July 4, 2016

Walking after Jesus requires less of us and more of Him.  It sounds so simple, “less of us, more of Him” but implementing those words into actions requires work.  We as humans want to be in control and the thought of giving that control over to anyone, including Jesus can at times be very difficult.  When we come to Jesus as sinners, we ask Him to forgive our sins so that we can walk with Him on this earth and live with Him in Heaven after this life.  But salvation is also about us giving our life to Jesus so that He can be in control.  Yes, it is a process, but the longer we walk with Him the more of ourselves we are to give to Him.  That means that our journey of salvation requires us to give more and more of our control over to Him.  We still make decisions and choices but instead of leaning on our own understanding we are to lean upon understanding from the Lord.   Think about the decisions that we make for our life:  where do we live, who do we date, where do we work, what do we do with our money, how do we raise our children, etc.  Life is full of decisions and when we ask Jesus into our hearts, we are no longer making those decisions with only our own desires to consider.

We all like to be in control, I myself struggle with wanting to be in control.  I want what I want when I want it, but living that way will only last so long with Jesus.  The longer I walk with Him, the more I realize that I have to give myself over to Him.  Why because God has a plan for my life and only after I give myself over to Him will I walk fully in that plan.  It sounds so easy on paper but walking it out on a daily basis can be a true struggle.  It has been for me and many others I dare say. Why, because it means letting go.

William McDowell wrote a song several years ago called “I Give Myself Away.”  In the song, the writer sings about giving himself away to be used by God. One of the bridges in the song goes, “my life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself, I give myself away.”  That is what salvation is about, saying to God, through His son Jesus, that our life is now His.

The first step to allowing God to be in control of your life is to trust Him.  For many that can be difficult because of past hurts and woundings from others that betrayed that trust.  Start by ask Holy Spirit to help you to forgive those that betrayed your trust.  Give the hurt and pain that they caused you to Jesus.  Take your time, for many the hurt can be very deep. If this step is to painful to do on your own, seek out a prayer partner or a pastor that can help.  I myself reached out to an Inner Healing and Deliverance Pastor. I just got tired of seeing God through the eyes of those that hurt me.  I was tired of fighting the same fight and never seeing results.  And please don’t be so prideful that you don’t ask for help when you need it.  Even Jesus wanted others to pray for Him.  And know that no wound is too deep for Jesus to heal.

Next, know that God will not do to you what man has done.  To allow someone to be in control of your life means that you have to trust them.  This process might mean that minute by minute you have to give your will over to God’s and that is OK because slowly it will become automatic.

Living a life fully sold out to God is possible, but it means walking free from everything that would stand in the way of allowing God to be in control.  On this Independence day, make a decision to live a life totally dependent on God.  Liberate yourself from everything that has stood in the way of you leaning and trusting fully in God.  Let today be your day of Independence from past hurts, pains and woundings that have stood in the way of God being in full control of your life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3”5-6)

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