Have you ever stopped to think that nothing comes easy for you in life, and it feels as though you have your force your way through to get things going? Or it feels like you are pushing on a “PULL” door and getting nowhere? Then, today’s post is for you. We are still talking about the fruit of the Spirit and today I’d like to start by looking at Psalm 46:10 which says, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Most of us know that scripture as “Be still and know that I am God…”
Zechariah 4:6 says, “Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”” Isaiah 45:2 says, “I will go before you and make the hard places smooth. I will break the brass doors to pieces, and cut through their iron gates” Or other translations say, “I will go before you and will level the mountains”.
The reason I bring up these Scriptures is because they show us that God’s intention is never for us to make our own way in life. It is not His intention that we be striving and forcing our way through life. God wants us to go through life in a position of rest. In a posture of complete trust in Him. When we trust in God, we don’t have to pry open closed doors or force our way through situations that we probably shouldn’t be in. There is a rest that comes to those who wait on God.
When we put our trust in God it means we trust that He is going to make a way for us in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, Isaiah 43:19. That is not to say we don’t have a part in it all. It just means we don’t have to make our own way. We can’t, so we will end up getting stuck. We have to allow God to be God in our lives and for Him to do what only He can do. He is a way making God.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness [sweetness] in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.”
Today’s fruit is gentleness of heart. The Message translation coins it as, “not needing to force our way in life”. I like both phrases. Gentleness of heart means our hearts are turned towards God. We are inclined towards God. We are sensitive enough to God to be able to wait in His Presence and let Him make a way for us and give us the direction we need to take. Not needing to force our way in life means we don’t go kicking down closed doors, we wait on God to open them and all we need to do is follow Him.
We just finished a series at Maximize Church about Open doors. It is such a good series! It teaches how to identify God doors, what to do with them and what to expect from them. If you need to understand how God doors work in your life, get your hands on that series. It is all available on YouTube, Facebook or Maximize Church website see links below.
Gentleness of heart also means having a pliable heart. It means having a heart that can be molded and shaped by God. Now, we are not talking about your physical heart. I mean your soul. Your mind, will, emotions, memories, thoughts, desires, goals, dreams etc. Trust me, God’s plan for your life is always bigger and better than any plan that you can come up with so you can trust Him.
As you go through life and in all you do, remember to be still in God’s Presence and wait on God to make the way for you. Wait on God to open the doors for you. He is a Gentleman like that. He will not only open the door, He will also direct your steps. The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord, Psalm 37:23.
Love and blessings,