Take Me In

As God continues to open doors for me, I’m becoming increasingly aware of my need for Him. When human logic tells me to work harder, longer, faster, God’s Spirit draws me into His divine embrace. He tells me to come, to let His presence overshadow me, to let His will be done through me. Morning by morning, day after day, He reminds me this isn’t about me. It’s always been and always will be about Him.

Revelations 3:7 tell us: “This is the message from the One who is holy and true, the One who has the key of David. What He opens no one can close and what He closes, no one can open.”

It doesn’t matter how hard we work, how lofty our goals and how well-thought out our steps are. It’s about drawing near to God and letting Him work in and through us. If this post seems similar to some of my past devos, it’s because I believe God wants this message to resonate in you. In me. He wants us to get out of His way so He can change the world, heal hearts, touch lives, through us. This has become a daily, sometimes hourly, reminder for me. One I quickly forget once I turn to my to-do list, and therefore, need to be reminded of again.

Christian, if you are purchased by Christ, redeemed by His blood, He has opened a door for you. That’s why you are here. He’s got a great work for you to do, and He will give you everything you need to accomplish it.

I love Revelations 3:8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny Me.”

We have little strength in our own power. God knows this, but it’s not about us. He’s already got it covered. His Word tells us His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He doesn’t ask us to start a weight-lifting campaign. He asks us to abide. (John 15:1-4)

This week I’m setting aside extra time to sit at God’s feet, to let His thoughts fill me, His presence consume me. A funny thing is happening. My hunger for Him is growing. My passion to write is growing. My creativity is stirring like an overwhelming fountain. It’s a beautiful, empowering, inspiring thing. The more time I spend with Him, the more I realize my need for Him.

Stop and listen, prayerfully to the following song, and ask yourself, where am I right now? Am I abiding in the holy of holies, or am lingering in the outer court?

If your answer is the latter, will you let God take you deeper? Will you let Him draw you close, hold you close, and speak to your heart?

To understand the depth of this song and the significance not only of the holy of holies, but how it relates to Christ’s atoning work on the cross, read the following:

What Was the Significance of the Temple Being Torn in Two When Jesus Died?

Father, Unveil Our Hearts

(And make sure to visit me on Internet Cafe Devotions as I talk about the pain of unemployment and how God wants to love us through those types of struggles.)

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10 thoughts on “Take Me In

  1. Jennifer, thank you for this timely post. This was God’s message to my heart all week, especially last night as I was wrestling with feelings of inadequacy in my writing future. I’ve been hearing Him whispering to me to stop taking my cues from a demanding industry and to listen for His still, small voice. He doesn’t ask us to run the rat race for man’s approval. It doesn’t have to be about building our kingdom if we’re building His first. It’s not about the numbers game of growing our fan base and our followers. It’s only about an audience of one. Amen. Thanks for the confirmation.

  2. Your opening line tells me what an amazing heart you have after God. When doors open for most people, they tend to work harder at maintaining that success and shuffle God to the side in the process. Thanks for this great reminder that when He opens doors He doesn’t offer that instead of a vibrant relationship with Him.

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  4. The more I write and the more I look for connections, the more I see His will in my life. I have a passion for writing, but I have to remind myself that I write for Him, for His glory and His honor. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Another great blog post and a great reminder, Jennifer. He knows our work, He calls us to the work, He equips is to do the work and He blesses us and others for performing the work.

    Thanks Jennifer. Never stop reminding us of His love and total control over our lives and our writing ministries.

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