WotW: “Greater” is He

Surrender

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (KJV)

Living lives submitted to the will of God can prove challenging. As we press close to our Savior, endeavoring to know Him intimately, our walk should begin to reflect a heart and mind yielded to Christ. During mountaintop seasons, where we have emerged victorious from a particular trial or circumstance, trusting God may prove easier.

However, we do not live our lives through mountaintop experiences.

Sometimes we are drenched in sweat, threatened by impending muscle failure, nearly completely overcome by exhaustion, climbing what seems to be the largest mountain we have ever faced. At other times we are in the valley, standing before, or even surrounded by, mountains so overwhelmingly massive that we almost want to give up before we even try to start climbing. During these seasons, as we determine to live and move forward and upward according to the will of God, abandoning our own wisdom for the leading of the Holy Spirit, we may find that He has moved us so far from what seems natural to us that it at times leaves us feeling lost, confused, frustrated and weak. Those around us may shake their head and wonder why we continue in a situation that seems so unlikely to end well. And although we believe that we serve a God that is greater than our mountain, if we are not careful, our mountain will overcome our thoughts, dreams, and even our hope for the future.

You might be surprised to learn that even this place of weakness is working the will of God in your life.

This season is not random. God is not sitting in heaven surprised by your predicament. This place of brokenness has been orchestrated by divine design. For it is through these moments, after we have exhausted all human wisdom, and moved completely beyond the ability to change our circumstance, that we are finally willing to fully entrust our situation and desires to God.

It is in this place of total surrender that God begins to fill us with His wisdom, and infuse our situations with His power.

Against the backdrop of His strength, we are finally able to recognize and acknowledge our weakness. In these seasons of struggle, whereby we have suffered much, we become all-too-familiar with the reality of just how much we stand in need of a righteous, all-powerful Savior. As he begins to reveal His faithfulness in and through our lives we become both encouraged, and determined, to press forward (perseverance). As we press forward, He reveals His righteousness. So, we love Him more and more, and our love compels us to emulate Him (character). As we become like Him, He reveals His faithfulness, and we learn that He is trustworthy, and because of that, we can have hope.

Hope in God never disappoints.

We can have full expectancy of being recipients of His strength, power, provision and peace, because we are children of the Most High God, and His Spirit dwells within us. We can be certain that “greater is He” that is within us, than anything, anyone, or any mountain that stands against us. He has already overcome the world, so we can rest in confidence that we too, will overcome. Placing our hope in people to help us up the mountain can leave us brokenhearted. Placing our hope in things to get us through the mountain can leave us frustrated. Placing our hope in our own efforts to scale the mountain can leave us feeling like failures. But hope in God pays in dividends that expand beyond the mountain and into eternity.

For further study: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Romans 5:3-5; 1 Peter 2:10-12; John 16:33

Comments

  1. “Hope in God does not disappoint!” Such a good word! Visiting from #dancewithJesus
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    • Thank you for visiting me! I’ve just visited your “The Unveiled Wife” Book Giveaway. Thank you for offering such a great book!
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  2. Beautiful truth here. Trusting His greatness and His love. Thanks so much for linking up at Counting My Blessings. It is a pleasure to meet you!
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  3. Thanks for the reminder that God is working in our weakness. Beautiful words shared on the linkup. Have a great day, Kim

    • Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! Have a great day as well and come back again.

      Letetia
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  4. Hi, Letitia, I’m stopping by from the Grace and Truth linkup. 🙂 What a word you’ve given here! My favorite line is this “Hope in God never disappoints.” I appreciate this reminder to persevere in hope. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Jen 🙂
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    • Thanks for stopping by! Greater is He has been one of my favorite posts recently because it perfectly depicts where I am spiritually most of the time right now – waving a white flag of surrender! 🙂

      Looking forward to Grace and Truth next week!

      Letetia
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  5. What a great post and encouragement to keep on up the mountain and with God’s help we will get there. Sometimes when we are trying to reach the top it seems we are so alone but God is always with us, guiding and leading us. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays.
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