8.26.2013

Complete Abandonment



To live a life of faith means to trust God in all circumstances, even with the pain you cannot understand.  To reject the way of redemption only leads you to a life of bitterness and unsatisfaction.  If you can’t trust God with your pain, then you will hate Him for it.

Giving your life to God in complete abandonment means to join the battle against evil, to struggle with suffering and sin.  Loving God means giving our lives that we thought we could control, into the hands of the Father who takes us - not where we WANT to go but where we need to go.  And sometimes this looks so different than from what we imagined it would be like.  Sometimes everything we’re sensing Him asking of us is completely opposite of what we’ve always wanted and hoped for.  Yet God knows the plans for us.  He choses the men and women who He knows will continue to fight for Him - regardless of what WE think the outcome will be.

When you feel abandoned by God yet you continue to trust Him and serve Him through the painful times, you worship Him in the deepest way possible.  It’s as if you’re raising your hands to Him and saying ‘I will praise You through this.  I will trust that You know what You’re doing - even if I don’t.  And I will still love You even though this pain is weighing me down.’

As Christians, we suffer the most, but in the end, we have the greatest reward.

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‘To live is Christ, but to die is gain.’
- Philippians 1:21

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great reminder of why we should trust God in the midst of pain and hard trials we go through. I sometimes have selfishly cried out to God asking Him why He would allow me to go through certain things if He really loved me. I realized that it's because He loves me that He allows trials. They give me opportunities to abandon myself more fully to Him. They show me my absolute dependence on Him for all things.

    When we look at all the lives of the godly Prophets, Apostles, and Christians of the early church, we see much opposition and persecution towards them for what they gave their lives to proclaim. I want the boldness they had! Like them, I want to thank God for the trials and pray for more boldness to speak the Word!

    Soli Deo Gloria!

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  2. Thank you for the great reminder of why we should trust God in the midst of pain and hard trials we go through. I sometimes have selfishly cried out to God asking Him why He would allow me to go through certain things if He really loved me. I realized that it's because He loves me that He allows trials. They give me opportunities to abandon myself more fully to Him. They show me my absolute dependence on Him for all things.

    When we look at all the lives of the godly Prophets, Apostles, and Christians of the early church, we see much opposition and persecution towards them for what they gave their lives to proclaim. I want the boldness they had! Like them, I want to thank God for the trials and pray for more boldness to speak the Word!

    Soli Deo Gloria!

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  3. And this is spiritual and emotional maturity--something that many people don't gain until halfway through their lives. Keep that right perspective, Raquel! It brings glory to our Father's name.

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  4. Very good - convicted by this. I needed this reminder :]

    Thank you :)
    God bless,

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  5. I loved this! This is really what has been on my heart lately :)

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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