2 Corinthians 5:17 says this:
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Today’s devotional in My Utmost for His Highest has a part that really sticks out to me:
When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us, and there will come a time when there is nothing remaining of the old life. Our old gloomy outlook disappears, as does our old attitude toward things, and “all things are of God” (2 Cor 5:18). How are we going to get a life that has no lust, no self-interest, and is not sensitive to the ridicule of others? How will we have the type of love that “is kind…is not provoked, [and] thinks no evil”? (1 Cor 13:4-5).
The only way is by allowing nothing of the old life to remain, and by having only simple, perfect trust in God – such a trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want God Himself. Have we come to the point where God can withdraw His blessings from us without our trust in Him being affected? Once we truly see God at work, we will never be concerned again about the things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in heaven, whom the world cannot see.
(My Utmost for His Highest, Oct 23)
This line y’all: …such a trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want God Himself.
Wow. Just WOW.
And this line: Have we come to the point where God can withdraw His blessings from us without our trust in Him being affected?
Have we? Do we want God more than His blessings?
Or am I sometimes like the children of Israel – wanting, wanting, wanting, and then complaining, complaining, complaining – when I don’t get what I want in my time, in my way, on my terms??
My prayer today is simple: God, I want you so much more than anything. I crave for You to stir deep down in my soul and fill the places that nothing else can fill. Find those cracks and place your Spirit deep within me. Lord, help me get there – to that place where I want only You, not Your blessings. Help me to focus on who You are and give me trust without borders – trust that cannot be affected by the withdrawing of Your blessings. Help me walk upon the water – wherever you will call me! Amen!
Only God Himself….