It is Day 5, ladies and gentleman! I know some may think, “It is only Day 5, why be excited about it?”. You should ALL be excited about continuing this journey. I don’t care if it’s Day 1 or Day 40, YOU are still Preparing Your Garden! He is so proud of us all. How delighted He is in us.
Let us read Luke 8:16-18 NIV – A Lamp on a Stand
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”
When we read this, we learn that Jesus is saying that there will come a day when nothing will be hidden; the condition of all of our hearts will be out in the open. But then it will be too late.
You all know the things that are going on the world today. Some followers believe that we are in the End Times. The signs are happening all around us. He tells us to watch for the signs. However, it is not what we should be consumed with. Our soil, our relationship with Him is what we should be focused on ALL the time. No matter if we are in the End Times or not, do you really want it to be too late to have been able to live the will for your life and to have pleased Him and gained your crown? I do not want to take that chance. I want to receive my crown. I want to please Him. I want to lead others to His undying love and mercy.
Take a moment to take what Jesus has said to your heart. Ask yourself, “How IS my heart responding to God’s word?” Remember a time in your life when you tried to hide something but the truth was revealed anyways. For example, you could have hidden your grades from your parents, but at the end of the year the truth came out on your report card. I remember a time when I was in First Grade. I had just started at Sunbright School in TN. I was beyond nervous! (I even remember the awful outfit I was wearing) While in my First Grade class, I met my Best Friend of now 20+ years. She always had the coolest stuff! I was so jealous of the clothes, things, and even the relationship she had with her dad. One day, she brought in the cutest purse. I wanted that purse! And you know what I did, I took it. I straight took that purse, MY BEST FRIENDS PURSE, and put it in my backpack. I went home that day and told my mom that she gave it to me; with everything in it! I thought I had gotten away with stealing and I would get to enjoy this purse. After returning to school, the teacher had asked all of us students if we had seen her purse. We all denied it, obviously. Well, for some reason, (probably because I was not a smart thief), I had her purse in my backpack that day. Since no one had confessed to stealing it, the teacher started going through all of our backpacks. “What is that doing in my backpack?!”, I said surprisingly. My best friend looked at me with the most surprised and heartbroken eyes. I was crushed for crushing her. I could not believe what I had done. I was ashamed and felt so guilty. In the end, the truth came out. I repented of my ways!
Lies are one of the easiest places for survivors to run. It gives you a sense of safety, a place where you only have to depend on yourself. But it’s a dark place, isn’t it?The Shack – Pg 187
You can not hide your heart, or stolen purses, from God. The truth will come to light. I was thankful for feeling those feelings of shame and embarrassment. It taught me that I never wanted to feel those feelings again and I definitely did not want my best friend to feel betrayed and hurt again by ME. It was terrible. I was the new girl in class and now I was also called a thief. Thankfully, this beautiful soul forgave me and I was able to experience my first glimpse of forgiveness.
Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs wall. So you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.The Shack – Pg 187
You may never have stolen your best friends purse and been exposed in front of your entire class, however, now you may be a bit distracted and not taking God’s word seriously. You may be trying to hide the condition of your hear from the Lord and others. Haven’t we all? Especially when we feel those awful feelings. We all have a habit of looking around at others to measure how we are doing. We assess our godliness and obedience as if God were grading on a curve. Like He is a Technical Writer creating circle graphs for all that we have done wrong. He’s not. We are afraid to have God see what our hearts are truly like. What sinful desires our hearts hold, the anger they hold towards another one of His beloved children. Don’t be afraid to have God see what our hearts are truly like. Don’t be afraid! It’s not like He doesn’t already know anyways. Tell Him you don’t want to stand before Him one day and find out that you ‘barely made it’, ‘could’ve done better’, or even worse ‘He doesn’t know you at all!
Better to look now. Ask the Lord for His grace to do what needs to be done. What might it mean? Change? Submitting? Giving up what you want to do? Why do you hold that in your heart? Where does that stronghold stem from? What soil was that nasty thing planted in?
The Lord has been so gracious with me. Oh, how gracious and merciful. I have seen what He wants me to change right in front of my face before and have made the decision to turn my cheek the other way. But today, that is no longer the heart that is beating in my chest!
So yesterday when I told you that spiritual warfare will, without a doubt, increase in your life when you start strengthening your relationship with Christ – It has already begun for me. I won’t go into detail just yet but know that you are not alone in this. The ancient demons that have known you your entire life are prowling and waiting. They cringe when they hear you pray or when you sing praises to the Almighty. That is when they begin their efforts of destruction; trying to bring you back and not forward. They do this by temptation, people from your past may abruptly show up, your thoughts become dark and depressing, you could find yourself judging others again – whatever it is that you know they use against you, they will. They will attack from every angle, so do not be left unprotected. Keep the armor of Christ on!
Again, know that you are not walking through this alone. There is no need to fear. My grandmother told me about a year ago that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. I still have that sloppy written sticky note on my fridge as a reminder. There is no good in hiding. Call out to your Lord: “O Lord, have mercy. O Lord, I need your grace!” He will be all the strength and comfort that you need.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galations 2:20 NIV
I felt led to share this song you all this evening and after writing this. You may not like this type of music or have another reason for not clicking ‘Play’ but the Holy Spirit has put it on my heart for a reason and that reason may just possibly be for you to put your initial thought to the side and click that ‘Play’ button anyway. 😉
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