Wednesday, November 17, 2010

...across the room to share some insights....

Sometimes when thoughts continue to surface a lot I just have to get them down on paper somewhere and that is one of the reasons for this blog. This topic has been on my mind and I take that as indication that there is someone out there also thinking about these things that may be inspired in some way by reading my thoughts. So here we go again!!

I don't know how many times I have been asked to pray for someone, be there for someone in great distress all the while thinking to myself "if only you would be honest with yourself and God you probably would not be in this place" and yet knowing that if I were to say something like that it would not be received in the spirit I would want to give it. Often these people tell me "I've prayed and prayed and nothing happens. Nothing is going the way it should. Nothing helps!" I have experienced this in my own life too! I have discovered that God requires me to deal with sin in my life if I want to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

A devotional I read talked about King David in Psalm 66:18-19 who said...."If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened....." NLT. The article addresses the problem of willful sin in our lives and that a holy God can not disregard that. It is impossible to have a truly intimate relationship with God unless we are willing to be absolutely honest with Him, and pure in our hearts, thoughts, and actions. Sin has to be acknowledged and dealt with if we want God to answer our prayers. He loves us so much and wants to clean us up, forgive us, and enjoy a relationship with us. But as the article stated "God does not wink at sin!" Let us not be deceived into thinking that we can indulge in sin in one area of our life and still have an open honest walk with God.

In order to know what God's standards are we need knowledge which comes from searching the Scriptures..."Rightly dividing the Word of Truth" 2 Tim. 2:15. That means using God's Word as our absolute authority; not what society would like us to believe. God's instructions for us are really straight forward and are not suggestions. He doesn't say "You know people, maybe it's not that nice to commit murder. I wish you wouldn't do it." In Ex. 20:17 He says "You must not murder". God does not say "Aw people, it's probably not that great of an idea to commit adultery unless you just don't get your needs met in your marriage. In that case, well, maybe I could look the other way". He says "You must not commit adultery". That's in Exodus also and of course the Bible is full of God's instructions on how to live and conduct ourselves. I think the amazing thing about God's instructions to us is that He has given them to protect us and to give us the best life possible!

If we are followers of Christ then we have the Holy Spirit in our lives who helps us to understand the Scriptures and apply them to our lives. He will convict us of wrong doing and help us to deal with all of our sin, wipe us clean, and restore us into a clean, pure relationship with God. There is no better place to be than in a right relationship with our Creator!

Be blessed as you allow God to "search me and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Ps. 139:23


Renita said...

Speaking ONLY for me, myself and I....I've come to realize that REGULAR, honest examination of MY heart, using God's standards, is the only way I can live a life that remains filled with peace and joy.

The examination process is not always pleasant ..... or I should say ..... the revelation process is not always pleasant, BUT ultimately is SO freeing!

Life is difficult enough, without adding to it MY issues of disobedience or rebellion or denial or ..... (you get the picture!).

To your words, Elayne, I say AMEN!

Jobina said...

just last week at my Bible Study one of the ladies talked about how, like a Father, God wants to give us good things and bless our lives (I'm not talking material blessings here) but can't always because we've gone our own way and need to have the consequences. It was an "a-ha" moment for me. Maybe it was just the way she worded it. It made me take more of an honest look at my walk with God. I want to be (in the way of character) so many things, and so many of those things ultimately are the Fruit of the Spirit. Developing that fruit though takes constant pruning of the tree, constant rooting for that Living Water.
Anyway, I'm still mulling over it.

Elayne said...

Thanks for your comments! You know, sometimes things seem so right and we can come up with all kinds of reasons to keep doing what we're doing but if it goes against any of the principles that God has given us to live by then it is still wrong. Society would have us believe that if it seems right, feels right, it must be right. God's plans don't seem to work that way. Sometimes something will seem completely wrong and yet we know it is the right thing to do. In hindsight, we can usually see that God just simply wanted us to trust Him.