(#110 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“But the Mighty One replied to him, ‘I have reserved for Myself, seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal (the Lord; ego).’” (Romans 11:4)
Oh My child, what do you think I meant when I said, “I have reserved?” Does this mean I actually have seven thousand who do My will perfectly, or is it that there are seven thousand I perfect? Yes, I know you. There is a big difference between My hand doing it and it being done by the hand of man. Remember I said that it was, “not by might nor by power” of the carnally minded, which should have given you illumination into My predestined plans. But, it is “by My Spirit!” (Zechariah 4:6)
Many of My children fight Me on this pattern, this principle. It is a losing battle indeed. How they long to believe their own decisions would lead them to perfection. Have I not told you, “There is none righteous?” (Psalm 53:3) Give Me your ears (understanding) and your eyes (perceptions) My child. My pattern, an everlasting pattern, is one that reveals My Sovereignty. How long will you compete with My glory? How long will you trust in your chariots (personal ideas and self-reliance) and horses (personal power)? Have I not told you, “The battle is mine?” (1 Samuel 17:47) Your job, My child, is to hand the battles to Me. Detect the problem and hand it to Me; then leave it with Me!
Yes My child; it sounds so easy. Yet, you fight Me on it at every turn. The real battle I want you to fight is the one warring internally. Your choice is to follow your flesh or My Spirit (Romans 8:9). The power I have given you is the power to root out all that is not of Me and hand it over. I am your Father; I will protect you. I remove nations (constructs of thought processes) for My children. I root out and destroy all that burdens you. All I ask is that you not attempt to steal My glory. I won’t let you anyway, and all it will cause is the necessity that I chasten you. These patterns are Mine! Now, go ahead and submit and find the path to the life I have for you. What do you have that was not received from Me anyway? Give in; I'm waiting.Click to listen highlighted text!