“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.
“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.)
“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.
“Christianity is not just a formula for moral living. True Christianity is the restoration of union with God.” Rick Joyner
“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
It’s not about being good; it’s more than being saved; it’s uniting with the creator of the universe. A re-creation; a new life; a new being. Life as we were meant to live it.
“The great question here is, not what you will get, but what you will become. The greatest wealth you can ever get will be in yourself. Take your burdens, and troubles, and losses, and wrongs, if come they must and will, as your opportunities, knowing that God has girded you for greater things than these.” Gary Garner
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
Greater things than Jesus did? Not be by our abilities, of course, but through Jesus dwelling in you–his Spirit helping you to will and to do his purposes. To do so we must fundamentally change–become something purer and better than we can imagine.