you. There's an order to things... First submit... Then resist. We can't do it without God. If we could, we would have… and we wouldn't need God.
As we dwell in the presence of God we become empowered through His word, through the Holy Spirit. We gain God's confidence, God's peace, God's assurance. No one can shake someone who's confidence is IN The Lord.
Our victory over complication, confusion and chaos in our lives is directly linked to just how much we spend 'dwelling' with The Lord. Little time, little victory. Lots of time, lots of victory. Living every day for God, massive victories!!
I heard a message given by Todd White some time ago that still resonates with me. It was a very simple statement he made about salvation and lordship. It really made me think!
That comparison between salvation and lordship... It stuck in my throat, my heart, my stomach, my mind... Where was I on that spectrum? Sure, my salvation is clear and I know Heaven is my home... But really... How much do I actually live and breathe Jesus? Is He ACTUALLY the Lord of MY life OR am I just giving Him parts of it???
I don't know about you, but self examination, searching my own soul, my own heart.... I do it... And I do it quite a lot in order to grow.... But ugh!!! It can still be ugh!!! for me. Although it is certainly getting better and easier, and it's so good to see stuff that needs improving or changing (that's HOW we grow) and I would so much rather have the 'UGH' than live in the denial of perfection!!! God is good!!!
I guess for me, and maybe even for you, I'm being spoken to... Asked that question... 'I know I saved you and you ARE my child, but am I Lord of your life? Dig deeper! Find Me more! There's an abundance I want to share with you! I love you!'
So, as I submit to The Lord I AM resisting the devil and his condemnations about me not 'being Christian enough' to change anything and I am instead drawing near to God who WILL draw near to me. I am allowing Holy Spirit to cleanse me more and purify my heart, making me less double-minded.
And so the journey continues... And it is good!!