Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the love You’ve shown and instilled inside of us. When I think of Your goodness and all You’ve done for me a shower of joy fills my spirit. Your name is truly worthy of all praise. I lift You right now. I ask that through this post Your name, Your presence, and Your glory will reign supreme. I am trusting that You will bless someone through my experience and understanding. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
When I think of God’s grace and mercy on my life it is impossible for me not to acknowledge His presence. When there is consistency in my devotion and prayer I begin to feel God’s presence more and more. I experience a fullness of joy when I am able to communicate with God about something through prayer and see it come to pass. Allowing God to move in my life requires me to submit to His will; commit to consistently seeking and applying the word of God. I’m not sure about you all but submission has been a difficulty for me for as long as I can remember existing.
Submit means to – accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person. The bible says Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). According to this, I presume we must lose ourselves or the desires of our flesh in the act of submitting to the will of God. Why does this become such a struggle for us? Why do we fail when faced with temptation? We have an obligation as believers to break generational curses by submitting to God’s will for us as people of God. Now this is not an easy feat. However, the word of God makes it seems so simple.
The truth is, if we’re not in the word of God submitting our will become very difficult – I cannot help but think of the scene in 8 mile when “B.Rabbit” was staring in the mirror about to face “Poppa Doc” in a rap battle, the famous line narrates this “his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti”. This is the way I feel when I know the enemy is about to test me with the desires of my flesh and I am not prepared to combat him with the direction of the holy spirit. When anxiety, isolation, nervousness, uncertainty, timidness surface in, those feelings usually accompany a consideration to feed the desires of the flesh, and ultimately operate outside of the will of God.
My flesh and/or the enemy attempts to convince me with various reasons why I should consider giving in. Why I should revert back to the habits I’ve been trying to break for years. In order to combat the lies of the enemy, to deny our flesh, we must be confident in the word of God. In the gospel of Matthew, the enemy offered Jesus a shortcut and his only requirement was that Jesus worship him. The enemy took Jesus on a high mountain and offered Him all the kingdoms and their glory, everything that He was sent to earth for. Jesus knew that this was not within the will of God. In fact, He noticed that the enemy was trying to distract Him from fulfilling His purpose. He says “Away with you, Satan. For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him you shall serve only’ (Matthew 4:10)”.
This sincere shut down is a powerful example of how to shut the enemy up. I encourage you to be like Jesus when faced with temptation to obtain desires that are not within the will of God. We have to lean on our belief in Him, His word, and trust that His will for us leads to love, joy, and peace. The word of God says “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more (Psalms 16:11) “. Jesus’ unwavering faith allowed Him to refer to the word to denounce the enemy. His confidence in God’s will, His word and His purpose was much stronger than any fleshly desire at that moment.
So consider this next time you’re faced with a challenge or test that would require you to operate outside of the will of God. The next time the enemy tries to tempt you into feeding your flesh. The next time he tries to discourage or distract you. Remember this scripture, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 16:24-25)”.
We must lose ourselves in our submission to God. Lose every thought we believe that’s not aligned with God’s word, every desire that is not aligned with His will, and every thought we have that encourages us to succumb to temptation. Make room for God’s presence, peace, and joy through constant prayer. Make room for direction by seeking Godly counsel and accountability in your fellowship. Make room for His will to be done by committing to strengthening your relationship with him daily and covering yourself with His word. Believe that He is worthy of our self-denial.
We believe in the living God. Through him we have the power and authority to claim victory over the temptations and snares of the enemy! Be ENCOURAGED through the process of losing yourself.
Wishing you peace, love, and many blessings,