Giving God permission is not for God it’s for you.
I have to ask myself where do I begin and I believe that we need to begin with permission slips.
Yes, I’m taking us back to elementary school here but the truth is we don’t invite God in enough.
Let me say that once more…
We don’t invite God in enough.
I can recall moments throughout 2018, where I could have drawn closer to God but instead, I withdrew completely.
Though, I needed him I choose differently.
Reflecting on that now, I believe it was out of fear that I didn’t choose him.
Interestingly, out of fear we should choose him.
I say that because I am afraid of what life looks like without him.
I know that without him I am not a lot of things but because of him I have love, strength, purpose, hope, faith, and a direction.
Not choosing him time after time left me feeling completely shattered desperately searching for something tangible.
I was searching in all the wrong places still feeling empty in the end.
I always felt alone.
My heart was closed off.
I loved people more than I loved myself.
I loved people more than I loved God.
I spoke to people more than I spoke to God.
Clearly, my hope and my faith were not in God but in man.
This was a big realization for me and I believe that in my walk with Christ this insight will help me check not only my motives but my emotions.
What does giving God permission to look like for a believer?
For a person who is lost without direction.
For a person who believes they are broken beyond repair.
For a person who constantly feels like they are less than or inadequate.
For a person who feels left out more than they feel included.
Giving God permission is the equivalent to…
Giving yourself permission to find direction, to be healed, to know you are enough, and to belong.
What I am describing is not some utopian type world but it’s the life you choose when you choose to give God complete access.
Which really means Giving yourself permission to put God first to grant him complete access to your mind, body, and spirit.
I say this often times in my groups, as a peer counselor… I never challenge anyone to go anywhere that I have never been.
A part of my rewiring process had to do with intentionally asking God to come into those places that I was the most afraid of restoration.
As I was worshiping this last Friday I had this image of God carrying me from 2018 to 2019. I began to tear up a bit.
You see last year I would often find myself going to a place that I didn’t belong after services.
I would have this back-and-forth conversation with God like I hear you, but I’m still going to do what I want to do anyway.
I gave myself permission to do things that didn’t align with my heart.
At the end that hurt me the most.
I was always disappointed in myself.
Every time I chose my way I would in inadvertently reinforce the belief system that made me feel so less than and not good enough.
That same belief system made me believe that God would never be able to make me whole, joyful, or peaceful.
I would never be enough.
I would never belong.
I would never truly believe because if I did why did I keep choosing a life that didn’t align with my heart.
In 2018, I asked God to come in my heart more.
The conversation wasn’t simple either.
I didn’t just say Dear God, Please come into my heart Amen.
That wasn’t real to me.
It wasn’t deep enough for me.
I needed to press into God.
These areas I needed him to come into were broken for years now a two-second prayer wouldn’t do it for me…
He is able to do anything and that prayer would work…
But for me I needed something real, I needed something deeper.
I needed to go where I was afraid with him.
God carried me into the new year saying that life is not yours.
I cried because I saw him carry me away from the life I once lived.
The same life that made me hopeless.
He carried me away from a broken road and gave me love, joy, hope, purpose to say the least.
My life has direction.
I seek him daily and I am working on seeking him more in daily moments.
I noticed that for me in order to have a breakthrough I need to intentionally invite God into the places I am afraid of.
Once again getting rewired is really about allowing God to create a new in you.
Just a warning…It requires us to fall in love. Give yourself permission to be loved and made whole. Stay the course and allow him to do the navigating. But speak to him. Press in deep enough for a longlasting connection. Don’t be superficial he wants more for us than fake connection. Allow for real intimacy with him. Invite him in.