In reaching out to the Lord, we find we have to reach into our hearts and surrender all to Him. As we reach for His hand, He responds with love. He knows our whole being and leads us into the deeper places with Him. He helps us reach places we have closed off because of hurts and pains. When He takes us there, He heals us and fills us with His glory.
God honors our hunger. He gives grace to the humble. With a heart surrendered to Him, we are able to face every area where we need healing. Some of the things we go through lead us to this self-effacing place; face-to-face with our weaknesses where shame, guilt and condemnation may try to harass our souls. In that moment…we know God knows and we receive His forgiveness as a mighty wave of love and glory.
As we yield to the Holy Spirit, we are resisting the devil who has to flee from us. The closer we are to oneness with the Lord, the farther away we are from our enemy. The key is to remain submitted to God. We draw near to God. We take authority over our flesh, the devil and the world. We rejoice knowing He draws near to us, from glory to glory!
James 4:7-8 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
The more we humble ourselves, the more grace the Lord gives us. Humility helps us confront ourselves and others. The lower we are the higher the degree of glory we walk in. It’s not something we can do ourselves; it comes from a surrendered heart.
Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. Not only are we saved by grace through faith; but the more we grow in the Lord, the more we grow in grace. As we behold Him, we are able to look at ourselves. When we can face our weaknesses, forgive ourselves of past mistakes, and realize we constantly need improvement, we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us. Grace then brings forth God’s perfect will in our lives.
Humility brings clarity in our decision making. If we realize we have made choices in our past outside of God’s will, we repent and receive forgiveness. With a grateful heart, we daily seek the Lord for His leading. The pride that hinders our hearing is removed when we unassumingly ask God for His will to be done in our lives. We honestly desire His ways above our own. As we humbly submit to God, we resist the devil and he flees from us. We walk from grace to grace, from faith to faith, from glory to glory.
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
When we find ourselves at a breaking point in our lives, we find God has a breakthrough for us. God uses what might appear to break us by putting us in a place of helplessness for His anointing to break out with new intensity.
When everything around us seems to be falling apart, including ourselves, the only place to go is the feet of Jesus. In that place of surrendering everything to Him and pouring out our hearts, He removes whatever it is in us that could be keeping His life from flowing out of our hearts. We are closest to our breakthrough when we feel the farthest away from it. The greatest breakthrough is not the bill that has been paid, the relationship that now works or whatever material need that has been met.
The greatest breakthrough is the breaking forth of Christ’s life in and through us as it transforms us and gives us freedom. As a result, the trials we are in and what surrounds us changes. When chains are broken inwardly, there can no longer be chains outwardly. In Christ, we are constantly stepping forward even when we might think we are stepping backwards.
The Lord gave thanks, broke the bread, and distributed it. When we experience brokenness, we give thanks unto the Lord for preparing us to be vessels He distributes His life through, from glory to glory!
Mark 8:6 “So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.”
We don’t give up, we give it up. We surrender to God as we give ourselves up into His powerful care. From that place of surrender, we are able to resist controlling forces and wrong influences. We become quicker to set healthy boundaries. No longer do we back down and allow compromises to infiltrate our lives. When war strikes in our soul we find we don’t surrender to despair but to hope; not to fear but to faith; not to defeat but to victory. Most of all, we do not surrender to the flesh, but to the Spirit.
A woman was tempted to fall into adultery. It happened suddenly, without notice. One conversation with someone alone lead to a hug of comfort that escalated quickly to a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment she saw herself giving in. She was surrendering to a temptation that was planned to take her down into a pit of destruction. That very moment, in her spirit, she surrendered to God and was able to move away from that situation. We might surrender to the wrong thoughts, negative words, controlling spirits around us if we are not surrendered unto the Lord. We surrender by faith, moment by moment.
Giving up is not an option. We yield to the only power able to keep us victorious, the power of God. We lift up our hands, not as a gesture to give up to opposition, but as a gesture of praise. We walk free, from glory to glory!
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
Boundaries may be challenging to set and keep in place. However, they are important in order to shut-out all hindrances to our time alone with God. The scripture tells us to shut the door after we go into our room, and pray to our Father who is in the secret place. This shutting the door shows us we are to strongly shut-out some things in order to shut-in to meet our Heavenly Father.
In the secret place Father reveals Himself to us in intimate ways. When we shut the door to distraction, the door to revelation opens. The door needs to be completely shut. It cannot be open even a little bit. The more we know why we are shut in, the more we are able to shut things out. We can communicate with the Lord at all times, even in the midst of others or while doing other activities. However, there is something special about having a set place where we meet our Father for prayer. The scripture doesn’t read if we pray, but when we pray, signifying its importance; and we are expected to do it the way the passage indicates.
Our Father sees in secret and rewards us openly. There are some answers to prayers everyone can see that were petitioned in secret. It’s also what we do not voice with words, but with actions, that our Father sees just like our drawing nigh unto Him in the secret place. Let us shut-out to shut-in to meet our Father, from glory to glory!
Matthew 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”