It has been a while since I posted. When I make a post, it will always be because GOD has clearly given me something to say.
This past short season has been one of lack of fruitfulness. It has lacked luster and the incredible flow and intimacy that I am used to experiencing with the LORD. Never fear these times. Always keep seeking HIM. He will use everything to draw us closer to himself if we allow it.
The past two Sundays at church have held the answer to my unsettled and unfruitful stretch. A different pastor each week brought forth the same scripture to our church body. When God is really getting a point across to me and I am slow to get it the first time, He will bring it again. I have learned to listen by the second time. This is all about that intimacy with Him. Learning HIS ways of speaking to you are invaluable to your Christian walk. By now, I am seeking to respond the first time He gives me a scripture. This is not a consistent discipline but one in which I am striving.
Well what was the scripture 2 weeks in a row? Hebrews 12:1,2. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Now what? What did I do with that scripture? I started to pray and ask the Lord Jesus what was hindering me, what weighs me down and what sin is entangling me right now? Do you know He is very delighted to answer that kind of prayer? Don’t be afraid to ask Him. It is always in your best interest to do so. I wish my kids would ask me more often if they were doing something that was hindering their lives. His answer to me is reflected in the image of this post. One of my top greatest hindrances is when I lean on my own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-7 was one of the earliest life transforming scriptures that He gave me. It is one He always has to bring me back to. Is it because I am such a thinker? Possibly. Or is it because I am a human that needs to continue to surrender to the ways of the Holy Spirit? I think it’s both.
A branches job is to abide in the vine. It isn’t the branches job to ‘figure things out’ or resolve matters based solely on our own human reasoning. The Vine (Jesus) and the Gardener (God the Father) know exactly what is going on and what fruit (Holy Spirit) needs to be brought forth. My job once again was to confess my sin of reasoning out my circumstances. This reasoning was causing fear and leading me further away from the peace that the Vine fully provides. Hopefully this post will help you stop and pray if there is anything hindering your walk (run, scripture actually says.) He loves you and wants you free! Go towards Him and not away from Him.
By the way, He clearly wanted me to convey to you that His mercies are new everyday! As I needed to go towards Him, He reminded me that His mercies for me are never all used up. Oh, what a precious Savior we have! He loves us!