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Have Your Way, Lord (Just Not with That)

In our Sunday service during worship, I became aware that many refused to let God do what He wanted in their lives because they feared what that would mean.

I realize this by itself is not a huge, earth-shattering revelation. We have all feared what God would ask of us and that we would either come up short or have to give up something we were not willing to let go of (maybe a pet sin, immorality, personality trait, etc.).

Something just hit me again as I thought about this though, and the only way to combat a lie is with the living truth.

God’s way is healing.

God’s way is goodness.

God’s way is wholeness.

God’s way is peace…

We think we have to maintain that selfishness so that we can protect ourselves from being hurt while our Father calls to us to lay down the defenses and let Him bind your broken heart.

We think we have to keep it all together, be the strongest, and keep hiding when God is wanting us to be vulnerable so that we can be liberated from the pain that engulfed us.

We think we need that validation from someone of the opposite sex even though it threatens intimacy with our own spouse while God desires for us to find our identity as a child in His Kingdom.

Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
How blessed are all those who long for Him. –Isaiah 30:18

Our carnal thoughts and pursuits seem right but end in death. His wisdom and love lead us to life. I know I’ve been as guilty as anyone, but really why are we fighting Him?

God is good and His ways are good. It makes me cry out all the more, “have your way, Lord!”

I don’t say it as everything falls apart and I have no options left because I feared what He would require of me. I say it with a heart filled with praise for the Father who loves me beyond my frailties and brokenness and desires to bring restoration to every part of me.

What do you think? Have you ever had trouble honestly saying, “Lord, have your way”? Do you need to say it today to Him?


  1. Whoa… overcoming our fear seems to be the message God wants me to hear today.

    Lord, help me to rid myself of the fear that hinders my follow and my faith. Help me to be securely confident in you. Help me to never lose sight of the fact that you are with me and for me.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Overcoming the Fear that Disrupts Our FaithMy Profile

    • Yeah, that’s the wrong kind of ‘fear of God.’ Amen, Dusty. Praying along with you.

  2. Fear is the theme today as I read through blog posts!

    I think as a society we fear losing control, but that is exactly what God calls us to do- lose control so He can be in control.

    I know I battle fears. When I take my eyes off Christ there are numerous fears that mount up attack. Thank you for reminding me to not turn to God as a last resort but to come to Him first and allow Him to have His way. God is good and He is powerful and He does want what is best for me.
    Jer 29:11
    TC Avey recently posted..Epiphany: Have You Had One Lately?My Profile

    • Oh yeah, there’s no such thing as being the “master of your own destiny.” We may think we can do things on our own, but we play right into the hands of the enemy. I want to lean on grace, lean on mercy, and lean on His love! Thanks TC.

  3. Our flesh is indeed weak… I think all of us are guilty to this on our human level. The things we hang onto are the things that make us slaves to the flesh.

    I’ve had many occasions to say those words, “Okay, have your way, Your will be done.” It is then that we find true peace and joy in our soul, regardless of the circumstances we face. Excellent post Jason. Is my nose bleeding? That one kinda hurt!

    • It’s so true, Floyd. We hang onto these things thinking it’s what makes us “us” but we don’t realize we’re cutting ourselves off from grace that seeks to transform us into our true selves--what He created us to be. And I’m not looking to hurt anyone! No condemnation. Just spurring you and me on with what He shows me. 🙂

      Thanks so much Floyd.

  4. The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
    The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

    Yes, I have been afraid but I desire for greater freedom from those fears…thanks for the encouraging words Jason!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Refresher Course – My VoiceMy Profile

    • I love Psalm 27. One of my favorite verses is 13, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” He’s always doing good. Jesus on the earth went about doing good, healing all those oppressed by the devil. We despair when we don’t see properly, but He invites us back over and over. Thank you, Jay.

  5. I’ve had my fair share of “Have your way, Lord (Just not with that)” moments. I remember a few years I felt God asking me if I would be willing to be single the rest of my life if He asked me to. My response, multiple times, was No -- and he’s not even allowed to ask me that question.

    Now, I don’t feel He has called me to be single the rest of my life, but that He was showing me how I put my desire to be married above Him. Still, I really did NOT want to lay that one down.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Becoming Like ChristMy Profile

    • Totally understand, Jason. It’s one thing when it’s a general idea but when it’s a specific thing and as personal as that, it’s hard not to weigh it out. I think He wants us to weigh it out though, to consider the cost, then see who He is and that we can trust Him with it. That’s an EXCELLENT example of what I’m talking about. Thank you, Jason.

  6. I actually don’t know what to do with my life, so I have no problem in telling the Lord to have His way in it. After all, it’s all in His hands anyways. Yeah, sometimes when a person says that it can go any which way, but again, He knows what’s best for us and what we need the most.

    Awesome post Jason!
    Ed recently posted..Givenchy Two-Button Wool JacketMy Profile

    • Thank you, Ed. I keep remembering that famous quote, “he is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” It’s not just about money, but about any and everything we turn over to our Father.

  7. I am definitely guilty of having trouble saying “Lord, have your way.” This has been an area that God has been working on me lately. There is such an incredible peace when we finally surrender all to God.

    Thanks for the thought provoking post Jason!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..Pioneer Camp ContestMy Profile

    • It’s sad to think how many times I’ve cheated myself of peace by being stubborn and selfish. So thankful today is a new day and His mercies are new every morning. He will restore and redeem every time He has His way…

      Thank you, Kevin.

  8. This post has the same theme as this talk:

    From the archives! An oldie but goodie.
    Jeff Holton recently posted..An elegy for booksMy Profile

    • Nice! Thank you, Jeff.

  9. Yes sir I say it everyday have your way Lord. when I walk in his provision I know I will have a victory happen. And I can feel it when I don’t commit something into his hands. Every Sunday me and my family all at different times pray for our service since we have the responsibility of being the Leading family of the church and its not really a long prayer. All we say Holy Spirit have your way in our service, but there are times when its tough but when it gets tough you know your doing something right.
    andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • I know! Sometimes we can think it gets easier when we commit it to God, but the devil fights hard to make sure we’ll stand. We can and must stand by His grace. Like you said, we know we’re doing something right because otherwise the enemy wouldn’t fight so hard. Thanks Andrew.

  10. It’s definitely a daily decision we have to make. Am I going to let petty things that may look important hold me back from His fullness or am I finally going to give into complete surrender without fear of the unknown or what I may lose or miss. Like you said early in the post, none of it is earth-shattering revelation; but if I truly had a grip on it, I wouldn’t be living in the place of want and lack that I am living.

    Thank God for His desire to bring us to Himself, and the revelations He gives to us at the moments that we are ready and needing to see them.

    • Amen to that, Philip. Thank you.

  11. I tell God all the time have your way with me Lord. But I am always fearful of what he might want me to do. I am sincere in my prayer, but I need to ask boldly without fear. God Bless.
    Juan Cruz Jr recently posted..Tenacious as a birdMy Profile

    • I totally understand, Juan. He is trustworthy and He shows us over and over. Thanks so much.


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