SPEAKS WHEN WE ARE SURRENDERED
The day that you surrendered your life, and considered
yourself dead, the day that you let Me live My life
through you, birthed the power to overcome.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by
the word of their testimony, and they did not love their
lives to the death. (Rev 12:11 NKJV)
The quickest way to hear the
Lord speak, is to totally surrender your life to Jesus
Christ. Give Him everything you are, everything you
want, everything you have, everything you pursue,
everyone you love, every part of who you are: BODY,
SOUL AND SPIRIT. Surrendering to God is trusting that
He is your Good, loving Heavenly Father Who brings
everything together for good. It is trusting that even
if all you give up is tested and tried by the enemy,
that the Lord said yes for His good purpose. It is
trusting Him that even in death, His good purpose
reigns. It is trusting that in every death, there is
Many strongholds fall by the
wayside when you are in total surrender to the Lord.
This takes away veils that keep you from hearing Him in
the many ways He speaks.
2 Cor 3:16-18 NLT
But whenever anyone turns
to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. Now, the Lord
is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is,
he gives freedom. And all of us have had that veil
removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect
the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord
works within us, we become more and more like him and
reflect his glory even more.
The various aspects in this lesson are about
how to surrender to God. This character trait is
important in hearing God speak to you. It is about
having a heart that bows low to listen to the One you
love. It is giving Him first place and giving honor to
His voice in your life. When you are surrendered,
yielded, letting Him lead, and no longer striving with
Him, something precious begins to form within you. It
is the nature of Jesus Christ, Who did nothing of
Himself. He only did what He heard and saw His beloved
John 5:19-20 NKJV
Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of
Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He
does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father
loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself
does; and He will show Him greater works than these,
that you may marvel.
when we let him LEAD
Rom 8:14 NKJV
For as many as are led by
the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
I have a pastor friend who
saw a wet spaghetti noodle and a large hand come down
and push it across some glass. The noodle only piled up
instead of moving forward. Then he heard the Lord say,
“My people are like wet noodles, you just can’t push
them. You have to draw them.” Then he saw the same
hand take hold of the noodle and pull it. The noodle
became straight again.
God uses our personalities to
lead us. When it comes to our making a decision, He
initiates it, draws us, gets our attention, then says,
“It’s yours, you decide!” The Lord is not a
controller. He does not force us to do something we do
not want to do. He leaves the decision of whether we
will follow, up to us. He wants our personalities, our
own heart, to want what He wants. That’s why He draws
us, He does not want to push or control us into doing
SUCH A GREAT COST TO GIVE
God made Adam free and give him a voice
He laid down His power to grant free choice.
God walked with Adam and gave him access
Talking, sharing, waiting for Adam’s “yes.”
Through His great power, by force He could take.
With His great love, He yielded for their sake.
In the garden, He would not interfere.
He gave free choice for willing volunteers.
Through out these years of mankind’s history
God’s heart travails an enflamed mystery.
He pursues our lives with such passionate love.
Yet waits for entrance as the gentle Dove.
Bowing His ear low, He’s so sensitive
Hearing our desires, if we’re receptive.
He yearns as He waits for our permission.
With circled groaning for our decision.
His intense love is constrained persuasion
Lest He overtake us by invasion.
With great restraint He will not use His force
To rule our life with pressuring coerce.
God knows the cost of honoring free will
Continued this day, He suffers it still.
One third of His creatures fell to the earth
Refused His love, dishonored what he birthed.
He may seek us and be inquisitive.
But only wants what were willing to give.
He makes sure we really know He is there.
So we will receive what He has to share.
He suffers long, through wavering so-so’s.
Til He’s convinced that we really mean no.
God’s deepest travail is that He does wait
For mutual desire to relate.
John 17:21 NKJV
... that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me,
and I in You; that they also may be one in Us...
he speaks when we seek counsel
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the
multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
(Proverbs 11:14 KJ)
Have you ever met those who talk incessantly about
themselves, never asking how you are? They are
talkers and not listeners. Rarely asking for
counsel or advice, their independence and self
absorption becomes their worst downfall.
The Lord wants us to stand on our own two feet and
learn to make decisions. However, there are certain
major decisions we should never make without the
counsel of at least two responsible, godly, people
who know us and whom we trust. Why? Because
inevitably, we are blind and not able to see our
weaknesses but in most instances, they will be able
to see our needs and yet still look at the facts.
The major decisions needing counsel are marriage,
changing locations in jobs, life after high school
graduation, financial investments, etc.
The second reason why counsel is so important, is
for the safety of those we love. “Where no
counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of
counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14
KJ) These major decisions most often directly
affect those closest to us, and if we make the wrong
decision, they suffer with us. There is a penalty
for making wrong decisions and it may or may not
have anything to do with justice, or the Lord’s
rebuke. The greater the decision, the greater the
ramifications. Often these outcomes have lasting
effects that have lifetime results. Think it
through, pray it through, counsel it through, wait
it through. Again, give God time. Leave no step
out when seeking His guidance.
HE SPEAKS when we yielD
“Most assuredly, I say to
you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and
dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much
grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who
hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal
life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where
I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves
Me, him My Father will honor.” (John 12:24-26 NKJV)
I received an insight about
God’s multiplication factor while looking at some
scriptures. The Bible says, “For whom He foreknew,
He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His
Son, that He might be the firstborn among many
brethren.” (Romans 8:29 NKJV) That means that our
destination is to become like Jesus. And Jesus’
destination before His resurrection was death to
His own will by yielding His life to the Father’s will.
Jesus said the only way a
plant lives forever is to continue to produce fruit.
The way it produces fruit is for the grown plant to die
after harvest, and allow its seeds to be planted back
into the ground. The single seed, and thus the plant,
is multiplied many times over. He said, “If anyone
desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires
to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his
life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24 NKJV)
This kind of death to self is a decision to yield
our own personal desire over a circumstance and say,
“Lord, if this is Your will, then I accept that You know
best.” “Not my will, but thine be done.” (Luke
This is a painful place to
be, but it has glorious rewards of a multiplied life.
Jesus chose to yield His own will and lay His life
down as a righteous seed for the sake of
multiplying that seed to all who would believe on Him.
His death multiplied righteousness for an entire world.
The Bible says that only the Father brings forth the
multiplied life: “I planted, Apollos watered, but
God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is
anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the
increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one,
and each one will receive his own reward according to
his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are
God’s field.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9 NASB)
The Father chose that
Jesus’ physical death would be increased beyond the
grave, by bearing the fruit of eternal salvation for
anyone who would partake of that fruit. Like Jesus,
when we go through death to self, the Father chooses
what fruit our yieldedness will produce. Every person
is different, therefore every person will have a
different harvest of the fruit of their decisions.
Not everyone who is a
Christian will go through death to self-will. The fact
is, we can be as close to God as we want to be. “And
He was saying to them, take care what you listen to. By
your standard of measure it shall be measured to you.”
(Mark 4:24 NASB) “Draw near to God, and He will draw
near to you.” (James 4:8 NASB) Because we have a
choice, death to self will not be chosen by everyone.
But those who want God above everything else are willing
to follow Jesus Christ even to the cross. As a result,
those people will hear God on earth, in the greatest
measure available to mankind.
BEYOND THE GRAVE
When you’re persecuted for My sake
Remember My tomb after the wake.
When you’re betrayed, forgotten, denied
I raise up all that was crucified.
Whatever you have lost, give to Me.
Wherever you have died, I’ll set you free.
I count every tear, I measure your groans
I feel your heartache over what you owned.
When you count all things but for lost
Forsaking all, having paid the cost…
Knowing My sufferings were not in vain
My power is in you, past the pain.
Collect now My multiplied benefit
Only if you’ve yielded all that was ripped.
Disappointed in yourself, men and Me.
Release, forgive, and set it all free.
The time is NOW to hope and believe
Rise up and fly away from the sieve.
Threshed, sifted and yielded you fell through.
Now watch and see what I do with you.
The pieces of your life where you were rent,
I will piece together and I will mend.
Your tapestry will be a gem mosaic
Of all you’ve been through for My sake.
Yes you have suffered because you love Me.
With passion I repay what you have spent on My tree.
I bring balance to the scales of justice
I repay good for evil, with interest plus.
I want you healed, no longer broken
You are My banner, My holy token.
Be My light, bear good news that I redeem.
I AM not Who the devil makes Me seem.
I will empower it all, as you share your story
I will heal and make well, for My glory.
Look past your past and beyond the grave
The Lord Jesus Christ is here to save.
John 11:25-26 NKJV
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do
you believe this?"
Phil 3:7-11 NKJV
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted
loss for Christ.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the
excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord,
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and
count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be
found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is
from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ,
the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I
may know Him and the power of His resurrection , and the
fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His
death, if, by any means, I may attain to the
resurrection from the dead.
HE SPEAKS WHEN WE DO NOT STRIVE
“...But indeed O man, who
art you to reply against God? Will the thing that is
formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me
like this? Does not the potter have power over the
clay...Woe to him who strives with his Maker... Shall
the clay say to Him who forms it, What are you
making?...The Lord spoke to Job: “Shall he that contends
with the Almighty instruct him? He that reproves God,
let him answer it.” One classic phrase quoted so often
from Job: Job said “Though he slay me, yet will I trust
in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
The word maintain in Job 13:15 = Reprove: to be right,
argue, decide, justify, defend, rebuke, etc. [3198 Heb
Rom 9:19-21 NKJV
You will say to me then,
"Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His
will?" But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against
God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,
"Why have you made me like this?" Does not the potter
have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one
vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
Isa 45:9 NKJV
"Woe to him who strives
with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the
potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who
forms it, 'What are you making?' Or shall your handiwork
say, 'He has no hands'?
Job 40:1-2 NKJV
Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said: "Shall the
one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who
rebukes God, let him answer it."
I read a testimony of a gal
who received visions and talked to the Lord face to
face. The way she came into His Presence was through
worship. I really wanted to talk to Him face to
face! I thought if she can do it, so can I. So I
tried. And I tried again. Nothing. I tried harder.
Still nothing. Then I
launched a campaign and decided to stay up all night if
I had to, worshipping Him and seeking Him. I was very
tired, and still I kept on. Finally exhaustion set in,
I gave up and went to bed. That night I received a
vision. This is what I saw! A vision of me trying to
jump to heaven. The Lord said nothing to coincide with
the vision. He didn’t have to. I figured it out all by
myself. Heaven’s too far to jump.
When I heard the voice of the
Lord for the first time, it was such an eventful
milestone in my life, in analyzing it later, I thought
that my hoarse voice and the exhaustion made a
difference. After all, what else could it be, since He
had never spoken to me before? In truth, I wasn’t
striving with Him at all, I was just thoroughly caught
up in Him, and enjoying His Presence for hours.
Without my noticing, I became tired and lost my voice.
However, if I’d had a
purpose in the worship, song and prayer, in which I
went on and on, and on and on, (you know what I mean)
for a specific reason, how do you think it would make
Him feel? Think how you’d feel if someone wanted
something from you, and wouldn’t let up until you said
yes! That is striving. There is a place for
persistence. But it is not meant to be with the
attitude of butting our heads against Him.
[A Pastor friend said
something cute in a sermon: the difference between a
sheep and a goat is that the goat is always saying,
“but, but, but.”]
Demanding Him to give answers
and guidance is an example of striving. Our attitude
needs to be humble, yielded and willing when we approach
Him. The lust for knowledge is a wrong motive for
seeking answers from Him. It is commonly manifested by
pushiness - a push and drive to zealously gain answers.
He desires us to pursue Him, but not for the wrong
motive. We do not have the rights, arguments,
decisions, or justifications to demand God to answer.
In seeking His guidance, we cannot demand understanding,
we can merely ask. When we strive with God for any
reason, we EXPECT Him to act a certain way, and do not
give Him room to be Himself. May we yield our wills and
let go of our striving. If we love Him, we will yield
and give Him space to make His own choices.
Job is a perfect example of
striving with God. In standing against his enemies, he
insisted on maintaining his belief system. He insisted
he was right, argued, decided, justified, and defended
his stand. Yet even though Job’s belief system was
accurate about Him, when the trial was over God rebuked
Job for maintaining his own way before Him. (Job
13:15) What does that mean? Job’s belief system did
not allow God to have freedom of choice. God said He
was God, and could do anything. Job did not understand
why he was being tried when he knew his belief system
was accurate. Job’s downfall was his expectations of
God - he did not give God room to be Himself and freely
choose His own will.
In having a relationship with
Him, we need to be willing to let God be God, and choose
the way He desires His Word to be applied. This is
especially true in waiting for His promises. We strive
against God when we inaccurately hold His promise — for
instance, having a written note of promise from someone,
going before him and demanding he perform, because he
gave us the note. I have seen many who have continued
to strive against God about His Word and how it should
apply in their lives. I have watched them go around the
same track for years, simply because they refused to
release their will to His plan.
The way we can hear more from
the Lord and have a living joyful relationship with Him
is to let go of our striving expectations and let Him be
when we limit FLEECES
Judg 6:36-40 NLT
Then Gideon said to God,
"If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as
you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put
some wool on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece
is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry,
then I will know that you are going to help me rescue
Israel as you promised." And it happened just that way.
When Gideon got up the next morning, he squeezed the
fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. Then
Gideon said to God, "Please don't be angry with me, but
let me make one more request. This time let the fleece
remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew."
So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was
dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.
Using a fleece is a
comforting way to please the soul and personality, but
it is not recommended as a pattern of relationship with
the Lord. Most people use fleeces by stating a certain
need for guidance: “Lord, if You do such n’ such, then I
know I’m supposed to do such n’ such.” Notice the
if-then clause. This clause suggests making a contract
with God on YOUR TERMS. When a person lays a fleece
before the Lord, he is putting God into a position to
answer according to his way, not God’s. It is
controlling the limits of circumstances and asking God
to fit that mold.
There are those who lust for
signs. (The Pharisees wanted signs, rather than Jesus.
They did not see HE WAS the sign.) People who
look for signs are also vulnerable to falling into a
snare. They are ones who lay fleeces before the Lord on
a continuing basis. One satanic realm of
influence is the lust for signs.
God knows the heart, and may
answer a fleece, as recorded in Gideon’s plight. Notice
the awe and respect of Gideon’s heart in approaching God
in this manner. Placing the fleece before the Lord was
with great caution as unto the fear and respect of the
Lord: “And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger
be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let
me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece,
let it now be dry only upon the fleece and upon all the
ground let there be dew.” (Judges 6:39-40 KJ)
The fleece was a request to
God, and God answered as His gift. This was not
without consequences. God wanted Gideon’s army cut down
to 300 men. It was not that God was angry so Gideon had
to make up for the use of the fleece by cutting his
army; but that the fleece and answer were very much like
a contract. Gideon suggested a contract on Gideon’s
terms. God answered. Then God gave Gideon God’s terms:
The scriptures suggest God is
reasonable, listens to the will of man, and is willing
to be flexible and work with him. He is our Good
Father. However, we should not test Him to see how far
He is willing to bend. This whole concept is something
to be approached with reverence, respect and awe. He’s
not Someone to bargain with in the market place. Those
who use fleeces on a regular basis are asking for
Fleeces suggests a flexible
part of God’s nature, but when we draw the line of
flexibility it is best WE BE THE FLEXIBLE ONE. If one
has the wrong motive: a lust for signs, lust for
knowledge, demanding (striving with) or testing and
proving Him, one day the Lord will thresh out that
leaven in the heart through a sifting process.
There is one other reason God
would cut this weed out. There are people who have been
accustomed to using fleeces with a pure desire to find
out His will. He knows the heart, and perhaps will even
answer for a season on their terms. Yet there will come
a day when He wants them to grow and come out of this
type of relationship with Him. Fleeces put God in a
box, He is not cheerfully willing to stay there for very
long! There are many of ways to hear from Him without
putting Him in a box. He desires to bring His own up
and out, seeking Him on His territory.
WHAT IT MEANS TO SURRENDER
AND LET GO
“If you love something, you will set it free.
If it comes back to you, it was meant to be.”
As I was thinking about the
parable of what it means to surrender to God and let go,
I saw a vision of an open palm with a tiny bird sitting
there. Love is letting go and honoring someone enough
to give them free will. That is what we to do with God
when we surrender to His will. And that is what God
does with us in giving us free will.
A friend sent me a vision:
"I saw a bird, and it
flew back a bit to a tree where it felt safe and
continued talking, though more relaxed. I listened,
could not understand, and asked the Lord to tell me what
the bird was saying. Then I saw myself holding a small
bird in my hands. The bird was not afraid. It wanted to
be with me and the bird knew it was safe there. I knew
how fragile the bird was and that I had the ability to
crush the bird in my hands. I just sat there with this
knowledge and quite content to leave my hands open so it
could fly away and return as it desired. The bird is
not mine; it is the Lord’s. I must be careful to
“There are 2 lasting gifts we can give our
One is roots the other is wings.”