What keeps us from saying YES to God? That's the title of chapter 5 in our blog Bible study hosted by Lelia using Lysa TerKeurst book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God". It really is a phenomenal book-convicting, motivating, encouraging. But what does keep us from saying yes to God? What keeps you from saying yes to God?
There was so much in this chapter I am not sure what to go to first. Grace. I love that word. But Lysa stated it has two foes: acceptance & rejection. OUCH. So much grace is left inexperienced because people get lost in the need to be praised (acceptance) or the feeling that one is less than adequate , unworthy, incapable (rejection by self or by others). Here is the truth, pure and simple from this chapter:
"I am precious and accepted, no matter what.
No matter what choices I make,
His love is not based on my performance.
His love is based on His perfect surrender at the cross.
But, I must choose to accept this love
and walk this truth for it to make a difference
in how I journey through life."
Each time we feel life bringing us down...each time we feel the pains of rejection...each time we find our self longing for acceptance we need to remind ourselves that "only He (God) has the ability to fill me completely". AMEN! I have lived that! I have learned that! It is carries me through each time satan tries to bring me down! Ladies, repeat after me: "On God can fill me completely". It you repeat it enough, you will not only start to believe it but you will start to live in it's truth.
"Saying YES to God is a lot more about being than doing"
Bingo! We can serve on every church committee, teach all the Sunday school classes, serve in the AV booth, read our Bible every day but none of that will make the difference if we are not being a women who says YES to God. I quote Lysa from this chapter again:
"As long as my gaze is locked on His, I dance and He smile. The snickers and jeers of others fade away. Though I hear their razor sharp intentions, they are unable to pierce my heart and distract my focus. Even my own stumblings don't cause the same feelings of defeat. My steps so often betray the desire of my heart, but it is not my perfect performance that captures His attention. Rather, it is my complete dependence on Him that He notices. He then whispers. "Hold on to Me and what I say about you. For My words are the truth of who you are and the essence of what you were created to be."
I want to be a women who says YES to God more than ever! Thank you Lelia (http://leliachealey.blogspot.com/) for hosting this Bible study. Thank you Lysa (http://lysaterkeurst.blogspot.com/) for writing this book!
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
In His Graces~Pamela