Dear Jesus let my thoughts be your thoughts, let my words be your words, and let my actions be your actions,. In doing so all those who read my words will see your through me, and you you will be glorified.
I was spending time with God today and He told me something very special and as he spoke to me it became very dear and clear to my heart. He told me." I feel your love through your obedience. It is when you give yourself to me completely through your obedience is when I feel your love. Denying yourself through obedience is giving to me in the most complete way."
Think about it. If you tell your significant other the way you want to be treated and they do so, doesn't THAT make you feel loved? If you have kids and they obey your rules doesn't THAT make you feel loved when they obey them? There is no difference when it comes to God. We are His children, He has rules only for our well being, just like the rules which apply for your kids.
God told me that my defeats are just as important as my victories and He loves me not only while I am at my best, but as I am at my worst he loves me all the same! If you make a mistake the failure ONLY lies within NOT learning, growing, and changing through it. It is through keeping God close in contact that even when I fail, He can and will make the most out of it so in the end I will use it, it will be used through a success!
This was so powerful to me because in the last week I was going through a pivotal shedding of my flesh. I was on a path of defeating my pain through God, and entered a battle with spiritual welfare. (below is a summery of what I experienced)
Whenever you are struggling to obey God, think about your significant other, think about the feeling of wanting to be loved. Whenever you are tempted to sin, think about your kids. Think about how happy it makes you feel when you realize they could have disobeyed you, yet chose to follow through and do the correct thing....and then DO IT FOR GOD- INSTEAD OF YOURSELF.
Thank you God for helping me say this through you. I love you and honor you. Help me dear Jesus in & on this path and this journey to The Life, and the way you want me to live my life. Through it all you will bless me as I try my best to be a blessing onto you. In Jesus name I pray.
This was not part of my original post, but it relates to so much of what I wrote above I added it to this post, which I posted yesterday in the Strength through Jesus forum:
No discipline brings joy, but seems grievous & painful, but afterward it is peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
This is a verse in the bible which has helped me in my healthy lifestyle. As I try each day to do certain things to lose weight, to gain muscle, and to eat correctly it is this verse which has helped me do it all with God's help.
As you start to discipline yourself to do anything at times your flesh will have a screaming fit!
I experienced this just last week as I was trying to die to some of my flesh. I defeated it, but then caved in, then beat it. Then "fell" back into it, now I am beating it again. I am trying my best to transform my life in ALL ways. It is very hard, but each time I fail, each time I fall short, and each time I become weak it is God who is has picked me back up, it is God who filled me up again, and it IS GOD strengthens me!
This verse says,"No discipline brings joy, but seems grievous & painful, but afterward it is peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.:" As we turn our lives over to Jesus, as we strive to be our best- it will be painful at pains; but after, oh after you will experience the joy!!! Your life will be rewarded in ways that you have never dreamed were possible. I have experienced such joy, but I am going for the COMPLETE package! I am going for THE LIFE which Paul talks about in the bible. Obtaining The Life entails a lot and I am just beginning to study it, and practice it.
It says in this verse,"...but afterward it is peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.:" As I continue this journey peace has come into my life as I grow spiritually, stay in god's word, and become trained by it.
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 3/3/2011 (04:30)