Let Him Be Lord

This post is for those who have already invited Jesus to be the Lord of their life.

If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior & Lord, and don’t know why you need to, that’s OK…keep reading.

Again, for those who do know Jesus, think about how you will answer the following question:

How do you respond when you recognize an area of your life that is not submitted to God?

Let’s say you confessed Jesus as Lord many years back. As you progress in your relationship with Christ, certain aspects of your life come to the forefront, and they aren’t particularly flattering. In fact, some things are downright wrong, ugly or sinful.

It doesn’t even have to be a sin that comes to light. When we are crying out to God for mercy & relief, in His mercy He will show us what is at the root of our problem. So again, I ask, what is your response to the Lord?

Whether it’s a habit that is detrimental to our health, or a mindset that does’t line up with God’s heart, we all are faced with a choice in how we respond. We can either acknowledge it before God and ask for mercy, or we can stuff it back down and go along as if we didn’t see that thing the Holy Spirit was shining His light upon.

The righteous response is to acknowledge it; to fess up, in Texas parlance 🙂 .

I love this passage of John from the Living Bible paraphrase: There is no eternal doom awaiting those who trust him to save them. But those who don’t trust him have already been tried and condemned for not believing in the only Son of God. Their sentence is based on this fact: that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil. They hated the heavenly Light because they wanted to sin in the darkness. They stayed away from that Light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished. But those doing right come gladly to the Light to let everyone see that they are doing what God wants them to.” John 3:18-21

Confession. That sounds simple enough. Bring it to God and ask Him for mercy.

Got it. Done!

God is compassionate, merciful and kind. He will never reject anyone who comes asking for forgiveness from a sincere heart: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

And just in case you think your heart is too dark to be saved, or your actions beyond the boundaries of God’s mercy and love, let me encourage you with one of my personal favorites:

“Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!” Isaiah 1:18 The Living Bible

But what about those times when you are struggling with a habit or sin? You’ve acknowledged it before God, yet you still aren’t experiencing the freedom, release and joy promised in His word. In these instances, I’ve learned to ask Jesus to be Lord in that area of difficulty, whatever that area happens to be.

Let’s use food as an example. In the course of your life, you come to realize that you have a problem with food. It has been your means of comfort in times of stress. You know you need to eat for life, but you live to eat. Meal planning and special treats dominate your thoughts. Even though you have the knowledge that clean food and exercise will be to your benefit, you can’t seem to pass up the chocolate cake no matter how hard you try.

As you read the word, you run across a scripture that says, “They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.” (Philippians 3:19)

The part about …their god is their appetite…stands out to you and you feel a tinge of shame or fear. You can either keep on reading like that tinge never happened, or you can stop and confess something along these lines, “Father, forgive me. I have been crying out to you for help with my eating habits and things haven’t improved. I don’t want my appetite to be my god. Jesus, I am asking you to be Lord in this area. I turn it over to you.”

Trust that when you humble yourself and invite the Lord in, He will be faithful to take over and redeem every bit of land you cede to Him– whether it’s spiritual, emotional or physical. And He is a gracious ruler. So many times we resist the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives because we’re afraid of what will happen when we let the walls come down. Maybe we won’t like what God offers in place of that thing that we keep so closely guarded in our heart and soul…

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to Christ’s image. It’s part of God’s good plan for our life:

“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:29 New Living Translation

Go gladly to the Light when He shines upon you. What you gain will far outweigh that thing that is trying to hold you down.

Blessings ❤

10.15.14 Sunrise

Only one thing matters

“Jesus continued from there toward Jerusalem and came to another village. Martha, a resident of that village, welcomed Jesus into her home. Her sister, Mary, went and sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him teach.  Meanwhile Martha was anxious about all the hospitality arrangements.” Luke 10:38-40 The Voice Translation

The New International Version phrases Luke 10:40 this way, “…But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.”

I have had a lot on my mind lately. Thoughts that take the form of mental notes and lists. The lists become more detailed as new issues come to the fore-front. The issues turn into prayer requests, but because I’m so busy trying to stay on top of everything, my prayers sound more like tentative appeals for assistance rather than faith-emboldened petitions.

Anxious thoughts of work, home and family start to occupy a larger amount of space in my head, and as a consequence, I find myself running from one thing to the next in a desperate attempt to hold it all together.

The Lord knows I’m weakening. He hears my pleas for help and mercy. He knows what I need most, and what I need most is time with Him.

So why do I find it so hard to stop and sit in His presence? I’ve been here so many times before…

My only excuse is that I tend to err on the side of Martha-ism. I say that I want to be more like Mary but the truth is I like being busy. I like planning and preparing. I like to do things…often to my spiritual detriment.

As I said, the Lord sees me and He knows my anxious thoughts. I have been crying out for help and relief. I have spent a sleep disturbed couple of weeks just burdened with things! And then I opened my email this past Thursday and read this:

“What are the things that are leaving you in distress right now? Bring them in heartfelt prayer before the Lord. Run into the arms of your Father instead, your true place of rest and peace.” Brian Simmons and Your TPT Team (The Passion Translation)

“I will be your Sabbath rest”

“Many are restless in this hour. They long for lasting change. They are puzzled over what seems like delay in their advancement. Restlessness comes when you take your eyes off of Me. I call you to rest in My peace and watch Me work. I will be your Sabbath Rest.

“The distractions are many for My chosen ones. Many voices and many activities can confuse your heart, but in Me there is a peace that transcends all understanding. I give to you, not logic, but peace. My peace can never be disturbed and robbed from you.

“The peace of your world comes and goes and is easily troubled. Come into My ocean of peace and I will speak to you the words you need to hear for what is about to come.

“You no longer have a place in the world. Your place is with Me. Step into Me and I will give the place destined for you. My mansions filled with peace and glory await your entrance. There are many resting places in Me. I long to be your undisturbed peace in a time of trouble and rapid change. Come closer to Me and I will come closer to you. The plans I have for you require that you focus on Me and not your shifting circumstances. Confine yourself to Me, as a prisoner of love, and you will be nourished by the eternal.”

Psalm 27:4-6 The Passion Translation

“Here’s the one thing I crave from God, 
The one thing I seek above all else:
I want the privilege of living with him 
Every moment in his House,
Finding the sweet loveliness of his face;
Filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. 
I want to live my life so close to him 
That he takes pleasure in my every prayer.
In His shelter in the day of trouble, 
That’s where you’ll find me,
For he hides me there in his holiness.
He has smuggled me into his secret place 
Where I’m kept safe and secure.”

I SO needed this! I so want this!

This morning before turning on the TV, before starting breakfast for family, before cleaning the house or planning my day, I took time to sit with Jesus and listen to His heart. I gave all my cares and worries into His capable hands and set out to float in His ocean of peace.

What is more needful, more wonderful that that?

So I will leave you with the last part of the Martha & Mary saga, and hope that you, too, will choose the One thing…

“…But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:40-42 NIV


God is Faithful…

…even when we are not…

“Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.”

“This is a trustworthy saying:

“If we die with Him,
    we will also live with Him.
 If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
    He will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
    He remains faithful,
    for He cannot deny who He is.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:8-13 New Living Translation

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