FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT

Jesus on the cross

One of the seven lasts sayings of Christ as He died on the cross is found in Luke 23:46, and reads, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” When I read this verse, the first thing that came to my mind is how much Jesus trusted His Father. Jesus had to have trusted God because you don’t commit things to people you don’t trust.  The word commit means to place in safekeeping. That signifies you have a certain level of confidence in that person, and you are entrusting into their care that which is important and sacred to you.

The reason Jesus could trust in God is because He had an intimate knowledge of Him. He called Him “Father,” and that signifies there was a high level of intimacy between them. The Apostle Paul says in II Timothy 1:12 , “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” Because Paul had intimate knowledge of God, he was fully persuaded about God’s ability to keep whatever he placed in His care, and he also trusted him.

Likewise, you will only commit yourself and your affairs to God if you know Him. To know Him is to love Him. But to know Him, also is to trust Him. And the best way to know Him is to spend time with Him every day. It’s imperative that you get that time of fellowship with God daily in prayer and feeding on the Word to build your trust in the Lord.

We need to trust God to the degree that Jesus did. We need to entrust our “spirit” our entire being, our lives, everything that we are into His safe keeping in good times and in bad. While hanging on the cross, Jesus was experiencing the darkest moment of His entire life. When we face dark moments, tragedy, things we don’t understand, when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we definitely need to trust God.  That is the time to say, “Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit.”

A refusal to trust God and commit your way unto Him is a proverbial “chink in your armor.” It’s an inroad that Satan will use to destroy your faith through deception, fear, worry, and overwhelm. To avoid this, you must do what the Bible says in Psalm 37:5 , “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Committing your way to the Lord is another way of saying “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit” or “Lord, I trust You.” How do you commit your way to the Lord?

  • Present your plans to him tentatively,
  • Pray and ask for His guidance and direction about what you should do.
  • Don’t move until you hear from Him.
  • Follow God’s instructions to the letter when you do hear from him.
  • Do your part, but trust Him with the outcome.

We need to follow Jesus’ example and fully commit ourselves to God. In other words, we need to be willing to relinquish our self-sufficiency be willing to be totally dependent on Him. The pride that comes with self-sufficiency must be annihilated because Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Therefore, you must expect God to take you through a process where His purpose is to strip you of a “spirit of independence.” He wants you to say, “Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit. Everything that I am, my life, my affairs, I commit it all to you.” That statement says to God, “I am dying to self, and I am letting You call the shots in my life, and I am leaving the outcome up to You.” That is how we pick up our cross, follow Christ, and allow our flesh to be crucified. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the end. Therefore, I charge you to follow Jesus’ example and tell the Lord, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.”

What has God taught you about committing your spirit into His hands? Please leave a comment below.

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM SUPER BOWL 2017

Football Stadium

Did you happen to watch the Super Bowl game On February 5, 2017? I’m not a real football fan, but I went to the Super Bowl party at church mainly for the food and the fellowship. It was an exciting game even for people like me who don’t even know what’s going on half the time. This game was phenomenal in the sense that so many records were broken!

Although this was just a football game, from a spiritual perspective, there were so many life lessons that could be gleaned from watching this particular clash of the football titans. Tom Brady, the New England Patriots’ quarterback, had a dream of helping his team to win the Superbowl for the fifth time. It looked like that dream was dashed when the team was down by 25 points in the third quarter. However, in spite of the huge deficit, he was able to lead his team to victory.

When it looks like your dreams are not going to be realized, you can take a lesson from Tom Brady. When the chips were down, Tom did the following:

  1. He never gave up. In a spiritual sense, you should never give up no matter how bad things look. Remember, it’s not over until God says it’s over. When you appear to be losing in life, and it looks like your dream will never come to pass, you must continue to persevere.
  2. He didn’t let the fact that the team was losing sway him. Sometimes it may look like you are losing in the natural, but you have to ignore what you see. The Bible says we walk by faith and not by sight. Focus on the promises of God, believe them, and expect to win anyway.
  3. He got in a huddle with his team regularly to discuss strategy. As a believer, when it looks like you are losing, you too must get into a huddle regularly. However, your Spiritual Dream Team is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! When you are going through a difficult time, getting in a spiritual huddle through regular prayer time is a must, for that is where God will give you the strategy you need to win.
  4. He went in the locker room at half time and regrouped. When it seems the devil is winning in the game of life, it’s important for you to take a break and regroup as well. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Isaiah 47:3 says, “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” When you are weary, pull aside, take a time-out, and let God refresh you.
  5. He used the overtime as an opportunity to gain the victory. The game went into overtime for the first time in Superbowl history! The coin toss resulted in the Patriots getting the football first and giving them the first chance to score. The overtime and the favorable coin toss was analogous to the favor of God in the life of a believer.  Psalms 5:12 says, “His favor surrounds his people like a shield.” Expect the favor of God to show up when you need it. That’s what makes the difference between winning and losing.

Beloved, recognize the fact that if God put a dream in your heart, it’s only because He wants to bring it to fruition. However, you must cooperate with Him if you want to see that dream to come to pass. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you. Ignore what you see in the natural. Stay prayerful, and look for God’s favor to miraculously show up on the scene. Finally, don’t ever give up! If Tom Brady can and the Patriots can come back, so can you.

What lessons have you learned on your journey towards pursuing your dreams? Please leave a comment below.

 

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