Do I

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I woke up this morning with these thoughts swirling around in my head:  Because of Christ’ work completed on the Cross, Jesus’ Resurrection, I am able to boldly approach God with confidence through this perfect filter in mercy and grace.

So thankful for Christ’ provision and blessed assurance!

Yet, in approaching God’s throne and with the hope of seeking His heart, again my thoughts began to swirl and questions flurried.

  • Do I simply take God for granted?
  • Do I fully embrace and allow God to do the search, a refining of sorts in probing and asking the hard questions – or do I simply raise walls in self-protection even though it is for my ultimate good?
  • Do I without hesitation petition with a laundry list of whatever’s for what might most likely be for selfish gain?
  • Do I seek to worship – intimacy – a rest in His presence – the relationship that God longs for?
  • Is the fulfillment, the answer I seek simply in essence and at its root an underlying proclamation in a self-centered petition of self-glory or is it a sincere effort of a heart desiring to fulfill and reflect His ultimate global purpose and glory – no matter the cost?
  • If so and therefore, am I willing to trust God with the final outcome whatever it may be – even to the point of enduring opposition (and quite possibly within the body of Christ or most likely ridicule and persecution from unbelievers)?

Hard questions, but questions are good. 

Questions (thoughts) seeking edification are probings. They reveal the promise and fulfillment in God’s WORD which dwells in the Christ-follower that it is alive and active, it is sharper than any double-edged sword, it does penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, the joints and marrow; it is the final judge of thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

So thankful God loves so much to confront. His Spirit which dwells and richly that constantly keeps checking – lovingly drawing into accountability an honest inquiry into the intentions and purity of the heart – to remain focused and true to our real identity. It’s all because of being the loving parent that he is, God disciplines those he loves.

It’s been a good reminder.

Though sometimes I’m easily deceived into thinking I can hide from God, in reality I know can’t, He knows it all!

 

All I need is already revealed …

The surrendering, the will, within the Spirit’s press,

an in and out pouring, its fullness expressed.

The resting, an engaging, His will and my mess,

an emerging transformation into His bless.

 

Hebrews 4:12-16 – Jesus Is Our High Priest

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

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