Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Walking In A Different Dimension

I just had to share this this morning. It was so good. No, it is not from Mr Chambers, so relax!;]
Lately in my life there have been plenty of opportunities for me to stand up for myself because of injustices. Times when I wanted to give someone the wagging finger. You know-in their face and make them feel really bad for the way they were acting. They were wrong after all.
And then God sweetly reminds me that that is not my job.
I am not called to be the Holy Spirit.
(Not the first time He has had to remind me of this--maybe I am a slow learner?)
No, the individual is not my child.
I could tend-in my mind- to get all worked up in righteous anger and then push through to prove I am right. But God says, "Sharon, just love. Don't say a word. Just love.". And often I am tempted to say, "Lord, but..............".
The truth I have learned through many trials is that if i am the one who convicts someone of their actions--the change does not last.
My human power is no match for His changing power.

So, before I lull you to sleep, here is the thing I wanted to post.
Ya'll are so patient with me--Thank you!

Will You Enter?
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman

Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. - Numbers 20:11a

Will you fulfill the destiny God has for your life? Perhaps you have never thought about it. God had a perfect plan for Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. It's been said the hardest place to score a touchdown is from the goal line. You're almost there. But there is something about crossing over that makes those last few yards the most difficult. Moses failed at the goal line, and it prevented him from finishing well a glorious life of service for God.

The people of Israel were complaining that they did not have water to drink. It was another of many tests for Israel. Moses inquired of God and God said, "...Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water" (Num. 20:8a). Moses, in his frustration and anger with the people, began to act on his own and made a strategic mistake. Instead of speaking to the rock, he struck the rock twice with his staff. In spite of his disobedience, the rock poured forth water.

God was calling Moses to a different dimension. Moses was to use his words to speak the miracle. However, he not only lost his temper, but he also took credit and dishonored God. He used his staff, the symbol of his work life as a shepherd, to force the provision.

When we become callous, we can use our skills and abilities to force what we believe should happen. We take control. When we do this, we are in danger of failing to enter the Promised Land of blessing from God. Living in life's spiritual dimension requires patience and obedience. Beware of solving problems in your own strength. God wants to bring you into the Promised Land of His blessing. But it will require walking in the spiritual dimension.

Lord, shut my mouth and just let me love today.


Denise said...

Wow, a great big amen to this my friend, love you.

Nicki said...

love it!! hope you are having a great day!

Karen said...

What a timely and great post! I have been battling exhaustion and stuff the past few days, my 'Memphis Meltdown' I call it, only without the ice cream and in that frustrated place the thoughts come that should not be embraced...take captive every thought...well this morning the Lord was speaking to me on a similar vein here as your post - if I get a chance today I will blog it. Love you! Not long until you go away aye? And soon your birthday...

Shelly said...

Oh girl...the 1st question alone in the quoted post is enough to make me stand still.

Karen said...

Yay! I got my post up. Now off to Fairy Dance - my daughter that is. hee Hee.

Denise said...

Come by my blog, I have something for you.

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Very good word! Thank you for the reminder. You always say it so well.

Blessings friend,