Oh Lord, let me surrender to Your promise,WhittledWord for 2/25/2015; edited 3/6/2018
While clinging to the knowledge of Your love.
Let me not become a doubting Thomas,
Demanding daily manna from above.
Instead, let me revel in both good and bad;
Resisting judging how a thing is so.
Resting in the wisdom of my Father, Dad;
Trusting that He’s truly working here below.
For it’s not in grasping every twist and turn,
That is key to moving out ahead;
But the stepping out in which we learn;
That’s the way of faith He’s promised we’ll be led.
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12-13, New Living Translation
If you’ve ever attempted to work out consistently, you know that proper nutrition and sleep are necessary. Pure determination will only sustain your sessions for a short time. The same principle is crucial in this passage.
The working out is dependent on the working in!
It is not solely your determination, but His desire that initiates and ignites this efficacious model. Your fleshly attempts will ALWAYS fail because they ignore your utter inadequacy and flawed motives.
Your flesh naturally craves divine or lessor approval. But your spirit will erupt with a dawning delight as you uncover the power and purpose that God alone initiates and implements in you to cultivate the Salvation He gave.
Today could be your best workout ever!
Have you been trying to work it out without His working it in? How does that look? How can you begin to surrender to His in working to witness the outworking of His purposes?
He takes the bitter and makes it sweet.2010; edited 7/2020
He takes the broken and makes complete.
He stores your tears in a heavenly vase;
Turns them to joy by amazing grace.
Trade in your doubts, those tattered seams;
He will then weave them to brand new dreams!
In early 2010 I joined the celebration of this sweet wedding on the beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was such a poignant picture of the Holy Spirit showing up to bless this union between two imperfect people brought together by God’s grace. They were ministers at a local congregation. I added the dove and blurred the periphery to illustrate the focused presence of God that day. Several days later I surprised them with a framed photo. To this day I can’t recall their names, but the memory remains indelible.