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Rut, Rot, or Revival

I recently read an excerpt from a book by A.W. Tozer entitled “Rut, Rot, or Revival” in which he speaks of the “dictatorship of the customary” and the “psychology of the usual”. These issues were purposefully directed to the sometimes woeful state of the Body of Christ in relation to our incorrect representation of life in Christ. He correctly asserts that we are often in danger of slumbering in our complacency (rut), we are in a state of satisfied sameness (rot), and we have gratefully accepted comfortable status quo. That hardly demonstrates:

…constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another.
2 Corinthians 3:18

How can the worldwide Body of Christ effectively offer to the lost the powerful ministry of reconciliation back to God when we are hardly alive ourselves to the energizing ministry of the Holy Spirit? Smith Wigglesworth has suggested that if you are not daily growing in the things of God than you are in a back-slidden state! While some may consider that an overstatement, it is, in fact the call of our Father, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, that we “grow in grace” (2 Peter 3:18), “with a growth that is from God” (Colossians 2:19). Luke 1:30 (Amplified) extends the meaning of grace with the words “free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving kindness”. That’s what our Abba extends to us on a daily basis. There is never ending growth in God. We are never finished!! There is always more to know, to learn, to become.

…He wakens me morning by morning. He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].
Isaiah 50:4

As members of the Body of Christ that is our daily calling – to grow in grace, to crave to know more about our Father, to enter into this most extraordinary walk in the Spirit. We are to:

..teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom {in spiritual things…(Colossians 3:16)

And we are to approach our Father and our walk with Him according to the leading of the Spirit:

…in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things… (Colossians 1:10)

Ruts and rots are boring and nonproductive – something our Father never is! Ruts and rots stifle growth and accept quiet mediocrity. Ruts and rots allow the attitudes and accepting standards of the world into our approach to God – both individually and corporately. We are not to allow the world’s standards and the world’s way of doing things to compromise, to infect, our growth in the Spirit and our accurate representation of God’s ways of doing and being right. The people of the world who have yet to know Christ need to see how gloriously “otherworldly” life with God is meant to be!

As we attend to the daily ministry of the Holy Spirit, as we welcome in growth in our own spirits, we enhance the Body of Christ. We boldly speak of what we are learning and sensing and bless others. We demonstrate the peace and confidence and joy which is a direct result of life in the Spirit and enable and invite our brothers and sisters in Christ to see possibility! We revive others as we daily and steadily “grow and increase in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance and recognition] (Colossians 1:10). And energized and revived believers have a profound effect on the local church. We look for what the Word promises and are no longer satisfied with the “dictatorship of the customary” or the “psychology of the usual”.

The Long View

In the realm of the physical we know of short-sightedness and far-sightedness – two possible vision issues requiring corrective measures to aid in our physical sight.

In 2 Peter 1:9 we read of spiritual shortsightedness, a condition which limits a person to “seeing only what is near to him” oblivious to the full truth set forth in the Gospel “concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God” (Acts 11:19) in all of its full application. (Salvation {Greek word “sozo”} means “to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to make well, heal, restore to health, to keep in good health, protection, to bring victory.) If there is spiritual shortsightedness, if the parallel in the physical realm holds true, there will also be spiritual farsightedness – the Spirit led ability to see as God sees; to look beyond this physical realm (seeing only what is near to us) and see AS God sees – to see WHAT God sees.

Jeremey Pearsons (pearsonsministriesinternational.org) gives us a wonderful picture of this farsightedness. He speaks of his small son unable to see what others are seeing because a crowd of tall grown-ups is blocking his view. But when his father picks him up his eyes can see at adult level. He is lifted up to see what his size limitati0n at first kept him from seeing. In the same way, God will lift us up to enable us to see as He sees – what He sees. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15), yielded to his teaching and guidance, we learn to pay attention to the unseen and to the long view.

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen .but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting) but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Spiritual farsightedness is life-giving, reality altering, and God honoring (Hebrews 10:38). When we look up, out, and over our present circumstances, standing on the promises of God, safe in our Father’s arms, we see the positive outcome, the manifested vision, the circumstantial changes that receive the blessing. We see that they are promised and that they are ours through faith. And by faith we expect that outcome. Spiritual farsightedness sees and therefore expects our covenant with God to be. Symptoms of illness are overcome and defeated with the long, steadfast gaze toward Jesus and His promises. Fear, worry, and concern – symptoms of the prideful error in judgment that we are and should be in charge in our lives – are defeated when we look only at the promises and not the problem. When we rely on and trust in our Abba’s ability and not our own.

In fact every mountain will and must move when confronted with your faith-filled declaration (Mark 11:22-24), “every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God” in your life will be refuted, cast down, and defeated (2 Corinthians 10:5), every issue in your life that does not prove the truth of God’s Word and does not demonstrate His loving, affectionate, and watchful care is subject to change!

For we walk by faith {we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk} not by sight or appearance. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

God’s Word is the corrective lens through which we daily, routinely and habitually, develop the long view. If there is anything in your life that does not line up with and conform to the Word of God look up, out, and over that situation to what God has told you about who you are in Christ. Fix your eyes and thoughts on that. Consider only that. Our God is faithful to His Word and you activate that Truth with your faith.

Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:21)

…for He Who promised is reliable (true) and faithful to His Word. (Hebrews 10:23)

New Realities

“I guarantee there is not a person in the whole world who could be nervous if he or she understood 1 John 4. Believe that God loves you.
Smith Wigglesworth

For the child of God, everything that God has promised through Jesus is within reach (2 Corinthians 1:20). For the born-again believer, the ability to “receive and carry away {and enjoy to the full} what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36) is our guaranteed inheritance. For those led by the Spirit of God, kingdom provision and kingdom realities become manifest, by faith, in this physical world. That’s God’s promise!

Jeremiah 1:12 – Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it. (Amplified Bible)

Jeremiah 1:12 – I will make every word I give you come true. (Message Bible)

Gently lean back onto the everlasting arms! He is your refuge and your dwelling place (Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 91:2). Come to know, practically and intimately, through personal experience, the love God has for you through Jesus (Ephesians 3:19). Come to know Jesus through quality time in the Word. For you cannot come to know Him with love and trust, you cannot receive promises you are not yet even aware of, unless you feed on the Word. God’s Word is His guarantee to us that when our faith agrees with His Word we receive.

Kingdom ways (the culture and principles of God’s realm) challenge our observations and experiences in this physical world. We need to relearn reality; we must entirely reconfigure our understanding of how this new life works. God’s kids are to approach Him boldly and confidently (Hebrews 4:16) yet humbly (James 4:10).We are not to believe what our ears hear or our eyes see if those two senses contradict God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). Spiritual eyes, trained through time in His Word and the daily practice of Holy Spirit guidance, attend to the unseen, rather than what our physical eyes see (2 Kings 6:17, 2 Corinthians 4:18).

The very best, the safest, the surest place to be is living in the confident assurance that God’s Holy Spirit lives in us (John14:23). The heart’s understanding that we are no longer a part of this world’s system (John 15:19), that we have been transferred (translated) into the realities of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13), is the beginning of the training of our spiritual eyes, and the starting point of a faith walk that so pleases our Father.

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning {to Me} and resting {in Me} you shall be saved; in quietness and in {trusting} confidence shall be your strength…

“Oh, if by the grace of God we could only see that the blessings of God’s divine power come to us with such sweetness, whispering to us, ‘Be still My child. All is well’…What would happen if we learned the secret of asking once and then believing?”
Smith Wigglesworth

Psalm 91, part 1

Psalm 91:1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty {Whose power no foe can withstand}.

A story is told of Smith Wigglesworth – used of God to preach and heal – that reveals so much about the “secret place of the Most High. A visitor knocked on his door one day carrying a newspaper under his arm. Wigglesworth welcomed him in, “but that”, he said, pointing to the newspaper, “must be left outside.” Life in the world and life in the kingdom of God are so unalterably opposed. (James 4:4)

The extraordinary, life-affirming promises of Psalm 91 begin here – dwelling in the secret place – remaining stable and fixed there.

John 17:14 – I have given and delivered to them Your Word (message) and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world {do not belong to the world}, just as I am not of the world…

People of faith make a choice to either be nestled (cocooned) in God’s secret place or to permit the loud and intrusive strains of worldly issues, daily concerns, and conformity to worldly attitudes (Romans 12:2)to color and compromise their walk in the Spirit. All of the comforting and powerful promises of this Psalm begin with the stipulation – live here. Fix yourself in the care of the Lord here. We must meet those conditions in order to expect God to fulfill the promises and establish the protections that follow.

Exodus 15:26 – If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I Am the Lord Who heals you.

In both verses, Exodus 15:26 and Psalm 91:1, we have our part to play – indeed, a significant role. “If you will…” God says, “then I will.” Your faith in God and in His Word is what secures the promises. When your trust in God is compromised by also attending to the problem in front of you -you are visiting the secret place, not dwelling there. When you accept negative events and concerns as an inevitable part of life on earth, all the while asking for your Abba’s help – you are visiting he secret place, not dwelling there. Let not what your eyes see or what your ears hear have the ascendency over what the Word of God tells you is true. There is a brand new way of looking out over your days when you dwell in the secret place, rather than visit.

Walking in the Extraordinary

What does walking in the extraordinary look like? How do we step away from ordinary thinking; ordinary expectations? Ordinary thinking and expectation limits God’s hand, nullifies the power of His Word, and robs the believer of the abundance of Heaven’s blessings. It reduces the faith-walk to the assurance of Heaven only, when there is so much more our covenant with God establishes in this life. Ordinary thinking and expectation leaves the result for our prayers entirely in God’s hand, when faith plays a major role.

God’s Word speaks to us about being “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). We are overcomers because:

…He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

The Word of God teaches us clearly what walking in the extraordinary looks like. It is an awareness of God in you and an awareness of what Jesus has bought (with His life and death), what He has already accomplished – what is a “done deal” that we, in faith, must come to accept as true. Faith expects certain standards and results.

I recently read an online article encouraging parents to teach their children about the negative effect of saying (and believing) “I can’t do…” (fill in the blank). Abolish that kind of verbal expression from your children’s vocabulary, the article explains. Help your children advocate for their own present and future successes by carefully monitoring their words which ultimately reflect their heart attitudes. Teach them to believe and say “I can do this”, “this is possible”, I am able”.

Similarly, God’s kids, people of faith, in order to walk in the extraordinary, “to receive, and carry away, and enjoy to the full what is promised” (Hebrews 10:38) must speak forth, from a heart firmly established on the Word, their covenant promises with God.

Every day we choose either to rely on our Abba and, in faith, believe and receive all He has extended to His people, or we speak away the blessing. We ask for healing and then speak of the symptoms. We pray for provision and then bemoan our ability to pay bills. We ask for guidance and then express to others our confusion over the days to come.

…the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything {he asks for} from the Lord. {For being as he is} a man of two minds {hesitating, dubious, irresolute}, {he is} unstable and unreliable about everything {he thinks, feels, decides} (James 1:6-8).

Stern words! God says of the one who “draws back and shrinks in fear, My Soul has no delight or pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38). The seeming harshness of the message actually firmly establishes our spirits in the right, the responsibility, the safe haven of taking God at His Word. Our Abba is extending to His children this Truth:

“You can fully trust in My Word and My covenant promises. Come close and discover My all-encompassing care. Lean on, trust in, and rely on My Word. Do not have faith in what you see or feel, but have faith in every word that comes forth from the mouth of God”

Let that be your only standard and you will walk in the extraordinary – the super-natural – which is where our Abba planned for you to be all along.

A Continual Feast

Proverbs 15:15 – … he who has a glad heart has a continual feast.

I have, in previous writings, written a description of the offices of the church I attend. As a teacher at the associated school I would have occasion to walk through that area and was inevitably touched by the atmosphere of peace that prevailed there. Praise music was softly playing, ministry and prayers on behalf of those seeking counsel was taking place – the entire purpose of the office area was to honor and reflect God, and the result was extraordinary, tangible peace.

Your home, your days, can give evidence of this same peace. A peace that speaks the Truth that God is here and in full control, that Jesus, Who is our Peace (Ephesians 2:14), is Lord over your life, and that God’s Holy Spirit establishes our moments in this peace “that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7);  peace that reflects the absolute certainty of new creature status:

…the {previously moral and spiritual condition} has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come.(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Unwavering confidence, unshakeable peace, and a completely altered perspective are the intended outcomes of this “new creature” status. For our new life in Christ is established on “precious and exceedingly great promises” (2 Peter 1:4). Numbers 6:26 defines peace as “tranquility of heart and life continually“. According to our Father, according to His Word, that continual tranquility of heart and life is not only possible, it is our inheritance, our expectation, as His children.

We have a role here. That “peace that passes all understanding” is not automatic. We are to search for, seek eagerly and pursue “peace (harmony, undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions and moral conflicts (1 Peter 3:11). We are to assume, faithfully accept, that this peace is ours. We are to reject outright anything that attempts to destroy that peace and diminish the Truth of our Father’s Word. We are to tune into the Holy Spirit Whose ministry on our behalf produces peace. He always points us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (John 16:13-14), Who tells us:

Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.} (John 14:27)

When we “do not let…stop allowing…do not permit” we are choosing God’s life, God’s Truth, and God’s promises to “ garrison and mount guard over our hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7). We are determining, resolving, that the Word of God overcomes anything that the world, the flesh, and the devil throw our way.

We are God’s family as believers in Christ, the Messiah, who are watching for the soon return of our Lord. Let every moment reflect His Person and His peace. Whatever you are facing this day, because you belong to God, and because He wants to bless you and do you only good – let there be peace.

“Since He may come any day, it is well to be ready every day.” A. J. Hudson

Waiting on God – Part One

We are a peculiar people –

…a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, {God’s} own purchased special people. (1 Peter 2:9)

so that we may display to the world Who He is – “the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness and into His glorious light.”

In both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament the word “peculiar” refers to a jewel, a special treasure, particular, and beyond usual. One of the most particular, beyond usual and special qualities we exhibit in this modern day, self-involved, fast moving society is our understanding of the profound importance of waiting on God. People scramble for self-fulfillment, as they loudly insist upon their right to be heard, to choose lifestyles, belief systems, and personal pursuits. God’s people honor Him by recognizing that the most powerful and correct form of action is the action of waiting. Waiting in this case is not inactivity, rather it is a necessary, purposeful process.

To begin with, it is not an easy pursuit; certainly not at first. The world and its demands speak quite loudly. Spending inactive, quiet moments trying to tune into the Holy Spirit certainly frustrates our flesh and intellect. But truly it is at the very center of who we are in Christ. In Him we are many things all at once. We are priests (1 Peter 2:9), we are friends of God (John 15:14); through the power of the Word and faith in that Word we are victorious conquerors (1 John 5:4) and overcomers (1 John 4:4). But first and foremost we are His children (John 1:12) and that alone establishes our privilege, our power and our authority.

Ironically, the foundation of all of this privilege, power, authority, conquering and overcoming is submission – waiting. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price and purchased with a preciousness (1 Corinthians 17:28). In this world we are His. He alone establishes our path, assigns us our ministries, and daily instructs us in our walk before Him. How effective that guidance is depends entirely upon our willingness to put ourselves in the position of waiting and listening, which acknowledges our complete dependence on Him for everything associated with life.

Daily quiet time in the Presence of the Lord establishes you in the Truth that without Him you can do no good thing (“good thing” referring to God’s purposes and plans, His work through you) (John 15:5). Waiting on God – quiet daily periods of waiting, listening, and honoring Him – informs your heart that He is there and that He has words and direction just for you. It is not an overstatement to say that this is your life’s supply line, your nourishment, your very reason for being now. It is how He created you to function and what He created you for.

Setting aside this time to spend with your Abba establishes correct priorities for you. He is your source of life – He is your correct direction and purpose. He is love (1 John 4:16)and He loves you. Place yourself daily in the position of experiencing that.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight and understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

But First There is Love

How does one begin to write about the love of the Father? Not in an analyzing or reporting way; not even in descriptive tones that reveal His character, but in a manner that effectively generates awe and wonder, comfort and the further awakening of a spiritual knowing that creates the true, strong, life-giving relationship He desires for us and we desire with Him.

From Genesis to Revelation our Abba’s love for you is on display. See what His letter of love reveals to you about His love for you. Take each one personally and let each message build within your heart and your outlook today a renewed awareness of how precious you are to Him.

…Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3)

It is the character of our Father to comfort and ease Himself as He earnestly remembers and fulfills the covenant He has made with us (Psalm 106:45). He tells us that about Himself to comfort and ease us in our daily lives.

Casting the whole of your care {all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all} on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (I Peter 5:7)

That Scripture alone is cause for joyful praise and a faith confidence that pleases our Father and ignites your spirit! In tune with the Holy Spirit we stand in faith upon the Truths of Scripture that He brings to our remembrance. (Take care here! We have a role to play. God’s Word is absolute Truth and forever settled (Psalm 119:89). The Holy Spirit can remind, but we must believe.)

You are His beloved child. Your Father is the Blesser of His kids! He blesses you with peace (Psalm 29:11), inward and outward tranquility (Proverbs 3:1-2), prosperity and health (Psalm 35:27, 1 Peter 2:24), watchful care (1 Peter 5:7), guidance for your path and your life’s purpose (Isaiah 30:21), forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14), His marvelous indwelling Holy Spirit ( John 16:13), spiritual tools to defeat the enemy (2Corinthians 10:4-5), and His powerful, alive and active Word (Hebrews 4:12). His love for you and me is the defining standard of our relationship. He died so that we might live in His love (Romans 5:8). We, as children of our Abba were:

…bought with a price {purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ}. (1 Corinthians 7:23)

Let each of these Scriptures redefine who you are in your own eyes; let them lift and carry you into the fullness of who you are in Christ. We are so very loved!

See what {an incredible} quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should {be permitted to} be named and called and counted the children of God… (1 John 3:1)

Empowerment

What comes next is so very important: I am sending what My Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until He arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high
Luke 24:49
– Message Bible

There are many born again children of God – those who have given their hearts and lives to Him – who are not equipped properly to accomplish all that He has for them to do. They love Him, speak of Him, even operate on the missions field and hold positions in ministry, yet they have not been “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).

Our Father’s intention in the life of each believing child of His is that through the baptism of the Holy Spirit – He will do the work through us (Philippians 2:13). He will empower us, lead and direct us, to accomplish kingdom work and advancement. It has always been our Father’s intention that He would live within each of His children; that His Holy Spirit would be poured out for us to receive, depend upon, and rely on (Joel 2:28-29). Adam’s willful disobedience to God’s instructions caused mankind’s fall away from God and into rebellion. Jesus’ obedience to the Father’s plan redeemed lost man and restored all who believed back into His grace and mercy – back into His family. Upon Jesus’ return to the Father’s side, the “final phase” in the plan of redemption was enacted. Knowing full well that left to our own abilities, as well-meaning as they might be, we would fall short of His purposes, He knew that it was necessary to enhance our “natural” with His “super”. Apart from Him, we can do no good thing (John 15:5)!

When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, when we, through faith in Him and in His Word, acknowledge Him as God’s Son and the only way to get to the Father (John 14:6), at that point we have the Holy Spirit in a measure as born again children of God (John 3:5-8). We are “born from above by the wind of God, the Spirit of God” (John 3:8 – Message Bible). Clearly throughout His 3 year ministry, Jesus’ disciples were born again believers. They acknowledged Him as God’s Son and gave up all to follow Him. Jesus called them friends (John 15:14-15), and when Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16) Jesus indicated that Peter was clearly tuned in to our Father in Heaven. And yet, His instructions to them as He returned to the Father teach us that while we can be his disciples and operate in the Spirit to a measure, there is so much more. For it is the Spirit Who teaches us, guides and instructs us, reveals to us the deep inner meaning of the Word, announces and declares to us things that are to come (John 16:13), and enables us to successfully accomplish Heaven’s purposes.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the empowering we need to fully realize all that God has for us. It is His promise that we will receive this Gift when we ask in faith. The book of Acts offers such a clear picture of what life in the Spirit looks like. God’s church, the Body of Christ, is meant to operate in and through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Ask in faith and, receiving, honor His Presence as your Guide, your Tutor, and your Enabler. Don’t do without the amazing Gift that our Abba has freely given!

Who Keeps You?

There are levels of maturity in the Spirit. When first born again, when first made aware of the reality of the realm of the Spirit and spiritual things, there is truly the attentive, insatiable inquisitiveness of infancy – so much joyful wonder, so much to learn and to experience. Gradually, the need for obedience to what we are learning {taking in Holy Spirit counsel and teaching, and the admonitions from the Word} becomes a plumb line for us. The resolve to “get it right” according to God’s ways of doing and being right transforms our action and thoughts, and purposeful practice in that obedience ushers in the full and complete manifestation of the promises of God. We learn that God means what He says and says only what He means (Psalm 138:2), that His Word is True – alive and active- (Hebrews 4:12), and that all of His promises to us are “YES” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Full maturity in the Spirit is quite contrary to the world’s concept of maturity. According to the world’s standards, one is considered a fully mature person when standing on our own, taking full responsibility in life, and being in charge of our own choices and destiny. We are in our own keeping. We pursue our own agenda. Success is marked by individual accomplishment, personal achievement, self-reliance.

But spiritual maturity is quite the opposite. It is the recognition of His Lordship, the willing transfer of authority to the rightful Owner, the relinquishing of personal domain into the care of the One Who truly knows and loves you, and Who has a plan for your life so much more enhanced than anything you could imagine.

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the {action of His} power that is at work within us, is able to {carry out His purpose and} do superabundantly far over and above all that we {dare} ask or think {infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires,
thoughts, or dreams}….

Spiritual maturity is the determined realization that we are not our own! We have been “bought with a price {purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own}” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

And how freeing that realization is! Placing yourself daily into His care, leaning the entire weight of you – your personality, your future, your purpose – over on to the One Who knows you best, loves you most, and wants only to do you good and to bless you abundantly – what a paradox! Relinquishing control is the full demonstration of spiritual maturity. There is no better choice to make, no better place to be, than in the loving care of your Abba.

Believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ {give yourself up to Him; take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping}… (Acts 16:31)