In trying to find the answers to life’s purpose and where God fit into my life, I had to learn a great truth: “Keep it simple”.
When beginning my search for a deeper more initmate walk with God, it seemed to be paved with so many obstacles. Filled with things I could not accomplish or overcome. It was at the very moment that I believed I had my footing and was grounded in deep that I would no sooner slip or fall. It was just all so complicated. I wanted a deep closeness with God that gives us the ability to be at peace in every chaotic and heart palpitating circumstance.
After much tireless effort and many disappointments I just gave up. I knew the scriptures and God’s promised salvation. Yet it was all just a big mystery that I’d start to believe could never be attained in this life.
Then it happened… that great “aha moment”. I suddenly knew that there was more to this life right here and now. I could have the closeness to God that I craved and that I could have it NOW! Had He not promised to give us life and that more abundant? Didn’t He promise to give exceedingly above all that we could ask, expect or hope? I needed understanding… I needed the peace that surpassed my own understanding. In this moment of clarity I knew undoubtedly that God COULD NOT break His promises; because He can not lie. AHA! A very simple truth.
The first thing I was to actually DO was Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” In applying this Truth to my life I found the errors in my past failures. Everything I did was driven by my own human efforts. AHA!
All believers agree that Jesus died for us and paid the wages for our sins and we are grateful. Often after we realize it, we go off with heartfelt gratefulness slipping and falling on our faces. (Well at least I did).
The “aha moment” for me in this instance was not only had He paid the price of my many transgressions against God; but He had paid the price for me. I am not my own. I belong to Him. I was bought at a price and therefore I must honor God not only in mind and deeds but to surrender to Him my entire physical being as well. Even my body belongs to Him. (1 Corinthians 6:20). I was a slave to the rhythym of man’s understanding of God. Thereby I attempted to live by a faith fueled only in human striving. Once understood that it was not mine to do because ownership of “ME” had been revoked. I had surrendered all titles to myself to God in Christ. (1 Corinthians 7:23) AHA!
God gave me this simple understanding. “It is like you have sold your vehicle and surrendered the deed and title; but you came back in the dark of night to illegally repossess it and use it.” In His light it was put to me just this simply.
How could I possibly drive it effortlessly? Afterall when He’d taken possession of it He restored the tarnished finish, renewed everything under the hood with perfect parts and the right upgrades. Even the old user’s manual was made obsolete. It could no longer be operated properly by the previous owner.
Aha! Not complicated at all. When God is in total control:
1.) He is at the helm of our life and the center of our being;
2.) We are fueled by the Spirit of God.
3.) A deep intimate bond is established with Him
Now I’ve found the ability to be at peace in every chaotic and heart palpitating circumstance. In the very eye of every storm we can be at peace and rest with Him in the stern of the boat. He is the Master of the elements; the One who cries out, “Peace! Be still!” and it is done.
Keep it simple… AHA! Let go and let God!
Pastor Wilkes is now resting in eternity. I remember him from years ago. He was a small humble man who saw his large family through what seemed to me like unending trials. He’d smile saying, “Anything plus Jesus is more than enough.” He used that same saying in a sermon once; when I went with my mother to hear him speak to a congregation of people in Los Angeles. I learned what Paul spoke of when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9
“…But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
As of late I have decided to walk through life with my eyes closed. By this I mean my human sight. Looking inward to my heart where the Holy Spirit dwells. Moving through this world I can see things as they are with a greater clarity; even my own wretched flesh constantly whining like a spoiled child.
With my eyes wide shut I see through His perspective. No longer distracted and tripping over stumbling blocks. His eye will guide me. Truly He is the Light within that breaks through darkness to shine outwardly to guide us and lead us.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105
By prayer and meditating on His Word, taking time to totally abandon every human sense and response; I surrender all that I am to Him. Then truly it is not me… but Him working in me.
Therefore it is His ear that listens to hear the sadness of a the wounded heart. And His shoulder offered as comfort. It is His heart and a measure of His compassionate love that is shown to the disadvantaged, even to our enemies. It is His feet that walk; hurrying us off to tell the Good News to those in need of a Saviour. It is the very Spirit of God’s Anointed One reaching out as hands are laid upon the one who’s ill …surely they will have an encounter with the Great Physician.
When we surrender all that we are to Him and totally allow Him to reign not only in our live but with in us. Then our human striving will cease. Self-interest, our ego, etc.. melting away down to our core being; which is our eternal souls. Then through His gracious mercy His power comes to perfection in our human weakness. We then pray not for the desires of our hearts because we are in this moment sharing an intimate fellowship with Him which can only perceive the desires of His heart and all things that Glorify Him. In Him we are made whole and lack for nothing.
Matthew 15:35-38 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.
Anything plus Jesus in more than enough.