No big news here is it. Or is it? Are you like me finding yourself trying to do things on your own volition? I’ve learned that when I do that I’m putting myself in the place of God with my pride and effectively saying that, “I’m great enough for this I don’t need You God.” How foolish can I be? There is nothing that isn’t something that God is intimately interested in. He wants all of our lives and everything that is going on in our lives. That’s how intimate He desires to be with us.
If you are married or have been you know how that spouse wants to know you in order to understand and know how best to help you with any of your quirks. Well God is a gentleman and although He is God and knows already He won’t force Himself in where He hasn’t been invited.
When we fill ourself up with “I”, we lessen the room for God in our lives. The room that He desires so much.
I found this photo on Facebook and it really inspired me.
It makes me think that possibly I should have titled this piece “God’s Greater than i”. Using the “i” in referring to myself gives me the impression that i’m not so important and reminds me that someone else far greater than myself has my best interest at heart and He is the one that should be capitalized and given the prominence.
What does “He>i” really me? To me, i must get out of God’s way in the plans He has for my life. i must decrease as He increases in me. In turning all the hidden places into His loving hands, i am humbling myself and decreasing and allowing God full reign in my life which is how it should be.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9a
Although, this in context is regarding Paul’s thorn in the flesh, I believe the statement from God to be true of the weaknesses that we may be fearful of letting go and letting God take care of them. Again a matter of pride. Although it seems like fear and believe me I’d rather believe it was fear than an area of pride in my life but the thing behind the fear is pride.
Let me explain. When we are fearful to turn our finances over to God or our children over to God or our spouse over to God or our job over to God or an addiction over to God, whatever it might be that we are fearful of, what is it that we are really saying? I’m fearful because I can’t control these things and that scares me. Now let’s look a little deeper into that fear logic says that, if we are fearful of something that is out of our control to turn it over to the one who is in control of everything would 1. Be the logical thing to do and 2. Would ease our spirits of the fear. If these two things are true why don’t we do this? Pride. That hateful word. We are not always logical beings and although it would be best for us to turn it over and let God have it, we hold on to it as if some how, sometime, some way, we will be able to fix it on our own. Do you see the pride behind the fear now? Even in our fearfulness we want to do it all on our own.
Perhaps you are riddled with guilt behind your fear that there is no way God could help you because you are so guilty. Can I let you in on a secret? You too have fallen victim to pride. Who are you that what you have done is so bad that Christ cannot forgive you? You must be someone special because Christ died and rose from the dead once and for all for the sins of all.
I think this says it all when it comes to pride and sin.
So here’s an idea, why don’t we stop the devil in his tracks and not allow him to trick us with this false pride anymore? Why don’t we confess our sin of pride to the Lord and then ask Him what area of your life does He need entry in? I’ve been doing this for a while and I can assure you He will let you know where He needs entrance. Try and think of this as an exciting new adventure that you are taking with your lover for that is truly what you are doing with the lover of your soul. I can attest that your relationship with the Lord will be a rich blessing and far more intimate than ever before.
Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart