Monday, March 18, 2013

The LIVING Word~

Last night, after my husband tucked me in and I kissed him goodnight, I reached for the Bible which I keep on my nightstand. I opened to Proverbs 18, then as I usually do, I rested the open Bible on my lap, closed my eyes, and began to pray.

Lord, as I still my body, I pray you will still my mind. As I read your Word, may my spirit hear your Spirit. Penetrate my heart, illuminate my mind. Teach me. Show me what you would have me to focus on this night. Thank you, Father. In Jesus' name, Amen~


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I picked up my Bible and tilted the pages toward the light.



As my eyes focused on the words written upon the page, God's light of truth began to shine upon the pages of my heart.


As I read verse 1, my heart was overcome with conviction.




Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire. (Proverbs 18:1a, ESV)


My heart began to squirm.


Then, almost immediately, words of justification began to spew from my lips.

Not me, Lord. OK. I'll admit I do isolate myself, but it's not because I'm seeking my own desires. You know me. You know how shy and timid I am. You know my fear of failure and how I worry I'll do the wrong thing or say the wrong thing or make matters worse if I get involved. Yes, I do try to avoid people, but it's not because I'm selfish. It's just who I am, a stick-to-myself-don't-get-involved kind of girl. I just prefer to go it alone. You know I've never been outgoing. I'm the queen of introverts! I'm not seeking my own desires. I'm not. I'm just being me.


As I tried to convince God this verse had not been written with me in mind, my heart wasn't buying it, and neither was God. I could feel His Spirit confirming that yes indeed, He knew me; better than I even knew myself. And, like it or not, this verse had my name (and heart) written all over it.

Forgive me, Lord. I never realized the true motive behind my actions (or lack of action) is selfishness, seeking my own desire. Thank you for loving me enough to show me the true intent of my heart. Take this selfishness, Lord. Rid me of anything that keeps me from being everything you created me to be. Give me the courage and the boldness to step out of my comfort zone, out of the safe lane, and into the lives of others. Don't let me allow inconvenience, or "uncomfortable" to keep me from touching another life.

Chances are you can relate to this experience. Maybe not to this same passage and my revelation, but to a passage of your own and a time God opened the eyes of your heart to hear His voice speaking directly to you.

God's Word is amazing. And, make no mistake about it. It is alive.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Before we ever open God's Word, we should open our heart to His Spirit.

When we are faithful to invite God's Spirit to illuminate His Word,

when we are attentive to His still small voice,

when we allow His Word to cut to the heart of the matter and then help us get to the matter of our heart,

God will be faithful to answer our plea.

Heavenly Father,
We come before you with grateful hearts.
Thank you that Your Word, in conjunction with Your Spirit,
convicts us,
encourages us,
comforts us,
instructs us,
CHANGES US.
In Jesus' precious name, Amen~








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2 comments:

  1. This is amazing. I constantly do this. Isolate myself, "because I'm an introvert," I say. It can be so hard to take that step outside of my comfort zone, but God always blesses it. Always. Thank you for this. I needed to read it!

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  2. Wow, right between the eyes! I never noticed that verse before. But then again I never used to isolate myself as much as i am now. Thanks for giving me something to chew on a bit!
    Susie

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