~ Miraculous Faith ~
Ever notice that in the prayers of many, the part about "but may Your will be done, not mine" is associated with disappointment, suffering, something undesirable? Many secretly hope that God's will is their will. In the deepest recesses of their hearts, they really hope their will prevails over God's. This is another reason, among many, why our prayers may not be effective.
This world, our churches, the very Body of Christ, needs more people with the courage, the self-abandonment, the trust and joy to utterly surrender themselves to our Lord's perfect will for us and our loved ones; to allow themselves to be fully infused, possessed and animated by God's Holy Spirit, to allow the Christ who abides in them to fully and powerfully be manifested in their walk and talk, to be demonstrated continually through them regardless of the worldly circumstances in which they find themselves.
Taking such a full self-abandoning plunge into the faithful, loving and trustworthy arms of the Holy Spirit may, and probably will, result in a sense of profound personal failure. Our egos won't be delighted, but distraught and will fight this abandonment for their lives. Our egoes do not want to lose their good names, their images, their reputations, their achievements.
(Every one of satan's temptations of Christ during His 40-day fast in the desert wilderness appealed to Christ's ego or sense of self rather than to His divinity.)
However, this "personal" failure, this denial and crucifixion of self, is a temporary necessity leading to the most glorious expression of the Christ who abides within us to explode through us in the way He chooses, using each one of us regardless of the circumstances in which we live, according to His purposes. "For you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor. 6:20) This "new life in Him" is so wondrous and exciting, transcending whatever else is going on in our inner and outer lives.
But, there is more! As the highest will of God is done in and through you without interruption, the worldly circumstances in which you find yourself will change, seemingly miraculously. Instead of the worldly situation wearing you down, crushing your spirit, challenging your faith, that expression of God's Spirit and highest will impacts with the power of the All-Mighty upon your circumstances. As Christ declared, mountains throw themselves into the sea upon a word spoken in Spirit and unwavering faith. "Why do you have such little faith?... Only people who don't know God are always worrying... Your Father in Heaven knows that you need. But more than anything else, put God's work first and do His will. Then all the other things will be yours as well." (Matthew 6:30-33)
If you received the gift of redemption through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in you. Trust Him, and get out of His way, letting Him have His way with you. The Holy Spirit loves you and cares for you, choosing you as His dwelling place. Letting Him do the remodeling of His home and using you to express His infinite love, power, gifts and work as you rest in Him will result in a life of unimaginable completeness, joy, and fulfillment.
"I am the Lord All-Powerful. So don't depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit. Zerubbabel, that mountain in front of you will be leveled to the ground. Then you will bring out the temple's most important stone and shout, 'God has been very kind!'" (Zechariah 4:6-7)
In chapter 6 of Galatians, Paul explains that all people, circumcised or not, Jew or Gentile, now are God's true people, a spiritual Israel. Zephaniah writes, "If you humbly obey the Lord, then come and worship him." (Zeph 2:3) Now rejoice with me in His prophesy to all who worship Him: "Your Lord is King of Israel and stands at your side; you don't have to worry about any more troubles... Don't be discouraged or grow weak from fear! The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with His love. The Lord has promised: 'Your sorrow has ended and you can celebrate. I will punish those who mistreat you... I will lead you home, and with your own eyes you will see me bless you with all you once owned. Then you will be famous everywhere on this earth. I, the Lord, have spoken!'" (Zeph. 3:15-20
John S. Hilkevich, Ph.D.
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