Nevertheless

Nevertheless

In order for God’s perfect will to manifest in our lives, our will has to be surrendered and submitted to His will. This battle between the flesh and the spirit is hardest because of its intensity. There is a going back and forth until the moment when the conflict is finally conquered. From that point on, the potential struggle with the flesh is easier to handle.

Aligning our will with God’s will helps us walk through the storms we encounter. Our Lord could go to the cross because He had already won the battle at the Garden of Gethsemane. There, He cried out to the Father for the cup to pass from Him, but nevertheless, He would do the will of the Father.

We get to our place of victory the same way. We want or don’t want to do this or that, but nevertheless, we will do His will. This neverthelessalways-brings the more. Grace, peace, love and His perfect plan are working in us as we yield more of ourselves to the Lord. Nevertheless doesn’t mean less of the best, but less of us for more of Him, from glory to glory! 

Matthew 26:39 “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ ”

 

 

 

Choices

Choices

As we grow in Christ, we find many choices we made in our past were incorrect and unhealthy. The choices we made pertaining to what we allowed to “feed us” needed to be reversed by making the right choices in these areas. Instead of focusing on the wrong ones we made in the past, we choose today, and day-by-day, what is best for us.

God, through fasting and prayer, enables us to make decisions that glorify Him. We learn to make better choices when we eat, turn on the TV, join a conversation, fellowship, or any of the other decisions we make every day. We learn to make the right choices in what we allow into our lives.

Along the way, we will still make some wrong choices, but when that happens, it’s important to keep pressing forward. The enemy attempts to bring guilt and condemnation, which, if received, can lead us to make more wrong choices. All choices are opportunities to change our lives. We align our will with God’s will as He leads. Only by the grace of God can we keep walking in the newness He brings about, from glory to glory! 

Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

 

 

 

No Longer Blocked

No Longer Blocked

One area our adversary, satan, might hinder us is by stopping us from going forward. We realize he blocks us when our heart’s desire is to pray, worship, and read our bible—but cannot do so. In those moments, there are no apparent reasons we cannot go forth; we just find ourselves incapable of doing so and question why.

We may look for reasons in our hearts wondering if there is anything wrong with us, sensing we are powerless and not seeing clearly what we are fighting. This is when we need to press through with our whole heart, mind, and strength. The Spirit of God helps us as we refuse to allow this hindering spirit to block us any longer, and we take a step by the spirit that we cannot take in our own strength.

This pressing through takes faith and a determination to go forth regardless of the block. As we submit to the Lord, we resist the enemy with every ounce of our being and take the first step. Once we step forth, we are loosed, free to go deeper and reach what the enemy was trying to stop us from reaching. We step forth by His power, from glory to glory! 

John 11:43-44 “Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’”

 

 

 

But Now!

But Now!

When we are born again, all things are new. We have a new life in Christ. Before, the law had us bound, but now we are delivered from the law. We were far from God, but now we are near. We were in darkness, but now we are in light. We walked in sin, but now we put off the works of darkness. The mystery of the Christ abiding in us was hidden, but now it is revealed.

Moment by moment, we walk in renewal, transforming into the image of Christ. We cannot focus on what still needs to be changed, in ourselves or others. We are not yet the way we will be, but surely, we are not the way we were. This and that might have been yesterday, but now we are in Christ, and we walk in the newness of life, day by day.

In our daily walk, the opposites of these truths confront us. We conquer all things that are contrary to our divine identity through the grace of the Lord. We pursue trusting the not yet. Before, when we were going through trials, we didn’t know how to stand; but now, trial by trial, we go from triumph to triumph and, from glory to glory! 

1 Peter 2:10 “… who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

 

 

 

Easily!

Easily!

The Lord helps us lay aside every hindering weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us in our glorious race. It is to be noted that sin easily ensnares us. Some actions and habits become addictive quickly. It requires no effort on our part and happens without our awareness. We notice their presence as their strength increases and they require more power than expected to overcome them. 

The remedy is simple faith. It’s taking that first step not to do what we used to do and allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to take the opposition into subjection. As easily as it started, it can stop when we let the Lord help us. The lie of our adversary is that it’s difficult and beyond our ability, but we can do all things through Christ.

In a race, the pressing through point is at the most difficult time when going forth appears impossible. At that moment, even though the muscles are burning with pain, we push through and suddenly find we can do it. We simply pursue the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus by pressing through, from glory to glory! 

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

 

 

 

It is the Lord

It is the Lord

Our risen Lord Jesus often shows up through an unexpected person, at an unexpected time and in an unexpected place; but we can expect He will show up! We may not recognize Him right away, but as He moves, we reach that place where we undeniably declare, “It is the Lord!”

God gives us wisdom through others. We may not recognize it as being from Him, but it will bear witness with our spirit and cause us to take heed and listen because of the authority it carries. We don’t easily detect His timing because it happens when we don’t see it being possible. The place where He manifests Himself is usually unforeseen. It’s not how, where, and when it seems workable that God moves. We can expect the unexpected with joy and peace.

The Lord always produces extraordinary results. All that comes from Him is not ordinary: it’s uncommon, unfamiliar, and so unconventional. What is certain is that He shows up in His astonishing, exceptional, and remarkable way! We expect to stand in awe and proclaim, “It is the Lord!” from glory to glory! 

John 21:6-7 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.”