This morning as I was praying I heard a little something different taking place in my prayers. I finished asking God to fill me with His spirit and then I started touching on different areas of my life that I know I need help in. My prayer went something like this, "and God help me to be obedient today"---and then I felt the check of the Holy Spirit. It was almost like He was asking me why in the world would I want Him to join His efforts with my human effort.
Does that make sense?
Why would He take His perfect ability and join it with my flawed-often sinful nature? So my prayer began to change. "Holy Spirit be obedient to the will of the Father through my body today. Get done through my body the things that the Father has planned today".
If in my flesh I am incapable of good--then why in the world would I want Him to mix perfection with imperfection? I want the best to offer back to God----who wants to offer Him a little sugar mixed with mud? Not I.
So after prayers and of course, making a pot of Georgia Pecan coffee--I sat down with Oswald Chambers and the book of James. Now,-- I know some of ya'll like tea in the morning instead--that is fine but I just have to have some of that strong stuff so that I have an excuse to use my half n half and the pink stuff. :)
I usually read Mr Chambers first. I love the depth of his relationship with God. He would have been someone that I would have enjoyed sitting down with and taring through the Word.
This morning was all about the spiritually lazy saint. Hmmmmm, seems like I have been talking along those lines recently. God is talking, this is a good thing.
Here is a little something that caught me--
The true test of our spirituality occurs when we come up against injustice, degradation, ingratitude, and turmoil, all of which have the tendency to make us spiritually lazy.Boy-- can I say that recently that had proven true in my life.
Is it true that a lazy person is just one running from truth and responsibility.
Yep--that had been me.
Kinda of acting like a spiritually immature, spoiled, brat. Yes, harsh--but true.
And then when I read my portion in the book of James this morning I got a little something else to chew on.
James 3:17-18So I see that I have been walking forth in the wisdom of this world--because my life was not looking much like the verse above. Now maybe on the outside my life was exhibiting some of those traits--but what about the inside. Uhhhhh-NO!
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
What is down in the well has to come up in the bucket. I don't care what lies I try and tell myself--what is in my heart will come out of my mouth.
So this morning when I prayed--I prayed right. I don't want God to mix His good stuff with my --good enough. I want to get clean out of the way and let the Holy Spirit glorify the Father through the body of Sharon---- who is dead. Sounds like a bunch of weird stuff? Maybe the words should be more like-- awesomely weird.
How great is it that all the traits of heavenly wisdom are available to show up in this earthly body everyday?
Let's all be about letting the glory of God show through us today----- and everyday as we get out of the way!