365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to encourage us today to P.U.S.H (Pray Under Sacrificial Holiness). To P.U.S.H means to pray under the power of the Holy Spirit sacrificing our flesh to live in the holiness of our Father. There is no greater way to serve the Lord than by sacrificing our will to be obedient to His will. The only way we can accomplish such an honor is through the anointed power of prayer. As I meditated the last few days on the things of God and sought Him for answers to what concerns my heart regarding the non-manifestation of prayers I have been waiting on for years, God’s response repeatedly was 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT): “Three different times I begged the Lord to take away. Each time He said, “May grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” What if God’s response to you asking Him to take away the very thing you felt was too much to bear was the same response He gave to me and the apostle Paul?
Like the apostle Paul, we all have something or somethings we want God to remove from our life to free us from its burden, but what if God is saying no? What if He is saying no because He knows this is the very thing that will keep us humble and constantly before His throne of grace. Can we be honest with ourselves and say, God I know if I did not have to deal with this very thing I may not have drawn as close to You as I have, can we admit this is possibly true? I know I can admit this is true for my life. In the weakest moment of my life was when I drew closer to God. It was not when everything was going according to my plan and life appeared to be so good. No, it was when I had to P.U.S.H to make it to the next day. It was when life became so hard, I did not know if I truly wanted to continue to live. It was when I wanted to give up because I felt I did not have a purpose to go on, but because His grace was sufficient in my weakness He gave me His power to continue to breath and serve Him through all the pain. And like Paul, I can honestly say, “so now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
WR2W, freedom comes when we are honest with God and ourselves and we P.U.S.H to live a life pleasing to God. Moreover, freedom comes when Grace has graced us with His power that is constantly working through us. Please know that freedom from your thorns (issues of life) does not come because the very thorn we want removed is removed. Because even if God does remove that one, there will always be another thorn because the thorn is what keeps us at His feet P(ing).U.S.H. For the bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT): “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” So if God never removes the debt, never heals the cancer on this side of heaven, allows the love one to die, let the husband leave, do not save the child from going to jail, do not deliver you from people working on your nerves, do not save your job, allow you to experience church hurt, and the list goes on, He is still God and as long as His Spirit is working in us, His grace is working for us, and we are free! P.U.S.H my sisters and never give up. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!