Today’s devotion was all about Mary believing what the angel of the Lord told her. She did believe and all that the angel said came to life. So much wasn’t told to Mary about her Son’s life, but she believed what was said to her and that was enough. In a similar way Joseph believed. Both Mary and Joseph believed and then they obeyed.
Yesterday I wrote about the torment of sin. As I got to church yesterday morning I had one of our Celebrate Recovery men talk to me ahead of the worship service. He was being troubled by some big things in his past. He has recently started into counseling but these big items haven’t been dealt with as of yet. He was struggling to believe he can find freedom and he didn’t know what to do with these tormenting thoughts. This caused me to step right into what I’d journaled yesterday and what I’d put in yesterday’s blog. I know to surrender these thoughts but letting go of them while surrendering is the tough thing–impossible thing when believing isn’t present.
As I was in the midst of my devotional time today I read what I put in the first paragraph above. As I began my Bible reading in John 5, I find Jesus approaching the invalid at the pool where He asks him if he wants to be healed? The invalid tells him he has no one to help him get into the pool as the water ripples. Jesus told him to pick up his mat and walk. He did just that too. Right in the middle of this action is BELIEVE. Jesus asked the man to get up and he did–he believed or he wouldn’t have acted on Jesus’ direction to him.
Yesterday I said I know I need to surrender the thoughts which sometimes bombard my mind. What I’ve learned today is that I am to BELIEVE ahead of surrendering. If I try to surrender without believing I am still clinging unintentionally to the thoughts. There is no handle on BELIEVING for which sin can attach. When my belief is only the size of a mustard seed I can surrender and Satan flees for he cannot stay present in the presence of BELIEF. BELIEVE is a spiritual action and surrender is a human action. I know now to act on what is spiritual first–BELIEVE, then my human action can have the power Christ promises to give us in His Gift–The Holy Spirit.