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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Come Abandoned

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

Come to Him stripped of pretense. Come abandoned. Come right where you are. Come with no preconceived notion. Come unmasked with nothing to prove, and find rest from the turmoil. Come with nothing but your brokenness. And when you place the mask you have tried to hold in place on His altar, you find Him waiting.

You thought you could do it alone, but He knows best. He accepts you and loves you right where you are. You can be real with Him. There is only you and Him. There is no image you have to keep. There is no mask you have to hold in place. There is no agenda that has to be met. There is no perfection that you need to maintain. Pride has kept you from being honest with Him and with yourself. He knew that there was nothing you could do—that His grace covers all—but He waited for you to realize it. You had to surrender so He could heal and restore.

At His altar—abandoned to Him—you are no longer in bondage to human expectation or acceptance. You are free in His grace to experience forgiveness without retribution—to receive peace without hesitation—to know joy without doubt. No longer burdened by self, you are surrendered to His purpose instead of your own. No longer rejected, you are accepted. What has overwhelmed is now seen from His perspective. He has taken your anxious thoughts from you, and now you are at rest. You are broken of self and restored in His power.

Hope is only discovered in His presence. Peace is only realized when you come abandoned to Him. Joy is only found when you daily let go what burdens your hesitant heart. Always come to His altar. Always surrender. Always lay yourself honestly before Him. Realize that His promise of power is only known when you come stripped of pretense and open to His purpose.  Once you experience the freedom in His grace, you shall come again and again. You shall never wish to be lost in your own weakness again.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher

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