Take Up Your Words
“Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips'” (Hosea 14.2 NIV).
Christians will eventually come to a place when we realize that we can’t live victoriously alone. Like the prodigal son, God allows us to waste away our own efforts, abilities, resources and resolve until we come to the conclusion that we have nothing and can do nothing without God. Our self-reliance will never accomplish the fullness of God’s will for our lives, but our brokenness to the Lord will unleash His power and strength in us. It’s easy to say that we rely solely on the Lord, but we must take up our words and move them into action. Total submission on the Lord means we sacrifice our dreams and desires at the alter of His sovereignty. We recognize our weakness, so God’s abundance can permeate the areas of our lack. God loves to shine His glory in our imperfect vessels, and our brokenness allows His light to radiate through. However, our words mean nothing if our lives do not reflect this submission to the Lord. God loves a broken and contrite spirit because it gives Him full reign to pour forth His grace in our lives, accomplishing the beautiful things He has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2.9). When we place our entire dependency on God’s faithfulness, we will find ourselves completely affixed to God and freely able to move where He leads.
“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God” (Psalm 51.17 NLT).