Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Late again this week...

My Walk Monday
Late again this week... but WAAY better than never in my book...

Though I have been reminded recently that "delayed obedience is disobedience"... okay Lord, please help me be better for next week, I know this is something You have called me to do and I know You will help me make time to do it.

I know this is a way we can bear one another's burdens. Romans 15:1-2 "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up." Not that I am calling any of you weak, but I AM saying I want to be here to build you up :) and like that you might be here for me as well.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

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So last week was exciting with my total LIFE CHANGING/damascus road experience!... this week things have mellowed out a bit :) still ON FIRE, but just getting back into a new groove of life. REALLY LIVING - learning how to fight - recognizing my enemy and taking in God's word.

Realizing that these past years - even with the swarming, creeping, stripping, and gnawing locusts (Joel 2:25) - it has been a journey that God allowed me to go through for a reason. Now I am still on that journey, but the heading is just more defined.

I see that God will be faithful to show me where to go (Genesis 12:1). He has shown me that He will bless me and make me a blessing (Genesis 12:2). I see that I cannot please Him without the faith I have in Him (Hebrews 11:6), and it is that faith that makes me obey when He calls me out (Hebrews 11:8).

{I} believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

To be diligent is to be faithful, committed and zealous, and that is not an easy task!! It is not a convenient task. At times being zealous for the Lord can be downright uncomfortable. Luke 9:58-59 "Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head... follow me." We need to be sure the Lord is our God and that comfort and convenience are NOT our god! Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other." We cannot serve God and comfort!

We cannot serve God and _______ (fill in the blank).... God and marriage, God and motherhood, God and popularity... our relationship with the Lord needs to be stronger than our relationship with ANYONE else, it should be the relationship that defines us!

If we only talk the talk and we do not walk the walk the two will never come together to make a testimony. Through my years as a Christian I have always thought if someone ever asked me to share my testimony it would be such a blessing... you know for a ladies night out or a purity conference or something, but my testimony never FULLY existed while I was still oppressed and struggling with _________ taking the place of God!!!

We need to walk in obedience, faith and trust. If we are walking an unknown path in the dark, determined to get there but not being able to see beyond the few steps in front of you (I have done this) it is faith and trust that lead us out of that walk of obedience. The only other choices would be to stay put (and possibly get eaten there in the dark!) or turn back (NEVER making it to the destination!), both not the choice God would have us make.

Understanding can wait, obedience cannot.... let me say that again...

Understanding can wait, obedience cannot.

So here I am Lord to finish this journey in obedience. I know the end destination because of the promises You have given me, I only ask that You grow me in faith and teach me to trust. I believe You have already rewarded me along the way, but I ask that You would continue to teach me to diligently seek You. I am committed to You Lord, I love You! Help me to acknowledge when I have even thought of putting another god before You, help me to distinguish the spirits that are for me or against me. I know the battle is on, and I am ready to fight with You by my side. Please draw me close to You, never let me go. Make my life a true testimony of what You have taken me out of, of how You have changed my life COMPLETELY - no turning back, no turning back.

May you always walk and talk with our Lord Jesus Christ!


Angela said...

amen amen amen....I may use that prayer in a devotional Carolyn. It was POWERFUL.

This post was SO awesome!!!!!! My goodness, I related to everything, everything. As I read it, I saw how this journey from the past year has spoken volumes in all that you have written and what God has been showing me and leading me too.

"Not that I am calling any of you weak, but I AM saying I want to be here to build you up :) and like that you might be here for me as well."

GIRL...you CAN call me weak!!! I keep saying to the Lord,,I am NOTHING NOTHING without You....I cannot do anything for a second in this life hear without His anointing and strength upon my life. This year truly has taught me that I NEED Him. I KNEW I did before, but now I'm realizing...Understanding can wait, obedience cannot.

christinnjon said...

Hey! Thank you for stopping by! You know, I used to do a meme on Monday's called "Motivate Me Monday", but it has been moved and I just stopped doing it since. I would love to join in with yours again. I miss it! I always have a lot to say about my walk, too! LOL I hope it will begin to be more fruitful talk and less "intentional" talk. :) Good to see you my friend!