Choose to live outside the cycle
[AMP] Luke 10:21 In that same hour He rejoiced and gloried in the Holy Spirit and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have concealed these things [relating to salvation] from the wise and understanding and learned, and revealed them to babes (the childish, unskilled, and untaught). Yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will and choice and good pleasure.
Our own wisdom will keep us from hearing from God. It starts slow, and then grows over time until we find that we are operating almost completely on our own, leaving God in the backseat.
Have you ever noticed how confidence effects your reliance? The more confident you become in yourself, the less you rely on God. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being confident. We need it. We just need to be more confident in God, relying on him more than on ourselves.
It seems to be a cycle for me. The beginning of the cycle is complete reliance on the Holy Spirit – a constant, on-purpose awareness of his required presence always on the front of my mind. Slowly, that begins to fade and I begin to make decisions that rely less on a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit and more on myself. Over time (and it doesn’t take long) I draw away from Him, unaware of it. At some point I’ll hit a wall that I cannot overcome. The subject of the wall is irrelevant. What is relevant is the purpose of the wall – to get my attention. He is certainly long in patience – Indeed I have an embarrassing number of walls in my walk.
I’m fascinated at how children perceive God. Incredibly simple yet profound is the statement that comes to mind. It is a simple uncomplicated confidence that says, “If He’s got the whole world in his hands, then in His hands, I’ll also be found.” And that’s about the safest place to be.
The title of Pastor’s sermon this past Sunday was Choose To Live Before You Die and within that title there are all sorts of life lessons that we can glean. One of the facets of Christianity is living a life that is abundant. The abundance comes from living in the awareness of His presence – of responding to His presence and Him responding back. Simply put, it’s relationship with the Creator. But when life is lived in the cycle described above, we aren’t taking advantage of what was promised us. Life comes at us at break neck speeds with demands, many of which are walls. They are overwhelming. And we look on in despair, worry, and anxiety wondering how we will ever get past this, all at the same time the Holy Spirit is right there gently saying,
Don’t do anything alone. I’m here. Don’t make decisions alone. I’m here. Don’t believe the lies from the enemy saying you will never get it all done. I’m here.
He says, “My grace is sufficient for you and you can do all things through Christ. I’ll not leave you nor forsake you. You are the pinnacle of My Creation and indeed you are in My hands.”
Living in the cycle is living as a spiritual pauper, well below what God promised. So choose today to live not in the cycle, but in abundance! You’ll be amazed at the results!