You’ve purchased a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. The challenge is going to be enormous and time consuming, but you’ll have fun putting all the pieces together. As you get started, do you know which part of your new purchase is the most important? No, not the first piece. Not a corner or edge piece. The most important part is the box top, the picture of the completed puzzle. Without it, you don’t know how to fit everything together.

Life can be much like a puzzle. We find ourselves in various situations that confuse. Things don’t fit together. Nothing seems to make sense. Living like this can lead to discouragement and depression. When you look at the overall picture found in the Bible, life starts to make sense. Paul told the church in Rome that every piece of life fits together for God’s glory for those who seek His purposes. In every triumph and every trial, God wants to be praised. He wants to demonstrate His power, presence, and wisdom in every experience you have.

PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.