The long awaited rains
Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
And carved their way to where
The wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rains
I have been carried here to where the river flows yeah
My heart is racing and my knees are weak
As I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice
That’s telling me it’s time to take the leap of faith
So here I go
I’m diving in I’m going deep in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush lost in the flow in over my head I want to go
The river’s deep the river’s wide the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim I’m diving in
There is a supernatural power
In this mighty river’s flow
It can bring the dead to life
And it can fill an empty soul
And give a heart the only thing
Worth living and worth dying for yeah
But we will never know the awesome power
Of the grace of God
Until we let ourselves get swept away
Into this holy flood
So if you’ll take my hand
We’ll close our eyes and count to three
And take the leap of faith
Come on let’s go
Artist: Steven Curtis Chapman
Making a decision to allow God to reign in your heart is not one we make quickly. Take a look around at the choices. You do have choices. You can believe that if you REALLY try you can be victorious on your own power. In spite of the fact that you have thought this before, tried really hard before, failed before … you can choose to give it another go. You can choose to submit to some other “higher power” where you feel that you can put your faith. I don’t know why some people are so resistent to the love of God, but there are many people who are.
There are a couple of things about making the decision to put yourself into the open arms of God … before you dive in.
*Diving In does not mean you will never fall again. If we’ve learned anything in our journey through the twelve steps it is that we are must undependable and unreliable. We can’t use that as an excuse, but we do recognize the reality. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). This is not about achievement. It is about faith, trust, growth, and imitation of Christ. Do not become disappointed in God because you cannot control your habit.
*Diving In is not a decision made once … it is made daily. No matter how we try, we will be faced with temptation at every turn. Our Enemy has made arrangements (schemes) to deceive you when you least expect it. He can manipulate situations and use people who have no idea they are doing his work. I first made the decision to follow Christ when I was 12 years old. That decision must be renewed daily. Sometimes several times a day. I must refocus my wandering heart back to the cross. Robert Robinson wrote these words in the old familiar hymn… “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.”
*Diving In is hanging on to Grace for our lives. Grace saves us and Grace keeps us. One of the key differences between diving in and just doing it on our own is that we have no way to redeem the mess we make of our lives. Only God can turn trash into treasure. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The bane of graceless religion is that it leaves people with no means to redeem themselves, places them at the mercy of the ‘righteous’, and exalts those who would manipulate others to their benefit. Graceless religion leads to corruption. If we are diving into God’s love, we are diving in to grace. And that is the only chance any of us has.
Dive in. Take a moment to personalize Romans 12:1. For example: “…In view of God’s Mercy, John, offer your body as living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – a spiritual act of worship.” Or create a prayer from this verse. “God, in the shadow of your mercy I offer my body … a living sacrifice … holy only because of Your redemption … I choose to glorify you.”
Admit Your Need. We cannot do it on our own.
Find New Power. Find hope to stop this insanity.
Make A Decision. The power to choose … use it!
Reflections on the Twelve Steps are previously found in the following posts:
Thanks for reading.