From our hearts to yours:
Psm 66:16 says, "Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He did for me".
I want to thank my Heavenly Father for His never-ending encouragement, instructions, correction and love. He is so patient. He is daily conforming me to be more like Jesus. My attitudes, words, actions, thoughts and desires of my heart are being brought to my attention to be examined. It is my choice to choose Life. I no longer desire to be in control. I choose to live a life surrendered. The further we walk with God, the less we carry 'self' with us. Our selfish ways acknowledge our need of surrendering.
If what we say we know is not changing our selfish attitudes and actions, then we truly do not know.
Gods Truth brings conflicts with our worldly knowledge. The ways of the Kingdom of God are opposite to the ways of the kingdom of the world. We are told to give in order to receive, be last in order to be first, forgive in order to be forgiven, die to self in order to live and surrender all in order to be filled. Our life is a journey with the Holy Spirit, as He places his finger on specific areas of our lives and shows us what we can be. It is not just about changing behavior it is about changing our hearts. The apostle Paul recognized this Truth when he, through the Holy Spirit said, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ in me".
In John 16:12, Jesus said, "There is so much more I want to tell you, but you cannot bear it now". We cannot be filled unless we empty ourselves. To the degree that we surrender all to Him, is the degree He will fill us. He will not give us further instructions until we have completed what He first gave us. Oh, there is so much He desires to show us and to give us, if we will only die to self and surrender our selfish wills to Him.
May we all join Jesus on this journey of being a disciple, surrendering and honoring our Father in word and deed.