In Love With God - lesson 4
The only thing that I want for this semester
is for us to be in love with and on fire for God
Which means Surrender, Surrender, Surrender!
Where are you at?
Any noticeable changes in your life yet? This is to be our constant expectation if we are seeking the Lord with all our heart. Changes must be happening. What have you surrendered in the last few days? What is God pressing on your heart right now?
If we want to get closer to the Lord we must be asking these questions regularly. What must be changed in me? What am I holding onto? What am I unwilling to let go of that God has put His finger on? At whatever point we have refused to surrender, this is where we stop. We have reached an impasse and we will remain at this point indefinitely. The problem is that if we don’t surrender we may never move on! We must be willing to surrender in order to move on. When do we think we will be more ready to surrender if we aren’t now when the Lord is point blank asking for us to? We have already been experiencing some of the joys that came from letting go the last thing He asked of us. If we delay, we are much more likely to forget that there was a joy attached to the surrender of each thing we gave up, and will be less likely to be willing to give it up, because our hearts have become bonded tighter to them than they were before. We talked to a man the other day who had stopped growing in the Lord 30 years ago. 30 years is a long time and what is to say that he will ever start back up again? I’ve held onto things for the last 10 years and they have stunted my growth and robbed me of full joy in Christ as well. We will never have full and radiant joy in Christ while we refuse to do what God has asked of us. And if we don’t have the joy of Christ it is because we are hoping to get our joy from the thing we are refusing to let go of, but they will never bring us joy only more emptiness and worldly behavior.
If we feed the flesh with it’s old desires, the flesh will grow and our sins will take us down into deeper and deeper bondage. But if we feed our spirit, the flesh will grow weak and the chains that held us will fall off. Our old nature and life will pass away and the new man (or woman) in Christ, will come to life. The new man is full of joy! The new man is radiant with the light of Christ! The new man is becoming more and more like Christ Himself! Hallelujah!
Let us seek God earnestly for more of Him today and let the old things pass away.
Remember, the things you struggle with will become easier to let go of the more time you spend with the Lord. And the opposite is also true. The less time you get with the Lord the more impossible it will be to get free of those chains of sin. They are impossible to let go of without Jesus’ help.
But let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 9:24