Have you asked God to give you a particular verse from the Bible for this entire year? This particular verse for the year can be compared to the steam in a steam-train where the water is heated into steam in a boiler until it reaches a high pressure. When expanded through pistons or turbines, mechanical work is done and the train runs quickly and smoothly.
As 2012 was dawning on the sunset of my life, I was asking the Lord for a Scripture verse for this coming challenging year. He gave me some incredible verses that challenged me to no extent, yet, somehow I knew I had not come a crossed the one that was to be my destiny for this year, until Philippians 1:21 leaped into my very heart and emotions with a security that this was the one. A very simple, but profound verse:” For me to live is Christ…” Yes, that’s the one I can hang on to for each hour or day of the year. I am determined to be entirely for Him alone this year, shutting out every other possibility to be this one thing only- My ultimate for His ruling in my life.
God often brings us to a place where we know we cannot depend on any other thing, person or circumstance. When we begin to debate with Him on how things should progress, He often produces a crisis where we have to decide- for or against His ruling, and from that point our intimacy with Him can begin to develop. To get to that point is a question of the will. Mathew 12:30 “The person who isn’t with me is against me, and the person who isn’t gathering with me is scattering.” (NIV) We scatter and do damage to the Kingdom of God if we are not for Him in all things.
If this choice comes to you on any line, surrender your will to Him unconditionally and completely.
Below we have a person who was entangled with the pursuits of this world and became wrapped up in the barb-wires of bondage and fear. He discovered that by choosing to live for Jesus he could walk away from his darkness and be free to love Him freely. I hear Jesus say:” When you choose Me you choose your destiny and your enrichment. Things all around you may seem attractive and beckon you come, but be assured that My path will lead to abandonment and love for Me. You will be just like Me for you are My inheritance and your life will be one of surprises and divine sanction.”
“FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST.” Phil. 1:21
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