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Romans 5:1,2 “1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Christine Caine says it is not about doing more for God, it is about giving God more access so He can do more in us. I am so guilty of this do more mentality being a recovering performance addict. Do something to get something…Even the disciples asked Jesus, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”

Jesus replied,”This is the work of God: to believe in the One He sent.” John 6:28,29

He gives us Full Access but we complicate it by thinking we need to perform for it. In Romans above it says, we have access by faith. This is a choice we make to believe.  We make our soul accessible by surrender, not by doing more.

So often there is a root within the reason why we behave the way we do. And seldom do we stop long enough to explore that and dig a little deeper. It is easy to see a collection of patterns if we are peering into another’s life but when it comes to ourselves, we are easily deceived. As Brene Brown says, “Being vulnerable is absolutely essential for whole-hearted living. And if we are going to find our way back to each other, vulnerability is going to be that path.”

I believe that God is calling us deeper into Himself and one way He is accomplishing that is by our human relationships. The poverty and brokenness in relationships and hearts that I have seen in the past few weeks alone would be enough to bury my hope If I did not know the truth and the reconciling power of Jesus Christ. His Heart is restoration, His purpose is to restore our hearts to the Heart of the Father. We just need to say yes and give Him full access, He is waiting.

The past couple of weeks I have been able to be with my daughters’ and celebrate their birthdays. The gift of their lives is beyond measure and my ability to articulate. I was blessed to be with them. Not only did God orchestrate the celebrations, He strategically placed me with each one to walk through a miscarriage with my oldest and caring for my grandson while my middle child did training to return to work after maternity leave. The irony of these weeks was not lost on me, nor was the fact that God’s hand is all over them. Both of their hearts were struggling in different ways and I was able to bring the presence of their Mama and our Jesus. For this I am grateful, for these things my heart aches.

This is not unlike how our Father aches for our hearts. The depth of this truth is beyond our total understanding but it is still the truth. He longs for us to know His heart, longs even more for us to give Him ours. My girls, just like I do, now have opportunity to give all that hurts and is raw to the Creator of their hearts because  His specialty is taking what the enemy intended for evil and turning that around.  Romans 8:28,”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

This says All things, not that all things are good, but in everything God can work. Our natural human tendencies are to close off those places and for a time it may be necessary in order to be ready to face the pain. Humans are amazingly resilient. As it is said, pain buried alive never dies. It eventually surfaces, often sideways. We can bring it to God before the sideways though.

Can you be still long enough to see where you have denied access?

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What is the sign on your heart? Is it a restricted access area? Do you have the police tape around the perimeter of the trauma scene? Is your heartbeat flatlining and in need of revival? heartbeat-163709_640

We need not do anything but be vulnerable, be open, give God permission to come in and breathe that life that we need. I heard Joel Osteen recently say, the greatest force in the universe is breathing in your direction right now.

I encourage you to turn and face Him.