Open Hands

palm up living

It’s called Palm up living and once again I have realized this is what we need to do more and more.  think about the times you struggled and wondered why things were so difficult.  Could it be because you clenched your hands and held tightly to your plans, your strength, your hopes and desires; not letting God or anyone else help you; relying totally on yourself?  (If you tightly clench your hand long enough it can even be hard to open.  Try it.  But once you open it with palm up, doesn’t it feel good–can you feel the release of tension?) This is what we need to do in regard to the Lord.

Think of it this way when difficulties come: with palm up, say, “I am releasing to You, Lord, all my sinful pride and selfish ambitions and desires, all my struggles to do things my way and in my strength.  I am  giving them to You to take away and I am  receiving all your filling for my life; all I need from You to live this day.  There is a peace and calmness when we stop struggling and holding on to the things of the flesh.

There is a second part to “palm up” living.  As we daily hold our palms up, we are also saying, “Lord, I am willing to receive whatever you have for me today; whether it be good or bad, because You are my sovereign God and You know what is best for me.  Give me what You know I need for your glory.  I yield myself to You.”

For several mornings I have literally been holding my palms up and praying this for myself as part of my devotions.  I’m afraid some days I caught myself turning those hands over and clenching on to my own ways and my fears and struggles.  So what happens then?  Praise God, God doesn’t abandon me; He waits for me to turn those palms up once again.

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”  Gal. 5:16.

“Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” Rom. 6:13

God wants to take so many of our burdens away and give us so much in return.  Why do we hang on to them and refuse to receive all He has for us.  I’m challenging myself to live with palms up.  What about you?

 

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