When we are on this journey, seeking to become godly women … it can feel very overwhelming and we may drive ourselves insane trying to be perfect and trying to evaluate ourselves constantly to see if we are “getting an A+ on our godly woman report card.”
But, the more you get into this journey and the closer you are to Christ, the more you realize – it isn’t about me trying harder. (I am going to be sharing some gems from Andrew Murray’s book, Absolute Surrender, in this post.) This isn’t about me being perfect. It isn’t about me making myself crazy with impossible expectations. It isn’t about me beating myself up.
In fact, it isn’t about self-effort or self at all.
This is about yielding control to God completely. It is about resting in what Jesus did for me on the cross to make me right with God. It is about resting in what He did when He was raised from the dead and His Spirit flooding my soul to empower me to live the life He wants me to live. It is about being still and RECEIVING good things from God.
If you are getting really anxious about not being good enough or about feeling like a failure – just take a deep breath. Come sit down at the feet of Jesus and rest in His love, provision, care, and sovereignty for you. Stop frantically studying. Stop reading about godly relationships and about what you need to change. Stop trying to fix everything. Just be still. This is not about you trying to live a perfect life. That is impossible! You can’t do this thing in your strength.
Only He can live this life in and through you. As you cling to Him and focus on loving, praising, and trusting Him – and as you allow Him to have control and you desire Him above everything else – He can change your heart, your mind, and your desires. He can give you the power to live the life that He wants you to live.
Be still before Him. Worship Him. Praise Him. Sing to Him. Drink in His goodness and His Word. Seek to be close to Him. Give Him access to everything in your life and allow Him to lead you baby step by baby step.
Empty yourself of all of your old ways of thinking. Allow God to cleanse you. When you are totally emptied of self, you are like a clean tea cup. God can pour His Spirit into you when you are fully His. No one pours tea into a teacup that has something else in it already – like ink or vinegar (an illustration by Murray). Once a teacup is totally devoted to its purpose – and nothing else – it is ready to be filled with tea.
Another illustration by Murray is that a pen must be totally devoted to the task of writing. And it must be totally yielded to one person’s use. If more than one person tries to hold and use a pen at the same time, it can’t possibly accomplish very much. But if the pen is completely given over to one person, that person can use the pen to write much and accomplish great things. We are like a pen – we must be totally given over to God and His control. Nothing and no one else must have a hold on us other than Him in order for Him to be free to accomplish His good purposes in us and through us. We simply yield control to Him and He does the work.
No need to freak out. No need to stress. Just be still. Breathe. Rest in His arms and in His care. He is the Good Shepherd and you are His little lamb that He holds close to His heart. He knows what you need and how to provide for you if you are willing to follow Him. Let His love and His truth overtake you and consume your heart, mind, and soul. Focus on receiving all that He has done for you and all that He has already given you if you are His. If you are not His, I invite you to come to Him today and follow Him for the rest of your life.
- “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.… Matthew 11:28-29
- There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, Hebrews 4:9-11 (Hebrews 4:1-11 is about the Sabbath rest that believers in Christ enter into in Him)
- The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:1-3
One of the best descriptions of how to do this that I have seen so far is in the book Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.
How do you rest in Christ? What do you do when you realize you are anxious and stressed about this journey or about life in general to get your eyes back on Jesus and to sit at His feet and just receive His goodness, love, provision, and care for you?
What are some Bible verses and worship songs that help you to praise God and rest and trust in Him fully?
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