Effortless Obedience as we Transition from "Old to New"
As we all do as we strive to please our heavenly Father, I used to sometimes find myself struggling with certain things (not necessarily sin[1 Corinthians 10:23-NIV]) that I knew was stealing my time away from growing more in my relationship with the LORD... I struggled to overcome them in my own power for a while without success and then the LORD showed me this verse:
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose." - Philippians 2:13 [NIV]
So, if He PLACES desires IN us to fulfill His WILL and purpose, He can also REMOVE our desires for things that are AGAINST His WILL and purpose!
I gave up my "Self-effort", rested in Him and started ASKing [John 14:14] that the Holy Spirit should AMPLIFY my desire for all that IS the will of the LORD for me and BURN/REMOVE all that is NOT of Him...and that was exactly what happened- all desires are removed...all interests are gone... and anytime I find myself in such situations- as we all still struggle with the flesh, I give it up to HIM.
Our forever loving LORD, Jesus is saying: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”- Matthew 11:28-30 ♥♥♥♥♥