Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…
Staying surrendered, part two…
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT)
I remember many years ago when the Holy Spirit re-ignited the seed of faith implanted in me because of my godly parents reading, “Christians don’t have problems, they pray them away.” Wow! That’s for me I heard myself saying, but it didn’t take long for me to experience the fallacy of those words. And as a result, I suppressed the Holy Spirit’s attempts to get me to drop to my knees and surrender to God. Yet the more problems that cropped up the more persistent the Holy Spirit became. But slowly over the years the Holy Spirit began making headway.
I was sure I’d surrendered completely until late June and Early July when pulmonary fibrosis took a turn in the wrong direction. “We’ve done all we can, there’s nothing else can be done,” the doctor told Patti and me. It was then I realized I was still holding out and found myself praying, “LORD God, take me, take all of me,” And then in spite of the conflict that continues to rage in my “outside life” my “inner life” rests in the Peaceful Wings of the Holy Spirit.
Andrew Murray in his book Absolute Surrender provides us with the encouragement we need to stay surrendered no matter what life throws in our pathway. “A life of absolute surrender has its difficulties. I do not deny that. Yes, it has something far more than difficulties: it is a life that with men is absolutely impossible. But by the grace of God, by the power of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, it is a life to which we are destined, and a life that is possible for us, praise God! Let us believe that God will maintain it.”
“May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **
Grace and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation