Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Fire

My time with Jesus was very sweet this morning.  I spent some time just letting Him know those deep down fears, and I asked Him to please come and hold me.  I admitted to Him (as if He didn't already know) that sometimes I just want to quit.  Sometimes, I want to just sit on my bed all day and play Angry Birds! I prayed for His discipline to continue on the path He has laid out for me.  I prayed for His faith, and His love to shine through me.  I prayed for healing in  relationships.
God gently touched my heart this morning and spoke to me with tenderness.  He led me to Hebrews 12. The title on The Message side is "Discipline In a Long-Distance Race" I just had to read the title and I knew He had heard my prayer and He was speaking deeply into my heart. In the first couple of verses, this line blazed out "Strip down, start running--and never quit.....keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in."
The chapter talks about relationships too, which shouldn't come as a surprise to me, but I am always in a state of wonder when it comes to God.  "Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you'll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God's generosity." He is alive and well in my heart, He is healing wounds in my relationships and He is covering me in His light and love. He is safety, and He is creating safety for me. I love this! God is assuring me of His work and presence in not just my life but those around me. I need reminders.
The chapter ends with this statement: "God Himself is Fire!"  Yes, God is Fire, He consumes me and burns within me. He is my passion, strength, desires, and my love. He is not just standing up there in heaven looking on, He is actively participating in my growth. He will not quit on me, but will continue to cleanse me, teach me, love me, for all eternity. I marvel at this, and humbly bow at His throne in submission to His will.
Oh God of heaven and earth, Say That Again, You will persevere in my life forever.  You are my consuming fire, and You are blessing me!

1 comment:

  1. Happy moments, praise God.
    Difficult moments, seek God.
    Every moment, thank God.


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