Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over the to the care of God.
How do you Turn your life over to the one and only Higher Power, Jesus Christ? When I made a decision to accept Jesus as my savior that was an action of Turn. However, in my journey I am constantly at the crossroads to turn situations, circumstances and decisions over to God. After I had been kidnapped I realized very quickly that I was extremely clausterphobic. Reasonably so, I was taken and held against my will for 12 hours. However, after God began to give my life back to me, I was still somewhat emotionally crippled. I still had a lot of limitations. Having a conversation with a dear friend, she was trying to convince to fly to see her over Christmas one year. The conversation literally made me break out in a sweat. I can’t do that. I have not been on a plane in 15 years and I just think that something terrible would happen to me when I realized I was stuck and had no escape route. I will panic. Over the course of several months she kept bringing up the subject. I did not connect the dots at the time, but I kept having dreams about calling 911. I would call and I would get disconnected, or if I got an operator she would hang up or that they did not know my location and I screamed, don’t you have GPS!? I was frantic! One day, I was thinking about flying to Chicago to see my friend. I said, Lord I know your word and you say that Nothing is impossible with you! I don’t know how to get on a plane, but nothing is impossible. That night I had another 911 dream, I called and a fire truck actually showed up!!! The disconnect was that I was limiting God and his word. I tried in vain to do it in my own power and just as the word says, with man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible. So I got serious. I put my faith into action. I decided to go on a radical fast for 40 days. I was letting God know I was serious and I told him that I needed to hear from him. I divided it up in 1 week increments, one week I gave up food, the next week I gave up all contact with my friends, the next week I gave up TV. I did that for 40 days and also, I purchased a series from Creflo Dollar on Fear. Half way through my fast, I was driving down to visit my mother which is about an hour drive. I put in a CD and I am driving and all of a sudden, Creflo screamed, GET ON THE PLANE!!! Oh my goodness, I pulled over, I could not believe what I just heard! I began crying and laughing at the same time. I called my friend to share with her that I just got a direct order from God!! He came through!!! Needless to say I got on the plane and my worst nightmare did not happen, I was able to relax and enjoy the plane ride to Chicago. God literally did the impossible. I overcame my fear and got on a plane after 15 long years. Now let’s put this in the context of everything. You may not have my impossibility. However, you have been struggling with something for 15 years or longer, and you cannot imagine your life without it because it’s always been there and it seems impossible to you. I challenge you to have child like faith, TURN towards God and agree that nothing is impossible with him, that he has the power to help you overcome ANY obstacle. You may want to be as radical as me and go on a fast — make it very sacrificial and ask to him from him directly. Make that decision today to turn towards God and away from what is holding you captive to something. From time to time the Lord asks me to repent from certain things. One of the things he specifically asked me to repent of was that I was not capable of being a good wife…God would continually give me Proverbs 31 and I would disagree with him. Today I believe I will be a good wife, but only through Him. The word repent literally means to change direction. As long as I agreed with that, I gave it power in my life. Every thing can change, but first we have to repent, turn or change the direction of how we think about something. The second part of our foundational scripture states that we must transform the way we think so that way we can have and see God’s will for our lives instead of what we are getting which is stuck.
God loves you so much and wants only the best for you.