To help us draw nigh unto God we can visualize reaching for His hand. It helps us to take-hold of His reality. Like a child whose hand is stretched forth to a parent seeking leading, guidance and comfort–we seek His hand at all times.
We seek Him the most when we know we can’t take a step without Him. Through humility and total surrender we reach into our hearts, and reach out to His grace and mercy. Many things can hinder our efforts. What we hold in our hands may need to be released. Perhaps we need to stop trying to grab hold of something or someone else. It may also be our fears and insecurities that prevent us from reaching forth boldly and wholly.
As we walk with the Lord we realize we need His guidance with every step—great or small. Trial or no trial, we desire to hold His hand. Holding His hand brings comfort when in sorrow and peace when at war. It brings safety and rest in every moment. We seek after Him because we love Him so and find He looks for us to reach out to Him from glory to glory!
Psalms 77:2 “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.”
It is when we are drawing nigh unto God that battles come causing us to draw away from the things of God. Our adversary sees us drawing closer and closer to the Lord and wants to move us from that deep place of intimacy.
Lies the enemy speaks to us are to draw us away from our closeness with the Lord, and they are attached to a no need to declarative statement. It’s the enemy’s list of all the things we don’t need to do when we are in the midst of a trial: go to church; read and study The Word; rest in the Lord; pray; worship and many many more. Yet, it is the opposite that is true. In those times, drawing nigh unto the Lord is what we need to do more than any other thing because it’s only in His presence that we find peace and joy.
The greater the battle, the more we are to seek and remain in a face-to-face encounter with our Lord. We draw nigh unto Him with our whole heart. Even in situations where we can’t seem to find the time for prayer and worship, we can trust God sees the longing of our hearts and blesses us with His presence. It’s about quality, not quantity. Whenever there is anything pulling us back, let’s move towards our Lord, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 7:19 “…for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
Rejections in our past may contribute to our fear of rejection today. This can hinder us from moving forward with holy boldness in many areas of our lives. This fear will also hinder us from doing what the Lord has called us to do.
Knowing and believing the unconditional love and acceptance we have in Christ enables us to walk with freedom and holy boldness. When fear of rejection is attached to our decision making, our expectation of success is diminished. We then move by fear and not by faith. A decision may have to be made with the understanding that we may be rejected. However, when we seek to please God above all else, all fear is removed. Even the mistakes we make are used by God to teach us His ways.
Forgiving what was not done, is as important as forgiving what was done: by others, ourselves or even God. Forgiveness frees us from our past, enables us to remain free in the present and removes any fear of tomorrow. We are forgiven and accepted in the Lord. It’s an individual process as we progress, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 1:6 “… to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim and declare the gospel of peace in all situations. This is challenged when our differences are such that our peace is troubled. When we are confronted with disagreements that turn into arguments, our character is tested. Will we react the way Jesus would? Will His light still shine through? How do we walk the talk when what is talked about stirs up strife?
The only way to maintain peace is for Jesus to be placed in the forefront, at all times. When we focus on the Lord first, we are able to focus on the person instead of the problem. When we are in disagreement with someone regarding an issue, the person has to remain more important to us than what is discussed. We can attack the problem, go through the pros and cons, and analyze a subject without attacking the person. The person matters more than the issue at hand.
In Christ, we can agree to disagree through the love we have for one another. We can lay aside our differences when we care about pursuing peace more than we care about being right. Even though it’s difficult to separate the person from the problem at times, it’s necessary in order to pursue reconciliation. We need to be convinced of what we believe; we cannot convince others. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and teach truth. As we walk in the love of God and demonstrate His reality, He is able to do much more than we can. Let us pursue peace, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …”
The restoration we have in Christ is such that not only what was lost is brought back, but what was broken is repaired. This is manifested day by day as we are being renewed and restored by the grace of God.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit destroys what is yoked together that should no longer be; and gathers together what should be, but isn’t. So many things have been broken in our lives that often we are unable to find the pieces, but the Lord knows where they are and gently makes us whole. With each breakthrough His riches and His glory increases.
As He puts the broken pieces of our lives back together, peace is restored. What had been held back is released. What was separating us from our purpose is removed. Blocking walls are destroyed, and freedom to move in God is increased. We, then, also become restorers of the breach, bringing the healing of the Lord to the broken lives around us, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 58:12 “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell in.”