Correct Me, Lord

February 25

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional:

~ Jeremiah 10:24 “Oh Lord, correct me, but with justice;

Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.”

“Take a lump of clay or a clod of earth. Tell this muddy mass that there is a chance that he can be worked over, improved upon, changed, remade, and then fashioned after the very nature of the Designer who created him in the first place. Call this process re-creation, regeneration, or rebirth. Then show him the majestic qualities of the Architect. Tell him that he can be just like that. Tell him it is a lifetime process, but the end result is being conformed to the image of his Savior and Lord. That earthy person is going to respond very favorably. Some people may think it too good to be true, but most will think it worth striving for. From the earthy first Adam to the heavenly second Adam is quite a journey. The long-suffering God waits patiently while the corrective work is going on.

In this verse Jeremiah, acknowledging his need for adjustment, fine tuning, finishing, and correcting, asks the Lord to remove carnality and replace it with spirituality. He knows it will take time so he asks the Lord to be patient with him. Jeremiah is negotiating with the Lord. He tells Him he needs correction (who doesn’t?) He asks the Lord for justice. He wants to be right. He wants the truth. He wants to be totally honest. He appeals to the mercy side of the Lord. So can you. Ask the Lord to give you a heart after His, and inclined toward Him. His attribute of mercy will permeate you, for the merciful He will show mercy.” 

~Dick Mills

Reading this I’m time warped back 20 years, to hitting rock bottom, and accepting that there was a lot about me that needed correction. Unable to stand my own reflection, I submitted to the Lord, asking Him to be merciful and change everything about me.

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As I still fall short of the glory of God, I continue to trudge the road from carnality to spirituality, my sin nature kicking and screaming with every step, as I try to kill it.

 

Gratefully I rest in the solace that although I’m not yet the woman God has called me to be, I’m also no longer the woman I was.forest-hd-wallpaper-landscape-35600

 

~Philippians 1:6

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

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Hearing God

Feb 18

~Isaiah 11:3

“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.”

On Thursday of last week I lost my job. I can’t say that it didn’t hurt my feelings because it did. However it didn’t blindside me, because the Lord had been telling me it was going to happen for weeks.

When I read this scripture “and he shall NOT judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” I feel so deeply grateful for my relationship with God. In the natural everything looked fine with my job, even perfect…but the Lord kept revealing to me over and over, that things were not as they seemed. Therefore I was prepared, for what could have been devastating.

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Another example of when my relationship with God prevented me from being blindsided, was when He kept telling me that a close friend of mine was speaking curses, gossip and slander over me, and about me. The Lord kept telling me to close the door on my friendship with her, because that season had come to an end. But I loved my friend, and simply couldn’t believe it…I didn’t want to let her go.

She had become my confidant, and someone I shared all my hopes and dreams with. I thought we would always be best friends forever.

Then one day after she and I had finished speaking on the phone, an audio message came in through the text from her, so I played it. The smile on my face quickly fell when I realized that she didn’t know she had been recording herself, and must have sent it by mistake…

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The things she was saying about me were not only not true but uncharacteristically cruel. It left me shocked and disillusioned about what we had meant to each other. Although clearly our season together was over, I’m grateful for His gentle Spirit preparing me, so I thanked Him.

Scripture tells us that this way of life, this type of close fellowship with the Lord is possible for every believer. It’s not about who we are, but who He is.

Take a look at ~Jeremiah 33:3…

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In some versions like the NLT it says, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” 

and in essence it means that the Lord will show us things that are happening now, beginning to unfold, and are coming in the future.

The term unsearchable things comes from the Hebrew word batsar:

batsar: to cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

Original Word: בָּצַר
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: batsar
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-tsar’)
Definition: to cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

it means hidden, or covered up…

Wow, as the scripture tells us “the rain will fall on the just, and the unjust alike” but it doesn’t have to leave the spirit filled believer devastated. We can walk through all the challenges that come with living in a fallen world, without one single thing or person catching us off guard or unprepared.

 

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If you would like to hear God, or hear Him more clearly…take a look at this free online class. “Hearing God” by Bob Hamp

 

It’s seriously life changing.

“Hearing the voice of God is the central activity of living a life of freedom and restoration into your creative design.”

~Bob Hamp

Also let me leave you with a book recommend today of “The God I Never Knew” by Pastor Robert Morris

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How WILLING Are You, To Change?

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 7

~Psalm 55:19 “Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God.”

“How resistant to change are you? How much pain does a new idea cause you? How willing are you to discard a method that no longer works, a tradition that has lost it’s meaning, a methodology that has become ineffective? Would you agree with the statement that sameness begets tameness, and tameness begets lameness?

Changes do not come easily to any of us. Especially to those in the church world. But change we must, because of the condition of the lost and needy world. The unsaved world is rushing downhill to eternity. It is going to take something drastic to catch their attention and stem the tide of this self-destructing society in which we live. To refuse to adapt to changing circumstances is to ignore the cries for help of a lost society. Being locked into our traditional ways of doing things could keep us from a readiness to respond to the calls for help that our lost world keeps sending forth.

The verse for today says that if you and I will not change, it is because tradition means more to us that the reverential fear of the Lord. You and I have a lot of reasons for not changing, but our God wants us to trust Him completely for the future and allow Him to make any necessary adjustments. Such trust qualifies us for the capacity of reverentially fearing the Lord.”

~Dick Mills

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My favorite time of year is autumn. As I cast my gaze out onto the changing trees, the vibrant yellows, oranges and reds tickle my eyes, and ignite a rush of butterflies through my body. Breathing in the familiar smell of fall, I’m overcome by the exhilaration in the air. I become deeply aware that something has shifted, and amidst this transformation anything is possible.

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Christian’s are not perfect people, quite the opposite really. However when you have truly given your life to Jesus, you are given in return a brand new heart, and over time a transformation takes place. One that the those around us, can’t help but take notice of.

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When we go out into the world as ambassadors, after we have surrendered to this renovation, we light up as vibrantly as autumn trees on a hillside. Although people may not understand right away what it is about us that is different, upon investigation they come to realize that we are works of art, and it’s not us that they are being drawn to, but the Artist, as His glory shines through.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. “God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

~C.S. Lewis

 

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