When I was finally able to give God the go ahead to have His way in my life, I did so with fear and trepidation. I kindasorta knew what to expect because of the example of Jesus.
But I’m not Jesus!
At that point, I could not imagine what God would do that would take my complete and total submission, bringing me to where He wanted me to be at that particular season of my life.
As I shared in Part Two, things immediately began to change. The majority of those changes were inside of me. God was doing an inside job. He needed for me to get over Beatrice and become who He had called and created me to be.
How often have you prayed for a situation or circumstance to change and it didn’t? How many times have you prayed for someone else to change and they seemed to remain the same? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, the change you are praying for must first occur within you. This is what the Place of Nevertheless is all about for many of us.
You see, God can’t use you/me/us in the same condition we desire to remain in.
When Jesus finally gave God that one more Nevertheless, it meant He was ready to go to the Cross and give His life for a people who cared nothing about Him.
Now, the question is, can you do the same? Can you step out of your comfort zone and finally go into the place God has for you?
When I said yes to the the Lord and admitted I did, in fact, have one more nevertheless, it meant I was giving up the Beatrice I had lived with for, at that time, the last 51 years. I will admit, I was a little curious to see the changes He would effect within me.
However, I was reluctant to give up some of the things I had clung to during this time: fear, doubt, anger, bitterness, the list goes on. I was comfortable with this stuff. I was comfortable with the hurt and pain I had endured for so many years.
IT WAS COMFORTABLE!
I didn’t want to relinquish control over my emotions to see what God would do with me. Can I just be transparent here? It felt good to harbor the anger. I didn’t feel selfish…at all! I loved it! I had kissed the ring of Pride and Self and there was no turning back…or so I thought.
Is this topic helping you in your current condition? Would you like to move forward in life but can’t because of the things you are hoarding in your heart, mind, and, life?
OK, so we will continue to move forward. May God bless your journey.
Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life
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