Unwanted Visitors

Ever encounter an unwanted visitor? Not one of those beautiful God-sent interruptions but rather the all and all assault of the enemy who seeks to disturb, disrupt, and discourage your faith? My spiritual journey consistently encounters unwanted visitors: Fear, insecurity, doubt, and other prowling intruders, constantly seek to interrupt my peace. They lurk around the door of my heart, hoping to assault my faith and attack areas of weakness! Lately, I am learning a lot! I find it hilariously absurd that I would still need to struggle so violently against my fleshly tendencies; I wrestle with self-reliance that is steeped in pride. Oh, of course cognitively I know that I have no power in and of myself...and yet each time doubt, fear, or assaulting thoughts of How are you ever gonna accomplish this? fill my mind...I have to quietly retreat to a place of solitude and quietly confess: God, I can do nothing apart from YOU! And with the deepest humility I remember that is exactly where He wants me to remain. In the book Humility, Andrew Murray writes "The root of all virtue and grace, of all faith and acceptable worship, is that we know that we have nothing but what we receive, and bow in deepest humility to wait upon God for it." So, how about it? Anything you're anxious about it? Could it be that, like me, you are still trying to figure out the solutions? Today, I am determined to humble my life and surrender completely to the grace of God:
  • When problems arise, I will simply pray God, only YOU can overcome this. Please help me. Give me wisdom. Intervene divinely!
  • When blessings come, I resolve to again turn to God and whisper, God, only YOU could have done this. You alone are good. Thank you for equipping me to fulfill this incredible opportunity.
  • When doubt and fear come knocking, I am determined by God's grace to simply respond, Lord, I look to You, the Author and Finisher of my faith. I rely completely on You. Forgive me for trusting in my own strength. My life is Yours. Lead me as You see fit. I put my hope and confidence in YOU ALONE!
Donna Partow, Author of Becoming a Vessel God Can Use wrote, "The truly humble person walks with absolute confidence, knowing that we are simply empty vessels through whom God wants to accomplish his work. When we understand true humility, we understand that it's not about us at all. It's about God. That's a tremendously freeing realization." Today, may each one of us experience the incredible freedom of knowing God is with us. Let us (by His grace) remember to DREAM BIG...LAUGH OFTEN...and REMEMBER HE HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL!
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