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[Love] puts up with anything. [Love] trusts God always.  [Love] always looks for the best.  [Love] never looks back.  [Love] keeps going to the end..  — 1 Corinthians 13:7,8 (The Message)

Throughout this forty day blogging journey, the theme has been focused on the great sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ– His radical love and conscious surrender to redeem our imperfect lives.  I am truly enjoying this period of deep worship and reflection and I pray you have been blessed by it as well.

These are two of my favorite scriptures because they are a perfect picture of God’s parental love for us.  My goodness, just pause for a moment to think about what you’ve put our Father through.  Heaven knows He’s put up with my mess time-after-time.  He’s put up with it all, He sees the very best in us though, despite our many flaws.  God never looks back at our mistakes and He will relentlessly love and pursue us until the end.  This scripture spells out His perfect love for His princesses; it makes my heart flutter and brings me to tears.  We really couldn’t ask for a better or greater love than God’s love.  Knowing this, how can we not operate in love with others or trust God with everything.  It’s taken me the full span of my life to get to this point of knowing and trusting God’s love for me.  As much as I recognize how far I’ve come, I know I still have a long journey ahead.  I’m forever grateful that I don’t have to journey alone.  It’s impossible for me to live out His gospel without Him carrying me the full distance.  That’s why I love these two scriptures so much– I’m so thankful that God is with me to the end!

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Aziza Bailey

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. — 1 Corinthians 13:4

Ever wanted something in an envious way that you didn’t have?  Sure we all have been there.  I can recall the times when I was single and a few of my friends were married and I was jealous of what they had.  I kept my jealousy hidden deep down in my heart.  No one outside of God and myself even knew it was there.  I still blessed my married friends abundantly and celebrated their good news with them, but deep in my heart, I wanted God to hook me up like He did them.  I wanted a husband too!  The Message Translation says, “Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.”  I was wrong for wanting something different for my life– something that was outside of His perfectly timed plan for me.  I was wrong for not trusting God.  Truth is, I was wrong for being envious.  I’m grateful God met me where I was back then and showed me the error of my ways.  Today, I find myself in a similar situation.  I have a desire in my heart that I know God placed there, but I’m trusting in His sovereign will/timing to manifest the blessing.  I’ve been trusting for a while and some days are harder than others.  However, I know when the timing is right, I will be blessed.  I don’t have to be jealous of anything or anyone. I’m secure in knowing that what God has for me is for me.  Likewise, when I finally receive His blessing, the word of God requires that I do not boast– that I am not proud.  God doesn’t want us to forget where our help comes from, nor does He want us to cause others to struggle while they wait on Him.  God wants us to love.

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Aziza Bailey

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I depend on God alone; I put my hope in Him.  He alone protects and saves me; He is my defender, and I shall never be defeated.  My salvation and honor depend on God; He is my strong protector; He is my shelter.  [I will] trust in God at all times… tell Him all [my] troubles, for He is [my] refuge.                              — Psalm 62:5-8 (Good News Translation)

Where would you be without God?  Look around you right now— think about what your life would be like without God in it?  I know I would be so broken that I wouldn’t even be able to stand straight.  Think about it, there are times in life when smiling seems impossible, but we’re able to have supernatural joy because of God.  He is our everything.  Stop for a moment to reflect on where you’d be without Him and jot down your thoughts.  If you journal, consider using the notes from your moment of reflection as your journal entry for the day.  Then, meditate on His word and let this deliverance scripture be your devotional prayer throughout the day.

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Aziza Bailey

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Yesterday we reflected on the costs of not surrendering. Today let’s explore the act of surrendering– how do we surrender it all to God?  Surrendering begins with the posture of our hearts.  God works in us through our prayers — we posture our hearts and He directs our path.  The reality is that we can’t live in divine victory without His presence in our lives.  We need His stamp on everything.  It really is all about God working in us.  He is the way.  Once we realize that we need Him for everything, we stop trying to do things without Him.  We know we are surrendering when we begin and end our days praying to God that He will teach us to live His will.  We know we are living a life surrendered to God when every decision is made based on prayer and the positioning of our hearts to live Psalms 143:10.  Each day, we begin by making a choice to surrender through prayer and HE will teach us.  It really is that simple– all of Him and none of us.  Join in and pray with me. Let’s ask God together.

“[Lord] teach [us] to do Your will, for You are [our] God. May Your gracious Spirit lead [us] forward on a firm footing.”  –Psalms 143:10 (New Living Translation)

Continue to let this powerful scripture be your devotional prayer throughout the day.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Yesterday we reflected on moving beyond merely “giving up” something for 40 days toward a lifestyle of giving ourselves up to God— walking out the gospel and fully surrendering our lives to God’s will.  Surrendering to God sounds like a great plan, but practically speaking, how do I do it?  If you’re asking yourself this question, you are not alone.  I’ve asked myself this many times throughout my life.  It seems with every new trial, I am wrestling with this very question. With all the drama/pain/uncertainty/hurt/mistrust/anxiety, how do I surrender it all to God?  It’s a mixed bag of emotions sometimes, isn’t it?  What we’re asking is both a literal question and an explorative one. How do we surrender and can we surrender?  Let’s start with the latter.  Can you surrender?  Can you afford to let it all go and trust God?  Let me ask the same question, but in a slightly different way— can you afford to not surrender?  Everything has costs.  What are the personal costs of trying to control everything and not surrendering to God’s will or His sovereign Lordship over your life?  What are the costs of holding on to the drama/pain/uncertainty/hurt/mistrust/anxiety?  What are the costs of not letting go?  Not forgiving?  What are the costs of not being free to trust Him?  Stop for a moment to reflect on the costs by making your own list.  If you journal, consider using this list as your journal entry for the day. 

Now I’ll ask you again, can you afford to not surrender?  The reality is that none of us can. Because Jesus tore the veil, we are able to experience the blessings of God’s presence.  We have the gift of knowing we can surrender to Him and be protected by our Lord’s sovereign will and love.  There’s no better place than this!

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.”  –Psalms 143:10 (New Living Translation)

Continue to let this short, but powerful scripture jump start your devotional prayer for today.  Pour your heart out to God– He’s listening.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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We’re moving beyond giving up something for 40 days toward a lifestyle of giving ourselves up to God— walking out the gospel and fully surrendering our lives to God’s will.  I hope this journey is stirring up an indescribable excitement in you as it’s doing in me.

Surrendering to our Father starts with the posture of our hearts.  It happens when we recognize that obedience has a cost, but there’s no better way than to surrender.   Psalms 143:10 (New Living Translation) says, “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Let this simple, but powerful scripture be our devotional prayer for today.

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Lord, help me to see that my obedience is an outpour of my love and trust for You.  If I love You and trust You, I will honor Your will in my life. Forgive me for every time that I’ve disobeyed or second guessed You, Lord.  I know I’m safe in Your will, yet I continue to struggle with moving on the things You’ve asked me to do. Give me boldness to take the first step and every step thereafter, Father.  I desire to walk in the path that You have prepared exclusively for me.  When I think of how much You love me— how You sent Your son for me and how You chase after me time after time, I can’t help but fall to my knees right now and give You thanks.  What an amazing love You have for me, Lord!  This is why I want to dwell in You more and why it crushes my heart when I disobey Your will.  Thank You for forgiving me, Daddy.  What a sweet privilege— to know that I can ask You for forgiveness and that my sin will be removed from me, as far as the east is from the west and I am safe from all condemnation of my sins.  Only You, Lord. In Jesus’ perfect name I pray, Amen.

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