“In order for a soul to be made into a vessel unto God’s honor, ‘sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work’ (2 Timothy 2:21), it must be utterly abandoned to Him, and must lie passive in His hands.” Hannah Whitall Smith
Passive? Not us. We have the urge to help God (or ourselves) without regard for our ignorance or imperfections.
Take our hands off the wheel and let God steer.
Relax; let go; let God.
“God made me stronger, so the pain is not always unbearable, but the weight hasn’t gotten any lighter.” Levi Lusko
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
The load may not lighten, but he will carry more of it–as much as you’ll allow him to carry it and you.
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” C. S. Lewis
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
We not only see the son, but by his light we see everything else as it really is.
“Jesus told Pilate, my kingdom is not of this world; you can kill me but you can’t touch me.” Gary Garner
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John18:36)
This world and everything associated with it will pass away. Where is your kingdom? Where is your treasure? Heaven is not somewhere you go after you die. Heaven starts now. Jesus invites you to join him.
“This is what the Holy Spirit brings to us, the vision of the Lord, power to see divine things as God sees them. Not only does He give knowledge of the truth, but He gives the realization of it. Not only does He reveal to us the promises, but He enables us to appropriate them…. The Spirit also thinks in us by giving us divine instincts, intuitions and enablements.” A. W. Tozer
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Our powers of sight–both visual and intellectual–are so dim as to be blindness. Especially if we think we see. Real vision comes from the Holy Spirit, and with it comes understanding and power.
“Seek first the kingdom of heaven.”
“Being born again is not a process, but seeing more is. I don’t learn in order to see; I see to learn. It has to come straight from heaven. I was once blind, but now I see.” Gary Garner
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
What is visible will pass away, but what lasts forever is. We must see with our spirits. Then we really come alive.
“God loves you. He is on your side. He’s coming after you. He’s relentless.” Eugene H. Peterson
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
God loves you. He has loved you since before he created the heavens and the earth. He died for you. He continues to love you. All he wants is for you to love him back. (And love your neighbor.)
“He that is spiritually enlightened … does not merely rationally believe that God is glorious, but he has a sense of the gloriousness of God in his heart. There is not only a rational belief that God is holy, and that holiness is a good thing, but there is a sense of the loveliness of God’s holiness.” Jonathan Edwards, 1735
“God will give you what you need and meet you where you are.” Roslyn Kennedy
“But I have all things, and abound. … And my God will fill up all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:18-19)
God knows what we need–what we really need. In Christ he will give you what you need, when you need it.
“I must lose my mind to gain the mind of Christ. Your drink can’t quench my thirst; I must drink for myself.” Gloria Garner
“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
The Spirit of Christ knows the mind of the Father, and shares his thoughts with us if we quiet ourselves. You must hear it for yourself for it to mean anything to you. Be still and listen.