[deliverance] Handing the keys over to Chip & Jo
Of course! You knew I was thinking of Chip and Jo as I wrote about the "Careful Carpenter Renovating our Home" for you this weekend! Maybe that's why our country has fallen in love with them. They are a picture of the Lord and His deliverance in our lives.
Chip may appear to be throwing around the hammer willy nilly, but he has a plan of what to demo and what not to demo. (Mostly, right?) He just does it with gusto, so people with less experience think we can just run in crazy and fight it all at once or without the proper tools (i.e. armor of God, faith, prayer, submission).
And Joanna doesn't just buy everything she sees to fill up a home. She thinks it through. Prays about it. Chooses what will bring life. Design is just as much about what you choose as what you don't choose.
Have you noticed that people just hand over the keys and say, "I know you will make it beautiful. Just do your stuff." People completely let go of control and they don't worry while they wait. They surrender their entire homes!
How much more capable is the Living God, the Author of Your Faith, the Redeemer? Look at the good works He has already done and strengthen your confidence in Him!
Have you seen what the Lord can do with a grateful heart to dwell in??
Have you seen what God can do with a heart that welcomes him with open arms of hospitality?
Have you seen how gorgeous He makes the hearts of people who completely surrender to Him?
THAT my friends is how we need to approach the Lord. Here I am. I give you free access to EVERYTHING in me, everything I own... Just do Your stuff. I trust you to tear down whatever you need to, kick it out, rearrange. I surrender it all because I know what You can do with some dirt in Your Hands. I know what you can do with a couple fish or an empty jar! You are able and good. I surrender! I trust you to fill me up and make me your beautiful, whole, spotless Bride.
Help me trust You more and more today. I pray for RENOVATION and RESTORATION in my heart today (2 Corinthians 13:9). I trust You to tear down whatever you need to, kick it out, rearrange. I surrender it all because I know what You can do with just Your Breath and some dirt in Your Hands. I know what You can do with a couple fish or an empty jar! You are able and good. I surrender! I trust You to fill me up and make me Your beautiful, whole, spotless Bride. Have your way in me. Just do what You do best, my Master Carpenter and Glorious Craftsman.
In Jesus Precious name, amen!
What is a way you have seen God already do some renovating in your heart, Christ's home? Or what part of your heart do you need to unlock and give Jesus access to renovate? Are you ready to surrender and just say, Lord, do your stuff!