Friday, November 4, 2011

God Thoughts No. Thirty-Seven

“Whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror; who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” James 1:23-24

The things I write about are the things God is showing me about myself and working out in my own life. I don’t write to point out the things others may or may not be doing. I simply share from the fountain of my own experiences. If they touch you, bless you, minister to you, offend you or convict you, it is not I who is responsible, but it is Holy Spirit working in you (just as He is in me).

“So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into His very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

When I share, it is what the Lord has revealed to me about myself by holding the mirror up to my own face. Not because He is a sadistic God who likes to point out my faults but because He is a loving father who is answering the plea I made to Him a long time ago; a plea to make me more like Him. In order to do so, I need to see how and where it is that I fall short.

In yesterday’s post, I shared of my need to take a break from Facebook because of the negative feelings it has added to my “Season of Aloneness”. I did not share so that others would feel badly, but simply, to share my honest feelings. I have had people say that they enjoy the blogs where I write with raw emotion and “realness”.

Though I have experienced feelings of loss, hurt and aloneness, the Lord has revealed to me that I have, in the past, been guilty of inflicting these same emotions onto others by my own lack.
I confess, there have been times when the Lord has prompted me to reach out to someone by way of a word, note or phone call and I have failed to act on it. He has taught me that by failing to act on these things, I fail to carry out His will. And when I fail to carry out His will, I miss out on the blessing of being a blessing to someone else. I think the main point of 2 Corinthians 3:18 is that we are to be honest with ourselves and to learn follow the leading of Holy Spirit so that we become more like Him

On the other side of that, the Lord has used my time of being alone to show me that He is, indeed, enough for me. He is my Father, my Savior, my Friend and my Comforter. He wants us to realize that He can be and is, indeed, our All-in-All. When it comes down to it, we are really never truly alone.
In the midst of all of this, I remain human. In the past, I thought that a godly woman would not allow certain emotions to show; that by giving vent to them, I would appear to be less godly, thus giving people reason to point their fingers at me. But guess what? It is God who created the emotions that we feel. He has taught me that He knows my inner most being and is aware of all that is going on within me. And as such, He has taught me that I am free, in Christ, to let those things out and to be honest about it.

So, as I seek, ever, to become more like Him, I will be faced with countless opportunities to look into that mirror and see myself as I truly am while allowing Him to change what ever needs to be changed. And in so doing, I will see those around me through His eyes, thus enabling me to Love the way that He loves.

“Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another.” Proverbs 27:19

1 comment:

  1. Oh' Lysa, you are always there when I need a good word. Thank you for being there yesterday when I came home and read that you were thinking of us and praying for us. I think of you often too. I just seem to be terrible about getting around to letting those I'm thinking about know it. My short-coming in God's eyes I'm sure.

    You write so beautifully and it always comes from your heart. I know you are never there sending out judgement on anyone. You are always there looking to God for his guidance for your own life and I'm sure your example helps more people then you will ever hear about.

    Love you, Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute


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