The Desires Of A Surrendered Heart

Psalm 37 4

Psalm 37:3-5;7, 8 AMP Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him to prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

Sometimes things happen in life that we just do not understand. Disappointments come to all of us. We think we know the direction we’re taking in life and something sidetracks us and knocks us off our course. If we don’t commit ourselves unto the Lord we will lose sight of the big picture, the plan that He has for us and become cynical and angry.

In this portion of scripture the Lord encourages us to trust Him in all of our heart’s desires. I like the definition that the Amplified Bible gives for the word trust—lean on, rely on, and be confident—in the Lord. Our trust cannot be in man because man changes; God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says: Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

Notice the instruction that Psalm 37 gives to the person who lives in the land that God has given him. Or you might refer to him/her as the person that is yielding to God’s will in his/her life. That portion of scripture tells them to trust, delight, commit, be still, rest, fret not, cease from anger. This gives a picture of peace. They aren’t upset or fretting about their situation. They continue doing the things that are right in God’s sight. There is no animosity, grumbling or complaining about their situation. The course of action that they have chosen to take is to pray and cast the cares of life onto the Lord and then rest in the fact that they’ve given it to Him; they no longer have to carry it and worry about it’s outcome. All is peace as they wait for Him to move on their behalf.

The one word that we often hear misquoted in this portion of scripture is the word “delight”. We hear people using this verse to justify their own desires by saying that if they delight themselves in the Lord He will give them the desires of their hearts.

Delight – Hebrew word anag – means to be soft or pliable – delicate.

What the scripture is actually saying is that if we become soft and pliable towards the Lord, He will create within our hearts the desire for His will to be done. Then as His desires become ours He will bring those desires of our hearts into manifestation. The hidden petitions of a person’s heart who is soft and pliable before the Lord will be the desires of the Lord that He has placed in the person’s heart. Many times that scripture is used to claim the fulfillment of things that are in an unsurrendered heart; a heart that is filled with fleshly desires.

How many times do we try to do things in our own way and timing. It’s hard for us to wait on the Lord. We often want to hurry things along; to control the outcome of our lives according to what we believe should be done. We want to be “in charge”. And yet God is the Way-maker! He is the one who goes before us into every situation; who directs our steps and causes us to succeed.

Psalm 37:23, 24 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.

God directs the steps of one who is faithfully committed to Him; the one who is sold out to Jesus and seeking His will for his/her life. So we have a choice; we can either take the reins of our lives and try to make things happen on our own or we can patiently wait on God to do it for us in His own way and timing.

Psalm 75:4-7 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.’” For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge; He puts down one And exalts another.

When it speaks of “horn” here it’s meaning is strength. And the phrase “a stiff neck” is referring to someone with insolent pride. The attitude here is a person with a prideful attitude who thinks they are strong in and of themselves and are seeking their own promotion. But the scripture says that God is the one who promotes one and brings another down.

The Living Bible paraphrase says it this way: “For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”

The scripture identifies God as the “Judge” saying that He is the one that hands down the decisions that will maintain or bring about a right state of affairs.

Are you trusting God to handle the disappointments in your life today? Will you choose to lean on, rely on and be confident in His wisdom to bring about the things that you are waiting to see happen in the situations of your life?

Every disappointment that we face in life is an opportunity for us to turn it over to God who knows all, sees all and is all-powerful! He is big enough to right the wrongs, change the course and deal with the injustices. Each decision that God makes on our behalf is in our best interest. God sees the big picture and moves us through the plan that He has for our life in a manner that is beneficial to us with the end result being conforming us to the image of His Son.

Romans 8:28, 29 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Don’t allow the disappointments of life to shipwreck your faith. Trust the Lord to maneuver you through the stormy waters to arrive safely at your destination.

Father, I come before You this morning in the name of Jesus! I thank You for the good plan that You have for each of our lives. I trust You, Lord, to do what is best in fulfilling that plan in Your way and timing. I may not understand all that happens in the execution of that plan but I know that I can trust You to do what is best for me. I pray that Your will might be done in my life as it is in heaven. I ask You to show me the things that I can’t see in the natural as I yield to Your Spirit’s work in my life. I pray that You will give me revelation knowledge in those areas that seem to be hidden from view. Open the eyes of my understanding to see Your hand moving in the situations of my life that seem to be hindering my progress in living out the plan and calling that You have on my life. I pray for those this morning who have been disappointed by happenings in their lives. I pray that they will look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of their faith and that they will rely only on You, the one true God, to bring satisfaction and fulfillment into their lives. Help us all to be content where You have placed us and to be patient as we trust in You to move us into the next place in our walk with You. Direct us by Your Spirit and cause us to be sensitive to Your voice. Thank You for guiding us and directing our foot steps. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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God Will Make A Way

Exodus 14-1

Exodus 14:10-16 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt,have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? “Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to served the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. “But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”

The Israelites had been in bondage for 490 years when God delivered them from the hand of the Egyptians. They had a bondage mentality that caused them to not be able to see anything good that the Lord would do in their futures. They also could not understand God’s love for them and His ability to protect them. They were afraid and because of their fear they were willing to continue in the land of bondage, serving their enemies.

Many times people who have lived in an abusive situation have this same mentality. They can’t seem to shake the fear the comes when they think of doing anything different, being anywhere different or living a life of good instead of evil. They can be lead out of bondage, but only God can deliver them from the bondage mentality. This takes time and consistency in Him showing them that He is for them, not against them and that He will protect them. Immediately after Moses led the people out of Egypt they saw the enemy coming up behind them and they were afraid. They could not imagine anything but defeat because of the bondage mentality that they lived under.

“And when Pharoah drew near……they were afraid.” Is the enemy drawing near to you this morning? Does it feel as if he is closing in on you? The Israelites cried out to the LORD in their fear. They were so afraid they couldn’t move forward. They saw the Red Sea before them and the enemy behind them and they felt trapped. Sometimes we feel the same way when the pressures of life close in around us. We feel trapped, like we are between a rock and a hard spot. We can’t turn back because the enemy is there and we are afraid to go forward because there is an insurmountable object in front of us. The unknown awaits us and we don’t know how we will overcome it.

Moses told the children of Israel “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall see again no more forever.”

Fighting fear

Once we face our fears they no longer have a hold over us. David said in Psalm 56:3 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You”. God goes before us into every situation. He is able to deliver us even when it looks like an impossible situation. God makes a way for us to cross over the insurmountable objects ahead of us. We can trust Him to protect and provide for His children. He has promised us in Hebrews 13:5, 6 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5, 6 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do t me?”

We can boldly proclaim in the face of fear that we don’t need anything but the LORD! He is the One who goes before us into every situation. We can boldly say that we do not have to fear anything that the devil throws at us because our God is able to take care of us.

As a believer in Christ Jesus, we are children of the New Covenant. Now, if God protected His children under the Old Covenant recorded for us to read in the Old Testament, how much more will He protect those who are His under the New Covenant. It is said in Hebrews 8:6 that Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant which was established on better promises. God has not changed from His power to protect from the Old Testament to the New; He has promised His covenant to us, even as adopted children; a covenant of protection and provision.

Romans 8:31-32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

God gave His only begotten Son that we might inherit all His promises; that we might be delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

Colossians 1:13, 14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

The enemy has no hold over a child of God! We do not have to fear what the devil can do to us because our God is able to deliver us, to protect us and to provide for our every need. When the enemy comes to you with his threats of destruction you can look him right in the face and tell him to get away from you because your God is standing between you and him. Command the devil to get behind you because Your God is able to deliver you. Stand still today and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf!

Father, I thank You for being our God. I thank You for going before us into every situation and for defeating the enemy on our behalf. You are great and greatly to be praised. You are well able to deliver us from any foe that comes against us. If You are for us then who could possibly stand against us. Thank You for providing for our deliverance from whatever enemy we are facing. Thank You for bringing us through the sea that may be ahead of us. You are God; there is nothing too difficult for You. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may be afraid. I rebuke the enemy in their lives right now in the name of Jesus. I speak to that mountain that may be ahead of them and command it to move right now in Jesus’ name. I declare that they will win the battle because You are defeating the enemy on their behalf. Thank You, Father, for the victory that You have assured us of when we are in Christ Jesus. To You be the honor and the glory for it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

 

The Eyes Of The Lord

2 Chronicles 16:7-9 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. “Were the Ethiopians and the Lubin not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

Do not trust in the ways of man. When you rely on Me, you open the channel of flow from My Spirit to you. I look for those whose hearts are loyal to Me so I can help them when they rely on Me. Relying on the world limits your ability to receive from Me. Seek Me first before going to the world. I will direct you in the way you should go. Rely on Me to lead you down the avenue that you are to walk. Did I not create all things? They are there for your disposal, but My direction leads you to the one that is beneficial for you. Seek My will before trusting yourself to worldly ways. My ways are higher than theirs and I think differently than men. I have the plan that will work for your particular situation. Do not fear, only believe!”

Father, I thank You that when we come to You and rely on You that You are there to help us! You know just what to do in each challenge of life that we face. I thank You, that when we seek Your direction, You will give it to us. You do not withhold help from Your children. Thank You for being so good to us! I pray for my friends, this morning, who may be facing what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle in their lives. Father, You know exactly what to do to bring them through to victory. I pray that they will seek You, trust You for the answer and follow Your directions as You give it. Father, I pray that they will be successful in over-coming and that they will experience the goodness of God in the land of the living. Father, reach down and meet them at their point of need. Open the windows of heaven over them and provide for the the need that they have in their lives. Show them Your glory in this their hour of need. Thank You, Father, for the victory. I thank You for giving them the answers to their questions. Thank You for showing them the way to success! To You be all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3,4 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trust in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

My people are in a turmoil. Their minds are running rampant with all kinds of fearful thoughts. Have I not said that a mind focused on Me will be at perfect peace? Focus your hearts and minds on Me and shut out all the distractions of the world. Look unto Me for the solutions to life’s problems. I am the Great I AM! I am Your Father and all is well in My Kingdom. There is no evil in My presence. There is no sickness or disease, poverty or lack with Me. I am your Provision. Do not look to the world for what you can attain from only Me. Come to Me; seek My will for your life. Seek My ways for they are righteous and true. Success comes only from Me. Live your life focused on Me and I will lead you into prosperity; spirit, soul and body. Prosperity is not what you can attain from a worldly source. It is an inner state of being at peace; peace with Me, with man and with yourself. It is a quality of wholeness that begins in the heart of a person. Have I not said that what is in the heart will reflect on the exterior of the person? Prosperity begins in the heart and is the state of peace that comes as your heart is focused on Me. It is only in Me that you can find true prosperity. Only I offer can offer a person wholeness. You can be healed of a physical illness through the medical ability of physicians, but they cannot make you whole. I am the One Who offers you wholeness. A person must come to Me to receive what only I can give. Come, just as you are and I will give you life, strength and wholeness.”

Oh Father, there are so many who are hungry for You; hungry to hear Your voice, to understand Your ways and to feel Your presence. Lord, I pray for them this morning that they will turn to You as their Source and Provision. I pray that they will open their hearts to You that You might fill them with life, peace, joy, and wholeness. Complete what is lacking in each one of us, Father. Mold our lives into the image of Jesus as You work in each of us. Bring us to the place of wholeness that we might be complete in You. Thank You, Father, for continuing to love us and for patiently dealing with each one of us as we have need. Lord, You understand that we are simply human beings with a limited understanding of what is going on in the world around us. We live in this world but as Your children our citizenship is in Heaven where You are. Father, help us to focus our eyes on You that we might not be distracted by what is happening in our world. Lord, there is no evil where You are. Father, I pray that Your will might be done on our earth as it is in Heaven. Let Your Kingdom come here on earth just as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Philippians 4:6, 7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

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