This past Saturday, I was pondering some truths I had read in Scripture, dialoguing with the Lord, and then He gave me this thought…
It was so “simple” and yet so profound in its impact…
Anything independent from God is sin.
That means any time our wills are not aligned with God’s or simply put, submitted to God, we are in sin.
Understanding this simple truth is changing the way I pray and is changing the way I view my own sin.
It “emblazons” my sin before my eyes so that I no longer can justify or minimize it.
When I understand that I am sinning when I am not aligned with God’s will in ALL AREAS, I realize that I have a decision to make: I either respond to God’s conviction with contrition/repentance, or I rebel and reject His ways and reap the consequences of my own actions.
Thinking about this simple truth means I have been doing a lot of confessing lately — not prompted by fear or pride — but prompted from my own desire to walk in freedom and for greater communication in my relationship with the Lord.
I don’t want hindered communication in my relationship with the Lord.
Sin hinders communication. It produces “soul noise” that “drowns out” the voice of God.
Repentance reopens those channels, “unplugs” my ears, and removes the “blockades” in my spiritual life.
True repentance produces unprecedented peace and joy.
Understanding the profound truth that my will needs to be aligned with God’s will in order to walk in truth, life, freedom, and righteousness means that I now pray the following prayer:
“Lord, may your will be done in such and such a situation…”
“Lord, change my will to be yours in such and such a matter…”
So simple and yet so life-changing!
It does not matter that I want certain things. Unless what I want is in alignment with what God wants for me at that time or in that way, to proceed ahead would be sin.
Yes! I have been praying a lot of prayers, asking God to change my will in many matters and asking His will to be accomplished in many situations. It is so exciting and amazing to be a part of His work in the lives of others and to be receptive and responsive to His leading!
May 2016 be a year of amazing revival in my life, my home, my family, and yours as well!