BIBLE TEACHINGS WITH JOEL OSOBA
Hi dear friend, Welcome to today’s reading. I’d love you to know that my dedication to writing is fueled by the joy that you’d be here to read; but much more is that you will find these simple thoughts and lessons I share to be helpful. Therefore, thank you for reading and thoughtfully sharing with someone that comes to mind.
A while back, I took some time off to spend the weekend at a friend’s place, to clear my head, read and pray; while I was there, I learned the very practical and simple lesson on how to let Jesus take the wheel.
I had been in some struggle and in that time the story of Paul the apostle came alive to me and it helped me come to a place of rest and dependence on God instead of striving for perfection by my self-effort.
One of Paul’s struggles is recorded in 2Corinthians 12:6-10. He narrated how he begged the Lord in earnest prayer for help but the Lord replied saying “My grace is sufficient for you and my strength is made perfect in your weakness”.
The response from Jesus gave Paul a new perspective so that what he was formerly struggling with became what he now started rejoicing in and leaving in the hands of God with absolute dependence.
There are three lessons I learned from Paul’s story and today as you read through, they will be one of the best things you’ve learned about living to please God and have a peaceful conscience.
Hit rock bottom: You need to realize that by yourself and the exercise of your will-power you can’t achieve the perfection God wants and expects from you; therefore, you need to SURRENDER. You need to kneel down before God inside your heart or inside your room and tell Him you surrender from TRYING to please Him. You stop and sing the song “I surrender”. Having done this, you do the next thing;
Hand over the wheel: After surrendering you rise up from your knees with a song of thanksgiving. The way you hand over the wheel to Jesus is by giving thanks and praises to Him for His love and perfect work of the salvation which He did for you when He died on the cross and rose again on the third day. You give thanks to Him that His sacrifice on the cross has set your course in life on the path of perfection and that He alone can finish what He started. Therefore, He should take the wheel and perfect you by Himself. You handover the wheel of your life to Jesus by acknowledging Him as the only one that can make you perfect and you do this through thanksgiving. You maintain this spirit of thanksgiving and then you do the next thing;
Fix your gaze on the light: With no personal effort except fixing your gaze on the light you will come into a place where the Grace of Jesus will enter into you in sufficient amount and without any struggle you will become strong and outgrow your weaknesses. As you fix your gaze fully and absorbingly on the light that comes from the face of Jesus, you will be changed to become like Him and you won’t have to struggle anymore. Jesus is not struggling with anything, therefore as you become more like Him your struggles fade away.
To access the light from the face of Jesus you do two things every day. (a) Pray and ask God for the light that comes from the face of Jesus to transform you. Pray with a sincere heart and with an expectation asking for a light. (Check out the prayer in Colossians 1:9-13). The answer to that prayer will be seen when you do (b) Open your bible and read. The light from Jesus’ face that will change you will come from inspirations you get from the pages of your bible. So, pray and look into the light. Do this every day and you will be surprised how peaceful your life, and heart will become within 3 weeks without any struggle. Remember the song that says “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow slowly dim, in the light of His glorious grace.”
If you stumble during this process and make some mistakes, don’t quit. Just get back up, ask for God’s forgiveness and repeat the process from 1 – 3 and continue throughout your life. God is love and He keeps no records of your wrongs.
This was the lesson I learned a while back, and that is how to give Jesus the wheel so that He can
continue and finish what He started in your life.
continue and finish what He started in your life.
Surrender, give thanks, fix your gaze on the light. I hope that blessed you. Let me know how it blessed you and how it blessed someone you shared it with.
Thank you for your time and thank you for staying tuned; for commenting, subscribing and sharing the lessons with others till Jesus has the wheel in all our lives. God bless you!!! And Jesus is Lord!!!
Joel Osoba is a bible teacher and businessman focused on teaching and inspiring people to find, follow and fulfill God’s plan for their life. He believes that finding, following and fulfilling God’s plans is the true meaning of success in life. Joel blogs at LifeSpringWeb