Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What does it do to you?

Have you ever wondered what your life would look like if God was in complete control of ever ounce and second of your life?  This verse in Psalm 80 has really been stirring me to ponder the question: what does God actually desire to do in and through my life?  If God didn't have to worry about His blessings ruining me and distracting me, how different would my life look?  How much does God desire to pour out blessings on me, but can't because my life is still too much about me?

Psalm 80:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
NO GOOD THING does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

He wants to turn the crank wide open, but can't!  Does God ever have to hold back good things in my life, because I am often quick to bask in the glory from others that can come when He uses me?  To lust after His glory, basically.  There have been so many prayers that I have prayed that did not receive the answer I asked for.  Only later to see that it was for the best that I didn't receive that blessing.  I would have turned away from the giver of the blessing and focused on just the blessing. 

I recognize that Jesus lived such a power filled life, how much of that does Jesus still desire to do today?  Much of my life does not seem power filled and overflowing with Christ.  Does he desire to do more miracles in and through my life?

Do you want God to feel no restraint in pouring out blessings in your life?  Then walk uprightly!  Ouch...

Prayer: Oh Lord, it reveals that there is still much sin in my life.  I confess that I am so quick to turn away from you when things go too well.  Or that I am too quick to savor the praise of man for just a little while, when only you deserve the praise, glory, and honor.  I am slow to trust in your plan and quick to trust in my own abilities.  I fight you for control in my life and become angry often when I don't get my way.  Lord bring the holiness of Christ to my life more and more that you would be more free to show me your true heart.  I hunger and thirst for more of the righteousness of Christ in my life.

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