Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
When one is in the midst of a raging storm, it is extremely difficult to see the clearing. I knew where my hope comes from; my faith was firm in the author of my story, however, I could not get myself to the place of feeling His peace. There had been a barrier that wouldn’t break. I finally came to a place where God was speaking louder than the world and I was able to hone in on His words. “You are my daughter. You are who I say you are, not who the world says you are. You have been redeemed by the blood of my Son, Jesus Christ.”
God is always taking broken situations and creating beauty from the ashes. Not only does scripture solidify this in Romans 8:28 but I am a direct result of this promise. Riley Clemmons has it written beautifully in her song, Better For It – Hindsight 20/20, now I see that you let me be where I’ve been so I can be all that I am ♥ Our sovereign God walked with me, fallen and broken, to bring me up from the ashes knowing that He would use my testimony to witness to those who would be going through the same struggle. Did He put me there? No, He gave us free will. Did the enemy put me there? No, I hit rock bottom because of my own choices; because I made a choice to listen to the enemy, allowing him to twist every little offense and I believed every single lie that entered my mind. I made the choices to put God on the sidelines while I tried to make things right before bringing Him back on the field. Even so, God surrounded me with His protection; He was with me in every single step. One of the most simple things I’ve learned [really, it should be common sense but it’s not]:
Don’t fight the Devil in the dark! – Matt Chandler, Passion 2019
Meaning, don’t try to fight your battles alone.
The moment that realization struck, the walls came crashing down; the barrier broke: God, forgive me, I surrender! He brought forth a vision and a purpose. I stood still for 3 weeks, not knowing what to do with it. He further solidified the vision. I stood still for another 3 weeks before I pursued. Once I took that first step in faith, God brought forth the next step and has continued to do so with every step taken. The enemy tried to stop this pursuit with distractions, lies, and a past that is no longer. I am a daughter of the King. I am not what I once was. I am redeemed! God brought forth the needed encouragement and my pursuit continues.
Surrendered life is truly a beautiful transition from a self-controlled life♥
With love in Christ,
I Surrender – Hillsong Worship