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Greater than Ourselves by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

“God has given us a desire to strive for something greater than ourselves.” That was the statement in the devotional I’m reading on YouVersion called “How to Plan for Success.” It struck me that in my own flesh, I could never accomplish what the LORD has put on my plate. At times, when I don’t spend enough time centering myself in the morning, feeding on the strength of God, I get overwhelmed with the task list and start to back-peddle. But then it’s time to return to the place of sustenance, the presence of God.

In a few weeks, Pearls of Promise is taking on something that, on paper, seems over the top for a small ministry. We have purchased an Exhibit booth at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention and will be taping interviews at the booth with some of the leading Christian media and writing professionals of our time like June Hunt, Joel C. Rosenberg and Richard Blackaby, son of Henry Blackaby.

Both Dr. Lynnette Simm and I will be doing book signings in the Exhibit Hall. She will be signing her book, And the Day Came, and I will be signing, and hoping for a divine appointment for my apologetics book, The Root that Never Died. I will also be speaking in the Exhibit Hall about Pearls of Promise in a message called “The Promise of the Pearl.”

All this is greater than myself!

But as I prayerfully produce eight interviews and ask the LORD how I can honor Him on the platform, I relax, knowing that it’s not about me and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). I have also realized that the LORD called us to do this because it often feels like an “out of the box” experience. When I start to think from an earthly perspective about all involved, I get a little anxious.

When we are called to do something greater than ourselves, we must submit to the one who is Greater.

I often worship in the morning to songs about God’s greatness like Great are You Lord, (the Casting Crowns version), or Greater Than by Gateway Worship. It’s my way of saying to God that I am nothing. I can only accomplish this calling if His greatness flows through me. When Jesus came on the scene, John the Baptist said, “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).

One of the interviews we are doing is with the CEO of “Ministry Watch,” Warren Cole Smith. He wrote a book about all the religious scandals over the years called Faith Based Fraud: Learning from the Great Religious Scandals of Our Time. It occurred to me that those scandals probably happen when people are called to something greater than themselves, but they begin to rely on themselves.

Do you feel like a burden for something greater and feel ill-equipped to proceed? Then know that if it glorifies God, it’s probably from God. And you cannot proceed without Him. How great is our God!

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What Does God Love When We Pray?

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A whirlwind.

That’s the best way to describe the past few weeks.

My husband’s kidney stone that rocked our world.

A speaking engagement five hours south.

An engagement party for my spiritual daughter.

In an effort to sell our home, an Open House to prepare for.

Perhaps your world has been just as topsy-turvy lately and you don’t know if you can take one more step.

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I have found these are the times when we need to sit in our daddy’s lap. We should humbly ask him to help us make it through the chaos.

It’s OK to cry.

It’s OK to admit we’re tired.

It’s OK to collapse at God’s feet.

Singer Kari Jobe has a song, Beautiful, that says she is not afraid of her brokenness when in God’s presence.

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Are you afraid to let it all out, even when it’s just you and the Lord?

Who are you when you pray?

Do you remove all the masks?

Do you lay out your vulnerabilities before God?

That’s what our Abba Father loves.

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When Israel’s King Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death, Scripture says he prayed and wept bitterly. He was the KING. He had the highest worldly position in the land but he still climbed up into his Abba’s lap. Then in Isaiah 38:5, God says “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears…” The Hebrew word for “heard” here is “sama.” It also means “to summon.” What a beautiful image! When we humbly pray before God, our tearful prayers are a 911 call to God, who then hurries to our side.

God wants us to bear all before him.

He doesn’t want us to vent to a friend first.

We shouldn’t complain to a relative or a spouse before we take it to his throne.

When we pray, we need to strip away the formality and any pride that remains. God loves it when we admit we are helpless without him…because we are.

“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice” (Psalm 51:16-17 The Message).

 

 

 

 

Categories: Devotion of the Week