If you are having a problem that you cannot resolve;
if you feel like you are being carried along without any progress, or any idea where you are headed,
then perhaps it is time to look upward — looking up to the One who knows the solution!
What may seem foolish and humiliating to our natural understanding could well be what God wants you to do — that is, simply doing one simple action of faith by asking for help from Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
That simple action of faith toward God is the way to make progress!
Actually, the simple action of faith by doing any one thing that the Bible declares as the good and right way, will open up the way of blessing and progress. A simple action of faith, by humbling ourselves and seeking God, is the way to release God’s power into your situation (2Chronicles 7:14).
Maybe you already do know exactly what God wants you to, but you have been paddling feverishly, in the opposite direction, away from His guidance.
Maybe you do not know what to do, but you are feeling trapped, frustrated, aimless — like you have no options.
Either way, if we are afraid of appearing foolish, or appearing to be a failure, then we will make no progress.
If we want to make real progress, then we must get out of ourselves, so to speak. We must turn away from our own efforts, and admit there is no solution in ourselves; admit that our own ways have gotten us further into a sinking hole.
There is only one place where we will begin to make real progress. That place is bowing before the presence of Yahuwah, through His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]:
Turn to me (Yahuwah) and BE saved (rescued), all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22)
If we truly want answers, if we genuinely desire a rescue, then seeking Yahuwah on His terms, will give us real solutions.
That means our surrender.
That is, we make the first move — we lay down our own fighting efforts. Then we do one simple act of faith toward God, and we do an about-turn. That is, we finally begin to seek His Word, we accept and obey His way, His plan, and His solution.
Finding Yahuwah’s way and solution begins with our surrender — then turning to Him, talking to Him, pouring out our heart to Him, humbly yielding to Him, to His terms, to His Word.
“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be.
If you have taken a wrong turn, yet you continue going forward,
then you are going further from your destination.
If you are on the wrong road, then true progress means
doing an about-turn, and going back to the right road.
The person who turns back the soonest is the most progressive person.”
When he (Manasseh) was in affliction and distress, he humbled himself, he turned to Yahuwah his God, and begged Him for help. God accepted Manasseh’s prayer and answered it by letting him go back to Jerusalem and rule again. This convinced Manasseh that Yahuwah was God. (2Chronicles 33:12,13 paraphrased).
Consider your ways … What am I doing? How am I getting on? Am I being successful? Am I finding true satisfaction, or am I doing a whole lot of things that do not really amount to very much, that do not bring me true satisfaction? Am I being frustrated and disappointed again and again?
When we consider our ways, it may lead us to do what the psalmist did — “I have considered my ways, and have turned my steps to your statutes” (Psa 119:59). He realized that his way was not God’s way, that his way was doing him no good. So he decided that he would turn from his way to God’s ways. He turned his steps to God’s statutes. He said, “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands” (Psa 119:60).
Sometimes when we pause to consider our ways, it leads us to see how foolish and unwise we are, and it gives us an urgent desire to turn from our own way to God’s way. We need to say, “I will hasten and obey Your commands. I will turn my steps to Your statutes.” —Derek Prince
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