“We do not become a new person by changing our behavior. We discover the person we already are in Christ and we behave accordingly. Being restored to First Love means returning to a lifestyle of allowing yourself to be wonderfully loved! We therefore need to repent of our focus on our own performance and be restored to a life of responding to God’s passion for us specifically!” Graham Cooke
I read this and think “I know this,” yet so often this is not where I live. I look to what I can do, and how I’m doing it, and whether I’m doing it good enough. It’s all about me, me, me. Just recently, the Lord gave me a revelation on this, and I realized that all I really have to do is trust in His goodness toward me. He already loved me and He has already promised me so much, before I ever received Him! This is a daily pursuit, to stay in that position of responder, instead of feeling like I have to make something happen.
In our desperation, we can get so busy “trying” that we lose sight of Him and His call to rest and enjoy being His child. Our focus gets all messed up. The enemy knows just how to keep us feeling the burden of responsibility for our own lives. His lies bombard us daily, speaking to us of how “we’re just not doing enough!” But the Word of God says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Submit to Me and I will draw near to you.” (James 4:7-8) Jesus says, “Do not seek what you will eat and drink and stop worrying….because your Dad knows you need all these things….Just seek Him.” (paraphrased from Luke 12:29-30)
I don’t know about you, but when I have only $5 left in my wallet and don’t know where the next round of supply is coming from, I still have a hard time not worrying! Yet Jesus places no conditions on this statement, He speaks in complete confidence, and so should I because never once have I not had what I truly needed. It might not all come as I hope or expect, but it does all come and I have never been without! Oh that we all could trust Him more, then we could be a lot more joyful!
I’m praying for you, my Friends, that all your cares melt away in His Presence. May you see what He sees when He looks at you, may you experience the delight of His face! It’s there that all your needs are truly met.