THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
Scripture: Isaiah 14:13, Genesis 12:1
Satan’s very first I will is, “I will ascend into heaven.” He is in effect saying, ‘I choose my destiny. I decide where I’m going to go and I decide what I’m going to do along the way. I choose how high I want to go.’ This is called selfish ambition. It is amazing how much is done in the Bible out of selfish ambition. Do accomplishments rooted in this motivation count for anything? No, those accomplishments all get flushed and count for nothing. Our inheritance is the grace and the anointing to surrender. The very first issue of surrender is selfish ambition. The Holy Spirit anoints us to surrender. Abraham obeyed when he was called out! King David learned to yield to the Spirit. All through the ages these issues of surrender have been key. They have produced gold in the life of the people who embraced them. Moses was a master at surrender. These are foundational! Our inheritance is the anointing to choose surrender. Life is not all about us, not all about the big me! Life is about an eternal purpose that God established for us before we were ever born. Jesus is the One who created us before the foundations of the earth. Salvation from sin is free but when I accept it, I owe the same surrender that bought it! Jesus is the plumbline by which surrender is measured!