For the last two years my word has been deep, go deep with the Lord. This year I am going to stay with the theme and chose the word, Dwell. It’s one thing to go deep but to stay there is another. Life has a way of forcing us to rise to the flesh and make decision and choices from an earthly mindset.
When I was young in the Lord, I heard this saying, don’t be so heavenly minded you are no earthly good.
At that stage of my journey with God I thought, yeah, that’s right, don’t want to drive people away from me by being a Jesus freak. Now after walking a few miles with Him I know, believe, that when I lean on Him and not my flesh or the worldly wisdom I am content, and make fewer mistakes. Don’t misunderstand me, I am never perfect but He who lives in me is.
Maybe it’s because I am older, and not as busy as I was when younger that I have more time to wait and respond instead of react to what comes into me that I can stay dwelling deep with Him. I am more heavenly minded in a serious way.
I think it’s because I have more understanding to God’s ways then I did when I first started this journey. My prayer in my early years was, teach me Lord, give me wisdom from above, teach me your ways. And as best I could when I knew His way I have tried to walk on Calvary’s Rd. , knowing I would slip off at times but His ways would light a way back on the Road with Him.
Here I am a few days from 74 still praying the same prayer, take me deep Lord, help me to dwell there with you. Deep is where the sweetness is, the pure wisdom from The Lord. One cannot stay in the shallow end of life and grow, mature, be all God’s wants us to be.
To dwell I must pray, pray, pray.
I humbly hand over my heart to You, and I say, “Lord, here’s my heart, search me and know me, show me anything in my life that is keeping me from being as close as I can be with You.”
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV)
As You show me these things in my heart and in my life, Holy Spirit, will You show me what You would like me to do? Will You show me how to let go of these things? Will You show me if there is any unforgiveness or pride in my heart?
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:10-12 NIV)
Anything I am hanging on to that belongs to You, anything that I have willingly allowed into my life that is not in alignment with You and Your ways, I lay it down at the foot of the cross. I surrender all to You, Lord Jesus. Thank you for taking these burdens, Lord. Thank you for what You did on the cross to set us free from death. In You I have victory! I praise You, Jesus!