HALF-HEARTED to SURRENDER

Supposing we really found Him? We never meant for it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? – CS. Lewis

Playing church…

going because we think it makes us “look” like better people.

Praying to God…

wanting to get something from the God who seems to be blessing others because they pray.

Giving our time…

wanting approval of someone we see as important.

Somewhere in this HALF-HEARTED need to look better, get something and gain approval ….we FIND GOD…or HE FINDS US!

And somewhere in our imaginary play we begin to wonder if we just heard His REAL footsteps …and He reveals Himself through our feeble efforts.

In our weakness, He begins to Strengthen us. We come to see that what He does for us and in us and through us is far more than just self-effort, self-ambitions. It is GOD STRENGTH. It is His Spirit working behind the scenes…setting the stage….preparing the audience with anticipation.

Then we begin to see and feel this FAITH growing….we gain this INNER KNOWING that it was GOD that touched us in our darkest moments…it was GOD who worked all things for our good. It was GOD who had a plan for us all along….to make us HIS OWN.

And when that happens ….that “WORSE STILL” in the quote above …..fades away. Those worries of serving Him die.

We once were blind but now we see….we were lost and now we are found.

What we feared in our thinking that GIVING OURSELVES to Him we would Lose something dear to us…that we would have to give up something worth keeping….

We find that when HE FINDS US….we LET GO….we tell HIM …TAKE ALL OF ME….POUR ME OUT!! USE ME GOD!!!

WE FIND THAT WE –LOOSE OUR LIFE — and GAIN GOD LIFE….ETERNAL LIFE!!

and suddenly we aren’t so half-hearted…we are ALL IN — SURRENDERED to Him.!

Dear Father God,
Thank you for coming after us with a pursuit that doesnt fade. It follows us all our days until we are consumed by your LOVE. May we praise you for all the days that you have given us…all the days after you found us….for all the days we stand in confidence of who we are in you. Thank you for never giving up on us. Teaching us through all our experiences that YOU ARE GOD and you can be TRUSTED!!

THANKS FOR LISTENING…
Starla

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