Focus: Not holding back
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NKJV) For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
If strength is what you lack, there is hope for you today. If you are lonely, you don’t have to stay that way. There really is a way out of the trap you’re in…whatever it is. That thing you haven’t found that you’ve been searching for so long…well, He’s right there in the room with you now. You don’t have to go looking and wondering when you’ll find what’s been missing—you’re the one who’s been missing. It’s not something outside of you that has made you feel incomplete—it’s the vacancy that hasn’t been filled in you.
So what if you said to God, “Give me all You’ve got”…and really meant it? What do you think you’d get? Do you think all of God is enough to fix your problem? I’m pretty sure that getting all of God would change everything about what you think is wrong with the way things have been lately. You really don’t need anything more than more of God.
Oh, but don’t we hold back from giving Him full reign in us? Don’t we want to keep a safe amount of ‘self’, so that we can still think, and feel, and do the favorite things we’ve learned to love? Don’t we want to protect our own interest?
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There is actually no reason to have any reservations about the possible repercussions. Just break loose of all that bondage in your mind. Freedom and independence in the way we know them, are really the worst kinds of slavery. Anything that encourages self-sufficiency is far from what brings true peace and security.
Real life is being free in another sense. Free to lose yourself in Christ and in the knowledge that HE is the one you have missed. He alone can satisfy the longings of your soul. Life is lonely for anyone until that realization is made. Nothing else will completely fill the void.
You can make the invitation. You can say, “Give it to me, God—I want all You’ve got,” if you’re ready for a real relationship with Him. Something much more than the superficial way you’ve known Him in the past. You might be a little offended at the idea that you haven’t already had as much of Him as you could get. We want to think we’ve been right and that the spiritual side of us is ‘intact’. It’s embarrassing to think that you might not have already ‘had it right’ before now.
Well, maybe you did say something like ‘Give me all You’ve got’ to God at another time in your life, and you’ve always looked back at that moment as though it was the apex, and the Light of His brightness would never shine quite that much again. But, He is so limitless. He knows no bounds. What He was to you then—is nothing compared to what He could be to you now. There is more of you to fill now than there was at that time…and ‘being filled by Him’ is not a one time occurrence. It’s something that goes on and on and on and on and on….or at least it should.
It’s not as though He’s not willing. The brightness of the Lord is like a Light that keeps getting ever brighter and never stops. You can’t wear Him out or use Him up. No matter how much He gives you of Himself today—there will be more for you tomorrow. It’s not a matter of how much He has to give—it’s how willing we are to receive. How much are you able to receive? How big of a hole is in your heart right now? Can you give Him that much space?
One key to releasing the flow of God’s love into you is by telling Him, “Thank You”. If all you feel is brokenness, then thank Him for your brokenness. If you are feeling numb—thank Him for your numbness. All you have to do is start thanking Him for basic things. You have air to breathe—thank Him for that. You have food and water—thank Him for that, too. You’re reading this—thank Him for leading you to these words that are challenging you to build a better relationship with your Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit—by letting the Presence of God, the three in one, into your heart and soul. Keep giving thanks for everything you can possibly think of. Don’t just thank Him for the ‘good stuff’…praise Him for the things that brought you to your knees. Thank Him for the pain and suffering—the loss and loneliness—that has driven you closer to Him.
Begin to live in that kind of atmosphere and you will feel like you crossed over into another universe…His. He’s there for you every minute of the day or night and His love for you is unstoppable and undeniable.
Declaration: I will find new strength by opening my heart and soul to take in more and more of God each day.
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