I have a confession…I am a coffee addict. Not a shocker for anyone who knows me. I am also a flavored coffee creamer addict, too. Until I heard of bulletproof coffee. I began drinking my coffee this way after the New Year- you simply brew a cup of hot coffee and blend it in a […]
“So, stop being so hard on yourself…surrender those thoughts to HIM! It’s a new day to love the Lord and to recognize how much He loves YOU!” ~Julie Harris
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what t…
Source: The first gleam of dawn…
sometimes my passion turns to pride my vision blurred by my own eyes I need more of You and less of me I’m quick to doubt, easy to shake ruled by emotions that I can’t fake I need more of You and less of me less of me and more of You take these hands and take these feet […]
“…that we would be in a place where He is able to “hit” all the spots in our hearts and spirits that He longs to minister to, and bring healing and wholeness” (Pastor O).
What follows here is a message given to a dear Pastor friend who being guided by the Holy Spirit shares with us today. My prayer is that as you read the message, that the sweet Holy Spirit will guide you into a deeper walk as you meditate on these words. You will not happen upon these words by accident or happenstance, you are here by the appointment of God and have a choice before you… Read and accept or push aside as not relevant… Having read this far, I pray your heart and mind will remain open and eager to receive!
“For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.” Hebrews 4:12………”I like to open my Bible and pray, ‘Lord God, let the words leap off the page into my soul, make them vivid, powerful, and fresh to my heart.’ ” Charles Spurgeon
Moving targets are hard to hit. Our flesh is expert in being just that when it comes to the probing, cleansing, freeing word of the Father. It finds endless ways to avoid Him. Pursuits of pleasure. Accumulation of goods. Unending forms of escapism. Busyness, and yes, even “ministry” pursuits done in His name. Anything that can keep us from being perfectly still before Him, allowing Him to search us and “see if there be any hurtful (wicked) way within us.” David asked the Father to do just that. When did we last do so?
Have you ever tried to hold a cat that didn’t want to be held? Near impossible is it not? This is exactly how we can be with Him. When His Holy Spirit starts closing in on us, and what is the truth about us, our squirming, like the cats, grows more and more frantic. There are areas of our lives where we don’t wish to know the truth, where we prefer the lie, the delusion. That’s far more comfortable…..and much safer for our flesh. We don’t want our true motives exposed. Motives that seem so noble on the surface, but at root are centered on ourselves. We can see that in so many of our prayers. Yet how many of them will have ourselves as the main beneficiary if He should answer as we want? How many people’s lives and life situations do we intercede for that in being answered will in the end make our lives better. Difficult mates, children, congregants coming to Christ, surrendering all, being delivered, will result in our lives being made less difficult, and a lot more content, and in ministry, successful. We can pray and seek for many wonderful things with so many impure motives. Yet we can go on deceiving ourselves about it all so long as we keep moving….squirming….avoiding.
We won’t be doing this forever though. Sooner or later, He will pin us down on it all. For all of our sake, I hope its sooner….on this side of eternity, rather than later, when we stand before Him, and everything becomes known. Everything exposed………May His word never cease to “hit the spot” in you and me. Giving life to us, and crushing death within us. Exposed but whole. Exposed but free.
“sometimes I want to stay inside and hide behind closed doors pull the covers up over my head and not deal with the world anymore on certain days, I cannot think and words have no rhyme or reason…”
Source: when you feel like hiding
Even when we feel all alone, we aren’t and just when we think we are the only one’s who endure off days, we aren’t. Learning to share these times with one another is not the same as complaining, it IS however an opportunity to encourage one another. Who will God place in our path today to encourage? Are we willing to share in these moments and then realize the opportunity to help one another see HIM in the moment? Enjoy this blog entry from Julie and may you be blessed in the reading!
My oldest just turned 13. I can hardly STAND it! A teenager *gasp*!! I remember turning 13 like it was yesterday. I was painfully shy and tall. I wanted more than anything to hide from everyone and fade into the background. But as I navigated those awkward years, I learned to stand tall. I see […]
Chris Tiegreen writes, “Do we take the time to ponder which of our own wineskins have attempted to accommodate Jesus and failed?….On what points are we rigid? Where do our expectations lie? Do we insist that Jesus bring about our own vision for the future? Do we try to constrain Him to our church structures? Do we rely on methodology in our ministry? (They)….may be good, but Jesus will not fit. He defies constraint. The Lion of Judah cannot be tamed.”
Jesus said in John 3:8, “The wind blows wherever it pleases.” We cannot control the wind. Why do we seek to control He who is the Source of the wind? Joubert’s quote is powerful. The less we seek to define Almighty God, the more we may know Him. And the desire of His heart, His greatest desire, is that we know Him. He is a mystery. He says so Himself. But He invites us to enter into His mystery, and behold Him to reveal Himself in its midst. To do that, we have to let go of all of our presumptions about Him. I had a very great friend who has since gone home to Him. One of the favorite things he used to say was that he had an “Oops theology.” As in, “Oops, I guess I was wrong.” Old wineskins can never live in such a theology. Only new ones can. He will never violate the truth and authority of His Word, but we must know that our limited minds cannot begin to understand how deep, high, and wide His truth really is.
I continue to grow older, and my natural skin is losing the soft, flexible feel it once had. Yet it is my fervent hope that the “skin” of my heart remain as tender and pliable as that of a child. How about you? In the spiritual realm, we’re all wineskins. Are we old ones…..or new?
“Unworthy. Imperfect. Unloved. A failure. As a mom. As a wife. In life. In everything. With my hands and my mouth I have managed to wreck everything in my path.”
We all have these same struggles and can be thankful that not only does God know us, He also knows exactly what is needed in our journey that will transform us into the image of Christ. We are all a work in progress and the Master is performing His work. We need only release ourselves to HIS work and trust Him.
For we are God’s masterpiece…Ephesians 2:10
Once again…I have failed.
The dishes are unwashed in the sink. Nothing has been accomplished due to pain and sickness. The house is still a mess. There are still bits of the failed attempt at dinner on the floor.
After months of just trying to get through homework. Of leaving-yet again-an item needed at one of the kids schools at home. Of forgetting to sign permission slips. Study for tests. Losing study guides. Forgetting important events.
I’ve yelled too many times at the kids. Left one in tears. The other hiding under a blanket.
Apologized one too many times. Only to turn around and do it again.
And once again, a permission slip has been lost. Something else has been forgotten. Been let down.
I’ve failed. Again. The doubts and self-contempt start to seep through, and it happens. Those thoughts start to fill my…
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Everything about my walk with Him revolves around obedience- to do all the little things He asks of me.like stopping to help a strangeror to pray with someoneor to write this song and share it with you 🙂
Thank you Julie for another example of obedience and for the thought stirring song and report.
What step of obedience will God call us to today? Will we willingly follow HIS lead? Will we step out in faith, in obedience, with full confidence that what we are asked to do is all about our willingness to follow HIM? We we, you and I, say yes to God today?
I pray our answer is Yes, LORD YES!!!
Blessings and Peace to you,