In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Am I the same person behind closed doors?
I don't know about you, but I've always been uncomfortable with those Bible passages that seem to be telling me to be perfect or blameless; like Genesis 17:1 and Matthew 19:21.
But today as I was studying in Genesis 17, I came across some comments made by Beth Moore that I found helpful. She was speaking with regard to the way God told Abraham to walk before Him and be blamelessness/perfect in Genesis 17:1:
"The word translated perfect in King James and blameless in NIV doesn't mean sinless. It means "I am God, huge and powerful. I don't need you. You need me. Now, take every step with the keen awareness that you walk continually before My gaze. I want all of you - not one person behind closed doors and another in the open. I want you mind as well as your heart. I want your soul as well as your spirit. If you want to do do this thing with Me, get all the way in."
Periodically I have to ask myself if I really am all the way in. Periodically I realize that I've gotten into wanting all God has for me, but am only giving Him a part of me, while there's this other part....
How about you, do you ever find that you've not given God your entire self?
I'm just grateful to God for His goodness to me and want to live my life following after Him. I've been blessed with 3 awesome sons and in July of 2005 I remarried. My husband truly knows me and still loves me - how much more blessed could I be!
I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Jeremiah 29:11 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.
Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow—there's nothing to them. GOD can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. A life frittered away disgusts GOD; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.