Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Yielding My Heart

My Utmost For His Highest
It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest— my best for His glory.” To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision […]. When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point— He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only— my utmost for His highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.[…] But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis must develop in our lives. […] He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis where we have to decide— for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.’ CHAMBERS
Proverbs 6: 16-19 “There are six things that the Lord hates,  seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans,    feet that hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family.”
Haughty eyes or pride is at the top of the list of what God hates in Proverbs 6. Pride is what gets me into trouble more than anything else.  Believing that my way is the best way.  God does not want a sacrifice of the external … He desires a broken and contrite heart. (Psalm 51)  Are we willing to be broken, like Jesus was broken?  Are we willing to lay it all down?  God has been teaching Martie and me that following Him is not defined in the context of our culture or possession but the devotion of our hearts.
Take some time today to talk with the Lord.  His Spirit will show you what the issues are … yield your heart to Him … and let your light shine brighter than it ever has before.
Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

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