One of the most comforting verses in the Bible is 1 John 1:9that says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” What grace the Father has for us, that He is willing to forgive us again and again!
Our relationship with Him will not thrive if we continually have sins and grievances that cloud our communication. I’m reminded of a season in my twenties when I was addicted to cigarettes. Every morning, before the children were awake, I’d take my cup of coffee, my Bible, and my pack of cigarettes to the front porch. It was a time I looked forward to.
But one morning, as I lit up a cigarette and looked up to the cloud-filled sky, I saw my sin through new eyes. It was as if the swirling smoke of my addiction had formed a cloud of separation between me and my Savior. I even found it difficult to pray, which scared me and caused me to throw the cigarettes away for good.
The Bible reminds us in Isaiah 30:15 that “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
This is one of those beautiful verses tucked in a Chapter in the Bible that is full of warnings for God’s people. Amidst the hard-to-hear admonishments, we are encouraged to return to the Lord day after day, rest in quietness and trust, and rely on Him to be our strength. I can’t think of a better way to thrive in our relationship with God!
One of the enemy’s greatest distractions is taking the truth of God’s Word and changing it ever so slightly. His goal is for us to doubt, question, and ultimately discard the Bible’s absolute
authority. And nothing will hinder our relationship with God more than the lies of the enemy.
Sisters let’s be diligent to test everything in the light of the Scriptures. As we seek to go deeper in our relationship with God, let’s open our Bibles daily and learn to discern truth from lies. In contrast, if we are in the habit of seeking social media, news headlines, and people’s opinions more than the truth of God’s Word, it won’t be long before a chasm of mistruths begin to create a gap in our sweet fellowship with the Lord.
Not only is surrender an initial step in giving our lives to Christ unto salvation, it’s an ongoing process of surrendering our will to the will of God. The truth is, our flesh will always be at war with the Holy Spirit within us. If we want our relationship with God to thrive, we must continually surrender our thoughts, feelings, and actions to Him.
Sweet surrender, day after day, keeps us humble and moldable in the Father’s hands. It deepens our relationship by consistently keeping our flesh in check with His Spirit. If you struggle to surrender everything to the Lord, please know you aren’t alone. Perhaps these articles will point you in the right direction:
There will always be areas in life in which we will merely survive and not thrive. But no matter how much laundry we let pile up, or how many cobwebs we acquire, let’s be intentional about cultivating our relationship with God—the most important relationship we’ll ever have.