Deeper Day 168: Undertow

I keep seeing a large body of water, and in the midst of it, barely seen by the naked eye is an undertow. If you swim too close to it, you will be pulled under.

I see some swim over and fight against the tug, ripping themselves free and swimming away again. Yet, others swim near it and when they feel the pull, they surrender to it and are pulled into the deep.

This undertow is the Holy Spirit. It represents the pool of believers, many who are still unaware of Holy Spirit and how He moves in the world today. They come near and begin to see glimpses of Holy Spirit and some fight and refuse to be pulled into deep relationship, while others feel the tug and quickly surrender to be pulled into a deeper walk with the Spirit.

We are to be in this world and not of it. This vision, to me, represents the Holy Spirit moving right where we are and then inviting us into the deeper things in the middle of it all.

Are you willing to walk (or in this case swim) in a different way than the world? Are you willingly being swept into all the many “causes” that are blaring around us, or are you following the Light of the world?

In Him there is no chaos. In Him there is always peace. In Him there is resolution. In Him we find solution. In Him we grow and become better versions of ourselves. It is in Him that we find all we need.

Today, I encourage you to take an assessment of your heart. Have you become defiant because of a cause that you have decided to champion? Has that cause begun to trump your walk with God? Are you willing to lay down that cause to follow His path? He is our justice. He is the only One qualified to judge a heart. So, we know if we are following Him then we are on the right path. It may look different than most others, but isn’t that what the Bible says it would be?

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 4:13-14

If you are following after the voice of offense, friend, I’m afraid you have chosen poorly. It’s never too late to stop and reset your heart to listen to the Voice that carries the only pure agenda. The One Who has seen for all time and knows the hearts of all men. The One Who laid the foundations of the earth and still cares for your heart. Let’s all take a moment today and make sure we’re headed down the straight and narrow.

Prayer Moment: God, I long to be with You. I ask You now to place a fiery hedge of protection over me. Guard my heart and mind, never letting me be led astray. Teach me more everyday how to maintain a focus on Truth. Give me eyes to see through the veil that conceals the lying voices and show me the root intentions of the ones screaming on this earth. Then give me courage to stand firm with You. I don’t need to stand against others, I only need to stand with You. Bless me with a humble heart that will daily lay aside its own agenda to walk with You. I follow You alone. Hold me close. In Jesus name, Amen.

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:16-20