We all limit God’s ability to work in our lives, by what we allow Him to do. What do I mean? We choose how much we allow God to do through our surrender. When John wrote “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John knew that it took a life of surrender to see God work in His life. But what are we doing?
God wants to do the impossibles, the unimaginable. The unthinkable. He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Why? he wants to show you and I just how powerful he is when we say yes to Him. Sounds easy? To cultivate a lifestyle of surrender we must be planted firmly in the Truth, by knowing who He is and His promises we have a better understanding and a more clearer way of trusting in Him when the boat starts rocking.
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When Peter was called out onto the water; how much harder would it have been to step out if Peter did not see Jesus’ miracles beforehand?
The trials that we face in our lives are also known as seasons. Some seasons are fruitful it seems, you have so much joy and everything is going as planned. It’s like your on a mountain top and you can see afar off. Then this comes, it sweeps you off your feet and suddenly your back in the wilderness, the valley. This is the moment when God begins to put you back on the potter’s wheel and works and molds you into what He wants you to be, you just have to let go and let God do what He must do.
These seasons are also testing seasons. I never understood fully why God kept having me go through re-occuring situations over and over again. I know I’m hard headed and for some things it takes a while for me to actually notice what I’m doing wrong. So I kept questioning God. Like a parent that is patient with their children in the early stages of walking so is God patient with us. Everyone matures at different stages with the Lord, I guess you could say he advanced me quickly but yet gentle. His Word says that He is able to keep us from falling. “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.” – Jude 1:24.
In a prayer service God whispered “my hand is in His hand”
When you fully surrender your life to God and allow Him to work on you, you’ll pass every test with no problem, just let Him grab a hold of your hand, He will keep you from falling.
It’s in those times of when everything is going haywire; out of control, you’re getting attacked from every corner it seems and it’s not letting up. You find your self living your life as a circus tiger being whipped and prodded by the enemy in an environment that seems like you cannot get out of. What does this sound like? War.
War is the opposite of peace, and without peace in our lives this is what the enemy does to those who don’t know God’s peace or those who won’t allow God’s peace to infiltrate their life because of their own willpower or having the attitude of “I can”. The “I can” cannot do what the “I Am” can do, some of us have this mindset of ourselves being able to have victory in the littlest parts of our lives when really we can’t, God cares more about those “little things” just as much as He does with the “big things”.
Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no money bag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.
Just as Jesus had sent out the seventy-two, He has also sent us out to declare His peace to others. God gives us the opportunity to release peace wherever we are at, to clear the path, remove offense and to shift the atmosphere. To remove the boundaries of fear and to bring Hope for the Hopeless. Whatever situation you are in today remember this, “Be still and know that I am God” accept the peace that He has for you today!