Deeper Day 58: Dismantle

At church recently I heard God say to my heart, “Dismantle”.

Dismantle: verb:  Take (a machine or structure) to pieces

Immediately, I saw a picture of me standing with four individually supported walls around me.  These walls were separate expectations.  One was an expectation of how God would work in different situations in my life.  Another was how others perceived my situations.  The third was how I felt others perceived my actions.  And finally, the last one was fear of the future.  These walls were limiting what I could imagine God doing for us and they were hemming me in during a time that I should be reaching out and grabbing hold of all of Him.  In short, they were between me and God.

I said, “God, dismantle any and everything that stands between me and You.  I want to know You more.”

I know I’m not alone in this struggle.  I believe we all have places where we struggle to let go of our own ideas, and instead let God have full creative ability in, around and through us.

God, I long to have all those walls dismantled and to live in freedom and creativity with You.

The Bible says this:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”  Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.  Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:18-31

All the walls I mentioned earlier had one thing in common, fear.  And specifically, more than one concerned fear of man.  The above verses should strike down even the faintest glimpse of that worry.  What is there for me to fear?  My greatest fear would be to have a sliver of distance between me and God, all else can fall away, dismantled.

Prayer Moment: Take a minute and ask God to show you any walls that you may have around you.  Walls that prohibit you from walking out in confident faith.  Things that throw a shadow on your faith.  Then, if you are willing, ask God to dismantle each of those walls!! Freedom is awaiting you!