By: Carole L. Haines
The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to let God give us His own view of ourselves. First and foremost we give ourselves to God fully and unreservedly, as Oswald Chambers says:
God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. True surrender is a matter of being ‘united together [with Jesus] in the likeness of His death’ (Romans 6:5) until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him. And after you surrender–then what? Your entire life should be characterized by an eagerness to maintain unbroken fellowship and oneness with God.
Sometimes I feel I am always at a new beginning with God, you know, starting over. The closer I get to God, the more His light shines on my darkness, and the more I see my own need for change. But this morning He blessed me so much when I spoke to Him of this. I didn’t pray out loud, just a yearning in my spirit, deep down inside. As soon as I opened the verse of the day from Bible Gateway, I knew He heard my cry and would carry me through to the end. Here’s the passage He brought to me today:
Psalm 138 (NASB)
I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. 2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. 3 On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord, When they have heard the words of Your mouth. 5 And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, For great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
8 The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Everyday, First and Foremost, I am His, I am His, and He will accomplish His will in me as I stay yielded to Him. Though, at times like this, I feel confused. First and Foremost, I am His.