Maybe not the most flattering picture of me…but it definitely exemplifies the “I will not turn back” stubborn spirit that is within me. I am a pretty stubborn little girl. Always have been. It got me in a lot of trouble pre-Jesus. I also firmly believe the Lord was not offended by this foolishness in me. I believe He looked down from the heavens and saw great potential and opportunity for His work to be done. Nothing about me is a surprise to Him. He took my self-striving, self-protecting, gritty, stubborn heart, and pinned it to the mat under the weight of his love. I surrendered. He restored me. And now…all I can do is proclaim the goodness of His grace and mercy.
“And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God…”
In my study time this morning these 7 words brought me to a standstill: “I stand in the presence of God.”
Wherever God is, there is certainty. A sanctified stubbornness. A voice that says, “Be still. Don’t move. Don’t be afraid. Be at peace. I am with you.”
When the scale won’t move, get stubborn! When the mirror keeps lying, get stubborn!
Listen to me…put down your weight-loss books, your calories counters. Your workout can wait. Seek His presence and his power will fall on you!
Then MOVE…move in Him and with Him. Do a burpee…WITH Him. Do a forward fold…WITH Him. Make lunch with Him. Eat with Him. Meet a need with Him. Oh the power yet to be experienced! The great adventure awaits friends, don’t waste another moment. Strike the match, light the fire, and let the sanctification process begin. Yes..it will burn…but only for a moment. This too shall pass. What you will be left with is far greater than you can ever imagine – “immeasurably more.” You will be holy, set apart, with your feet set on solid ground in a spacious and free land.
His presence brings power! A sanctified stubbornness and certainty.