What Does God Want?

This devotional clip was written by David Bowden author of When God Isn’t There. You can read more of this devotional through YouVersion titled Rewire Your Heart.


What is God after? What does He want from us? Is He after a song on Sunday or a really good prayer at night? I think we all know the answer is no.

God is after our hearts.

One of the clearest moments in the Bible where we learn this truth is in Isaiah. God is describing through his prophet a siege that is coming upon Jerusalem.

However, no matter how much the people hear of Isaiah’s words and God’s revelation, they will not really listen. They will be like a person who is given a book but cannot open it and like one who is given a book but cannot read (29:11-12).

So why this coming punishment? And why can’t the people understand the visions and warnings from God?

Here is where we get our clear picture of what God is after. Here is the reason.

“Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me” (29:13).

  • God is punishing and blinding His people because they are putting on a show of religion, but their hearts are not in it.
  • They come to God and give Him praise and say all the right words, but God does not have their innermost selves — their hearts.

God wants your heart, not your lips. He wants your affections, passions, desires, and longings. God wants your wants. And he will not be satisfied until he has them.

Why? Because He knows that only when you desire Him will you be desiring something good. And not only will you be desiring something good, in fact the only good, but also the best good. God wants your wants because He wants your good.

And how will He get your heart? Well, how did He plan to get the hearts of His wayward people in Isaiah’s day?

He will do wonderful things (29:14). But these wonderful things aren’t pretty. These are things that bring wonder. Things like punishment and mighty acts of judgement. The reason why people were drawing near to God with their lips but not their hearts was because their fear of God was fake. It was a “commandment taught by men” (29:13).

So God would instill true fear in their hearts. This may sound harsh, but God wanted their hearts. So He would reveal Himself to them in the only way that would change them.

God changes hearts the same way today. He shows himself to us in wonderful ways. And the most wonderful way He has revealed Himself to us is also in judgement and punishment. But this time, the judgement and punishment did not come upon us who deserved it. God’s wrath came upon Jesus, who bore our punishment even though he did not deserve it.

  • Is your heart far from God even though your lips are close to Him?
  • Do you want to change that?
  • Behold Jesus!
  • See how God has revealed Himself to you in Christ!
  • Let the fear and love of God pierce your heart by peering deeply into the truth of the Gospel.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

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[All rights and credits of quote/pic go to Jennie Allen; Faith, Farming and Family] Thank you.

If there were a hundred people in a room and the question was asked, “What does surrender mean?” I think we’d all agree that we would hear a many different views.

Wikipedia says, “to surrender in spirituality and religion means that a believer completely gives up his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a higher power (God). It may also be contrasted with submission. Surrender is willful acceptance and yielding to a dominating force and their will“.

It continues to say, “in Christianity, the first main principle of surrender is “dying to self” or “the carrying of your cross.” Let’s take this a step further, “allowing Christ to reign and rule in His order of  events” illustrated in the following passages:

  • Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any [man] will come after me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” — Matthew 16:24.
  • Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” — John 15:13.
  • And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour” — Ephesians 5:2.

Another central principle to the Christian concept of surrender is the surrendering oneself to God’s will. Surrendering entails surrender of one’s own will and to God’s. Trusting in His sovereignty over all things in which His ways of operating and thinking prevails over my humanity and satan’s deception. Secondarily, the surrender of one’s will is evidenced by the acknowledgement of God’s will for our personal lives even in the smallest decision. This is done through the putting off of personal desire in favor of God’s perfect will for our life. This includes the reality of an acceptance to His calling and purpose. The precipice or essentiality of this personal surrender is obedience. Obedience to God is an indication of bringing about His will. Which, having lasting effects through generations, in kingdoms, in nations is often associated with earthly and heavenly blessings.

The ultimate example of surrender is of Christ Himself who fully submitted His will to God’s divine plan. We see this in Christ’s birth, His prayers in Gethsemane and His crucifixion. The coming into the world as God incarnate and then the surrender to the Cross is the act of sacrificial atonement, breaking the curse of sin and death from the Fall — for us! For you! For me!

This is evidenced in the following:

  • “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” — Phil. 2:7-8.
  • “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” — Luke 22:42.

Surrender is also noted in Christian doctrine as one of the three columns of victorious living, or Christian victory: the blood of the Lamb [Christ], their testimony of the Word of God [Scriptures] and their lives, and loving not their own lives to death; that Christ’s life may be shown.

Ok, I am pretty impressed by Wikipedia’s thought and definition, but we aren’t going to just leave it to Wikipedia.

Let’s take another look. This time let’s look at the Blue Letter Bible. More specifically, Andrew Murray’s thoughts regarding “surrender.” Though it’s a bit lengthy, it is worth the read. Take it in sections, I did.


Andrew Murray: Absolute Surrender

“And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad, thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine. And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine and all that I have” (1 Kings 20: 1-4).

What Ben-Hadad asked was absolute surrender; and what Ahab gave was what was asked of him — absolute surrender.

I want to use these words: “My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have,” as the words of absolute surrender with which every child of God ought to yield himself to his Father. We have heard it before, but we need to hear it very definitely — the condition of God’s blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands. Praise God!

If our hearts are willing, there is no end to what God will do for us, and to the blessing God will bestow.

Absolute surrender — let me tell you where I got those words. I used them myself often, and you have heard them numberless times. But in Scotland once I was in a company where we were talking about the condition of Christ’s Church, and what the great need of the Church and of believers is; and there was in our company a godly worker who has much to do in training workers, and I asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church, and the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly:

Absolute surrender to God is the one thing.

The words struck me as never before. And that man began to tell how, in the workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, even though they be backward, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve; whereas others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.

And now, I desire by God’s grace to give to you this message — that your God in Heaven answers the prayers which you have offered for blessing on yourselves and for blessing on those around you by this one demand:

Are you willing to surrender yourselves absolutely into His hands?

What is our answer to be? God knows there are hundreds of hearts who have said it, and there are hundreds more who long to say it but hardly dare to do so. And there are hearts who have said it, but who have yet miserably failed, and who feel themselves condemned because they did not find the secret of the power to live that life. May God have a word for all!

Let me say, first of all, that God claims it from us.

(1) God expects your surrender!

Yes, it has its foundation in the very nature of God; God cannot do otherwise.

Who is God?

  • He is the Fountain of life, the only Source of existence and power and goodness, and throughout the universe there is nothing good but what God works, God has created the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the flowers, and the trees, and the grass; and are they not all absolutely surrendered to God? Do they not allow God to work in them just what He pleases? When God clothes the lily with its beauty, is it not yielded up, surrendered, given over to God as He works in it its beauty?

And God’s redeemed children, oh, can you think that God can work His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered?

  • God cannot do it.
  • God is life, and love, and blessing, and power, and infinite beauty, and God delights to communicate Himself to every child who is prepared to receive Him; but ah! this one lack of absolute surrender is just the thing that hinders God. And now He comes, and as God, He claims it.

You know in daily life what absolute surrender is. You know that everything has to be given up to its special, definite object and service.

  • I have a pen in my pocket, and that pen is absolutely surrendered to the one work of writing, and that pen must be absolutely surrendered to my hand if I am to write properly with it. If another holds it partly, I cannot write properly.
  • This coat is absolutely given up to me to, cover my body.
  • This building is entirely given up to religious services.
  • And now, do you expect that in your immortal being, in the divine nature that you have received by regeneration, God can work His work, every day and every hour, unless you are entirely given up to Him? God cannot.

The Temple of Solomon was absolutely surrendered to God when it was dedicated to Him.

And every one of us is a temple of God, in which God will dwell and work mightily on one condition — absolute surrender to Him. God claims it, God is worthy of it, and without it God cannot work His blessed work in us.

God not only claims it, but God will work it Himself.

(2) God Accomplishes Your Surrender

I am sure there is many a heart that says: “Ah, but that absolute surrender implies so much!” Someone says: “Oh, I have passed through so much trial and suffering, and there is so much of the self-life still remaining, and I dare not face the entire giving of it up, because I know it will cause so much trouble and agony.”

  • Alas! alas! that God’s children have such thoughts of Him, such cruel thoughts.
  • Oh, I come to you with a message, fearful and anxious one.
  • God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you. Do we not read: “It is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure“? And that is what we should seek for –to go on our faces before God, until our hearts learn to believe that the everlasting God Himself will come in to turn out what is wrong, to conquer what is evil, and to work what is well-pleasing in His blessed sight. God Himself will work it in you.

Look at the men in the Old Testament, like Abraham. Do you think it was by accident that God found that man, the father of the faithful and the friend of God, and that it was Abraham himself, apart from God, who had such faith and such obedience and such devotion? You know it is not so. God raised him up and prepared him as an instrument for His glory.

Did not God say to Pharaoh: “For this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power“?

And if God said that of him, will not God say it far more of every child of His?

Oh, I want to encourage you, and I want you to cast away every fear.

Come with that feeble desire; and if there is the fear which says: “Oh, my desire is not strong enough, I am not willing for everything that may come, I do not feel bold enough to say I can conquer everything”– I pray you, learn to know and trust your God now.

Say: “My God, I am willing that Thou shouldst make me willing.” If there is anything holding you back, or any sacrifice you are afraid of making, come to God now, and prove how gracious your God is, and be not afraid that He will command from you what He will not bestow.

God comes and offers to work this absolute surrender in you. All these searchings and hungerings and longings that are in your heart, I tell you they are the drawings of the divine magnet, Christ Jesus. He lived a life of absolute surrender, He has possession of you; He is living in your heart by His Holy Spirit. You have hindered and hindered Him terribly, but He desires to help you to get hold of Him entirely. And He comes and draws you now by His message and words. Will you not come and trust God to work in you that absolute surrender to Himself? Yes, blessed be God, He can do it, and He will do it.

God not only claims it and works it, but God accepts it when we bring it to Him.

(3) God Accepts Your Surrender

God works it in the secret of our heart, God urges us by the hidden power of His Holy Spirit to come and speak it out, and we have to bring and to yield to Him that absolute surrender. But remember, when you come and bring God that absolute surrender, it may, as far as your feelings or your consciousness go, be a thing of great imperfection, and you may doubt and hesitate and say:

“Is it absolute?”

But, oh, remember there was once a man to whom Christ had said: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” And his heart was afraid, and he cried out: “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.

That was a faith that triumphed over the devil, and the evil spirit was cast out. And if you come and say: “Lord, I yield myself in absolute surrender to my God,” even though it be with a trembling heart and with the consciousness: “I do not feel the power, I do not feel the determination, I do not feel the assurance,” it will succeed. Be not afraid, but come just as you are, and even in the midst of your trembling the power of the Holy Ghost will work.

Have you never yet learned the lesson that the Holy Ghost works with mighty power, while on the human side everything appears feeble?

Look at the Lord Jesus Christ in Gethsemane. We read that He, “through the eternal Spirit,” offered Himself a sacrifice unto God. The Almighty Spirit of God was enabling Him to do it. And yet what agony and fear and exceeding sorrow came over Him, and how He prayed! Externally, you can see no sign of the mighty power of the Spirit, but the Spirit of God was there. And even so, while you are feeble and fighting and trembling, in faith in the hidden work of God’s Spirit do not fear, but yield yourself.

And when you do yield yourself in absolute surrender, let it be in the faith that God does now accept of it.

That is the great point, and that is what we so often miss — that believers should be thus occupied with God in this matter of surrender. I pray you, be occupied with God. We want to get help, every one of us, so that in our daily life God shall be clearer to us, God shall have the right place, and be “all in all.” And if we are to have that through life, let us begin now and look away from ourselves, and look up to God. Let each believe — while I, a poor worm on earth and a trembling child of God, full of failure and sin and fear, bow here, and no one knows what passes through my heart, and while I in simplicity say, O God, I accept Thy terms; I have pleaded for blessing on myself and others, I have accepted Thy terms of absolute surrender — while your heart says that in deep silence, remember there is a God present that takes note of it, and writes it down in His book, and there is a God present who at that very moment takes possession of you. You may not feel it, you may not realize it, but God takes possession if you will trust Him..

God not only claims it, and works it, and accepts it when I bring it, but God maintains it.

(4) God Maintains Your Surrender

That is the great difficulty with many. People say: “I have often been stirred at a meeting, or at a convention, and I have consecrated myself to God, but it has passed away. I know it may last for a week or for a month, but away it fades, and after a time it is all gone.”

  • But listen! It is because you do not believe what I am now going to tell you and remind you of. When God has begun the work of absolute surrender in you, and when God has accepted your surrender, then God holds Himself bound to care for it and to keep it.
  • Will you believe that?

In this matter of surrender there are two: God and I — I a worm, God the everlasting and omnipotent Jehovah. Worm, will you be afraid to trust yourself to this mighty God now? God is willing. Do you not believe that He can keep you continually, day by day, and moment by moment?

Moment by moment I’m kept in His love; moment by moment I’ve life from above.

  • If God allows the sun to shine upon you moment by moment, without intermission, will not God let His life shine upon you every moment?
  • And why have you not experienced it? Because you have not trusted God for it, and you do not surrender yourself absolutely to God in that trust.

A life of absolute surrender has its difficulties. I do not deny that. Yes, it has something far more than difficulties: it is a life that with men is absolutely impossible. But by the grace of God, by the power of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, it is a life to which we are destined, and a life that is possible for us, praise God! Let us believe that God will maintain it.

Some of you have read the words of that aged saint who, on his ninetieth birthday, told of all God’s goodness to him — I mean George Muller. What did he say he believed to be the secret of his happiness, and of all the blessing which God had given him? He said he believed there were two reasons. The one was that he had been enabled by grace to maintain a good conscience before God day by day; the other was, that he was a lover of God’s Word. Ah, yes, a good conscience is complete obedience to God day by day, and fellowship with God every day in His Word, and prayer-that is a life of absolute surrender..

Such a life has two sides — on the one side, absolute surrender to work what God wants you to do; on the other side, to let God work what He wants to do.

First, to do what God wants you to do.

  • Give up yourselves absolutely to the will of God.
  • You know something of that will; not enough, far from all.
  • But say absolutely to the Lord God: “By Thy grace I desire to do Thy will in everything, every moment of every day.” Say: “Lord God, not a word upon my tongue but for Thy glory, not a movement of my temper but for Thy glory, not an affection of love or hate in my heart but for Thy glory, and according to Thy blessed will.

Someone says: “Do you think that possible?”

I ask, What has God promised you, and what can God do to fill a vessel absolutely surrendered to Him? Oh, God wants to bless you in a way beyond what you expect. From the beginning, ear hath not heard, neither hath the eye seen, what God hath prepared for them that wait for Him. God has prepared unheard-of-things, blessings much more wonderful than you can imagine, more mighty than you can conceive. They are divine blessings. Oh, say now: “I give myself absolutely to God, to His will, to do only what God wants.

It is God who will enable you to carry out the surrender.

And, on the other side, come and say: “I give myself absolutely to God, to let Him work in me to will and to do of His good pleasure, as He has promised to do.

Yes, the living God wants to work in His children in a way that we cannot understand, but that God’s Word has revealed, and He wants to work in us every moment of the day. God is willing to maintain our life. Only let our absolute surrender be one of simple, childlike, and unbounded trust.

(5) God Blesses When You Surrender

This absolute surrender to God will wonderfully bless.

What Ahab said to his enemy, King Ben-hadad — “My lord, O king, according to thy word I am thine, and all that I have“– shall we not say to our God and loving Father? If we do say it, God’s blessing will come upon us. God wants us to be separate from the world; we are called to come out from the world that hates God. Come out for God, and say: “Lord, anything for Thee.” If you say that with prayer, and speak that into God’s ear, He will accept it, and He will teach you what it means.s.

I say again, God will bless you. You have been praying for blessing. But do remember, there must be absolute surrender. At every tea–table you see it. Why is tea poured into that cup? Because it is empty, and given up for the tea. But put ink, or vinegar, or wine into it, and will they pour the tea into the vessel? And can God fill you, can God bless you if you are not absolutely surrendered to Him? He cannot. Let us believe God has wonderful blessings for us, if we will but stand up for God, and say, be it with a trembling will, yet with a believing heart:

O God, I accept Thy demands. I am thine and all that I have. Absolute surrender is what my soul yields to Thee by divine grace.

  • You may not have such strong and clear feelings of deliverances as you would desire to have, but humble yourselves in His sight, and acknowledge that you have grieved the Holy Spirit by your self-will, self-confidence, and self-effort.
  • Bow humbly before him in the confession of that, and ask him to break the heart and to bring you into the dust before Him.
  • Then, as you bow before Him, just accept God’s teaching that in your flesh “there dwelleth no good thing,” and that nothing will help you except another life which must come in.
  • You must deny self once for all.
  • Denying self must every moment be the power of your life, and then Christ will come in and take possession of you.

When was Peter delivered? When was the change accomplished? The change began with Peter weeping, and the Holy Ghost came down and filled his heart.

  • God the Father loves to give us the power of the Spirit.
  • We have the Spirit of God dwelling within us.
  • We come to God confessing that, and praising God for it, and yet confessing how we have grieved the Spirit.
  • And then we bow our knees to the Father to ask that He would strengthen us with all might by the Spirit in the inner man, and that He would fill us with His mighty power.
  • And as the Spirit reveals Christ to us, Christ comes to live in our hearts forever, and the self-life is cast out.

Let us bow before God in humility, and in that humility confess before Him the state of the whole Church.

  • No words can tell the sad state of the Church of Christ on earth. I wish I had words to speak what I sometimes feel about it.
  • Just think of the Christians around you.
  • I do not speak of nominal Christians, or of professing Christians, but I speak of hundreds and thousands of honest, earnest Christians who are not living a life in the power of God or to His glory.
  • So little power, so little devotion or consecration to God, so little perception of the truth that a Christian is a man utterly surrendered to God’s will!

Oh, we want to confess the sins of God’s people around us, and to humble ourselves.

  • We are members of that sickly body, and the sickliness of the body will hinder us, and break us down, unless we come to God, and in confession separate ourselves from partnership with worldliness, with coldness toward each other, unless we give up ourselves to be entirely and wholly for God.

How much Christian work is being done in the spirit of the flesh and in the power of self!

How much work, day by day, in which human energy — our will and our thoughts about the work — is continually manifested, and in which there is but little of waiting upon God, and upon the power of the Holy Ghost!

Let us make confession.

  • But as we confess the state of the Church and the feebleness and sinfulness of work for God among us, let us come back to ourselves. Who is there who truly longs to be delivered from the power of the self-life, who truly acknowledges that it is the power of self and the flesh, and who is willing to cast all at the feet of Christ? There is deliverance.

I heard of one who had been an earnest Christian, and who spoke about the “cruel” thought of separation and death. But you do not think that, do you? What are we to think of separation and death?

This: death was the path to glory for Christ. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross. The cross was the birthplace of His everlasting glory.

  • Do you love Christ?
  • Do you long to be in Christ, and not like Him?
  • Let death be to you the most desirable thing on earth — death to self, and fellowship with Christ.
  • Separation — do you think it a hard thing to be called to be entirely free from the world, and by that separation to be united to God and His love, by separation to become prepared for living and walking with God every day? Surely one ought to say:

“Anything to bring me to separation, to death, for a life of full fellowship with God and Christ.”

  • Come and cast this self-life and flesh-life at the feet of Jesus.
  • Then trust Him.
  • Do not worry yourselves with trying to understand all about it, but come in the living faith that Christ will come into you with the power of His death and the power of His life; and then the Holy Spirit will bring the whole Christ-Christ crucified and risen and living in glory-into your heart.

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Whatever view you take on the word “surrender” we do well to not be so flippant before we prejudge, speak, accept or reject.

Words are easily spoken; just a roll off the tongue without thought seemingly unaware of the power one has through speech.

So as a man thinketh, so is he…

  • Do I trust God with my whole being? Or do you have secret departments?
  • Are you giving up the preconceived reigns of self-control and self-power to God?
  • Does God have full access to you?
  • Are you moldable, teachable?
  • Are you listening for God to speak?
  • Are you obeying God willingly or do you give Him a run for His money?
  • Are you rebellious at heart — say the right this, but deep within, you rebel?

Are you God-surrendered? Only you know within the recesses of your mind and heart.

Not sure where you stand with God? Ask yourself this…
1. Am I willfully fulfilling the will of the Father through my personal obedience and action for Christ? Is it real or an act? 2. Have I “surrendered” to God on my terms and conditions or His?

May you experience the abundant life the Lord has planned for you!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

There is no Middle Road

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Are You a Slough?

So, I looked up the word ‘slough’ — here is what I found.

VERB

  1. Slough something off.
    shed or remove (a layer of dead skin).
    “a snake sloughs off its old skin” “exfoliate once a week to slough off any dry skin”
    • get rid of (something undesirable or no longer required).
      synonyms:
      dispose of, disgard, throw away, throw out, get rid of, toss out, shed, jettison, scrap, cast aside/off, repudiate, abandon, relinquish, drop, dispense with, have done with, reject, shrug off, throw on the scrapheap, chuck (away/out), fling away, dump, ditch, axe, bin, junk, trash, forsake.
      antonyms:
      keep, acquire
    • slough off
      (of dead skin) drop off; be shed.
      synonyms: (same as above)
      antonyms: (same as above)
    • slough away/down
      (of soil or rock) collapse or slide into a hole or depression.
NOUN
  1. the dropping off of dead tissue from living flesh.
    “the drugs can cause blistering and slough”

Truly something to evaluate.

D.A. Carson said, “…we slough toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

We deceive ourselves when the Truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). So, be careful before you cast judgement or fluff off God’s warning.

Should the verb ‘sloughing’ — which is the present act — ever be active/thriving/apart of the daily life, characterization, or decision process of a child of God? I could answer my own question, but time and time again the wrongful answer is revealed when one chooses to little steps of saying “no” to God in our life.

When a child of God ceases to forsake the keeping, acquiring, feasting, conforming, desiring, obeying, living for the cause of Christ, or stops actively putting on Christ — their decision is clear. There active choice states their inward heart’s intent: to live a sloughing life….to shed, remove, dispose of, disgard, throw away, throw out, get rid of, toss out, shed, jettison, scrap, cast aside/off, repudiate, abandon, relinquish, drop, dispense with, have done with, reject, shrug off, throw on the scrapheap, chuck (away/out), fling away, dump, ditch, axe, bin, junk, trash, forsake the very One who gave them His free gift of eternal life, salvation from sin, and a personal relationship with the Creator.

Could this decision be revoked? It sure could. But only through the forgiveness of Jesus Christ along with a willful heart that acknowledges ones sin(s) of the rejection of Christ. A life change, an about–face must happen, inwardly and outwardly. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever — His love for you hasn’t changed. He is calling. He is waiting. He is desiring you — to walk intimately and freely together. He wants to bless you. He is a giver of good things.

So, why slough?

  • Has God become something that is undesirable?
  • Has God ceased to preform for you so you no longer require His services — His quarter ran out?
When we concoct our own idea(s) of God without the involvement of God — meaning our ideals are not anchored in the Word of God — we will be our own leader of deception and the Truth is not in us.
  • Want liberation?
  • Come to Jesus! There is no other way.
  • Holiness doesn’t happen by osmosis.
  • It takes labor — there is profit in all labor (Proverbs 14:23) — but HE is worth every effort, every church service, every verse read, every prayer spoken, every step of obedience, every choice made to glorify Him, every step of faith!
So, are you a ‘slougher’ or not?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Your Story Isn’t Published…Yet!

If you are roaming this Earth my friend, your story is not published yet. God is still in your writing process.

  • Trust Him.
  • Obey Him.
  • Hope in Him.
  • Follow His leadership.
  • Love Him.

Your story can impact eternity.

He cares for you!

Enjoy your journey in Christ!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Are Your Wheel On?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

How’s God Lookin’?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Who is God to You?

  • We hear.
  • We see.
  • We experience.
  • We choose.
  • We decide.
  • We deny.
  • We accept.
  • We….

Maybe, just maybe, if we chose to put ourself aside for just one moment to stop presupposing we knew who or what God is, but rather came before Him & His Word with simple child-like-wide-open unbias eye, untainted heart, and unskewed minds….maybe, just maybe, we would grasp His understanding of who and what HE IS for who and what HE SAYS HE IS, not what we think He is.

It would be then, that we would begin to understand the attributes of God. It would be then, that we would begin to hear, to see, to experience, to choose, to decide, to deny, to accept, to know God for God…prehaps like the very first time you met.

  • Revelation 2:4-5

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopefully. Empowered.}

Does Your Breath Count?

Measuring this earthly-life in God’s scope of eternity will change your here and now for all your eternity to come.

  • How do you chose to give out your given-breath? Are you selfish in it’s usage or are you without borders in praise to the One who gave it to you in the first place, because you know without Him you would have no breath?
  • We only know right now…the next second is unknown and not promised.
  • Make now count & enjoy your Lord!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

In Christ I am SHE


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Before any conclusions are made, I want to make one thing clear…I am a work in progress. In Ephesians 2 it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” He is truly the Potter and I the clay. I am eternally thankful to the Lord.

The other day in my personal time with God, I was reading I Corinthians 15. In verses 57 and 58 it says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” WOW! these are powerful and encouraging verses to this soul of mine. In my journaling Bible I wrote this:

Whenever discouragement arises…

{{REMEMBER}}

  1. be STEADFAST [means: resolution, dutifully, firm, loyal, faithful, committed, dedicated, constant; firmly fixed or established; not fickled or wavering]
  2. be IMMOVABLE [never distracted; giving ourselves over to that which we know is not vain; locked on one = Christ; not affected; not having the passions excited]
  3. always ABOUNDING [always excelling] in the WORK of the LORD, {and this next part is just the sweetness of God towards His creations} KNOWING this [you can know; you do know], that in the LORD your labor IS NOT IN VAIN.

Nothing you do for Christ is a waste of time or effort. 

Did you hear that….NOTHING! Your time with Christ is never time wasted! In Christ I am She is truly & simply born out of a deep longing and personal desire for God. I need God. Without Christ; I am nothing; I can do nothing. This heart, soul, and mind are continually needing reminding of, spurring on, challenging, rebuking, comforting, leading, loving, directing, and fastened to the One and only that can truly fulfill. And this is how In Christ I am She  blog blossomed; a needy heart for Christ and thee incredible working power of Christ in a soul = a changed life.

My humble and deepest prayer desire is that in some small way the Lord uses His working in my heart, as weak and needy as it is, to somehow be an encouragement, challenge, and Christ-focused to you; that others may see the wonder-working God-power in an ordinary woman that desires to be Christ-filled, and in return give Him all the glory and praise due to His name.

  • May we be pointers to Christ and iron sharpening iron to one another.
  • May we live an abundant-intended Christ life and glorify our Maker along the way together!

Today, 12.01.2016, In Christ I am She {Saved.Hopeful.Empowered.} I pledge to my Lord Jesus Christ, from this day forward, I will in His strength be willing to obey and walk steadfast and willingly submit to His authority in both my life and through this blog. I will serve and love Him with all my heart unconditionally, then share that obedience, walking, serving, and love with others {in both written, action, and verbal forms}. Through In Christ I am SHE, may your hearts be challenged yet encouraged to love Christ with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. May Jesus Christ be praised!

Rejoice for you are a daughter of the King,

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Reblogging 10.27.2018 from the original post dated December 01, 2016; Colleen Woodruff; inchristiamshe.com

 

Psalm 61

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Priorities

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What’s Your Schedule Like?

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Living Our Inhertiance NOW!

Remember who you are and how you got there. As a child of God, you are an heir to the throne, a daughter or son of the Most High King. This world is not our palace, we are just passing through; but while we are here let the whole world know whose you are and why. Our time is short.

So today:

  • fix your crown
  • know that you are His forever
  • you are complete in Christ
  • you are empowered through His Spirit
  • you are God equipped
  • proclaim, show, tell, live out your inheritance before men so that they too may see and know God.
  • thrive in Christ, my friend

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

(Photo/Credits to whomever posted this online)

Does Your Breath Count?

Measuring this earthly-life in God’s scope of eternity will change your here and now for all your eternity to come. 

  • How do you chose to give out your given-breath? Are you selfish in it’s usage or are you without borders in praise to the One who gave it to you in the first place, because you know without Him you would have no breath?
  • We only know right now…the next second is unknown and not promised.
  • Make now count & enjoy your Lord!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Who is God to You?

  • We hear.
  • We see.
  • We experience.
  • We choose.
  • We decide.
  • We deny.
  • We accept.
  • We. 

    Maybe, just maybe, if we chose to put ourself aside for just one moment to stop presupposing we knew who or what God is, but rather came before Him & His Word with simple child-like-wide-open unbias eyes, untainted heart, and unskewed minds….maybe, just maybe, we would grasp His understanding of who and what HE IS for who and what HE SAYS HE IS, not what we think He is

    It would be then, that we would begin to understand the attributes of God. It would be then, that we would begin to hear, to see, to experience, to choose, to decide, to deny, to accept, to know God for God…prehaps like the very first time you met.

    • Revelation 2:4-5

    In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopefully. Empowered.}

    “Looking like” & “Being One” are not the Same in God’s Eyes.

    Have you ever ordered something on-line expecting it to be one size, only to be disheartened when it arrived? Have you believed the marketers’ promises of special amazing features, only to get half of them functional? Has there been a time when you purchased something that looked really good from the outside, only to be disappointed with the results?

    Left unto ourselves, that’s what can happen to us spiritually. You and I may produce plenty of leaves. We might look like flourishing plants! But there may not be much fruit on our branches.

    What might be keeping us from our blooming potential? Jesus addresses another key component for developing a fruit-bearing life in John 15. Maybe you and I are in need of a good cleanse.

    Extra leaves and stems consume the nutrients and resources needed for fruit-bearing. One way the Vinedresser cleanses the branches is to strip the life-sucking extras in the spring that drain nutrients from producing fruit. Note, this is His regular activity. You and I repeatedly find ourselves in need of a good spring cleaning. Although we have nothing to do with it, I find it helpful to acknowledge this reality by inviting God to do His work in me.

    I’m not discerning enough on my own to become more like Jesus, recognizing what is hindering fruit-production versus what is necessary for growth. But I can pray for a willingness to cooperate with anything and everything that lines up with Scripture. I might ask myself:

    • What seems to spike up onto the calendar appearing urgent and overcoming the important?
    • ‎To what establishments is my money spent? Are they God-honoring – or do I spend money just like everyone else?
    • ‎Do my possessions look like the pile at my neighbor’s, who is NOT aiming to bloom for Christ; or is there a distinct contrast between us?
    • ‎Are my actions God-honoring to those around me? Or am I stuck in the same emotional rut I found myself one, two or five years ago?

    The key here is this: it’s not enough just to look good. Looking like a fruitful branch is not the same as being one. We need the supernatural touch of the Vinedresser.

    John 15:1-11
    “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

    May we be receptive and open to receive whatever cleaning the Father sees fit to do in our lives so that we will become more and more fruitful from the inside out.

    Excerpts taken from: She Yearns by Cheri Strange Increase Your Bloom Ability

    In Christ I am SHE


    ps 46 5

    Before any conclusions are made, I want to make one thing clear…I am a work in progress. In Ephesians 2 it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” He is truly the Potter and I the clay. I am eternally thankful to the Lord.

    The other day in my personal time with God, I was reading I Corinthians 15. In verses 57 and 58 it says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” WOW! these are powerful and encouraging verses to this soul of mine. In my journaling Bible I wrote this:

    Whenever discouragement arises…

    {{REMEMBER}}

    1. be STEADFAST [means: resolution, dutifully, firm, loyal, faithful, committed, dedicated, constant; firmly fixed or established; not fickled or wavering]
    2. be IMMOVABLE [never distracted; giving ourselves over to that which we know is not vain; locked on one = Christ; not affected; not having the passions excited]
    3. always ABOUNDING [always excelling] in the WORK of the LORD, {and this next part is just the sweetness of God towards His creations} KNOWING this [you can know; you do know], that in the LORD your labor IS NOT IN VAIN.

    Nothing you do for Christ is a waste of time or effort. 

    Did you hear that….NOTHING! Your time with Christ is never time wasted! In Christ I am She is truly & simply born out of a deep longing and personal desire for God. I need God. Without Christ; I am nothing; I can do nothing. This heart, soul, and mind are continually needing reminding of, spurring on, challenging, rebuking, comforting, leading, loving, directing, and fastened to the One and only that can truly fulfill. And this is how In Christ I am She  blog blossomed; a needy heart for Christ and thee incredible working power of Christ in a soul = a changed life.

    My humble and deepest prayer desire is that in some small way the Lord uses His working in my heart, as weak and needy as it is, to somehow be an encouragement, challenge, and Christ-focused to you; that others may see the wonder-working God-power in an ordinary woman that desires to be Christ-filled, and in return give Him all the glory and praise due to His name.

    • May we be pointers to Christ and iron sharpening iron to one another.
    • May we live an abundant-intended Christ life and glorify our Maker along the way together!

    Today, 12.01.2016, In Christ I am She {Saved.Hopeful.Empowered.} I pledge to my Lord Jesus Christ, from this day forward, I will in His strength be willing to obey and walk steadfast and willingly submit to His authority in both my life and through this blog. I will serve and love Him with all my heart unconditionally, then share that obedience, walking, serving, and love with others {in both written, action, and verbal forms}. Through In Christ I am SHE, may your hearts be challenged yet encouraged to love Christ with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. May Jesus Christ be praised!

    Rejoice for you are a daughter of the King,

    In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}