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The harder I worked, the more pressured and tense I became.
Cracking, under the pressure of doing things my way, I was slipping into disappointment.
The harder I fought, the more difficult the situation became.
I was focusing too much on me.
This New Year was supposed to be about me!
My goals and not anyone else’s! Selfish? Maybe.
If you have ever given up your personal desires you understand my shoes. If you have laid down your time, efforts and sacrificed your space and comfort for others, then you can relate to my thoughts.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (2 John 3:16)
You see, everything was tilted – towards me – and in my mind I had the right to justify my actions. I acted defensively.
Until God reminded me of this scripture:
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)
So I struggled within me to surrender my selfish intentions.
Saying, Lord, I want “me-time”. I have been handling everyone’s business.
When am I going to handle mine?
Can I get on with my own business without
receiving your nod of approval?
And God answered.
He showed me that he doesn’t cheat his people.
He will never use you, only to discard you when he is done.
He rewards every labor in the vineyard.
You see, I can’t control what happens in my day
but I can choose to commit my day into His unfailing hands.
Does this mean we don’t set plans?
The truth is: God’s counsel will stand regardless of our plans.
We all want things to go the way we plan, but God’s way of settling issues in our lives may be very different, more profitable and even peaceful than we ever considered.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
The moment I start to control, I remember that God is in charge and not me. This gives me the peace required for that situation. I am free from the burden of control.
We experience freedom
when we yield to His counsel for our lives.
Lord, help me to surrender to your will for my life.
Heavenly Father, I enjoy peace and freedom from yielding my life to you in Jesus Name.
Do you ever struggle to yield yourself to God’s agenda for your life?
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