2 Chronicles 16:9a
9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is completely His.
In life it is easy to plod our way along and forget the truth that God is intimately involved in His creation. When teaching the multitudes, Jesus observed the anxiety of people and pointed to the sparrow as an illustration. “Consider the sparrows,” Jesus said. “They don’t sow, reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” He then reminded the people that God cares more for them than for the sparrow.
Problems are part of life. Storms come to every person. Yet when we see the hand of God working in our lives, storms lose their punch and anxieties lose their grip on our hearts. But there is one key to experiencing God’s power – our heart needs to be completely His. In the book of James we are told that a double-minded person is unstable in all their ways and can expect nothing from the Lord. A double-minded person is someone tossed back and forth by the cares of this life. They follow God, but then something turns their hearts back and they follow their own ways. They can never see God’s hand because they are not willing to stand firm long enough to see God work through any situation. Each time we take the reins from God, we steer away from where God is going. So how can we ever expect to receive what God is giving?
In Hebrews 10:38, the Lord says, “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” All of these things agree together. When you and I look at life, we are not facing our circumstances; we are standing on the path of God. The path leads to where God is taking us and the promises stored up for us. These promises are the things God earnestly desires to give us. The greater of these promises is the personal character being created within us that has eternal significance. And eternal merit.
Through faith we boldly step into the unknown, not because we are confident in our own strength, but rather, we are confident in the Lord. He leads us through each situation with the purpose of showing His power, shaping our character, and shaking loose the things in our lives that prevent us from running with endurance. Those who turn back miss the pleasure of God – and the goodness He will reveal to us and in us. Consider this wonderful passage in Psalm 33:13-15
13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
Of course, this is the Old Testament times, but how much more true is this today. In the ancient world before Christ came, God worked in the lives of His people without the intimacy of close fellowship. Now that Christ has purified us, we are called the temple of the Holy Spirit. Beyond the cross, we have something the saints of old did not have. Now God’s dwelling place is within the hearts of His people. Therefore, how much more true is the promise that God fashions our hearts individually.
God is intimately involved in your life, shaping your character, and considering all your works. When the people asked Jesus to tell them how to do the works of God, He said, “This is the work of God, that you believe upon Christ.” This is the works God considers in your life. Do you believe on Him and walk by faith? Will you go where He is leading? Will you let go of the things God is removing so nothing can hinder you from receiving all God has in store for you?
This is the loyal heart – the heart that is completely His. The heart that does not turn back, but yields completely to the will and leading of God will find the secret counsel of God (Psalm 25:14). Then you will see God show Himself strong on your behalf. What a promise! The power of God doesn’t rest on the talented, wealthy, and respected personality. God’s power rests on the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. This means anyone can experience God’s best and His fullness of joy. But we can’t have His best without first letting go of our lives. God is drawing your heart. Let go and trust where He leads, and find the individual work God has planned for your life. Then you’ll have no regrets.
Written by Eddie Snipes
BY RICK WARREN — MAY 21, 2014
“Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 5:1 NLT)
If you want to have deep, personal, satisfying peace of mind in heart and soul, you’ve got to surrender control of your life totally to God. How do you know if you’ve done that?
Evidence of a surrendered life is always obedience. When God says, “Do it!” I do it. I don’t care if I don’t understand it, if anybody else is doing it, if it’s possible or not, if it’s hard or easy. I just do it.
When you listen to God’s Word and follow his direction, the result is always the same: peace.
Today, you may be in an uncontrollable circumstance. You may be married to an unchangeable person. You may be experiencing an unexplainable problem. The good news is you can have the peace of God in your life. But first, you have to make peace with God. You can’t have the peace of God until you first make peace with God. How do you do that? By surrendering your entire life in faith to Jesus Christ. “Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us” (Romans 5:1 NLT).
Aren’t you tired of being at war with God? Don’t you realize that is the single greatest source of stress in your life? What is the result of being in control of your life? Worry, guilt, bitterness, resentment, anxiety, fear, fatigue, depression, and despair. What is the result of putting Jesus Christ first in your life and being fully surrendered to whatever he wants? Peace, power, strength, wisdom, purpose, meaning, eternal life, significance, and joy.
Would you pray this prayer in your heart?
“Dear Father, you know how I have resented the problems in my life, and you know how I have resisted the things that have caused me pain that I can’t change. You know that I’ve asked you many times for an explanation that has never come.
Today, I want to stop fighting you over things I don’t understand. Forgive me. I want to begin the path of personal peace. So I ask you for help. Help me to change the things that I can, and help me to accept the things that cannot be changed. Help me, Jesus, to trust in your loving care when things don’t make sense. Help me to trust that you are a good God and that you have my best interest at heart.
Today, I make an unconditional surrender of all my life to your loving care and control. Please give me your strength and wisdom and peace and purpose. I want to make peace with God by faith so that I can have the peace of God through you, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
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