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Pure at Heart

I ponder what a Pure Heart must look like...the Greek translate as clean, clear, pure thoughts, feelings, mind.

"Blessed are the Pure at Heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8

WOW!  That seems rather simple, yet why is it so hard for us to walk with clean, clear thoughts and feelings?  We don't take our thought life captive to the obedience of Christ!  Time and time again, scripture discussed the inner man and it's power to persuade our outer actions.  James says that sin is born of our own lusts (fleshly desires) and then, when we dwell on it, allowing it to capture us...it births sin. (James 1:14)

Many times, in our thought patterns, we re-enact or scheme or conjure up the happenings of a situation.  We have to be able to recognize the enemy even in our quiet thoughts.  If we let our thoughts conceive, or capture us, we then begin to weave a tangled web that sometimes leaves us blind to the actual situation.  We stir us emotions and judgements based on our OWN unclean, impure thoughts. We wonder why our prayer life and study is lacking.  Many times this can cause wedges in homes, relationships and ministries. 

We must come before our God and ask HIM to show us where our thoughts and vain imaginations have lead us.  What LIES are we believing.  Who, besides ourselves, to we need to forgive and ask the God of all creation to paint a new picture in our mindset of the ones we hold in judgement.  If we don't... James goes on to say that after we our thoughts are conceived, or capture us, we sin...which leads to death. Death...a separation from God spiritually.

My prayer is that we will look at the real battle, for it is a spiritual battle, unseen to men.  The battle that rages in our thoughts and can births sin in our lives...even when NO ONE else sees.  It's fruit is either blessings, or curses...life or death.  It is the beginning of love, forgiveness, peace, patience, goodness...or it is spurs us to walk in jealousy, hate, lust, unforgiveness and disdain.

 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

May we walk with a Pure Heart so we MAY SEE GOD!

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What Do I LOOK Like?

The last couple of days I have been drenched in the presence of a Holy and Loving God.  He has allowed me the privilege of praying for people I know, and even those I do not.  I have been reading a great book...it's been stepping on my toes, but that is good, too. I have been reading one of my favorite blogs.

In all these different avenues of my life...God is speaking to me. Showing me new things. Building a heart of compassion in me.  I am seeing differently. Feeling differently. Wanting to LOOK differently.

I have so many whispers in my heart from God.  So many seeds that want to grow, and are...little by little. I have come so far in my walk, yet I have so far to go. I fail. I get up. The Lord gingerly whispers again to my spirit.

I am pondering the holidays quickly approaching. Thanksgiving...Christmas...A New Year...What do I look like to those who spend time with me, even if for the minutest moment?  Do I look different from the masses?  Do I show God's splendor in my expressions? Does my Home point to the creator?  Do people See JESUS when they see me, or do they see hypocrisy?  Of course there is a little of that in everyone...we are after all, human and in being so...we are less than perfect.  Do I talk the talk and forget my walk? Do I live out my passions, convictions or just talk about them? 

The upcoming holidays have struck a chord in me.  I want them to look different.  I want them to be MORE than the shoe box we pack for a few children.  More than buying gifts for people who have everything they could possibly need or want.  More than just reading the birth of Christ from the Bible or saying our thanks to the All Powerful God of the Universe around the Thanksgiving meal.  More than empty Resolutions for the coming New Year.  I want to DO more.  I want to LOOK different. I don't know how to do that...people already think we're weird... No Santa...No Tree...No Stockings....but that is just the baby steps to what God is laying on my heart. I want to be INTENTIONAL.

Lord, use this vessel.  Pour into me what you would have me pour out to others.  Change my countenance like you changed Moses' when he radiated as he descended the mountain from being in Your presence. May I walk in your presence and look to you for ALL things.
 

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Longing for LIFE

I am longing in my Spirit for MORE.  I am longing to live everyday to the Fullest.  What does that look like?  I don't fully know but I have a picture in my mind's eye.

I know that I long to spend more time in the Word and Prayer...just getting to know my Savior better.  I long to radiate like Moses did when he came down from the mountain after spending time with the Lord.  I want to be moved with the same compassion as the Samaritain.  I long to spend time with my children laughing and crying...LIVING.  I long to be a wife that brings honor to her husband.  Who lift him up and doesn't tear down with words.

I am longing for LIFE.

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" John 10:10

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:35-36

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John1:4

" I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."Galations 2:20

"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it."
1Peter3:8-11

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." (John 14:6) That is the LIFE I am longing after!  The living Savior who directs my paths...who pours out his compassion on me, so that I may have compassion on others.  The one who beckoned the Little children so that my heart, too, will be soft toward my own.  What layed his life down...not only to save mine, but to be the example of true love, friendship...and LIFE.

I am not ALL I long to be...I have days that it's two steps forward one step back...but I am Longing for Life. 

What do you LONG for?

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