Hello everyone...and a very "Happy Friday" to you! Just think...we have now come to the end of another week. I wonder how many times we say to ourselves...I just can't make it...only to find out later that we do. Praise God...that no matter what we have faced this week; that He has sustained us and brought us to where we are today!
This morning, as I've sitting here in my office...talking with God; He led me to a very familiar Bible verse in Luke 9:23, which reads... "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
After reading this Bible verse to myself; God began to take me back to a time in my life, when I was going through a lot of loss. I had begun to serve Him...but through it all, I was still struggling with the past...and the dysfunctional life I grew up with. It seemed as if I was trying to hang onto the old life, while attempting to move forward, with the new life that God had now wanted me to live.
Through time, I began to see how mixing the unresolved, dysfunctional moments of the past, with a freedom that I had just discovered through Christ, was just not blending well together. On one side, I was still feeling partially in bondage, while at other times, I was feeling the freedom; that God led me to over time.
Finally one day...God spoke to my heart and made it known to me; that I was either going to give up those in my life, who were still being used to keep me in bondage...and pick up my cross completely and follow Him...or I wouldn't be able to serve Him at all. Since it was my great desire to move forward with my life and serve God; I let go and gave everything completely over to Him.
You know...we need to realize that there will be times, when our desires just don't blend in with God's will for our lives. Just because we pray and ask God to accomplish everything...through the way we feel it should be; doesn't mean that this will happen...as I came to see.
One thing I have truly learned through life...and that is to follow Christ; for my life is for Him...not for myself. The question we need to ask ourselves today is this... "Are we willing to accept God's will over our own?" In other words...are we willing to accept God's response to our need and pick up our crosses and follow Him all the way? Like I have found out...we may not always be happy at first with His response; but over time...we do come to see that following Christ can lead us to so much more...more than what we could have ever imagined...praise Him!!
Well...it looks like it's going to be a busy day for me; so I need to go for now; but I truly pray that no matter what you may be facing right now; that you will open yourself, to the complete will that God has for your life.
Take care...and have a great Friday...and I will see ya soon!
Many...many blessings on your day!
It's Always & Only Because of Him...
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain