy for the enemy to tempt us to love God less than we do now! No, let us love Him more and more. Let us pursue Him more and more.
When you don’t let the Word of God teach, rebuke, correct and train you in righteousness, you will resemble the people of the last days who will: love themselves and money more than God; be boastful, proud, abusive towards Him; be disobedient, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal; hate the good, be treacherous, rash, conceited, and love pleasure rather than God. (2. Timothy 3:2-4)
Yesterday I had a vision of me standing in golden light. There was a thin wall of glass in front of me. I had a choice – either keep staring at the wall in a state of paralysis or move forward in faith.
‘Why, my soul, are you so downcast?
Maybe it’s all my fault? The crippling anxiety that comes from it; thoughts of condemnation, shame, and fear, pride…
But no, I am born again. I died with Christ and now it is Christ who lives in me.’
Nothing and noone can seperate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. with this thought I see myself place my fingers on the wall of glass.
And it breaks. Instantly, it all breaks.
And a powerful wind erupts out of the former confined space as the wall shatters into pieces. A force of God’s glory unveiled in my inner man! (Ephesians 3:16)
Praise the great I AM! He breaks us for a time to raise us up in a greater realm of glory afterwards. (2. Corinthians 3:18)