Reflections September 23, 2012
“What Are You Afraid Of?”
“Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in my inward parts; in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:5-7
Scripture Reading For This Week: 1 Samuel 12:24; Psalm 15:2; 25:5; 51; Daniel 2:46-48; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; 1John 3:18…
Allow me to ask you a question today: What are you afraid of? What is it that is holding you back from being completely honest and forthright about your life, about your heart, and about your fears to the Lord?
Sure; God knows everything. But He desires for us to come before Him, naked, and pour out everything before Him, so that He can fill us with all of Him. The relationship between man and God is a two way street; regardless of what you believe or have been taught. We must do our part. And that is to come to God in truth, and be real with whom we are and what it is that we desire from Him.
I declare and decree that this week’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and enlightenment for your heart, mind and soul. This is the week that you finally let go of the masks, false pretenses, fear, stop playing church, and get naked before the Lord, so you can really start living the life that God has ordained for you.
Are ready? Or do you still want to live a life that is lack-luster and devoid of any joy, truth, peace and the glory of God? These past few weeks, I have been studying about the glory of God. And the glory of God is simply the presence of God.
In the presence of God nothing contrary can exist; no sickness, no lack, no fear, no false pretenses. Nothing outside of the will of God can exist in the presence of God. Yet, there are so many people feigning that they have and are in the presence of God; that, they are living in the glory of God.
Living pharisaical will not usher you into the presence of God. You can live a life that is seemingly perfect and devoted to God. On the outside all looks well and you do everything that appears holy and righteous, but your inner devotion is more than lacking; it is non-existent. In your heart, you are far away from God. You have not only missed the mark, you have totally bypassed it.
This, beloved, is not acceptable or pleasing to the Father. Nor, can it reside or exist in the presence of God. Your life will no doubt be a direct reflection of this kind of false living. No doubt, where the glory of God is not present, there is much strife, sickness, poverty, lying, jealousy, thievery, manipulation, and hypocrisy…just to name a few.
Why are we so afraid to bare our souls before the Lord? Why is it so hard for us to be truthful with the Father? Yes. He knows everything already, but He places the choice in our hands. And part of salvation and living a life in Christ is confession. It is, being totally forthright and candid with what is in our heart and soul.
Sure God knows, but a relationship is dependent upon both parties participating. There should be a mutual give and take; a time of communicating and building and sincerity and honesty. In your relationships, would you call it a true relationship if you were the only one giving, and talking and sharing—would that be a relationship? There should be reciprocity.
In our relationship with God, not only should there be reciprocity, but also honesty. We can “act” holy and sanctified all we want; but God knows our hearts. He knows what lies beneath it all. But why are we so afraid to be honest with God? He does not judge like those in this earth. He does not even punish us as we deserve for all the atrocities that we have committed; especially those we say we have done in His name!
So, what is it? What is it that keeps us playing church, and putting up false pretenses as though all were good with us, when we know within us we are dying, hurting, angry, disappointed, and disillusioned? Why can’t we just be honest and allow our inner devotion to become one that is saturated with the truth and exposed to the Lord so that He may heal us and usher us into His glorious presence; where there is joy, peace, love, power, healing, and abundance?
The children of Israel feared the presence of God. They did not want to be in the presence of God, and told Moses as much. They told Him to go to God for them, and then tell them what He said. Jesus lifted the veil between us and the Father, which has given us complete access to the glory, the presence of God. But, we must be willing to bare all, to come naked before the Father and allow Him to have His way. I believe many fears what God may say or do, and it keeps bound to a life that is not fulfilled or rewarding. It’s time to get truthful, and stop playing like we have it all together, knowing full well we are on the brink of a breakdown instead of a breakthrough!
I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity will find rest in your lives: spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and financially. Get real with God. Allow your inner devotion to be filled with truth. Don’t allow fear to rob you of what God has ordained for you. You are Blessed. Now go…and Be a Blessing!
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