Friday, August 8, 2008

Words of Encouragement

As the water rushes over the shoreline, the sands began to mold into the shape of the waters as they rush in. Have you ever looked at that and thought that is what God does to our lives? As the "cleansing water" of God rushes over us, it molds us slowing into the shape that the water wants us to be in. Lord continue to flow over us and shape us more into your image.

The LORD your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey him. - Deuteronomy 26:16-17

Take My Life. Take My Heart...Mold it (Holiness). The people of God made a commitment that they would follow after God and they would walk in his ways. In order for this to be possible, God commands that the heart observe all that has been given.

You and I are not capable of living holy in ourselves. We need God to come alongside of us and mold our hearts into ones that are able to receive and keep what he requires of us.

I have heard it said by people before, "Oh I can do that, that isn't any problem." I've heard it said I can forgive, that isn't a problem or I can love or something else. I often listen and say to myself, you have yet to be tested in that area. See just as soon as we think we have it under control, God will turn up the requirement. We may start out loving those that are lovable, but what happens when God says love those that are not? We may have been able to forgive those that did us wrong but it wasn't really a big deal. But what happens when we have to forgive those that have done the unthinkable to us?

That is why you and I have to say Lord take my heart and mold it so that I can keep your commandments. I acknowledge that I do not have the strength in myself to forgive or to love your way, without your power helping me to do it. It is the same with living a holy life. We cannot do it by our own power it requires the power of God and his Spirit directing us.

That is why again and again the people of God would fail to keep the commandments of God because they could not keep them in their own ability. Jesus came to help us. He came so that all would be able to live victoriously.

So this week we talked about God taking our lives. In order for our lives to be lived God's way we must first ask him to conform our wills to his ways, for his ways are higher than ours. Then we must ask him to take our minds and transform them so that we can think his thoughts. We must also seek him to take our hearts and mold them into his shape and for his purpose. The one we didn't touch on this week was brokenness. We must ask God to break in us anything that hinders us from coming to seek his ways.

So today I pray for us that we allow God full control of our lives so that we can live with extreme purpose for him. I don't know about you but I am not content simply existing from day to day, I want to live out every day of my life with an extreme purpose for the master.