How secure are we in Christ? Do we only trust him for the things that we perceive to be within His reach or do we have the assurance that we are secured completely by God? We all have lost a button or two, right? Some folk when they lose one, simply sew another one on. Other people get rid of the garment. The thing is, when we lose a button on an article of clothing, it no longer feels secure. Sometimes when a button is missing it is beyond hiding. Other times, inconspicuously we can continue to wear the item without anyone knowing that we are fashionably insecure. I would like to parallel buttons in the natural with spiritual buttons. Join me!
A spiritual button holds together pieces of a believer to make him or her whole, complete, and secure. When we are closed in God, we produce the fruits of the Spirit. Yet, when there are insecurities in our spiritual buttons we feel fearful, nervous, unsure, insecure, and sometimes lost. A believer with missing buttons may become ungrateful, hateful, easily agitated, downcast, and uneasy, making Kingdom work nearly impossible or ineffective at best. How can we be fastened in the Spirit? You know, that kind of security that causes ordinary people to do extraordinary works in Jesus name. I submit that the following principles when applied will keep us secure in Christ or introduce us to new levels of security in the Lord.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
PRAY! Prayer is a key tool to staying connected in Christ. The acrostic for PRAY will list a few other tools for spiritual security.
Prayer is a spiritual button. Without prayer, we would not be able to connect to God. Talking to God is how we show Him our love, dependence, and devotion to Him. Our faith takes major blows when we will not take the time to talk to God. Prayer also provides the opportunity for repentance. Our Daddy gives us insight and instruction when we take the time to seek Him. Prayer shows God that we love and trust Him. Furthermore, our faith, love, and trust in God hits all times highs the more we confide in Him. Some time ago, I had to repent for running to my cell phone when trouble came. Today, I run to the Word of God, whether it be old sermons on Livestream, reading the word, as well as talking to Him all day long. Imagine being in a relationship with someone who spoke to you once on Sunday. God is so loving and patient, waiting to hear from His chosen ones. God is still waiting for us to realize that He alone is everything we need.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
P– Pressing forcefully ushers us into Gods presence. We press pass the drama and trouble both inwardly and outwardly to the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This position, or press, requires determination, dedication, and definition. When we are secured with the button of pressing, via determination, there is an inner resolve to get what God has for us, we will no longer settle for the status quo. Our dedication is manifested in our commitment to what pleases God. That means that the fleshly activities we once indulged in are no longer options. I once was enslaved by all sorts of addictive habits, today I still have a few. One of my goals is to press past the instant gratification into complete sanctification before God. I know that perfection is impossible, yet maturation displayed by self-denial is attainable. To have definition in the press requires a divine understanding of the Lords’ purpose for us. Also, we are concerned about what concerns God. Pressing allows us to minister to others even when things in our lives are in an uproar. It is my understanding that God allows these challenges in our personal lives accompanied with spiritual assignments to test us. The results of said test demonstrate our walk with God with when uncertainties abound.
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
R– Resisting is a spiritual button. To resist, we exercise our God-given authority over our flesh and our enemy. This action tells God, I see the trap but I am not falling in it this time. There are many things a believer must resist. Some of which are: the urge to prove ourselves, vindicate ourselves, prosper ourselves, gratify our flesh, as well as destructive thinking and behaving patterns. Personally, I resist the urge to willingly submit to Depression. The more I fight those feelings of despondency the more I see the Light instead of weariness. This button helps keep us from habitual sin and transgression which promotes a closer relationship with the Lord. Jesus resisted the devil. We must resist him as well. Sometimes it is difficult to decipher where the temptation to do something contrary to God’s Word is coming from. In these cases, I speak life over the situation and command the evil to depart from me in the name Jesus regardless of the origin of the temptation.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:2-4
Asking for help is the same as prayer; however, there are different ways to seek help in addition to prayer. When we are burdened and in need of comfort, encouragement, financial assistance, spiritual guidance, it behooves us to reach out to someone that God puts on our heart. It is not okay to go up and down the highways of social media seeking guidance, as everyone does not have the heart to discern the things of God. Fasting, coupled with prayer is another mode of seeking the Lords help. When we ask for help our spiritual jacket gets more comfortable as we are no longer consumed with the situation because El Shaddai has everything under control. When our load gets lighter, it frees us for praise, worship, and accomplish mighty works for God’s kingdom.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Y– Yielding by faith moves God. When we establish that we will not put our own agendas before God’s, He moves quickly on our behalf. Often, we delay the process of spiritual growth and development as we stubbornly resist God’s plan. Yielding presents us with greater difficulty as it requires obedience even when what God instructed makes no logical sense. God has told me to resign from a job before I had another one, apply for things that I do not qualify for, and expect miracles when my situations “looks” hopeless. I yield to the direction of the Holy Spirit. I become privy to the perfect will of God when I spend daily time at His feet listening, patiently, reverently; however, the yielding does not only take place while I am receiving instruction. The true test of my yielding ability is when I rise from God’s feet and walk in the earth, either in agreement or contradiction to His will. If you are not uncomfortable spiritually and naturally, you may not be yielding completely to God. Many of us want God to perform miracles, yet we tarry in fully committing ourselves to Him. When I yield to God, impossibilities materialize causing me to become speechless, dumbfounded by His goodness.
In the name Jesus, I strive daily to Press, Resist, Ask, and Yield. Wouldn’t you know that the more I determine to bombard heaven with my presence the greater the opposition? What is up with that? Satan knows the power of God. He knows that in God’s presence we are unstoppable. When we have all our spiritual buttons in place and fastened we are forces to be reckoned with. Just think, if the entire body of Christ pressed their way into God’s space, resisted the devil until he fled, asked for the supernatural power to overcome, and yielded to the Holy Ghost we would see the dead raised, the sick healed, lives changed forever. Of course, we are not perfect so there will be some “do-overs”. A button may fall off here and there. The loss of the button is not the issue; the problem arises when we walk around insecure in Christ for 1,3, 5 years. How is it that believers can be exposed and vulnerable in the spirit realm yet unaware? I know when I lose a spiritual button I may not realize it until I find myself angry, bitter, unproductive, complaining, arguing and the like. Then I look down in the spirit and realize that I am uncovered. I quickly get back to my future with Christ and secure that missing button. I thank God that although we lose buttons, sometimes taking years to replace them, because of our value to Him, He never replaces us.
“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4
Threads lose, buttons undone
I once was as insecure as they come
Then I encountered God through His Son
Spiritually secure, making demons run
Walking on water, treading for fun
On fire for Christ flames in the sun
Anointed, covered in blood by the ton
Now I know my worth, sorry hon
I will not buckle from intimidation
Destined for greatness since creation
Not boasting, I’ve lost some buttons
Surrendered to God, re-entered relation
Brother or sister, when He calls you come
God seeks the faithful, be that one
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