Today has been a day of relaxation. Even though I have had a sick child and another being the most beautiful wild flower in the world, I have been relaxed. I know what it feels like to be STILL. I have only recently been shown what being STILL in the Lord actually means, but it is such an amazing feeling. So this is why I am writing and publishing this so late this evening. But let’s begin, shall we?
Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”
He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”Luke 8:19-21 NIV
If you need to read that passage again, go ahead. Really see what Jesus is saying here. – “those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” – He is reiterating the same point. Something repeated is important. You may feel that what I write may be repeating itself. “Why does this sound just like yesterday?”
This is going to take time. You can not rush into Preparing Your Garden. Christ is the time keeper here and after all, this is the relationship that you have with Him. It took me a long time to realize this. His time. How important my relationship is with Him. There are things I have prayed about for 10+ years that have STILL not been answered. Or have they and maybe I have not taken notice to it? I need to pray about that and start taking a look. Any who, this is your individual relationship with Christ. Just like you are committed to your marriages, jobs, children – this relationship has an even HIGHER importance than those. So this is a life-long commitment. You have to be all in. We can’t be lukewarm, brothers and sisters.
Tonight, tenderly, quietly, bravely and fearlessly ask yourself, “How am I responding to God’s word? Do I merely agree with it or do I really obey it as well?”
2018 was a year full of witnessing friends, family, and people of fellowship coming to the realization that they had been hearing God’s word and believing God’s word but not really doing it. They thought they they were following Jesus. I have seen people sob deeply in repentance for not doing, for all the opportunities missed, and what that has taken away from their lives and the lives of those they love. (My husband and I did this a couple years ago). Some of those same people battle so hard today to completely die of self and surrender to Jesus. Haven’t we all been there? When you’re experiencing your life with Christ at the center of it, your heart breaks for people that haven’t experienced it. We do not have the ability to follow Jesus if we don’t follow Him in absolute surrender.
I have really been doing it; the work and the resting, hearing and listening to Him. The transformation has been indescribable. Now, I still have a lot of work to do. Believe me! I am still learning and growing. I am literally doing this, all of this, with you! I have felt so much growth in different aspects of my life and I have also noticed in the last month what seeds He is planting; and there are plenty more to come.
Most roads don’t lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you.The Shack – pg 182
“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” – Wow – There is an inseparable connection between love and obedience. You don’t even have the desire to be disobedient. (Don’t forget about the spiritual warfare though. As you continue to overcome and say no to the things of the world (your sin), the desire grows and grows). You may be distracted, lulled to sleep, or so challenged by your circumstances that you aren’t able to focus on God’s word and take it seriously. You may be giving yourself excuses. But Jesus’ words are clear, folks!
We have to make time! My husband and I both work 40+ hours a week, we have 4 children that are 10 years old and younger, a household to maintain, bills, and a life just like millions of other people in this world. You can make the time and the more your desire grows, the more time you’ll WANT to make. But the time has to be given! Do not delay. He needs His soldiers to rise up and start walking with Him. He longs for us. He loves us so much. Right now we need to be strong in Him so we can be strong everyday and for what battles are ahead.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”Luke 14:26
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”Luke 14:33
It is time to put pride aside. Do you understand what He just said? If we do not hate those we love and even ourselves for not renouncing all that we have, we cannot be his disciple. That is serious! Our Lord is just and he doesn’t say things just to chat. He means what He says. As painful as it might be, ask yourself this question: “Do I merely agree with God’s word or do I obey it as well?”
Isn’t it better to weep now rather than later? Absolutely! Ask the Lord for His help, for His mercy on you, a sinner. Confess your apathy (lack on interest), your fear, and your unbelief. Ask Him for His grace and strength to surrender all. What might it mean? Loss of control? Possible failure? Loss of self? Admitting that things aren’t as they seem? Not having your sinful comforts?
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.The Shack – Chapter 13
“O Lord, help me see that you don’t want to take anything away from me, but that you want to give me abundant life! You want to give me yourself!”
This is the song that I listened to before writing and during this tonight. Close your eyes or read the lyrics when you listen. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Do not fear, let Him in.
Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,
You Him and Her