God can do anything with a willing heart. Are you willing to allow Him to work in your life, and change you from the inside out? Or would you rather stay the way you are today, forfeiting growth?
Archie Bunker, for those of you who never saw All in the Family, was a cranky, stubborn (among many other despicable things) man who was set in his ways, unwilling to change. No matter how much we disliked Archie, we can’t in good conscience say that we haven’t shared his stubbornness at times. Maybe not in the same areas, but stubborn none the less.
In my life, there have been times where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my sin and I would have loved to live in that sin forever. But, there came a point where I had to choose..what do I love more? My own fleshly desires, or The Lord and His will for my life? In realizing that His plan for me is so much better than the life I had planned, I was able to surrender fully to the change I knew needed to take place.
He takes the ashes of our lives, and gives us beauty in return. The joy I thought I had found when I was choosing sin over Him is so completely dim compared to the joy I now have living in His will. Everyday, I have to choose (in some capacity), will I be willing to let Him change me even more today, or will I choose to stunt my growth by staying set in MY ways.
Just like we talked awhile back how bitterness is a form of pride, so is stubbornness (or being unwilling to change). When we are not willing to let go of our stuff, we are telling God, “My way is better than Yours. I am my God now.”
Let’s stop trying to be someone we aren’t. Let’s surrender to being His sheep, instead of continuing the doomed pursuit of taking the Shepherd’s job. Surrender today, be willing to allow Him to work in and through you. You will never be sorry that you did.
Willingness = Surrender
We’ll chat more tomorrow,
Today’s prayer devo selection:
Prayer for Willingness
I AM willing to change!
I AM willing to change my mind!
I AM willing to change my heart!
I AM willing to change the perception
of myself and the world around me!
I AM willing to change what I do and
how I do it!
I AM willing to know change, to be changed and see the miraculous change that change
I know that I of myself can do nothing,
therefore, I AM willing to allow the Holy
Spirit to heal and change me at the soul
level, that I may be all that God created me to be.
I AM willing to be transformed!
. . . to have my true mind restored,
. . . to have my heart renewed,
. . . according to God’s perfect plan.
Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant