Heidi Baker calls them laid down lovers of Jesus. By “them” she means lovers of Jesus who are surrendered to his will; who will do whatever He wants them to do, whenever He wants them to do it and at wherever He calls the mission “home”.
My walk with God hasn’t been easy on the issue of “surrender”.
My first brush with this was when He asked me to share my story
He worked on me so much and pressed me so hard that it was impossible for me not to obey Him. So I shared my past shame to the world, cowering in fear and embarrassment at what God was asking me to do and instead of more shame, I found RESTORATION, LOVE JOY AND PEACE from my obedience. I also found elevation from my obedience as it kick-started another level in my walk with God.
Again last year He asked me to go back to Ekiti, the State I served at during NYSC. I knew not what I was doing there, had no jobs and no friends but still I obeyed. I walked away from that season a different Frances.
So I am familiar with the seemingly outrageous things He asks us to do sometimes.
Again He is asking me to do nothing but remain in Him for this season. 40 days to be precise. Without internet.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
I have been feeling it for a while to just DROP WORKS and go to God but EVERY TIME it comes, I shut it down.
But last week wasn’t a great week for shutting Him down. Every time I walked into my quiet time spot He said ‘I want you laid down on the floor before me.”
He would come gently and say ‘think of what you will gain to just spend two hours in prayer and two hours in word each day”. Steadily working me up to desire Him so much and just BE before Him.
I have plans for this season; plans for The women at the well upcoming trip to a resort…plans for “Prayers for your future husband” official launch, a journal for quiet time, our NGO conference at Secondary Schools, and even a trip for leisure to Calabar!
But somehow, He has held up those visions and made it clear that I can do nothing except through Him.
“âYes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
I cannot fulfill these visions until I dig into a deeper vision of Himself.
I have decided to obey.
I will be offline for the next 40 days.
I know how important obedience is to God and I am obeying.
On our walk in purpose and with God, obedience is first before elevation.
It may seem crazy but we love Him too much to not obey.
“When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Fatherâs commandments and remain in his love.”
I will see you when I get back.
Some things have helped my walk in purpose and with God even as He takes meÂ by the hand and leads me and a few of them are in the book “10 steps to walking in purpose”.
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