The longer I live, the more I delve into spiritual practices, the stronger my awareness becomes that we are not in control. I have always been a big believer in free will and the power of manifesting the life you want. I also used to be involved with using divination and psychic ability to gain guidance on the future, but although at times these beliefs and practices did help, ultimately in many cases they failed miserably. Why? Because the answer does not lie there and it is futile to keep walking down that path, thinking you know the way, when actually you are stuck in the centre of a maze. You need someone who has the map, or who can see the bigger picture, to help you out. And the only one who has the map, is the one who created it.
Through this journey to Christianity, and some of the struggles I have had to overcome, I have learnt a great deal about surrendering to God and trusting only ‘he’ knows the way. There are many obstacles in this path that try and trip you up. Some of the biggest and most challenging are the state of our mind, our daily thoughts and our ego. Keeping a mind that is focused on positive, loving thoughts and feeding it with the right stimuli, interactions and scripture, can keep it healthy and strong. When it comes to the ego, things get a little trickier. People think of the ego as arrogance or selfishness, and indeed it can be those things, but all too often it is the characteristics that we are not so aware of, that lie under the surface, that we must watch out for. Ego can take the form of your fears, insecurities and self doubt. It is a negative mindset that if not cleaned out can be allowed to fester and grow into something really dark and dysfunctional. Phobias, anxiety and depression are all emotional disorders of our time, that can sometimes rear their ugly heads, when we put our energy, our focus and ultimately our trust in the wrong things and not in God. Some call this the devil's work. But whether it is, or not, is less important than the awareness that we must overcome our ego. The only way to do this is to humble yourself before God, except you do not know the way, but with God all things are possible and if you put your faith in him, he will guide you.
Surrender. Energetically, the minute you let go of holding on to something (an idea, a person, a place, anything in the material world really), you will notice a shift and things sill start to change.
Empty yourself. Empty your mind and heart of all preconceived notions, plans or limiting beliefs. Much like the Zen masters taught, 'only an empty mind can be filled.'
Trust. Only God knows the way and he is there, wanting to help, waiting for you to ask. Only ‘he’ is in control. In order to move forward, we must become empty like a vessel, ready to be filled by the Holy Spirit and guided towards truth.
Ultimately, We must overcome our mind if we are to draw closer to God.
Next time you are stuck and don’t know the way forward, do not feel lost or afraid, simply surrender that fear, those troubles, those preconceived ideas and place your trust and faith in God.
Scripture to focus on:
“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
- Mark 10:27 (NKJV)
“For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me,” says the Lord.’ ”
- Jeremiah 39:18 (NKJV)
“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.”
- Psalm 4:5 (NKJV)
“that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
- 1 Corinthians 2:5 (NKJV)
- Song to Listen to: “I surrender” - Hillsong Live
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