Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Busy Week

This has been such a busy week. I have really had to look hard for time to seek God and read His word. I don't think I've found enough time to absorb all that He is trying to teach me. I need to get up earlier than I do to have time to dwell in His word and find refreshment there. But we all know how hard it is to wake up before daylight.

Trying times certainly are easier to face though when you have the Spirit of God through His word living and active in you. I have been so absorbed in the bible verses that I have read. I am finding such truth in them. And the Spirit of God has been showing me how to apply them to my life. This is so exciting for me. I pray that as I abide in Him, He continues to grow me to be the best that I can be for His glory. I am so excited to see what He wants to do through me. And I am so ready also!

I've had ups and downs this week. I guess that busyness is the devil's way of trying to distract us from the work of God in our life. And Satan is really trying to make me fall back into my old self. There are so many obstacles in my life that hinder me. But I know that through Christ I am a new creation because He tells me so in His word. And I believe that His word is infallible. I can trust it beyond anything else in my life. Beyond what I feel or what I can see. This is how I know that I am a new creation. And there is no question, no matter how I may feel, that I am being molded into the image of Christ.

Here are some scripture that assure me of Christ dwelling in me...

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
(Colossians 3:5-10).

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
(2 Corinthians 5:17).

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.(Galatians 2:20).

So I guess when I get too busy and Satan tries to tell me lies, the scripture will reinforce this for me.

Ephesians 6:13-17 says to put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

WOW! What a wonderful scripture telling us how to fight off Satan's attacks. I want to wear His armor and be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. How mighty is our God!

There is a song I've been listening to lately and it really excites me to do what God is preparing me to do. It really just makes me want to stand up in front of everyone and shout that I'm finally ready!

I just wanted to put the words here so you could read it for yourself. I am sure you can find the song on the web if you search for it. It has great music and a great message. It is called For the First Time, sung by Mark Harris, formerly of the group 4Him, from his 2005 solo album "The Line Between the Two".

I was waiting for a push, waiting for a sign
Waiting for the perfect moment to arrive
Steady as a clock, caught between the line
Living for myself until I realized
There’s too much life
You’ve given me
To let it slip away

I’m ready to live, ready to breathe
Ready to take in everything
I’m ready to love, ready to shine
Ready to live this life of mine
I’m ready to jump, ready to fly
For the first time

I want to take a dive, I want to take a chance
I want to make the most of every day I have
I want to be alive, I want to be a man
‘Cause being wild at heart is really who I am
You’ve put these dreams inside of me
So what can hold them back

I can feel it
Being pushed by Bigger Hands
You have saved me
You have made me who I am

I’m ready to live, ready to breathe
Ready to take in everything
I’m ready to love, ready to shine
Ready to live this life of mine
I’m ready to jump, ready to fly
For the first time ..........

God I am so ready to serve you in whatever place you have for me. For the first time I feel such an excitement and anticipation at what awaits me. I want to make the most of every day I have.

I'm ready to live, ready to breathe, ready to jump, ready to fly, for the first time.

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